Archive for March, 2012

Books on Backup & Recovery: Prevent your PC from Losing Important Files

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

World Backup Day is here and it’s time to backup your PC and other memory storage device. Backup your memories and financial information and check your old backup restores, this is what the motto of this unique day. Celebrated every year on March 31, this day is proclaimed to nudge all the computerized systems/organizations, PC owners and other tech-savvy to back up their essential files, information and documents and check the old one.

Technical experts are good at backup process and continue to ensure their data security. But, there are many people and organizations that have never backed up their important files because they don’t know about it or think it’s too hard. For them, we have brought forth a list of Books on Backup & Recovery that will not only encourage them to backup their memories, but can also teach them how to perform backup and recovery to avoid loss of data from machines.

After making a rigorous research through our stock of innumerable Computing and Internet Books, we have picked following books:

Backup & Recovery: Inexpensive Backup Solutions for Open Systems – Written by W. Curtis Preston, an expert in designing data protection systems, this book is packed with practical, freely available backup and recovery solutions for Unix, Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X systems along with various databases. This new guide is a complete revamp of Unix Backup & Recovery by the same author, fully revised and expanded version with over 75% new material.

Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy – The success of information backup systems does not rest on IT administrators alone. Rather, a well-designed backup system comes about only when several key factors amalgamate – business involvement, IT acceptance, best practice designs, enterprise software, and reliable hardware. Through this book, Preston De Guise offers organizations a comprehensive understanding of the principles and features involved in effective enterprise backups. It also provides techniques for analyzing and improving current backup system performance.

Implementing Backup and Recovery: The Readiness Guide for the Enterprise – Offering a comprehensive knowledge of the backup systems for both UNIX and Windows NT, this book provides the readers with a detailed, step-by-step guide for planning and full implementation of backup systems. The personal tips and strategic and tactical advice gained from many successful enterprises, as given by the authors, David A. Chapa and David B Little, are quite useful and result-oriented. Further, the author makes use of VERITAS NetBackup product to illustrate backup system functions, offering a clear understanding of the subject.

Oracle Database 10g RMAN Backup & Recovery – This book offers sound data backup and disaster recovery strategies with the proper guidance by the experts Matthew Hart and Robert Freeman, authors of the book. In this volume, the authors explain you, step by step, how to set up RMAN-ready databases, create reliable backup tapes and discs, and perform accurate Oracle system restores. Just go through this book and learn how to use RMAN from the command line and from Enterprise Manager, generate meaningful lists and reports, and automate administrative tasks using third-party media management tools. While reading this book, you’ll also be trained to perform incremental backups, Flashback recoveries, and database cloning.

Real World Mac Maintenance and Backups – Mac users spends only a few time to make reliable backups and perform regular maintenance on their Mac. This led them to regret, when something goes wrong with their Mac system. That’s where this book of Macintosh expert, Joe Kissell can help. Besides learning how to keep your Mac running smoothly with a set of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks, you will also learn a rock-solid backup strategy here in this book that protects all your important data at the time of catastrophe.

Pro Data Backup And Recovery – Good backup and recovery strategies are the keys to the success door for any organization as administrators of a system have to protect large amounts of critical data as well as design backup solutions that are scalable and optimized to meet changing conditions. In this book, the author, Steven Nelson, spans some of the more common backup applications, such as Symantec NetBackup/BackupExec, EMC NetWorker, and CommVault.

If you are among those who are in need of these kinds of books, you can have copies of them from Printsasia.com. Also, we invite our readers to share and comment, if they want to add some more relevant titles in this list.

5 Books to Read on the US National Doctors’ Day 2012

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

National Doctors’ Day is celebrated in the United States every year on March 30 as a tribute to the contribution of physicians who serve the nation by offering health care to its citizens.

Now, we want our readers to go ahead with it and cherish their family doctors and doctor friends or family members by gifting them some worth-reading books concerning medicine world.

Our editorial team has done thorough research to fish out some inspirational books from the abundance of Medical Books available with us.  Informative and inspirational, these books are fitting to gift to the doctors in your life, especially those who are new entries in the world of medicine.

Those very books are enlisted below to let you choose from  the list and then pick from Printsasia.com:

Doctors: The Biography of Medicine by Sherwin B. Nuland – While presenting compelling studies of great innovators and pioneers of the medicine world, this very book tells an extraordinary story of the development of modern medicine. In this book, the author covers the lives of the world famous physician-scientists ranging from the legendary Father of Medicine, Hippocrates to Andreas Vesalius, whose Renaissance masterwork on anatomy offered invaluable new insight into the human body, to Helen Taussig, the founder of pediatric cardiology and co-inventor of the original “blue baby” operation?

Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli“The best brief account of the Auschwitz experience available.”The New York Review of Books.

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared from death for a grimmer fate: to perform “scientific research” on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the infamous “Angel of Death”, Dr. Josef Mengele. Miraculously, he survived to archive his petrifying experiences under Nazis and came up with this book.

Doctors Who Followed Christ: 32 Biographies of Historic Physicians and Their Christian Faith by Dan Graves – We can better account this book as a coffers of healthcare heroes including such notable physicians as Hodgkin, Paget, Short, and Koop. While covering the inspirational stories of 32 great Physicians of all time, this book provides insight to doctors and patients alike. Pages contributed to each doctors have their detailed biographies followed by a brief overview of the major contributions each doctor made to the medical field.

The Creation of Doctor B: A Biography of Bruno Bettelheim by Richard Pollak – Certainly a biography, this book is although much more than a simple account of the life of the renowned psychologist Bruno Bettelheim. Dr. Bettelheim often regarded as a “Saint” by his followers, but in this book the author unveils his real personality. That most of the life of this influential psychotherapist was marked by deception, faked credentials, exaggerated data, abuse of the children in his care, plagiarism, and a success rate with patients lower than the therapist reported.

On Call: A Doctor’s Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue, M.D. – In this book, Dr. Emily R. Transue shares her experiences that she had while working as a resident in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Well-compiled, this collection of her stories conveys vividly, sometimes painfully the atmosphere of overwork, exhaustion and insecurity in which a resident works; the long shifts and sleepless nights, the moments when she cannot contain her tears, the times when she is haunted by fears that she has made the wrong decision.

Our readers are most welcome to share and comment to us their personal choices in Medical Books to support this very occasion.

The Best Children Books to gift your Kids: Readers’ Choice

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Trust, it would be a herculean tasks otherwise to come up with some of the best Children Books had our facebooks connects not helped us in this. Yesterday, we posted a question on our facebook page wall: What’s the best Children Book/s that you would love to gift your kids??  The choices of our facebook connections for the best Children Book are really praiseworthy.

Enlisted here the titles of those Children Books that our readers would love to pick for their children:

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch – This book is really a best one to refer to your kids. It presents the inexplicable relationship of a mother and her child. The story begins with a mother singing to her sleeping baby: “I’ll love you forever / I’ll love you for always / As long as I’m living / My baby you’ll be.” She keeps singing the same song as her baby grows to a 2-year-old, a 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. But their roles reversed when the mother has grown too old and sick to hold her son. This is a heart-touching story that’ll help your kids understanding the warmth of your relationship with them.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go Pop-Up by Dr. Seuss – This is a joyous pop-up transformation of all time favorite children classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! written by veteran children author, Dr. Seuss. The wonderfully compiled classic version of the book has a cheerful ode that will help your kids finding his/her path through the maze of life. Now, with the addition of the glorious pop-ups and special effects by paper engineer David A. Carter, the influence of the original text has increased manifolds.

The Little Mermaid – The universal story of The Little Mermaid and her longings for freedom, independence, and love is always a best read for a kid. This world-famous folklore has inspired many children authors like Hans Christian Andersen, RH Disney, Stephanie Calmenso and Deborah Hautzig, to re-write it in their own versions or ways of entertaining and motivating children.

The Witches by Roald Dahl – Scary, funny, imaginative, all at once, this fairytale can keep your kid excited and entertained till the last page. This is the story of a seven-year-old boy, his wise old grandmother, the hero in the tale, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches. Illustration by Quentin Blake adds more effect to the terror and fun of this story.

Matilda by Roald Dahl – This hilarious and thought-provoking story of a genius girl named Matilda is a must-read for any kid. Even its recent movie version has received a grand applause by the audiences. Genius Matilda has not only dealt subtly with her loud and obnoxious parents but also “Miss Trunchbull”, her Head Mistress, the ex-Olympic hammer-thrower, to help out Miss Honey, her teacher and only supporter.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – This is another timeless children classic by Dr. Seuss in the list of readers’ choices for the best children books. Ever since its first publication in 1960, this book has kept delighting and mesmerizing its readers. This is the story of Sam-I-Am who mounts a determined campaign to convince a nameless skeptical character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham–in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, with a goat, on a boat, but to no avail.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Richard Howard – This is a Richard Howard’s new translation of the all time beloved classic originally written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts get interrupted one day by the apparition of a little prince.

