WHY AMERICA DOESN'T WORK: How the Decline of the Work Ethic Is Hurting Your Family and Future _ and What You Can Do, by Chuck Colson and Jack Eckerd, Word Publishing, $16.99
The Japanese are not the only ones who think America is losing its work ethic. Eckerd, founder of the Florida-based Eckerd drugstore chain, teamed up with Colson of Watergate fame, to sound the alarm. Credit the two with not only criticizing workers but their bosses as well. The authors challenge the country's business and religious leaders to lead the way in encouraging Americans toward hard work, thrift and integrity. They also make a compelling case for putting prisoners to work _ although such an argument may be hard to sell as unemployment outside the prison walls continues to rise. All profits from the sale of this book go to Prison Fellowship and Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives.
THE WORLD IS MY HOME: A Memoir, by James Michener, Random House, $25.
James Michener, author of over 30 books which have covered the globe, now divides his time between his homes in Austin, Texas, and College Harbor at the Eckerd College campus in St. Petersburg. Now on the New York Times best-seller list, these memoirs were published to honor his 85th birthday _ which he celebrated on Feb. 3.
THE VAMPIRE'S APPRENTICE, by Richard Lee Byers, Zebra Books (Kensington Publishing Corp.), $3.99.
The undead invade Tampa Bay, the setting for this horror paperback. A Riverview resident, Byers teaches fiction writing at Hillsborough Community College.
DEPRESSION: What Families Should Know, by Elaine Fantle Shimberg, Ballantine, $4.99.
A guide for those dealing with one of the most common but least understood medical disorders. A Tampa resident, Shimberg is the author of Strokes: What Families Should Know.
COACHING WRITERS: The Essential Guide for Editors and Reporters, by Roy Peter Clark and Don Fry, St. Martin's Press, $19.95.
Editors and writers don't have to be enemies, according to Clark and Fry. They show how clashes between the two natural adversaries _ over bylines, assignments and the editing process _ can be turned into supportive teamwork. Clark is dean of the faculty and Fry is head of the writing faculty at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.