April 2010 Nonfiction

Computer Science, Information and General Works

How To Do Everything: Netbook

Get the most out of your netbook!Now that you’ve got a netbook, it’s time to find out how to maximize all of its capabilities. This hands-on guide explains how you can keep your netbook running at peak performance by limiting how many programs you run concurrently and what you download. Learn the best ways to connect to the Internet, secure your system, install software, use web-based programs from Microsoft, Google, and others, add memory, and troubleshoot your netbook. You’ll also get helpful tips for working with Windows and Linux operating systems. Secure your netbook, set up a firewall, and protect it from viruses, malware, and other threats Connect to public wireless networks, Wi-Fi hotspots, and wired networks Configure your web browser to run quickly and cleanly Connect to printers, USB drives, backup devices, and other hardware Install software stored on a CD or DVD Configure and use the built-in web cam Expand your netbook with accessories Take advantage of Office Live Workspace, Google Apps, and other free web-based applications Use Open Office on a Linux-based netbook Learn how to use Windows 7About the author: Joli Ballew, MCSE, MCTS, MCDST, is a technical writer, technology trainer, and website manager. She is the author ofHow to Do Everything with Windows Vista Media Center, Hardcore Windows XP,and other books.

Someone Will Be With You Shortly

Lisa Kogan is a forty-nine-year-old single woman who maintains that every human being deserves a great mattress, a comfortable pair of shoes, and a very smart shrink, and that no one has grown a decent tomato since 1963. She used to think the world wasn’t all that complicated, but along came AIDS and crack and Rush Limbaugh, and she had to think again. Still, she’s nostalgic for that time when you had to walk all the way across the room to change channels and there was no such thing as a spy satellite capable of spotting a precancerous mole on her left thigh. In Someone Will Be with You Shortly, Kogan grapples with issues big (her six-year-old daughter, Julia, and the 8,000 miles that separate them from Julia’s father) and small (her recent apartment renovation, which consisted of turning over the sofa cushions and then realizing that they looked better the other way) with the self-deprecating humor and deep appreciation for what really matters that have made her column in O, The Oprah Magazine so beloved. Here is a book for anyone who has ever been unnerved by pleather pants, lunch meat, or ambivalent men (not necessarily in that order), but believes that life is a fragile bit of luck well worth living.

Philosophy and Psychology

Palmistry: the universal guide

he key to your future—and your present and past—is in the palm of your hand! Nathaniel Altman, best-selling author ofThe Little Giant Encyclopedia of Palmistry, gathers the wisdom he has obtained from decades of practice to produce this comprehensive volume. He answers such questions as:How can the features of the hand tell palm readers as much as the lines on its surface? In what ways can you use a palm reading to change the course of your own future? There’s information on using palmistry to explore relationships and sexuality, spiritual fulfillment, and even health. Plus, there are solid technical details on the art and practice of reading palms for others. For experienced and beginning palm readers alike, this is an authoritative collection of thoughts from a master.

Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us

From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking bestseller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work. We’ve been conditioned to think that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is through external rewards like money- the carrot-and-the-stick approach. That’s a mistake, Daniel H. Pink says in his transformative new book. The key to high performance and satisfaction is intrinsic, internal motivation: the desire to follow your own interests and understand the benefits in them for you. And Pink has discovered thirty years of scientific data that confirm these ideas and show an exciting way forward. As he did in his groundbreaking bestseller A Whole New Mind, Pink lays out the hard science for these surprising insights, describes how people and corporations can embrace such ideas (some of them are already doing it), offers details about how we can master them, and provides concrete examples on how intrinsic motivation works on the job, at home, and in ourselves. This is a book of big ideas that explains how each of us can find the surest pathway to high performance, creativity, and even health and well-being.

The Genius in All of Us: why everything you’ve been told about genetics, talent and IQ is wrong

With irresistibly persuasive vigor, David Shenk debunks the long-standing notion of genetic “giftedness,” and presents dazzling new scientific research showing how greatness is in the reach of every individual. DNA does not make us who we are. “Forget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence,” he writes. “In recent years, a mountain of scientific evidence has emerged suggesting a completely new paradigm: not talent scarcity, but latent talent abundance.” Integrating cutting-edge research from a wide swath of disciplines – cognitive science, genetics, biology, child development – Shenk offers a highly optimistic new view of human potential. The problem isn’t our inadequate genetic assets, but our inability, so far, to tap into what we already have. IQ testing and widespread acceptance of “innate” abilities have created an unnecessarily pessimistic view of humanity – and fostered much misdirected public policy, especially in education. The truth is much more exciting. Genes are not a “blueprint” that bless some with greatness and doom most of us to mediocrity or worse. Rather our individual destinies are a product of the complex interplay between genes and outside stimuli – a dynamic that we, as people and as parents, can influence. This is a revolutionary and optimistic message. We are not prisoners of our DNA. We all have the potential for greatness.

The Art of Choosing

Every day we make choices. Coke or Pepsi? Save or spend? Stay or go? Whether mundane or life-altering, these choices define us and shape our lives. Sheena Iyengar asks the difficult questions about how and why we choose: Is the desire for choice innate or bound by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Sheena Iyengar’s award-winning research reveals that the answers are surprising and profound. In our world of shifting political and cultural forces, technological revolution, and interconnected commerce, our decisions have far-reaching consequences. Use THE ART OF CHOOSING as your companion and guide for the many challenges ahead.

The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia, The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Rubin didn’t have the option to uproot herself, nor did she really want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts, from Epicurus to Thoreau to Oprah to Martin Seligman to the Dalai Lama to see what worked for her-and what didn’t. Her conclusions are sometimes surprising-she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent wisely; that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that “treating” yourself can make you feel worse; that venting bad feelings doesn’t relieve them; that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference-and they range from the practical to the profound. Written with charm and wit, The Happiness Project is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable. Gretchen Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.

Religion

Belief: readings on the reason for faith

From C.S. Lewis to Martin Luther King to Thomas Merton, this work collects the most important writings on faith and belief.

In the Absence of God: dwelling in the presence of the sacred

The bestselling author of “Fire in the Belly” offers a provocative critique of the present state of religion and leads the way down a new path, offering renewal and hope for a troubled society.

The Shift: taking your life from ambition to meaning

The Shift-a companion book to the movie of the same name-illustrates how and why to make the move from ambition to meaning. Such a shift eliminates our feelings of separateness, illuminates our spiritual connectedness, and involves moving from the ego-directed morning into the afternoon of life where everything is primarily influenced by purpose. As we contemplate leaving the morning of our life, where ego has played a commanding role, and entering the afternoon (and evening), where meaning and purpose replace ambition and struggle, we may encounter unexpected occurrences that accompany this new direction. It’s almost a universal law that we’ll experience a fall of some kind. Yet these falls or low points provide the energy we need to move away from ego and into a life of meaning and purpose. The Shift doesn’t mean that we lose our drive and ambition; it signifies that we become ambitious about something new. We make a commitment to living a life based on experiencing meaning and feeling purposeful, rather than never-ending demands and false promises that are the trademark of the ego’s agenda. As Dr. Wayne W. Dyer so eloquently reveals in these pages, we all have the choice to shift our lives from ambition to meaning . . . and thereby complete our return to the Source that created us.

In the Land of Believers: an outsider’s extraordinary journey into the heart of the Evangelical Church

Revealing their generosity and hopefulness, as well as their prejudice and exceptionalism, “In the Land of Believers” is a call for comprehending, rather than dismissing, the impassioned believers who have become so central a force in American life.

Savor: mindful eating, mindful life

Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight. Too many of us are in a cycle of shame and guilt. We spend countless hours worrying about what we ate or if we exercised enough, blaming ourselves for actions that we can’t undo. We are stuck in the past and unable to live in the present-that moment in which we do have the power to make changes in our lives. With Savor, world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung show us how to end our struggles with weight once and for all. Offering practical tools, including personalized goal setting, a detailed nutrition guide, and a mindful living plan, the authors help us to uncover the roots of our habits and then guide us as we transform our actions. Savor teaches us how to easily adopt the practice of mindfulness and integrate it into eating, exercise, and all facets of our daily life, so that being conscious and present becomes a core part of our being. It is the awareness of the present moment, the realization of why we do what we do, that enables us to stop feeling bad and start changing our behavior. Savor not only helps us achieve the healthy weight and well-being we seek, but it also brings to the surface the rich abundance of life available to us in every moment.

