The Secret of Golf

My dad was a small town barber for 50+ years. He worked 10+ hour days, six days a week. (If there was ever a rare moment of time between haircuts, you could catch him reading in the barber chair. Or napping.) When he had a captive audience, he would have conversations about all of the pre-requisites: politics, religion, and sports. And if the topic turned to golf, he would tell you about his plan to put in a 6-hole course in the field behind our house.

My dad did not have time to play a round of golf, much less build a course.

He would have loved this book.

The Secret of Golf: The Story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus by Joe Posnanski will be released on June 9, 2015. Just in time for Father’s Day.

Trailer: “Eeny Meeny”

Eeny Meeny is the first in this new series by M.J. Arlidge. The repeating scenario in this thought-provoking thriller is that two people are abducted, locked up, and left with a gun. Only one walks out alive.

Eeny Meeny has been sold in more than 20 countries. The second in the series, Pop Goes the Weaselwill be released this fall.

Arlidge is on Twitter @mjarlidge.


Video: How to Slide & Play

This video illustrates how the Slide & Play books by Xavier Deneux work. The sliding action can help develop fine motor skills in toddlers and the puzzle pieces never fall out.

Plus the whistle-inducing tune is pretty catchy.

Farm Animals and Safari Animals by Xavier Deneux were both released last month.

How’s your blood pressure?

“Everybody romanticized their youth, no matter where they’re from.”

In this video, Blaine Lourd discusses his book Born on the Bayou, describing the rise and fall of the southern oil business, the impact his father had on his childhood, and what it means to always be a Louisianian.

I’ve watched this thing four times, and I can’t stop wondering where my blood pressure would be lowest.

Born on the Bayou is scheduled for an August release.


“Meal in a Mug” Videos

Tis the season of newness. Whether we’re talking about newly minted graduates or newly married couples, they’re entering new lives in which time is still illusive. And here are a couple of videos to illustrate just how easy it is for those equipped with just a mug and a microwave to make quick meals.

The first video is for a Chocolate and Pistachio Brownie and the second is for Scrambled Eggs. They’re both featured in Meal in a Mug: 80 Fast, Easy Recipes for Hungry People—All You Need Is a Mug and a Microwave by Denise Smart.

Wrap one up with a microwave-safe mug and consider yourself gifted.