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Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Become Powerful Leaders

Stacey Radin, with Leslie Goldman. Atria, $25 (288p) ISBN 978-1-4516-9930-2

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Psychologist Radin's vision for equipping young women with leadership skills amounts to an extended promotional brochure for Unleashed, her 12-week after-school program that teaches middle school girls "social justice via animal rights." Building on the central insight that cultivating bravery in preadolescents means teaching them to identify and voice their own values, opinions, and personal strengths, the book aims to alleviate the "psychological distress" accompanying a time of rapid emotional and physical maturation. Throughout the book, Radin provides short testimonials from former Unleashed members testifying to the program's success in "tapping into girls' passion at a formative age [to] profoundly shape their experiences of power and leadership." The articulation of precisely how to achieve Radin's worthy goals, however, is diffused by broad generalizations about "gender norms and stereotypes" and language imbued with the cheerfully ambitious yet vague tone of the life coach and leadership consultant. Meanwhile, transferable advice for parents, teachers, and coaches appears only in the small "power boosts" concluding each chapter. Readers may be inspired by Radin's desire to aid women in "reshaping their world into one that is just, humane, and mindful," even if the suggestions she offers add up to only a partial solution. Agent: Laura Nolan, Paradigm Agency. (Jan.)

Reviewed on 10/24/2014 | Details & Permalink

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H Is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald. Grove, $25 (320p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2341-1

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In this elegant synthesis of memoir and literary sleuthing, an English academic finds that training a young goshawk helps her through her grief over the death of her father. With her three-year fellowship at the University of Cambridge nearly over, Macdonald, a trained falconer, rediscovers a favorite book of her childhood, T.H. White's The Goshawk (1951), in which White, author of The Once and Future King, recounts his mostly failed but illuminating attempts at training a goshawk, one of the most magnificent and deadly raptors. Macdonald secures her own goshawk, which she names Mabel, and the fierce wildness of the young bird soothes her sense of being broken by her father's untimely death. The book moves from White's frustration at training his bird to Macdonald's sure, deliberate efforts to get Mabel to fly to her. She identifies so strongly with her goshawk that she feels at one with the creature. Macdonald writes, "I shared, too, [White's] desire to escape to the wild, a desire that can rip away all human softness and leave you stranded in a world of savage, courteous despair." The author plunges into the archaic terminology of falconry and examines its alleged gendered biases; she finds comfort in the "invisibility" of being the trainer, a role she undertook as a child obsessed with watching birds and animals in nature. Macdonald describes in beautiful, thoughtful prose how she comes to terms with death in new and startling ways as a result of her experiences with the goshawk. (Mar.)

Reviewed on 10/24/2014 | Details & Permalink

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Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling Through Hollywood History

Mark Bailey. Algonquin, $21.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-56512-593-3

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Unique cocktail recipes (orange wine, anyone?) accompany this collection of amusing Hollywood anecdotes about celebrities, from the days of William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald to Elizabeth Taylor and Natalie Wood. Emmy-nominated screenwriter Bailey distills and arranges these literary snapshots and entertaining stories and trivia by historical period, focusing on a wide range of actors, writers, producers, personalities, and places. The stories center on drunken exploits and each celebrity is peppered with funny quotes: "I often sit back and think, I wish I'd done that, and then find out later that I already have," says actor Richard Harris, while Robert Mitchum claims "The only way to get rid of people is to out-drink them." Among the most absorbing are Preston Sturges' tradition of applejack-spiked afternoon tea, John Ford's tummy troubles due to his favorite "torpedo juice"—grain alcohol and pineapple juice mixed in a bathtub, and Elizabeth Taylor downing bottles of champagne for breakfast. Whether the Bourbon Old-Fashioned from The Players Club or the famed Trader Vic's Mai Tai, cocktail aficionados will find something to add to their mixology repertoire in this booze-fueled romp through the lives and domains of the rich and famous. (Aug.)

Reviewed on 10/24/2014 | Details & Permalink

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Easy Gourmet: Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook

Stephanie Le. Page Street, $21.99 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-62414-062-4

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Artfully presented and elegantly photographed, "i am a food blog" creator Stephanie Le's collection of dishes will resonate with foodies as well as those less familiar. Can't-miss comfort food like Pea & Bacon Risotto, Baked Mac and Cheese, pan-seared ribeye, and Curry Chicken Pot Pie will likely end up in regular rotation at the dinner table and live up to the titular promise of ease, but other dishes that seem simple on the surface (such as Lasagna, slow-roasted pork belly, or Beef Short Ribs & Mushrooms with Guinness) literally take hours to prepare. Other dishes are simple standards like Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary, Classic Carbonara, Roasted Vegetables, and Fish Tacos, but there's nothing particularly unique about them. Foodies will likely be drawn to look-at-me dishes like Crispy Duck with Maple Bourbon Sauce & Honey Sriracha Carrots, Bone Marrow Pasta, Pulled Pork Pancakes with Bourbon Syrup, and Soy Milk Donuts – all of which, to Le's credit, are fairly simple assuming readers are diligent in their preparation. To be fair, she's got some great takes on classics – French Onion Grilled Cheese and Lemon Meringue S'mores are ingenious and mouthwatering. Though the results are mixed, Le offers a thoughtful and often surprising collection of foods. (Sept.)