Social Sciences

Switch: how to change things when change is hard

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems-the rational mind and the emotional mind-that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort-but if it is overcome, change can come quickly. In Switch, the Heaths show how everyday people-employees and managers, parents and nurses-have united both minds and, as a result, achieved dramatic results: The lowly medical interns who managed to defeat an entrenched, decades-old medical practice that was endangering patients. The home-organizing guru who developed a simple technique for overcoming the dread of housekeeping. The manager who transformed a lackadaisical customer-support team into service zealots by removing a standard tool of customer service. In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

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Intellectuals and Society

The influence of intellectuals is not only greater than in previous eras but also takes a very different form from that envisioned by those like Machiavelli and others who have wanted to directly influence rulers. It has not been by shaping the opinions or directing the actions of the holders of power that modern intellectuals have most influenced the course of events, but by shaping public opinion in ways that affect the actions of power holders in democratic societies, whether or not those power holders accept the general vision or the particular policies favored by intellectuals. Even government leaders with disdain or contempt for intellectuals have had to bend to the climate of opinion shaped by those intellectuals. Intellectuals and Society not only examines the track record of intellectuals in the things they have advocated but also analyzes the incentives and constraints under which their views and visions have emerged. One of the most surprising aspects of this study is how often intellectuals have been proved not only wrong, but grossly and disastrously wrong in their prescriptions for the ills of society– and how little their views have changed in response to empirical evidence of the disasters entailed by those views.

The Story of  Stuff: how are obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities and out health–and a vision for change

We have a problem with Stuff. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, we’re consuming 30 percent of the world’s resources and creating 30 percent of the world’s waste. If everyone consumed at U.S. rates, we would need three to five planets!nbsp;This alarming fact drove Annie Leonard to create the Internet film sensation The Story of Stuff, which has been viewed over 10 million times by people around the world. In her sweeping, groundbreaking book of the same name, Leonard tracks the life of the Stuff we use every day—where our cotton T-shirts, laptop computers, and aluminum cans come from, how they are produced, distributed, and consumed, and where they go when we throw them out. Like Rachel Carson’sSilent Spring, The Story of Stuffis a landmark book that will change the way people think—and the way they live.Leonard’s message is startlingly clear: we have too much Stuff, and too much of it is toxic. Outlining the five stages of our consumption-driven economy—from extraction through production, distribution, consumption, and disposal—she vividly illuminates its frightening repercussions. Visiting garbage dumps and factories around the world, Leonard reveals the true story behind our possessions—why it’s cheaper to replace a broken TV than to fix it; how the promotion of “perceived obsolescence” encourages us to toss out everything from shoes to cell phones while they’re still in perfect shape; and how factory workers in Haiti, mine workers in Congo, and everyone who lives and works within this system pay for our cheap goods with their health, safety, and quality of life. Meanwhile we, as consumers, are compromising our health and well-being, whether it’s through neurotoxins in our pillows or lead leaching into our kids’ food from their lunchboxes—and all this Stuff isn’t even making us happier! We work hard so we can buy Stuff that we quickly throw out, and thenwe want new Stuff so we work harder and have no time to enjoy all our Stuff. . . . With staggering revelations about the economy, the environment, and cultures around the world, alongside stories from her own life and work, Leonard demonstrates that the drive for a “growth at all costs” economy fuels a cycle of production, consumption, and disposal that is killing us.It is a system in crisis, but Annie Leonard shows us thatthis is not the way things have to be. It’s within our power to stop the environmental damage, social injustice, and health hazards caused by polluting production and excessive consumption, and Leonard shows us how. Expansive, galvanizing, and sobering yet optimistic,The Story of Stufftransforms how we think about our lives and our relationship to the planet.

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

WHAT . . . A RIOT! Life doesn’t get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this new collection of original essays, the #1 bestselling author ofAre You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelseadelivers one laugh-out-loud moment after another as she sets her sights on the ridiculous side of childhood, adulthood, and daughterhood. Family moments are fair game, whether it’s writing a report on Reaganomics to earn a Cabbage Patch doll, or teaching her father social graces by ordering him to stay indoors. It’s open season on her love life, from playing a prank on her boyfriend (using a ravioli, a fake autopsy, and the Santa Monica pier) to adopting a dog so she can snuggle with someone who doesn’t talk. And everyone better duck for cover when her beach vacation turns into matchmaking gone wild. Outrageously funny and deliciously wicked, CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG is good good good good! CHELSEA HANDLER ON… Being unpopular: “My parents couldn’t have been more unreasonable when it came to fads or clothes that weren’t purchased at a pharmacy.” Living with her boyfriend:”He’s similar to a large toddler, the only difference being he doesn’t cry when he wakes up.” Appreciating her brother:”He’s a certified public accountant, and I have a real life.” Arm-wrestling a maid of honor:”It wasn’t her strength that intimidated me. It was the starry way her eyes focused on me, like Mike Tyson getting ready to feed.”

The Best of Friends: Martha and Me

A meditation on the dynamics of female friendship describes the author’s life-defining relationship with Martha Stewart, relating the common experiences that bonded them and the factors that resulted in their estrangement.

Taming of the Gods: religion and democracy on three continents

For eight years the president of the United States was a born-again Christian, backed by well-organized evangelicals who often seemed intent on erasing the church-state divide. In Europe, the increasing number of radicalized Muslims is creating widespread fear that Islam is undermining Western-style liberal democracy. And even in polytheistic Asia, the development of democracy has been hindered in some countries, particularly China, by a long history in which religion was tightly linked to the state.Ian Buruma is the first writer to provide a sharp-eyed look at the tensions between religion and politics on three continents. Drawing on many contemporary and historical examples, he argues that the violent passions inspired by religion must be tamed in order to make democracy work.Comparing the United States and Europe, Buruma asks why so many Americans–and so few Europeans–see religion as a help to democracy. Turning to China and Japan, he disputes the notion that only monotheistic religions pose problems for secular politics. Finally, he reconsiders the story of radical Islam in contemporary Europe, from the case of Salman Rushdie to the murder of Theo van Gogh. Sparing no one, Buruma exposes the follies of the current culture war between defenders of “Western values” and “multiculturalists,” and explains that the creation of a democratic European Islam is not only possible, but necessary.Presenting a challenge to dogmatic believers and dogmatic secularists alike,Taming the Godspowerfully argues that religion and democracy can be compatible–but only if religious and secular authorities are kept firmly apart.

Come Home, America: the rise and fall (and redeeming promise) of our country

Perhaps no one is better equipped to analyze the current state of our democracy than legendary reporter William Greider. He has covered politics from the nation’s capital for four decades–for the Washington Post , Rolling Stone , and most recently The Nation–and has earned a reputation as one of our most incisive, uncompromising truth-tellers and social critics. In his bestseller Who Will Tell the People , Greider opened the American public’s eyes to the hidden relationships that link politicians with corporations and the wealthy, often subverting the needs of ordinary citizens. Now, in his first book on our democracy in years, Greider examines the impact of current American policy, revealing how our obsession with remaining Number One in the world has caused us to stray from the democratic values and ideals upon which our country was founded. By examining the economic and political forces that have brought us to where we are today financial crisis, deepening indebtedness to other nations, the loss of productive assets and jobs, the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, and more Greider offers, in a powerful and conversational tone, clarity on the consequences and long-term implications of our national predicament. He then offers optimism that our young country can put aside its adolescent impulses and grow up so that we can come home to what is really important a return to our nation’s core values and the freedom to create a better, more fulfilling society.

The Big Short: inside the doomsday machine

When the crash of the U. S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine, and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can’t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking. The crucial question is this: Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 best-selling Liar’s Poker . Who got it right? he asks. Who saw the real estate market for the black hole it would become, and eventually made billions of dollars from that perception? And what qualities of character made those few persist when their peers and colleagues dismissed them as Chicken Littles? Out of this handful of unlikely, really unlikely heroes, Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier bestsellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our times.

On the Brink: inside the race to stop the collapse of the global financial system

When Hank Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, was appointed in 2006 to become the nation’s next Secretary of the Treasury, he knew that his move from Wall Street to Washington would be daunting and challenging. But Paulson had no idea that a year later, he would find himself at the very epicenter of the world’s most cataclysmic financial crisis since the Great Depression. Major institutions including Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Merrill Lynch, and Citigroup, among others-all steeped in rich, longstanding tradition-literally teetered at the edge of collapse. Panic ensnared international markets. Worst of all, the credit crisis spread to all parts of the U.S. economy and grew more ominous with each passing day, destroying jobs across America and undermining the financial security millions of families had spent their lifetimes building. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime economic nightmare. Events no one had thought possible were happening in quick succession, and people all over the globe were terrified that the continuing downward spiral would bring unprecedented chaos. All eyes turned to the United States Treasury Secretary to avert the disaster. This, then, is Hank Paulson’s first-person account. From the man who was in the very middle of this perfect economic storm, On the Brink is Paulson’s fast-paced retelling of the key decisions that had to be made with lightning speed. Paulson puts the reader in the room for all the intense moments as he addressed urgent market conditions, weighed critical decisions, and debated policy and economic considerations with of all the notable players-including the CEOs of top Wall Street firms as well as Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, Sheila Bair, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, and then-President George W. Bush. More than an account about numbers and credit risks gone bad, On the Brink is an extraordinary story about people and politics-all brought together during the world’s impending financial Armageddon.

