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Sunday, January 19, 2014


You know, the Seahawks' game isn't the only thing on television today.  It's not even the best thing on television today because you know who's back?  SHERLOCK!


To get you in the Sherlock mood (as if you aren't already), check out this cool new book:

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock
Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our lives at work and at home?

We can, says psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova, and in Mastermind she shows us how. Beginning with the “brain attic”—Holmes’s metaphor for how we store information and organize knowledge—Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. In doing so, it shows how each of us, with some self-awareness and a little practice, can employ these same methods to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers. For Holmes aficionados and casual readers alike, Konnikova reveals how the world’s most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide to upgrading the mind.

Or maybe Downton Abbey is more your scene.  We've got you covered there too!

Secret Rooms:  A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret by Catherine Bailey

For fans of Downton Abbey: the enthralling true story of family secrets and aristocratic intrigue in the days before WWI.

After the Ninth Duke of Rutland, one of the wealthiest men in Britain, died alone in a cramped room in the servants’ quarters of Belvoir Castle on April 21, 1940, his son and heir ordered the room, which contained the Rutland family archives, sealed. Sixty years later, Catherine Bailey became the first historian given access. What she discovered was a mystery: The Duke had painstakingly erased three periods of his life from all family records—but why? As Bailey uncovers the answers, she also provides an intimate portrait of the very top of British society in the turbulent days leading up to World War I.

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