Ilamae Lund is shown with her new book “Holy Cows” at The Eloquent Page in St. Albans.

Author remembers Christmas on the family farm

ST. ALBANS — Ask St. Albans author Ilamae Lund about plans for her birthday next year, or any designs she might have for a fourth book, and she laughs. Hard. “It’s a day at a time for this old kid,” Lund said on Dec. 9, during a book signing at The Eloquent Page, in St. Albans.

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Healthy employees are happier, more focused

There’s something going around the office this month. It appears to be a cold; half the staff is sniffling, the other half is coughing, everybody’s sluggish, and you’re not feeling so well yourself. Will this affect your business? Maybe, but in “The Healthy Workplace” by Leigh Stringer, you’ll find ways to minimize it next time.

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Conquer fear, unlock your best ideas

Your mind is a concrete block. Behind it, you’re pretty sure there are ideas — great ones, perhaps — but freeing them, well, good luck. You’re stuck, your brain is stuck, your career is stuck, and you wish you could get out of your own way so you can move ahead. So read “Let Me Out” by Peter Himmelman, and break through the wall.

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Stark introduces ‘The Art of Small Talk’

You had a little talk with one of your employees last week. Her client list has almost no action and few new prospects on it lately, and that’s no good. She blames the economy, says it’s rough out there, and while you know that’s true, you suspect there’s more to the issue: She’s stagnated. With the new book “When Strangers Meet” by Kio Stark, she’ll get back her gift of gab.

Phoenix Books will use its new van to expand its participation in book fairs and other off-site events.

Phoenix Books eyes off-site events

There is a brand-new van parked in front of Phoenix Books in Essex Junction, and it is all decked out in colorful decals identifying it as the property of the store. If customers can’t come to their stores, in Burlington, Essex, Rutland and Chester, then maybe the books can still get to customers. “There is an untapped market for increased sales to off-site customers, and we need a vehicle to get the books to those customers — and those customers need to know who is bringing them their books,” said owner Mike DeSanto. Phoenix Books intends to capitalize on a potential to compete in school book fairs, business-to-business relationships, off-site author events, supporting authors at their speaking engagements and creating mobile bookstores for large community events. The van will allow Phoenix to do this in the market areas served by all four locations.

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Author ‘pulls no punches’ on workplace discrimination

Nobody just handed you your job. No, you had to strike fast and scratch up a decent résumé that packed a wallop. You knew there were other clock-punchers who wanted that job, too, and you were determined to beat them all. Turns out, though, that the work practically knocks you out every day, but in the new book “Feminist Fight Club” by Jessica Bennett, there are ways to attack your dissatisfaction.

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Author: Embrace diversity, find success

Your business is doing well. It could do better. Just like every other business in America, you have good weeks and bad. Sales go up and they flatten. You have financial feast-or-famine and you’d like more of the former than the latter. Author Lauren Leader-Chivée says she knows how you can achieve that and in “Crossing the Thinnest Line,” she explains.

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Step-by-step approach targets dream, though not unique

There’s nothing left in your reserves, not a drop. You’re done, wondering if this is as far as you’ll ever go, but somehow open to new suggestions. So read “The Full Tank Life” by Ben Tankard. It might just rev your engine again.

Imagine this: You’re driving down the highway on your way to somewhere important, when you glance at the gas gauge and oh, boy, it’s almost on “E.” That’s what your life may be like, but Ben Tankard says you can boost your inner fuel with his “Full Tank Life” method. Since it’s easy to do, you can start now.

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At times, success needs just a slight push

Pick, pick, pick. That’s how you get to success these days. A little win here, a victory there, a couple losses, four steps ahead and two back. So many times, you’ve felt this close to the prize, only to have to start over again. Now read the new book “212: The Extra Degree” by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson, and pick another way to fight.

Entrepreneur innovates with books, art

Carolyn Shattuck of Rutland makes books. Not just any books; her books are works of art. Shattuck, who was a printmaker and painter in her early career, has been developing and combining her skills over the past 20 years to become the creative and imaginative bookmaker she is today. Here she discusses her work, and her journey to where she is today.