Below are some of my book recommendations.
ABL – Always Be Learning. I read a lot, mostly non-fiction. I prefer an actual book, to get off line, and turn the paper pages. Though I also enjoy a periodic audio book. Here are some of my book recommendations. If you’re not a reader, then I recommend you listen to these books. You’re likely to find them on Audible or YouTube if you prefer to listen while driving or with your eyes closed. Please don’t drive with your eyes closed though.
Drive Thru Deception: Clues to Detect Deceit by Laurie Ayers – Improve personal relationships & professional exchanges with a proven technique to tell if someone is being deceptive. “Drive Thru Deception” is a handbook of how to uncover deception using words instead of body language. It is the ultimate pocket guide that liars don’t want you to have. Through stories, humor, and dozens of practical tips, Deception Detection Analyst, Laurie Ayers, shows you a method to determine if someone is lying. **I personally know the author and can vouch for what an excellent book this is.
Like a Lampshade In a Whorehouse: My Life In Comedy by Phyllis Diller – Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse is Phyllis Diller’s own story about the struggle and the pain behind the comedy and the success: her Depression-era adolescence; her marriage to the chronically unemployed husband who inspired her most famous comic character, Fang; her desperate attempts to stave off poverty as a professional comic while raising five children; the disastrous club engagements that coincided with homelessness and separation from her young family; and the problems that clouded her stage and screen success when a second marriage unraveled because of her new spouse’s alcoholism and inner demons. **Phyllis never liked the title of this book. She regretted it after it was published and felt it hurt sales. It’s based on a joke she used in her standup comedy set.
Beyond the Spotlight: On the Road With Phyllis Diller by Robin Skone-Palmer – Join Robin beyond the spotlight, on the road with Phyllis Diller, as she recalls her days working as a personal secretary for the beloved, ground-breaking comedienne. The comedienne even endorsed the memoir (before she died), writing on one of those sticky notes she had used so often: “Robin Skone-Palmer has written a book—it is FABULOUS!” Diller’s son Perry also endorsed the book, saying: “I laughed a lot. What a wonderful, insightful, bright observation of a another time and place. You are kind and fair. Thank you for your service to my mother.” **I know the author. She’s a straight shooter. This book provides fabulous insights about Phyllis Diller not found elsewhere.
The Magic of Believing: The Classic Guide to Unlocking the Power of Your Mind by Claude Bristol – In this bestselling self-help book, a successful businessman reveals the secrets behind harnessing the unlimited energies of the subconscious. Millions of readers have benefited from these visualization techniques, which show you how to turn your thoughts and dreams into actions that can lead to enhanced income, happier relationships, increased effectiveness, heightened influence, and improved peace of mind. **This is the book that Phyllis Diller said changed her life. She credits her success to this book. I was curious and had to read it. It was written in 1946, and has been revised many times since. I found the first 40-50 pages pretty deep and a little woo-woo for my liking, but I pushed through. If Phyllis Diller recommended it, I wanted to know why. I was glad I stuck with it. It did turn the page, so to speak, and became a much more enjoyable read for me, after I waded through the first 1/3rd of the book.