“Better Human: It’s a Full-time Job”
by Ronda Conger (Boise); Elevate ($21.95)
Learn the secrets behind becoming a better human. One thing that’s not a secret? Doing so is a full-time job. It takes discipline to become a better human in your own life. Better Human is not just a book; it’s a branded movement to help you excel at everything you do in life.
Whether you’re an executive, employee, stay-at-home mom or entrepreneur, “Better Human” gives you the knowledge and direction to adjust the very fabric of your life. Ronda Conger practices what she preaches by leading, inspiring and sharing what she has learned with others. Her book and the Better Human movement will show you the way.
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“The American Lineman: Honoring the Evolution and Importance of One of the Nation’s Toughest, Most Admired Professions”
by Alan Drew (Idaho); Northwest Lineman College Press ($59.95)
Electricity, perhaps the cornerstone of Western civilization in the 20th century and beyond, has a luminous history. The linemen who built the electric power systems stretching across the United States are the unsung heroes of the country’s history and progress. Here, the lineman’s story is illustrated in comprehensive, fascinating detail for the first time. They faced terrible bouts of weather, rigorously long hours, and dangerously energized power lines, and the job of a power lineman is still considered one of the most dangerous professions. With over 250,000 linemen employed in the U.S. today, their work is no less important now more than a hundred years after the spread of commercial electricity.
In a collaborative effort to bring the history of the lineman to the general public across the world, Alan Drew and the Northwest Lineman College (NLC) have created this beautiful depiction of the lineman’s footprint on America. It is a magnificent portrayal of an industry little known by the public, yet which has arguably been as instrumental to the course of U.S. history as the oil or railroading industries. With more than 500 photos and illustrations, “The American Lineman: Honoring the Evolution and Importance of One of the Nation’s Toughest, Most Admired Professions” is the perfect book for anyone affiliated with or intrigued by the power delivery industry and its influence in America.
“Anybody Seen Dan Lovett? Memoirs of a Media Nomad”
by Dan Lovett (former Payette resident); Balboa Press ($43.95)
A 1959 graduate of Payette High School, Dan Lovett applied his days in Idaho as a radio broadcaster during high school to a journey that took him to the biggest media market in America. His time with ABC Radio and Television in New York City led to his coverage of 17 Super Bowls, 10 World Series and 8 Olympics. Along the way he became friends with such athletes as baseball superstar Harmon Killebrew, also a graduate of Payette High; four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt; Notre Dame Heisman trophy winner Paul Hornung; Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini; and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. Lovett’s media memoirs also recall covering the attempted jump of the Snake River Canyon by Evel Knievel; a concert in Houston with The Beatles; and his assignment as the youngest war correspondent in South Vietnam in 1966.
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