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1) THE BIONIC WOMAN . . . First, Gretchen Rubin shared her secrets to finding happiness in her mega bestseller, The Happiness Project (9780061583261) 14.99, and now, she is back with Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives (9780385348614) 26.00. She believes we can harness the energy of our habits to build happier, stronger, and more productive lives. Why are some habits hard to break and why are
B. Traven Jr. here. Mercifully for you, I am interrupting your Partners Page snoozefest with some exciting news. The new season of B. Traven Jr. Presents X-treme Ancient Astronaut Conspiracy Mysteries begins next Wednesday on the History Channel. It will air after the new hit show Redneck Boutique, which explores the hidden world of Hillbilly crossdressers. Ha, ha!
In my upcoming episode, we will examine the intersection of contemporary literature and conspiracy theories. Erik Larson is no stranger to mystery. In his new title, Dead Wake (9780307408860) 28.00, we relive the final few days of the doomed ocean liner, S.S. Lusitania. As I'm sure you are well aware, this ship was sunk by a German U-boat in World War I that helped propel America's entry into The Great War. What you may not know is that the Germans claimed it was carrying munitions. The British initially denied it; however, the manifest clearly validated that there was more than 50 tonnes of bullets on board. What really precipitated the second explosion in the ship's hold that caused the ship to sink in less than eighteen minutes? Also, not only were there destroyers in port that could have escorted her, but apparently, the British Admiralty knew that there was a U-boat in the vincinity and did not warn the captain. Possibly, this comment by Winston Churchill from a week earlier may shed some light on this mystery, "[It is] most important to attract neutral shipping to our shores, in the hope especially of embroiling the United States with Germany." I believe this is what politicians call 'acceptable losses'. Ha, ha!
The second half of my latest show will highlight Sara Gruen's new novel, At The Water's Edge (9780385523233) 28.00. Sara Gruen? Well, it takes place in Scotland and part of the plot revolves around the protagonist's husband and best friend's search for the elusive Loch Ness sea monster during World War II. And you should know by now that nothing excites me more than a good yarn about ol' Nessie. I just hope his wife knows better than to investigate any standing stones in the surrounding area. She might just end up in the 18th century. Ha, ha!
Odds & Sods
Aaron Stander's long overdue eighth volume in the Ray Elkins series, Murder in the Merlot (9780578136851) 15.95 is finally here. A famous wine expert has died in the vineyards of the Leelanau peninsula and Chinese billionaires may be involved. It looks like Mr. Stander has hit another homerun with his latest mystery . . .
YouTube internet sensation Shane Dawson's I Hate Myselfie (9781476791548) 16.00 has been a surprise blockbuster. We've gone through three shipments so far. We just received another batch today. I guess it's what the kids are into . . .