Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

I was so excited when I requested this book, and it did not disappoint. People are basically decent, and the world is not as bad as you think. That's essentially the premise of this book. But it's not a light, fluffy, motivational book, it's actually a well researched and absolutely fascinating read. I came to …

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Extraordinary Women In History by Leah Gail

I guess the title of the book tells you it all. This book is a slim volume of broad bios of women who have done remarkable things. The women chosen for inclusion are really interesting. There's some of the ones you would expect, like Florence Nightingale or Marie Curie, but there's plenty of women from …

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Traumatized: Identify, Understand and Cope with PTSD and Emotional Stress by Kati Morton, LMFT

Kati Morton has a popular YouTube and social media presence sharing her advice and knowledge of psychology with her viewers. This is her second book and focuses on trauma, PTSD and emotional stress, with a nod to issues arising from recent world events, like our increasing online lives and the pandemic. On the whole, it's …

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The Book Of Hope by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams

Jane Goodall is an naturalist and primatologist whose work revolutionised how we understand animal intelligence. From her work with chimpanzees and other animals in Gombe, Tanzania, she came to understand the impact that people had on ecology and so she also became an activist as well. She's now in her 80's and speaks regularly about …

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Poe For Your Problems by Catherine Baab-Muguira

"Uncommon Advice from History's Least Likely Self-Help Guru." I was in my early teens when I first read Poe, which seems to be about the average time to start reading him. My copy of his stories had beautiful illustrations by Arthur Rackham, if I remember correctly, and I loved his dark stories of madness, horror …

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The Miracle Collectors by Joan Luise Hill and Katie Mahon

According to this book, 80% of Americans believe in miracles. Talking publicly about that belief, however, is another thing. The authors of this book, along with Mary Beth Phillips who was their co-author on their previous book, The Miracle Chase, are three close friends who met through their kids. They each had a Catholic background, …

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Spring Clean Your Life: I’m Sick Of This Shit by Tricia Sitemere.

When Tricia reached out to me about her book, she came across as warm, smart and funny. I felt like I knew her, immediately, somehow. (Probably because she loves red lipstick like I do!) I said, "OK, what's this book?" She said "It's called 'I'm Sick Of This Shit'". I thought that was hilarious. I …

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Should You Celebrate When You Don’t Feel Like Celebrating?

This week, a close friend of mine had a birthday. They hate to celebrate their birthday, which I've always felt sad about. But it's not for the reasons that you might think. When they were growing up, birthdays were kind of a challenging time rather than a fun celebration of their life. This friend of …

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