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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER SELECTIONS
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The Power of Place : How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions by Winifred Gallagher "Evidence that environment affects behaviour.  In this book, Winifred Gallagher, discusses the various ways that environment can affect human behaviour.  Written for the layman, the book does not dwell on the neuroscience data, preferring to interview both the researchers and the affected." (A Reader)

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle "I found the book fascinating and practical, and have been using its advice in my daily activities - especially stressful situations at work - with great success." (A Reader from St. Charles, Missouri USA)

Taming the Paper Tiger at Work by Barbara Hemphill "It takes time but going through the process outlined for filing information has helped.  I have organized my files, both paper and computer, so I can find things in seconds instead of hours or days.  ...Overall a great book for those who tend to need some help getting organized at work." (A Reader from Wichita, Kansas USA)

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by Brian Tracy "Tracy's best... As a big fan of Brian Tracy, I naturally bought this book when I heard a new one was out.  I like the style of the book because it is very clear, nonpushy, and you really get the feeling you can make changes in your life." (A Reader from Detroit, Michigan USA)

Integrity Selling for the 21st Century by Ron Willingham "Selling can seem so complicated.  This book outlines a simple approach that I know I can use time and time again.  In fact, I applied the principles and saw increased sales in my first two weeks.  I'm buying it for everyone on my team!" (A Reader from Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA)

The Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer "If you only buy one book, buy this one...  The best resource on sales there is!  Buy one now!" (A Reader from San Diego, California USA)

How to Grow Fresh Air : 50 Houseplants that Purify Your Home or Office by Dr. B. C. Wolverton "Great, informative,... An excellent, simple book about how you can improve the air your breathe, identifying 50 houseplants that can help (both by description and by good color photos), how well they do it with respect to certain common chemicals, and an accessible description of the science behind the findings." (A Reader from from Natick, Massachusetts USA)

Your Body's Many Cries for Water by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D. "Something to consider... It's true, water is not the only solution.  We also need a good diet, exercise, rest, and good posture... not to mention a dynamic attitude." (A Reader from New York City, New York USA)

[SideBar : Medical Report ~ Water Cure]

Getting Things Done by David Allen "If your life is hectic and out of control (who's isn't) you need this book.  A simple but very powerful program that will turn you into a productivity machine.  Success is all about habits and this book shows you how to change your habits for success." (A Reader from New York City, New York USA)

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SELECTIONS
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Permission Marketing by Seth Godin "Turning strangers into friends and friends into customers.  This is a marketing idea whose time has come for the Internet.  Easy reading."

[SideBar : Thank you Larry O'Connor for sharing this book with us.]

Pro-Sumer Power by Bill Quain, Ph.D. "How to create wealth by Buying Smarter, not cheaper!  Great information."

[SideBar : Thank you Larry O'Connor for sharing this book with us.]

Just As I Am : The Life of David Ring As Told to Lela Gilbert by David Ring and Lela Gilbert "I never heard of him until I read his book.  After reading it, I'll never forget him, and how God is in our lives daily!"

[SideBar : Thank you Larry O'Connor for sharing this book with us.]

Trading Up : The Transforming Power of New Luxury by Michael Silverstein, Neil Fiske and John Butman "A fascinating look at why millions of consumers are "trading up" to premium goods, and how companies can profit from this phenomenon.

Middle-market consumers have more discretionary income than ever before and are willing to pay extra for "new luxury" goods and services-items that deliver higher quality, technical advantages, and superior performance to conventional products.  Above all, consumers are looking for emotional engagement-they look to products to help them manage the stresses of everyday life, and to help them realize their aspirations." (Book Description from Amazon.com)

[SideBar : Publisher Portfolio; October 2003]
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Kick Start Your Dream Business : Getting It Started and Keeping You Going by Romanus Wolter "Easy to follow... and it works!" (A Reader from San Francisco, California USA)

[SideBar : Thank you Romanus for sharing this book with us.]

In Praise of Nepotism by Adam Bellow "...his analysis of the flexibility and complexity of nepotism's forms is utterly enthralling and stimulating." (Editorial Review by Publishers Weekly)

****Read an excerpt here****

Thinking for a Change : 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work by John C. Maxwell "A Guide for results-oriented thinking.  Without any doubt I can call this book a resource manual for effective thinking.  Each and every skill detailed in this book has tons of quotes and examples of successful people who put them on practice.

