AARP The Magazine and Publishers Weekly are teaming up in "Books for Grownups" to let baby boomers know about the latest fiction, nonfiction, and lifestyle/self-help books of interest to the Boomer Nation.
Among the current offerings are:
- "Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me" by Martin Millar –Millar's trip back to the Sixties tells the story of a mildly fictitious young Millar whose life is forever changed by a Led Zeppelin concert.
- "Man in the Dark" by Paul Auster – This tale features an aging book critic whose imagined characters come to life and set out to assassinate him.
- "Hippocrates' Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine" by David H. Newman, M.D. -- An emergency-room physician reveals some of the less savory parts of medical care – the little time physicians spend observing their patients; the dubious benefits of certain treatments; the imprecision of X-rays, EKGs, and symptom interpretation; and how little physicians are trained – or inclined – to communicate honestly with patients.
- "The Letters of Allen Ginsberg" Edited by Bill Morgan – The Beat icon's life – from literary efforts to LSD experiments – is revealed in more than 3,700 letters to fellow poets, journalists, and politicians, ranging from Jack Kerouac to Ezra Pound to Bill Clinton.
- "Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body's Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality" by Donna Eden with David Feinstein – Eden conducts workshops and offers lectures on the ancient practice of healing the body using its own energy systems. She explains that by keeping these energy systems balanced and flowing people can help prevent illness, promote well-being, aid the body in self-healing, and receive better results from traditional medicine.
- "Branding Only Works on Cattle: The New Way to Get Known" by Jonathan Salem Baskin – Baskin believes branding is an outmoded marketing strategy, and he presents arguments for new techniques that influence consumer choices.
Copyright 2008, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist