In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2001

Here are a few of the new non-fiction books at the Juneau Public Library this week.

"Rich Dad, Poor Dad," by Robert T. Koyasaki. The theory behind this book on personal economics is that what children learn about money depends on their parents' economic status. As a child, Koyasaki had two fathers whose advice differed greatly, and he believes that taking his rich father's financial advice made all the difference to him. Aimed at those of us adults who didn't grow up with rich dads, rather than parents who are not rich.

"Weight Watchers Great Cooking Every Day," by The Culinary Institute of America. Based on the Weight Watchers guidelines, the recipes here are light, easy and mouthwatering. Included are such delectables as pad thai noodles, fudge brownies, cheese souffl and gnocchi. Each recipe includes a nutritional breakdown and "Points" values.

"Ghost Soldiers," by Hampton Sides. The dramatic and harrowing account of the rescue of British and American soldiers from a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines in 1945. One hundred twenty-one men from an elite U.S. battalion were selected to rescue the 513 prisoners, against as many as 8,000 Japanese troops.

"What Flavor is your Personality?" by Alan Hirsch. Do you prefer Rice Krispies to AlphaBits? Lobsters to baked potatoes? What does it all mean? Part exploration of the roles taste and smell play in our lives, part personality quiz, this is a fun way to look at your psyche through a frosting-smeared lens.

"Who are you?" by Malcolm Godwin. 101 different ways of assessing yourself, from the physical to mental to spiritual. Very brief explanations with equally brief assessments are meant to give you quick glimpses of yourself. The introduction likens the book to a house of mirrors.

"Cottage Water Systems," by Max Burns. Slim, but quite complete, this book covers everything from pump theory and water source selection to dealing with septic systems. The environmentally friendly reasons for having an outhouse are amusingly detailed, and other types of alternative toilets are discussed.

"The Inheritor's Handbook," by Dan Rottenberg. This is a topic rarely discussed: what do you do if you are fortunate enough to inherit money or property? Subtitled "Practical advice about inheritances of any size," it starts out with ways to talk to your parents about estate planning and covers handling living trusts, managing direct inheritances and irrevocable trusts, and finding support groups and advisors. Pair this with the next book on the list...

"Last Minute Estate Planning," by Stephen M. Rosenberg. Don't be fooled by the name this is more than an "on-your-deathbed" sort of guide. Without using jargon, the author makes it possible for you to understand your estate-planning choices and the consequences of each possible decision.

"The Bone Density Program," by George Kessler. A 6-week exercise and diet program that will help you increase your bone density to protect against osteoporosis. Also discusses hormone replacement therapies and tests available for bone density.

Next week I'll have some Southeast Alaska memoirs for you.

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have internet access, your library card and a PIN, you can place your own holds by going to our Web site ( and looking at our catalog.

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