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For your reading pleasure, this book archive showcases The Baum Group's 2005 book selections and book reviews on Dr. Rae's Shopping Network.

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER SELECTIONS
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Happiness in a Storm : Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor by Wendy Schlessel Harpham "...Dr. Harpham had to give up her medical practice out of necessity, as a writer she administers to a wider patient base.  Being a librarian in an oncology library geared to the layperson, I consider this a must read." (A Reader from Montreal, Quebec Canada) ~ Thanks Nanc ~

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America : A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by the writers of The Daily Show and Jon Stewart "Absolutely brilliant..." (A Reader from Mansfield, Massachusetts USA)

The Culprit and The Cure : Why lifestyle is the culprit behind Americas poor health by Steven Aldana "...A must-have for all those interested in preventing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other debilitating and fatal chronic illnesses. ..." (A Reader from Michigan USA)

No Excuses : The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life by Kyle Maynard "...inspirational autobiography that shows how a positive can-do attitude gives someone... the advantage over life." (Book Description)

Persuasion : The Art of Getting What You Want by Dave Lakhani "...Get this book and...you'll be amazed at how it changes your relationships and interactions with others for the better by putting you in control more often than not...  This stuff is powerful." (A Reader from Austin, Texas USA)

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks "Great book.  Light, easy reading.  Read it in a day.  Surprise ending." (A Reader)

False Alarm : The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear by Marc Siegel "Bringing rationality to our emotionality..." (A Reader from Taneytown, Maryland USA)

Holding Back the Sea : The Struggle for America's Natural Legacy on the Gulf Coast by Christopher Hallowell "...Read this book and weep!  (And ask yourself which other equally well-known risks of catastrophe we are taking no steps to mitigate.)" (A Reader from Orleans, Massachusetts USA)

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SELECTIONS
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Taking Care of Business by LuAnn McLane, Patricia Ryan, and Toni Blake "...a hot read for anytime of the year.  LuAnn, Patricia and Toni each wrote a compelling and tantalizing story.  It's a keeper." (A Reader from Cincinnati, Ohio USA)

Start Late, Finish Rich : A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age by David Bach "This book is AWESOME!" (A Reader from Michigan USA)

Getting in the Gap (Book with CD) by Wayne W. Dyer "...I highly recommend this book and CD as an introduction to meditation.  You can journey from stress to peace in as little as 10 minutes." (A Reader from Washington State USA)

Why Gender Matters : What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences by Leonard Sax "...Not only is it well written with engaging anecdotes, but it presents the latest scientific findings in gender research (with lots of footnotes...) and relates it to the job of parenting.  It helps that the author is a family doctor...  The book is more than just informative about gender differences in children - he relates this information to such parenting topics as disciplining your child, gender specific education strategies, dealing with problem children, kids and drugs (both the legal and non-legal kind), and teenage sex." (A Reader from Rancho Santa Fe, California USA)

Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers "...aimed primarily at non-fiction writers; many of its tips apply to everything from persuasive essays to business writing.  However, Wilbers does explain his tips in relation to narrative writing as well.  No matter the type of writing you do, this book will improve your style." (A Reader from Maryland, USA)

Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner "A fun, interesting, and provocative book. ...My only disappointment is that the book wasn't longer!" (A Reader from New York City, New York USA)

Find it in 5 Seconds : Gaining Control in The Information Age by Greg Vetter "...I am getting significantly more done with significantly less stress.  Getting more done while working smarter - not harder or longer - is a dream held by anyone who works for a living.  Anyone who wants to create the workplace that allows them to move into their full potential should read and implement this system." (A Reader from Woodstock, Georgia USA)

The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham "Brilliant!...A must read!" (A Reader from the Philippines)

Jump Start Your Marketing Brain : Scientific Advice and Practical Ideas by Doug Hall "...An inexpensive little book, even one idea for your next marketing project will cover its cost many times over, and I got much more than one idea out of it." (A Reader from Winnemucca, Nevada USA)

JULY/AUGUST SELECTIONS
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No Opportunity Wasted : Creating a List for Life by Phil Keoghan and Warren Berger "...if you want to be able to look back on your life and feel good that you lived it to the fullest, this book is a "must read."  It's inspirational, informative, and entertaining.  Get one copy for yourself, and a second one for somebody you really care about." (A Reader from Merriam, Kansas USA)

