Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)

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Little Fires Everywhere

“From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Continue reading…

Of the Conduct of the Understanding (John Locke)

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Of the Conduct of the Understanding

“John Locke, widely known as the Father of Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work had a great impact upon the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. Continue reading…

Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur)

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Milk and Honey

“#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”

New Books Playground says: Milk and Honey is our next favorite from Rupi Kaur, after we loved The Sun and Her Flowers! Continue reading…

Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian (E.L. James)

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Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian

“E.L. James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms. Continue reading…

Raking the Dust (John Biscello)

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Raking the Dust

“In this rogue’s tale, full of sound, fury, and surrealism, we meet Alex Fillameno, a writer who has traded in the machine-grind of New York for a bare bones existence in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico. Recently divorced and jobless, Fillameno has become a regular at The End of the Road, the bar where he first encounters the alluring and enigmatic D.J., a singer and musician. Drawn to her mutable sense of reality, the two begin a romance that starts off relatively normal. Continue reading…

The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)

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The Old Man and the Sea

“The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.”

New Books Playground says: The Old Man and the Sea is our favorite classic book from the famous author. Continue reading…

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (Marshall B. Rosenberg)

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

“An enlightening look at how peaceful communication can create compassionate connections with family, friends, and other acquaintances, this international bestseller uses stories, examples, and sample dialogues to provide solutions to communication problems both at home and in the workplace. Guidance is provided on identifying and articulating feelings and needs, expressing anger fully, and exploring the power of empathy in order to speak honestly without creating hostility, break patterns of thinking that lead to anger and depression, and communicate compassionately. Continue reading…

Advice to Young Men and (Incidentally) to Young Women in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life (William Cobbett)

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Advice to Young Men and (Incidentally) to Young Women in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life

“It is the duty, and ought to be the pleasure, of age and experience to warn and instruct youth and to come to the aid of inexperience. When sailors have discovered rocks or breakers, and have had the good luck to escape with life from amidst them, they, unless they be pirates or barbarians as well as sailors, point out the spots for the placing of buoys and of lights, in order that others may not be exposed to the danger which they have so narrowly escaped. Continue reading…

The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them (Max Gunther)

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The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them

“Luck. We can’t see it, or touch it, but we can feel it. We all know it when we experience it. It’s an obvious description of obvious events. But does it go deeper than this? And if it goes deeper, does it do so in any way which we can harness to our own and others’ advantage?

Taking us on a richly anecdotal ride through the more popular theories and histories of luck—from pseudoscience to paganism, through mathematicians to magicians—Max Gunther arrives at a careful set of scientific conclusions as to the nature of luck, and the possibility of managing it. Continue reading…

Honoring the Self: Self-Esteem and Personal Tranformation (Nathaniel Branden)

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Honoring the Self: Self-Esteem and Personal Tranformation

“‘Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem,’ says pioneering psychologist Nathaniel Branden, ‘and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence—and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself—your self-esteem—is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life.’

How to grow in self-confidence and self-respect.

How to nurture self-esteem in children. Continue reading…