Here are some nonfiction books that have crossed our desks recently.
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"THE PROSPEROUS HEART: Creating a Life of 'Enough'," by Julia Cameron with Emma Lively, Penguin Group, 240 pages (nf)
From the author of "The Artist's Way" is a 12-week financial program that looks at spending habits, defining prosperity, removing clutter and creating a plan.
"SOPHIE: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog," by Emma Pearce, DaCapo Books, $25, 303 pages (nf)
Sophie, an Australian blue heeler, was washed overboard during the Griffith family's outing off Queensland, and Sophie survived by treading water for 12-plus hours in tides and currents off the Great Barrier Reef, landing on St. Bees, surviving on feral instincts and then her introduction back to her family.
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More hardbacks recently released:
"CHANGING LIVES: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music," by Tricia Tunstall (nf): A chronicle of the life of Gustavo Dudamel, who became the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at 28, and El Sistema, the program that helped nurture his music ability as a child.
"FOUR FEET TALL & RISING," by Shorty Rossi with SJ Hodges (nf): The memoir of Shorty Rossi, who stands four feet tall, and how he survived an abusive childhood, gangs and jail and then founded an entertainment company, rescues pit bulls and is the star of Animal Planet's "Pit Boss."
"MAN SHOES: The Journey of Becoming a Better Man, Husband & Father," by Tom Watson (nf): Overcoming adversity was a trait Tom Watson learned through surviving child abuse and more than a dozen foster homes, and the lessons would be put to the test as an adult with more obstacles to overcome.
"How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks about Being Sick in America," by Dr. Otis Webb Brawley with Paul Goldberg (nf): Brawley, the chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society, looks at health care today from the poor to the rich to conflicts of interest, the pharmaceutical industry and insurance companies.
"INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror," by Matthew M. Aid (nf): A look into the spy network, how they interact with government agencies and how the soldier spies are working to catch up to the enemy.
"AFTER THE FALL: The End of the European Dream, the Decline of a Continent," by Walter Laqueur (nf): A historian looks into Europe's financial and political crisis.
"HEAVEN CRACKS EARTH SHAKES: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China," by James Palmer (nf): A look at the year 1976 in China with the 7.8 earthquake and Chairman Mao's death, among other notable events.
"MR. AND MRS. MADISON'S WAR: America's First Couple and the Second War of Independence," by Hugh Howard (nf): The War of 1812 as told by then President James Madison and his wife, Dolly.
"THE LIFE OF SUPER-EARTHS: How the Hunt of Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet," by Dimitar Sasselov (nf): A look into exoplanetary research and the marriage of astronomy and biology in the hunt for life on other planets.
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"THE ETHICAL VISION OF CLINT EASTWOOD," by Sara Anson Vaux, Eerdmans Publishing Co., $24, 276 pages (nf)
An analysis of 15 of Clint Eastwood's best-known films from narrative, artistic and thematic perspectives and a look at his ethical vision during a 40-year period.
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