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Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: business sense & sensibility. – The author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat” continues her engaging style in this book full of lessons on getting to the top in a male-dominated work force while affirming those traits exclusive to women. She includes spirited advice on improving communication skills, dressing for success, coping with pressure and even entertaining at home. The difference here is that she obviously enjoys sharing her success secrets and does so in a manner that makes for easy, even fun reading.
Leading from the Front: No excuse leadership tactics for women. – As former Marine Corps officers and founders of a leadership consulting firm, the authors have a solid background for providing 10 basic rules to develop exemplary leadership skills in women. Each chapter expands on a principle such as meeting and exceeding the standards you expect from others, making timely decisions, seeking to take responsibility, thinking before you act, and dedicating yourself to service. An extremely readable and informative guide.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: creating physical and emotional health and healing. – The revised edition of this classic health guide for women takes a holistic approach to managing emotions, conditions and diseases. Dr. Northrup begins with a detailed discussion of the feminine psyche and its various influences, followed by a lengthy section on female anatomy that ranges from menstrual cycles through childbirth to menopause. The final chapters provide overall advice on staying healthy by listening to your body, becoming an active participant in your health care, eating right and exercising. A massive volume, this is a reference tool that one will want to go back to again and again.
50 Best Girlfriends Getaways in North America. – Organized by the type of getaway, this title includes information about golf outings, friends’ reunions, retail shopping, adventure escapes, birthday blowouts, and best places to heal. Interviewing various groups of traveling women, the author includes their comments and stories while providing the usual tips of travel guidebooks. An upbeat, fun approach to women’s travel options.
NIBBLES & SIPS
Williams-Sonoma Cooking from the Farmers’ Market – Once again Williams-Sonoma has produced a gorgeous offering with oversize color photographs accompanied by nearly 250 recipes. This volume introduces vegetables and fruits, describing their season and uses in cooking, then followed by a variety of recipes. Each page is beautifully illustrated and the adjacent recipes are easily read. A great resource for those wanting to experience cooking with produce straight from the farm.
The Weird Sisters -SPOTLIGHT ON: ELEANOR BROWN – In her debut novel Brown invites the reader to a small rural Ohio town where three sisters return ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but in reality have come home to escape from unhappy lives they are now questioning. Named by their Shakespeare-quoting professor father for women in the Bard’s plays, Rosalind, Bianca and Cordelia tell their story in a unique collective “we” present tense interspersed with lines from Shakespeare’s plays. It all blends well in this captivating story that allows the sisters to deal with their past, resolve their long-standing issues with each other, and discover the true offerings of their small town.