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'The Open Road'

By Pico Iyer

Knopf, $24

This affecting book is dedicated to the work of the 14th Dalai Lama as a politician, scientist and philosopher.

The author, an expert on Tibet, has known the Dalia Lama for 30 years, during which time they have had many serious discussions.

In spite of the Dalai Lama's accomplishment, Iyer notes that he was born in one of the most remote places on Earth, yet he has grown into "a champion of globalism and technology."

More than a religious leader, the Dalai Lama is dedicated to the importance of humanity. Iyer asserts that he is "famous for his laughter, the sudden eruption of almost helpless giggles or a high-pitched shaking of the body." The Dalai Lama once said, "We have enough religions, but not enough real human beings." — Dennis Lythgoe

'Moral Foundations'

Edited by Douglas Brinley, Perry Carter and James Archibald

BYU Religious Studies Center, 21.95

The basis of this book, subtitled "Standing Firm in a World of Shifting Values," is the belief that Latter-day Saints everywhere have the obligation to maintain the highest standards of morality and integrity.

The various essays here were delivered at a career symposium held at Brigham Young University in March 2007.

Included are 15 essays written by LDS leaders such as Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Robert Millet, a professor of religion and prolific writer. The other writers treat subjects such as "Ethics in Engineering and Technology," "Faithful Science," "Character and Decision Making" and "Success and the Second Mile." — Dennis Lythgoe

'Money Changes Everything'

Edited by Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell

Doubleday, $24.95

In a recent national survey, it was reported that 47 percent of Americans would rather disclose their weight or age than their amount of debt.

Some of the 22 authors in this volume discuss with candor how money has either strengthened or undermined their closest relationships.

Isabel Rose discusses the difficulties of dating as an heiress. Tony Serra talks about his decision to spend 40 years in a vow of poverty so he could advise people about the law. Jonathan Dee discusses the debt that nearly finished his life.

Fred LeBron and Katherine Rhett talk about how fights over money have shaken their marriage over and over again. Both comedy and emotion come into play as a variety of writers discuss the nature of money. — Dennis Lythgoe