Comeback America: turning the country around and restoring fiscal responsibility

He’s one of America’s most capable, canny, candid, and independent financial experts. Now David M. Walker sounds a call to action. Comeback America is a tough-minded, innovative, inspiring guide to help us avoid the approaching economic abyss and put the country back on track again. As comptroller general of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO)-“the nation’s top auditor”-Walker warned Congress and the administration as the federal surplus became a giant deficit under George W. Bush. As president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, he now works full-time to raise public awareness regarding mounting debt burdens being imposed on future generations. Comeback America is his crucial manifesto, a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems-before it’s too late. Walker believes that by 2030, absent significant reforms to current government programs and policies, federal taxes could double from current levels, meaning less money and poorer education for kids-which will hurt families along with our nation’s economic strength and position in the world. If our foreign creditors-such as China-decide to buy fewer of our Treasury bonds, interest rates will rise and cars and homes will become less affordable. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Comeback America shows how we can return to our founding principles of fiscal responsibility and stewardship for future generations. The book includes bold ideas to control spending, save Social Security, dramatically alter Medicare, and simplify the tax code-all taking into account the Obama Administration’s current efforts, which receive never-before-published assessments both complimentary and critical. Nonpartisan, nonideological, and filled with a love of the country its esteemed author has spent his life serving, Comeback America is a book for anyone interested in America’s economic future-in other words, a book everyone should read.

The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-timers, and the Self-Employed

This is a book for people like us, and we all know who we are. We make our own hours, keep our own profits, chart our own way. We have things like gigs, contracts, clients, and assignments. All of us are working toward our dreams: doing our own work, on our own time, on our own terms. We have no real boss, no corporate nameplate, no cubicle of our very own. Unfortunately, we also have no 401(k)s and no one matching them, no benefits package, and no one collecting our taxes until April 15th.   Itrsquo;s time to take stock of where you are and where you want to be. Ask yourself: Who is planning for your retirement? Who covers your expenses when clients flake out and checks are late? Who is setting money aside for your taxes? Who is responsible for your health insurance? Take a good look in the mirror:You are. ; Feed The Monkey describes a completely new, comprehensive system for earning, spending, saving, and surviving as an independent worker. From interviews with financial experts to anecdotes from real-life freelancers, plus handy charts and graphs to help you visualize key concepts.

13 Bankers: the Wall Street takeover and the next financial meltdown

Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks-Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley-which together control assets amounting, astonishingly, to more than 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically “too big to fail”) continue to hold the global economy hostage, threatening yet another financial meltdown with their excessive risk-taking and toxic “business as usual” practices. How did this come to be-and what is to be done? These are the central concerns of 13 Bankers, a brilliant, historically informed account of our troubled political economy. In 13 Bankers, Simon Johnson-one of the most prominent and frequently cited economists in America (former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT, and author of the controversial “The Quiet Coup” in The Atlantic)-and James Kwak give a wide-ranging, meticulous, and bracing account of recent U.S. financial history within the context of previous showdowns between American democracy and Big Finance: from Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Jackson, from Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. They convincingly show why our future is imperiled by the ideology of finance (finance is good, unregulated finance is better, unfettered finance run amok is best) and by Wall Street’s political control of government policy pertaining to it. As the authors insist, the choice that America faces is stark: whether Washington will accede to the vested interests of an unbridled financial sector that runs up profits in good years and dumps its losses on taxpayers in lean years, or reform through stringent regulation the banking system as first and foremost an engine of economic growth. To restore health and balance to our economy, Johnson and Kwak make a radical yet feasible and focused proposal: reconfigure the megabanks to be “small enough to fail.” Lucid, authoritative, crucial for its timeliness,13 Bankers is certain to be one of the most discussed and debated books of 2010.

The End of Wall Street

The roots of the mortgage bubble and the story of the Wall Street collapse-and the government’s unprecedented response-from our most trusted business journalist. The End of Wall Streetis a blow-by-blow account of America’s biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression. Drawing on 180 interviews, including sit-downs with top government officials and Wall Street CEOs, Lowenstein tells, with grace, wit, and razor-sharp understanding, the fullstory of the end of Wall Street as we knew it. Displaying the qualities that made When Genius Faileda timeless classic of Wall Street-his sixth sense for narrative drama and his unmatched ability to tell complicated financial stories in ways that resonate with the ordinary reader-Roger Lowenstein weaves a financial, economic, and sociological thriller that indicts America for succumbing to the siren song of easy debt and speculative mortgages. The End of Wall Streetis rife with historical lessons and bursting with fast-paced action. Lowenstein introduces his story with precisely etched, laserlike profiles of Angelo Mozilo, the Johnny Appleseed of subprime mortgages who spreads toxic loans across the landscape like wild crabapples, and moves to a damning explication of how rating agencies helped gift wrap faulty loans in the guise of triple-A paper and a takedown of the academic formulas that-once again- proved the ruin of investors and banks. Lowenstein excels with a series of searing profiles of banking CEOs, such as the ferretlike Dick Fuld of Lehman and the bloodless Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan, and of government officials from the restless, deal-obsessed Hank Paulson and the overmatched Tim Geithner to the cerebral academic Ben Bernanke, who sought to avoid a repeat of the one crisis he spent a lifetime trying to understand-the Great Depression. Finally, we come to understand the majesty of Lowenstein’s theme of liquidity and capital, which explains the origins of the crisis and that positions the collapse of 2008 as the greatest ever of Wall Street’s unlearned lessons. The End of Wall Street will be essential reading as we work to identify the lessons of the market failure and start to rebuild.

Living Together: a legal guide for unmarried couples

The information and forms unmarried couples need to define and protect their relationship in the eyes of the law.

Bomb Power: the modern presidency and the national security state

From Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills comes this groundbreaking examination of how the atomic bomb profoundly altered the nature of American democracy, and why we have been in a state of war alert ever since.

Diabetes Rising: how a rare disease became a modern pandemic and what to do about it

A medical journalist who has type 1 diabetes reports on the current epidemic of types 1 and 2 diabetes with clusters in certain areas. Hurley discusses environmental factors (pollutants, the hygiene hypothesis–lack of exposure to germs, cow’s milk in infant formula, junk food) that appear to be contributing to the rise, and bariatric surgery and an artificial pancreas as potential cures. He urges going beyond a self-management focus to advocacy for prevention and finding a cure. The book includes a foreword by the editor of the Journal of Diabetes. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

No One Would Listen: a true financial thriller

Harry Markopolos and his team of financial sleuths discuss first-hand how they cracked the Madoff Ponzi scheme. No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff’s scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team-affectionately called “The Fox Hounds” by Markopolos himself, uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world’s largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.Since that time, Markopolos openly has testified and questioned the enforcement and fraud investigation capabilities of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), shared a sliver of this page-turning story with 60 Minutes, and become perhaps the world’s most visible and insightful whistleblower on fraud and conflicts of interest in financial markets.Throughout the book, Markopolos and his Fox Hounds tell their first-hand story of investigating Madoff-with the help of bestselling author David Fisher. They explain how they discovered the fraud, and then how they provided credible and detailed evidence to major newspapers and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) many times between 2000 and 2008, only to have his warnings ignored repeatedly by the SEC. Provides a firsthand account of how Markopolos uncovered Madoff’s scam years before it actually fell apart Discusses how the SEC missed the red flags raised by Markopolos Describes how Madoff was enabled by investors and fiduciaries alike The only book to tell the story of Madoff’s scam and the SEC’s failings by those who saw both first hand. Despite repeated written and verbal warnings to the SEC by Harry Markopolos, Bernie Madoff was allowed to continue his operations. No One Would Listen paints a vivid portrait of Markopolos and his determined team of financial sleuths, and what impact they will have on financial markets and financial regulation for decades to come.

The Bag Lady Papers: the priceless experience of loosing it all

This inspiring, true tale follows the author’s journey from financial security to economic ruin. After investing–and losing–her life savings with Bernie Madoff, Penney is forced to confront her deepest fears.

The Aqua Net Diaries: big hair, big dreams, small town

The author of the critically acclaimed Arctic exploration books “The Ice Master” and “Ada Blackjack” tackles her most harrowing expedition of all–high school.

