Archive for January 25, 2011

54 Days ‘Til Spring

We will get through this winter. Spring will come. In the meantime, do not give up on those holiday resolutions.We have a number of new books to help with your New Year diet: The Carb Lovers Diet which advocates eating pasta to lose–sounds good to me. Popular diet author Bob Greene’s The Life You Want offers advice on conquering emotional eating. Good Housekeeping Drop 5 lbs has slimmed-down recipes and strategies to help you lose those pounds.

James MacGregor Burns

James MacGregor Burns is one the leading historians in the United States. He is noted for his two-volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The second volume earned him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. His first experience upon graduation from Williams College (also the alma mater of Danbury’s most noted historian, John Toland) was as one of the first combat historians for the United States Historical Branch. He served on Saipan, Guam and Okinawa (he was awarded a Bronze Star as well as four Battle Stars). His main task was to gather historical materials from all levels of combatants for a subsequent official history of the conflict. He ascribed the American victory to superior communications, transport but above all to crushing firepower.

Fish Stories

Fish stories have dominated the news this week. The first one concerns a giant bluefin tuna which was caught off the island of Hokkaido and sold on the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo for a record price of $396,000! The other stories are unfortunately sadder. There have been two massive, unexplained fish kills: one in Arkansas and the other in Chesapeake Bay. If you want to broaden your knowledge of fish we have many great books for you: Mark Kurlansky, Simon Winchester and Paul Greenberg.