Reviewed on 10/24/2014 | Details & Permalink

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A New Day

Jon Secada. Penguin/Celebra, $24.95(256p) ISBN 978-0-451-46936-6

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Multiple Grammy award-winner Jon Secada charts his life story revealing the lessons he learned during his remarkable career in the music business. As the child of Cuban refugees, Secada learned early on what was required to build a life in a new environment. After his parent's immigration from Cuba to Spain then Costa Rica, the family settled in Miami. Secada's passion for singing began in childhood and, further encouraged by a high school music teacher, he became the first person to earn a master's degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami. He was at the center of the 1980's vibrant Latin music scene in Miami and his career as both songwriter and singer flourished during his collaboration with Emilio and Gloria Estefan. In 1992, Secada's album won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album and he received a nomination for an American Music Award. Additionally, he sang at the White House for President Clinton and performed in a Broadway play. Secada candidly recounts his setbacks as well as his successes, including a failed first marriage, the dangers of having too much money too quickly, and the perils of celebrity. His intimate memoir details how the wisdom gleaned from his parents coupled with his faith contributed to his success as an artist, father and husband. (Oct.)

Reviewed on 10/24/2014 | Details & Permalink

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The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea

Chris Jericho. Gotham, $28 (432p) ISBN 978-1-59240-752-1

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World Wrestling Entertainment star Jericho (Undisputed) delivers the third chronicle of his unconventional life in and outside the ring, which should be a sure hit with his large fan base of "Jerichoholics." He recounts his life since 2007 when he returned to wrestling after his self-described "sabbatical," having left the WWE in 2005. Like his previous books, Jericho displays a keen understanding of the realities of being a character in the tightly-scripted wrestling world: "the second time you were made champion was the proof that you really deserved it and could make the company money by holding it." He offers an inside look at how wrestlers change their images to stay popular, as he details how he switched roles from his nice-guy persona to that of "the ultimate heel with no redeeming qualities," based on the villain played by Javier Bardem in the film "No Country for Old Men." Jericho also describes his encounters with the likes of Mickey Rourke, Metallica, and Bob Barker, as well as a long look at life on the road with his heavy metal band Fozzy. Overall, however, the book lacks the fast-pace of his earlier efforts; many of the stories sound like repeats of past exploits. (Oct.)

Reviewed on 10/24/2014 | Details & Permalink

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The Big Book of Sides

Rick Rodgers. Ballantine, $30 (480p) ISBN 978-0-345-54818-4

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Cookbook author Rick Rodgers (Thanksgiving 101), who has already penned over 40 cookbooks and worked behind the scenes on an additional 30, attempts to top himself by going large while aiming small. In an effort to help readers "choose luscious additions to the main course," Rodgers has amassed more than 450 side dish recipes, involving vegetables, grains, pickles, sauces, and the occasional bit of bacon or pancetta. The entries are inspired by a truly global sense of cuisine and the multitude of flavors bump against each other. Braised sweet potatoes with red curry sauce shares a page with sweet potato fries with jerk seasoning, followed by lemon sweet potatoes with meringue topping. In the realm of baked beans, there is the traditional Boston slow-baked, with salt pork and molasses, and variations like beer and maple beans, and even root beer baked beans. For dessert, there's strawberry and cream cheese salad, apple and sour cream noodle kugel, or fresh ambrosia salad with blood oranges and pineapple. (Nov.)

Reviewed on 10/24/2014 | Details & Permalink

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Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites

Anupy Singla. Agate/Surrey, $35 (288p) ISBN 978-1-57284-162-8

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Singla's (Vegan Indian Cooking) latest guide to Indian cooking may be her best yet. Over the course of the book's 100 plus recipes, she guides home-cooks through classic Indian cuisine, offering courses that are complex enough for experts but approachable enough for the novice. After covering the key qualities of basic spices, Singla instructs readers on how to create the many masalas (spice blends) and chutneys they'll be relying on later to create Vegetable Samosas, Aloo Gobi, Tandoori Chicken, and the many lentil and bean-based dals that Indian cuisine is known for. Those easing their way in will appreciate cross-cultural riffs like Grilled Ginger-Garlic Chicken and Pav Bhaji, aka Veggie Sloppy Joes, a popular street food served atop buttered, toasted bread. While many of Singla's recipes will work for vegans, she goes a step further by offering vegan variations on meat-based dishes like Indo-Chinese Chile Chicken (a spice-laden mashup that substitutes tempeh for meat) and Punjabi Chile Chicken (subbing tempeh, extra-firm tofu or seitan). Though the length of her recipes may seem daunting, her style, a blend of rote instruction coupled with coaching and informative asides alerting readers to key steps in the process, assures readers they're on the right path, and is sure to increase confidence and success. Those looking for an introduction to Indian cuisine they can grow with would do well to give this some serious consideration. An impressive and useful addition to the canon. (Oct.)

Reviewed on 10/24/2014 | Details & Permalink

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Off Course: Inside the Mad, Muddy World of Obstacle Course Racing

Erin Beresini. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25 (256p) ISBN 978-0-544-05532-2

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Sportswriter and world champion triathlete Beresini has written a fascinating first book about the compelling, and oftentimes wacky world of obstacle course racing—ORC, as its proponents call it—and its meteoric success. "By 2013 more than 3 million people had run an obstacle course," including Beresini, who used ORC to fill her need for competition after an injury prevented her from participating in Ironman triathlons. Her book is both a chronicle of her involvement as well as an in-depth look at the three major ORC event organizers: Tough Mudder, a team challenge that gives people such obstacles as "dunking them in neon ice water or running them through fields of charged wires," the Spartan Race Series for individuals racing to see if they can survive a combination of mental and physical challenges, and the Warrior Dash. Beresini chooses to run the Spartan "Ultra Beast," with a course that includes "2,100 feet of barbed wire, 250 sandbags . . . and 115 spears." Throughout the various events leading up to it, Beresini captures the thrill of ORC as well as defines the key to a successful race. "The trick is to find the sweet spot where obstacles are tough and scary enough that people are challenged, but still want to return." (Oct.)

Reviewed on 10/24/2014 | Details & Permalink

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