Three Weeks to eBay Profits: go from beginner to successful seller in less than a month

The essential guide to building an eBay business and making money in just twenty-one days-now with information on the company’s new modified fee structures, feedback system, and other changes.

For All of the Tea in China: how England stole the world’s favorite drink and changed history

Rose’s remarkable account follows the journey of Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, who was deployed by the British East India Company to steal China’s tea secrets in 1848. This thrilling narrative combines history, geography, and old-fashioned adventure.

Science

Insectopedia

A stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we share the world.   For as long as humans have existed, insects have existed, too. Wherever wersquo;ve traveled, theyrsquo;ve traveled, too. Yet we hardly know them, not even the ones wersquo;re closest to: those that eat our food, share our beds, and live in our homes.   Organizing his book alphabetically with one entry for each letter, weaving together brief vignettes, meditations, and extended essays, Hugh Raffles embarks on a mesmerizing exploration of history and science, anthropology and travel, economics, philosophy, and popular culture to show us how insects have triggered our obsessions, stirred our passions, and beguiled our imaginations.   Raffles offers us a glimpse into the high-stakes world of Chinese cricket fighting, the deceptive courtship rites of the dance fly, the intriguing possibilities of queer insect sex, the vital and vicious role locusts play in the famines of west Africa, how beetles deformed by Chernobyl inspired art, and how our desire and disgust for insects has prompted our own aberrant behavior.   Deftly fusing the literary and the scientific, Hugh Raffles has given us an essential book of reference that is also a fascination of the highest order.

Technology

The Checklist Manifesto: how to get things right

TheNew York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist. We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference,The Checklist Manifestois essential reading for anyone working to get things right.

The Belly Fat Cure

Lose Up to 13 Pounds in 1 Week! Are you bothered by stubborn belly fat? If so, you’re like millions of Americans who just can’t seem to get rid of that “spare tire.” And the problem is growing, thanks to a food industry that keeps filling packaged goods full of sweeteners that deliver an extremely belly-fattening sugar/carb ratio. But you’re holding the cure for this modern plague in your hands.This smple illustrated guide contains over 1,500 Carb Swaps that make eating your favorite meals a waist-whittling experience. So what are you waiting for? Dig in!

The i Diet: use your instincts to lose weight–and keep it off–without feeling hungry

Originally published in 2008 in hardcover, Dr. Susan Roberts’s groundbreaking Instinct Diet was universally praised as superb. From Jane E. Brody in The New York Times: “Perhaps the most comprehensive approach to eating for effective weight control.” From Women’s World: “Obesity cure!” From world-class nutritional researchers and scientists: “A real paradigm shift;” “wise guidance along the road to long-term weight management;” “an honest, straightforward and helpful guide.” And not to mention from Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates Jr., who recommends the book to “anyone who has struggled with weight gain or obesity, and has given up hope. This diet will change their life.” Now in paperback, featuring a new chapter highlighting success stories, with before and after photos, The “I” Diet is the only diet that helps us control the controls. The diet that’s easy to follow; the diet that’s based on impeccable laboratory research; the diet where the dieter never goes hungry; the diet that is unequivocably healthy, thoroughly grounded in the metabolic, genetic, and psychological workings of the human body. Through its focus on delicious, deeply satisfying dishes like Orange Crumbed French Toast, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Thai Chicken Salad with Warm Peanut Sauce, and Chocolate Bread Pudding, and proven behavioral modifications (Dr. Roberts is a professor of nutrition and a professor of psychiatry), the diet is a fat-burning marvel. Read it and find out for yourself how the dieters on the cover lost 30 pounds on average in a few short months.

The Survivor’s Club: the secrets and science that could save your life

Which is the safest seat on an airplane? Where is the best place to have a heart attack? Why does religious observance add years to your life? How can birthdays be hazardous to your health? THE SURVIVORS CLUB Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it’s a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bound back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives? The fascinating, hopeful answers to these questions are found in THE SURVIVORS CLUB. In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, this book reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author’s adventures inside the U.S. military’s elite survival schools and the government’s airplane crash evacuation course. With THE SURVIVORS CLUB, you can also discover your own Survivor IQ through a powerful Internet-based test called the Survivor Profiler. Developed exclusively for this book, the test analyzes your personality and generates a customized report on your top survivor strengths. There is no escaping life’s inevitable struggles. But THE SURVIVORS CLUB can give you an edge when adversity strikes.

Conscious Birthing: yoga and meditation for pregnancy

For expecting mothers, yoga is a great way to prepare for birth. Drawing on her long experience as a teacher, Theresa Jamieson has selected exercises and postures that are specific for pregnancy, safe and gentle, and take into account the pregnant body’s ever-changing needs. Color photography illustrates the postures, orasanas, that work best for relaxation and flexibility, while breathing techniques ofpranayama, or conscious breathing, and meditation allow women to focus their minds. In addition, seven complete yoga programs are provided that can take pregnant women from the early stages of their journey through the post-natal experience.

Positive Results: making the best decisions when you’re at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer

Offering a comprehensive source of information and advice to help women–and some men–at high risk for breast and for ovarian cancer, this book explains in a clear and steady manner the myths and realities of the breast cancer genes.

Positive Pregnancy

Make your pregnancy an enjoyable experience Teach Yourself Positive Pregnancy covers all stages o fpregnancy, from preconception to postbirth. It offers you reassuring advice on everything from what to eat to how to return to work.

Get Me Out: a history of childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the sperm bank

Making and having babies–what it takes to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver–has mystified women and men for the whole of human history. The birth gurus of ancient times told newlyweds that simultaneous orgasms were necessary for conception and that during pregnancy a woman should drink red wine but not too much and have sex but not too frequently. Over the last one hundred years, depending on the latest prevailing advice, women have taken morphine, practiced Lamaze, relied on ultrasound images, sampled fertility drugs, and shopped at sperm banks. In Get Me Out , the insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science, where audacious researchers have gone to extreme measures to get healthy babies out of mothers. Here is an entertaining must-read–and an enlightening celebration of human life.

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Austism or Asperger’s

Winner of a Teachers’ Choice Award, the first edition of this book has already become a bestseller throughout the autism community. Now, in this expanded edition, authors Ellen Notbohm (best-selling author of the revolutionary book Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew) and Veronica Zysk (award-winning author, and editor of Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine) have added over 400 new ideas, which are complimented by a new layout specially designed to enhance the readers’ experience. With this book, parents and professionals can bypass countless hours spent seeking answers to the mystifying day-to-day challenges of autism.

Healing Our Autistic Children: a medical plan for restoring your child’s health

Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with a disease on the autism spectrum–including ADD, learning disabilities, Asperger’s, Autism, and PDD–making it today’s most common childhood disability. While the medical establishment treats autism as a psychiatric condition and prescribes behaviorally based therapies, Dr. Julie A. Buckley argues that it is a physiological disease that must be medically treated. Part personal story of her battle to heal her autistic daughter, part guide for parents, Healing Our Autistic Children explains simply and accessibly the new treatments and diets that have already proven effective for many families. Told through the case studies of her patients, the book is divided into four typical visits to Dr. Buckley’s pediatric practice so that parents can see the progression of initial treatment. Written in a warmly engaging voice, parents new to the diagnosis will: learn about clinical treatments that work understand how different foods affect the body and how to begin implementing diets learn to navigate the medical system and advocate for their child bridge the communication gap with their pediatrician discover that recovery is possible.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: an essential guide for the newly diagnosed child

If your child has autism, you’re not alone: as many as 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. As a parent of a child with autism, Nancy D. Wiseman, founder of the national organization First Signs, Inc., knows firsthand how overwhelming it can be to grapple with the diagnosis. But no matter when your child was diagnosed, or even if you are still trying to get a formal diagnosis, now is the time for you to take action. Intervening as soon as possible will lead to your child’s best chance for recovery.

Yenko: the man, the machines, the legend

There is no question the collectible muscle car market is hot, and there are few cars hotter than those sold with the distinctive YENKO stripes and badges. A wide range of Chevrolet cars received the YENKO treatment, starting with the Stinger Corvairs and finishing with turbocharged Camaros and even Vegas. In between these two projects, Don Yenko would work his magic on Novas, Chevelles, and of course the legendary first-generation Camaros.

Sugar: a bittersweet history

Sugar: A Bittersweet History is a compelling and surprising look at the sweet commodity, from how it Africanized the cane fields of the Caribbean to how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution and jumpstarted the fast- food revolution. The book explores the hidden stories behind this sweet product, revealing how powerful American interests deposed Queen Lili’uokalani of Hawaii, how Hitler tried to ensure a steady supply of beet sugar when enemies threatened to cut off Germany’s supply of overseas cane sugar, and how South Africa established a domestic ethanol industry in the wake of anti-apartheid sugar embargos. The book follows the history of sugar to the present day, showing how sugar made eating on the run socially acceptable and played an integral role in today’s fast food culture and obesity epidemic. Impressively researched and commandingly written, Sugarwill forever change perceptions of this sweet treat.

