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Finding the Fool: A Tarot Journey to Radical Transformation

A primer that is also a deep dive, appropriate and inclusive for all persons at all levels of expertise, Wall’s book is a likely candidate to join the canon of must-read guides for the serious student of the tarot.
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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.

Emotional Labor: The Invisible Work Shaping Our Lives and How To Claim Our Power

This is a call to action for individuals and the organizations that sustain these practices.
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Why We Forget and How To Remember Better: The Science Behind Memory

This book is an essential read for all those concerned with memory loss and should be a part of all collections in the behavioral and social sciences.
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Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter

Bartel’s debut is sure to appeal to animal lovers. Recommend to fans of Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Mary Roach’s Stiff.
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So When Are You Having Kids?: The Definitive Guide for Those Who Aren’t Sure If, When, or How They Want To Become Parents

An exhaustive resource to fill a void of books about parenthood decisions.
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Awakening Dignity: A Guide to Living a Life of Deep Fulfillment

A hopeful and easily accessible handbook written with clarity and authenticity, for those interested in exploring Buddhist teachings or simply hoping to improve the quality of their own lives and the lives of others.
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Breathe In, Breathe Out: Restore Your Health, Reset Your Mind and Find Happiness Through Breathwork

This is a powerful resource and workbook designed for readers to practice with each breath.
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Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way Toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace

Each beautiful chapter develops a topic drawn from Buddhist thought, followed by a section born from interviews with contemporary practitioners and activists, a mindfulness exercise, and a concluding set of reflective queries in the Quaker style. Perfect for those who want to progress on their spiritual journey.

Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy’s Bullsh*t To Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love

Dunlap’s honesty serves as a powerful source of motivation to do the work, not just to secure financial autonomy but to break out of stereotypes that limit women’s potential in all aspects of their lives.

Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life

This book is destined to become a classic and should be included in any behavioral and social sciences library.
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Happiness

This title belongs in social and behavioral sciences collections.
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Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Simple Path to Healing, Hope, and Peace

This book contains an extensive, useful works cited section, but there are so many personal and professional vignettes that, at times, it becomes a slight distraction. Still, libraries looking to build a self-help collection will benefit from including this title.

The Great Money Reset: Change Your Work, Change Your Wealth, Change Your Life

Since many public library readers are embarking on new life adventures in this COVID era, this title is recommended as a first purchase for all business collections. Academic library collections that support certified financial planner preparation can also benefit with this title.
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How We Grow Through What We Go Through: Self-Compassion Practices for Post-Traumatic Growth

This book is recommended for those interested in self-help, trauma responses, personal growth, and psychology.
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On Failure: How To Succeed at Defeat

Each chapter presents a refreshing and comforting pep talk, something to read on a difficult day or send to a friend in the midst of their own feelings of failure. It supplies helpful advice to de-escalate a spiral of negative feelings and find grounding. Recommended for general collections.
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Overcoming Stress-Induced Brain Fog: 10 Simple Ways To Find Focus, Improve Memory, and Feel Grounded

This title is more about the issue of brain fog than solutions, but its numerous detailed examples are quite relatable.

How To Be Weird: An Off-Kilter Guide to Living a One-of-a-Kind Life

From start to finish, this book has great re-readability and a fun voice. Highly recommended for bibliophiles and those who want to break a little right-brain sweat.
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Life Is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way

Libraries that serve those interested in philosophy will want to make this a first purchase.
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The Little Book of Rest: 100+ Ways To Relax and Restore Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Fans of Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge or the library’s self-help section could be enticed to pick up this book.
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Graceful Exits: Making the Case for Getting Good at Goodbye

While this is an important topic, readers should be aware that the author writes from her personal experiences, or the personal experiences of acquaintances, rather than any formal education, training, or research. The book would have greatly benefited from a collated list of resources. An optional purchase.

Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession

A highly recommended book that is designed to strengthen readers’ activist muscles so that they can create more inclusive, accessible spaces for exercise, along with fewer metrics that immediately exclude certain bodies from social definitions of health.
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The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life

Recommended for those who are looking for more joy and fun in their lives. A solid addition to any public library.
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Every Family Has a Story: How We Inherit Love and Loss

Perhaps more useful for psychotherapy professionals than families without that expertise, this book provides a fascinating glimpse into how generational narratives shape lives and how editing these stories can benefit readers and their relatives.
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The Soul Solution: A Guide for Brilliant, Overwhelmed Women To Quiet the Noise, Find Their Superpower, and (Finally) Feel Satisfied

While not a standout in a sea of similar soul-searching self-help, this could be useful for readers who are unaccustomed to or just sheepish about listening to their inner voice and following their heart.
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The Self-Talk Workout: Six Science-Backed Strategies To Dissolve Self-Criticism and Transform the Voice in Your Head

A final chapter that included a brief synopsis of all the exercises found in this book would have been helpful. Recommended for anyone needing techniques to pacify their inner critic.
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Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking

This work contains a uniquely presented set of biographical records with quotes from the books cited, which could entice the curious to read those as well. This book is a great addition to public library collections.
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Happier Hour: How To Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most

Readers looking for a research-based approach to making their days happier will want to take a look.
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The Seven Circles: Indigenous Teachings for Living Well

Many self-help readers, especially fans of Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and James Clear’s Atomic Habits, will likely want to implement Luger and Collins’s guidance into their own lives.,
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The Anxiety Audit

Recommended for all collections.
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Make Space for Happiness: How To Stop Attracting Clutter and Start Magnetizing the Life You Want

An empowering, accessible guide to decluttering for emotional fulfillment.
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Jane’s Jam: Inspiration To Create Your Super Awesome Life

Numerous examples of sports figures, such as Terry Fox and others who have transformed their lives, are an inspiring read. Some may even want to become head coach of their own lives using Enright’s strategy.
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Fulfilled: 52 Prescriptions for Healing, Health, and Happiness

Readers looking to enhance their life, or even take a complete U-turn, will appreciate Dr. B’s quick but effective weekly lessons.

Purple Crayons: The Art of Drawing a Life

Sociologist and psychotherapist Ellenhorn (How We Change) gently and tenderly challenges readers to view creative tendencies as art in order to feel alive inside, ultimately coming home to one’s own self. Highly recommended for all public libraries.
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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.
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Two Old Broads: Stuff You Need To Know That You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know

While this advice is not new, it is a fun, often sassy reminder that no one is just a number. For all public libraries.
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The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

An excellent choice for libraries with patrons interested in social sciences. The tips to help overcome regret add a self-help component, which will attract an even wider audience.
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Conversations with People Who Hate Me: 12 Things I Learned from Talking to Internet Strangers

Listeners of the titular podcast will provide built-in demand for this author-narrated account of its origins and notable moments. Buy where fan interest warrants.

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

Most libraries will want multiple copies of this outstanding audio production.
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A Hard Kick in the Nuts: What I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Terrible Decisions

It’s doubtful that anyone had “Steve-O self-help book” on their pop culture bingo card. But (although he’s certainly no Brené Brown) Steve-O’s ability to be both vulnerable and funny works surprisingly well in this format.
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It’s Not Me, It’s You: Break the Blame Cycle; Relationship Better

From a pair of marriage and family therapists, this book is a good choice for readers seeking self-help that balances memoir and relationship guidance.
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Radical Radiance: 12 Weeks of Self-Love Rituals To Manifest Abundance, Beauty, and Joy

Although not without its problems, this title is nevertheless a promising nonfiction selection, with cross-appeal factors for self-help, beauty, spirituality, and journaling.
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The Seven Ways of Ayurveda: Discover Your Dosha, Tap into Your Strengths—and Thrive in Work, Love, and Life

For readers interested in complementary medicine, adherents of Ayurvedic medicine, and anyone who enjoys trying self-improvement through personality typing.
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Think Like a Horse: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Empathy from an Unconventional Cowboy

Written in non-preachy, folksy, authentic manner, Golliher’s self-help book has the potential to inspire and transform anyone who reads it.
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The Practice of Love: Break Old Patterns, Rebuild Trust, and Create a Connection That Lasts

In this optional purchase, the author implements a mélange of different techniques and practices without a consistent theme.
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Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom

Inspiring and fun, this is a pleasure to read and digest.
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The How: Notes on the Great Work of Meeting Yourself

Ideal for writing prompts for solo journaling or for self-realization discussions.

