Archive for May, 2012

Books for World No Tobacco Day: Our Red Signal to Tobacco

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Today is May 31, World No Tobacco Day, which is a time to show the red signal to all forms of tobacco consumption for 24-hours, as proclaimed by the World Health Organization.

Tobacco is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally. Its use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer.

And, do you know that the death toll of active smokers in America is approx. 400, 000 per year as well as that of passive smokers is approx. 50, 000 a year. Hence, quit smoking is the most essential activities that should be strictly followed not only in America but across the world.

Our idea to say no to tobacco is reading appropriate books against tobacco for a whole day in order to abscond tobacco consumption. And, this day could be any day. So here enlisted some randomly picked books from our online bookstore, that will light up minds against tobacco intake and thus, enable to shun this deadly product.

Tobacco or Health? – A book of a high scientific standard that helps inform the reader of all smoking-related problems. This book presents a summary of the consequences that tobacco smoking has on health, taking into account all organ systems affected, such as the respiratory tract, cardiovascular system, central nervous system, and urinary tract, including mineral metabolism and the pregnant women. It also describes primary prevention measures as well as possible intervention modalities, established on evidence-based medicine, to help individuals stop smoking.

Love Not Smoking: Do Something Different –  Giving up smoking doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Forget willpower and withdrawal, the six-week LOVE NOT SMOKING program will help you quit for good and also give you the tools for reclaiming your passion for life. Based on scientifically proven psychological techniques, this book will train your brain to anticipate different rewards; swap old habits for new, revitalizing ones; and learn new ways to relieve stress and get more pleasure out of your days.

You can give this book to your smoking addict friends and loved ones to help them quit this habit and to show them that you care enough to want them to quit!

1,440 Reasons To Quit Smoking – Quit Smoking Now! This is what this incredible book urges to its readers. Packed with inspirational messages – one for each minute of the day and night – this book will help you or your loved one in quitting smoking. It’s a humorous, touching, and above all, convincing source of strength for soon-to-be-ex-smokers. This is the perfect gift for anyone who smokes.

If Only I Could Quit: Recovering From Nicotine Addiction – This complete resource brings together personal stories of recovery, Twelve Step guidance, and 90 daily meditations to help us become nicotine-free. Written by one of Hazelden’s most popular meditation authors and a recovering nicotine addict, this book is a great resource to encourage oneself against the consumption of tobacco, a deadly and completely useless product.

No Thanks, but I’d Love to Dance: Choosing to Live Smoke Free – Conveying a positive, nonjudgmental message to children, this tale provides techniques for empowering them to refuse offers of tobacco in pursuit of a healthy and active lifestyle. Belle, an exuberant six-year-old, and her beloved Grandma Bee share a great love for dancing. As a result of tobacco use earlier in her life, Grandma Bee must now use an oxygen tank to assist in her breathing. Observant Belle, who cannot imagine life without dancing, consciously makes the lifelong choice to dance instead of smoke.

The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America – Spanning from agriculture to big business, from medicine to politics, this book is the definitive account of how smoking came to be so deeply implicated in our culture, science, policy, and law. No product has been so heavily promoted or has become so deeply entrenched in American consciousness. This eye-opening book shows in striking detail how one ephemeral and largely useless product, while heading towards deaths, came to play such a dominant role in so many aspects of our lives.

Best Jewelry Books: Learn about an Amazing Adornment

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Today, on the Birth Anniversary of Peter Carl Fabergé, a Russian jeweler, best known for the famous Fabergé eggs made using precious metals and gemstones, we have come up with this blog-post dedicated to the glorious journey of “Jewelry” from prehistoric to contemporary era of humankind.

Enlisted below the well-received books on Jewelry Designs as well as Jewelry Making that will escort the readers to an amalgamated world of beauty and creativity.  

Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect & Wear – This gorgeous coffee-table book, with a foreword by influential jeweler Gerda Flöckinger, showcases classic vintage jewelry from the past 100 years. Featuring examples that epitomize the iconic styles of each decade, it offers an overview of the most influential designers including Tiffany, Cartier, Fabergé, and Chanel), their sources of inspiration, and materials of choice. Photos display a selection of rare and remarkable pieces from museums and private owners, and a vintage shopping guide gives tips on spotting fakes, caring for purchases, and other important facts collectors should know.

