Calendar Of Events Books
Written by Miami Today on December 1, 2011
Former president Bill Clinton releases "Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy" and provides his views on the challenges facing the US today and why government matters. He presents his ideas on restoring economic growth, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis and pursuing a strategy for job creation. He supports President Obama’s emphasis on green technology, approving the change in the way we produce and consume energy as the strategy most likely to spark a fast-growing economy while enhancing our national security. 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
LIFE OF BEES
Sue Monk Kidd’s first novel "The Secret Life of Bees" spent more than 100 on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 5 million copies and was made into a major motion picture featuring a star-studded cast. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the book’s debut, Books & Books has invited the author to Miami for a "Reader’s Circle Secret Life of Bees Lunch," celebrate the new special edition of this work. The buffet lunch includes drink, dessert, tax and tip. Noon. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $25. Details: (305) 442-4408 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.booksandbooks.com.
Author Les Standiford shares the holiday spirit with "The Man Who Invented Christmas," the historical account of how a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to release "A Christmas Carol" himself. The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. Mr. Standiford’s commemorative centennial edition of "Last Train to Paradise" is also released and tells of the construction and demise of the Key West extension of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
NBA player Shaquille O’Neal releases "Shaq Uncut: The Autobiography," and delves into his life from growing up in difficult circumstances and getting cut from his high school basketball team, to his four NBA championships and recent retirement. Mr. O’Neal will be signing books at the event. Book purchase required to attend. 7 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $27.99 per book. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Michael Ondaatje’s narrative "The Cat’s Table" tells of an 11-year-old’s adventures on a ship bound for England. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal and into the Mediterranean, the boy and two other young boys tumble from one adventure to another. The narrator’s elusive, beautiful cousin Emily becomes his confidante, allowing him to see himself from another perspective for the first time, and to feel the first stirring of desire. The boys’ adventures culminate when spying on a shackled prisoner, whose crime and fate remain a mystery that will haunt them forever. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Kathy Andersen left Australia to take a break that turned into a journey of more than 10 years. Changing her corporate high heels to hiking boots started Kathy on a journey where she would experience the power we each have to be our greatest self, and to live our greatest life. In "Change Your Shoes, Live Your Greatest Life," each chapter of her journey provides insights and guided reflections to give readers tools to chart their own journeys of discovery. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
According to ancient Yogic tradition, your soul has four distinct desires: the desire for purpose, the drive to become who you are meant to be, the desire for the means to prosper in this world, the desire for pleasures like intimacy, beauty, and love and the desire for spiritual fulfillment and lasting freedom. For more than three decades, Rod Stryker has taught yoga to help thousands recognize their soul’s call to greatness and to achieve their dreams. In "The Four Desires," he distills those broad teachings into a roadmap for becoming the person you were meant to be. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Sweet Like Sugar," Wayne Hoffman explores the unlikely camaraderie between a young Jewish man and an Orthodox rabbi. 7 p.m. Books & Books Lincoln Road, 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 532-3222 or www.booksandbooks.com.