November 23, 2015

Book Newsby Mick Dolinski

“Silver Bells, Silver Bells. Its Christmas time in the city . . .” The Silver Bells Festival will be held this Friday in Lansing, which officially kicks off our holiday season and I will be attending it for the first time since I’ve moved to Lansing.

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Art

Art Therapy Coloring Kit

Sam Loman
(Running Press, $$9.95, Kit, 9780762460564)

This beautifully illustrated mini kit is perfect for creative people everywhere who like to use coloring and drawing as a means to focus the mind and de-stress. Therapeutic and portable, this kit includes 10 colored pencils and 50 illustrated cards with detailed designs to complete. No drawing skills required!

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Biography & Autobiography

Boys in the Trees: A Memoir

Carly Simon
(Flatiron Books, $$28.99, Hardcover, 9781250095893)

Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movie Working Girl. The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.

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Comics & Graphic Novels

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 4

Sui Ishida
(VIZ Media , $$12.99, Paperback, 9781421580395)

Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way-except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

Cookbooks & Cookery

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

Bee Wilson
(Basic Books, $$27.99, Hardcover, 9780465064984)

We do not come into the world with an innate sense of taste and nutrition; as omnivores, we have to learn how and what to eat, how sweet is too sweet, and what food will give us the most energy for the coming day. But how does this education happen? What are the origins of taste? In First Bite, the beloved food writer Bee Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists, and nutritionists to reveal that our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors: family and culture, memory and gender, hunger and love. An exploration of the extraordinary and surprising origins of our tastes and eating habits-from people who can only eat foods of a certain color to an amnesiac who can eat meal after meal without getting full-First Bite also shows us how we can change our palates to lead healthier, happier lives.

Fiction

The Bone Labyrinth: A Sigma Force Novel

James Rollins
(William Morrow, $$27.99, Hardcover, 9780062381644)

A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a mystery that will leave readers changed forever . . . In this groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years in human history, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes us to mankind's next great leap.

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Health & Fitness

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

Michael Greger; Gene Stone
(Flatiron Books, $$27.99, Hardcover, 9781250066114)

The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America ― heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more ― and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

History

Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire

Roger Crowley
(Random House, $$30.00, Hardcover, 9780812994001)

In Empires of the Sea and City of Fortune, New York Times bestselling author Roger Crowley established himself as our generation's preeminent historian of the great European seafaring empires, and the go-to author for post-Crusade clashes of East and West. Now, in Conquerors, Crowley gives us the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorers--a tactical advantage no other country could match. Portugal's discovery of a sea route to India, campaign of imperial conquest over Muslim rulers, and domination of the spice trade would forever disrupt the Mediterranean and build the first global economy.

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Humor

Felines of New York: A Glimpse Into the Lives of New York's Feline Inhabitants

Jim Tews
(Simon & Schuster, $$14.99, Paperback, 9781501125836)

Featuring more than 100 photos and quotes from cats in America's most glamorous city, Felines of New York exposes the furry underbelly of New York City's most glamorous, self-important residents.

Literature

And Yet...: Essays

Christopher Hitchens
(Simon & Schuster, $$27.00, Hardcover, 9781476772066)

The author of five previous volumes of selected writings, including the international bestseller Arguably, Hitchens left at his death nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. And Yet... assembles a selection that usefully adds to Hitchens's oeuvre. It ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns, a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights.

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Music & Performing Arts

Days of our Lives 50 Years

Greg Meng
(Sourcebooks, $$34.99, Hardcover, 9781492629856)

Days of our Lives 50 Years is an in-depth photographic journey of the longest-running scripted program in NBC's history. This beautiful keepsake showcases new and exciting views of a television icon that continues to bring the beloved world of Salem to its loyal viewers.

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Photography

AIR

Vincent Laforet
(Press Syndication Group, $$59.95, Hardcover, 9780996058728)

Sublime, quiet, serene, surreal, and other-worldly... these are just a few of the adjectives that only begin to describe Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet's mesmerizing high-altitude nighttime aerial photos over some of the most iconic cities around the world including New York, London, Sydney, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Berlin, and Barcelona. "AIR is a project born of my need to share an important lesson I've discovered over the past decade making aerial photographs: the world is much smaller than we think." says Laforet. "Borders are irrelevant and distances shortened. Clearly, we are more intimately connected to one another than we may realize. I chose the title AIR because it's something we all share and are all equally responsible for. By definition air doesn't belong to anyone. It belongs to us all regardless of background, social status and origin, as does this project."

Poetry

Dead Man's Float

Jim Harrison
(Copper Canyon Press, $$23.00, Hardcover, 9781556594458)

The title Dead Man's Float is inspired by a technique used by swimmers to conserve energy when exhausted, to rest up for the long swim to shore. In his fourteenth volume of poetry, Jim Harrison presents keen awareness of physical pains, delights in the natural world, and reflects on humanity's tentative place in a universe filled with ninety billion galaxies. By turns mournful and celebratory, these fearless and exuberant poems accomplish what Harrison's poems always do: wake us up to the possibilities of being fully alive.

Reference

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016

Sara Janssen (editor)
(World Almanac, $$14.99, Paperback, 9781600572012)

The World Almanac and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 82 million copies sold. Since 1868, this compendium of information has been the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. The 2016 edition of The World Almanac reviews the events of 2015 and will be your go-to source for any questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs-from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.

Religion

Merchants in the Temple: Inside Pope Francis's Secret Battle Against Corruption in the Vatican

Gianluigi Nuzzi
(Henry Holt and Co., $$28.00, Hardcover, 9781627798655)

From a bestselling author with unprecedented access to Pope Francis, an investigative look at the recent financial scandals at the highest levels of the Vatican A veritable war is waging in the Church: on one side, there is Pope Francis's strong message for one church of the poor and all; on the other, there is the old Curia with its endless enemies, and the old and new lobbies struggling to preserve their not-so-Christian privileges.

Self-Help

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Amy Cuddy
(Little, Brown and Company, $$28.00, Hardcover, 9780316256575)

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

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Sports

Concussion (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Jeanne Marie Laskas
(Random House, $$16.00, Paperback, 9780812989267)

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America's favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football's most powerful corporation: the NFL.

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