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The brainchild of Barbadian Ravi Shankar, “The Big Little Fun Facts Book” takes readers on a journey of authentic Bajan oral cultural traditions. It shares and defines local proverbs and modern slang, as well as educates readers on the island’s cuisine, history, sports and National Anthem. “A lot of people are happy when they see something like this because it brings back good memories,” explained Shankar, who started his company Facts Barbados in 2012. “Then there is the generation under me who have no idea what these sayings are about. So, it’s fusing the past with the present.
Dieting is the premier New Year's resolution; gym memberships rise, along with hope. Often this is a prelude to failure. But JJ Smith (10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse)--author, nutritionist and certified weight-loss expert--has some advice for everyone who wants to slim down (and not fail).
Trinidadian journalist and scholar, Judy Raymond, gives us a snapshot of life as a slave in the Caribbean during the 19th century. With documentary images from Richard Bridgens, an Englishman who lived in Trinidad during the period, and a slave owner himself, The Colour of Shadows: Images of Caribbean Slavery unearths details in vivid hues.
There's not much crazier than starting a diet plan a week before Thanksgiving. It has a higher chance of epic fail than going on the wagon right before your New Year's Eve party. But my husband and I did it, and have maintained; perhaps our strategy is the key to making perennial New Year's diet resolutions stick.
Starting at the top of the world, Thames & Hudson's Mountains: Mapping the Earth's Extremes ($55) uses satellite technology to explore 13 of the world's greatest mountains, with essays about each; with 198 illustrations, it's a magnificent collection. More focused, but still breathtaking, is Alaska Range: Exploring the Last Great Wild by Carl Battreall (Mountaineers Books, $29.95). Battreall has photographed the 650-mile stretch for years--an "isolated wilderness... to be celebrated, something that needs to be preserved."
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