The Dirt Cheap Green Thumb

Hart provides practical, commonsense advice that helps growers save money without compromising the harvest. Using an accessible tip format, Hart offers time-tested solutions that stretch a dollar, even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants.

One Magic Square: the easy, organic way to grow your own food on a 3-foot square

Houbein offers a charming and practical work that explains how to turn one square yard of soil into a nourishing, inexpensive, and Earth-friendly source of produce right at home. Illustrations throughout.

Pay Dirt: how to make $10,000 a year from your backyard garden

There’s gold to be dug in backyard gardens! But to turn dirt into dough, amateur farmers need some business tips. In the face of rising food prices and food poisoning scares, people want locally grown food, giving small gardeners the chance to turn a profit?ahealthy, green(not to mention good-for-you) profit. In this practical, step-by-step guide, you will learn how to: Sell overstock to local restaurants Participate in farmer?s markets Grow cut flowers to sell Package your produce attractively Keep honey bees, chickens, and other alternative produce Packed full of gardening, marketing, and selling tips and tricks, this book shows you how to develop your own small plots of land (less than an acre) into a money-making resource. A good garden is full of greenbacks!

Saving Gracie: how one dog escaped the shadowy world of American puppy mills

This touching narrative chronicles how one little dog, Gracie, is transformed from a bedraggled animal worn out from bearing puppies at a puppy mill into a loving, healthy member of her new family.

It’s a Dog’s World: the savvy guide to four-legged living

From a pet lifestyle expert, animal rescue advocate, and television personality comes a dog lifestyle book for anyone who thinks of his or her pet as a member of the family. bw photos throughout.

North by Northwestern: a seafaring family on deadly Alaskan waters

In the tradition of Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw comes Captain Hansen’s rags-to-riches epic of his immigrant family’s struggle against deadly Alaskan seas, freezing shipwrecks, and dangerously brutal conditions to achieve the American Dream. color photo insert.

How to Sew a Button: and other nifty things your grandmother knew

Practical and empowering, “How to Sew a Button” offers more than 100 step-by-step essential tips for cooking, cleaning, gardening, and entertaining.

Shift Your Habit: easy ways to save your money, simplify your life and save the planet

Save Your Planet-and Your Wallet Going green doesnrsquo;t mean spending big bucks on organic food, solar panels, and hybrid cars. At its core, green living is simply about moderation, efficiency, and-believe it or not-living less expensively.Shift Your Habitshows you how to make easy changes to your lifestyle that will do the most to benefit your budget and the planet.   Included are hundreds of habit-shifting suggestions to leave you with thousands of dollars you would otherwise never see again. These are tiny modifications that any family can make . . . and some already have. Yoursquo;ll meet fifteen families who can testify to just how simple shifting can be and how much money can be saved. Shift Your Habit pinpoints small tweaks that can lead to huge personal and planetary rewards, such as: Switch to an ultra-low-flow showerhead-save $135 a year bull; Pack waste-free school lunches-save $200 per child a year bull; Reduce your driving speed by 5 m.p.h.-save $900 a year bull; So far, Shifter Families have saved almost $100,000, nearly 500,000 gallons of water, and more than 15 tons of waste. Every shift counts, and with numbers like these, it’s easy to see just how much.

The Conscious Kitchen

A guide to rethinking cooking by focusing on what’s best for personal health and balancing it with what’s best for the environment, “The Conscious Kitchen” is the ultimate handbook for anyone looking to make smart, green choices in the kitchen.

Meat: a love story

After working undercover at a slaughterhouse for an exposé on meat processing, Susan Bourette resolved to go completely vegetarian. She lasted approximately five weeks. Dissatisfied with tofu and lentils, Susan began her quest for the perfect meat- one she could enjoy without guilt. With a reporter’s eye and a carnivore’s appetite, Bourette takes readers behind the bucolic façade of the famous Blue Hill farm; on a long, hot Texas cattle drive, a whale hunt with the Inupiat and a Canadian moose hunt; and behind the counter in a Greenwich Village butcher shop. Humorous yet authoritative, Meat celebrates the pleasure of eating meat, as well as the lives of those who hunt, raise, and cook it-and most important, the rewards of being a compassionate carnivore.

Giada at Home

Since her debut on Food Network in 2002 with the hit program Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis has been enticing Americans with her updated twists on Italian favorites. Her dedication to ease, healthfulness, and-above all else-flavor have won her a permanent place in the hearts of home cooks. InGiada at Home,she shares a personal look into how she cooks for those dearest to her, with simple recipes inspired by her television show of the same name. Born in Italy, Giada was raised in Los Angeles by a gregarious Italian family. While her grandmother, aunt, and mother brought her up on generations-old recipes, Giada also became enamored with the bright and clean flavors of California’s abundant seasonal fruits and vegetables. Giada at Home presents recipes from both traditions, all with Giadarsquo;s signature style. She shares classic Italian recipes passed down through the years, like cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in salty prosciutto, creamy risotto with the earthy and deep flavors of mushrooms and gorgonzola, and lamb chops basted with honey and balsamic vinegar. New family favorites include grilled asparagus and melon, game hens roasted with citrus and herbs, and a sorbet made with pomegranate and mint, all bursting with fresh, vibrant flavors. No meal would be complete without the company of family and Giada particularly enjoys bringing her loved ones together over meals. For the first time, she incorporates her go-to brunch recipes-what she cooks when setting up a feast on her back patio for everyone on weekend mornings-from Jade-approved Panini, with gooey mozzarella, luscious raspberries, and a sprinkling of brown sugar, to Toddrsquo;s favorite pancetta-studded waffles scented with cinnamon. No matter which recipe you choose-classic or contemporary-Giada at Homemakes gathering the favorite people in your life for fabulous weeknight meals and family celebrations delicious and easy.

The New Curry Secret

Kris Dhillon shows how easy it is to recreate the unique and authentic flavors of the Indian restaurant in your own home with this absolutely must-have curry book.

The Kind Diet

In The Kind Diet, actress, activist, and committed conservationist Alicia Silverstone shares the insights that encouraged her to swear off meat and dairy forever, and outlines the spectacular benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, from effortless weight loss to clear skin, off-the-chart energy, and smooth digestion. She explains how meat, fish, milk, and cheese – the very foods we’ve been taught to regard as the cornerstone of good nutrition – are actually the culprits behind escalating rates of disease and the cause of dire, potentially permanent damage to our ecology. Yet going meat- and dairy-free doesn’t mean suffering deprivation; to the contrary, The Kind Diet introduces irresistibly delicious food that satisfies on every level – it even includes amazing desserts to keep the most stubborn sweet tooth happy. Alicia also addresses the nutritional concerns faced by many who are new to a plant-based diet, and shows how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond. Alicia knows that changing life-long dietary habits is a process, and that each person progresses at a different pace. For that reason, The Kind Diet encompasses 3 separate levels, from Flirting to Superhero. Flirts learn to dip a toe into the vegan pool, reducing their meat-eating and swapping out a few key foods for plant-based substitutes to see quickly how even small changes can reap big results. Vegans get to experience the life-altering effects of forgoing animal-products entirely, while still enjoying many convenience foods and meat substitutes in addition to the wonderful grains, vegetables and fruits that form the core of that diet. True enlightenment comes with the Superhero program, based on the principles of macrobiotics and built on a foundation of whole grains, vegetables, and other yummy foods that Alicia describes in detail. Whether your goal is to drop a few pounds, boost your energy and metabolism, or simply save the world, Alicia provides the encouragement, the information, and the tools you need to make the transition to a plant-based diet deliciously empowering.

