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For your reading pleasure, this book archive showcases The Baum Group's 2001 book selections and book reviews on Dr. Rae's Shopping Network.

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER SELECTIONS
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Real Magic : Creating Miracles in Everyday Life by Wayne W. Dyer "learn how to (1) see it in your mind (2) believe it in your heart, and then (3) create it in your life."

Manhattan Unfurled by Matteo Pericoli "...published in an elegant slipcase, and the drawings fold out, accordion-style, with the West on one side and the East on the other.  An introduction by New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger, who first wrote about Matteo’s project in The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town,” will accompany the drawing in a separate pamphlet.  This book is both a wonderful New York City memento, perfect for gift giving, and an entirely unique work of art."

To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee "I rate this book a 5-star-plus!   I read it for the first time in the 9th grade and have read it two more times since then.   When I read it about 6 months ago at the age of 22, I couldn't believe how exciting it was, even though I already knew what was going to happen.  I think this is a classic and a must read for older students and adults.   Even though it happened in another time and place (for me), it is easy to relate to and offers many life lessons." (A Reader from Lufkin, Texas USA)

Building Cross-Cultural Competence : How to Create Wealth from Conflicting Values by Charles M. Hampden-Turner "...new insights on how people of different values, norms and belief can reconcile the inherent cultural differences to build a dynamic relationship within a culturally diversed organisation.  ..." (A Reader from East Kalimantan, Indonesia)

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen "Settling old scores.  Beware, parents of baby boomers.  You may find out what they really think." (A Reader from Houston, Texas USA)

Flares of Memory : Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust by Anita Brostoff (Editor) with Sheila Chamovitz "Survivors remember."

Technical Writing for Dummies by Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts "Technical writing is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. today.  Yet, many people are uncertain about what technical writing entails -- and how it differs from other types of business writing.  “Technical Writing For Dummies” clears away the confusion and shows you how to research and write terrific technical documentation.  It includes   How to use the Internet to effectively research technical documents  A guide to creating different types of technical documents, from abstracts to user manuals  A how-to guide to crafting technical documents for online and computer presentations." (Editorial Reviews ~ Book Description)

The Proving Ground by G. Bruce Knecht "How real people behave under stress.  The book...highlights four situations where four individuals could have changed the outcome...by speaking out against a clearly wrong decision but did not.  Unfortunately in two of these situations, lives were lost that could have been saved and in the third, reputations and names have been destroyed forever.   While the setting is a yacht race, its really a story about the behavior of people under extreme stress." (A Reader from Sydney, Australia)

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SELECTIONS
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There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne W. Dyer "Thank You, Wayne!!!  This is a wonderful and wise book, full of love, hope and practical advice.  It teaches the importance -- and explains the rewards -- of living a life with a strong spiritual center in a world that is frighteningly materialistic, and does so in a way that is refreshing, uplifting and entertaining.  If you're looking for a lift, read this book right away.  It's probably Wayne's best, and, in my book, that's saying a lot!!" (A Reader from New York City, New York USA)

Customers Rule! Why the E-Commerce Honeymoon is Over and Where Winning Businesses Go From Here by Roger Blackwell and Kristina Stephan "...They remind us: e-business is no substitute for knowing what works in business and why." (A reader from Columbus, Ohio USA)

Bioenergetics by Alexander Lowen, M.D. "Great Book!  Lowen's book does what they all do -- it gets us back in touch with our genuine, inner selves by making the emotional expression of oneself through the body the vehicle for authentic self-expression and spontaneity.  It liberated me to feel more spontaneously without self-judgment and self-criticism, and to express my feelings without fear of judgment by others.  If you're having trouble feeling or being fully conscious of yourself and your feelings, read Lowen's books and give some thought to Bioenergetic psychotherapy -- both will help tremendously." (A reader from USA)

Dawn of the 21st Century : The Millennium Photo Project by Alx Klive (Editor), David Kilgour (Editor) "A wonderful idea and fasinating book.  My copy recently arrived and I'm greatly impressed.  I first heard of this book from its web site, but nothing seemed to be happening there so I'd assumed the project had failed.  Suddenly, while searching for photography books, up it pops.  I had to get a copy.  It has a great range of photos which really capture the feel of a world in celebration.   The range of people featured makes it great to pass from page to page and dip back into the new year." (A Reader from Sacramento, California USA)

The Road to Wealth: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Money - Everything You Need to Know in Good and Bad Times by Suze Orman "...author of "The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom" and "The Courage to Be Rich," is back with her most comprehensive guide to wealth creation and management yet.  "The Road to Wealth" is organized in a question-and-answer format that addresses everything from managing debt to investing in the stock market." (Thanks Harry C. Edwards, Editor of Amazon.com Delivers Business & Investing)

