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Hello Goodbye Hello

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ISBN: 9781451684513
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 20th, 2013

A treasure trove of fascinating stories of unlikely relationships. Well written and totally compelling, the chapter on the friendship between Mark Twain and Helen Keller is so touching that it is worth the price of the book, but all of the stories are priceless. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Fooling Houdini

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ISBN: 9780061766220
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 11th, 2013

This engrossing book delves into the fascinating and secret (and sometimes silly) world of the professional magician, but really catches fire when it talks about the nature of perception and how these prestidigitators are able to pull the wool over our eyes by literally controlling our minds. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

First, Learn to Practice

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ISBN: 9781457507755
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Published: Dog Ear Publishing - March 20th, 2012

An invaluable book for all skill levels and any instrument. I only wish I had read this book before I settled into all of my bad practicing habits. Written simply and with humor, this is a terrific book that will turn your head around about practicing as it did mine. Take the drudgery out of your practice routines and make them fun and effective. If you apply the lessons served up here, you will become a better musician, guaranteed. If guitar is your instrument of choice, this book makes the perfect practical companion to the classic Zen Guitar by Phillip Suto. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Twilight of the Elites

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ISBN: 9780307720467
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Published: Crown - June 11th, 2013

The host of the smartest and best political show on television, Up with Chris Hayes, has now written one of the smartest books I have ever read. The author's political savvy is so pronounced that I swear I could feel new brain synapses growing as I read this terrific book. Hayes ruminates over how the American elite has embraced the new financial and social inequality that has set them apart and how it has made them more prone to failure and corruption than ever before. Cogent and clear, this is an important book that important people should read. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


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ISBN: 9780812980004
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 6th, 2012

I would not have read this wonderful novel had I not known of Mary Doria Russell's superb storytelling skills. This is the story of Doc Holliday's life told from the perspective of a cultural anthropologist - with Dodge City as the Petri dish under Russell's literary microscope. The author's seemingly simple prose soon dragoons you into experiencing the dusty daily life of her consumptive protagonist, as he coughs his way into Western legend. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

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ISBN: 9780143120537
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

A terrifically fun read about a man who, while researching an article about the U.S. Memory Championships, decides to take up the challenge when a contestant tells him that even he could learn how to have an amazing memory. A year later, the author is a finalist in the competition himself. A humorous and enlightening look at memory from ancient times to the cutting edge research that is going on today. Highly recommended ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


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