March 2011 Nonfiction

Computer Science, Information and General Works

Facebook and Twitter for Seniors for Dummies

“Learn to: get a web-based e-mail account and sign up on Facebook; update your Facebook profile, find friends, share photos, and post messages; share quick thoughts with your friends using Twitter; find the best sites for dining, travel, and music recommendations; … find Facebook privacy tweaks so only your friends can see your profile.”

Philosophy and Psychology

The Solution: conquer your fear, control your future

Offers a positive action plan for alleviating stress and anxiety in every facet of one’s life–from money to health to relationships.

29 Gifts: how a month of giving can change your life

“29 Gifts” is the insightful story of the author’s life-changing experience as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving and receiving. Walker explains how giving to others renewed her energy for life.

Social Sciences

Hot: living through the next fifty years on Earth

A fresh take on climate change by a renowned journalist driven to protect his daughter, your kids, and the next generation who’ll inherit the problem. For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for outlets including the New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair,and Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change had already arrived a century earlier than forecast with impacts bound to worsen for decades to come. Hertsgaard’s daughter Chiara, now five years old, is part of what he has dubbed “Generation Hot”–the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with mounting climate disruption.HOT is a father’s cry against climate change, but most of the book focuses on solutions, offering a deeply reported blueprint for how all of us as parents, communities, companies and countries can navigate this unavoidable new era. Combining reporting from across the nation and around the world with personal reflections on his daughter’s future, Hertsgaard provides “pictures” of what is expected over the next fifty years: Chicago’s climate transformed to resemble Houston’s; dwindling water supplies and crop yields at home and abroad; the redesign of New York and other cities against mega-storms and sea-level rise. Above all, he shows who is taking wise, creative precautions. For in the end, HOT is a book about how we’ll survive.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: dispatches from the front lines of the new girlie-girl culture

The acclaimed author of the groundbreaking bestseller Schoolgirls reveals the dark side of pink and pretty: the rise of the girlie-girl, she warns, is not that innocent.Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as a source-the source-of female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages.But, realistically, how many times can you say no when your daughter begs for a pint-size wedding gown or the latest Hannah Montana CD? And how dangerous is pink and pretty anyway-especially given girls’ successes in the classroom and on the playing field? Being a princess is just make-believe, after all; eventually they grow out of it. Or do they? Does playing Cinderella shield girls from early sexualization-or prime them for it? Could today’s little princess become tomorrow’s sexting teen? And what if she does? Would that make her in charge of her sexuality-or an unwitting captive to it?Those questions hit home with Peggy Orenstein, so she went sleuthing. She visited Disneyland and the international toy fair, trolled American Girl Place and Pottery Barn Kids, and met beauty pageant parents with preschoolers tricked out like Vegas showgirls. She dissected the science, created an online avatar, and parsed the original fairy tales. The stakes turn out to be higher than she-or we-ever imagined: nothing less than the health, development, and futures of our girls. From premature sexualization to the risk of depression to rising rates of narcissism, the potential negative impact of this new girlie-girl culture is undeniable-yet armed with awareness and recognition, parents can effectively counterbalance its influence in their daughters’ lives.Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a must-read for anyone who cares about girls, and for parents helping their daughters navigate the rocky road to adulthood.

Between a Rock and a Hot Place: why 50 is not the new 30

The pop-culture mantra has it wrong: 50 isn’t the new 30, 50 is 50. And while today’s 50 may not look the same as one’s grandmother’s, one shouldn’t necessarily use a teenager as a role model either. Veteran screenwriter Jackson adopts a take-no-prisoners approach, with an Accept-o-Meter reading that tilts toward the kicking-and-screaming side. Forget your fountain of youth: today’s mature woman is more likely to need a battalion of specialists and a bucket of supplements just to keep up. Along with losses (career, libido) come undesirable gains (crow’s-feet, creaky knees), and thanks to hormone-replacement therapy and Botox injections, spinning classes and Spanx bodywear, mammograms and colonoscopies the rituals and rigors associated with aging manage to seem simultaneously counterintuitive and counterproductive. Glib, gossipy, and genuinely gutsy, Jackson’s take on this middle-aged milestone will have any woman who is 50, approaching 50, or waving bye-bye in the rear-view mirror wondering, Who is this woman and how did she get inside my head?–Haggas, Carol Copyright 2010 Booklist

Inconceivable: a medical mistake, the baby we couldn’t keep and our choice to deliver the ultimate gift