The book is very focused in the why's and the how's rather than in the what's, and the questions at the end of each chapter are very keen and invite you to give a deeper brainwork to the principles you learned.

I can guarantee that you will feel very challenged after you finished reading it.  This book will not give you answers to your tough calls, but surely it will teach you how to think them out." (A Reader from Panamá, Panamá Central America)

A Manager's Guide to Newsletters : Communicating for Results by Robert F. Abbott "How to start and manage a newsletter that influences the way readers think or act.  ...the first book about newsletters to focus on the managerial issues: planning, administration, and evaluation." (Book Description)

Good to Great : Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins "...a case for working with discipline and patience to achieve something that you are passionate about.  He points out that becoming great takes time and you have to work on it with a clear sense of your destiny, with the right people, and with conviction.  I like the fact that Jim uses examples of companies that have not been extensively written about in other business books.  ...the stories used in the book are fresh, not recyled.

...at little over two hunderd pages, this book is well worth reading." (A Reader from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA)

The First Billion : A Novel by Christopher Reich "A thriller that really thrills!!  I loved Christopher Reich's first two novels -- NUMBERED ACCOUNT and THE RUNNER -- but his new one's my favorite.  The plot is intricate and exciting and it moves at warp speed.  This is a stay-up-all-night-and-then-pass-it-along- to-your-best-friend thriller that satisfies on every level.  ...I can't wait for the next one." (A Reader from Los Angeles, California USA)

[SideBar : Thank you Nad (Dr. Rae's son) for sharing this book with us.]

The Return of Merlin by Deepak Chopra "...In his introduction, Chopra writes that “The Return of Merlin” is about waking up the wizard that sleeps within all of us, so that we can reclaim the field of pure knowledge and dream a new world into reality, from the purity of our hearts.”

...“To be alive now,” he writes, “is to be dead to the past.  To be alive now is to have life-centered, present-moment awareness...(and) you will discover the dance of the divine in every leaf, in every petal...in every rainbow...in every breath of every living being.”

...Chopra shatters the pastoral hillsides of our psyche with this very readable narrative.  Scholarly--yet quite readable!, the book is a page-turner.  Chopra’s magic comes alive in a work that is satisfactory and fulfilling." (A Reader from Tyler, Texas USA)

JULY/AUGUST SELECTIONS
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The Essential 55 : An Award-Winning Educator's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child by Ron Clark "After reading several other books similar to Ron Clark's no other book gave me the knowledge I needed to help me in the classroom.  The author uses many personal situations to explain 55 things that help him in the classroom.  Not only is this a MUST READ for teachers, but will help anyone in their daily lives.  GREAT BOOK and fun to read!" (A Reader from New Bern, North Carolina USA)

Why Men Won't Commit : Getting What You Both Want Without Playing Games by George Weinberg "...provides a straight forward guide for frustrated women to enable their mate to find his feelings ("gut reactions") by altering her behavior.  Before feminists scream "no Jane" chauvinism and machos play Tarzan, the key in Dr. Weinberg's help guide is to accept that the male is the "weaker sex" so that the stronger female must take charge by being the relationship caretaker reaching through the stereotype stud to his inner being.  This is an easy to follow guide that wastes little if any space assisting frustrated women with solid advice." (Reviewed by Harriet Klausner)

The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk by Susan McDougal, Pat Harris and Helen Thomas "It's not about the Clintons.  This is about Susan McDougal's faith in our individual constitutional rights - that were taken away from her.  Some people refuse to read it, because it might prove them wrong about her.  What does she have to lose now?  Absolutely nothing, because the OIC took away all her rights for SIX years.  Thank Susan for refusing to testify, thereby exposing that sham of a Grand Jury.  Some day, others that were involved might be as brave as Susan and tell the truth." (A Reader)