Healing Through Yoga: Transform Loss into Empowerment

Excellent step-by-step guidance for releasing grief and adapting to an unwanted new normal.

Restart: Designing a Healthy Post-Pandemic Life

Dodgen-Magee’s advice hits home at a vulnerable period in our lives.

Own Your Morning: Reset Your A. M. Routine To Unlock Your Potential

Offering a wealth of ideas and strategies for making mornings “magic,” this title is highly recommended for personal purchase and public libraries.

Thriving Life: How To Live Your Best Life No Matter the Cards You’re Dealt

Berg’s upbeat tone and heartfelt advice are likely to help anyone trying to overcome negative life experiences.
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Better You, Better Friends: A Whole New Approach to Friendship

Few readers will identify with Shaw’s high-powered lifestyle of international travel and boutique hotels, but her advice on handling conflicts is sound. Other books on the subject such as The Fabric of Friendship and The Art of Friendship might be more helpful to general readers.

Instant Anger Management: Quick and Simple CBT Strategies To Defuse Anger on the Spot

Excellent, easy advice for those who live with a short fuse.
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Full Out: Lessons in Life and Leadership from America’s Favorite Coach

Young adults will connect with the “coach” instructions and helpful guidelines for planning their lives. Other readers will gain respect for the world of cheering.
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How To Live Like a Monk: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Life

Such advice is not new, but seen through a different lens it becomes more interesting and inviting.
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The Tao of Bowie: 10 Lessons from David Bowie’s Life To Help You Live Yours

This “what would David Bowie do” treatise could be an entry point into Buddhism for novices, but it might be too basic for readers already familiar with Buddhism’s tenets.

Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving

An excellent resource for readers dealing with grief or trauma on their own.
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The Ballerina Mindset: How To Protect Your Mental Health While Striving for Excellence

Encouraging and full of common-sense advice, Fairchild’s book will help readers trying to fulfill their true potential. Even those who aren’t pursuing ballet will find it helpful.
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It’s Your Funeral! Plan the Celebration of a Lifetime—Before It’s Too Late

Benjamin’s humorous tone makes the dark subject matter more palatable; her book pairs well with Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. Given the popularity of the “death-positive” movement, this title is recommended for any library’s nonfiction collection, especially where “Death Cafe” programming is offered.
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A Year Without Men: A Twelve-Point Guide To Inspire + Empower Women

Nothing new, but helpful for professional-class women stuck in neutral and unsure how to proceed.
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God Promised Me Wings To Fly: Life for Survivors After Suicide

Readers dealing with a loved one’s unexpected death, who believe in God as Grillo does, will particularly appreciate this book.

The Power of Awareness: And Other Secrets from the World’s Foremost Spies, Detectives, and Special Operators on How To Stay Safe and Save Your Life

Schilling helps readers become their own best bodyguards and prepare themselves before something happens.
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Can’t Stop Thinking: How To Let Go of Anxiety and Free Yourself from Obsessive Rumination

While there is more verbiage than necessary, this book offers solid relief and a way forward from obsessional thinking.
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The Art of Routine: Discover How Routineology Can Transform Your Life

This title has a lot to say under the “routineology” umbrella. As a result, it lacks a clear theme. Readers might benefit by picking and choosing relevant passages.
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I Am Here: The Journey from Fear to Freedom

LeMieux combines practical self-talk and motivational principles in a mentor/mentee format. For public libraries updating holdings in this subject area.