Detecting Women by Willetta L. Heising "This collectors' guide is a must for all aficionados of mystery." (Thanks Dr. Rae)

Essential Drucker : In One Volume the Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management by Peter Ferdinand Drucker "It's difficult to think of anyone who has shaped the tone and tenor of modern business management more than Peter Drucker.  Taking on Drucker for the first time is always a challenge, but now anyone looking for an introduction to the man and his work should look no farther..." (Thank you Harry C. Edwards, Editor of Amazon.Com Delivers Business & Investing)

Fish!  A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin Ph.D., Harry Paul, John Christensen "Addresses today's most pressing work issues (including employee retention and burnout) with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message that applies to anyone in any sector of any organization." (Book Information)

The Myth of Excellence : Why Great Companies Never Try to Be the Best at Everything by Fred Crawford, Ryan Mathews "The first thing that Fred Crawford and Ryan Mathews asked themselves after surveying 5,000 consumers was how their survey respondents could be so wrong.  Their results so contradicted conventional wisdom about consumer marketing that the two began to rethink their assumptions about what American consumers really want -- and the results will probably surprise you as well.  In The Myth of Excellence, Crawford and Mathews show why values are taking center stage in today's marketplace." (Thank you Harry C. Edwards, Editor of Amazon.com Delivers Business & Investing)

JULY/AUGUST SELECTIONS
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On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King "Great Read for Writers and Readers!  ...a page turner from start to finish, just like Stephen King's fiction!  For King fans, writers, or those who dream about becoming a n author, this book describes King's life and his evolution as a writer in great detail.  It provides you with a window into the life of a born writer.  You can't help but evaluate your own potential as an author in comparison.  A must read for anyone who loves to read!" (A Reader from Highland, Illinois USA)

Success @ Life by Ron Rubin, Stuart Avery Gold, Republic of Tea "I've been a fan of Republic of Tea since discovering it five years ago.  Little did I know what went into developing this creative and extraordinary business.  Thanks to the authors for sharing their insights.  The advice is both pragmatic and inspirational.  If you need motivation and excellent guidance in how to succeed in life, read this book today." (A Reader from Missouri, USA)

The Pharmacist's Mate by Amy Fusselman [Thank you Rosie O'Donnell from "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" for bring this extraordinary book to our attention.]

Suzanne Somers' Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away by Suzanne Somers, Diana Schwarzbein "...a **TEN STAR** book and recipe for living that will dramatically revolutionize and revitalize the way we, as a planet, eat and enjoy food." (A Reader from St. Marys, Pennsylvania USA)

The Pilates Body : The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening, and Toning Your Body -- Without Machines by Brooke Siler "Absolutely Wonderful!  I am a Pilates instructor and this book is wonderful for helping with verbal cues and visualization.  I think that it is also a great book for beginners.  This is a must have for anyone interested in Pilates." (A Reader from Boise, Idaho USA)

Brand New : How Entrepreneurs Earned Consumers' Trust from Wedgwood to Dell by Nancy F. Koehn "An insightful look at brands and brand management through the eyes of a Harvard Business School professor." (Thank you Harry C. Edwards, Editor of Amazon Delivers Business)

Getting Things Done : The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen "A breath of fresh air!  Over the years I have been looking for a practical approach to manage both my personal and professional life.  With David Allen's approach the mystery has been solved.  In easy to understand terminology, David helped me to make sense of all the information I need to manage and how to keep track of it so that I can more effectively complete what is important to me.  I feel like I have more control over my life.  Until now, I didn't realize how simple it could be to feel so great." (A Reader from Santiago, Chile)

Survival, The Unidentified Stage of Grieving by Tara A. Griggs "Impressive...  I found this book to be wonderful...easy and quick to read.  I read it twice in one weekend.  Not your typical "cookbook" on how to grieve.  It spoke of the realities of grieving.  Very personal and I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't clinical.  I highly recommend this book." (A Reader from Simsbury, Connecticut USA)

High Five! The Magic of Working Together by Ken Blanchard, etal. "Great, ...message on teamwork.  ...The organisation that invests heavily in the individuals and not the teams will lose this investment when the individual leaves.  This point is very clear and valid in theHigh Five book and a major point worth remembering.  An effective team can carry on if one person leaves, which means the organisation is not impacted, or the team or the customer.  And as individuals, by sharing knowledge we also become more empowered.  Teamwork benefits everyone, the organisation, the employee and the customer." (A Reader from Auckland, New Zealand)