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making and Beading – You’ve probably coveted jewelry you’ve seen in artsy boutiques and fashion magazines or envied friends who have the perfect bling to accentuate everything. With this book, you’ll learn to craft designs that are chic but inexpensive. With hundreds of detailed photos, this book covers tools and supplies, bead stringing and weaving, wire wrapping, and more. Terrific projects will get you started and inspire you to create your own jewelry and beadwork designs.

7000 Years of Jewelry – This is the most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated history of jewelry. It explores the varied styles, techniques and materials used to make jewelry in many civilizations throughout the world and across the millennia. Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torcs, South American gold masks, Renaissance pendants and Art Nouveau buckles are examples of the range of the masterpieces described and illustrated with 400 superb photographs.

500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal – From time-honored forging of cuffs and chokers to cutting-edge brooches and rings, silver’s beauty is fully revealed in a range of techniques, styles, and forms that will delight readers. This new addition to the 500 gallery-book series presents an outstanding and visually diverse collection of handmade silver art jewelry by both established and emerging international designers. This book will inspire jewelers and crafters of all media, and makes a gorgeous and delightful gift book for women and men who dream of wearing the world’s finest jewelry creations.

Jewelry Designs from Nature: Woodlands, Gardens, Sea: Art Bead Jewelry Designs Inspired by Nature – In this book Heather Powers reveals her creative process and guides readers through 30 nature inspired bracelet, necklace and earring projects. She shows readers that there is a method behind using simple stringing and other basic jewelry-making techniques to produce jaw-dropping results. Readers will learn to design pieces with simple techniques, chain, wire, findings, crystals, seed beads and art beads in standard sizes.

Bead on a Wire: Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry – In this latest book, author Sharilyn Miller shows crafters of all levels how to get in on the popularity of jewelry and beading, with an in-depth section on design and construction techniques that makes it simple to get started. With more than 20 step-by-step bead and wire jewelry projects, including gorgeous earrings, necklaces, brooches and bracelets, it only takes a few basic steps to start making fashionable jewelry that’s guaranteed to trigger compliments.

Hope, our readers, especially women, would love going through these books in order to add more beauty in their appearances.

A List of Memorable Memoirs of All Time

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Some days back, we published blog post on “Top 10 Most Popular Autobiographies of All Time“, and today, we thought of coming up with “A List of Memorable Memoirs of All Time”.

Let’s first understand the difference between an autobiography and a memoir. Though both the genre of writing are centered on one’s personal life experiences, there are obvious and practical differences between the two. Unlike an autobiography, which is a formal chronological telling of one’s experience including phases such as childhood, adolescence, adulthood, etc. with dates and double-checked facts, a memoir  is a narrative having primary focus around a mood or attitude toward a particular section of the author’s life, and that has much more intimate relationship to the writer’s own memories, feelings and emotions.

So, enlisted below those Memoirs that are unforgettable for not only their authors, but become memorable for their readers, too.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want–husband, country home, successful career, but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and elated book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan –  This is a heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog, named Marley who taught them what really matters in life. Based on human-animal relationship, this book is also adapted into a movie with the same name and that is as successful as the books is.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt about his miser than miserable childhood, about his survival. Wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors, yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave as “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment. It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

A Million Little Pieces by James FreyAt the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey’s acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab.

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie PowellJulie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves’ livers and aspic, but a new life-lived with gusto. This bestselling irresistible memoir is now a major motion picture. The film version is written and directed by Nora Ephron and stars Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia.

My Life in France by Julia Child – In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found ‘her true calling.’

From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly soigné meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn’t speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu.

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs - In this memoir of his childhood, Burroughs makes a quantum leap into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. Told with scorching honesty and penetrating insight, it is a story for anyone who has ever longed for unconditional love from a parent. Though harrowing and brutal, this memoir will ultimately leave you buoyed with the profound joy of simply being alive. It’s a memoir of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.

Hope, our readers would love reading these Memoirs, and if you have some other titles, which you think fits the list feel free to mention them in your comments.

