Notre-Dame

The burning and partial destruction of Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral in April 2019 was shown on television worldwide. People everywhere were grief-stricken and shocked that such a monument to mankind’s ingenuity and perseverance could fall. But it impacted Ken Follett, best-selling author of The Pillars of the Earth, even more. AfterContinue Reading

Neuroscience of Selling

The title of the Neuroscience of Selling is rather misleading because no specific scientific studies are mentioned in the book or end notes. In fact, this book is based on other pop culture books and articles about selling. The introduction had me thinking there were new ideas here. But, nope,Continue Reading

Sushi Modoki

Sushi Modoki means mimicked sushi. This cookbook shows vegans and vegetarians how to create beautiful replicas of famous sushi while not compromising their ethical values. The book includes seventeen nigiri (thin fish over rice), nine sushi rolls, four chirashi (rice/veggie bowls), four inari (stuffed deep-fried tofu pockets), four oshi (rectangularContinue Reading

Animals Reviewed

When would you need Animals Reviewed? Before you hire two skunks as house protection, read the included 2-star review suggesting guard rabbits instead. If you need a CrossFit instructor, you could do worse than the 5-star rhinoceros described here. Animals Reviewed is a perfect zoo or aquarium gift shop purchase.Continue Reading

Stop Being Reasonable

Society expects that people will use logic and reason to sway others to change their mind. However, Stop Being Reasonable argues that reason doesn’t work, which is why the country is so divided. Using several true stories, the author anecdotally tries to prove what changes minds. The stories encompass catcalling,Continue Reading

Art of Flaneuring

The Art of Flaneuring is to wander intentionally in an aimless way. It is a technique to use mindfulness, live in the moment, and get some exercise. It was first practiced by rich, slightly drunken Frenchmen in the late 1800s. In modern times, it isn’t so limiting. In fact, flaneuringContinue Reading

A Very Vegan Halloween

A Very Vegan Halloween: The Witch’s Cauldron Cookbook The Vegan Holiday Cookbook Collection #1 by Rebecca Henry My Review With thirteen snacks, eight main dishes, seventeen desserts, and four drinks, A Very Vegan Halloween allows you to share Halloween with your friends and family without giving up your values. JustContinue Reading

Crack

It was the eighties and everything was about making money. Reaganomics gave the promise that everyone could be rich with some smarts and initiative. So what were poor African-Americans using as their method to achieve this American Dream? Crack. With a 40% unemployment rate for African-American teenagers in 1984, thereContinue Reading

Best of Cryptograms

Scientific studies have shown that exercising your mind will keep you mentally young. The Best of Cryptograms is conveniently large-print for those of us getting older, which is all of us if you think about it. The large-print is also double spaced giving you plenty of room to write twoContinue Reading

Art of Reading Minds

“All our thoughts [are] reflected in our bodies; the reverse is true as well.”—from the Art of Reading Minds. Reading minds is achieved by reading body language—no New Age mumbo-jumbo is necessary. This book can make you a body language expert. “You already do it, but you could do itContinue Reading

Follow the Golden Brick Road

If you want to Follow the Golden Brick Road…to financial freedom, the author states real estate is the way to go. Less risky than starting your own business or playing the stock market, real estate allows smart investors to win whether the economy is up or down. But it doesContinue Reading

The Iconist

How can a person, place, or thing stand out in the huge deluge of information now? In The Iconist, the author uses the KISS method. KISS stands for keep it simple stupid. He also recommends using large, bright, simple and symmetrical blocks of visual information to engage distracted humans. Finally,Continue Reading

Little Women Cookbook

With over 50 recipes, every food event in Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women is replicated using modern ingredients and cooking methods in the Little Women Cookbook. From simple lemonade and hot chocolate to fruit trifles and Jo’s corned beef, the book has recipes for all skill levels. Many of theContinue Reading