In this section of my Web site, I hope to relay the excitement I feel when reading some of
the better books on the market. I review books in subject areas that reflect my own
interests and the subjects I write about. And I sincerely hope that my review will prompt
you into taking a look at the works of these authors.
I chose these books for their
interest and excellent writing.
This Month's Featured Review
On the Rez
Dancing Alone in Mexico
Ron Butler shares his love affair with Mexico.
Day of the Dead in
Mexico—Through the Eyes of the Soul (A book series)
To Mary Andrade, Dia de los Muertos--Day
of the Dead--is the essence of life in Mexico.
Bruce Whipperman, through extensive research and years of
experience in Mexico has distilled this vibrant city down into a handy
guidebook, chock full of useful and unique information.
Author C.M. Mayo takes her readers across the
length and breadth of the Baja Peninsula, from old mountaintop missions to
richly cultivated fields to luxurious spas and art galleries, in this truly
beautiful travel narrative.
My Heart is in
What does Alabama and Mexico have in
common? At first, you may say nothing. But after reading Wayne Greenhaw's insightful
book, you'll find all sorts of ways they relate.
The New Hacienda
Witynski and Joe P. Carr open the doors to Mexico's haciendas to reveal antiques, artifacts and
In this provocative collection of
short stories about Mexico, David Lida takes his readers on a journey
through the soul of our neighbor to the south, revealing a side of Mexico
few see--or want to.
Alone Across the Arctic
tells of a gripping adventure of a woman’s solo trip across the
North American arctic coast by dogsled.
Sea in the City
An intrepid urban sailor takes his boat around
New York. A intriguing look at the city from a different perspective.
An in-depth look at Turkish culture and
Unlike some other states,
Maine offers some of the weirdest and funniest attractions in the country.
An hilarious look at some of them.
The Hidden Coast
Joel Rogers takes his readers on a series of sea kayaking
adventures down the Pacific Coast.
Mirrors of the Unseen—Journeys in Iran
Jason Elliot’s book details not only the
arts and politics of Iran, the country that was
formerly part of the Persian empire, but also gives the reader an insight
into the practices of Islam.
It often takes a traumatic experience to alter a
person’s life. So it was with Richard Joseph, who struck out on his life's
greatest adventure in search of the truth.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling
Emyl Jenkins offers tips on buying and selling
The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright
Thomas A. Heinz, a noted Chicago area architect and
leading authority on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, represents virtually
every structure that Wright built in his extensive survey of Wright’s life’s
Join Tony Horwitz as he retraces the route of Captain Cook throughout the
South Pacific. Learn about the Maori tribesmen and other people Cook met
along the way.
To Stephen Ambrose, the five best words in the
English language are love, wife, home, work, and friend–the latter the
most important. In his memoir, Comrades, he explores the concept of
Tony Horwitz relates his
adventures as a Civil War re-enactor and finds that the South is still
fighting the War in its own way.
At last, a history of maritime
Maine for all those who love Maine and the sea.
On the Rez
Ian Frazier takes his readers
to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Here, he introduces
them to the descendants of the Oglala Sioux, to those directly related to Crazy
Horse, one of the greatest Native American leaders of the 19th century.
short of a year after the horrendous 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade
Center in New York, John Miller and Michael Stone’s book painfully brings
to the surface again in an effort to understand the behind-the-scenes action
of America’s own al Queada terrorist cell.
The Pirate Hunter
It reads like an historical adventure novel, full of passion
and swashbuckling romance. Yet Pirate Hunter is the true story of Captain
Kidd, America’s more notorious and ruthless buccaneer.
If anyone can teach executives how to avoid disaster, it's John Laye. His
book is written in a straightforward,
easy-to-understand, and yet technically accurate manner.
Clutter-Proof Your Business
Once again, Mike Nelson helps his readers unclutter their lives--only this
time it's business.
How to Promote Your Home Business
A promotional handbook for
beginning home entrepreneurs--advertising for the home business owner.
Red Zone Marketing
This book helps even the most struggling business find and
focus on its natural niche.
The Integrity Advantage s integrity becoming a dying trait in today’s business? With
corporate debacles on the rise, it seems so. If only the good guys would always win like in the old Hollywood
westerns. With this book, they can.
Alan Schlein shows readers the best ways to search online.
Web Rules: How the Internet is Changing the Way
Consumers Make Choices
Tom Murphy examines the seismic shift of power
caused by the Internet and its effect on not only businesses
but also the media.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Barbara Kingsolver and her
family discover a way to eat healthy while sharing in the work to grow their
own vegetables, raise their own poultry, and after harvesting, preserve much
of what they grew for the long cold winter.
Rebecca Tangueray shows that
living in tune with nature has its benefits.
On Monday morning, October
2, 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish school in Nickel Mines,
Pennsylvania, and after taking hostages and shooting
several of the students, he shot himself.
The authors of this book carefully distinguish between forgiveness, pardon and
reconciliation, as well as analyze the complexities of mainstream
America's response and the extent to which the Amish example can be
A Voluptuous God
Rooted in the Christian mystical tradition, this
book is an invitation
to a direct, intimate experience and relationship with God. The title
comes from mystic Meister Eckhart's descriptive metaphor of his
experience. Reverend Robert Thompson writes how he bridges that gap,
inviting the reader to step beyond religious doctrine.
Emotions are what "make life livable,"
writes psychologist Paul Ekman in his hands-on book that
flirts shrewdly with psychology and anthropology.
to Get Your eBook Published
A look at how to publish
eBooks, whether through traditional means or self-publishing.
Those who devour the banter on National Public Radio
will love this book. In it, the author manages to tell his readers what they already know–that the
media is overwhelming them.
My Grandfather's Blessings
Rachel Remen's grandfather
gave her a paper cup filled with dirt, which he instructed her to water
daily. Day after day, she lovingly added water to the cup of dirt, then
just as she was about to give up, a plant sprouted. Through this
exercise and others, her grandfather taught her that the "spark of
God" exists everywhere.
Stop Clutter From Stealing Your
Is your home and your life
full of clutter? If so, you might want to take the advice from Mike Nelson,
an addicted clutterer, who has managed to break free of the all his stuff.
The Savvy Senior
Seniors have lots of questions--about
Medicare, lifestyle, health, finances, etc. And Jim Miller's book answers
The Song of
David Bouchier's hilarious
look at life on suburban Long Island.
Under The Big Top
The circus in America is alive
and well. Bruce Feiler takes you inside the Big Top and into the trailers
and hearts of the people who make the circus their home. A compelling and
magnificent true-life portrait.
When Things Fall Apart
like Zen, Pema Chodron's interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism takes
the form of a non-theistic spiritualism. In
this head of a Tibetan monastery in Canada outlines some
relevant and deceptively profound terms of Tibetan Buddhism that are germane
to modern issues.