Nonfiction: June 2008 Archives

Tribute to fathers

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If you haven't picked up a Father's Day gift yet, my suggestion would be to head out to the closest bookstore and see if they have a cop of Tim Russert's Big Russ & Me or the follow-up, Wisdom of Our Fathers.

Russert's death last Friday sent shockwaves through the world of anyone interested in politics and good journalism. The longtime host of NBC's "Meet the Press" and the network's Washington bureau chief will be remembered as a tough but fair-minded interviewer and moderator. But above and beyond his life's calling Russert was a family man, the son of a sanitation worker and truck driver who knew the value of hard work, education and opportunity. He was also a husband (to Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth) and the father of one son, Luke, who recently graduated from college.

He will be missed.

Big Russ & Me is a tribute from Russert to his own father, and Wisdom of Our Fathers is the outpouring of letters and e-mails Russert received from sons and daughters after writing the first book.

Big Russ & Me Wisdom of Our Fathers

What your stuff says about you

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A coworker of mine has a miniature curling stone on his desk. Next to that are four fake ice cubes. I'm not sure what that says about him but if I started scrutinizing all the other things on his desk — toy Tigger, "Star Wars" characters, rubber creepy things, press pass to David Letterman appearance (not that I'm snooping while he's on vacation or anything) — I could probably come up with some kind of psychological profile.

Author and noted psychologist Sam Gosling says the stuff we own and how we arrange it can say more about us than even our most intimate conversations with our closest friends. And he's written a book about it: Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You (Basic Books, 250, $25).

What Your Stuff Says About You

Gosling and his team of researchers looked not only on desk tops but also through closets, iPods, refrigerators, Facebook profiles, underneath beds, in purses, bookshelves and more. Through their snooping, we readers should be able to figure out things like how committed our co-workers are and how reliable our new boyfriend or girlfriend is.

Good luck!

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