Easier Than You Think...Because Life Doesn't Have to be so Hard : The Small Changes That Add Up to a World of Difference by Richard Carlson, Ph.D "What a great book at such a good time.   Life (in general) seems to be getting more and more stressful and this book...shows you that life really is easier than you think.  I highly recommend this book!" (A Reader from Concord, California USA)

Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal (So They Can Look Up Your Skirt) : A Dad's Advice for Daughters by Philip Van Munching and Katie Couric (Introduction) "Cool book written by a man.  This book is different in the sense that these types of books are usually written by women.  A male perspective on daughters is quite a refreshing change from the typical mother/daughter advice.   Entertaining, well-written and recommended." (A Reader from Glasgow, Scotland)

1776 by David McCullough "... a well written and well documented book that is sure to rekindle a fire in your heart." (A Reader from Mississippi, USA)

The Attractor Factor : 5 Easy Steps for Creating Wealth (or Anything Else) from the Inside Out by Joe Vitale "...Buy it, read it, and put these principles into practice.  It will change your life." (A Reader from Sedona, Arizona USA)

The World Is Flat : A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman "...stresses that continual education and training are necessary to meet the challenges of world competition.  As old industries wither due to competition or technological changes, we must be prepared for the next phase.  As the world gets flatter, resources are leveling out.  ...This is a good and important book." (A Reader from Franklin, Tennessee USA)

YOU: The Owner's Manual : An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet Oz "...This is a health book like no other.  Except maybe for "Can We Live 150 Years?".  I think they should be sold together as they do support and complement each other." (A Reader)

MAY/JUNE SELECTIONS
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Selling The Invisible by Harry Beckwith "...A Classic, ...While the book is "Selling to the Invisible", what is very visible is that this book is packed with what works in marketing today.  ...Beckwith masterfully identifies the direction that marketing is going today and to capitalize on it.  This book is a timeless marketing treasure.  I highly encourage you to purchase a copy today!" (A Reader)

The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall "...Read it and find out how to start each day with your own "Golden List" ...promise...life changing!" (A Reader)

Mother-Daughter Wisdom by Christiane Northrup MD "...phenominal book..." (A Reader from Astoria, New York USA)

The Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell "... this book has the potential to change how we view the people and events in our own lives. ..." (A Reader from Brooklyn, New York USA)

Women Don't Ask : Negotiation and the Gender Divide by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever "I found this book incredibly inspiring and inciteful and it helped me to build up the courage and skills to fight for and get a badly deserved promotion.

The great part about this book is that it doesn't try to teach a woman to negotiate like a man.  It explores and validates the ways that women negotiate and how that does and does not work in a male oriented environment.  It explores WHY men and women negotiate (or not) the way they do.

I found it to be a great self esteem booster without being coddling.  Full of facts and research results but easy to read and even rivetting.  Highly recommended for ANY woman (and it would be...helpful for men as well)" (A Reader from Chicago, Illinois USA)

The Daily Drucker : 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker "A lifetime of Drucker's writing in a wonderful format...  My recommendation; buy a copy for yourself and a bunch for your friends.  It's great." (A Reader from Middletown, Delaware USA)

Think Like Your Customer : A Winning Strategy to Maximize Sales by Understanding and Influencing How and Why Your Customers Buy by Bill Stinnett "I have read almost any book about complex sales that exist in the market, but this book add more value that you could expect." (A Reader from Mexico D.F, Mexico Mexico)

MARCH/APRIL SELECTIONS
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What You Wear Can Change Your Life by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine "...This is a book that can literally transform you from the tips of your hair follicles to the bottom of your feet.  And they do it in a fun, interesting and information way!" (A Reader from Scottsdale, Arizona USA)

The Automatic Millionaire : A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by David Bach "I found this book to be an excellent, no nonsense approach to organizing and planning for financial security.  I have since read Smart Women Finish Rich, and have given many copies of both books as gifts to members of my management team, friends and young family members starting out on their own.  It is well written in terms that are easy to comprehend and apply as well as some valuable resources to utilize in order to build a solid plan for future financial independance." (A Reader)