MAY/JUNE SELECTIONS
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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci : Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb "You Can Achieve Your Own Renaissance!  ..There is great wisdom to learn from da Vinci.  He told us that "I will continue" through his obstacles and that "I wish to work miracles" through his everyday life.  He aimed at reaching his potential and each one of us can do that as well.  Read this book if you are interested in taking the challenge to become the best you can be." (A Reader)

Emotional Alchemy : How the Mind Can Heal the Heart by Tara Bennett-Goleman "...This is a book that can add great value to anyone's life.  Very highly recommended." (A Reader from Harvard, Massachusetts USA)

[SideBar : Science journalist Daniel Goleman collaborates with Bennett-Goleman, his psychotherapist wife.  Bennett-Goleman suggests that many people are ruled by maladaptive behaviors... stemming from childhood coping mechanisms.  She investigates ten basic maladaptive behaviors.]

The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding : How to Build a Product or Service into a World-Class Brand by Al Ries and Laura Ries "Short and effective,...  The best thing about this book is the short chapters: it isn't some unwieldy volume that will gather dust on the shelf.  It's a resource to re-visit, re-read and bring more fresh thoughts to mind.  Whilst the 'laws' are integrated, and you'll find references in some chapters to other 'laws' in the book, you don't have to read it cover-to-cover every time you pick it up.  Having said that, you could do so in a spare afternoon!  Worth keeping close to hand." (A Reader from Sunbury, Victoria Australia)

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford "This is a real life changer.  For the first time, it all became clear that I was looking at life in the wrong light.  ...I started to own parts of myself that I had buried deep inside of me." (A Reader from Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA)

American Odyssey, 1963-1999 by Mary Ellen Mark (Photographer) "One image is worth the price...  Great book for Hasselblad nerds; it will give you a lot of ideas for how to fill a square frame creatively." (A Reader from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA)

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer : How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate With Your Baby by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau "I am a first time grandma-to-be.  Saw you on Dateline and immediately ordered your book for my daughter-in-law and son.  Am reading the book first and wish you had been around for me when I had my children.  The book is wonderful, I've ordered two more copies for my friends' children who are going to be parents for the first time.  Thanks to Tracy for writing your book." (A Reader)

Couples : A Celebration of Commitment by Catherine Whitney and M. I. Hamburg "Great sweetheart buy.  Heartfelt prose and beautiful photographs capture the essence of love and commitment." (A Reader from Kansas City, Missouri USA)

MARCH/APRIL SELECTIONS
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It's Not the Big that Eat the Small...It's the Fast that Eat the Slow by Jason Jennings and Laurence Haughton "A step-by-step guide to growing any business through the philosophy of "surging," a strategy which can be implemented at any level in any company." (Pittsburgh Business Times "News & Noteworthy Business Books" February 16 - 22, 2001 edition)

The Future of Success by Robert B. Reich "This book clearly deserves more than 5 stars.  It is Professor Robert Reich's best book, and the first to go beyond Professor Peter Drucker's thinking about the future of "knowledge" work.  It is well written, and designed to stir a debate and self-examination . . . rather than answer all of the questions in an opinionated way.  Nicely done!" (A Reader from Boston, Massachusetts USA)

Eyewitness to Power : The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton by David R. Gergen "A unique account of the leadership styles of the immediate past US presidents.  Well written, concise, to the point, it makes pertinent reading and a useful text in historical terms, but also as a prescription for future US presidents." (A Reader from Melbourne, Victoria Australia)

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. "A program that helps you develop your talents and strengths and those of the people you manage." (Pittsburgh Business Times "News & Noteworthy Business Books" February 2 - 8, 2001)

Maestro : Greenspan's Fed and the American Boom by Bob Woodward "Behind the scenes at the Fed.  Reading this book goes to prove that the most powerful man in Washington D.C. does not reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  ...The book gives insight into who Alan Greenspan is and what drives him.  This is a great read!!" (A Reader from Flint, Michigan USA)

I'd Rather Laugh by Linda Richman "I would recommend this book to anyone who has gone through (or is going through) the hardships of life and still has not found their way out.  Linda has a wonderful and funny way of helping us with almost everything that life brings us.  She has been to hell and back and she can still laugh. ..." (A Reader from Woodland Hills, California USA)

The Prudent Investor's Guide to Hedge Funds : Profiting from Uncertainty and Volatility by James P. Owen "Bridge the gap between traditional investing and hedge funds.  This outstanding book is perfect for bringing the comfort level of investors up in the seemingly arcane world of hedge funds.  ...Highly recommended." (A Reader from Boca Raton, Florida USA)

