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Presence: The Strange Science and True Stories of the Unseen Other

Best suited for readers with an interest in psychology, parapsychology, and related fields.

The Sh!t No One Tells You About Divorce: A Guide to Breaking Up, Falling Apart, and Putting Yourself Back Together

While some readers will appreciate the author’s no-nonsense approach, others may be turned off by references to casual sex and drug use. Readers will learn that surviving divorce is a process, but contentment is possible if one is willing to do the work to achieve it.

Freely Determined: What the New Psychology of the Self Teaches Us About How To Live

General readers with an interest in the relationship between happiness and personal choice will appreciate Sheldon’s clear, accessible writing. Highly recommended.

Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers: Quiet the Critical Voice in Your Head, Heal Self-Doubt, and Live the Life You Deserve

While aimed at daughters of narcissistic mothers, Kriesberg’s practical advice is applicable to anyone dealing with challenging parents, not just narcissists. Readers who have already engaged in self-exploration may not learn as much, but this primer will serve as an excellent entry for those beginning to deal with the aftermath of growing up with a narcissistic mother.

Bound-for-College Guidebook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Applying to Colleges

Burtnett provides solid guidance in this highly recommended work for high school students and those assisting them with college decisions.

The Secret Syllabus: A Guide to the Unwritten Rules of College Success

The honest, straightforward advice will be appreciated by students. A valuable resource for any college student.

Struggling To Learn: An Intimate History of School Desegregation in South Carolina

A powerful, enlightening read; highly recommended for readers interested in the civil rights movement, the struggle for educational equity, and South Carolina history.

The School Connection: Parents, Teachers, and School Leaders Empowering Youth for Life Success

Readers looking for advice on how to improve their relationship with educators may discover some new ideas. However, those who are more interested in nurturing their students’ love of learning or their academic success might prefer Deborah Stipek and Kathy Seal’s Motivated Minds: Raising Children To Love Learning.

Scripting the Moves: Culture and Control in a “No-Excuses” Charter School

An excellent resource for anyone interested in educational reform and charter schools, and essential reading for educators considering teaching in such an environment.

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