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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
by Ian Frazier


Dancing Alone in Mexico
Ron Butler shares his love affair with Mexico.  

Day of the Dead in MexicoThrough 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.

Miraculous Air
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 the Earth
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   
Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr open the doors to Mexico's haciendas to reveal antiques, artifacts and creative interiors.

Travel Advisory
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
This book tells of a gripping adventure of a woman’s solo trip across the North American arctic coast by dogsled.

At Sea in the City
An intrepid urban sailor takes his boat around New York. A intriguing look at the city from a different perspective.

Crescent and Star
An in-depth look at Turkish culture and politics.

Maine Curiosities  
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 Antiques 
Emyl Jenkins offers tips on buying and selling antiques.

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 work.


Blue Latitudes
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 male friendship.

Confederates in the Attic  
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.

Down East
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.

The Cell 
Just 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 the details 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.


Avoiding Disaster 
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.


Find It Online  
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.  

The Environment

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.

Eco Chic
Rebecca Tangueray shows that living in tune with nature has its benefits.


Amish Grace New!
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 applied elsewhere.

A Voluptuous God New!
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 Revealed  
Emotions are what "make life livable," writes psychologist Paul Ekman in his hands-on book that flirts shrewdly with psychology and anthropology.

How to Get Your eBook Published
A look at how to publish eBooks, whether through traditional means or self-publishing.

Media Unlimited  
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 Life 
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 them. 

The Song of Suburbia
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 
Much like Zen, Pema Chodron's interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism takes the form of a non-theistic spiritualism. In this book, this head of a Tibetan monastery in Canada outlines some relevant and deceptively profound terms of Tibetan Buddhism that are germane to modern issues.

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