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In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on where the books may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

‘Study Smart, Study Less’ (Ten Speed Press, 2011)

By Anne Crossman

“Study Smart, Study Less” is a humorous and practical guide designed to help high school and college students improve their study skills.

Based on mainstream theories of memory and the brain – as well as Crossman’s experience as a student at Stanford and Duke universities, a public high school teacher and a college instructor – the book attempts to fill a critical gap in the education system by providing students with a foundation of solid study habits on which to build a lifetime of learning.

Crossman’s handbook of wisdom turns complex techniques of pedagogy and psychology into child’s play – the only puzzle left for the student is deciding whether to play Twisted Twister or Paper Flaps, two of more than a dozen study games outlined in the book.

Students identify their personal learning strengths from four distinct study types so that they can work within those strengths. They are then equipped with the tools they need to study creatively, have fun in the process and become eager learners.

Students can learn how to stay focused, design a successful study group and use doodles and colored markers to take better notes. The fundamentals of learning are included, along with nuggets of insight on unsuspecting grade killers.

“Study Smart, Study Less” offers no boring fill-in-the-blank exercises or soapboxes – just a fast, effective study guide that makes lifelong learning fun.

Crossman is a Los Altos resident.

To purchase “Study Smart, Study Less,” visit

‘True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat’ (Eshagh Malek, 1994)

By Irandokht A. Malek

The late Irandokht A. Malek loved “Robaiyat.” A native Persian, she memorized all of Khayyam’s quatrain before the age of 5.

As she matured and studied different languages, Malek became deeply annoyed with the fanciful notions attributed to Khayyam by his various translators. As a result, she spent 20 years creating a new translation.

In the book, Malek dispels the idle, drunken, epicurean image that many readers have come to associate with Khayyam. She reveals the dignity of the poet as scholar and philosopher and discloses the authentic text of this mystical poet of the Islamic world. In Persian culture, Khayyam is considered a highly advanced religious teacher, and his quatrains are revealed as inspired Sufi scripture.

The renowned Persian miniaturist Mehdi Taheri created 11 exquisite color illustrations for this edition.

The author’s son, Los Altos resident Isaac Malek, published the book.

To purchase the “True Translation of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat,” visit

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