Reviewer: John Drumm, Maring-Hunt Adult Services
John Norcross, Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions
This book is rated three wags/whiskers. So, why do some people succeed in achieving their goals as to weight loss, stop smoking etc. and others fail time and time again? Norcross says those who fail do not start by mastering the skills that will help them succeed and then they do not take the process in manageable steps. The process and the steps are explained in this book.
Randall Craig, The Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business: The latest strategies and advice on how to start a Profitable Internet Business
This book is rated three wags/whiskers. The author starts by reminding us that “owning your own business is hard work, but if you have to work, why shouldn’t you be rewarded for your efforts?” There are twenty-six chapters and three appendixes. Some chapters will start with a common question like “how much time will you spend?” while others “researching the market” (chapter seven) are straight forward. If you want to start an online business the questions asked and answered here are a very good place to start.
Norman Stone, World War Two: A Short History
This book is rated four wags/whiskers. For a short book on a human event, this is a very will done book. In its 238 pages, the origins of the war are discussed along with the major campaigns and why one side or the other succeeded. This is a great introduction for a huge and at times overwhelming topic.
Ward Wilson, Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons
This book is rated four wags/whiskers. In very simple terms, the author looks at what nuclear weapons have done in the past and what nations have learned from this experience. Has their existence really prevented war? Or have we learned how to maneuver in spite of them? Did the nuclear bombing of Japan cause the end of WWII? This book is long hard look at what the legacy of nuclear weapons has been and what it may become.
Sam Sheridan, The Disaster Diaries: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Apocalypse
This book is rated four wags/whiskers. How would you survive in an earth quake? What about Zombies? Or what if we had a terrible blizzard? This book looks at several different possibilities and discusses the techniques that you could use to survive if the unthinkable happened.
Paul Tough, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
This book is rated three wags/whiskers. Why do some children succeed while others fail? How can we help children not to be overcome by adversity? Tough provides us with some answers to these questions. Some of these answers will lead to more questions. Perhaps we have been looking in all the wrong places for answers.
Ray Kurzweil, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
This book is rated three wags/whiskers. For those of us who remember the HAL the computer, (think 2001: A Space Odyssey) the prospect of a computer more powerful than Watson, the Jeopardy! Champion is a little disconcerting. However, according to Kurzweil (the man who invented the Kurzweil reading machine) this process is inevitable due to a variety of advances which he discusses in his book. This volume is both eye opening and a little scary all at the same time.
Reviewer: Doyne Hahn, Maring-Hunt Adult Services
Peter Bregman, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done
Rating: 4. In his book, 18 Minutes, the author tells very busy people how to cut through all of the daily clutter and distractions to accomplish their tasks; and at the end of the day feeling good about what they accomplish. He gives the reader a great plan summed up in the subtitle, Find Your Focus, Maser Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. Each chapter is full of helpful advice including his 18 minute plan for managing one's day. Recommended reading for anyone feeling over whelmed.
Reviewer: Shirley Durnal, Maring-Hunt Youth Services
Serena B. Miller, A Promise to Love
Rating: 5. Joshua Hunter, an honorable man and recent widower, is in court, accused of murder and about to lose his five children, when Ingrid, a recent immigrant from Sweden, takes a risk, offers to care for his children and marry him. Previously, he witnessed her mistress whipping her with a riding crop. Still loving his wife, and feeling pity for the hired girl, he asks her name and then asks her to marry him. Based on historical facts, this is a story of love and devotion.
Rob Coppolillo, Holy Spokes! A Biking Bible for Everyone
Rating: 4.Rob Coppolillo presents an enjoyable overall view of cycling for fun, fitness, competition, and adventure. He offers advice and tips about bike type, fit, equipment, safety, and maintenance. Included throughout this inspiring selection, are brief cyclists’ stories and a variety of resources. The friendly format provides quick, easy access to information. He notes that racing cyclists become seniors at age nineteen but cycling is a lifetime sport that all ages enjoy.
Leslie Ann Clark, Peepsqueak!
Rating: 4.Little Peepsqueak is on the move. With high expectations, a positive attitude and help from friends he overcomes discouraging comments and repeated failed attempts to succeed. This is a tender story of perseverance.
Reviewer: Harriette Harra, Kennedy Library Adult Services
Ellen Meister, Farewell Dorothy Parker
Rated 4 wags out of 5. In present day New York City a socially floundering young woman is mentored by the ghost of the outspoken 1920’s New Yorker critic Dorothy Parker. The beneficiary of Parker’s aid, Violet (as in shrinking Violet), doesn’t always appreciate the help. How this all comes about is what makes the book first-rate and fun. There’s nothing spooky or paranormal. You don't have to know who Dorothy Parker was to enjoy this novel. However, if you do know who Dorothy Parker was and you're a fan of hers, then the likelihood of your liking this book is great.