Own a Kindle? Download Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain for a quarter. Not sure how long this will last.
And a few plugs for my writing friends:
Preorder for download or paper, Allison Winn Scotch's latest novel book The Song Remains the Same. I love her novels. Here's a Q&A I did with her some time back.
Also preorder Denise Schipani's book Mean Moms Rule: Why Doing the Hard Stuff Now Creates Good Kids Later. She'll be on Frisco Kids soon, but you can get the book first.
The talented Kayt Sukel wrote the book is Dirty Minds: How our Brains Influence Love, Sex and Relationships. It's part memoir, plus a scientific look at the brain and...how it influences love, sex and relationships. The part getting the most press is about how she gave herself an orgasm in an fMRI machine...in the name of science. She was featured on Nightline, and many other national shows.
Project Happily Ever After was started when author Alisa Bowman was unhappy in her marriage. She thought it was all her husband's fault, but gradually came to see her part in it as well. Read her story, learn and laugh with her, and get your own 10 step program to help with your marriage.
I interviewed Monica Bhide about her book, In Conversation with Exceptional Women. In it, she interviews 55 women at the tops of their fields (mostly writing, cooking, entertainment). It's an easy book to read in short spurts, with lots of inspirational ideas. I highly recommend it, and at $4 a download, it's a bargain as well.
I met Jen Furer at a party recently and hear about her book Out of Status. Those who know her well tell me her story is a fascinating one, as a Filipina immigrant to the U.S.
And this one isn't books, but rather music. My cousin Savanna Coen (second cousin, once removed) is a very talented blues-singing teen. I'm not saying that because we're related. Listen to her music for yourself.