Wednesday, July 16, 2014

society it is a changing.

The Next America by Paul Taylor is a quantitatively based book on demography and sociology in America today vs. the past. It applies a generational lens to explore the many ways America is changing. Taylor pays particularly close attention to our two outsize generations, the Baby Boomers (fifty and sixty-something's) and the Millennials (twenty-something's) by examining how the generations relate to one another not only as citizens, voters, and interest groups, but as parents, children, and caregivers. (I may have stolen some wording from the preface, but it was just so good).

We are living in a world where people are living longer, having less children, and developing entirely new family structures than in the past. What does this mean for future generations and our economy? With the help of Pew Research Center's archive of public opinion surveys, Taylor covers that, too. Don't be turned off by the statistics, numbers and graphs, I'd still consider this informational read kick ass.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

they tried to make me go to rehab...

The abuse of drugs in this country is just plain sad. I mean, Whitney! Amy! Philip Seymour Hoffman! It's a damn shame. In The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry, addiction specialist Dr. Lance Dodes exposes the deeply flawed science of 12-step programs including true stories from the doc's thirty-five years of practice. And you couldn't have written this BEFORE Whitney jumped ship? Jeesh. The horrific part is that these 12-step programs, AA, NA, etc. are the ONLY court mandated options for most addicts who wind up in the system. Dr. Dodes takes his research and case studies and proves how useless these programs are. That's fricken scary. What can we do to really save our addicts? Honestly, I don't believe that Dodes has all of the answers (no offense, doc) but I do think he did an excellent job proving what is without a doubt wrong with these rehab programs (other than the people getting rich off them), which brings us closer to figuring out what needs to be done to save the seemingly unsavable.

Monday, July 14, 2014

NYC restaurant style cooking.

Marc Forgione is one of the Iron Chefs competing on Food Network's Iron Chef America and owner of restaurant Marc Forgione in New York City. Chef Forgione came out with his very first cookbook tilted (shockingly) Marc Forgione: Recipes and Stories from the Acclaimed Chef and Restaurant which is filled with 170 recipes including his signature favorites. Along with the recipes are beautiful photographs and his personal story of how he came to be one of America's Top Chefs.

Reasons why YOU should buy this book:
  1. Chef Forgione shares the best notes and guidelines I've ever seen in a cookbook. They are super helpful and will ensure the perfect dish.
  2. The signature Chili Lobster recipe.
  3. The step-by-step instructions on how to debone a whole fish (with pictures).
  4. The recipes aren't too intimidating and will be super impressive to dinner guests.
  5. His story and writing which is inspiring and hospitable, just like him.

Friday, July 11, 2014

jennifer's way.

I LOVE Jennifer Esposito. I was super sad when she left Blue Bloods, I just loved her sass. Anyways, she recently came out with a book telling her story about living with celiac disease titled Jennifer's Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease - What Doctors Don't Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again.

Jennifer grew up with chronic health issues and dealing with uneducated doctors who couldn't seem to help her get healthy. Once she was diagnosed with celiac disease, she decided to get educated so that she could help herself and others. What a babe. Since there is no cure for this disease, Jennifer had to change her lifestyle. She went gluten-free and has even opened a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, allergy-friendly, organic bakery in NYC for her fellow man. Her book has already helped so many of the 1 in 133 American's who suffer from this disease so that they don't have to go through what Jennifer went through alone. She gives suggestions on recipes, books, and blogs that she uses. Jennifer's message of empowerment and advocating for your own needs will benefit anyone going through this struggle.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

let's get virtual, virtual.

I am the queen of outsourcing in every day life. I am a delegator. At Christmas time when I have my family over for Christmas Eve dinner, when I throw my baby brother's annual birthday pool party. I was superwoman delegator during my wedding or I never would have survived it. No, I don't own my own business, but I am fully aware of how important outsourcing is so that you have more time to do what you want to do, which is why I know readers will get a lot out of Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business by Chris C. Ducker.

New entrepreneurs are a one-man (or woman) show. They do everything, they get exhausted, miserable, and lots of times, they fail. Ducker has a much better plan that will give small business owners a much happier and less stressful ending. Hire a virtual staff, build yourself a virtual team. No, they are not a bunch of robots, but they are much cheaper than people who come to the office every day. Ducker gives you everything you need to know about finding, hiring, training, managing, and building your virtual team. It might seem like a lot of work at first, but it's a hell of a lot better than wearing every hat in the company, burning yourself out, and your spouse leaving you because you're too wrapped up in work.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

the real saving private ryan.

The 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Europe aka the longest day ever was June 6th, so I thought I'd get in the game and review The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach by John C. McManus, today. This book focuses on the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) and the crazy slaughter at Omaha Beach. McManus does an excellent job capturing the horrors of war, I still have a stomachache. But it was super exciting to read about the overview of the plan, the level of detail and logistics, the training that went into making this one day successful, and also how close the German's came to derailing the allies plan altogether. Phew. Even those of you who are super nerdy history buffs will learn some new information on what this invasion accomplished and some of the lessons learned that day.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

and what a story to tell.

Normally I dive head first into a Jodi Picoult book and I don't come up for air until the last page. The Storyteller was a little bit different. Not necessarily in a bad way, it just took me longer to figure out where Picoult was taking me. She begins the novel with a girl named Ania who lived in a village that seemed very much in the past. Then she moves on to Sage, a baker who attends a grief share class because she's lost both of her parents, and is having a really difficult time getting over her mother's death which happened three years ago. Sage has some major issues with her appearance, scars on her face that she tries to hide by being a night shift baker and growing her bangs over her face. She meets Jossef, a seemingly gentle old man who also attends the class, and they become friends. The friendship comes to a bit of a halt when Jossef tells Sage that he was a Nazi. Like, a sent people to the gas chambers kind of Nazi during WWII. Next, Jossef asks Sage to kill him. Her family is Jewish, and Jossef thought he could get some peace from her forgiveness and an assisted suicide type of deal. Sage runs off to the FBI Nazi hunters and then Picoult gets to the real story. Sage has a grandmother named Minka who is a survivor. She was actually in Auschwitz, and horrible things happened to her and her family. It's Minka's story (and Ania's, too) that made this a worthwhile read, as Minka IS the storyteller.