Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Trend Spotlight: How-Tos

Books on the shelves of both local and chain booksellers seem to be capitalizing on the shift in moods and energy that sunny spring days bring. Recently upon bookstore entry, I was immediately faced with barricade-like displays of guide books. Step-by-step advice on how to raise unselfish children in a self-absorbed world, run my presidential campaign, be a college student, retire, live up to my full potential, stop running from love, juice vegetables and fruit, remodel my home to create an eco-friendly abode and, of course, how to lose all unwelcome winter weight.

Spring is a great time for publishers to be releasing any guide/how-to or self-improvement books. And of course the Portland DIY mentality makes the audience all the more ready and interested in such books. In particular, books that spout advice for energy-saving, eco-, bio-, green living/projects have a ripe market.

Here are a few recently (and soon-to-be) released:

Bead Simple
by Portland writer/crafter Susan Beal
Taunton Press
March 2008

Collins Energy-Saving DIY
by Albert Jackson & David Day
HarperCollins UK
May 2008

Achieve Green: Staying Sane while Planning Your Green Wedding

by Tiffany Green

Tynans Independent Media

April 2008

A Million is Not Enough: How to Retire with the Money You’ll Need
by Michael K. Farr & Gary Brozek
Springboard Press
March 2008

Beyond the Big Talk: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens
by Debra W. Haffner & Jason Reitman
Newmarket Press
April 2008

How to See Yourself as You Really Are

by Dalai Lama & Bstan-Dzin-Rgya

Gale Group

May 2008

Book trend review by Adriel Gorsuch, Indigo Editing, LLC

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