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STOP CLUTTER from stealing your life by MIKE NELSON

December 21st, 2016

41mr0-ytedl-_sx321_bo1204203200_There IS a difference between a hoarder and a clutterer and Mike Nelson explains that to us.  Mike Nelson is a reformed clutterer; he overcame his own cluttering behavior, and shares his triumphs and struggles with humor and insight.  He is totally against forced decluttering—no interventions.  STOP CLUTTER combines practical tips and psychological insights to help us change cluttering behavior—permanently.

Ann Richards, former governor of Texas, tells us “Our lives and our dwelling places have become so full of stuff that it restricts our freedom.  I do not want to be weighed down or slowed down by owning things.  This book will show you the way to unburden your life.”

You’ll learn: practical ways to keep clutter from coming into your home or office; proven ways to eliminate computer, financial, and time clutter; business and home decluttering tools; and to deal with inherited clutter.

“As a psychiatrist, I can report that I have ‘prescribed’ this book & the Clutterless approach to patients with remarkable results.  I find that [Nelson] is grounded in real-world experiences of Clutterers, & offers counsel that appreciates & validates where they are.  We don’t need to keep beating ourselves—we need practical skills toward results!” -Kathleen Wong, MD, psychiatrist


GRUNT by Mary Roach

December 7th, 2016

41snvmsomkl-_sx331_bo1204203200_You can count on Mary Roach to delve deeply into her investigations of anything she writes.  GRUNT tackles the science of humans at war.  Ms. Roach dodges hostile fire with the US Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat.  She visits the fashion design studio of US Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper.  She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock & gore of combat wounds.

Ms Roach gives detailed information for we civilians of what military combat life-and return home-can possibly be like.  Mary Roach seems incapable of writing a boring science book; her enthusiasm and wit help to ease some of the topics under discussion.



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ELEPHANT COMPANY by Vicki Constantine Croke

September 6th, 2016

elephants“Billy” Williams went to British Colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in WWI, to a job as a “forest man” in the jungles of Burma for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence, character and even humor of the great animals who hauled logs through the remote jungles, he became a gifted “elephant listener”.  Increasingly skilled at treating their illnesses and injuries, he also championed more humane treatment for them, even establishing an elephant “school”  and “hospital”.  In return, he said, the elephants made him a better man.

But Elephant Company is also a tale of war and daring.  When Imperial Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite Force 136, operating behind enemy lines.  His war elephants would carry supplies, build bridges and carry the sick & elderly over treacherous mountain terrain.

Part biography, part war epic, and part wildlife adventures, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.


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ERUPTION: The Untold Story of Mount St Helens by Steve Olson

August 18th, 2016

EruptionFor months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, sightseers, and nearby residents listened anxiously to rumblings in Mount St. Helens.  Still, no one was prepared when an immense eruption took the top off of the mountain and laid waste to hundreds of square miles of verdant forests in southwestern Washington State and deposited ash in eleven U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. The eruption of Mount St. Helens transformed volcanic science, the study of environmental resilience, and, ultimately, our perceptions of what it will take to survive on an increasingly dangerous planet. Rich with vivid personal stories of lumber tycoons, loggers, volcanologists, and conservationists, Eruption delivers a spellbinding narrative built from the testimonies of those closest to the disaster, and an epic tale of our fraught relationship with the natural world.



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The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower

July 19th, 2016

the residenceDon’t we wonder what happens behind the scenes at the White House?  Kate Andersen Brower takes the reader to the private side of the White House with unprecedented access to the stories of the residence workers—dedicated professionals who orchestrate lavish state dinners; stand ready during meetings with foreign dignitaries; cater to the needs of the first family.

Now, for the first time, their stories of 50 years, 10 administrations, and countless crises large and small,are told in The Residence. This is a compelling read.

“Whether you’re a political or historical junkie or a devoted Downton Abbey viewer, this book adds unique context to our understanding of presidents as human beings.  Something that’s too often forgotten in our daily media grind.” [Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet The Press]

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