On the Books Aug. 29: Gwyneth trumps Irene, the economics of being attractive, and more
++ What are the essentials for surviving a hurricane? Flashlights, gas, food … an autographed copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter? For a big crowd at the BookHampton bookstore in East Hampton, Paltrow’s guide to healthy eating (and name-dropping) proved to be a must for waiting out Hurricane Irene.
++ Three news books examine the economic effects of being pretty. (Spoiler alert: Findings show that being attractive will almost always increase your net worth). Familiarize yourself with buzzword “pulchronomics.”
++ Further proving that sex sells, Bookfinder.com released its annual Top 100 Out-of-Print books list. Madonna’s steamy Sex continues to claim the #1 spot.
++ Re-reading Sweet Valley High — was it really as sweet as we remember?
++ One professor proposes an education based solely on reading (in addition to mathematics). Sounds good to me, except for the part about mathematics … but I guess they’re pretty important.
++ For inspiration on turning your tweets into literary gems, look to Alexander Pope.