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Courier Articles by Sandy Schultheis
Sunday, May 9, 1999

Search Library Shelves, Grab Whatever Titles Catch Your Eye!

Before I became a librarian my favorite pastime was going to the library to scan the shelves of new books. I still like to see what titles grab my attention, but these catchy titles are worth your time.All are available at your public library.

Indiana Gothic: A Story of Adultery and Murder in an American Family by Pope Brock (Doubleday, 1999).

If it has Indiana in the title its bound to be catchy. Fans of true crime with a local flavor will want to read about a crime of passion, which took place in Washington, Indiana in 1908. The author will be appearing at Barnes & Noble on May 7th.

Flawless: The Ten Most Common Character Flaws and What You can Do About Them by Louis A. Tartaglia, M.D. (Eagle Brook, 1999).

The cover announces "the proven program for coping with difficult people-especially yourself". I am a pushover for self-improvement titles and was drawn in, but couldn't decide which flaw was my worst. Are you addicted to being right? Do you fix blame and nurture resentments, or suffer from raging indignation? Dr. Tartaglia is a psychiatrist who lives in Ohio, so he must be a down-to-earth Midwestern kind of guy. Read this, maybe you'll discover you are only slightly flawed.

What Should I Wear? Dressing for Occasions by Kim Johnson Gross and Jeff Stone (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998).

Have you noticed photographs of outfits always look better if they don't have people wearing them? Here's a coffee table book full of pretty pictures of pretty clothes, and some good advice about what to wear in various regions of the country. You will be happy your library bought it and saved you the money, which you can instead invest in snazzy clothes.

Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki (HarperBusiness, 1999).

At first I though this was a sequel to The Anarchist's Cookbook then realized it was a book about business. I took this home to my husband because he is a Macintosh computer fan, and so is Kawasaki, former chief evangelist for Apple Computer. Now he heads a firm that assists high-tech start-ups (not my husband, Guy). His rules are simple: "Create like a god, command like a king and work like a slave". A book filled with wild ideas that might catch your fancy and help you climb the ladder of success.

Cook Your Meals The Lazy Way by Sharon Bowers (Alpha, 1999).

When friends tell me they hate to go grocery shopping and they don't cook meals from scratch I am amazed. Maybe I'm a shopaholic, or a foodie, but I enjoy both experiences. Still, I am always on the lookout for easy, fast and delicious meals and I found lots of good ideas and tasty recipes and some humor as well.

The Vault Reports Guide to Schmoozing by Marcy Lerner et al. (Houghton Mifflin, 1998).

Networking is another word that describes this activity which sometimes eludes me. Meeting new people at social or business occasions, making small talk and remembering names often eludes me. I found this book to be more helpful than others I've read on the subject I liked the fact that real people share their secrets of schmoozing success.

Apocalypse Pretty Soon: Travels in End-Time America by Alex Heard (Norton, 1999).

I could do a whole column on books dealing with this topic; they seem to be popular especially with the Millennium upon us. Mr. Heard has traveled among UFO cults, life extensionists, and an assortment of believers and fringe dwellers who make our country an interesting place to live. Stranger than science fiction.

Sandy Schultheis is a librarian with the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library. The opinions expressed in this column are personal and do not reflect policies or official recommendations of EVPL.