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Make Your Home Flood Safe

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A new book, "How To Make Your Home Flood Safe" (ISBN: 978-1494923754; Aqua Explorers Inc) by Capt. Dan Berg, is the complete homeowners guide...

Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality

BOOK REVIEW: The collection of essays called “Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality” (ISBN 978-1-59558-923-1) covers its important topic from a variety of viewpoints. While a valuable book, it's also a bit of a hit-or-miss affair because editor David Cay Johnston selected articles that emphasize facts and data whether or not there was any entertainment value in the writing.

Unexpected Venture of Poet Aaron Ozee

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OPINION: When I was just a child, I always loved reading story books with big pictures and large words that really caught my attention and made me think about the amount of creativity it took to compose such brilliant and unique characters and scenery I consistently witnessed after turning each page from the beginning until the very end.

'Lightning' Words about Bird

BOOK REVIEW: The first of a two-part biography of Charlie 'Yardbird' Parker, Stanley Crouch's  “Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker” (ISBN: 9780062005595) is as multi-layered and exciting as many of Bird's great alto sax solos.

Next U.S. President Profiled in 'HRC'

BOOK REVIEW: The inside story of the woman poised to become the next U.S. President, "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton" (ISBN: 978-0-8041-3675-4; Crown Publishers) by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes is a delightful rarity: a serious book that is fun to read.

Getting in Touch with your Inner Racist

BOOK REVIEW: In the most important American book of the year so far, Ian Haney Lopez presents a ton of facts and a mountain of logical deductions about race, politics and the nation's future in 'Dog Whistle Politics' (ISBN: 9780199964277). Reading it is like pulling off a scab.

Loren Weismanvideo

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NEWS: On Saturday, April 12th and April 13th 2014, Loren Weisman will be at Booth 934 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with his Music Business Book, "The Artists Guide to Success in the Music Business" (ISBN-13: 978-1608325788) taking place at the University of Southern California's University Park Campus.

Visions of Jazz

BOOK REVIEW: It isn't easy getting a handle on a genre that ranges from the smooth swing of a Benny Goodman to the jagged edges of an Ornette Coleman but Gary Giddins' 'Visions of Jazz' (ISBN: 0-19-507675-3) is a beautiful book that makes delightful reading for any jazz lover.

Gratuity Not Included

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BOOK NEWS: "Gratuity Not Included" (ISBN: 978-0979675539), a new book authored by Ricardo Estrada, will "strike a chord with any reader who has ever questioned best-laid plans, been inspired by love, or bound by loyalty," according to the author.

Breezy Writing about 'Windfall' Profits

BOOK REVIEW: Reading even a few pages of “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming” (ISBN: 9781594204012) reveals heretofore hidden facts about the business aspects of climate change. Author McKenzie Funk takes you around the globe to reveal the gnarled hand of the marketplace at work.

Loutish Voice in the Room

BOOK REVIEW: Considering the filth-in-human-form known as Roger Ailes, the despicable lead character in "The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News -- and Divided a Country" (ISBN: 978-0-8129-9285-4), you might expect to come away from each chapter feeling demeaned. Instead, author Gabriel Sherman just leaves you shaking your head in shock and shame.

Blackett’s War

BOOK REVIEW: Books about World War II rarely discuss probability theory, mathematics, and observation of logistics procedures, which makes "Blackett's War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare" (ISBN-13: 978-0307595966) by Stephen Budiansky, a refreshing change. But the horrors of combat are not overlooked (warning; graphic descriptions ahead).

The Bully Pulpit

BOOK REVIEW: With the soul of America at stake, Teddy Roosevelt formed a rough alliance with crusading journalists to battle for workers’ rights and a better nation for everyone. Their foes were a familiar group: the vested interests of big corporations and their trusts. In Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism" (ISBN: 9781416547860), the skirmishes are exciting even if the writing is tepid.

Success in the Music Business

BOOK REVIEW: When seeking a book about careers in music, you will find plenty of choices. Many of them seem to have titles similar to "The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business" (ISBN-13: 9781608325788), but Loren Weisman's volume emphasizes the practical things over which you can exercise some control.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

BOOK REVIEW: Was FDR a great president or the greatest president? That's one of the questions dealt with by Conrad Black in his lengthy (500,000+ words) biography of FDR -- “Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom” (ISBN: 978158648184) -- a man who even today is known just by his initials.

Adventures in Self-Publishing: Radio Interviews

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Being published in a newspaper is a fantastic way to reach your readers, both locally and state/nationwide, but never can it be compared to...

Double Down: Game Change

BOOK REVIEW: Recent events are made to feel like a Hollywood thrill-ride movie in “Double Down: Game Change 2012” (ISBN 9781594204401) a look at the 2012 presidential election from "Game Change" authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Spoiler Alert: the book has a happy ending.

Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money

REVIEW: Despite a disturbing right-wing bias, "Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets" is an eye-opening disclosure of the ways that money flows in Washington, D.C., as well as how the principles of Democracy are subverted and perverted by members of the "permanent political class." Because writer Peter Schweizer is a right-wing nut job whose fawning and boot-licking of the putrid memory of Ronald Reagan is thoroughly disgusting.

Adventures in Self-Publishing: Celebrity Endorsement

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If you are looking to acquire an endorsement for your book from prolific authors such as Stephen King, James Patterson, or E.L. James, you can cease your efforts immediately, for that fantasy will never come true. The mandatory requirements that must be met in order to simply place your book before a celebrity are so astronomically vast to the average author, but to those who are wealthy, inviting Stephenie Meyer over for dinner isn't an issue.

Command and Control - REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW: Techno thrillers have got nothing on this true-life account of the United States' misadventures with nuclear weaponry. There is genuine heart-in-your-throat suspense in Eric Schlosser's accounting of the big hits and near-misses during the past half-century of the nuclear age. Just a few pages into "Command and Control" (ISBN 978-1-59420-227-8) a Titan II missile begins leaking fuel inside its launch silo and The Scare begins to wrap itself around you.