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Cooking the Whole Foods Way by Christina Pirello and Bill Tara "Get started & do wholistic magical cooking!!!  This is such an informative book.  Recipes galore.  Having read so many books on whole foods cooking, I rate this one the absolute best.  Simple & concise.  I just felt like doing more cooking and felt truly inspired on a creative level.  But what I really liked most was that the author credited her sources.  ...Also I liked that most of the recipes are not only good tasting but healing as well.  I started using more obscure herbs & roots because of the info in this book ie. burdock root for blood strengthening.  I especially enjoyed the kimpira and the vitality stew.  Cook those bones for calcium & get healthy w/out the pills & supplements from these vitamin shops.  Pop a vitamin, na, I'd rather eat my way to health." (A Reader from Staten Island, New York USA)

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer "Believe the hype ... this book exceeds all expectations.  ZZ Packer is a phenomenally talented writer.  I challenge anyone to find a short story collection that is more intriguing and tantilizing...  It is so poignant, so profound.  I simply could not put it down.  A must-read for anyone who likes good fiction." (A Reader from Memphis, Tennessee USA)

The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby "The best PS book I've seen so far and I own a lot of different PS books.  I can't see myself buying any other book on this subject - there's simply no need to." (A Reader from Elizabeth, New Jersey USA)

Fairy Tales Can Come True : How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny by Rikki Klieman and Peter Knobler "...Forget the cliched "Superwoman" persona of most women's memoirs...Rikki Klieman tells it like it was and tells it like it is, with all of the grit and determination of someone willing to risk living her life out loud, for her sake as well as, thankfully, ours." (A Reader from Chicago, Illinois USA)

All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve "Anita Shreve rocks!  Anita Shreve just can't seem to write a bad book.  ...her tale concerns unrequited love, the results of the somewhat unlikely 'love at first sight.'  Maybe this was more commn in the early 20th century, the era in which this book is set, but it was the only part of the tale that stretched my credulity.  The story covers a lot of ground : anti-Semitism, ... abuse, women's rights, and academia.  If you liked Shreves' other books, you won't be disappointed by this one." (A Reader from Oakland, California USA)

Not Your Mothers' Midlife : A Ten Step Guide To Fearless Aging by Marilyn Kentz and Nancy Alspaugh "...contains personal growth exercises, humorous and poignant stories, and questions and visualizations to inspire new ways of thinking.  A CD is included, containing the meditations and visualizations set to music that takes the crisis out of midlife, replacing it with passion, fearlessness, and unlimited possibilities." (Book Description)

MAY/JUNE SELECTIONS
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Leap of Faith : Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor Al-Hussein of Jordan "Amazing what a person can do under exceptional conditions.  This is definitly a view of the world I normally don't think about.  I'd read it again!" (A Reader from North Carolina, USA)

The Tao of Enron : Spiritual Lessons from a Fortune 500 Fallout by Chris Seay and Christopher Bryan (Contributor) "Eye opening, this book is about more than the Enron fallout,  ...The chapter on pride was worth the price of admission." (A Reader from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA)

Embracing Fear : and Finding the Courage to Live Your Life by Thom Rutledge "Great Book.  Helpful Book.  ...the most entertaining self-help writer going.  ...how could a topic be more universal, and especially now, more relevant?  ...In a recent interview, Rutledge said, "Fear is universal.  Natural, healthy fear is the best friend we will ever have, and neurotic fear is the arch-villain of our existence."  This book can guide you into and all the way through your fears.  Give it a try." (A Reader from Bothell, Washington USA)

Yanni in Words by Yanni and David Rensin (Contributor) "My review is a bit biased because I am a true Yanni fan that has been very moved by his music.  His book is a candid look at the artist with fascinating details of the music business and the arduous road to stardom.  Yet I have found its greatest value in the example of Yanni's pluck, drive, and determination to create his own musical genre and to have it heard even against insurmountable obstacles.  A true "believe in yourself" kind of book that will encourage the reader to appreciate their own journey and to live with no limits.  While his words can never compete with the depth of emotion and awakening his music gifts the listener, it is still a fascinating read of an exemplary life.  Hard to put down." (A Reader from Flint, Michigan USA)

Final Accounting : Ambition, Greed and the Fall of Arthur Andersen by Barbara Ley Toffler and Jennifer Reingold "A withering exposé of the unethical practices that triggered the indictment and collapse of the legendary accounting firm.  ...Uniquely qualified to discuss the personalities and principles behind one of the greatest shake-ups in United States history, Toffler delivers a chilling report with important ramifications for CEOs and individual investors alike." (Book Description)