A medical mistake during an IVF procedure. An unthinkable situation . . . you¿re pregnant with the wrong baby. You can terminate, but you can’t keep him. What choice would you make? Carolyn and Sean Savage had been trying to expand their family for years. When they underwent an IVF transfer in February 2009, they knew it would be their last chance. If they became pregnant, they would celebrate the baby as an answer to their prayers. If not, they would be grateful for the family they had and leave their fertility struggles behind forever. They never imagined a third option. The pregnancy test was positive, but the clinic had transferred the wrong embryos. Carolyn was pregnant with someone else’s baby. The Savages faced a series of heartbreaking decisions: terminate the pregnancy, sue for custody, or hand over the infant to his genetic parents upon delivery. Knowing that Carolyn was carrying another couples hope for a baby, the Savages wanted to do what they prayed the other family would do for them if the situation was reversed. Sean and Carolyn Savage decided to give the ultimate gift, the gift of life, to a family they didn’t know, no strings attached. Inconceivable provides an inside look at how modern medicine, which creates miracles daily, could allow such a tragic mistake, and the many legal ramifications that ensued with both the genetic family and the clinic. Chronicling their tumultuous pregnancy and its aftermath, which tested the Savage’s faith, their relationship to their church, and their marriage, Inconceivable is ultimately a testament to love. Carolyn and Sean loved this baby, making it impossible for them to imagine how they could give him life and then give him away.

Bringing Adam Home: the abduction that changed America

Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children, no pedophile registry. His 1981 abduction and murder-unsolved for over a quarter of a century-forever changed America. One sunny July morning in 1981, Rev Walsh and her six-year-old son Adam stopped by the local Sears to pick up some new lamps. Enchanted by a video game at the store’s entrance, Adam begged Rev to let him try it out while she shopped. When she returned a few minutes later, Adam was gone. The shock of Adam’s murder, and of the inability of the police and the FBI to find his killer, radically altered American innocence and our ideas about childhood. Gone forever were the days when parents would allow their kids out of the house with the casual instruction “Be home by dark!” Rev and John Walsh-who would go on to create  America’s Most Wanted -became advocates for the transformation of law enforcement’s response to and handling of such cases. Prompted by the Walshes’ activism, Congress passed the Missing Children Act in 1982, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was founded in 1984. While our lives have been significantly altered by Adam Walsh’s case, few of us know the whole story-how, after more than twenty-seven years of relentless investigation, decorated Miami Beach homicide detective Joe Matthews finally identified Adam’s killer.  Bringing Adam Home  is the definitive account of this horrifying crime-which, like the Lindbergh kidnapping fifty years earlier, captured public attention-and its aftermath, a true story of tragedy, love, faith, and dedication. It reveals the pain and tenacity of a family determined to find justice, the failed police work that allowed a killer to remain uncharged, and the determined efforts of one cop who accomplished what an entire legal system could not. As harrowing as  In Cold Blood, yet ultimately uplifting,  Bringing Adam Home is the riveting story of a triumph of justice and the enduring power of love.

McGraw-Hill’s Praxis I & II Exam

“This book gives you complete preparation for Praxis I (PPST) and for the Praxis II Subject Assessments. You’ll also get in-depth review and practice, plus essential question-answering techniques and strategies developed by a renowned test-prep coach.”– p.[4] of cover.

Technology and Applied Science

The Amen Solution: the brain healthy way to lose weight and keep it off

If weight loss was easy, then simply eating less and exercising would always work. The Amen Solution tells you it’s a lot more complex because of the role of the brain. You need a plan. Daniel Amen provides a proven pathway based on changing your brain chemistry to not only to easily lose weight, but keep it off for a lifetime.

21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: boost metabolism, lower cholestoral, and dramatically improve your help

For years, Dr. Neal D. Barnard has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research on what it really takes to lose weight and restore the body to optimal health. Now, with his proven, successful program, in just three short weeks you’ll get fast results-drop pounds, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve blood sugar, and more. With Dr. Barnard’s advice on how to easily start a plant-based diet, you’ll learn the secrets to reprogramming your body quickly: Appetite reduction : Strategically choose the right foods to naturally and easily tame your appetite.  Metabolism boost : Adjust eating patterns to burn calories faster for about three hours after each meal. Cardio protection : Discover the powerful foods that can help reduce cholesterol nearly as much as drugs do in just weeks. Whether you are one of the millions who are anxious to get a jumpstart on weight loss or who already know about the benefits of a plant-based diet but have no idea how or where to start, this book is the kickstart you’ve been waiting for. Complete with more than sixty recipes, daily meal plans for the 21-day program, tips for grocery shopping, and more, this book will teach you how to make the best food choices and get your body on the fast track to better health.

