Here are some books that have crossed our desks recently.
"SWIM: Why We Love the Water," by Lynn Sherr, Public Affairs, $25.99, 212 pages (nf)
A look back through the history of swimming with facts and anecdotes and how it has evolved, along with Lynn Sherr's own journey of swimming the wild waters of Hellespont.
"AFTER CAMELOT: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present," by J. Randy Taraborrelli, Grand Central Publishing, $29.99, 602 pages (nf)
The sequel to "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot" (now out in paperback), "After Camelot" explores the Kennedy family after the assassination of of President John F. Kennedy to the present and includes interviews, details on the political rivalry between the Shrivers and Kennedys and the challenges by the third generations of the families.
More hardback books recently released:
"THE 4 DISCIPLINES OF EXECUTION," by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling (nf): After studying why execution of worthwhile goals in businesses fall short, the authors provide a formula to help achieve these necessary goals.
"GIANT GEORGE: Life with the World's Biggest Dog," by Dave Nasser with Lynne Barrett-Lee (nf): Dave and Christie Nasser adopted a Great Dane they named George, who was the runt of the litter, that grew to almost five feet tall and seven feet long and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
"CALLS BEYOND OUR HEARING: Unlocking the Secrets of Animals Voices," by Holly Menino (nf): After a horseback riding accident left nature writer Holly Menino with some hearing loss, she became aware of animal voices and the role it has in their survival.
"MIDNIGHT IN PEKING: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China," by Paul French (nf): A look into a 75-year-old unsolved murder of a British schoolgirl.
"SUMMER OF '68: The Season that Changed Baseball — and America — Forever," by Tim Wendel (nf): Despite the tumultuous year, baseball had a season to remember with the "year of the pitcher" along with Detroit winning the championship.
"CARLY'S VOICE: Breaking Through Autism," by Arthur Fleishchmann with Carly Fleishmann (nf): Carly, who has severe autism, tells her story with her father along with how she is able to express herself and use modern technology, like social networking.
"A NATURAL WOMAN: A Memoir," by Carole King (nf): A memoir of the iconic singer-songwriter.
"OKLAHOMA CITY: What the Investigation Missed — and Why It Still Matters," by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles (nf): Two journalists take another look into the Oklahoma City bombing with additional documents and interviews.
"LE ROAD TRIP: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France," by Vivian Swift (nf): This illustrated guide offers a first-hand account of highs and lows on the road in France along with case histories of thriving as a traveler.
"THE GREAT DIVERGENCE: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It," by Timothy Noah (nf): Looks at the diversity and gap between the richest and poorest Americans.
"TAG, TOSS & RUN: 40 Classic Lawn Games," by Paul Tukey and Victoria Rowell, Storey Publishing, $14.95, 207 pages (nf)
The rules, strategies and interesting facts about more than 40 games designed to be played in a backyard are listed alphabetically from backyard golf to wiffle ball in this easy to use book.
Also included is a reference to the Sept. 19, 2009, game of capture the flag at Brigham Young University that was believed to be the largest game of its kind with 1,281 students running around a 40-acre course using glow lights to see.
More paperback books recently released:
"LEMONS AND LAVENDER: The Eco Guide to Better Housekeeping," by Billee Sharp (nf): Includes ideas on freecycling, budget-savvy tips to lowering household expenses and living a bit more creatively, along with tips on fixing what you have, like repairing a wet cell phone and broken remote controls.
"YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR: What Your Clothes Say About You," by Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner (nf): This psychologist looks at what drives wardrobe choices, from overshopping to showing too much skin to dressing your age.
"THE NATURE PRINCIPLE: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age," by Richard Louv (nf): Divided into five sections, Richard Louv looks at nature-deficit disorder in adults and tips to reconnect with nature.
"LOVE HER TO DEATH: The True Story of a Millionaire Businessman, His Gorgeous Wife and the Divorce that Ended in Murder," by John Glatt (nf): Darren Mack had a picture-perfect family, but when he was introduced to swinging, his wife didn't like the lifestyle and filed for a divorce. The only person he hated more than his wife was the family court judge.
"JACKIE, ETHEL, JOAN: Women of Camelot," by J. Randy Taraborrelli (nf); "KNOWING YOUR VALUE: Women, Money and Getting What You're Worth," by Mike Brzezinski (nf); "SALVAGE THE BONES," by Jesmyn Ward (nf); "THE IMMORTALIZATION COMMISSION: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death," by John Gray (nf); "BYE-AND-BYE: Selected Late Poems," by Charles Wright (nf); "MASSIVE: The Missing Particle that Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science," by Ian Sample (nf)