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Somehow: Thoughts on Love

Recommended. Readers already familiar with Lamott’s nonfiction work will find comfort in her familiar touchstone topics of faith, family, and recovery viewed through the lens of love and aging. Readers new to Lamott might want to start with her earlier works such as Help Thanks Wow or Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.

I Did a New Thing: 30 Days to Living Free

The authentic voice that made Brown a social media “Mom and Auntie to America” shines bright in this read sprinkled with a warm, welcoming, and inclusive spirituality (God is Brown’s touchstone, but her asides and testimonies are colloquial and nondidactic). Recommended for readers who are already familiar with Brown’s other books (Feeding the Soul; Cooking from the Spirit; Seen, Loved, and Heard) as well as newcomers to her works.

Hidden Japan: An Astonishing World of Thatched Villages, Ancient Shrines and Primeval Forests

A title filled with fascinating, meandering cultural lessons. Great for casual readers and for fans of Japan, who will find a multidimensional lens for seeing the country up close and from the back door.

Food, We Need To Talk: The Science-Based, Humor-Laced Last Word on Eating, Diet, and Making Peace with Your Body

While Gjata says the book is, “at its core, for my younger self,” and as such can read a bit slangy, it’s appropriate for older audiences too (millennials up to boomer and beyond). Engaging and chock-full of facts, this non-diet diet book is an updated, encouraging healthy-eating and healthy-eating-mindset how-to.

A Pity Party Is Still a Party: A Feel-Good Guide to Feeling Bad

As evinced by the title and the attendant activities, this is not the typical bromide-laden self-help book advising readers to turn their frowns upside down. The listicle-advice and activities can be a bit unorthodox and some just downright weird; some readers might even wonder if this is satire (it’s not). To every book its reader, which is exactly why this book deserves space on the shelf.

Well at Work: Creating Wellbeing in Any Workspace

Many of Sternberg’s examples and anecdotes focus on buildings in Arizona and around Washington, DC, so this title could be particularly interesting for libraries located in these areas.

So Sorry for Your Loss: How I Learned To Live with Grief, and Other Grave Concerns

Readers looking for how-to practical advice should look elsewhere. However, if read as autobiography or possibly even humorous essays, Gachman’s book delivers an offbeat offering of comfort, laughter, and peace by sharing how she is living with grief. Includes notes and suggested resources.

You Will Find Your People: How To Make Meaningful Friendships as an Adult

For readers unfamiliar with Moore’s writing or comedy, this encouraging book dispenses practical and quirky advice packaged in quickly read chapters. For both fans and critics of Moore’s previous book, this is straightforward advice on how not to be alone by making friends.

Base Camp Reno: 101 Hikes from Sage to Snow

A solid choice for local collections and for travelers planning to hike in the area.

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