Whole Grains for Busy People: fast, flavor-packed meals and more for everyone

Bring whole grains to the table in a flash. We all know that we should be eating more whole grains, an essential foundation of any healthy diet. Making this goal a reality can be a challenge, though, especially on a weeknight. InWhole Grains for Busy People, Lorna Sass, author of the James Beard Award–winning bookWhole Grains Every Day, Every Way, shows us how to do it—deliciously. Lorna shares 125 tempting recipes that focus exclusively on quick-cooking whole grains—those that take 30 minutes or less to cook—and on the array of whole-grain products that are now easily found in grocery stores, from tortillas to pastas. Boost the nutrition of any meal with tasty, flavor-packed dishes such as Oat-Crusted Turkey Cutlets with Gingered Cranberry Relish; Barley with Mushrooms, Beef, and Dill Sour Cream; and Bulgur Salad with Tuna, Olives, and Feta. Even sweets get a healthy makeover with whole-grain ingredients so that anyone can feel good about indulging in treats such as Orange-Scented Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peach Blueberry Crumble, or Chocolate Pudding Pie. Lorna guides readers through every step of cooking with whole grains, from reading the labels and selecting the best whole-grain products to using techniques that bring out the maximum flavors in the recipes. Rounded out with whole-grain quick-reference charts, advice on building a well-stocked pantry, suggestions for recipe variations, and a full-color photo insert,Whole Grains for Busy Peopleis the only book home cooks need to make over their family’s diet—without spending their entire lives in the kitchen. LORNA SASS is the author of several outstanding cookbooks. Some of her notable titles includeWhole Grains Every Day, Every Way,which won a James Beard Award;Cooking Under Pressure; The New Vegan Cookbook;and Lorna Sass’Complete Vegetarian Kitchen. She lives in New York City.

Popular Mechanics Complete Home How-to

Here’s expert advice for the do-it-yourselfer at every level. Includes coverage of over two hundred home-improvement subjects, making this volume the most comprehensive guide available. Over 3,000 color photos, illustrations, and tables.

One-Yard Wonders: look how much you can make with just one yard of fabric

From the novice sewing enthusiast to the lifelong seamstress, readers will find a delightful array of simple, stylish projects that can be made with just a single yard of fabric. For each of the 101 projects, the book provides a full-color photograph, easy, step-by-step instructions, and simple illustrations.

Marry Him: the case for settling for Mr. Good Enough

You have a fulfilling job, a great group of friends, the perfect apartment, and no shortage of dates. So what if you haven’t found The One just yet. Surely he’ll come along, right? But what if he doesn’t? Or even worse, what if he already has, but you just didn’t realize it? Suddenly finding herself forty and single, Lori Gottlieb said the unthinkable in her March 2008 article in The Atlantic: Maybe she and single women everywhere, needed to stop chasing the elusive Prince Charming and instead go for Mr. Good Enough. Looking at her friends’ happy marriages to good enough guys who happen to be excellent husbands and fathers, Gottlieb declared it time to reevaluate what we really need in a partner. Her ideas created a firestorm of controversy from outlets like the Todayshow to The Washington Post, which wrote, “Given the perennial shortage of perfect men, Gottlieb’s probably got a point,” to Newsweekand NPR, which declared, “Lori Gottlieb didn’t want to take her mother’s advice to be less picky, but now that she’s turned forty, she wonders if her mother is right.” Women all over the world were talking. But while many people agreed that they should have more realistic expectations, what did that actually mean out in the real world, where Gottlieb and women like her were inexorably drawn to their “type”? That’s where Marry Himcomes in. By looking at everything from culture to biology, in Marry HimGottlieb frankly explores the dilemma that so many women today seem to face–how to reconcile the strong desire for a husband and family with a list of must-haves so long and complicated that many great guys get rejected out of the gate. Here Gottlieb shares her own journey in the quest for romantic fulfillment, and in the process gets wise guidance and surprising insights from marital researchers, matchmakers, dating coaches, behavioral economists, neuropsychologists, sociologists, couples therapists, divorce lawyers, and clergy–as well as single and married men and women, ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties. Marry Himis an eye-opening, often funny, sometimes painful, and always truthful in-depth examination of the modern dating landscape, and ultimately, a provocative wake- up call about getting real about Mr. Right.

Have Him at Hello: confessions from 1,000 guys about what makes them fall in love–or never call back

Greenwald conducted in-depth Exit Interviews with 1,000 single men, asking them why they hadn’t called back after a date. Citing true anecdotes and case studies, this book examines the most frequent date-breakers that men confess, and offers practical advice on how to avoid them.

The Color of Style: a fashion expert helps you find colors that attract love, enhance your power, restore your energy, make a lasting impression and show the world who you really are

Recognize yourself in any of Zyla’s archetypes, a fashion concept that builds on the what season are you? clothes-color theory? Readers will immediately turn to descriptions of the 24 archetypes and figure out if they’re an Early Spring or a Jeweltone Summer, a Bronze Autumn or an Antique Winter. The author’s real purpose here is to help you discover your authentic style to attract love, enhance your power, restore your energy, make a lasting impression, or show the world who you really are. This is accomplished by way of real-life dialogues with his clients, examples of applications, charts to keep color scores, and tips and hints throughout. Written in a colloquial style, Zyla even accompanies you on a closet purging and a shopping expedition, pointing out the way one’s emotions block rational decision making with excuses such as It costs too much money to discard or My husband/wife bought it for me. Like having a personal fashion advisor on hand, The Color of Style lacks only one thing: illustrations to make the invisible visible.–Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist From Booklist, Copyright; American Library Association.

Eat, Sleep, Poop: a complete common sense guide to your baby’s first year – essential information from an award-winning pediatrician and new dad

Written during award-winning pediatrician Dr. Scott W. Cohen’s first year as a father, this book is the only one to combine two invaluable “on the job” perspectives—the doctor’s and the new parent’s.The result is a refreshingly engaging and informative guide that includes all you need to know at each age and stage of your child’s first year. Drawing on the latest medical recommendations and his experiences at home and in the office, Dr. Cohen covers everything from preparing for your baby’s arrival to introducing her to a new sibling, to those three basic functions that will come to dominate a new parent’s life.Eat, Sleep, Poopaddresses questions, strategies, myths, and all aspects of your child’s development. In each instance, Dr. Cohen provides a thorough overview and a simple answer or explanation: a “common sense bottom line,” yet he doesn’t dictate. The emphasis is on doing what is medically soundandwhat works best for you and your baby. He also includes fact sheets, easy-to-follow diagnosis and treatment guides, and humorous daddy vs. doctor sidebars that reveal the learning curve during his fi rst year as a dad.Lively, practical, and reassuring,Eat, Sleep, Poopprovides the knowledge you need to parent with confidence, to relax and enjoy baby’s fi rst year, and to raise your child with the best tool a parent can have: informed common sense.

The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding

Dr. Neifert, one of America’s leading pediatricians and a nationally recognized lactation consultant, gives nursing mothers all the advice they need to breastfeed their babies successfully.

Grow Your Own Tree Hugger: 101 activities to teach your child how to live green

This one-of-a-kind guide delivers 101 forward-thinking activities and projects that teach children sustainable living habits. Readers will discover hands-on projects in cooking, crafts and science that address global warming, saving energy, recycling and reusing packaging and bags, and growing and eating locally-grown foods, among others.

Three Feet from Gold: turn your obstacles into opportunities!

This remarkable business allegory tells a fascinating story, presents key principles of Napoleon Hill’s revolutionary bestseller Think and Grow Rich, and offers a formula and workbook section for achieving success in life. While you follow a struggling young entrepreneur through a life-changing series of encounters with some of today’s foremost business leaders and inspirational figures, you’ll find encouragement and motivation to believe in yourself, discover your own Personal Success Equation TM, and to never give up. You are just three feet from gold!

Mandela’s Way: fifteen lessons on life, love and courage

We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who recently celebrated his ninety-first birthday, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before. Now Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conversation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague. In Mandela’s Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often “both,” how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction-our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories-of Mandela’s childhood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprisonment that could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling marriage at the age of eighty. This compact book is profoundly inspiring. It captures the spirit of this extraordinary man-warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader-and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind.

Quickbooks 2010: the official guide for QuickBooks Pro Users

This guide to QuickBooks for both the novice and the experienced user offers lessons on getting started, bookkeeping with QuickBooks, financial planning and reporting, and managing QuickBooks. Tips offer shortcuts and workarounds, notes provide extra information on certain tasks, and cautions help readers avoid common problems. Boxes on interesting facts show how QuickBooks ‘thinks’ and how certain procedures can help run a business. The book is illustrated with b&w screenshots on nearly every page. Capachietti, a speaker and trainer, is principal of an accounting system consultancy. Annotation c2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Arts & Recreation

Fabric Jewerly Wrapped, Braided and Sewn

“Turn your favorite fabrics and fibers into fabulous jewelry!Whether you love sewing, quilting or jewelry making, Fabric Jewelry Wrapped, Braided & Sewn will inspire you to use your favorite materials and techniques in new ways. If you love all three, you’ll learn how to combine your passions to create unique jewelry. Look inside Fabric Jewelry Wrapped, Braided & Sewn for: all of the jewelry-making tips and techniques you’ll need to make every project step-by-step instructions for 19 stunning fabric and fiber beads and 20 gorgeous fabric jewelry projects, including pendants, bracelets and necklaces a gallery of jewelry projects to inspire your own original designs sidebars and notes from sewing and craft expert Nancy Zieman sprinkled throughout the pages offer more expert advice! Find new inspiration in fabric and see what beautiful results you can create! Create with Nancy Includes a bonus DVD hosted by Nancy Zieman showing you all the techniques in action!