This book will let your kids feel high ecstasy, a really good one to gift them on special occasions.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – A tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation, which never harm the vulnerability of your kids but helps them understanding the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return. This is the story about love and sacrifice of an apple tree for a little boy and their affectionate relationship. This book by Shel Silverstein is counted among the most inspiring moral stories ever.

If any of these books you want to get for your kids, you can browse through our mega online bookstore, Printsasia.com. Also, we invite our readers to share and comment, if they have some more titles in their minds to insert in this list.

Readers’ Reference for the Books to be turned into Great Movies

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

It is proved that well-compiled books can be blockbusters. When we asked our facebook connections to give their reference for “The book that might be turned into a great movie” through a question we posted yesterday on our facebook Page Wall, we got about some really great titles. We heartily appreciate their choices and if film producers around, you have the clue.

Let’s see what book titles were desired to be watched on screen:

Empress by Karen Miller – This is the story of Hekat, a beautiful but poor girl. In a family torn apart by poverty and violence, Hekat is no more than an unwanted mouth to feed, worth only a few coins from a passing slave trader. But Hekat was not born to be a slave. For her, a different path has been chosen. It is a path that will take her from stinking back alleys to the house of her God, from blood-drenched battlefields to the glittering palaces of Mijak.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King – This is a psychological horror novel featuring the protagonist Trisha, a 9-years old girl have detached from her family during a trip and lost in the labyrinth of a deep and never-ending forest full of peril and terror.

As Trisha has only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, and only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fears, she imagines that Tom Gordon, her favorite baseball player, is with her — protecting her from all the odds of the woods.

The Long Walk by Stephen King – Considered as one of the 100 best books for teenage readers, this book has got to be one of Stephen King’s greatest short stories.

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as “The Long Walk” that has some hard-hitting rules. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.  All the 100 succumbed to the rules of the game except the protagonist, Raymond Davis Garraty, a 16-year-old boy. What were the consequences will leave you with hunted face.

The Witching Hour and other books of the “Lives of the Mayfair Witches” series by Anne Rice – Our readers has shown interest to watch on the screen The Witching Hour and the other books of the “Lives of the Mayfair Witches” series. This series written by the horror author Anne Rice features the Mayfair family of witches and their connection to a spirit named Lasher, spanning several generations. The books of this series may turn out to be the great movies for paranormal fantasy fans.

When the Wind Blows by James Patterson – This book is another great choice of our readers to be adapted into a movie. This book is focused on Frannie O’Neill, a talented Colorado veterinarian who is haunted by her husband’s murder. But, as the course of her life is about to change again, another bizarre killing is happened. Then, Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent arrives on her doorstep. A strange and astonishing eleven years old girl with wings, named Max helps them to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science.

The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession by Paulo Coelho – Even in our opinion, this book can be turned into a blockbuster movie.

This is a story narrated by a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges that money and the status of celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover. One day the narrator finds Mikhail who promises to reunite him with his wife.

Was Esther kidnapped, murdered, or did she simply escape a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator doesn’t have any answers, but he has plenty of questions of his own. In his attempt to bring back a lost love, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.

How I Saved My Father’s Life (and Ruined Everything Else) by Ann HoodThis is story of a twelve-year-old girl Madeline who believes that she can perform miracles. And her biggest one to date is saving her father from an avalanche. But, unfortunately, he divorces Madeline’s mother after his recovery, writes a book about the avalanche, becomes a celebrity, and marries to other woman. Amid all the miseries of her life, Madeline learns the true meaning of faith and family.

If you missed giving your reference, you can now share and comment your personal choice with us. Also, if the above mentioned books match your interest, you may grab copies of these from Printsasia.com and gift your beloved ones to read and admire.

Books on Art: Randomly Picked for You

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

This blog-post is dedicated to all those readers who are connected with the beautiful and ever-inspiring world of Art in some way. With the support of our editorial team, we have managed to shortlist some most productive and informative Books on Art compiled by the veterans of the Art World.

To make the blog post clear and concise, we have come up with a list of  Books on Art that is classified in five most popular Art categories. Each of the categories is having two books to read, which we consider are best epitomizing their respective categories and must be fruitful to the readers concerning field of art. Here’s the list:

1)    Drawing Books – This category includes books about fine art drawing for artists and those wanting to learn how to draw.

