The Siesta and the Midnight Sun

The Siesta and the Midnight Sun
Author: Jessa Gamble
Publsiher: Penguin Canada
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-10-11
ISBN 10: 0143185853
ISBN 13: 9780143185857
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Siesta and the Midnight Sun Book Review:

When a retiring worker is given a gold watch, Jessa Gamble observes, she symbolically gets back the freedom to keep her own hours. There were no mechanical timepieces before the industrial revolution. The day’s activities were dictated by the spinning Earth’s circuit around the Sun and by the seasons. Because people adjusted their lives to these natural rhythms, they may have experienced less stress than their modern counterparts. They almost certainly enjoyed more sleep. In The Siesta and the Midnight Sun, award-winning science writer Jessa Gamble explores the continuing significance of the biological clocks that governed our lives before modern technology annihilated the night. She describes experiments that show both rats and people adhere to a 24-hour schedule even when deprived of daylight. When our days are disrupted by shift work, jet lag or space travel, things go wrong. The disastrous chemical leak at Bhopal, India and the calamitous launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger both were caused partly by sleepless workers. Insomnia is rampant in the Western world. By investigating patterns of behaviour in many societies both past and current, Gamble gives us a glimpse of different ways of scheduling time. In this superbly insightful and entertaining book she examines the crises and creative adaptations that occur on the embattled border where biology, culture and technology clash.

The Alaskan “Midnight Sun”

The Alaskan “Midnight Sun”
Author: Nathan Leviticus Neal
Publsiher: Author House
Total Pages: 132
Release: 2009-05-11
ISBN 10: 1452043507
ISBN 13: 9781452043500
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Alaskan “Midnight Sun” Book Review:

This book is a combination of romantic short stories, poems, facts and memoirs. These experiences link passed down wisdom, unique imaginative storytelling with positive suggestive lifestyles. Look up, Get up and Never give up Is one of Nathan’s mottos along with using your imagination as a way of life, and remembering to “become the miracle”? Enjoy the Midnight Sun’s stories that will stir your feelings with the sounds of Nathan Leviticus Neal’s words. Learn of the Walrus, Polar Bear, Eagles, Raven, Fox and undocumented facts about Alaska. Born in the “Northwest Territory” known as the “Last Frontier” in a then small town called Anchorage, Alaska this writer has taken the adventures of boyhood, "North Slope" experiences and places traveled within Alaska to share. Most of the writings were inspired by time spent 650 miles north of Anchorage and about 250 miles north of the town considered the most climatic change of temperature in the world; Fairbanks, Alaska where temperatures range from 60 below zero to 95 above in the summer months. From 1977 to 1987 this writer spent a week on and week off schedule with a major oil company traveling to and from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska . The silent bond in friendship and experiences reflect the beauty of this unique place with unique writer content. Well traveled now and living in the Aloha State of Hawaii, Nathan felt it was time to go back in time and glance through a time capsule and give illustrations of Alaska’s beauty that have motivated him to share places that will give you a “northern exposure”. Pour a glass of wine or milk and enjoy stories of old from the land of the Midnight Sun, Aurora Borealis, Polar Bear and a few wise-tale Alaskan stories created for your entertainment.

Moon Florida Gulf Coast

Moon Florida Gulf Coast
Author: Joshua Lawrence Kinser
Publsiher: Moon Travel
Total Pages: 456
Release: 2019-10-29
ISBN 10: 1640491112
ISBN 13: 9781640491113
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Moon Florida Gulf Coast Book Review:

Whether you're kayaking through mangroves, bodysurfing with manta rays, or sunbathing with a piña colada in hand, soak up the Sunshine State with Moon Florida Gulf Coast. Inside you'll find: Flexible itineraries from short beach getaways to a 10-day road trip covering all 700 miles of the Florida Gulf Coast Strategic advice for beach-goers, wildlife enthusiasts, water sports lovers, and more The best spots for outdoor adventures like kayaking, hiking, biking, bird-watching, and fishing, and the best beaches for swimming, sunsets, and seclusion Top activities and unique experiences: Discover the vibrant performing arts scene in Sarasota or stroll through quaint riverfront towns and secluded island enclaves. Unwind on shell-scattered beaches, explore winding mazes of mangroves, or spot gators in the swampy Everglades. Ride the coasters at Busch Gardens, browse art galleries in Naples, or check out a local swamp buggy race. Sail through the canals of Tampa, kick back at a beachfront oyster bar, and sip a local brew as the sun sets over the ocean Expert advice from Florida native Jason Ferguson on where to stay, where to eat, and how to get around by car, bus, or boat Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout Background information on the Gulf Coast's landscape, wildlife, history, and culture Handy tips for international visitors, families with kids, LGBTQ travelers, and travelers with disabilities With Moon Florida Gulf Coast's practical advice and local know-how, you can plan your trip your way. For more of the Sunshine State, try Moon Florida Keys. Hitting the road? Check out Moon South Florida & the Keys Road Trip.

