Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tempting Titles 000s - 100s

Tempting Titles are back! [And so is Taz, the Blog Dog] Click on any image or title link to place a hold via the online catalog.

You can also see a full list of the books librarians have ordered in the last two months by clicking on the Coming Soon button on the left of any library web page but not all are in the online catalog yet as these few selections are.

The nonfiction books of Tempting Titles are arranged by Dewey Decimal order, just the way they would be arranged on the New Book Shelf. Here are today's offerings:

OOOs -- Generalities, Computer programs, journalism, books and reading

Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon [No book image available]

"Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, this fascinating guide, packed with the latest information, walks you through some of the most infamous conspiracy theories — such as Area 51 and the assassination of JFK — and introduces you to such mysterious organizations as the Freemasons, the Ninjas, the Mafia, and Rosicrucians. This behind-the-curtain guide helps you separate fact from fiction and helps you see the global impact of these mysterious events and groups on our modern world." (Publisher's description)

"FileMaker Pro lets you do almost anything with the information you give it -- you can print corporate reports, plan your retirement, or run a small country. This Missing Manual helps non-technical folks like you get in, get your database built, and get the results you need." (Publisher's description)

Ultimate Blogs: masterworks from the wild Web by Sarah Boxer [No book image available]

"With this collection of 27 blogs culled from disparate corners of the Internet, Boxer, who writes for the New York Times , attempts to impose some kind of fixed order on a form that generally relies on the satisfaction of timely updates. For many blog-savvy readers, this collection would appear to have all the appeal of a new MP3 converted into 8-track format, but much of the writing contained in the book is well worth browsing for even the most hardened Web aficionado." (Publishers Weekly)

The It Girl’s Guide to Blogging With Moxie by Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri

"Want to break into blogging but don’t know where to start? Dynamic duo Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri of The Moxie Girls show you how to start your first blog, polish your prose, get involved in blogging communities, make sense of RSS feeds, podcasts, photos and more — all with fun, humor and attitude!" (Publisher's description)

"Karl Marx is arguably the most famous political philosopher of all time, but he was also one of the great foreign correspondents of the nineteenth century. Drawing on his eleven-year tenure at the New York Tribune (which began in 1852), this completely new collection presents Marx’s writings on an abundance of topics, from issues of class and state to world affairs. Particularly moving pieces highlight social inequality and starvation in Britain, while others explore his groundbreaking views on the slave and opium trades." (Publisher's description)

"Expands your knowledge and enjoyment with a month-by-month plan that tackles 120 of the most compelling books of all time. Throughout the year, each book comes alive with historical notes, highlights on key themes and characters, and advice on how to approach reading." (Publisher's description)

100s -- Philosophy, Occult, Psychology

Ghosts Among Us: uncovering the truth about the other side by James Van Praagh

"Years later, when I had begun my work as a medium, I remember finishing a reading and turning off my tape recorder. From the corner of my room, I heard a ghost say, Good boy, James. I'm proud of you, son! The kindly tone triggered the long-ago memory of the man with the bright blue eyes. I knew it was my grandfather. It was reassuring to know that he was still around watching over me." (Author's words)

Time Paradox : the new psychology of time that will change your life by Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd.

"Through a questionnaire called the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory, readers can determine whether they are primarily driven by concerns with the past, the present, or the future as well as whether they view each time period positively or negatively and how that perspective might be influencing their behavior. The authors further explore what has been learned to date about how to achieve a set of perspectives that seems most likely to help people become happy and successful." (Library Journal)

Predictably Irrational: the hidden forces that shape our decisions by Dan Ariely

"Ariely argues that greater understanding of previously ignored or misunderstood forces (emotions, relativity and social norms) that influence our economic behavior brings a variety of opportunities for reexamining individual motivation and consumer choice, as well as economic and educational policy. Ariely's intelligent, exuberant style and thought-provoking arguments make for a fascinating, eye-opening read." (Publishers Weekly)

"Readers will find Engel's elucidation of the four causes of Nice Girl Syndrome and the Seven Types of Nice Girls (i.e., Doormat, Pretender, Prude, Enlightened One) deeply funny and familiar. Most useful for its thorough treatment for how nice girls are socialized and for Engel's concise antidote (the four Power C's: confidence, competence, conviction and courage) this book will challenge, entertain and empower its readers." (Publishers Weekly)

Sway : the irresistible pull of irrational behavior by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman

"A journey into the hidden psychological influences that derail our decision-making. Why is it so difficult to end a doomed relationship? Why do we listen to advice just because it came from someone 'important'? Why are we more likely to fall in love when there's danger involved? Here, organizational thinker Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, answer these questions and more." (Publisher description)

Loneliness : human nature and the need for social connection by John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick.

"Eleanor Rigby might have been in worse shape than the Beatles imagined: not only lonely but angry, depressed and in ill health. University of Chicago research psychologist Cacioppo shows in studies that loneliness can be harmful to our overall well-being. Loneliness, he says, impairs the ability to feel trust and affection, and people who lack emotional intimacy are less able to exercise good judgment in socially ambiguous situations; this makes them more vulnerable to bullying as children and exploitation by unscrupulous salespeople in old age. .. This isn't a self help book. ... solid, scientific look ... " (Publishers Weekly)

"Psychotherapist Thoele (The Courage To Be Yourself) has written a book whose time has come (and it may even be overdue, although we can hardly fault Thoele for that). She has noticed that many women—like herself—are both full-time workers and full-time caretakers of husbands, children, and parents and thrash themselves for being less than perfect at all of those roles. Her remedy is a mixture of awareness, meditation, and positive psychology, with a stiff helping of Buddhist 'non-attachment'."(Library Journal)


Cacioppo said...

Surveys suggest that Americans may have greater material wealth but are more socially isolated today than in the prior generation. The good news is that we each can do something about this, that we can take control of our lives. One of the reasons we wrote "Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection" was to provide a call for such change.

Loneliness signals a rupture in social connections and serves to motivate individuals to repair and maintain these connections. The failure to resolve this need is associated with significant mental and physical disorders. In brief, loneliness evolved just like hunger, thirst, or any other form of pain – as a signal to change behavior in order to avoid damage. In this case, the signal is a prompt to renew the connections we need to survive and prosper. And just like hunger or thirst, if the signal of loneliness goes unheeded it begins to take a serious toll on mind and biology and becomes increasingly difficult to overcome. Unlike hunger or thirst, however, our folk theories of the mind place such a stigma on loneliness that people do not know how to properly respond. If hunger were similarly stigmatized, the prevalence of anorexia might well be higher than it is.

Bill, Reference Librarian said...

It's not often our readers hear directly from a national author. We love hearing from authors. Thank you so much for adding a personal touch to Book Talk.

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