The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Pretty helpful for self-improvers, this book is an excellent pick for adults who haven’t picked up a pencil for years to draw on papers. Children may also find this interesting productive as Betty Edwards takes a reader-friendly approach to teach people how to draw.

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers – Popular visual journalist and author Danny Gregory in this book have collected the excerpts from the personal visual journals of  top illustrators, designers and artists from the globe, offering a sneak peek into their worlds of creative imaginations. Designers and artists concerning all mediums will find insight and inspiration from this book for their creative lives.

2)    Painting Books – This category is about books about fine art painting for artists and those wanting to learn how to paint or improve their painting.

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter – This is a book for students and amateurs and all those who want to know more about the connection of color and light and how these two interact in life and in a painting. Author James Gurney examines how light reveals form, the properties of color and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. It is comprehensive guide with a glossary, pigment index, and bibliography that will ultimately become an indispensible tool for any artist.

Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist – An award-winning fantasy artist, James Gurney instructs and inspires in this book on How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist. Through this book, he teaches budding artists and fans of fantasy art step-by-step the techniques that help creating believable pictures of imaginary subjects, such as dinosaurs, ancient Romans, alien creatures, and distant worlds.

3)    Artists – This category includes books about fine artists from any movement, period or style and their works.

Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali & the Artists of Optical Illusion – This book examines the artistic creations which manipulate perspective so cleverly that they simply outwit our brains, creating an optical illusion. It will help you understand how optical trick works. Including the very famous waterfall image created by Escher, this book focuses on different masterworks of several artists of optical illusions.

Wall and Piece – This book revealing the art works of Banksy, Britain’s now-legendary “guerilla” street artist, has been both the best selling and top rated book for a very long time. Bansky has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. His works not only found places in New York City’s major art museums, but also exhibited at London’s Tate Gallery.

4)    Art History – This category covers the books having overviews of the history of art which are not restricted to one artist only.

The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern – In this book, the author Carol Strickland offers an illustrated tutorial of prehistoric to post-modern art from cave paintings to video art installations to digital and Internet media. A comprehensive guide to explore about the changing forms of art.

Art: A World History – Covering a long list of artists from ancient times to present, this book provides timelines and interesting facts like brief bios of artist, the current locations of the featured masterpieces, and the official names of each artistic period. Along with tons of images, it dedicates a few pages to each artist to describe his/her art forms and works.

5)    Art Business – Books which we dedicate to this category feature practical aspects of the business of art for artists and the inspiring stories of people in the art business.

Seven Days in the Art World – In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton reveals that business, personal quests and personality cults, and big bucks are the cardinal points in the contemporary art world. She investigates the drama of a Christie’s auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami’s studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Art forum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale.

How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul – This is an ultimate guide to taking control of your career and making a good living in the art world. By the good worth of her nearly three decades of experience, Caroll Michels offers a wealth of insider’s information on getting into a gallery, being your own PR agent, and negotiating prices, as well as innovative marketing, exhibition, and sales opportunities for various artistic disciplines.

Here, in this blog-post, we are just concentrated on the most popular forms of Fine Art – Drawing and Paintings. But our specific category of Art Books has a long-stretched boundary with books on many other forms of Art like Calligraphy, Cave, Clipart, Color, Creations, Design, Drawing, Erotic, Exhibitions, Florals, Iconography, Landscape, Mehndi, Mosaic, Museums, Music, Painting, Photography, Printing, Sculpture, Seascape, Sketch, Symbolic, Types of Dances, Typography, etc. You can look for books on Art form of your choice.

This list offers you only a glimpse of our Art Books storage. Browse through the whole lot of Books on Art available at our mega Online Bookstore, Printsasia.com.

Playwright Tennessee William – A Legendary as Matchless as His Works

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.” — Tennessee Williams

March, 26 is the great day for everyone concerning theater, especially in America, as this is the birthday of the legendary Playwright Tennessee Williams who influenced productively the American theater as well as theaters worldwide.  He had a reflective effect on American playwrights and actors as well.  Happy Birthday to Tennessee Williams.

Hundred and one years ago right from today, when a newborn arrived in the family of a shoe salesman, Cornelius Williams living in Columbus, Mississippi, no one had the realization that this starlet would become a star playwright of the twentieth century, and rule the world of theater in the United States for coming back-to-back decades.

