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Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude: How to Find, Build and Keep a Yes! Attitude for a Lifetime of Success by Jeffrey Gitomer
Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude: How to Find, Build and Keep a Yes! Attitude for a Lifetime of Success

Gold Gato, August 19, 2014

Where do you rank on the YES! scale:

A. Given an uncomfortable situation, you walk away, muttering "I pity the fool".

B. You use the situation to make yourself stronger. Like the Hulk.

C. You turn the negative into a positive. Right.

Good. Whatever your answer was, you know where this book is going to take you. Into the world of YES!

I like to keep Jeff Gitomer's books on hand, as they help complete the obligatory business-self-help goals with which each organization is obsessed. They are easy to hold, easy to read, and easy to understand. Employees don't like being given homework assignments, but the Gitomer's Little Book series are more easily adapted. His basic concept is to remember who is #1...as in, if there were only two people left on earth and one was the customer and one was yourself, who would you choose to keep alive? Yes! It's that kind of YES! book!

So, latch on to the affirmative and don't mess with Mr. In-Between. Because you're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you. YES!

Book Season = Year Round (don't worry, be happy)
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Stardines Swim High across the Sky: And Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky and Carin Berger
Stardines Swim High across the Sky: And Other Poems

Gold Gato, August 19, 2014

How clever...take a Sardine, add a 'T', and suddenly there is a new fish which swims around the Milky Way. I love cleverness.

"When other creatures are in bed,
STARDINES still twinkle overhead.
In silence, these nocturnal fish
Are set to grant the slightest wish."

The rhymes of Jack Prelutsky are twinkly for both child and adult. I found myself repeating a few, perhaps because the accompanying pictures were so different. Instead of the usual paintings or drawings, Carin Berger uses mixed media, such as collages and shadow boxes to define the new creatures. Clever.

Book Season = Year Round (get your back up off the wall)
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Yokohama Burning: The Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire That Helped Forge the Path to World War II by Joshua Hammer
Yokohama Burning: The Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire That Helped Forge the Path to World War II

Gold Gato, August 14, 2014

Earthquake. Fire. Tsunami. Typhoon. Mudslide. Massacre.

On September 1, 1923, the world seemed to have come to an end for Yokohama and Tokyo. Hit by a massive quake, more than 140,000 people perished as firestorms and enormous waves pummeled the land. The tremblor measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale and lasted for almost 10 minutes. As someone who lives in quakeland, that is hard to imagine. Really, it is an eternity. There was no place to run to, away, or from, as the tsunami that followed wiped out the seafront and the poor thousands who huddled in the open centre found they had chosen the worst spot...a fire tornado whipped up by enormous winds came after them and incinerated all 38,000 souls.

I was completely riveted by this book. There is no doubt this disaster defined the Japanese culture for many decades, and it led to more green spaces and a revision of building codes. A great read for any history or catastrophe buff.

Book Season = Autumn (we call it "quake season")
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Time 100: Leaders & Revolutionaries: Artists & Entertainers by Kelly Knauer
Time 100: Leaders & Revolutionaries: Artists & Entertainers

Gold Gato, August 14, 2014

If you had to define the 20th Century in one sentence, what would it be? Who would you include in a list of movers and shakers? In this book, Time-Life takes a shot at both questions and does so in a defined view, one which makes it easy for the reader to peruse. Each personality receives a bio from a well-known writer or name. Elie Wiesel, for instance, wrote the Hitler overview, while Salman Rushdie takes on Gandhi and John Keegan writes eloquently on Churchill. Obviously, since it's a Time-Life publication, it skews toward Americans, but it does a nice job overall.

Book Season = Summer (easy like Sunday morning)
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Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense: Collected Poems by Lewis Carroll
Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense: Collected Poems

Gold Gato, August 13, 2014

And time does indeed flit away, burbling and chortling. Cheshire Charles of Carroll created such whimsical poetry, it was "frabjous" to read his collected poems, albeit usually in a public space with curious onlookers trying to determine exactly what was in my book. That's because I had the gorgeous clothbound edition with the knockout dragonesque design by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Obviously, there are untold numbers of Lewis Carroll poetry books, so let me make a case for this specific volume. A member of the now famous Penguin Cloth Classics, it merits a place in your collection, even if you don't purchase p-books. Meticulous notes, ribbon marker, and bio plus the aforementioned cover art make this a Top-Shelf addition (and a nice little gift, if need be).

Book Season = Winter (when midnight mists are creeping)
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