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The Late Shift by Bill Carter

The Late Shift by Bill Carter

When New York Times reporter Bill Carter recently broke the story that NBC was planning on gently escorting Tonight Show host Jay Leno out the door for a younger, fresher face, it felt a little like déjà vu. That's because the same decision happened about ten years ago.

Carter's definitely the most qualified person to reveal such information. The news made me seek out his book, The Late Shift. The title is a breakthrough account of the shake-up at NBC after Johnny Carson surprisingly announced his plan to retire within a year. The network famously snubbed their Late Night host, David Letterman by hiring Leno, who had been a successful guest host for the legendary Carson.

Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer

By Mireya Mayor; foreword by Jane Goodall

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"Who wears pink hiking boots into the jungle, packs a little black dress (because you never know), and tracks wild animals like she's stalking a cheating boyfriend? Dr. Mireya Mayor: Nat Geo WILD channel host, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and primatological goddess who is redefining what it means to 'have it all' for a new generation of women. Pink Boots and a Machete tells the unlikely story of a first-generation Cuban-American girlie girl who forges her way from her uber-protected suburban upbringing to NFL cheerleader to death-defying adventures around the globe. With plenty of field studies under her belt, Mayor vividly details her own back-story and relives her most thrilling adventures. Whether she is diving with sharks or standing down a gorilla, this compelling and often hilarious memoir reveals her relentless determination, indomitable spirit, and above all, fierce love of animals and commitment to protecting them."

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Love, Lucy

By Lucille Ball

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Lucille Ball wrote this book in the years leading up to 1964 and put it aside to avoid hurting Desi Arnaz. How fortunate we are that it has been found and published. It describes the many years of hard work that it took for her to become the star that we knew.

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What You Wear Can Change Your Life

By Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine

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Trinny and Susannah, of the BBC television show, What Not to Wear, teach you how to choose clothing and accessories to help you look your best.

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Live Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration

By O, the Oprah magazine

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"...the book is divided into three sections. Your Personal Best focuses on emotional and physical well-being from Oprah's own weight-loss secrets to ways to gain confidence, serenity, and balance. Relationships has the tools and insights everyone needs to form warmer, more satisfying connections with those near, dear, and even not-so-dear to us. And, in true Oprah style, Living in the World helps the reader think about how to make her life more meaningful and useful."

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