Women Who Think Too Much by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema "Strategies to help stop overthinking.  The author explains how "overthinking" is more than ordinary worrying, different than OCD, and distinct from self-reflective 'deep' thinking.  She describes overthinking as ruminating mostly about the past, whereas most worrying is thinking about what might happen in the future ...  The distinctions and definitions in the book make good sense and are based on years of credible research.  I like the way the author is particularly sensitive to the pressures in contemporary society that increase overthinking -- she is especially perceptive to the situation of women in America today.  The most helpful parts of the book are summarized in several 2-page sections called "A Quick Reference Guide" and these are very useful strategies for daily life.  Overall, this is an excellent and well written self-help book for general readers.  ...Working on strategies for healthier thinking is definitely a worthwhile personal project." (A Reader from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA)  Read an excerpt here

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All the Presidents' Children by Doug Wead "...a fascinating look at presidential kids.  It gave me a whole new perspective on such public lives.  I think what pleased me most was that he focuses on lessons learned, rather than making a judgment about one part of a life and branding the presidential child in perpetuity.  He tells stories of forgiveness and reconciliation, strength and service.  I came away with new respect for presidential children who had been tarred with a cynical brush.  Of course, he also throws in juicy gossipy bits about Alice Roosevelt Longworth and others to make his readers laugh.  Thanks, Doug Wead, for a fascinating read." (A Reader from Phoenix, Arizona USA)

The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson "Unspeakable wonders and startling evil ...the first must-read nonfiction title of the year, an assured and satisfying work which vividly portrays the one of the last grand gasps of the nineteenth century, the World's Fair of 1893." (A Reader from Louisville, Kentucky USA)   Read an excerpt here

The Spooky Art : Thoughts on Writing by Norman Mailer "...a goldmine--nothing less than marvelous erudition easily couched in stimulating prose.  It is underscored, of course, by Mailer's own persistence at his craft--since, as he recalls, from the age of 17, he had no "larger desire in lifethan to be a writer."  Chances are that all Mailer fans will be interested in perusing these pages, whether or not they are writers, as will anyone who is convinced a lifelong commitment to writing is for them." (Reviewed by Brad Hooper from the American Library Association's Booklist)

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About Schmidt by Louis Begley "SO much better than the movie ...read an article by Begley in the Times about how the screenwriter(s) took certain liberties with his book.   So I decided to give the novel a try and couldn't put it down!..." (A Reader from Port Chester, New York USA)

Body for Life Success Journal by Bill Phillips "...Worth it's weight in gold!!  ...I enjoy the success stories and the motivation from Bill Phillips for every day.  ...This journal focuses on "Improvement, not Perfection"!!  I HIGHLY recommend this journal to ANYONE who is going for the Body-for-Life challenge or just wanting to make your life and body the best it has ever been!" (A Reader from Caldwell, Idaho USA)

Anatomy of Greed : The Unshredded Truth from an Enron Insider by Brian Cruver "Great Book!!   This is the Enron book I've been waiting for - entertaining, the real story (from the inside, not a reporter with a note pad on the outside), and easy to understand everything you need to know about Lay, Skilling, Fastow, and others and how the company crashed... and the running stock ticker is just COOL.  From parties... and car shows to the details of off-balance sheet financing, all tied together brilliantly.  Classic." (A Reader from Houston, Texas USA)

What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson "Excellent book that makes the reader really think, ...The book is an easy read and is akin to being at a cocktail party, gliding from one conversation to another with Bronson acting as your host.  The Book holds together well and you build on each conversation.  Bronson does underscore some definite trends that he has observed. i.e. nobody ...who made a change did it as a result of an epiphany.  But stays clear from "one size fits all" type statements.

