Shark Attacks of 1916

51MNSNmcVHL._SL500_.jpg

This book is about a series of shark attacks that occurred around New Jersey in 1916.  It covers the events by looking at multiple aspects of what happened and what might have caused a rouge shark to behave in such a manner.

The author gives a brief and easy to understand description of the evolution and biology of sharks.  It looks at what makes the shark unique and its place as an apex predator in the ecosystem. 

The author also explains what was happening in history during the early 1900s and the societal norms of the time.  This was a time of change and more people were entering the ocean for leisure than had ever done before in American history.

One of the most gripping parts of the book was how the author delved into the personal lives of each of the victims.  He talked about their family history, their work or school career, and the long term effects each attack had surviving family members.

This was an interesting and educational book to read.  I found it riveting and would highly recommend it.

 

The Art of War for Writers

31JiS8jzGzL._SX366_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

The information in this book is broken down into three main sections.

  1. Reconnaissance – How to build a foundation for success.
  2. Tactics – How to improve your writing skills.
  3. Strategy – How to publish your book. 

I recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their writing skills or in publishing a book.  It’s full of practical advice for writers at every level,  and it was fun to read.

Betty White’s Book

41VQENhcFxL._SL500_.jpg

Betty White’s book is excellent.  She discusses her childhood, work as an actor, personal life as an adult, her passion for animals, and gives general advice to the reader.

Here are my favorite passages.

I prefer the company of animals to humans.  Animals don’t lie.  Animals don’t criticize.  If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.

I think everyone needs a passion.  Whether it’s one passion or a hundred, that’s what keeps life interesting.  If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.  You might leave behind pleasant memories in the minds of friends and acquaintances, but those dissipate quickly.

Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it-don’t take it for granted. 

You can’t get carried away with your image, because you know better than anyone else who the real person is.

Humorous History

51snzlHrr5L._SL500_.jpg

My favorite section of Humorous History was about King Henry VIII of England.

He had three “Grooms of Stool” that were responsible for wiping his bottom.  This job was not all bad, because he rewarded his “Grooms of Stool” with money, land, and official titles.

In spite of all that, wiping a grown man’s butt sounds like a horrible job.

 

Hemingway on Writing

51uAbUt7RjL._SL500_.jpg

My favorite quotes from this book are:

All good books are alike in that they are truer then if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorses and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.

As a man you know who is right and who is wrong.  You have to make decisions and enforce them.  As a writer you should not judge.  You should understand.

Running a Business in the Zombie Apocalypse

51lJyzE99tL._SL500_.jpg

This is an interesting book.  It’s written from the perspective of a human resources director that must deal with the zombie apocalypse.

It gives advice on how to handle an  employee that has become a zombie and what paperwork the supervisor is required to complete.

It explains how business can remain profitable during the zombie apocalypse by changing its business model and developing innovative weapons for the living consumers.  There is also a section on how to get money from zombies, without risking self injury.

I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be humorous.