Considered as the greatest Southern playwright, Tennessee Williams ruled the hearts of theater aficionados in contemporary America by authoring more than 24 full-length plays. The most popular ones of all of them are The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The latter two even won him Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Most of his works were later adapted in films and did as great on screen as on theater.

In the words of theater scholar, Charlotte Canning, of the University of Texas where works of Williams’ are archived, “There is no more influential 20th-century American playwright than Tennessee Williams. He inspired future generations of writers like Suzan-Lori Parks, Tony Kushner, David Mamet and John Waters”. His works, which are among the most popular plays of all time, are continued to confront actors to a rich basin of acting challenges.

The Glass Menagerie, his first success, was his memory play of four characters. Protagonist Amanda Wingfield, faded Southern belle, is the most challenging character of all four of them to act. Abandoned by her husband, she is trying to raise her two children, the son Tom and the daughter Laura, under harsh financial conditions. Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura’s romantic illusions regarding a husband are crushed. The Glass Menagerie is accounted by many to be an autobiographical play of Williams with Tom as his own character, his mother, Amanda, and his sickly and (supposedly) mentally ill sister Rose would be Laura.

Play in three acts, A Streetcar Named Desire, first published and produced in 1947, was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama for that year. One of the most admired plays of the time; it concerns the mental and moral disintegration and ultimate ruin of Blanche DuBois, a former Southern belle, the protagonist of the whole act. Her neurotic, genteel pretensions are no match for the harsh realities symbolized by her earthy and realistic brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. With lyrical background, this play reflects haunting loneliness and violence that characters of the play are surrounded with.

Tennessee Williams won another Pulitzer for drama in 1955 for his play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, one of his highly acclaimed works and his personal favorite. The play renders the emotional lies governing relationships in the family of a wealthy Southern cotton tycoon. The patriarch, Big Daddy, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday and his two married sons, Gooper and Brick, have returned for the occasion, the former with his pregnant wife and five children, the latter with his wife Margaret (Maggie). Epitomizing several recurring motifs, such as social mores, greed, superficiality, mendacity, decay, sexual desire, repression, and death, the essence of the play is laid in the interactions between Big Daddy, Brick, and Maggie, the “Cat”.

If you have read any other work of Tennessee Williams, you may share and comment about the same. We will appreciate that. And, if you or your friends or family members want to go through the above mentioned plays, get the copies of the same from Printsasia.com.

Books on Tuberculosis: Prevention is better than Cure

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

“Stopping TB in my lifetime: Call for a world free of TB”. This is the theme of World Tuberculosis Day, 2012 which lends immediacy to the purpose of this day: a global fight against TB. Proclaimed to be held on March, 24 annually, this day is designed to generate awareness in public that TB, in spite of being treatable and preventable, remains an epidemic in much of the world, killing millions of people each year, mostly in third-world countries.

In our opinion, it is books that perfectly support the meaning of the proverb – Prevention is better than Cure. So, we suggest our readers to go through the Books on Tuberculosis to know better about the cause & effect of this contagious and fatal disease as well as the preventions strategies against it.

With the effort of our editorial team, we have come up with a list of such books that will help you to do away with Tuberculosis in your lifetime. Here’s the list:

The White Plague: Tuberculosis, Man and Society – In this book, Jean Dubos argues that the great increase of tuberculosis was closely connected with the rise of an industrial, urbanized society Revealing that the progress of medical science had very little to do with the marked decline in tuberculosis in the past century, the author says the contemporary social class used to view the symptoms of TB as a matter of esteem.  TB was primarily considered as white, upper-class disease.

A Child of Sanitariums: A Memoir of Tuberculosis Survival and Lifelong Disability – This is dramatic memoir of Gloria Paris sharing her experiences with skeletal tuberculosis, which she contracted at the age of five in the 1930s. She recounts her nine years of living in tuberculosis sanatoriums, her treatment there, and her professional and married life after getting released from the disease at the age of 14. Motivational and hilarious, this memoir is a testament to the power of human perseverance and hope.

The Bioarchaeology of Tuberculosis: A Global View on a Reemerging Disease – Whilst working on bones, the authors, Charlotte Roberts and Jane Buikstra are able to follow TB through the ages and into modern times. The authors argue that even though the apparent decline during the first half of the 20th century, tuberculosis has reawakened in both developed and developing countries.  They further outlined the social and environmental factors which need to be considered in order to kill this killer.

