In David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell engages readers in situations with seemingly obvious answers and then turns what we think upside down. Consider the familiar story of David and Goliath. Was David’s victory improbable and miraculous?
In this book, Gladwell challenges our thinking about obstacles and disadvantages, discriminations and disabilities, and sufferings from setbacks. He moves from one example to another: Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth’s struggles in Birmingham, Northern Ireland’s troubles, cancer researchers, the cost of revenge, and the dynamics of classrooms, all demonstrate that what is good and important arise from suffering and adversity.
Think back to 2006. Do you remember the first time you heard that a group of astronomers had decided that Pluto was not a planet anymore? Remember tha...moreThink back to 2006. Do you remember the first time you heard that a group of astronomers had decided that Pluto was not a planet anymore? Remember that sad feeling of “Oh, poor Pluto” or maybe you got angry and thought, “Why are they picking on Pluto? What did Pluto do to anyone?” Now you have someone to blame. Meet Mike Brown, the astronomer who discovered “the tenth planet”, which ultimately led to the downfall of Pluto. In How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, Brown raises the question of what exactly is a planet. You think that the answer would be simple, but Brown raises several important arguments that might change your views on the former planet. How I killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming made me wish I had paid more attention in astronomy class in college. Who knew an astronomer could write so charmingly? By the end of the novel, I was rooting for Brown’s cause. This story is filled with intrigue, backstabbing, love, and even a baby. Sandra Tsing Loh said it right when she wrote, “Mike Brown is the funniest, smartest, and most surprisingly poetic Caltech astronomer who ever made my daughters cry. Certainly their happy nine-planet childhoods were worth sacrificing for this truly fascinating and engaging read.” Ms. Judith (less)
“Drop Dead Healthy” by A. J. Jacobs is insightful and entertaining. The book outlines, Jacob’s attempt to become the healthiest man in the world. He l...more“Drop Dead Healthy” by A. J. Jacobs is insightful and entertaining. The book outlines, Jacob’s attempt to become the healthiest man in the world. He literally has every major part of his body examined, prodded, and or checked out by some of the top experts in the country. For those who care, many of them live in the New York area.
How much weight can a person lose while walking on a treadmill and typing? What is lung-packing and how did David Blaine use it to hold his breath for seventeen minutes and four seconds? What are Physique 57, Strollercise, and HIIT? To find out, read the book.
Who doesn’t love staying up till 4 AM watching your favorite reality show? Or maybe your guilty vice is rifling through your neighbors’ trash looking...moreWho doesn’t love staying up till 4 AM watching your favorite reality show? Or maybe your guilty vice is rifling through your neighbors’ trash looking for details on their sordid life. Not your cup of tea? What about froot loops for dinner?
No one wants to grow up, but we all have to. Even Jen Lancaster. The hilarious writer and blogger came to the conclusion that it was finally time to face facts and realize what she had become: an adult. In her new memoir, Jeneration X; One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It's Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner, Lancaster embraces adulthood and tackles tough life lessons no one wants to learn. Each chapter will have you laughing your pants off, especially when you realizes you have been guilty of the same situations (well, maybe not digging through your neighbors’ trash.) (less)
Follow author Neil Strauss as he transforms from an average everyday nerd into one of the top pickup artists in the country. Learn the tips of the ind...moreFollow author Neil Strauss as he transforms from an average everyday nerd into one of the top pickup artists in the country. Learn the tips of the industry (yes, there is an entire industry on seduction) by someone who learned and also helped to create it as it is known today.
If you’ve ever thought that you had game or couldn’t have game run on you, think again. Explore why opposites and likes attract. Learn when to stick around or hit the road. Gain insight as to how guys think and what their actions really mean. Also learn how to dismiss their hollow attempts to “pick you up”.
This book is loaded with a cast of known and unknown characters: Courtney Love, Tom Cruise, and Heidi Fleiss, to name a few.
Neil Strauss writes in a way that makes this book funny, easy to read, and somewhat believable.
