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Knee and Shoulder Handbook Review

KNEE AND SHOULDER INJURIES EXPLAINED Confused by all the knee injury acronyms like MCL, LCL or PCL? Don’t know the difference between a frozen shoulder, a SLAP tear or impingement syndrome?   We love our bodies and we’re the ones who live with them for a lifetime, but sometimes our knees and shoulders catch up with us, especially if we have active lives. At that first twinge of pain in these areas we are prone to panic, imagining months...

50 Plus! Book Review

  50 PLUS!  CRITICAL CAREER DECISIONS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE By Robert L. Dilenschneider You might feel more like you’re having an easy conversation with Robert L. Dilenschneider than reading his newest book. The genial tone of 50 Plus! Critical Career Decisions for the Rest of Your Life draws you in quickly, as if the author had his arm around your shoulder and was walking with you to a business meeting, giving you mini-MBA advice you didn’t...

Bibliomaniacs Unite!

  TOO MANY BOOKS IN THE ERA OF FACEBOOK? The other day, my friend Michael called me, pretty proud of himself because he took a serious step toward “downsizing” by getting rid of 1,000 books, which he donated to the annual library sale.  I imagine he’ll also take a hefty deduction on his income tax. “Why don’t you do that?” he gloated, eager to tell me how to live my life.  Some people have all the answers.  What made...

Home Exchange Tips from Ainslie Waldron

AINSLIE WALDRON INTERVIEW Part 1 of 3. ACT TWO:  You have written an impressively detailed travel book, Luxury Globetrotting on a Staycation Budget:  An Insider’s Guide to the Home Exchange Experience, on international home exchange vacations.  What inspired you to write this wonderfully researched guide? I wrote the book because so many of my friends and acquaintances asked me endless questions about home exchanging.  Friends were envious of my lifestyle, and wondered how I could live in luxury for...

Dr. Erica Miller CAN Do It All

THE CHRONOLOGICALLY GIFTED BUBBE – DR. ERICA MILLER Her daughter likes to say to people, “Look at my mother: at 82 years old, flying to Tibet!”  Dr. Erica Miller laughs, “If I were a monkey on a leash, she’d be collecting money.” But her daughter might have a hard time keeping up.  In the past year, Dr. Miller (whose Twitter handle is @BubbeMiller) has given dozens of motivational speeches all over the country and published her second book, not to mention...

Americana, Diners and the Doobie Brothers

BOOK REVIEW Garrison Leykam,  Postcards from the Highway of Life You really can’t go wrong with a book that has an introduction from The Doobie Brothers, can you?  In this nostalgic excursion through American culture, Garrison Leykam remembers eating at diners as a child but as an adult, too, and he digs into some of the deeper history and personality of these diners that he calls “these stainless steel and neon hunger-satiating havens of our American architectural and social...

65 Things To Do When You Retire – TRAVEL!

BOOK REVIEW OF 65 Things to Do When You Retire 65 Intrepid Travel Writers and Experts Reveal Fun Places and New Horizons to Explore in Your Retirement by Mark Evan Chimsky, Sellers Publishing, Inc. The world abounds with how-to books that often become relegated to a box in storage, never to really be used, but Mark Evan Chimsky’s 65 Things to Do When You Retire might earn top shelf space in your house and spark a fire in you to...

What If? Book Review

Book Review of What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe, Houghton Mifflin Randall Munroe has definitely found a second act career after working for NASA.  As a scientific pundit he has found a way to take esoteric facts and turn them into a dialogue with his endless Internet fans on his xkcd.com.  With a rather playful approach in What If?, Randall Munroe simply answers funky questions that resonate with his readers who ask them. You...

The Marriage Artist Book Review

Andrew Winer Reading this powerful novel feels as if you fell into a dazzling linguistic museum.  Written by Andrew Winer, an artist himself, The Marriage Artist is the most protean American novel in the last fifty years.  When art critic Daniel Lichtmann learns of the double “suicide” of his wife with Benjamin Wind, an artist he had known and reviewed, he finds himself searching from Vienna to New York City to California to understand why.  In one scene Lichtmann...

John Wayne: Life and Legend

by Scott Eyman Simon & Schuster, 2014— John Wayne had always cornered cowboy iconography, once saying, “I’m the stuff men are made of!”  In Scott Eyman’s new biography, though, based on interviews with Wayne and his friends, as well as production company archives and family histories, what emerges is how much conscious artifice was actually involved in Duke’s image. Marion Robert Morrison (also known as Marion Michael and Marion Mitchell) from Winterset, Iowa, might not be the first name...

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