The book is an excellent starting point to begin the long journey of self-examination to develop a sense how you really would like to spend your working hours.  There is no magic formula.  But one thing you realize is that you are definitely not alone." (A Reader from New Jersey USA)

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The Greatest Generation Speaks : Letters and Reflections by Tom Brokaw "As the daughter of a Korean War Marine veteran, I must say it was the best gift I ever purchased for my father.  This book brought light into the eyes of those who lived during this incredible time and who understood the consequences of war.  I believe my father felt relieved to read the stories and letters - to see the images and to realize that his experiences as a soldier and a civilian were very similiar. I am so glad our children have a book of reference such as this; especially after the tragedy of 9/11....  it will help them to understand and appreciate the price of freedom and to better understand the stories of their grandparents.  Hats off to you Tom Brokaw!" (A Reader from Woodstock, Virginia USA)

[SideBar : Thank you Louise K. for sharing this book with us.]

The Firm by John Grisham "This started the snowball that is John Grisham.  This was Grisham's first novel and changed the landscape of legal thriller's!!   Turow and Lescroart are the only two that EVEN COME CLOSE to Grisham!

Grisham writes with a clear and concise voice, has a razor- sharp wit, smooth plot, and of of course plenty of action and thrills with a surprise twist of an ending.

Two thumbs way up for the modern master of legal thrillers!!" (A Reader from from North Hollywood, California USA)

The Sopranos Family Cookbook : As Compiled by Artie Bucco by Allen Rucker and Michele Scicolone "I just happened across this book on an afternoon trip to the bookstore.  I found myself laughing out loud at some of the 'vignettes' (for lack of a better word).  I had to purchase it at that point.

The recipes were an even more pleasant surprise.  Not terribly complicated, and all thus far have been really good.

This would be the perfect gift for yourself, and a really interesting addition to your cookbook collection.  It definitely won't disappoint, and is better than your average cookbook!" (A Reader from Kansas City, Missouri USA )

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround by Louis V. Gerstner Jr. "...As an Ex-CEO, business owner and involved in the computer industry for the last 20 years, I found this book brilliant, exciting and a must read for anyone thinking of or currently running a business.  Gerstner gives a frank look at the challenges he faced and how he dealt with them.  He is open about discussing his inner feelings, desires and wishes for the turn around of IBM.  If I had a chance to met Mr. Gerstner, I would give him a hardy Here Here and thank him warmly for writing this book." (A Reader from from Denver, Colorado USA)

Beethoven by Maynard Solomon "Solomon got me inside Beethoven's head,  ...Solomon's book brought the man to life for me - and now I have a deeper passion for the music as well.  Solomon paints a vivid picture of the culture and even the street on which Beethoven lived.  You sense some of his struggles in life, and even his exasperation over losing his hearing.  You feel you are peering over the composer's shoulder as a piano sonata or a symphony is being composed." (A Reader from Davidson, North Carolina USA)

Bush at War by Bob Woodward "A political book for both sides of the spectrum!  Love him, hate him, voted for him, voted for Gore, didn't vote in 2000, none of that matters one spec.  The fact of the matter is, this candid look at our President shows that he might have acted with more bravado and character than most of us-not all of us, but certainly most of us.  I suggest reading this one.  It's a good and honest perspective-from a liberal-that's semi- flattering to the compassionate conservative." (A Reader from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio USA)

Bringing Down the House : The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich "What a story!!!  This story is almost too unbelievable to be true.  But the thing is, it is absolutely true.  Mezrick does a great job of bringing the whole story to life.  Even if you aren't sure what exactly card counting is, you'll enjoy the story he tells.  I highly recommend this book." (A Reader from Fort Smith, Arkansas USA)

The Project Manager's Desk Reference by James P. Lewis "This is direct and to the point.  Lewis' writing style is solid and very readable.  He does not have a pretentious know it all attitude like so many authors have today.  Not only is this an excellent desk reference, but it also can guide you through the essential concepts needed for effective PM duties." (A Reader from San Bruno, California USA)

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got : 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition by Jay Abraham "A truly and extraordinary masterpiece of marketing wisdom for any business ready to achieve high performance positioning in the New Millennium." (A Reader from Burlingame, California USA)

Big Vision, Small Business : The Four Keys to Finding Success & Satisfaction as a Lifestyle Entrepreneur
by Jamie S. Walters "...indeed a breakthrough in mindfulness and business!  This is one of the best books of the year!..." ( A Reader from Toronto, Canada)

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