Our favorite ex-con Louis Ferrante is back with a new book called Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman. He shares nuggets of advice good for the boardroom and the backroom such as, “never bad-mouth the boss” and “the importance of networking: it’s good to go to a funeral as long as it’s not yours.” Ferrante served eight and a half years in prison for his crimes and refused to incriminate his associates in the Gambino family. Since then he’s gone straight and now gives talks to groups of at-risk teens across the country. His memoir about his former life of crime, his time in prison and his decision to change his life is called Unlocked. Then, Ruthie Foster is an up and coming vocalist from central Texas who blends influences from Southern blues, rock, gospel, country and jazz. Her breakthrough CD from 2009 was called The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, and her latest project is a DVD and CD called Ruthie Foster Live at Antone’s.