Flat Belly Diet! Diabetes: lose up to 12 lbs in 5 weeks: lose weight, target belly fat and lower blood sugar with this tested plan from the editors of Prevention

Success on this diet begins with flattening your belly, but it doesn’t end there. Real success means healthy blood sugar levels, today, tomorrow, and always. The belly fat accumulating deep in your abdomen is an underlying factor of heart disease, cancer, and, yes, diabetes, but it is not too late to chart a new course to lasting health. You can reverse your insulin resistance and get fitter than ever before with this diet. Inside are recipes that feature “MUFA at every meal”, as well as an easy, flexible exercise routine that uses low impact walking and basic strength training, expert advice on managing blood sugar, including exercise and diet safety tips, insights and stories from real men and women who tried the program and got results. — From publisher’s website.

Anorexia and Bullimia

“Anorexia, bulimia signal a troubled body and soul” cried a headline in USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper. These serious eating disorders plague people of all ages, but mostly adolescent girls. Untreated, anorexia and bulimia can be life-threatening. Even when the diseases are diagnosed and treated, the road to recovery is difficult and sometimes lasts a lifetime.

Henry’s Demons: living with schizophrenia: a father and son’s story

A journalist’s memoir, written with his son, about his son’s descent into schizophrenia–a profoundly moving account of mental illness in the family.

Moonface: a memoir

“Moonface” is a hilarious, incredibly moving memoir about how one woman found romance and laughter in the most unlikely way: by having a kidney transplant.

How to Make Your Car Last Forever

For many people, a well-maintained automobile is a source of pride and peace of mind. But for others, the idea of routine maintenance is daunting. How to Make Your Car Last Forever will guide you through the minefield of preventative maintenance, repair, extended warranties, and magic elixirs that claim to cure everything from oil consumption to male-pattern baldness! Author, car repair expert, and host of satellite radio show America’s Car Show with Tom Torbjornsen, Tom Torbjornsen has seen it all in his 40 years in the automobile industry. Let him show you how to extend the life of your car indefinitely. In How to Make Your Car Last Forever, he explains the what, when, and why’s of automotive maintenance and repairs in easy-to-understand terms. Simple how-to projects supplement the learning with step-by-step instructions that will save you time and money. While you may not want your car to last forever, Torbjornsen’s advice will help you preserve it indefinitely while maximizing resale value down the road. Preventative maintenance is the key to the automotive fountain of youth. Let Tom Torbjornsen show you the way!

The Conscientious Gardener: cultivating a garden ethic

In his influential A Sand County Almanac, published at the beginning of the environmental movement in 1949, Aldo Leopold proposed a new ecological ethic to guide our stewardship of the planet. In this inspiring book, Sarah Hayden Reichard tells how we can bring Leopold’s far-reaching vision to our gardens to make them more sustainable, lively, and healthy places. Today, gardening practices too often damage the environment: we deplete resources in our own soil while mining for soil amendments in far away places, or use water and pesticides in ways that can pollute lakes and rivers. Drawing from cutting edge research on urban horticulture, Reichard explores the many benefits of sustainable gardening and gives straightforward, practical advice on topics such as pest control, water conservation, living with native animals, mulching, and invasive species. The book includes a scorecard that allows readers to quickly evaluate the sustainability of their current practices, as well as an extensive list of garden plants that are invasive, what they do, and where they should be avoided.

The Love That Dog Training Program

Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz is a very special trainer. She knows dogs instinctively, and, drawing on lessons she learned from raising three children, she uses the power of positive reinforcement and bonding to train dogs to be joyful, obedient, and devoted members of a family. Dog lovers throughout the Washington, DC, area know her: She trained each of the late Senator Ted Kennedy s dogs, and when the Obama family were deciding on a puppy and could have chosen any trainer in the world to work with it was Ms Sylvia-Stasiewicz who trained Bo.In The Love That Dog Training Program, a lively, accessible, authoritative book, she shares her invaluable and proven program. Her method is based on positive reinforcement. She believes in trust and treats, not choke collars; in bonding, not squeezing or hitting. Her dogs are happy and self-confident, spirited yet very well-behaved. The basic program is five weeks, it takes only 15 or 20 minutes a day, and it works for both puppies and dogs, including retraining a dog with bad habits. Illustrated with step-by-step photographs, The Love That Dog Training Program covers hand-feeding. Crate training and potty training. Simple commands sit, stay, come here as well as more complex goals, such as bite inhibition and water safety. It shows how to avoid or correct common behavioral problems including jumping, barking, noise phobias, hiding, and more. Then: how to make your dog comfortable in the world a dog that travels well, knows how to behave in a dog park or vet s office, is comfortable around strangers, and more. As the author points out, dog training never ends, it just gets easier and even more rewarding.