Books for Memorial Day: A Tribute to the Lost Warriors

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Today on national Memorial Day, which is celebrated annually on the last Monday of May as a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, we have brought a list of the most celebrated books on popular wars in the military history of the United States. These books are written by war experts/historians and those who witnessed the scenes at war or say who were fortunate enough amid a bloodiest war to see the life next of it, letting us know how and in what circumstances millions of soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war in order to get just one victory. Take a look:

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins – An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive account of America’s conflict with Islamic fundamentalism and a searing exploration of its human costs. Through the eyes of Filkins, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, we witness the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, the aftermath of the attack on New York on September 11th, and the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Filkins is the only American journalist to have reported on all these events, and his experiences are conveyed in a riveting narrative filled with unforgettable characters and astonishing scenes.

A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo – In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenent Philip J. Caputo landed at Da Nang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home–physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone. “A Rumor of War” is more than one soldier’s story. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America’s indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes – Written by a man who had been served as a Marine in Vietnam and won many gallantry awards and medals, this book is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. It is the timeless story of a young Marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – This book has an inspiring true story of a man who during World War II lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfold the story of Louie Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will not let you divert your eyes from the pages for a single moment.

Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Sir Max Hastings – One of the finest military historians, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the Second World War for thirty-five years. Now, for the first time, he gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire war. This book is a masterpiece on WWII that shows us at once the truly global reach of war and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, this book is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century, illuminating some of the darker and less explored regions under the war’s penumbra.

Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death by Jim Frederick – This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as “the Black Heart Brigade.” Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of Death, Black Hearts is a timeless story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. But it is also a timely warning of new dangers emerging in the way American soldiers are led on the battlefields of the twenty-first century.

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Popular Books on Social Activism

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Social activism is an intentional action with an aim of bringing about social change/s. If you feel strongly about a social issue and its cause, you must work towards bringing a positive change in the same. You can start your journey from poor condition to better situation of the social issue of your concern by reading well-composed socially concerned books written by some eminent social activists that will appropriately whet your appetite for Social Activism.

Our online bookstore, Printsasia.com, is flooded with Books on Social Activism, out of which we’ve extracted some of the most popular titles for you. Here are the same:

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America – one of the most talked about books of the year, this book reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity — a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival. Barbara Ehrenreich come out with book after having spent her days with Americans working for poverty-level wages. To find out how can anyone survive on $6 to $7 an hour, she moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work on lowest wage, and come out with a revelation that even the “lowliest” occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts.

Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan – This book is an effort by humanitarian Greg Mortenson, the author of the bestseller Three Cups of Tea, towards promoting peace in through education. Based on the personal stories and case studies of the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, this book reflects author’s broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy while touching on military matters, Islam, and women.

The End of Poverty – Renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs has a plan to eliminate extreme poverty around the world by 2025 which you can learn about in this book. His focus is on the one billion poorest individuals around the world who are caught in a poverty trap of disease, physical isolation, environmental stress, political instability, and lack of access to capital, technology, medicine, and education. Through this book, Sachs offers the readers a clear understanding, not of how daunting the world’s problems are, but of how solvable they are—and why making the effort is a matter both of moral obligation and strategic self-interest.

Rules for Radicals – This a very best guide of Social Activism. Written by Saul Alinsky, a leader of the 70s movements whose lessons continue relevant today, this book counsels young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Since its first publication in 1971, this book has kept inspiring readers and social thinkers for bringing changes while being on ground level.

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor – Internationally acclaimed physician and anthropologist, Paul Farmer, uses harrowing stories of life and death in extreme situations in the beleaguered villages of Haiti and Chiapas to interrogate our understanding of Human Rights that include the most basic rights of all: food, shelter and health. In this compelling book, Farmer captures the central dilemma of our times – the increasing disparities of health and well-being within and among societies.

Free to Choose: A Personal Statement – Written by Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman, this is the international bestseller on the extent to which personal freedom has been eroded by government regulations and agencies while personal prosperity has been undermined by government spending and economic controls. This thought-proving book is a critical analysis of democratic governments that, on contrast, have put limits to the freedom of their respective citizens on the base of national security.

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