Summer Reading Suggestion: Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 6.15.22 AMIf you are looking for a great summer read this year, be sure to check out Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour. Following Big Law lawyer, Kate, as she escapes from her job and travels to Barcelona to find a lost love, it’ll inspire you to pick up and chase your dreams. It’s a riveting story, the perfect “beach” read.

About Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour:

Having spent her life so far in the dysfunctional world of Big Law, frustrated with a lack of respect, still pining over the Spanish exchange student who lived with her family a decade ago, and more than a little miserable, main character Kate decides to make a drastic change. After a mortifying meltdown in the office, Kate quits her job and jets off to Barcelona to reinvent her life. The hilarious adventure that ensues is full of insights on casting yourself in a new and exhilarating role, the perks and difficulties of being a “late-bloomer,” and creating an authentic life experience.

Book Review: “Queen of the Air” by Dean Jensen

Queen of the Air copyBy Terri Schlichenmeyer

The bar was all of an inch in diameter, but it was perfect.

You only needed to grab it and hang on, so it didn’t have to be very big. It just had to hold your weight as you swung hand-over-hand, hung upside down, and performed monkeyshines on the monkey bars when you were a kid.

It was so easy then. Those same moves look easy now, especially when done by a professional. But as you’ll see in the new book “Queen of the Air” by Dean Jensen, what’s on the trapeze isn’t what’ll keep you hanging.

Alfredo Codona didn’t believe in love at first sight – until he saw Leitzel.

He was just sixteen years old, a relatively minor trapeze artist and soon-to-be heartthrob. She was eighteen, stunningly beautiful, a “darling with circus audiences everywhere…”  Smitten, he pursued her with single-mindedness – but the Queen of the Air had her career to think about, and she ended the short romance.

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Book Review: One Summer: America 1927

One SummerBy Terri Schlichenmeyer

Your summer wasn’t long enough.

For starters, May graduations spilled into June. There were reunions, a July vacation, cookouts in August, work and yard work, ball games, kids’ activities, conferences and yikes, your summer was over before you had a chance to enjoy it.

Yep, it was too short – but just how meaningful was it?  In the new book “One Summer: America 1927” by Bill Bryson, you’ll read about five warm, highly influential months in history.

In the spring of 1927, the biggest rivalry since World War I waged over the Atlantic: France and the U.S. vied to see who could cross the ocean in an airplane first. Daredevils lined up to attempt it; some died trying.
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Book Review: This is How to Get Your Next Job

This Is How to Get Yr Nxt Job copyBy Terri Schlichenmeyer

Book Information: c.2013, Amacom; $16.00/$18.95 Canada; 244 pages

By now, you should be used to hearing “no.”

No, we’re not accepting applications at this time. No, we don’t have any openings.  No, we’re not hiring. There’s no chance we’ll be expanding this year. No, we looked over your resume and no, we can’t offer you a job now.

You’ve filled out hundreds of applications. You’ve done your best on interviews and you still don’t have the job you want. Now, with the new book “This is How to Get Your Next Job” by Andrea Kay, you’ll be able to determine your next step.

When her husband, a small business owner, said that he had given up hope in finding the qualified employee he’d been looking for, Andrea Kay knew there was trouble.

Some of his interviewees seemed unprofessional. Others just didn’t seem like a right fit… which is Kay’s first important point: when job-hunting, you may be passed over because of how employers “feel about you” or because of how you “seemed,” based upon how you acted when applying or interviewing.
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Book Review: A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Homec.2013, Riverhead Books   $26.95 / $28.50 Canada   320 pages

They say it can’t be done.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, they say, but you’ve spent a good amount of time doing it successfully anyhow. Sit, stay, down, you’ve taught ‘em all. It just took patience and love.

And in the new book A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home” by Sue Halpern, it takes patients and love – and sometimes, the teaching role is reversed.

Sue Halpern had her work cut out for her.

When she decided to train her seven-year-old Labradoodle, Pransky, to be a therapy dog, Halpern knew it would be a challenge. For most of her life, Pransky was a country dog, unaccustomed to leash, used to wide-open romps in the Vermont woods. She understood all kinds of words (including every synonym for “walk”), but teaching her the tasks she needed to know to formally visit the local nursing home wouldn’t be easy.
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Book Review: Is Work Killing You? A Doctor’s Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress

Is Work Killing You copyc.2013, House of Anansi   $18.95 US and Canada 358 pages

You set goals at the beginning of the fiscal year and you already know that your employees won’t make them.

