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My husband likes to drive to work listening to books about health and spiritual growth. For him, Deepak Chopra’s SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS is absolutely perfect. Chopra is beloved by millions of loyal fans worldwide. His more than sixty books have been translated into over eighty-five languages. Dr. Chopra feels that spirituality is primarily about consciousness, not religious dogma. Here, he endeavors to answer some of the many questions he’s been asked about overcoming the confusion and distraction of our everyday lives. He informs us “The secret is that the level of the problem is never the level of the solution.” Here’s practical and easy to understand advice as to how we can reach that higher level.
Rachel Maddow has never been one to shy aware from sharing her opinions. In DRIFT, Maddow takes on the topic of the “unmooring of American military power.” She contends that our nation is in deep trouble, largely because we’ve forgotten the vision of our Founding Fathers. Maddow is a fierce opponent of our bloated department of defense, the fact that an ever smaller percentage of the population is providing soldiers for the country, and the farming out of our war-making capabilities to private enterprise. Love her or hate her, no one can doubt Rachel Maddow’s intelligence and her ability to state her case.
Laura Vikmanis may not have Maddow’s doctorate degree from Oxford, but she’s just as passionate about her own story, vowing IT’S NOT ABOUT THE POM-POMS. Vikmanis is the oldest cheerleader in the NFL. She joined the Cincinnati “Ben-Gals” in 2009, after a bad marriage and a dispiriting divorce. A registered dietician and certified personal trainer, Vikmanis survived several auditions for her spot on the line, and has become an inspiration for everyone who feels it’s too late to follow her dream. Give this a listen before the promised movie is released.
American journalist Pamela Druckerman was raising her baby in Paris when she noticed that French mothers are more relaxed, and French children have better manners than their American counterparts. She determined to find the secret of successfully BRINGING UP BEBE. The answer seems to be that French parents are more lenient in some matters, stricter in others. And at the crux of the matter is the fact that they view childhood differently than we do, and they have a very dissimilar philosophy about their responsibilities as parents.
On the fiction side of the audiobook shelf, THE EXPATS, by Chris Pavone, also deals with a family abroad. In this case, Kate Moore jumps at the chance to move to Luxembourg when her husband is offered a job there. Kate has a secret she hopes to escape. Unfortunately, once there, the couple begins to grow increasingly apart. Kate becomes suspicious of another American couple they meet, and has to find out the truth at whatever the cost.
The protagonist of Noah Hawley’s THE GOOD FATHER also has a mystery to solve. Dr. Paul Allen is the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. His specialty is diagnosing patients when other doctors have given up. But what is the truth behind the report that his son, Daniel, has shot the Democratic candidate for President at a rally? What journey has Daniel taken after he drops out of Vassar at the age of nineteen? And can father and son ever truly understand each other?
Audiobooks make great gifts; by choosing a topic you know the listener will enjoy, you’re taking the opportunity to tell someone “I’m listening, and I hear you.”
Michall Jeffers is an accomplished Cultural Journalist and an avowed bibliophile. She writes extensively, both in print and online. Her eponymous cable TV show is syndicated throughout the tri-state area, and features celebrity interviews, reviews, and commentary. Michall is a voting member of National Book Critics Circle. www.michalljeffers.com