Everyday Easy Freeze-Ahead Meals: casseroles, hearty soups, pizzas, one-pots, oven bakes

Given the pressures of other aspects of fast family life, help in the kitchen is essential. And <i>Everyday Easy -a series of cookbooks that each include a collection of around 90 recipes-provides an inexhaustible collection of favorite family recipes to be dipped into on a daily basis for any home cook. Everyday Easy: Freezer Ahead Meals is packed with 90 great recipes that can be made ahead of time and will keep well in the freezer. So, for delicious family meals on hectic weeknights, all you have to do is defrost and serve.

Fresh From the Market

Ingredients-first cooking for elegant and vibrant seasonal cuisine all year long. From the first pale-green shoots of April asparagus to December’s robust porcini and creamy sunchokes, food at its seasonal peak offers brilliant flavors. In Fresh from the Market, Chef Laurent Tourondel presents fantastic recipes based on the seasonal, market-driven cooking philosophy that has made him one of America’s most successful chefs and restaurateurs. This richly photographed cookbook covers cocktails, appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts, along with complete menus for special occasions like an autumn wine harvest dinner or a festive New Year’s Eve feast. Chef Tourondel selects the freshest seasonal ingredients and maximizes their flavors with simple cooking techniques. Features 167 recipes organized by season, along with complete menus for special occasions like Thanksgiving dinners and Independence Day barbecues Packed with mouthwatering, full-color photography by renowned photographer Quentin Bacon Includes wine pairings, seasonality charts, sources, and other valuable and insightful information Whether cooking with fava beans in spring, littleneck clams in summer, butternut squash in fall, or Meyer lemons in winter,  Fresh from the Market shows home cooks how to create incredible dishes from each season’s glorious bounty.

Old Favorite Honey Recipes

Old Favorite Honey Recipes was first published in 1941 by the American Honey Institute, and was combined with The Honey Recipe Book by the Iowa Honey Producers in 1971. This new edition has been redesigned typographically to allow measurements to be standardized and to eliminate duplication of honey facts and hints for each use. Irrelevant or out-of-date material was omitted and notes added to update some ingredients or preparation methods.

The Bag Making Bible: complete creative guide to sewing your own bags

Introduces, explains and demonstrates the myriad materials, hardware, tools and techniques available to the modern crafter, including using the sewing machine. Each fully illustrated chapter ends with a unique, step-by-step project that builds the ultimate handbag wardrobe, with tips for customization. Full size patterns on a separate pull-out section mean you can get started right away ? no photocopying or enlarging required.

Common Sense Storage: clever solutions for an organized life

From simple tactics on a budget to beautiful custom built-ins, gain inspiration for both short-term and long-term storage and organization solutions in your home. This book is filled with inspirational photos and concise, practical information on how to achieve the organization you’ve dreamed of right at home. It is sure to help all homeowners-with all sizes and styles of homes-think critically about unused space and come up with clever solutions. Professional organizers offer their valuable insider tips and tricks to manage clutter. Room plans show how to best use existing space and how to maximize storage space in each room. Product guides reveal the many clever ways to use furniture and accessories. Sidebars include step-by-step, how-to instructions for simple projects that can be started today! And, finally, exercises and charts help get you on the fast-track to a neat, clutter-free home.

Find a Job Through Social Networking: use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and more to advance your career

Rev. ed. of: Seven days to online networking: make connections to advance your career and business quickly / Ellen Sautter and Diane Crompton. 2008.

Arts and Recreation

Tilda’s Christmas Ideas

A seasonal collection of projects using the latest Tilda fabrics and embellishments, including gifts, decorations and cards. The designs include santas, pixies, angels and snowmen, all made in a festive color scheme. All projects are accompanied by clear instructions, gorgeous photographs and color illustrations, making them ideal for beginners, as well as more experienced sewers. Popular techniques, such as appliqu? and embroidery, are used and full-size templates are also included.