Day Trips® from Tampa Bay

Day Trips® from Tampa Bay
Author: Anne Anderson
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2012-09-04
ISBN 10: 0762788739
ISBN 13: 9780762788736
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Day Trips® from Tampa Bay Book Review:

Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with this fun and friendly guide. For local travelers seeking new adventures in their own backyards as well as for vacationers looking to experience all the excitement the area has to offer, each Day Trips® guide offers hundreds of activities to do, sights to see, and secrets to discover within a two- to three-hour drive and a route map for each itinerary. Complete with full trip-planning information including where to go, what to see, where to eat, where to shop as well as where to stay options for those who want to extend their Day Trip into a weekend. In Spring 2012 we are proud to be publishing six all new guides—The Carolinas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Tampa and St. Petersburg, and the Twin Cities—as well as an updated edition of Day Trips from Kansas City.

Florida

Florida
Author: N.A
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2006
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105122271468
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


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The Rough Guide to Andalucia (Travel Guide eBook)

The Rough Guide to Andalucia (Travel Guide eBook)
Author: Eva Hibbs,Geoff Garvey,Joanna Styles,Rough Guides
Publsiher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited
Total Pages: 616
Release: 2018-06-01
ISBN 10: 1789194202
ISBN 13: 9781789194203
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Rough Guide to Andalucia (Travel Guide eBook) Book Review:

Discover this mesmerising region of Spain with the most incisive and entertaining guidebook on the market. Whether you plan to hike in the Sierra Nevada National Park, marvel at the world-famous Alhambra or discover Malaga's burgeoning art scene, The Rough Guide to Andalucia will show you the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way. Independent, trusted reviews written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, to help you get the most out of your visit, with options to suit every budget. Full-colour chapter maps throughout - to explore the steep alleyways of Granada's Albaicin or wander Seville's orange tree-lined streets without needing to get online. Stunning images - a rich collection of inspiring colour photography. Things not to miss - Rough Guides' rundown of the best sights and experiences in Andalucia. Itineraries - carefully planned routes to help you organize your trip. Detailed coverage - this travel guide has in-depth practical advice for every step of the way. Areas covered include: Malaga; Cadiz; Seville; Huelva; Cordoba; Jaen; Granada; Almeria; Costa del Sol; The White Towns; Costa de la Luz; Gibraltar; Las Alpujarras; Ronda. Attractions include: Museo Picasso; La Giralda and Cathedral (Seville); Alcazar (Seville); Mezquita; Medina Azahara; Alhambra; Capilla Real (Granada). Basics - essential pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, accommodation, food and drink, festivals and events, sports and more. Background information - a Contexts chapter devoted to history, the background of flamenco, recommended books and a useful language section. Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with The Rough Guide to Andalucia. About Rough Guides: Escape the everyday with Rough Guides. We are a leading travel publisher known for our "tell it like it is" attitude, up-to-date content and great writing. Since 1982, we've published books covering more than 120 destinations around the globe, with an ever-growing series of ebooks, a range of beautiful, inspirational reference titles, and an award-winning website. We pride ourselves on our accurate, honest and informed travel guides.

Midnight Pass

Midnight Pass
Author: Jaime Forth
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 255
Release: 2019-11-25
ISBN 10: 9781704821689
ISBN 13: 1704821681
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Midnight Pass Book Review:

First, there were the Fab Fifties. Then, the Swinging Sixties. But the Seventies was the decade of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll. And on a sleepy, sunny little island called Siesta Key in the clear turquoise waters of Southwest Florida, the seventies culture would radically affect two men and the woman they both loved. Danny was a psychologist, happy with his job, his pretty young girlfriend, and his extracurricular relationships. Winnie was an artist's model, protected by wealth and a mischievous independent nature. But when Danny's college friend, the dark, mysterious Brysen, moved to the island to set up his rare books business, he also set in motion a chain of events that would forever affect the destiny of the three of them. Set against the backdrop of the '70s, Midnight Pass is the story of tension and desire, beauty and regret, and the power of destiny to shape and to heal. Loyalties would be tested, territorial skirmishes would ensue, and passions would collide as Brysen's mystery unraveled. And the profound and unforeseen consequences would go far beyond the decade in which it all began.