Captain of Death: The Story of Tuberculosis – The dramatic story of tuberculosis is told here in a straightforward and accessible style. In this book the author, Thomas M. Daniel, presents the stories of persons connected with the disease, either as victims, or as those who made contributions to our awareness about it. While detailing about the past attempts to eradicate this fatal disease completely, this book offers a comprehensive account of the disease from prehistoric times to the present day.

The Return of the White Plague: Global Poverty and the “New” Tuberculosis – The story of eradication campaign against tuberculosis, which is executed as recently as thirty years ago, is a big medical failure. This collection of failure stories of TB campaigns around the world provides an international survey of current thought on the spread and control of tuberculosis, covering historical, social, political, and medical aspects. This is great work by Matthew Gandy and Alimuddin Zumla.

This list is just scratching the surface. There are available a myriad of Books on Tuberculosis presented by veterans of this field at our bookstore. Our book collection spans titles on every aspects of TB. Therefore, if you miss the title of your choice in this list, you can browse through Printsasia.com and may like to share and comment the same to us.

The Most Popular Books by Women as Recommended by Bibliophiles

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

This blog post is dedicated to all our friends on Facebook for the comments they posted to our yesterday’s question on Printsasia Facebook page wall – What would be your recommendation for “the most popular Book by a woman”??

Let’s see what book aficionados recommended when asked about “the most popular book by a Woman”:

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This is the most successful series of the all time and has broken all the records of fantasy book world.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – A touching tale of love, sisterhood and hardship during the New England Civil War, Little Women narrates the story of the lovable March sisters – Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy – who try to support their mother at home while their father is away at war. While describing the trials and tribulations of their growing age and relationships with one another, Ms. Alcott, in this breakthrough classic, superbly intertwines the bad and good times of their life.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is another classic in the recommendation list of our readers. The central character of this novel is Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of five daughters whom Mrs Bennett is anxious to put into marriage. Her vivacity and wit, her hasty dismissal of superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world, how he improves his manners and Elizabeth changes her mind, are at the centre of this Jane Austen book. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.

Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers – After the success of Twilight, the first novel in the series, consecutive records were set by Stephenie Meyer in the following years. New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn joined back-to-back this series. This series tells about the unusual love story of the protagonists Isabella Swan, a teenage girl and a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. Popularity of this page-turning story is increased with its blockbuster film adaptations.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – First published in 1936, this book is a historical novel set off against the harrowing milieu of the American Civil War. This American classic has a page-turning story in which a manipulative woman, Scarlett O’Hara and a roguish man, Rhett Butler carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Its movie adaptation is also as popular as this book is.

A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford – This is the story of Emma Harte, a successful entrepreneur, who built her retail empire on her own.  Her journey started as a resourceful servant girl who a shrewd determination to make her mark on the world. She honed her skills, discovered the meaning of treachery and learned to survive. She rose from poverty to magnificent wealth which attracted enemies around her. This is a story that presents a vicious cycle of Emma’s struggle and success.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This classic choice of our reader is the story about a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. One of the best-loved classics of all time, this Pulitzer Prize winner book has earned many acclamations since its original publication in 1960.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – A highly-read detective fiction, this book features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, solving the murder mysteries of young and beautiful Linnet Doyle, who is found murdered during a cruise with her husband along the Nile. Poirot is perhaps Agatha Christie’s most interesting and endearing character; short, round, and slightly comical, having a razor-sharp mind. This story is considered as one of his best performance and achievements.

We invite our readers to comment and share if they have some other titles in their mind to add in this list. 

Books on Water: Importance, Safety & Future

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

March 22 is observed as the World Water Day every year. Proposed 20 years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), this day is celebrated as means of spotlighting the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

What you have in your plan chart to support this campaign. Those who have some plans, and even those who have nothing, can follow us to recognize the importance of earth’s most abundant, ubiquitous resource, Water. Read out popular Books on Water and enhance your awareness about this most precious natural resource. With the help of our editorial team, we have sorted out some worthwhile books from the myriad of books on water available with us. Here is the list:

The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century – This book brings forth the facts about dirty water, drought and water politics in the United States. In this remarkable work of investigative journalism, the author Alex Prud’homme narrates a brutal drowning at a waterworks that left the people of New Jersey drinking diluted cadaver juice, while presenting the state of our water infrastructure.

