Recently, a friend dropped by the Payson Public Library to deliver a sealed envelope to my desk. The barely-legible words scribbled on the note card inside were laughable, to say the least -- and not only because I wrote them after that one extra flute of champagne at last year's New Year's Eve celebration. Long-since forgotten, my New Year's Resolution for 2007 had me laughing out loud. Alas, one whole year later, I am still serving at the library's reference desk, not occupying a recurring role as an actor in a primetime television series. Go ahead, you can laugh, too.
This year, I will resolve to take more serious and rewarding matters into my own hands. Consider joining me in the quest to better understand the human body in all of its wondrous vivacity. And, as long as we're setting our sights on living long and healthy lives, perhaps we should finally get a firm grip on all things financial. You'll find these and other such informative titles at the Payson Public Library.
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, by Jennifer Ackerman: The acclaimed science writer lends her keen eye and lively voice to this marvelous exploration of the human body. Taking us through a typical day, from the arousal of the senses in the morning to the reverie of sleep and dreams, Ackerman reveals the human form as we've never seen it: busy, cunning and miraculous. We learn the best time of day to drink a cocktail, take a nap, run a race, give a presentation, and take medication. At once entertaining and deeply practical, this fascinating book will make you think of your body in an entirely new way. -- Houghton Mifflin Company
YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger, by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet Oz: Anti-aging guru Roizen and celebrated heart surgeon Oz combine their popular approaches to patient-centered care in this assessment of how much, or more to the point, how little, readers know about their bodies. After taking the quizzes in the book, readers may feel shocked by their ignorance of basic anatomy and the processes required to maintain physical and mental functioning. This lighthearted book will be most useful to those who like their health lessons served with a side of humor. The book has an entertaining feel: friendly elves guide readers through illustrations of the body and cartoons feature alien creatures that enter the body and cause illness. The humor is irreverent (e.g., muscle cells surrounding dead heart tissue "start fighting with each other, like Jerry Springer's guests, instead of supporting each other, like Oprah's"). -- Publisher's Weekly
Make Money, Not Excuses, by Jean Chatzky: As the editor at large for Money magazine, Jean Chatzky has heard all the excuses for why women don't deal with their finances. She used to make them herself. For the first time, Jean tells you how she made every financial mistake in the book-- not paying her bills, going into credit card debt, letting her 401(k) lapse--before finally making the decision to take control of her money and her future. Whether you've made these mistakes or you want to avoid them, if you're ready to take charge of your financial life then this is the book for you. -- Random House, Inc.
Pay it Down! From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day, by Jean Chatzky: Is it really possible to create the life of your dreams for only $10 a day? A life without credit card debt, bill collectors, whopping interest payments, or anxiety about retirement? By following the Pay it Down plan, Jean Chatzky says you can be debt-free in three years. In five years, you can have a substantial financial cushion. And in ten years, you can have a nest egg for retirement. Chatzky will guide you through 12 steps designed to reveal where you can find that extra $10. It might be as simple as spending less on your morning coffee, or as drastic as trading in your SUV for a more practical car. -- Penguin Group, Inc.