In January 2010, the world watched as a lone dog was rescued from a piece of ice floating on the Vistula River near Grudziadz, Poland. This poor mutt...moreIn January 2010, the world watched as a lone dog was rescued from a piece of ice floating on the Vistula River near Grudziadz, Poland. This poor mutt had been stranded for days and no one could figure out how he got there. It took several days to rescue him. Firefighters tried, but they could not get close enough to save him. The dog fell into the water several times and ended up drifting 15 miles off shore into the Baltic Sea. Finally he was saved by the crew of the scientific research vessel R/V Baltica, who adopted the brave dog and named him Baltic. This little dog’s brave story captured the hearts of millions. Mônica Carnesi, who is an artist and a librarian, was fascinated with the story. She immediately set to work on her very first picture book so she could keep Baltic’s amazing rescue story alive. Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic teaches children the endearing story of a dog that no one would give up on. Through sparse text and sweet illustrations, children not learn of Baltic’s daring rescue but the care he needed to recover after such an ordeal. It is always nice to see a picture book about a true story that has a happy ending. Children will love reading about Baltic’s amazing journey from that floating ice to capturing the hearts of the world. (less)
The book is a common sense approach to personal safety. The book uses examples to show how different people have dealt with and reacted to violence. D...moreThe book is a common sense approach to personal safety. The book uses examples to show how different people have dealt with and reacted to violence. De Becker describes the traits that can lead to predicting violent behavior in family members, co-workers and strangers. He shows how people have been saved just because they chose to react based on their "gut feeling." He urges people to listen to their inner self and pay attention to the feeling of fear because it could save their lives. Everyone could benefit from reading this book because everyone interacts daily with people that could potentially be violent. D. Fout, 2008(less)
Being a Raymond Burr fan, I found it unsettling. The criticism was slighted a bit. Whether he was gay or not should not have been the definition of hi...moreBeing a Raymond Burr fan, I found it unsettling. The criticism was slighted a bit. Whether he was gay or not should not have been the definition of his character. The book places emphasis on his sexuality rather than his accomplishments. It does mention the Raymond Burr Vineyards and how the idea originated between friends. Bridget Turner, Adult Services(less)
When Albert and Sylvia Caldwell decided to leave their mission work in Siam and return to the United States, they never dreamed that they were in for th...moreWhen Albert and Sylvia Caldwell decided to leave their mission work in Siam and return to the United States, they never dreamed that they were in for the journey of their lives. How could they ever imagine that the ship they would be traveling on, the Titanic would forever be known as one of the greatest disasters ever? Traveling with their 10-month-old son Alden, the Caldwells set out on the voyage that would not only change their lives, but history. In A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival, Birmingham author Julie Hedgepeth Williams recounts the perilous journey of the Titanic, but also the events that led up to the Caldwells being on this infamous voyage. The author describes the stories her great-uncle Albert told her and does her own extensive research to piece together a harrowing account of survival, strength, and courage. In one gripping moment, Albert must decide whether or not to place his family on a lifeboat. This might seem like the easiest decision in the world, knowing what we know now about infamous night, but the passengers aboard the Titanic were told that this was a ship that even God himself couldn’t sink. Also, the circumstances of exactly how Albert ended up on a lifeboat, which was strictly reserved for women and children, are quite suspenseful. A Rare Titanic Family is not your ordinary Titanic book. Williams’ research reflects a new light on how the passengers on the Titanic must have felt during this traumatic experience, but also the mania that followed them after.(less)
This account about Julia Child is enjoyable and interesting from the first page of the preface to the last page of the book. What we saw of her on tel...moreThis account about Julia Child is enjoyable and interesting from the first page of the preface to the last page of the book. What we saw of her on television was the animation of a woman of may facets. Her life began in California where she grew into a society girl-fun loving and carefree. Her college days were spent at Smith where she continued enjoying friends and parties. During World War II she realized that she had better start getting serious about life. So she made the leap from society girl to working for the Office of Strategic Services. She began as a file clerk at the stateside office and then went to India and Ceylon where she set up the filing system used by the China-Burma-India theater which tracked intelligence gathering. It was during her days with the OSS that she met people who stretched her mind and made her think about deeper things than getting invited to parties or the seating arrangement at a fancy dinner. One of the people she met was Paul Child. He was a very talented OSS worker in the visual presentation unit responsible for maps, displays and photography. One of his great loves was for good food. Through him Julia began an interest in food and cooking. She later trained at the Cordon Bleu in France. While living and training there she made friends who would be life long associates and confidants. Two of them dreamed with Julia to write a cookbook for Americans to learn the art of French cooking. The three collaborated on the project for years. During this time Julia was determined that each recipe, each piece of advice in their book must be tested repeatedly before making it into the manuscript and print. She was tireless in the pursuit of excellence. Along the way she was also a society hostess for Paul during the years of civil service abroad. The Julia we saw on television came later to further interest in French cooking. She had a natural television presence and made people comfortable with cooking. And of course her voice was unique -people still imitate her and the bubbly excitement she had for fresh ingredients. Part of her I was unaware of was her crusading influence about food production. She was opinionated about many things and these opinions changed with time. In her last years she was without Paul which hurt terribly but always she was interested in cooking.(less)
Telling the story of her mother, Jane Gross offers important advice for adult children responsible for an aging parent. She writes the weekly New York...moreTelling the story of her mother, Jane Gross offers important advice for adult children responsible for an aging parent. She writes the weekly New York Times blog: The New Old Age, a helpful guide for anyone in the unfamiliar and challenging territory of caring for an aging parent.