Yes, they’ve had to push a little harder than they did before and they’ve endured some layoffs but everybody seems to have adjusted. Still, you know that morale is low and you’re thinking a fun group event might help.

According to David Posen, MD, you’re on the right track but there are lots more things you can do for your employees. In his book Is Work Killing You? you’ll see how helping them will help you.

In his medical practice, David Posen sees “first-hand and up close the psychological and physical damage” caused by workplace woes. Employees are stretched too thin, they’re doing more work for less money – some businesses even expect employees to work through lunches, weekends, holidays, and vacations – which often leads to headaches, forgetfulness, irritability, agitation, and depression that Posen directly attributes to work-related stress.

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Book Review: Little Green

Little Green by Walter Mosleyc.2013, Doubleday   $25.95 / $30.00 Canada 293 pages

By Terri Schlichenmeyer

For awhile there, you thought you were gonna die.

Your head hurt. Your body ached, and your stomach was acting like a fresh-caught fish – but that didn’t matter much. Bills still needed paying and business needed attending. There was family to care for, work to do.

Yes, you should’ve stayed horizontal but you came back from the dead – and so did Easy Rawlins. In the new novel “Little Green” by Walter Mosley, Easy’s recent demise never gave him but a moments’ rest.

His vision was blurred. His thoughts, more so.

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Book Review: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline

OrphanTrain The Bookworm’s Book Review: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline with Pierre A. Lehu

c.2013, William Morrow     $14.99 / $16.99 Canada 278 pages

Your memories could fill a thousand scrapbooks.

On this page here, you’d glue that first-day-of-school smell. If you could, you’d paste the sound of your father coming home from work. Your mother’s voice would be saved between pages of perfect-weather days, lost loves, and hot cocoa. You’d fasten down puppy breath, running through sprinklers, and birthday cake.

You could fill volumes with the memories you hold, but Vivian Daly has packed hers in boxes enough to fill an attic. And in the new book “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, the time has come to empty them.

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Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage

Ike and DickThe Bookworm’s Book Review: “Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” by Jeffrey Frank

c.2013, Simon & Schuster $30.00 / $34.99 Canada 434 pages

By Terri Schlichenmeyer

The boss didn’t like you very much.

You sometimes wondered why you were ever hired, in fact. From the beginning, he was critical, secretive, and never let you know you’d overstepped your boundaries until you’d run past them by a mile.

And you took the job anyhow. And you learned because you knew that the boss doesn’t have to like you. Still, it might’ve helped – but would that change history? Possibly… as you’ll see in the new book Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” by Jeffrey Frank.

After his service in World War II, Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower wasn’t sure he wanted the presidency. So many of Washington’s politicians were pushing him toward it, but the truth was, Eisenhower was more comfortable with his military and business friends than with politicians. He didn’t even know that the choice of Vice President would be his. With the help of a committee, he chose Dick Nixon from a list of possibilities.

Nixon and Eisenhower had met, briefly, once or twice before. Nixon, the consummate strategic politician, was young and energetic but not well-liked. He very much wanted to be on the 1952 ticket with Eisenhower, even though Nixon’s wife, Pat, was adamantly against any further campaigning.

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Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Photographer New YorkThe Bookworm’s Book Review: “Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer with Pierre A. Lehu

c.2012, Quill Driver Books $16.95 / $18.95 Canada 188 pages

By Terri Schlichenmeyer

Your mother scared the daylights out of you last week.

She said she was going for a quick walk but when she didn’t return three hours later, you went looking for her. You were frantic, she was confused, you were embarrassed. She has early-stage Alzheimer’s and you’re trying to cope but things are getting worse for her.  Things are getting worse for you.

You never thought you’d have to be a parent to your parent, but here you are. And in the new book Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer with Pierre A. Lehu, here’s some help.

It’s not the job you grew up wanting but you’ve taken the responsibility anyhow. Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s may be a burden and there may be joy in it – but however you see it, you’re not alone. Dr. Ruth says there are some fifteen million people just like you, caring for a parent, partner, spouse, or relative. That amounts to over $183 billion of unpaid care each year.

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