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The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly: Life Wisdom from Someone Who Will (Probably) Die Before You (The Swedish Art of Living & Dying Series) By Margareta Magnusson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982196622
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - December 27th, 2022

A delightful book and great for all ages. Those under fifty will see a different perspective of aging and those over fifty will find great advice and pit-falls to avoid. Magnusson offers serious but practical advise on aging and everything is delivered in a lighthearted manner, including some laugh out loud humor. A truly a wonderful read.   


Review by Sue

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) By Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD, Deepak Chopra (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781892005281
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: PuddleDancer Press - September 1st, 2015

 This is a book I come back to every so often. While this falls under the "hippie self-help" umbrella, this is, to me, life-changing and one of those "essential reads." If you're interested in authentically relating to people, resolving issues with others peacefully, and making everyone feel heard and cared about, among other things, then pick this up!

Review by Zack

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Stillness Is the Key By Ryan Holiday Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525538585
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Portfolio - October 1st, 2019

Read this. You've probably noticed that your train of thought seems weaker, even more vulnerable to unnecessary distractions. But what should we do when cognitive dissonance becomes a daily struggle, making it hard to keep up with our families, jobs, deadlines, and other aspects compounded by stress? According to Ryan Holiday, practicing stillness of the mind helps. Not only does Holiday translate ancient philosophical principles for life, purpose, and knowledge into contemporary context, he offers us a much needed perspective on what it means to be present with what matters to us. 

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You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters By Vanessa Bohns Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324005711
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 7th, 2021

This book will change the way you think about power, community, & interpersonal relationships as well as give you confidence in your own abilities to communicate.

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Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals By Oliver Burkeman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250849359
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Picador - June 27th, 2023

Don't be fooled by the subtitle. If you're looking for productivity tips to help with your work/life balance, you will find none of that here. This is more about how we spend our lives. How we think about time and how we use it. Serious stuff and yet written with such humor, wit and great care, you'll forget all about its potential to induce an existential crisis. Drawing on history, philosophy, various religions, even pop culture; and his extensive background as a (former) productivity geek, Burkeman takes us on a journey through time and what it means to us. This is essential reading. To say this book has changed me, is not overstating it. It's changed how I think about work, family, social media, road rage, love, death. It's changed how I think about my life. Because, as you'll find out, we are nothing more than the brief, miraculous time we are given. 


Review by Erin

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Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad (Austin Kleon) By Austin Kleon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523506644
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 2nd, 2019

If life has sucked out all of your creative energy like a vampire with no self control, this is the pep talk you need. It's a reminder to treasure what inspires you and to savor the act of making something. Try a different medium, use your hands, cut, paste, paint, type, etc. Let it fill you up whether it turns into something good or bad, it doesn't really matter at this moment, just make something. It's also a reminder that while you can't control when you'll have a stroke of genius sent by the muses, you can control your routine, your workspace, and small actions that will make you more likely to create. I highly recommend this book for any creative who needs a pick me up right now.