Author, actress, activist and fitness guru Jane Fonda has written a comprehensive guide for living out the third act of your life in Prime Time. Well-researched and filled with colorful examples from her own life story, Fonda seeks to give helpful tips for living life to the fullest. From diet and exercise, to love and friendships, to sage tips for estate planning, Fonda offers up guidelines for action. Even though the book contains quite a bit of technical information, it is authored in an easily read and absorbing style. Fonda brings in stories from her travels across the world stage and her interactions with people of many cultures and socio-economic groups. She ends the book with appendix's containing exercises beneficial for the mature age group and nutrition tips and guidelines. This book is in our new-nonfiction selections.
Julie Klassen has come out with another winner in the Victorian Christian Romance department. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is on our new fiction shelves and can easily entice you to while away a pleasant evening reading. Our heroine, Margaret Macy, is forced to disguise herself as a servant girl and seek employment as such to escape the advances of her stepfather's nephew, who is after her fortune. Complications arise when she is hired by a former suitor who still harbors affection for her. Descriptions of the customs and manners of the time are authentic and fascinating. Will there be a happy ending for all? Will Margaret learn a thing or two about the lower classes' plight? Do her prayers for safety and favor get answered? Read on and see!
Who wouldn't enjoy reading an update on former "Brady Bunch mom," Florence Henderson? Any fan of the television series, grew to admire the calm and serenity she dished out every week in her role as Brady matriarch. In her new memoir, Life is not a Stage, from Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond, Henderson dishes on her career as an actress and singer. Life did not start out as a fairytale for her. She was one of 10 children with an alcoholic father and a mother who left the home when Florence was 12. Her father was a poor tobacco farmer and living conditions were quite humble. Possessed with a love and talent for music and acting, and with the help of some generous friends and sponsors, she attained her dream of study in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After only a year of study, her career onstage took off, and she was working with such names as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Ricardo Montalban and Noel Coward. Besides Broadway fame, Henderson was one of the first "Today Show" girls and loved the quickness and spontaneity of doing live television. This book is in the new non-fiction section.
If you like to read adventure stories, this next book selection is for you. The Ledge by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan details the friendship and climbing escapades of two buddies, Jim Davidson and the late Mike Price. Experienced climbers and partners, they attempted a climb atop Washington's Mount Ranier in June of 1992. Even though the partners took all the right precautions, a bit of bad luck resulted in a fall that would end the life of Mike and force Jim to have to exert every ounce of strength and fortitude to escape the same fate. This is an amazing story of coolness under the greatest pressure and stress imaginable. It's so gripping, you'll probably want to finish reading the book in one day.
A commentary on our times and a positive look to the future is provided by Dr. David Jeremiah in I Never Thought I'd See the Day! culture at the crossroads. This is a new-nonfiction title written by the radio and television teacher, pastor and No. 1 New York Times best-selling author. Bringing in current events, quotes from well-known individuals, scripture and personal insight, Jeremiah has some astute warnings and admonitions for our society. Topics include: "When the Church Would be Irrelevant", "When Morality Would be in Free Fall" and "When Marriage would be Obsolete." The author's writing style is engaging and his talking points well-supported. This is an eye-opening book and one well worth perusing.
- Shelley Janofski