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10,001 Book
Times are tough. The economy is down, money is tight, and everyone is cutting back on their personal spending. Tips on how to extract a little more value, fun, and happiness from every dollar spent are like gold. So then here's the gold mecca: "10,001 Ways To Live Large On A Small Budget," a personal finance book filled with innovative ideas for squeezing the most juice out of any budget. It's written by the authors of Wise Bread, a widely popular and often comical personal finance blog. The book plays off of the blog's online tips and the motely crew of personal finance gurus behind them. The book chucks aside phrases like "cutting back" and "making sacrifices" for a richer, fuller (sometimes crazier) approach to getting more bang from every buck and having fun along the way!
Lorraine Hopping's "World of Inventors: Leonardo daVinci" book for ages 8 and up has beautiful illustrations and interesting information on the Renaissance, daVinci, and his inventions and inventor mindset. The promised daVinci ornithopter that you build and fly on your own, however, is cheap and disappointing. The first part of the 40-page book introduces the Italian Renaissance and daVinci's life. The second part focuses in on his inventions, machines, and ideas. The third part emphasizes inventing in modern times and inspires kids to invent on their own using daVinci as a role model.
Central Park
The Fodor's Family "New York City With Kids" guide isn't physically big, it's big on ideas, tips, and inside knowledge for parents planning a family trip to New York City. The guide is almost pocket-sized, so it is easy to bring along and use to plan as you go.  This guide includes trustworthy advice and ratings from local parents who know the city best. The guide covers everything from age ranges to admission prices to telephone numbers and e-mails for easy booking in advance. The guide gives ratings on hotels, restaurants, and sights. It even contains a treasure map and other games to keep kids entertained during waits or downtime (although this guide could keep you going on your feet all day!). 
When I first picked up this book and read the title, a few things flashed through my brain:1. Wow. That title is quite self-explanatory. 2. As a teen, I am just A BIT offended.3. These women must have some serious things to say about teens.Being a teen, I thought it appropriate to share my view on this book...the view from the other side. Perhaps, as the authors may see it, something similar to the story of the three little pigs as told by the Big Bad Wolf— a teenage girl! I decided to give the book a chance, despite the completely inaccurate teen cell phone display on the cover reading "I H8 U MOM," which has several problems on its own, including the complete exaggeration of texting shortcuts. That kind of exaggeration is a good indicator of a misunderstanding of teen culture, a pretend comprehension of a teenage mind, as if these authors have the teen of today all figured out. But, of course, one cannot judge a book by its cover, so I proceeded to page 1.
In Exactly As I Am, Access Hollywood weekend co-host Shaun Robinson shares the personal stories and advice of women celebrities and young girls. Through her interviews with celebrated women and her involvement with Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring young girls, Robinson has discovered the insecurities and self-doubts that plague every woman and girl. Actresses, businesswomen, athletes, and scientists, including Oprah Winfrey, Eva Mendes, Kelly Clarkson, Céline Dion, and many other leading women of the world, open up and share their own insecurities and how they overcame (or simply accepted) them.