"Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at the Wall Street Journal" is both autobiographical work and documentation of the newspaper industry, namely of the Wall Street Journal. The ascension of author Warren H. Phillips from copyboy to publisher of the Journal and CEO of its parent company, Dow Jones, is coupled with the workings of the newspaper industry. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
In "Lunatic" Barry and Alan Zweibel tell of Philip Horkman, a happy owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with jerks, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives. 2 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets required. Free tickets available at Books & Books stores in Coral Gables, Bal Harbour Shops, and Miami Beach. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Somebody's Daughter: The Hidden Story of America's Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them" tells of girls who are fighting for their dignity, the cops who are trying to rescue them and the community activists battling to protect the nation's most forsaken children. Author Julian Sher takes you behind the scenes to expose one of America's most underreported crimes: a New Jersey girl gets arrested in Las Vegas and, at great risk to her own life, helps the FBI take down a million-dollar pimping empire. An abused teenager in Texas has the courage to take the stand in a grueling trial that sends her pimp away for 75 years. Survivors of the sex trade in New York, Phoenix and Minneapolis set up shelters and rescue centers that offer young girls a chance to break free from the streets. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"HEARTS ON FIRE"
"Hearts on Fire" by Jill Iscol with Peter Cookson and a foreword by President Bill Clinton is a call to action to lend a helping hand to others. Fourteen individuals tell their stories. Hearts on Fire gives a face to global activists. Ms. Iscol will be joined by Amy Lehman, whose work is highlighted in the book. Ms. Lehman has been working on her Floating Hospital project exclusively for three years. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
HEROES AMONG US
Mari Sampedro-Iglesia and husband Jose R. Iglesia seemed to have it all: two beautiful sons, successful careers, and, above all, happiness and good health. On April 13, 2010, though, their world collapsed when Jose was diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer. This is the story of how, instead of allowing this disease to destroy them, one family used it as a lesson in faith and a testament to the heroes that carried them through this life-changing challenge. Her book, "The Heroes Among Us," pays tribute to heroes who are sometimes not acknowledged. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
WHILE IN EGYPT
Gaston Levy narrates his childhood memories of Egypt in "Beyond the Soul;" the warm family gatherings, the dishes cooked by his mother with their aromatic smells, and the sounds and sights of the Egyptian lifestyle at the time. Mr. Levy then takes us on his harrowing exodus from Egypt for Brazil. He talks about his life in Rio de Janeiro, then in Canada. He finally ends his journey in Boston, where he is given a permanent transfer to his company's headquarters. He discusses his move up the demanding management staircase, honing leadership skills at every level. He arrives at the top of corporate America, where he deals face to face with his board of directors, the investment bankers, and Wall Street analysts. This boy from Alexandria invites us into his thoughts, showing how he was able to develop a new concept of life, its meaning and its purpose thanks to Logosophy, the science of self-knowledge. Books & Books at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Christine Najac provides a guide to the food scene in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale with the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy and celebrate local culinary offerings. "The Food Lovers' Guide to Miami & Fort Lauderdale" is written for residents and visitors alike to find producers and purveyors of tasty local specialties, as well as a rich array of other food-related information including food festivals and culinary events, specialty food shops, farmers' markets and farm stands, trendy restaurants and time-tested iconic landmarks, and recipes using local ingredients and traditions. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Biography work by New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith "Elizabeth the Queen," is a close-up view of a woman, Queen Elizabeth II, known only from a distance, illuminating the personality, sense of humor and canny intelligence with which she meets the most demanding work and family obligations. It is also a window into life at the center of the last great monarchy. Books & Books at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Details: (305) 864-4241 or www.booksandbooks.com.
"Sacred High City, Sacred Low City" by Steven Heine argues that lived religion in Japan functions as an integral part of daily life; any apparent lack of interest masks a fundamental commitment to participating regularly in diverse, though diffused, religious practices. The book uses case studies of religious sites at two representative but contrasting Tokyo neighborhoods as a basis for reflecting on this apparently contradictory quality. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.