June 24, 2008
If you are interested in reading further about body language, here are several books to consider: · "Put Your Best Foot Forward: Make a Great Impression by Taking Control of How Others See You" (Fireside), by Jo-Ellan Dimitrius and Mark Mazzarella. · "Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior -- Anytime, Anyplace" (Ballantine). Same authors as above. · "Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics and Marriage" (W.W. Norton)
December 30, 2008 |
In what without a doubt is the most astounding op-ed piece of the year, Karl Rove reveals that his friend and former boss, George W. Bush, has read probably hundreds of books over the course of his presidency. One of them was Albert Camus' "The Stranger," with its unforgettable opening lines: "Mother died today. Or perhaps it was yesterday, I don't know. " After reading Rove's Wall Street Journal column , it's clear there's much we all don't know. Bush's choice of the Camus classic is odd on the face of it. It is a novel about...
January 17, 2012 |
It's upon us: Jaundiced January, when hopeful grandmas race to their mailboxes — at first eagerly, then with the growing droopiness of a post-Christmas poinsettia — to check for thank-you cards that never come. "Did they not like the socks?" they wonder. "Maybe they never arrived. " A new roundup of books on manners exhorts us to put pen to paper (or at least fire off a text message). 1 Don't blow your nose at the table. No spitting in public. It sounds like your mother talking, but in fact, the advice was...
March 23, 2012 |
As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first major war waged by the new United States, what happened starting in 1812 remains poorly understood. This was a conflict, after all, in which the greatest battle was by definition not decisive because, unbeknownst to the armies fighting it, it occurred in remote New Orleans in January of 1815, after peace had been declared. Here are three books to help us see through the murk left by the cannonfire . 1In 1812: The Navy's War (Basic, $32.50)
April 16, 2012 |
The story Nora Roberts likes to tell of her transformation from harried homemaker to published novelist reads like something from one of her novels: Stuck at home with her two young sons during a 1979 snowstorm, the Silver Spring native started writing longhand, and the epiphany hit: " ‘ This is it . This is the thing I am meant to do.' The sun came out and the snow melted. " The moment her first book, "Irish Thoroughbred," was accepted for publication in 1980, Roberts recalls, "was better...
February 7, 2013 |
The book Laura Murphy wants removed from Fairfax County classrooms is considered a modern American classic. It is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a masterpiece of fiction whose author's 1993 Nobel Prize in literature citation said that she, "in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality. " But Toni Morrison's " Beloved ," Murphy said, depicts scenes of bestiality, gang rape and an infant's gruesome murder, content she believes...