Vogue Knitting Mittens and Gloves

From the most trusted name in knitting comes another sure-fire success! Vogue Knitting Mittens & Gloves will have knitters’ fingers warm, cozy, and super-busy with more than 40 of the best designs from the popular magazine. With everything from colorful mittens and funky fingerless mitts to gloves with elegant style-and matching accessories, too-crafters of all levels will find the perfect fit!  Projects include: Mittens with Matching Juliet Cap Picot Edge Gauntlets Convertible Mittens Felted Mittens with Pompom Trim (+ hat and scarf)  Lace Panel Gloves  Snowball Mittens and many more!

Dancing Lessons: how I found passion and potential on the dance floor and in life

Autobiography of Cheryl Burke, professional dancer, choreographer, and two-time champion on Dancing with the Stars.eryl

I Beat the Odds: from homelessness, to the blind side, and beyond

The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher’s amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his account of his story in his own words, revealing his thoughts and feelings with details that only he knows, and offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life. Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. He recounts poignant stories growing up in the projects and running from child services and foster care over and over again in search of some familiarity. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. But Oher also knew he would not be successful alone. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one’s dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man’s quest to achieve the American dream.

The Official Illustrated NHL History

The history of the NHL runs parallel to the history of hockey and hockey’s history is rich and varied. The journey that this sport has taken is a long and exciting one filled with remarkable chapters of victory and defeat, tragedy and triumph and, most of all, people. From the Long Pond of Windsor, Nova Scotia, the first Stanley Cup, and the conception of the NHL in a Montreal hotel ballroom in 1917 to the sensational scenes of the 1999 Stanley Cup, Florida’s first champion in 2004, and the drought-ending title of the Chicago Black Hawks in 2010, these are the stories worth telling. From Newsy Lalonde and Howie Morenz, from Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe, to Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Brett Hull and Sidney Crosby, the stories are special ones.  Written by four leading authorities on the game and supported by stunning archive photography, The Official Illustrated NHL History is a celebration of all that has made the sport what it is today – the characters, the defining moments and the spectacular competition.

Literature

Keeping the Wolves at Bay: stories by emerging American writers

A Widow’s Story: a memoir

In a work unlike anything she’s written before, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates unveils a poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of forty-six years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath.”My husband died, my life collapsed.” On a February morning in 2008, Joyce Carol Oates drove her ailing husband, Raymond Smith, to the emergency room of the Princeton Medical Center where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Both Joyce and Ray expected him to be released in a day or two. But in less than a week, even as Joyce was preparing for his discharge, Ray died from a virulent hospital-acquired infection, and Joyce was suddenly faced-totally unprepared-with the stunning reality of widowhood. A Widow’s Story illuminates one woman’s struggle to comprehend a life without the partnership that had sustained and defined her for nearly half a century. As never before, Joyce Carol Oates shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of “death-duties,” and the solace of friendship. She writes unflinchingly of the experience of grief-the almost unbearable suspense of the hospital vigil, the treacherous “pools” of memory that surround us, the vocabulary of illness, the absurdities of commercialized forms of mourning. Here is a frank acknowledgment of the widow’s desperation-only gradually yielding to the recognition that “this is my life now.” Enlivened by the piercing vision, acute perception, and mordant humor that are the hallmarks of the work of Joyce Carol Oates, this moving tale of life and death, love and grief, offers a candid, never-before-glimpsed view of the acclaimed author and fiercely private woman.

History and Geography

Only Pack What You Can Carry: my path to inner strength, confidence and true self knowledge

Magnetically written by former CEO of a North Carolina Girl Scout&amp;#160;Council and award winning CEO for the Western New York chapter of a national arts-in-education organization, this uniquely engaging travel journal describes four keys to unlocking personal and spiritual fulfillment: solitude, introspection, courage, and commitment. Through a series of compelling travel essays and deeply thoughtful memoirs, Janice Booth draws readers into each adventure-ranging from a solo hike through Northern California to galloping across the fields of Ireland to a short stint with the Circus Arts learning the flying trapeze-and shares her secrets to a fuller life through traveling alone. Step by step, she demonstrates why leaving everything-and everyone-behind for a few days (or more!) is the best path to inner strength, confidence, and true self-knowledge.

