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32 TASTE OF THE TOWN — September 2012

Non-Fiction for September 2012

reviewed by Janet Mills 1. Total Memory Makeover - Uncover

Your Past, Take Charge Of Your Future by Marilu Henner. Marilu Henner best-selling

is a author, well known health

advocate, actress, performer and memory expert. She is gifted with a highly superior autobiographical memory, which enables her vividly to recall every detail of her life. She believes that the more we remember of our past life we can change our lives for a better future. This book is nonfi ction but it reads more biographical. It leads to understanding the four types of memory retrieval: horizontal, vertical, mushrooming and sporadic, or short-term memory, long- term memory, explicit, implicit, episodic, semantic and sense memory. Marilu thinks much of the problem of memory comes from multitasking. That means that you are dividing your time between two or more activities, and you wind up experiencing just 50 percent or

When we take the time we should put each

occurrence into

less of your capacity. three categories:

anticipation, participation and recollection. This is a perfect book to read if you are considering going back and retrieving your memories to pass on to your children and grandchildren. 2. The Presidents Club - Inside The World’s

Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. This book of the private relationships among modern American presidents is the fi rst history ever written. It discusses in great detail their backroom deals, rescue missions, secret alliances and enduring rivalries. The Presidents Club was established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover. Its members are bound together by the experiences of the Oval Offi ce and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. All past presidents have served our country. They know how important the protocols of silence, support, and solidarity are to their station in life. Looking back or helping the present president they know that the past, present or future can blur and that history will know that all the evidence is not in on their decisions they make. Because of this outlook they are often merciful in their advice. The conclusion ends with this reasoning. Having grown up during the Roosevelt years and not paying much attention to following presidents, I found this book impossible not to read cover to cover. 3. Making A Difference - Stories of Vision

and Courage from America’s Leaders by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. With so much polarization and economic turmoil in our country today, we would wish for some superior leadership. “Sully’s book visits with about a dozen men and women that are making a difference. They are at the heart of responsibility, optimism, integrity, loyalty and compassion. Among those interviewed are Tony La Russa, the legendary baseball manager, Gene Kranz, the Nasa fl ight director during the historic Gemini and Apollo programs, Michelle Rhee, founder New Teacher Project,

former Secretary of

Labor Robert Reich, Jim Sinegal, head man of Costco and many more. Another person was John C. Bogle. He was at Princeton looking for a subject for his senior thesis. He had never heard of the mutual fund industry. He wrote on it and it became his life’s work because he established the Vanguard 500 Index Fund. It was the fi rst ever and it has become the world’s largest mutual fund. He goes on to explain what happened to our economy in the past several years that was caused by bad accounting practices, disclosure dysfunction and insane executive compensation mathematics. Bogle is now 81 years old. As “Sully” ends the book he tells the readers that this book has been an insight for him on leadership and the qualities that make it up. 

ADOPT __________ - continued from page 31

Why: Why do you want a best friend? To

accompany you for morning walks/runs or to keep you company as you watch must- see-TV. A dependable rescue will take your lifestyle into consideration and match your needs to those of the adoptive pet. All in the Family: Do all the members

of your household REALLY want a furry best friend? It is a very important question. Best friend adoptions only work well when everyone is committed to feeding, grooming, vet check-ups, daily walks and other exercise, training, etc. A dependable animal rescue will do at

least one home

visit to make sure everyone gets along and the home is a match for both the family and the rescue pet. Other Pets: If you have a pet you know

to be aggressive toward other animals, now is not the right time to adopt. It is not fair to put either pet in a living situation of stress or harm. 


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