The Cool Impossible

The Cool Impossible
Author: Eric Orton,Rich O'Brien
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-05-23
ISBN 10: 1471130517
ISBN 13: 9781471130519
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Cool Impossible Book Review:

Eric Orton has spent a lifetime learning about running and the limitless possibilities of the human body and mind, and now he is ready to share his knowledge in a book that will open up a new world of achievement for runners everywhere. For Orton, this is a chance to instruct and inspire. For the running reader, it is a chance to make amazing new strides. The Cool Impossibleis intended for runners and aspiring runners of all levels of ability and experience, from those contemplating their first steps, to seasoned marathoners seeking to unlock the full range of their capabilities. Starting from the feet up, Eric guides the reader through his technique for building the perfect running body. With characteristic enthusiasm and directness, Orton will draw on the inspiration of the Tarahumara Indian runners and take the reader through his devoted training programme, complete with advice on nutrition and real-world applications, as well as Orton's concept of The Cool Impossible, the belief that 'the greatest reward from running is the opportunity to do more', not just in running but in life in general.

No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Publsiher: Harlequin
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2018-09-10
ISBN 10: 1488037868
ISBN 13: 9781488037863
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


No Ordinary Man Book Review:

A fan-favorite from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, originally published in 1996. He was the sexiest guy she’d ever met. And that was about all Jess Baxter knew about her newest tenant. Rob Carpenter was a master at dodging questions, and igniting her desires. With just one of his searing kisses, Jess was hotter than the Florida sun. Then the murders started—all women who looked liked her. And the profile of the killer matched Rob. Was he an innocent victim—or had his burning kisses only been a smoke screen?

Fragile Beasts

Fragile Beasts
Author: Tawni O'Dell
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2010-03-23
ISBN 10: 9780307462572
ISBN 13: 0307462579
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Fragile Beasts Book Review:

When their hard-drinking, but loving, father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, their town’s matriarch, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boys’ story. Candace Jack doesn’t have an ounce of maternal instinct, yet for reasons she does not even understand herself, she is compelled to offer them a home. Suddenly, the two boys go from living in a small, run-down house on a gravel road to a stately mansion filled with sumptuous furnishings and beautiful artwork—artwork that’s predominantly centered, oddly, on bullfighting. And then there’s Miss Jack’s real-life bull: Ventisco—a regal, hulking, jet-black beast who roams the land she owns with fiery impudence. Kyle adjusts more easily to the transition. A budding artist, he finds a kindred spirit in Miss Jack. But local baseball hero Klint refuses to warm up to his new benefactress and instead throws himself into his game with a fierceness that troubles his little brother. Klint is not just grieving his father’s death; he’s carrying a terrible secret that he has never revealed to anyone. Unbeknownst to the world, Candace Jack has a secret too—a tragic, passionate past in Spain that the boys’ presence threatens to reveal as she finds herself caring more for them than she ever believed possible. From the muted, bruised hills of Pennsylvania coal country to the colorful, flamboyant bull rings of southern Spain, Tawni O’Dell takes us on a riveting journey not only between two completely different lands, but also between seemingly incompatible souls, casting us under her narrative spell in which characters and places are rendered with fragile tenderness. From the Hardcover edition.

The Cat Sitter's Cradle

The Cat Sitter's Cradle
Author: John Clement,Blaize Clement
Publsiher: Minotaur Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2013-07-09
ISBN 10: 1250030285
ISBN 13: 9781250030283
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Cat Sitter's Cradle Book Review:

Blaize Clement won fans all over the world with the charm and wit of her pet-sitting mysteries. Now, with the help of her son, author John Clement, Blaize's beloved heroine Dixie Hemingway is back for yet another thrilling adventure in this critically-acclaimed series. Dixie has built a nice, quiet life for herself in the sleepy town of Siesta Key, a sandy resort island off the coast of Florida. In fact, her pet-sitting business is going so well she's even taken on part-time help: Kenny, a handsome young surfer who lives alone in a rickety old houseboat. But things get a little messy when, on an early morning walk in the park with a client's schnauzer, Dixie makes a shocking discovery. Hidden among the leafy brambles is a homeless girl, alone and afraid, cradling a newborn baby in her arms. Dixie takes the young girl under her wing, even though she's just been hired by Roy Harwick, the snarky executive of a multi-national oil company, to care for his equally snarky Siamese cat, Charlotte, along with his wife's priceless collection of rare, tropical fish. It's not long before Dixie stumbles upon a dead body in the unlikeliest of places, and soon she's set adrift in a murky and dangerous world in which no one is who they appear to be. Smart, fast-paced and entertaining, The Cat Sitter's Cradle is a perfect illustration of why Dixie's loyal fans have come to know and love her and eagerly await the next installment of her adventures.

