NonFiction Books

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Reconcilable differences by Dawna Markova

A remarkable new way to move beyond biases and blind spots (especially if you don’t think you have any!) so you can communicate more effectively with a friend, lover, relative, or colleague

You know what it feels like to be “at odds” with someone. Sometimes it seems like you are speaking completely different languages. Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Dawna Markova and communication expert Angie McArthur have spent years developing and implementing tools to help people find common ground. In Reconcilable Differences, they provide the strategies you need to bridge the gap at the heart of your differences with others.

Each of us possesses rational intelligence: the capacity to divide information into discrete categories, processes, and logical steps. But you may not realize that the secret to building bridges between people lies hidden in your relational intelligence: the way you communicate, understand, learn, and trust. Reconcilable Differences shows you how to map mind patterns (the secret to pinpointing communication pitfalls) and identify thinking talents (the catalysts for peak performance). You will gain insights into how you learn in order to turn doubt into trust and uncertainty into productive engagement.

Brimming with anecdotes and advice not only from the authors’ files but also from their own experiences as a mother- and daughter-in-law who are like night and day, Reconcilable Differences is your guidebook for making profoundly positive change with those you care about.

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Truth to Power by Al Gore

The follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling An Inconvenient Truth and companion to Vice President Al Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this new book is a daring call to action. It exposes the reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and delivers hope through groundbreaking information on what you can do now.

Vice President Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked.

Follow Vice President Gore around the globe as he tells a story of change in the making. He connects the dots of Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters we’ve lived through in the last 10+ years―and much more.

The book also offers a comprehensive how-to guide on exactly how we can change the course of fate. With concrete, actionable advice on topics ranging from how to run for office to how to talk to your children about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel will empower you to make a difference―and lets you know how exactly to do it.

Where Gore’s first documentary and book took us through the technical aspects of climate change, the second documentary is a gripping, narrative journey that leaves you filled with hope and the urge to take action immediately. This book captures that same essence and is a must-have for everyone who cares deeply about our planet.

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You can Do anything by George Anders

In a tech-dominated world, the most needed degrees are the most surprising: the liberal arts

Did you take the right classes in college? Will your major help you get the right job offers? For more than a decade, the national spotlight has focused on science and engineering as the only reliable choice for finding a successful post-grad career. Our destinies have been reduced to a caricature: learn to write computer code or end up behind a counter, pouring coffee. Quietly, though, a different path to success has been taking shape. In YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, George Anders explains the remarkable power of a liberal arts education – and the ways it can open the door to thousands of cutting-edge jobs every week.

The key insight: curiosity, creativity, and empathy aren’t unruly traits that must be reined in. You can be yourself, as an English major, and thrive in sales. You can segue from anthropology into the booming new field of user research; from classics into management consulting, and from philosophy into high-stakes investing. At any stage of your career, you can bring a humanist’s grace to our rapidly evolving high-tech future. And if you know how to attack the job market, your opportunities will be vast.

In this book, you will learn why resume-writing is fading in importance and why “telling your story” is taking its place. You will learn how to create jobs that don’t exist yet, and to translate your campus achievements into a new style of expression that will make employers’ eyes light up. You will discover why people who start in eccentric first jobs – and then make their own luck – so often race ahead of peers whose post-college hunt focuses only on security and starting pay. You will be ready for anything.

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Down Memory Lane of Parenthood

Parenthood Flashback

Another adventure in parenting is potty training.  Let me tell you that every child is different when comes to this aspect.  You have to have lots of patience.  My first child was not easy and my second one got it right away.

I remember my oldest used to run away from potty training and then go find a spot to hide.  That was not fun but to him it was.   As I look back on it, perhaps he was not ready for it.   It took tons of patience and time to get him to go.   I tried rewards, peeing on the cheerios, reading a book while waiting, got a special potty and even stayed with him.  In time he got it.  I remember being so frustrated with this process.  One night I realized it is tough and new for this little guy to learn.

Now the second child was a different story.  He managed to pick up right away because he had an older brother to follow around.   I was thrilled and relieved with this process. He still had rewards for a short bit but just like a snap he got it.

There are tons of tips out there to follow.  Hopefully you will find a way that works for you and your child.

Go to your local library to get books or check out these tips online:

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/potty-training/tips/potty-training-tips/

https://www.babycenter.com/0_parents-say-potty-training-tips_12599.bc

Good luck!!

Finished Reading

Okay I know I’m behind posts and reading…Life calls.  I”m a mom who is working and doing one million things.  Even tackled cleaning some the areas of my house that needed to be done.  So at the end of the day, I am tired and I need sleep to keep going.  So sleep rules.

I  just posted three other entries and decided to do one more before I go to sleep.

I just finished reading this book. It is such a cute story!!!   I forgot how much I love reading these style books.  I think this would fall into chick lit with humor and romance.   Laney and Noah are quite interesting and you can see the journey they go on.  It hits a bit of home of one trying to find yourself.  (I’m still working on that aspect..who isn’t?)  Oh I do have to say that the cover caught my eye!  It awesome. I want the hair color!  Check it out:

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Dictatorship of the Dress (“Much “”I Do”” About Nothing”)

By Jessica Topper

As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love.

So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess.

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather.

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love.

I spy Fiction books

I spy these beauties today.  I want to read both of these books.  They look amazing. What do you think?

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

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Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

 

Wicked like Wildfire by Laura Popovic

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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

 

I spy non fiction books

Girling Up by Mayim Bialik

Girl

Skin Deep by Bee Shaprio

Girl2

Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone

Girl3

Girls who Code by Reshma Saujani

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Nomadland by Jessica Bruder

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Miss D & Me by Kathryn Sermak

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The A****** Survival Guide by Robert I. Sutton

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My Fair Junkie by Amy Dresner

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The Hacking of the American Mind by Robert H. Lustig

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The titles say it all!  Go check them out to see if they spark your interest.  All of them look fascinating.

Parenthood Adventure 1

Becoming a parent does change your life.

When I was younger I never really thought about marriage and having kids. I was not one of those girls who thought marriage was something to do.  Did I think of Prince Charming and fairytales?  Oh yeah!!

Well I got married and then eventually had kids and then got divorced.   I decided to share a little bit about parenthood and challenges that I have gone through or will be going through! Perhaps my adventures will help out another parent who is going through this.

First off I am going to share this moment that happened about 10 years ago.

Long ago in a little house tucked away in Iowa, I was up one night with my first born.  My husband at the time was away for work so I was home alone.  The reason I was up was because my son was hungry.  I believe it was between midnight to 2 a.m.  It was dark and quiet in the house.  While feeding my son, I felt awful and broke down crying quietly.  I remember being worried about my son not getting enough milk because he would fall asleep during the process of breast feeding.  It felt hard.  Then about a few minutes later I thought to myself, “Women have been doing this for centuries!”  I thought about the women in the past giving childbirth in the fields.  I even thought about my own  mother and grandmothers.  If they could do it, so could I!   I snapped myself out of it telling myself I can do it.  I then took my son back to his crib and then I went back to sleep at the same time.  (I learned the trick was to sleep when my son was sleeping.)

Eventually the breastfeeding lasted for 6 months because I was done. It was taking a toll on me and I made the decision to stop.   Once he was on the bottle, it was a breeze!

I wanted to share this moment because it was a simple moment.  Maybe it was the lack of sleep or the hormones kicking in at the time but I remember this moment.  As a first time parent, you get to go on many adventures that teach you many things.

Remember you can do it!