The author integrates her personal experience-a widowed mother with growing health problems, the awkward role reversal of parent and child, conflict between her day job and care giving - with a comprehensive resource for effectively managing the lives of parents while keeping sanity and strength for ourselves.
A Bittersweet Season offers pertinent information on looking for a nursing home or assisted living, solving the mysteries of Medicare and Medicaid, why finding a G.P. should always be the first priority when relocating an elderly parent, and a comprehensive resource directory.Jane Gross(less)
Barton provides a collection of photographs that shows more than the growth of a city. These photographs provides an insightful look at the Magic City...moreBarton provides a collection of photographs that shows more than the growth of a city. These photographs provides an insightful look at the Magic City and it's people. (less)
Got some old books that are falling apart? Why not get crafty with those books? This craft book will teach you lots of cool and interesting crafts tha...moreGot some old books that are falling apart? Why not get crafty with those books? This craft book will teach you lots of cool and interesting crafts that you can simply make with an old book. Pretty neat! (less)
This new collection explores the beautiful covers from American Vogue. Not only does this timeline showcase the artful covers, a history of fashion an...moreThis new collection explores the beautiful covers from American Vogue. Not only does this timeline showcase the artful covers, a history of fashion and art is also presented. The book also has Vogue covers from the 1800's. This is a wonderful coffee table book and a great edition for any Vogue lovers out there. (less)
Trixie was a beautiful and fun loving Golden Retriever. She enriched the lives of Dean and his wife for many years. Now she is gone but has dictated t...moreTrixie was a beautiful and fun loving Golden Retriever. She enriched the lives of Dean and his wife for many years. Now she is gone but has dictated this book to Dean's computer for him to share with us. Understand that the priorities that we have in life may be some different from those of Trixie but her purpose is to help us achieve bliss. Each chapter is Trixie giving short, pithy suggestions on finding another part of bliss. Two chapters are on dog wisdom. Throughout she wants us to do or experience whatever makes us happy and relax. Trixie finds ecstasy in dog biscuits, a good roll in the yard or a tummy scratch. Each page is short as is the entire book. It is a quick read but take your time and relax with it. Think of Trixie saying these things to you and just romping in the yard as you enjoy life with her. This is a good read to break the tension and hectic pace of our daily lives. Let Trixie help you discover a priority shift.(less)
Scott Douglas is not a very nice librarian! In fact, all he seems to do is complain about how much he hates being a librarian, well when he is not com...moreScott Douglas is not a very nice librarian! In fact, all he seems to do is complain about how much he hates being a librarian, well when he is not complaining about everything else he hates. (less)
Loving Natalee was easy to read and as someone who followed the case, I enjoyed the book. Beth is candid about her feelings and her account is sincere...moreLoving Natalee was easy to read and as someone who followed the case, I enjoyed the book. Beth is candid about her feelings and her account is sincere and heartfelt. The book walks the reader through the pain of losing her beautiful daughter. The reader feels her frustrations and the many yet unanswered questions surrounding the loss of her child. The story is inspirational as you learn how this courageous woman deals with a parent’s worst fear. (less)
Jeannette Walls retells the harrowing story of her childhood. Sometimes it is hard to believe the life that the Walls led or the decisions her parents...moreJeannette Walls retells the harrowing story of her childhood. Sometimes it is hard to believe the life that the Walls led or the decisions her parents made (and in some cases, didn't make). The Glass Castle will reel you in! (less)