The Eagle and Brooklyn

The Eagle and Brooklyn
Author: Henry Ward Beecher Howard,Arthur N. Jervis
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 1195
Release: 1893
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: MINN:31951P01018522V
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Eagle and Brooklyn Book Review:

The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness

The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness
Author: Florence Hartley
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 340
Release: 1872
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UIUC:30112065712595
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness Book Review:

The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, And Manual of Politeness: A Complete Handbook for the Use of the by Florence Hartley, first published in 1872, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation. Restoration Editors' mission is to bring long out of print manuscripts back to life. Some smudges, annotations or unclear text may still exist, due to permanent damage to the original work. We believe the literary significance of the text justifies offering this reproduction, allowing a new generation to appreciate it.

Swift as Desire

Swift as Desire
Author: Laura Esquivel
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2002-08-27
ISBN 10: 1400033268
ISBN 13: 9781400033263
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Swift as Desire Book Review:

As the millions of fans of Like Water for Chocolate know, Laura Esquivel is a romanticist whose novels explore the power of love and the truths of the human heart. She returns to those themes in Swift as Desire, the story of a loving and passionate man who has the gift of bringing happiness to everyone except his own wife. The hero of this novel is Júbilo Chi, a telegraph operator who is born with the ability to “hear” people’s true feelings and respond to their most intimate, unspoken desires. His life changes forever the day he falls deeply and irrevocably in love with Lucha, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family. She believes money is necessary to insure happiness, while for Júbilo, who is poor, love and desire are more important than possessions. But their passion for each other enables them to build a happy life together -- until their idyll is shattered by a terrible event that drives them bitterly apart. Only years later, as Júbilo lies dying, is his daughter able to unravel the mystery behind her parents’ long estrangement and bring about a surprising reconciliation.

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana
Author: Marc Shapiro
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2000-11-05
ISBN 10: 0312276338
ISBN 13: 9780312276331
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Carlos Santana Book Review:

Carlos Santana took the music world by storm back in 1969 with his thrilling performance at the Woodstock festival. He was the first guitarist to skillfully blend fiery rock riffs with Latin, blues and sensuous Afro-Cuban rhythms to create a unique and unforgettable sound. His vision to create innovative melodies has earned him a magnitude of critical praise and acclaim over his illustrious career. But, the road to success has been a rocky, uphill climb. The middle child of seven children, Carlos Santana was born on July 20, 1947 in a tiny Mexican village where the homes were comprised of brick and mud, and there was no running water or lights. But, what his parents couldn't give in material wealth, they heaped upon their children in love. It was after the family moved to Tijuana that twelve year old Carlos developed his talent for the guitar and his reputation as a formidable musician spread. In 1968 Columbia Records signed on the Santana Blues Band and they began in earnest to work on an album that would include such popular Latin and soul favorites as "Black Magic Woman," "Evil Ways," and "Oye Como Va". On August 15, 1969, the Santana band was given the opportunity to play Woodstock before the release of their first album and this performance would forever be etched in fans' minds as a key moment in rock history. The Santana Blues Bands went from obscurity to instant recognition. Shortly thereafter, rumblings of discontent were echoed within the group with the volatile mixture of drug abuse, personality clashes, and the frustrations over the musical direction the band, ultimately leading to the demise of the group. Following the breakup, Carlos Santana delved deeper into the meditative arts and spirituality. The succession of albums that followed were greeted with critical acclaim, but moderate success. In the late 90's, Santana begin working on a new album under the creative direction of Clive Davis, head of Arista Records. In a brilliant union of collaborating with younger artists as Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Rob Thomas, the album, Supernatural was a commercial smash. It sold over thirteen million copies, and appealed to both the baby boomers and the teenage crowd. Carlos Santana became the star of the 2000 Grammys, and Supernatural won several awards including, Best Rock Album of the Year, Song of the Year for "Smooth", and Album of the Year. With a career that spans three decades, Carlos Santana p0has proven that talent, determination, and passion are the keys to longevity in a business that is obsessed with youth and beauty. Against the odds, he has defied the rule of convention and made an incredible comeback. His story is timeless, inspirational, and he has undoubtedly proven himself to be the king of the guitar.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Author: Daniel H. Pink
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2018-01-09
ISBN 10: 0735210640
ISBN 13: 9780735210646
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing Book Review:

