In the coming decades expect increasing numbers of wage slaves to place their bets on self-employment and its potential for both personal fulfillment and profit. Of course, just because everybody’s doing it doesn’t guarantee success. Any decision to go it alone needs to be informed. Markets never remain static and what’s hot today could be cold next year.
The search for life on Mars is now in its sixth decade. Mars has sunlight, water, carbon, and nitrogen. Its surface is no more unpleasant than the inside of a volcanic vent, where bacteria thrive. After a year of zapping, sniffing, and tasting rocks and sand, the Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity have revealed the best evidence yet that ancient Mars was indeed habitable, but that does not mean it was inhabited. However, in the fantasy world, two new novels about earthlings on Mars have become big hits.
New memoirs give you an intimate look into how four authors became writers. Kate Christensen's memoir Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites is a delicious blend of personal and social history, sprinkled with recipes and memories of meals. Ann Patchett in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage (her 2nd one) assembles a retrospective set of 22 sterling personal essays to form an entertaining self-portrait.
John Grisham likes street lawyers, tempted lawyers, virtuous lawyers, lawyers frustrated by their decency, unhappy lawyers, tapped-out lawyers, shamed lawyers, small-town and small-office lawyers -- them, most of all. At the start of Sycamore Row, the attorney Jake Brigance needs money bad.
Thursday a Chinese helicopter dramatically rescued 52 scientists, journalists, and tourists who had been trapped on a Russian research vessel since Christmas Eve. The ship got stuck in sea ice off Antarctica while on a mission to follow the footsteps of historic Antarctic explorer and scientist Douglas Mawson. The event made me think of two of my favorite novels that happen to have Antarctica as a setting.
A very popular request at the 2nd floor information desk at Faulk Central is for the print copy of the Austin Book of Lists. We love for customers to visit the library to browse our new books, pick up a NYT bestseller on hold, or find some family dvds, but for this we suggest that you use your library card to access the Book of Lists online. After selecting the Austin Business Journal from the database list, look for the Digital Book of Lists in the middle column.
Drawn entirely from a major gift to the McNay Art Museum by Drs. Harriett and Ricardo Romo, the new book, Estampas de la Raza, documents the development of printmaking in the Latino community post-1960. The Romos began acquiring art while teaching in Southern California at the height of the Chicano Movement.
In 2009, David Finkel, a Washington Post reporter, wrote The Good Soldiers, a book chronicling the combat experiences of an infantry fighting in East Baghdad. Now, four years later, Finkel chronicles what he calls the “after-war" in Thank You for Your Service, taking us along as soldiers from the same battalion struggle to find peace at home.