The Case For Democracy : The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror by Natan Sharansky, Ron Dermer, and Anatoly Shcharansky "...This book points the way to the long term solution to the problem of terrorism.  Absolutely brilliant." (A Reader)

Juice : The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors by Evan I. Schwartz "...strives to understand the fundamental keys to creation - such as learning to channel chance, embrace failure, think systematically, and more." (A Reader from Oregon, Wisconsin USA)

Blowing My Cover : My Life as a CIA Spy by Lindsay Moran "...an interesting and insighful insiders view of life as a CIA case officer.  Her witty writing style makes this book hard to put down." (A Reader)

Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell "...reveals how we can become better decision makers--in our homes, our offices, and in everyday life.  The result is a book that is surprising and transforming.  Never again will you think about thinking the same way." (Book Description)

Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond "The answer is out there.... This book will help you find it!" (A Reader from Long Beach, California USA)

JANUARY/FEBRUARY SELECTIONS
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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson "...Read it to arouse or rekindle interest in the basic questions about life, our planet, the universe, and why things are. Or, buy this for a young person who may have not had the chance to explore these profound issues." (A Reader from San Francisco, California USA)

The United States Of Europe : The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy by T. R. Reid "...This truly is a book that all Americans need to read.  To quote Jack Welch from the book, those in the U.S. might not like everything in this volume, but "This really is just the way the world works now."" (A Reader from Chicago, Illinois USA)

History of Beauty by Umberto Eco, Alastair McEwen (Translator)"...This is a rich, beautiful book that will please the dedicated reader as well as the casual surfer who might flip through it.

If you want to upgrade the ambiance of your coffee table, this would be an excellent choice." (A Reader from San Antonio, Texas USA)

Imperial Hubris : Why the West is Losing the War on Terror by Anonymous [now known to be Michael F. Scheuer] "Not for the faint-hearted.  ...It must be read for an understanding of what is facing the world as this millennium begins." (A Reader from Fremantle, Australia)

The Truth About the Drug Companies : How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It by Marcia Angell "...a user's guide, a call to arms and a must read all in one." (A Reader from New York City, New York USA)

Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward "An Extraordinary, Factual Account Of The Road To War In Iraq" (A Reader from New York City, New York USA)  "Fanaticism" (A Reader from Texas USA)  "Obviously unbiased" (A Reader from Des Moines, Iowa USA)  "Should Be In Everyone's House" (A Reader from Oakville, Ontario)  "Important Read for anyone interested in politics." (A Reader from San Diego, California USA)  "Intelligent, Believable, Well written and Apologetic" (A Reader from Seattle, Washington USA)  "The only fair and balanced book of the 04 election year" (A Reader from Arizona USA)  "The Pearl Harbor of the 21st. Century." (A Reader from Toronto, Canada)

Carolyn 101 : Business Lessons from The Apprentice's Straight Shooter by Carolyn Kepcher and Stephen Fenichell "...It's not rocket-science, just a lot of common sense ideas mixed with great values and leadership skills, tempered with experience.  I aspire to be more like her - successful and determined, non-waivering, with the ability to quickly assess any situation and formulate a workable plan.  I finished the book in two evenings, but this one is definitely a book where I'll re-read chapters to pick up on ideas that I perhaps didn't capture the first time.  I loved how she related her path including family and work associates, and the lessons along the way are invaluable.  ...She gives me hope.  The only downside to this book was that it should have been longer.  ...I am off to put what lessons I did learn to good use!" (A Reader from Baltimore, Maryland USA)

The 8th Habit : From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey "The original seven habits of highly successful people are still relevant, but Covey, author of the mega-bestseller of that title, says that the new Information/Knowledge Worker Age, exemplified by the Internet, calls for an eighth habit to achieve personal and organizational excellence: "Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs."  Covey sees leadership "as a choice to deal with people in a way that will communicate to them their worth and potential so clearly they will come to see it in themselves."  His holistic approach starts with developing one's own voice, one's "unique personal significance."  The bulk of the book details how, after finding your own voice, you can inspire others and create a workplace where people feel engaged.  This includes establishing trust, searching for third alternatives (not a compromise between your way and my way, but a third, better way) and developing a shared vision." (From Publishers Weekly)

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