Here are some books that have crossed our desks recently.
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"DANCING WITH MRS. DALLOWAY: Stories of the Inspiration Behind Great Works of Literature," by Celia Blue Johnson, Perigee, $16.95, 256 pages (nf)
Behind each well-know work of literature is a story of an author's inspiration. Celia Blue Johnson looks at the story of what sparked ideas for nearly 50 different authors, including Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, E.B. White and Mark Twain. It was lost love that inspired Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." White wrote "Charlotte's Web" behind his boathouse and preferred writing on rainy days. J.R.R. Tolkien read the first few chapters of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," and didn't particularly care for it.
Each author has a few pages, making a quick and interesting read.
In his family's used bookstore, Michael Popek found things left between the pages of the books. Recipes, sent and unsent letters, valentines, lists, photos, pressed clovers and tickets were found. This books includes reproductions of those items along with transcriptions as needed along with which book it was found in.
A $2 bill was found in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," two tickets to a 1904 masquerade ball in "The Elements of Greek," and "Bend Sinister" by Vladimir Nobokov had a recipe for Mrs. Eisenhower's fudge.
It's an interesting and enjoyable peek into others' lives. See more at www.forgottenbookmarks.com
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More hardbacks recently released:
"THE PENGUING ANTHOLOGY OF 20th CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY," edited by Rita Dove (nf): Pulitzer Prize-winner and former poet laureate Rita Dove has collected poems that have had cultural impact in the 20th century.
"WHY READ MOBY-DICK?" by Nathaniel Philbrick (nf): Discusses the historical and cultural significance of "Moby-Dick."
"THE ART PROPHETS: The Artists, Dealers and Tastemakers Who Shook the Art World," by Richard Polsky (nf): The history of how art is defined and who helped shape those definitions as it is now more than just a painting by the old masters or the impressionists but a Navajo rug or concert poster.
"THE THOMAS SOWELL READER," by Thomas Sowell (nf): Includes a wide range of samples of the writings of Sowell, who has written on economics, race, war, politics and late-talking children.
"IN OTHER WORLDS: SF and the Human Imagination," by Margaret Wood (nf): The exploration of the science fiction genre, including the differences in "speculative fiction," "sword and sorcery/fiction" and "slipstream fiction."
"DISORDERED WORLD: Setting a New Course for the Twenty-First Century," by Amin Maalouf (nf): Explores and compares the West and the Arab cultures, including confrontations, and the history of each.
"PRACTICAL GENIUS: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You," by Gina Amaro Rudan (nf): Uses five steps to help identify resources and assets and use them to find the genius within.
"HORSES NEVER LIE ABOUT LOVE: The Heartwarming Story of a Remarkable Horse Who Changed the World Around Her," by Jana Harris (nf): Lessons learned from domesticating True Colors, who was skittish after being in a fire.
"BEECOMONY: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market," by Tammy Horn (nf): Using beekeeping and the different aspects of hive-related products, Tammy Horn looks at it from a global perspective.
"THE JESUS MISSION," by Steven K. Scott (nf): Exploring Jesus Christ's teachings and how to apply those in daily life.
"AFFLUENCE INTELLIGENCE: Earn More, Worry Less and Live a Happy and Balanced Life," by Stephen Goldbart and Joan Inusrkey DiFuria (nf): This pair of financial psychologists spell out what they have identified as hidden factors in successful people.
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"BLIND SPOTS: The 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success," by Alexandria Levit, Berkley Publishing Group, $15, 260 pages (nf)
Business experts offer advice on 10 different myths to help anyone in the job market help differentiate themselves at the office, from what businesses want from their employees to job perceptions.
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More paperbacks recently released:
"CRAZY RIVER: Exploration of Folly in East Africa," by Richard Grant (nf): Richard Grant gives his take on life along the uncharted Malagarasi River in Tanzania, while steering clear of hippos and crocodiles.
"GREAT EXPECTATIONS: The Toddler Years," by Sandy Jones (nf): Tips on helping guide toddlers to help build their vocabulary, sleep training to treating illnesses and guiding them to independence.
"THE DOG TRAINER'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO A HAPPY, WELL-BEHAVED PET," by Jolanta Benal (nf): A professional dog trainer gives tips for both the old and new dog owner on playful, rewards-based training.
"THE DATING GAME KILLER: The True Story of a TV Dating Show, a Violent Sociopath and a Series of Brutal Murders," by Stella Sands (nf): Explores the story of Rodney Alcala, who charmed his way to a date on "The Dating Game" in 1978, and how he also committed crimes, like murder.
"DYING FOR LOVE: The True Story of a Millionaire Dentist, His Unfaithful Wife and the Affair that Ended in Murder," by Carlton Smith (nf): John Yelenic's marriage to Michile Kamler lasted five years and the divorce took three. When she began dating a state trooper and Yelenic was found dead in his own home, the trooper was the prime suspect. At the time of Yelenic's death, Kamler was still listed as his beneficiary.
"LOVE YOU MADLY: The Story of a Small-town Girl, the Young Men She Seduced and the Murder of Her Mother," by Michael Freeman (nf): A true crime story of a girl who conspired to kill her mother.
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"THE POWER OF NEURODIVERSITY: Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain," by Thomas Armstrong (nf); "EVERY DOG HAS A GIFT: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope and Healing into Our Lives," by Rachel McPherson (nf); "WORDS FOR THE WEDDING," by Wendy Paris and Andrew Chesler (nf); "CREATING MINDS: An Anatomy of Creativity seen through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinksy, Elio, Graham and Gandhi," by Howard Gardner; "PRACTICAL WISDOM: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing," by Barry Schartz and Kenneth Sharpe (nf); "THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND," deluxe edition, by Joseph Murray (nf).