Here are some books that have crossed our desks recently.
"SECRET JOURNEYS OF A LIFETIME: 500 of the World's Best Hidden Travel Gems," National Geographic, $40, 320 pages (nf)
With nine categories — from Last Wilderness to Spiritual Havens and City Secrets – "Secret Journeys of a Lifetime" includes photos, descriptions and other pertinent information (when to go, how to find it, planning and websites) for each place. Utah is mentioned a couple of times. The "World with a View" chapter mentions Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab for those with a geology obsession and Solitude's The Yurt made the No. 1 spot on the "Top Ten Tea and Coffee Shops with a View." The other nine include places in Bolivia, French Polynesia, India, Turkey, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Morocco.
"THE THINKING LIFE: How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction," by P.M. Forni, St. Martin's Press, $21.99, 192 pages (nf)
With cell phones, email, the Internet and constant updates, there is a constant demand on time and attention. With all of the little blips of information available, P.M. Forni says that it leads to not having time for deeper, critical thinking and reflection. He offers ways to maximize time and still have time for thinking, especially before posting anything online or speaking.
More hardbacks recently released:
"THE NEW KIDS: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens," by Brooke Hauser (nf): At Brooklyn's International High School, which teaches English to recently-arrived immigrants, there is a melting pot of students from 45 countries who speak more than 28 languages and each has a story of how they got here from a Tibetan boy who spent 24 hours in a suitcase during his journey here and others who have been disowned or have travelled across deserts or mountains.
"BRIGHT, NOT BROKEN: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism — Why Twice-Exceptional Children are Stuck and How to Help Them," by Diane M. Kennedy, Rebecca S. Banks and Temple Grandin (nf): Explores ways to identifying exceptional children with disabilities and ways to help with diagnosis and ways to help them achieve their potential.
"WHAT YOU WISH FOR: A Book for Darfur" (nf): Eighteen writers, including R.L. Stine, Meg Cabot, Ann M. Martin, and Gary Soto, have contributed poems and short stories to this effort to raise fund for a libraries in African refugee camps.
"THE QUEST: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World," by Daniel Yergin (nf): As the world's appetite for energy grows, this nearly 800-page book explores the history of oil as it affects the history of the modern world.
"STREET FREAK: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers," by Jared Dillian (nf): A former Lehman Brothers associate penned this memoir, including the effect of 9/11 and portraits of inside the company.
"FOLLOWING ATTICUS: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and An Extraordinary Friendship," by Tom Ryan (nf): An out-of-shape newspaper man and his miniature schnauzer named Atticus M. Finch decide to climb all 48 of New Hampshire's 4,000-foot peaks twice during the 90 days of winter to pay tribute to a friend's death from cancer.
"YOU ARE NOT ALONE MICHAEL: Through a Brother's Eyes," by Jermaine Jackson (nf): The brother of the late King of Pop looks at life with him in this memoir.
"EMINENCE: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France," by Jean-Vincent Blanchard (nf): The French royal family — King Louis XIII, Queen Mother Marie de Medici, Queen Anne of Austria and Gaston d'Orleans — had their share of eccentricities and along with Cardinal Richelieu's political intrigues, they each have their own tales of war exploits, love conspiracies and executions.
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