What a month January was. I’ve been traveling around the country speaking, and I see a nation that is hurting. The planes are half-full, businesspeople complain about fewer contracts and many folks worry about what’s to come. I feel for everybody, as I am right in the middle of it myself. I can assure you, though, that a welcome diversion is a good book. Do yourself a favor and read something uplifting or funny (and listen to Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” or something else that puts a smile on your face). I’d also recommend listening to a good book on tape, as that will make you a calmer driver (I just listened to Walter Issacson’s Benjamin Franklin and found myself driving extra blocks because I was so enthralled).
In print, I’ve busied myself with my typical mix of biographies, inspirational reads and eclectic fare. The Brothers Popovic (Steven R. Roberts) tells the amazing true story of six Croatian brothers as they make way for America in 1934, in a harrowing and inspirational adventure. Don Endriss writes a timely tale for February, 13 Valentines: When Friday the 13th Collides with Valentine’s Day. And I whipped through Jason Barger’s simple but poignant Step Back from the Baggage Claim, filled with short airport tales of the kindness of strangers. And while the rest of the world dives into the world of teenage vampire romance through Stephanie Meyer, I’d suggest readers young and old check out Brian Meehl’s wonderful (and funny) Suck It Up.
Anyhow, enjoy this month’s book selections below. I hope you are all reading some wonderful books. Make sure to tell me all about them. If you're an author or a publisher and would like to send me review copies of your book(s), please send them to the address listed for authors and publishers.
Have a wonderful February, and enjoy your books!