The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water – In this book, Charles Fishman takes you in the secret life of water through a trip from the wet moons of Saturn to the water-obsessed hotels of Las Vegas and from a rice farm in the parched Australian outback to a high-tech IBM plant that makes an exotic breed of pure water. While exploring our strange and complex relationship to water, the author brings our attention to the endangered status of this prime need of living things.

Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind – Written by an anthropologist, Brian M. Fagan, this book presents a cultural history of water, spanning five millennia, from ancient Mesopotamia to the parched present of the Sun Belt. In this book the author sets out three ages of water. In the first age the water was considered sacred; in second age of Industrial Revolution, people started taking water as commodity to be used and exploited and in the third age or say today’s world, the water become an endangered natural resource. At the end author lays stress on the issue of water safety.

When the Rivers Run Dry - In this revolutionary book, veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce travels to more than thirty countries to examine the current state of crucial water sources. Deftly weaving together the complicated scientific, economic, and historic dimensions of the world water crisis, he provides us with a global picture of this growing danger as well as ramifies it throughout the world.

Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water – This is the internationally acclaimed story of the corporate takeover of our most basic resource and the inevitable global water crisis. Through this in-depth examination of rapidly growing ‘global water crisis’, Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, two of the most active opponents to the privatization of water, brings into focus that how contrary to its received wisdom, water mainly flows uphill to the wealthy. A clarion call to people around the world, this book illustrates the statement of the vice president of the World Bank: “The wars of the next century will be about water”.

We invite our readers to comment and share if they want to add some more inspiring title in this list from their end. 

Books for Women: Nice Read, Ladies!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Ladies, are you looking for books that reflect high level of entertainment, inspiration, melancholy, all at once , and  that are written so well that you start believing in what is being addressed in those books? Though it is hard to sort out books  that could appeal to all women, we tried our best to bring forth those books that have been successful in meeting such requirements of women.

Enlisting here some randomly picked books for women from our store. Men can gift these books to the ladies of their life – mother, sister and best friend. This will, consequently, earn the former the precious love, care and support of the latter. Here’s the list of books for women:

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage) by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn – Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, the authors describe in this book how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls. Widely acknowledged, this book will introduce you with some extraordinary women of Africa and Asia who have transformed their dilemmas into a success story. It is surely an inspiring book for women from every walk of life who cater some sort of predicament at diverse phases.

For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn – Since every woman, including the married ones, has been struggling to understand why males behave the way they do, the author through this book helps them out by making them familiar to what the men in their life—boyfriends, brothers, husbands, and sons—are really thinking and feeling. Men want to be understood, but they’re afraid to “freak out” the women they love by confessing their thoughts. This book will guide women in how to provide the loving support that modern men want and need.

Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood – It is being observed globally that so many women become obsessed with the men who are emotionally unavailable, addicted to work, alcohol, or other women and the men who cannot love them back. In this book, the author helps these women recognize, understand, and change the way they love the men of their life through a series of intimate, revealing case histories. If being in love means being in pain for you, just go through this book, it will help you a lot.

Smart Women, Foolish Choices: Finding the Right Men, Avoiding the Wrong Ones by Connell Cowan and Melvyn Kinder – Why is it that so many women have everything going for them-except satisfying personal relationships? In this breakthrough book, two clinical psychologists reveal the surprising answers. Writing from a much-needed male point of view, the authors tell why smart women are magnetically inclined to the wrong men, and how they can change their love-defeating attitudes to confront new opportunities for romantic happiness.

The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU! by Adam Campbell – This is an essential workout guide for every women who want a better body. Beneficial for both the beginners and longtime fitness buffs, this book offers a comprehensive collection of exercises ever created for getting a leaner, healthier and sexier body. It encapsulates hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world’s top trainers.

Great Books for Girls by Kathleen Odean – A great sourcebook that enables women to boost-up their morale as in the books presented by this, girls and women are creative, capable, articulate, and intelligent, solving problems, facing challenges, resolving conflicts, and going on quests. They are not sidekicks or tokens, waiting to be rescued by a male. On contrary, they are doing recuing, fashioning their own stories and their own endings. With more than 600 annotated listings of books, this first-of-its-kind sourcebook of worthwhile reading for Girls instills the power of hope in girls of every age and stage.

 If you find the above mentioned books interesting and helpful, get the copies of them from our mega online bookstore, Printsasia.com. We invite our readers to share and comment if they have  some  other relevant title  to  fit in this list.

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