In the Mail: Master Your Debt

Master Your Debt: Slash Your Monthly Payments and Become Debt Free by Jordan E. Goodman Publishers Weekly Goodman (Everyone’s Money Book), former Wall Street correspondent for Money magazine, offers a lifeline to Americans drowning in debt—with attention to explaining the new rules that the government has put in place since unveiling its stimulus package, including new borrowing guidelines by banks and new policies to avoid mortgage foreclosures. After a brief sketch of the origins of...

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In the Mail: The Great Medieval Heretics

Cover via Amazon The Great Medieval Heretics: Five Centuries of Religious Dissent by Michael Frassetto From the Publisher Replete with terror, passion, and hope, this gripping narrative history explores the intricate mysteries of medieval Europe through the lives of the great heretics whose beliefs and practices challenged the teachings of an all-powerful church. Five centuries of social and spiritual turmoil are covered through a vivid and telling mix of events, personalities, and ideas. A...

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In the Mail: Conspirata by Robert Harris

Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris Publishers Weekly In this gripping second installment to his ancient Rome trilogy (after Imperium), bestseller Harris proves once again that politics is an ugly game. Beginning in 63 B.C.E. and told by Cicero’s slave secretary, Tiro, this complex tale continues to chronicle Cicero’s political career as he charms, co-opts, and bribes his way into the exalted position of consul, ruler of Rome. Although Cicero is known as a...

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In the Mail: When Turtles Fly

When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How To Stick Their Necks Out by Nikki Stone Description Did you know you have better odds at winning the lottery than an Olympic medal? To bring home one of those coveted medals–or achieve any great personal goal in life–you need a lot more than luck. You need a game plan.What if you could learn the secrets of success from an Olympian? A Nobel Prize winner? A Fortune 500 CEO? Olympic gold medalist Nikki Stone has compiled a...

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31 Hours by Masha Hamilton

I was practically bullied into reading 31 Hours. So many people on Twitter were gushing about it and the folks at Unbridled Books were obviously excited about it. When I was able to get an ARC at Net Galley I figured I should just give in to the peer pressure. Like most things in my life these days, it took me a while to get it together but I finally managed to read it. And I am glad I did as it was an enjoyable and interesting read. But I had a host of reactions from a variety of angles that...

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Are libraries about books or cool places to hang out?

Image by Silversprite via Flickr Libraries use video games to attract teens: The electronic ding-ding-ding of Sonic the Hedgehog collecting coins became familiar background noise in the teen section of the Main Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public library downtown recently as video games were introduced for young patrons. […] Within the last decade, libraries nationwide have embraced gaming as a way to get teens through their doors, said Linda Braun, president of the Young Adult...

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The U.S. Army's First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers by Edward L. Posey

I have always been interested in the history of individual military units, especially ones written by a former member.  Thus, I was intrigued by Edward Posey’s The U.S. Army’s First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers when I found out about it.  Although the unit was only in existence for ten months during the Korean War, its members proved to many skeptics (some high ranking generals in the Army) that African-Americans could fight.  I believe their example and the efforts of...

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Wolves From The Sea by Richard Bodley Scott

Wolves from the Sea by Richard Bodley Scott is the eighth book from Osprey Publishing‘s “Field of Glory” series.  This series pertains to a historical miniatures tabletop wargaming system. Osprey proclaims that this is the first “high-quality games system aimed specifically at the Ancient and Medieval wargamer for over 10 years.”  I am not a wargamer, but I did find the information in the book interesting. The book is divided into headings that align with...

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Wolves From The Sea by Richard Bodley Scott

Wolves from the Sea by Richard Bodley Scott is the eighth book from Osprey Publishing‘s “Field of Glory” series.  This series pertains to a historical miniatures tabletop wargaming system. Osprey proclaims that this is the first “high-quality games system aimed specifically at the Ancient and Medieval wargamer for over 10 years.”  I am not a wargamer, but I did find the information in the book interesting. The book is divided into headings that align with...

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