Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success by Russell Simmons
started 5/5/07 finished 5/10/07
The difference between this and other books shelved in the self-help section is the sprinkling of yoga philosophy and the importance of giving back. This book is perfect for graduation gifts – high school or college. Unfortunately, the Imus incident (and the resultant scapegoating of hip-hop music and culture) happened around the same time as the release of this book so whenever Simmons went out to promote it, he was asked instead about the state of hip-hop and his role in it instead. In most cases he was not given time to talk about his book.
started 5/8/07 finished 5/11/07
I heard about this program a few years ago and was excited to read the book. This is another story of someone taking their own health in their hands. Roni DeLuz was a nurse who was having some health issues of her own. Through years of study and trial & error, not only was she able to get her problems under control, she took it a step further and became a licensed naturopathic practitioner and opened her own health retreat center on Martha’s Vineyard. Beware though, this program includes colonics (one of my favorite topics of conversation). And I read recently that Robin Quivers, co-host of the Howard Stern show, is currently doing the program. There is your endorsement.
Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Life On and Off the Yoga Mat by Kimberly Wilson
started 5/12/07 finished 6/14/07
Wilson is a Washington, D.C. yoga teacher who I discovered while searching for yoga podcasts. Her podcasts are really interesting and usually include interviews with women on a variety of subjects – self-care, entrepreneurship, creativity, etc. Her book is about the same. I didn’t learn a lot from it, only because I read a lot on these subjects anyway. But if you are interested in not only yoga, but making time for self, setting priorities, and just living a fuller life this is the book for you.
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
started 5/29/07 finished 6/7/07
At work we can never remember the name of this book, so we call it the one with the post-it notes on it. If you are a fan of the movie Office Space or the television show The Office (British or American) or if you have ever experienced the mundaneness of a cubicle, then you will love this book. It is the story of an office in an ad agency just as the layoffs begin. Hilarious right from the start, it is filled with all of the odd characters and their eccentricities that make up office life. The ending was unexpected and touching.