The instant New York Times Bestseller #1 Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller Instant Washington Post Bestseller "Brims with a surprising amount of insight and practical advice." --The Wall Street Journal Daniel H. Pink, the #1 bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home. Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married? In When, Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

The House of Impossible Loves

The House of Impossible Loves
Author: Cristina López Barrio
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 319
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 0547661193
ISBN 13: 9780547661193
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The House of Impossible Loves Book Review:

Cursed to suffer tragic love affairs and give birth to equally cursed daughters, a family of women in 20th-century Spain and France and their colorful inner circle watch over a youngest daughter's passionate affair with a landowner who leaves her pregnant and determined to make redemptive changes. 30,000 first printing.

Midnight Pass

Midnight Pass
Author: Stuart M. Kaminsky
Publsiher: Forge Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2010-04-01
ISBN 10: 9781429912648
ISBN 13: 1429912642
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Midnight Pass Book Review:

Lew Fonesca is a guy just trying to get along. When his wife died in a senseless auto wreck, he got up and left his old life--and when his car gave out in sunny Sarasota, Florida, he stayed. He takes small process-serving gigs and various odd jobs helping people out, and he tries, although maybe not as hard as he should, to fix the gaping hole in his heart. But for a man who just wants to ease through life without any complications, Lew has a pretty full plate. The shrink that Lew's been seeing for more than a year wants him to finally dump all the grief that he's carrying around so he can have more than a half-life. And Sally, the pretty single mom and social worker who has helped Lew in the past, wants to deepen their friendship. On top of that, a local minister asks him to find a town council member who has gone missing just before a crucial vote that could ruin a struggling community, and a distraught father comes to Lew to track down his wife and two kids, who Lew suspects ran off with the man's best friend. When people start showing up dead, Lew knows he's in way over his head--and this time he may not be able make it all come out okay. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

THE SUN ALSO RISES

THE SUN ALSO RISES
Author: HEMINGWAY ERNEST.
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 9781789505108
ISBN 13: 1789505100
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


THE SUN ALSO RISES Book Review:

100 Simple Secrets Why Dogs Make Us Happy

100 Simple Secrets Why Dogs Make Us Happy
Author: David Niven, PhD
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2009-03-17
ISBN 10: 0061738115
ISBN 13: 9780061738111
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


100 Simple Secrets Why Dogs Make Us Happy Book Review:

Why do people who have dogs live happier, longer, and more fulfulling lives? Sociologists and veterinarians have spent years investigating the positive effects that dogs have on people's health and happiness yet their findings are inaccessible to ordinary people, hidden in obscure journals to be shared with other experts. Now the international bestselling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series has collected the most current and significant data from more than a thousand of the best scientific studies on the profound relationship between humans and our canine companions. These findings have been boiled down to the one hundred essential ways dogs positively impact our lives. Each fact is accompanied by a inspiring true story. If you love your dog, and science tells us that you do, this book will inspire and entertain. Communicate Better: It sounds odd to say a creature that communicates with barking and body language can have such a profound effect on human communication. But by providing a common point of reference and concern, dogs help us to feel a connection to other humans. That connection makes us feel more comfortable communicating with each other. When meeting a new person, the presence of a dog reduces the time before people feel comfortable while talking with each other by 45 percent. Live Longer: There is perhaps no better gift that dogs offer us humans than this simple fact. People who care for a dog live longer, healthier lives than those who do not. On average, people who cared for dogs during their lives lived 3 years longer than people who never had a dog. No Monkey Business: Primates are genetically more similar to humans than any other creature. But try to tell a chimpanzee something and you will be hard pressed to get your message across. Dogs are uniquely attuned to the messages we send. Dogs study humans and have evolved to build social skills that help them to function around us. Dogs are 52 percent more likely to follow human cues such as pointing toward a source of food than are primates. Around the Block: Good habits are often misunderstood as difficult or unpleasant chores. But there is tremendous value in the simple act of taking a walk. Walking not only burns calories, it also decreases stress. Having a dog means regularly talking walks – it's something you do for your dog but in truth your dog is doing for you. Dog owners walk 79 percent farther in an average week than non–dog owners.