Books

My husband Lynard has a book review website that is piling up with books. I have no idea how he can read so many books. Once in a while I go to his site and see what he has been doing. He is a busy man.

So far this year Lynard has published two books. They are in paperback and digital formats, available on amazon.com. His newest book is called A Short History of Memory: Neuroscience and the Search for the Mind. Here is the summary of the book:  Memory is the past. Memory is the history of perceptions perceived. In an age in which the world bombards our senses seemingly non-stop, we should have a universe full of memories defining and neatly labeling our past. But what exactly is the past?

Using foundations laid by neuroscience, A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY opens an exploration into the brain that perceives and the mind that remembers and reacts to the past. It starts with a simple question: Where do the images we experience in nightly dreams come from? Dreams are memories. But there are conundrums embedded in this answer which have plagued philosophers and scientists since Aristotle came up with the idea of a soul or mind. What in the past explains the “un-experienced” in memories? Flying unaided over treetops; being chased by eight-legged kittens; meandering through a jasmine scented field of purple flowers? Never experienced, never consciously remembered, yet a dream?

“Suppose we have it all wrong. Suppose our consciousness is the simultaneous act of two entities looking at each other in a fun-house mirror we call the universe…”

From visual perception, to the electro-chemical factory of neurons; from neurotransmitters and millisecond clocks; from dreams to déjà vu experiences: An exploration into the neuroscience of the brain and the inexplicable idea of a self-emerging from opposing forces, A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY provides an empirical bridge between science and the conundrum of consciousness.

Lynard Barnes also published this book called Rolun: 2120. It is an interesting story. Here is the summary of the book:  It is the twenty-second century. It is a time of perfect minds in perfect bodies. Every major aspect of list is controlled by committees and councils – entities without personalities, only acronyms. Into this society of pristine dedication and ostentatious perfection, into this post-America type democracy calling itself the “brotherhood”, Rolun is born.

The third in line of the wealthy and powerful Jarvis pharmaceutical dynasty, the seventeen-year old Rolun Jarvis, at the age of passage, is rendered sterile. A genetic flaw makes her undesirable as a progenitor. She accepts this consequence of her physical imperfection because she is in tune with the “mindset” of the times: the perfect mind in the perfect body.

Unexpectedly, Rolun is made a candidate to the High Council of the World Body of Governing Democracies. It is the most secret or secret councils; the most powerful of all councils and though many candidates are selected, few serve. Dennis Samson, her eighty-six year old “guardian” to the council will guide her career for the next six years as she goes through indoctrination college and on to her temporary community service job as a military instructor. Early on, she comes to realize not only is she being ostracized from the society to which she is spiritually devoted, but there are powerful forces at work intend on destroying both her and her father. Through a struggle not of her choosing, though fears rooted in her need for love, Rolun becomes the paragon of her times.

Last but not least, I published my first cookbook in hardcover early this year. I did it for fun and it is not available anywhere except in my office. I gave it away as gifts and people loved it. I will make my next cookbook available on amazon.com so more people can enjoy it. Never in a million years would I think I could write a book. But here it is, right in front of me. Even though it is a self-published book, one that costs money instead of making profit. I was proud to have my first book printed. My husband and my friends enjoyed the book very much. They thought I was amazing. I appreciate the compliment.

This book is written basically like a cooking journal. Those dishes were on my dinner table again and again for the past six, seven years. To make it more interesting, I inserted some events that have happened during the time I wrote the book. Here is a sample recipe in the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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