Publisher’s Corner

Better Dust Off My Reading Glasses


I am thinking about opening a bookstore or at least a lending library. We receive many new books from publishers almost every day and they are beginning to pile up. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great new titles coming out. Books like: Outdoor Fitness: Step out of the gym into the best shape of your life in 8 weeks or less.  I should definitely give that one a read. Or how about, Crazy Like Us; The Globalization of the American Psyche? The cover quote says this book uncovers America’s role in homogenizing how the world defines wellness and healing and the way the world goes mad. I think I will save this book for the beach when I am so laid back nothing can sour my mood. And we get a lot of new age or spiritual books like this one, Pleiadian Initiations of Light, which digs way too deep for me. I like to think I have an open mind, but sometimes I just feel mentally topped off. We also get many great eco-books like this one: Picture Yourself Going Green. The author says she can guide you with step-by-step instruction for living a budget-conscious, earth-friendly lifestyle in eight weeks or less. Looks like a night-stander, plenty of good tips and I am a deadline guy, so 8 weeks seems reasonable for getting green. Then there are the relationship books like Wild Attraction: The Energetic Facts of Life. The husband and wife authors say there is no such thing as an ordinary human being or an ordinary relationship. I am going to have to agree with that, especially after a romantic Valentine’s weekend at Crown Valley Winery with my wonderful wife of 20 years. Hey, maybe we should write a book. Oh, here is a sample of the foodie books we get, too. Super Immunity Foods: A complete Program To Boost Wellness, Speed Recovery, and Keep Your Body Strong. I have to read this one because I just can’t understand why our immune systems have become so weak and there are so many people allergic to everything these days. I heard a MD on the radio say it’s because we don’t have worms in our intestines like they did before antibiotics were invented. I’m gonna give this one a read but without the peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread I guess. And last but not least we get quite a few gardening books. Here’s one I am going to read very soon, Grow Your Own Vegetables. Oh, I have tried it before, mostly tomatoes, but the squirrels eat most of the crop and not sure what the neighbors would think about a small suburban back yard full of corn. But I am not giving up. The most sustainable foods are the ones that are grown close to home. I understand you can grow veggies in containers, so I am going to give that a try this year. And as far as the squirrels are concerned, I now have a Border Collie who will herd those furry varmints right out of Dodge.


Some kudos go out to Cassie Phillips who has been named the new Executive Director of St. Louis Earth Day. Cassie has wonderful energy and insight and we know she will do a wonderful job. Also Randy Wood from Sappington Farmer’s Market, Patrick Horine and Maddie Earnest from Local Harvest,  Molly Rockamann of Earthdance Farms, Andy Ayers of Eat Here St. Louis, and Sara Hale and Jamie Choler of Fair Shares Combined Community Supported Agriculture, were highlighted as leaders in the local Locavore Movement by Alive Magazine. The “Locavore” movement includes people who promote foods that are grown locally or as close to home as possible. Congrats to all these great people who are working hard to bring all of us the freshest and healthiest foods possible.


Think Spring,                   J.B. Lester; Publisher