The Autobiography Box by Brian Bouldrey "A wonderful resource.  I was very happy to find this box recently, having started journaling - this is a nice change from most writing guides, which seem to set out very rigid guides about what it means to be a writer, in that it's insightful, flexible, and appealing all in one.  If you are or are thinking about writing a journal or memoir, I'd recommend this as a good resource." (A Reader from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA)

The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program by Kathleen DesMaisons Ph.D. "I would have never believed that changing the way I eat, and eliminating sugar and white things could do more than just make me feel better physically.  ...I've discovered many many more benefits - once the "sugar fog" lifted, I am generally more focused, able to concentrate, less irritable, hopeful, and excited about my life!" (A Reader from Atlanta, Georgia USA)

JANUARY/FEBRUARY SELECTIONS
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Michelangelo by Diane Stanley (Illustrator) ($15.95) "I couldn't put it down!  ...What a beautiful book!  Not only were the pictures captivating, but the information was excellent.  ...Children (and adults) will read this book over and over.  A great addition to your home library!" (A Reader from Kingston, Washington USA)

Net Profits : How to Win the Internet Game by Declan Dunn ($67.00) "Finally an internet, step-by-step strategy that makes sense, and makes profits.  Proven guerrilla tactics of the $65,000 affiliate, the $750,000 super affiliate, and the $600,000/6 weeks performance network."

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Awakening Intuition : Using Your Mind-Body Network for Insight and Healing by Mona Lisa Schulz, MD, PhD ($25.00) "This book is absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in the mind-body connection.  Schulz brings her profound insight into areas that some of us sense but can't verbalize.  She does this through anecdotes backed up (and footnoted) by current medical research.  But more than this, her personal voice comes through loud and clear.  ...She's a pioneer.  She's also very funny; in a story about clogged drains, I laughed as I have rarely laughed when reading a book like this. (A Reader from Florida, USA)

[Thank you Jan Jenson for recommending this book.  Share your comments with Jan, and visit her web site.  Be sure to tell her that you read her book recommendation on the Shopping Network.]

The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander ($22.50) "A breakthrough paradigm for leadership, relationship, and a life of possibility.  'In their playing you hear not only precision, color and balance, but thunder, lightning and the language of the heart.'  This is what the Boston Globe said about a performance by conductor Benjamin Zander with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, but it could apply equally to the Zanders' inspirational book, the product of a synthesis of the diverse worlds of the symphony orchestra and cutting-edge psychology." (Book Description)

Designing Web Usability by Jakob Neilson ($45.00) Softcover "...a must-read for anyone involved with site design." (N.J. Stoyanoff, Ph.D., Director of E-Business, Ogilvy & Mather)

The Message of the Markets : How Financial Markets Foretell the Future--And How You Can Profit from Their Guidance by Ron Insana ($20.00) "Whether you are an investor, a market buff, or are simply interested in making better financial decisions, the markets are speaking to you in a very relevant and personal way.  Let Ron Insana be your guide and interpreter to understanding the message of the markets." (Book Description)  "...a great financial reporter -- and this book is an invaluable guide to the market's mysterious ways." (An Editorial Review)

Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting : The Astonishing Power of Feelings by Lynn Grabhorn ($18.95) "This book is profoundly important.  It gave me goosebumps of joy, ecstasy and hope and made me cry from happiness!  ...you will never need another self-help book after reading this.  The application of the universal laws are very simple but will transform your life.  It is a book to be read over and over again -- a delight!  Thank you, Lynn." (A Reader from Tulsa, Oklahoma USA)

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The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Alan Deutschman ($26.00) "Vanity Fair contributing editor and former business and technology reporter Alan Deutschman has written...a fast-moving, unsparing biography of the Apple Computer CEO and founder.  A paradoxical man whose story seems to mirror the development of the personal computing industry itself, Jobs is portrayed here as brilliant, cruel, passionate, and idiosyncratic--equal parts pioneer and genius." (Thank you Alan J. White, editor of Amazon Delivers Business & Investing)

Blackbird : A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck ($23.95) "Very harrowing, very well written.  ...I read it very quickly because I had to find out what happened to Jennifer.  ...On the back fly leaf of the book it says that she is at work on a sequel, I will be anxiously awaiting her next book.  I am awe-struck by her ability to thrive under the circumstances she grew up in.  This book will stay with me forever for many reasons.  It is truly amazing.  Read it." (A Reader from Lyons, Illinois USA)

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