Beaded Colorways: creating freeform beadweaving projects and palettes

Mix Glowing Color Palettes to Create Stunning JewelryLearn to approach color as a painter does, only your palette will be rainbow-hued beads, and your paintings will be spectacular jewelry you can wear!Beaded Colorwaysshows you how to mix beads and gems together to create custom color blends called Bead Soups. These ?soups? are then woven together into dazzling pieces that are more like works of art than simple jewelry. You?ll even learn how to seamlessly stitch from one color to another, helping you create stunning multicolor jewelry.Beverly Gilbert teaches you to create your own stunning beaded works of art through: In-depth discussion about color theory – accompanied by color wheels- allowing you to turn beads into your medium and make jewelry your canvas. Clear photos and step-by-step instructions guide you through beadweaving techniques – including netting, peyote and freeform stitches – letting you create truly unique jewelry. 18 projects that include a mix of materials to add even more texture: gems, beach glass, ribbon and metal all make their way into stunning creations. Let Beaded Colorways start you on your artistic beading journey.

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

Whether you just bought your first sewing machine or have been sewing for years, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts will open your eyes to an irresistible range of ideas. A comprehensive visual reference, the book covers everything a home sewer craves: the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects that reflect not only Martha Stewart’s depth of experience and crafting expertise, but also her singular sense of style. Encyclopedic in scope, the book features two main parts to help you brush up on the basics and take your skills to a new level. First, the Techniques section guides readers through Sewing, Applique Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing. Following that, the Projects A to Z section features more than 150 clever ideas (including many no-sew projects), all illustrated and explained with the clear, detailed instructions that have become a signature of Martha Stewart’s magazines, books, and television shows. An enclosed CD includes full-size clothing patterns as well as templates that can be easily produced on a home printer. Fabric, thread, and tool glossaries identify the properties, workability, and best uses of common sewing materials. And, perhaps best of all, when you need it most, Martha and her talented team of crafts editors offer you the reassurance that you really can make it yourself. The projects are as delightful as they are imaginative, and include classic Roman shades, hand-drawn stuffed animals, an easy upholstered blanket chest, a quilted crib bumper, French knot-embellished pillowcases and sheets, and Japanese-embroidered table linens, among many others. With gorgeous color photographs as well as expert instruction, this handy guide will surely encourage beginners and keep sewers and crafters of all experience levels wonderfully busy for many years to come.

Socks

Throw out those holey old horrors and treat your feet with these inspiring toe-warmers! No need to wear boring socks when this attractive collection is simply packed with unique and wonderful designs, from cutie baby bootees and glamorous boudoir slippers to rugged outdoor knits for men. The 30 knitted projects—including “Lacy Racy Knee-highs,” “Cable Clogs,” and “Cashmere Slouches”—are fast, fun, and practical, with easy-to-follow patterns and techniques. Anyone who has mastered some knitting basics and wants an enjoyable new challenge will love making these. nbsp; nbsp; – These step-by-step sock projects are ideal for all knitters, whatever their experience level nbsp; – Features a bright and appealing design, with large full-color photos of all the socks nbsp; – Sock books are extremely popular with knitters, because the projects are practical, relatively easy, and quick to do.

Knitted and Felted Children’s Clothes

Using both knitting skills and felting techniques in which knitted materials are shrunk in hot water to create softer, fuzzier fabrics, the 22 designs featured here encompass a broad array of clothing styles and designs for toddlers and young children. There’s a Jurassic Jacket for aspiring paleontologists, Groovy Gloves sure to keep little fingers warm on a blustery autumn day, and a Princess Cape that will become the prize possession of any young girl. Complete technical instructions, diagrams, charts, and color photography ensure that anyone can complete the projects.

Knitted Toy Tales

Design It, Knit It: secret’s from the designer’s studio

Debbie’s knit designs are truly blissful! With more than 20 knitting projects and patterns intended for children, women, men, and the home, this collection is truly for everyone. Bestselling author Debbie Bliss’s designs are fun, easy to create, and make perfect gifts. In addition to the delightful original designs, which include hats, gloves, and home décor items, there’s also an introduction that covers everything from selecting yarns and determining gauge to reading charts and patterns. This is a must-have guide for knitters of all skill levels who desire breathtaking designs and high-quality yarn!

The Quilting Answer Book: solutions to every problem you’ll ever face, answers to every question you’ll ever ask

Packed with hundreds of solutions to every quilting quandary, the newest entry in the Answer Book series tackles the questions quilters ask and provides the no-nonsense responses they want.

How to Never Look Fat Again: over 1,000 ways to dress thinner without dieting

The new groundbreaking style-guide from bestseller author Charla Krupp on how to look 10 pounds lighter, 10 years younger and 10 times sexier every day, all year–in summer, winter, at the gym, even in a swimsuit! You’ll never get dressed the same way again once you discover: *smart, easy ways to hide arm flap, a big bust, a muffin top, back fat, Buddha belly, a big booty, wide hips, thunder thighs, and heavy calves-and that’s only half the book. *which fabrics, colors, and styles make women look fat *absolutely the best shades, shapes, and brilliant buys to make the pounds invisible *clever solutions for special fashion situations–workout gear, evening wear, and even swimsuits! *which products, fashions, and services you shouldn’t waste your money on *the top ten tips that will make you look thinner by tonight! So, if you’ve ever put on a piece of clothing and asked “Does this make me look fat?” Finally, here is the book that will answer your question.

Old Masters, New World: America’s raid on Europe’s great pictures, 1880 to World War I

The Gilded Age race to bring Europe’s most valuable art to America In 1870 a group of wealthy and culturally ambitious New Yorkers founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a Manhattan brownstone with a lackluster collection and not a single major work of art. Americans came late to the game of art collecting and raced to catch up. Soon, America’s new industrial tycoons began to compete for Europe’s extraordinary Old Master pictures, laying claim to works by Vermeer, Titian, Rembrandt, and others, and causing a major migration of art across the Atlantic. Cynthia Saltzman recounts the fierce competition to acquire some of the greatest paintings in the world and the boom in the market. At the center of this enterprise were the steel tycoon Henry Clay Frick, the banker J. Pierpont Morgan, the sugar king Harry Havemeyer and his wife Louisine, as well as the Boston aesthete Isabella Stewart Gardner, and the Metropolitan’s president, Henry Marquand. Old Masters, New Worldis the story of beauty, aesthetics, and taste; money, trade, and power. It is a backstage look at the part played in American collecting by experts like Bernard Berenson and dealers like Colnaghi, Knoedler, and Duveen–who raced around Europe to negotiate purchases and sales of the rarest and most costly masterpieces.

Yoga For Your Brain

Namaste! There’s nothing better than these soul-satisfying brain bafflers for staying mentally supple and fit. Exercising the mind is as important as training the body, and this challenging mental workout will do the trick. It takes real cerebral power to unlock the secrets of these artfully crafted conundrums, which deal with everything from math and language to chess strategies and logic dilemmas. Find number and letter patterns, solve spatial problems, decipher devious anagrams, and much more. They may seem impossible—but solvers who stay fully engaged and focused will find success!

Not Without Hope

On February 28, 2009, Nick Schuyler, a twenty-four-year-old personal trainer, left for a deep-sea fishing trip with three friends: NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and Will Bleakley, his best friend, who once played football for the University of South Florida. It was supposed to be a day of fun and relaxation aboard Cooper’s twenty-one-foot boat, which anchored seventy miles west of Tampa, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico. The friends were out to catch some amberjack and grouper and maybe a few sharks. They planned to drink a few beers, have some laughs, and get home before an approaching cold front hit. As the seas began to swell and the winds picked up in the late afternoon, they packed their gear and decided to head to shore. One problem. The anchor was stuck. Inexperienced boaters, they made what would become a fatal mistake, tying the anchor rope to the stern of the boat and hitting the throttle. The anchor did not yank free. Instead, the stern sank and filled with water, and the boat capsized. And so the nightmare began. The men had to forage for life jackets beneath the boat. They had no emergency beacon to alert authorities, and their cell phones didn’t work so far out in the Gulf. With no food or water, the men clung to the overturned hull through the night as the seas roughened and the cloudy sky became inky black. They were continuously tossed from the boat by brutal waves, and sometimes found each other only by swimming toward their friends’ voices. During the rare lull, they would pray and talk about the ones they loved, what they would’ve done differently with their lives, and what they would do once they returned home. As the hours passed, the four friends, who had grown up as athletes, worked as a team in their desperate bid to survive. They battled hypothermia, hallucinations, hunger, dehydration, and huge waves. A witness to incredible heroism and unspeakable tragedy, Nick remained at sea for more than forty hours, holding on, hoping against hope and clinging to the thought that he couldn’t bear to have his mother attend his funeral. Not Without Hope is much more than a story of survival. It is an inspiring story of friendship, resolve, and courage.