USA’s Best Trips: 99 themed itineraries across America

She-wolves: the women who ruled England before Elizabeth

When Edward VI died in 1553, the extraordinary fact was that there was no one left to claim the title of king of England. For the first time, England would have a reigning queen-but the question was which one: Katherine of Aragon’s daughter, Mary; Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth; or one of their cousins, Lady Jane Grey or Mary, Queen of Scots. But female rule in England also had a past. Four hundred years before Edward’s death, Matilda, daughter of Henry I and granddaughter of William the Conqueror, came tantalizingly close to securing the crown for herself. And between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries three more exceptional women-Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou-discovered how much was possible if pre-sumptions of male rule were not confronted so explicitly-and just how quickly they might be vilified as “she-wolves” for their pains. The stories of these women, told here in all their vivid detail, expose the paradox that female heirs to the Tudor throne had no choice but to negotiate. Man was the head of woman, and the king was the head of all. How, then, could royal power lie in female hands?

Everyday Icon: Michele Obama and the power of style

In many ways the world has never seen a First Lady like Michelle Obama. From the precedent of her race to the singularity of her style, she has been the object of immense fascination. What she says, what she does, and not least, what she wears, is scrutinized around the world. Writing at the crossroads of politics and fashion, Kate Betts explains why Michelle Obama’s style matters, and how she has helped liberate a generation of women from the false idea that style and substance are mutually exclusive. Following the transformation of Mrs. Obama from her early days on the campaign trail to her first state dinner at the White House, Betts, a longtime fashion journalist and former editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, reminds us that while style can be expressed in what you wear, it is inextricably bound up in who you are and what you believe in. In a smart, breezy voice backed by extensive interviews and historical research, Betts shows how Michelle Obama’s bold confidence and self-possession have made her into an icon and transformed the way women see themselves, their roles, and their own style. With two hundred color photographs, original designer sketches, and historical images, Everyday Icon is not only a lavish tour of our First Lady’s style statements, but also a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of how she created her image and, more important, what that image says about American style today. Much has been written about Michelle Obama, but Kate Betts places her in a broader cultural and historical context; Everyday Icon is the definitive book on how a working mother of two became an unforgettable, global style icon.

Biography

And Furthermore

“I can hardly believe that it is more than half a century since I first stepped on to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre and into a way of life that has brought me the most rewarding professional relationships and friendships.  I cannot imagine now ever doing anything else with my life except acting .” – Judi Dench

From London’s glittering West End to Broadway’s bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to “M” in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has treated audiences to some of the greatest performances of our time.  She made her professional acting debut in 1957 with England’s Old Vic theatre company playing Ophelia in Hamlet , Katherine in Henry V (her New York debut), and then, Juliet. In 1961, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Anya in The Cherry Orchard with John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft. In 1968, she went beyond the classical stage to become a sensation as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, adding musical comedy to her repertoire. Over the years, Dench has given indelible performances in the classics as well as some of the greatest plays and musicals of the twentieth century including No l Coward’s Hay Fever, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Kaufman and Hart’s The Royal Family and David Hare’s Amy’s View (for which she won the Tony Award). Recently, she made a triumphant return to A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Titania, a role she first played in 1962, now played as a theatre-besotted Queen Elizabeth I.  Her film career has been filled with unforgettable performances of some unforgettable women: Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown, the terrifying schoolteacher Barbara Covett in Notes on a Scandal and the writer Iris Murdoch in Iris. And, for the BBC, Dench created another unforgettable woman when she brought her great comic timing and deeply felt emotions to the role of Jean Pargetter in the long-running BBC series As Time Goes By. And Furthermore is, however, more than the story of a great actress’s career.  It is also the story of Judi Dench’s life: her early days as a child in a family that was in love with the theatre; her marriage to actor Michael Williams; the joy she takes in her daughter, the actress Finty Williams, and her grandson, Sammy.  Filled with Dench’s impish sense of humor, diamond-sharp intelligence and photos from her personal archives, And Furthermore is the book every fan of the great Judi Dench will cherish.

The Pioneer Woman: black heels to tractor wheels: a love story

“That’s when I saw him-the cowboy-across the smoky room.”I’ll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn’t looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I’d been struck with a lightning bolt . . . and I was completely powerless to stop it. Read along as I recount the rip-roaring details of my unlikely romance with a chaps-wearing cowboy, from the early days of our courtship (complete with cows, horses, prairie fire, and passion) all the way through the first year of our marriage, which would be filled with more challenge and strife-and manure-than I ever could have expected. This isn’t just my love story; it’s a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet.It’s the story of a cowboy. And Wranglers. And chaps. And the girl who fell in love with them.

Townie: a memoir

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed or killing someone else. He signed on as a boxer. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by becoming a writer himself could Andre begin to bridge the abyss and save himself. His memoir is a riveting, visceral, profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love.

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