Literature

From the Pillow and Through a Dream

I’m Sorry You Feel That Way: the astonishing but true story of a daughter, sister, slut, wife, mother and friend to man and dog

Ostensibly organized around the various men in Joseph’s life, this is really a memoir about what it’s like to be a modern, smart woman making her way in the world.

History, Geography and Biographies

A Walk in the Woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail–One Book One Community Selection 2010

Stretching from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trail offers some of America’s most breathtaking scenery. After living for many years in England, Bill Bryson moved back to the United States and decided to reacquaint himself with his country by taking to this uninterrupted “hiker’s highway.” Before long, Bryson and his infamous walking companion, Stephen Katz, are stocking up on insulated long johns, noodles and manuals for avoiding bear attacks as they prepare to set off on a walk that is both amusingly ill-conceived and surprisingly adventurous. John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and Peter Jenkins never took a hike like this. A Walk in the Woodsshowcases Bryson at the height of his comic powers. Meeting up with characters such as Beulah and her fearsome husband, “Bubba T. Flubba,” readers risk snakebite and hantavirus to trudge through swollen rivers, traipse up mountainsteps, and develop a new reverence for cream sodas and hot showers. But Bryson also uses his acute powers of observation to conjure a poignant backdrop of silent forests and sparkling lakes, thereby making a gentle but unforgettable plea for the ecological treasures we are in danger of losing. Fresh, illuminating, and uproariously funny,A Walk in the Woodsis travel writing at its very best.

New York

Small, succinct and inexpensive, this guide to New York City features dozens of Top 10 lists–from the city’s best attractions to the best neighborhoods and restaurants.

The Complete Book of Baby Names

D-Day, June 6, 1944: the climatic battle of World War II

Stephen E. Ambrose draws from more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans to create the preeminent chronicle of the most important day in the twentieth century. Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion were abandoned, and how ordinary soldiers and officers acted on their own initiative. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination — what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused democracy” — that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.

The Pacific

In this companion to the HBO(r) miniseries-executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman-Hugh Ambrose reveals the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot during World War II. Between America’s retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur’s airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan. From the debacle in Bataan, to the miracle at Midway and the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, their solemn oaths to their country later led one to the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot and the others to the coral strongholds of Peleliu, the black terraces of Iwo Jima and the killing fields of Okinawa, until at last the survivors enjoyed a triumphant, yet uneasy, return home. In The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose focuses on the real-life stories of the five men who put their lives on the line for our country. To deepen the story revealed in the miniseries and go beyond it, the book dares to chart a great ocean of enmity known as The Pacific and the brave men who fought. Some considered war a profession, others enlisted as citizen soldiers. Each man served in a different part of the war, but their respective duties required every ounce of their courage and their strength to defeat an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender. The medals for valor which were pinned on three of them came at a shocking price—a price paid in full by all.

Abundance of Valor: resistance, survival and liberation, 1944-1945

Telling the riveting story of history’s largest airborne assault, “Abundance of Valor” focuses on the British and American forces who, in September 1944, dropped three parachute divisions into German-occupied Holland.

Helmet for my Pillow: from Parris Island to the Pacific

Leckie provides one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of WWII. Follow his odyssey, from basic training to the raging battles in the Pacific.

The Atlantic Battle Won: May 1943- May 1945

Volume X is the second in Morison’s history to deal with the Battle of the Atlantic. It concludes the account begun in Volume I of “that war of groping and drowning, of science and seamanship”, the battle against the German U-Boats for control of the supply routes.

Tears in the Darkness: the story of the Bataan Death March and its aftermath

This major new work about World War II exposes the myths of military heroism as shallow and inadequate. “Tears in the Darkness” makes clear, with great literary and human power, that war causes suffering for people on all sides.

Every Day in Tuscany: seasons of an Italian life

In this sequel to her New York Times bestsellers Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, the celebrated “bard of Tuscany” (New York Times) lyrically chronicles her continuing, two decades-long love affair with Tuscany’s people, art, cuisine, and lifestyle. Frances Mayes offers her readers a deeply personal memoir of her present-day life in Tuscany, encompassing both the changes she has experienced since Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany appeared, and sensuous, evocative reflections on the timeless beauty and vivid pleasures of Italian life. Among the themes Mayes explores are how her experience of Tuscany dramatically expanded when she renovated and became a part-time resident of a 13th century house with a stone roof in the mountains above Cortona, how life in the mountains introduced her to a “wilder” side of Tuscany–and with it a lively engagement with Tuscany’s mountain people. Throughout, she reveals the concrete joys of life in her adopted hill town, with particular attention to life in the piazza, the art of Luca Signorelli (Renaissance painter from Cortona), and the pastoral pleasures of feasting from her garden. Moving always toward a deeper engagement, Mayes writes of Tuscan icons that have become for her storehouses of memory, of crucible moments from which bigger ideas emerged, and of the writing life she has enjoyed in the room where Under the Tuscan Sun began. With more on the pleasures of life at Bramasole, the delights and challenges of living in Italy day-to-day and favorite recipes, Every Day in Tuscany is a passionate and inviting account of the richness and complexity of Italian life.

The Man Who Ate His Boots: the tragic history of the search for the Northwest Passage

Brandt tells the fascinating whole story of the search for the Northwest Passage, from its beginnings early in the age of exploration through its development into a British national obsession to the final sordid, terrible descent into scurvy, starvation, and cannibalism.

American Conspiracies: lies, lies and more dirty lies that the government tells us

In this explosive account of wrongful acts and on-going cover-ups, Jesse Ventura takes a systematic look at the wide gap between what the American government knows and what it reveals to the American people. For too long, we the people have sat by and let politicians and bureaucrats from both parties obfuscate and lie. And according to this former Navy SEAL, former pro wrestler, and former Minnesota governor, the media is complicit in these acts of deception. For too long, the mainstream press has refused to consider alternate possibilities and to ask the tough questions. Here, Ventura looks closely at the theories that have been presented over the years and separates the fact from the fiction. In Ventura’s eyes, the murder of Abraham Lincoln and the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, all need to be re-examined. Was Watergate presented honestly, or was the CIA involved? Did the Republican Party set out to purposefully steal two elections on behalf of George W. Bush? Has all the evidence been presented about the 9/11 attacks or is there another angle that the media is afraid to explore? And finally, is the collapse of today’s financial order and the bailout plan by the Federal Reserve the widest-reaching conspiracy ever perpetrated? “If you’re talking outspoken, unconventional, and no-holds-barred, you’re talking Jesse Ventura,” Larry King. “I wouldn’t mind seeing Ventura run for president (or for senator, or dog-catcher, or whatever). In addition to talking conspiracy, he’s likely to raise all sorts of other trouble.” Damon W. Root, Reason Magazine.

Letters to Jackie: condolences from a grieving nation

Noted historian and “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” commentator Fitzpatrick culls 300 of the thousands of condolence letters written to Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband in the first book to ever examine this extraordinary collection.

Nine Lives: mystery, magic, death and life in New Orleans

Originating in a heralded series of “New Yorker” articles, “Nine Lives” explores New Orleans through the lives of nine characters over 40 years, bracketed by two epic hurricanes.

Jenniemae & James: a memoir in black and white

Growing up, Newman witnessed how an amazing affinity for numbers formed the basis of an enduring and unlikely friendship between her father, a brilliant and erratic white mathematician, and Jenniemae, the illiterate black housekeeper who held their fragile family together through the 1940s and 1950s. This is not one of those noble stories of how a poor black woman rescues a dysfunctional white family, though there is plenty of dysfunctionality. James and Jenniemae respect one another’s abilities and rely on one another through life’s vicissitudes. James’ chronic womanizing threatens the family, while his egomania and his work with Albert Einstein and others to urge peaceful use of atomic energy during the 1950s threaten his career. His wife, Ruth, plagued with borderline schizophrenia and a tortured acceptance of her husband’s philandering, adds to a household where the children saw too much and understood too little. Newman is unsparing yet loving in this complex portrait of her father, author of the classic The World of Mathematics, and the woman essential to her childhood.–Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Smith’s evocative, honest, and moving coming-of-age story reveals her extraordinary relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Part romance, part elegy, “Just Kids” is about friendship in the truest sense, and the artist’s calling.

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