The Last Things We Talk About: Your Guide to End of Life Transitions

Excellent in every way; recommended for all libraries, and readers facing end-of-life challenges.
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Turning Down the Noise: The Quiet Power of Silence in a Busy World

Mainly for those interested in monastic living and a personal experience of silence.
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No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability

This memoir/travel guide provides inspiration and concrete advice for readers with disabilities. A solid choice for public libraries.
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Wabi Sabi: The Wisdom in Imperfection

This very tranquil read encourages reflection and acceptance.

Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing

This title is an excellent purchase for all public libraries.

Dad, How Do I? Practical “Dadvice” for Everyday Tasks and Successful Living

Like the YouTube channel, this is a touching yet informative guide for those seeking fatherly advice, or even a few good dad jokes.
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Why Couples Fight: A Step-by-Step Guide to Ending the Frustration, Conflict, and Resentment in Your Relationship

This will be very helpful for couples who are struggling, particularly during the COVID era, to have a mutually supportive relationship.

The Argument Hangover: Empowering Couples To Fight Smarter and Overcome Communication Pitfalls

This is an excellent resource for couples who are willing to work on their relationship.
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Stronger Than You Think: The 10 Blind Spots That Undermine Your Relationship…and How To See Past Them

An excellent choice for readers who are in a romantic relationship or are preparing for one.
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The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for a Happier, Stronger Relationship

The book offers helpful insights into the dated preconceptions many couples have when they get married, and positive ways to shift to a new paradigm.
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Piecing Your Heart Back Together: The Road Map to Healing and Thriving after a Breakup or Divorce

Silvestro’s work will help many deal with the current pain of a broken relationship and give them the ability to move on.
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The Forgiveness Tour: How To Find the Perfect Apology

Readers will find hope and examples of paths toward forgiveness here. Casting a wide net, Shapiro’s book will appeal to those who love human interest stories, people seeking to forgive in their own lives, and those wondering about the deeper meaning of forgiveness in many different traditions.
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The Power Age: A Blueprint for Maturing with Style

This highly recommended comprehensive book is more than a pep talk for aging well. The inspiring messages will be welcome and valued by women of all ages.
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Let That Sh*t Go: Find Peace of Mind and Happiness in Your Everyday

Nothing new here, but this title is still helpful for those seeking inner peace in a stressful world.
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Drink? The New Science of Alcohol and Health

The author offers an abundance of medical research without judgement. This book is ideal for those who are already drinking too much or think they might be.

Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick

Sincero is a master of her craft in helping people effect permanent changes. Her book is highly recommended.
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How To Quit Alcohol in 50 Days: Stop Drinking and Find Freedom

An excellent resource for those wanting to stop drinking.
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This One Wild and Precious Life: The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World

This may be one of the first books that culminates in the events of 2020 and offers a solution for moving forward. Although Wilson comes across as a bit rambling and even privileged at times, her stories are fascinating and her message is universal and hopeful. Readers with wanderlust will be inspired by her journey and calls to action.
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The Gratitude Project: How the Science of Thankfulness Can Rewire Our Brains for Resilience, Optimism, and the Greater Good

Readers looking for more than a fluffy, feel-good gratitude journal will enjoy this research-based affirmation of the necessity for gratitude in all areas of life.
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Cannonball! Fearlessly Facing Midlife and Beyond

Schmidt identifies with women’s issues and writes with encouragement and warmth. Her suggestions can easily be implemented and will give readers the courage and push they need to move forward. Recommended for all women approaching or past the midlife marker.
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The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard

For lovers of all things French, but also for those who enjoy philosophy and self-help books that discuss working “smarter, not harder.”
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The Gift: 12 Lessons To Save Your Life

Eger’s particularly wise book based on personal experience and clinical practice is highly recommended.
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Overwhelmed and Over It: Embrace Your Power To Stay Centered and Sustained in a Chaotic World

Helpful for women willing to do some soul-searching to shift course and focus on what really matters to them..
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Break the Curse: A Template for Change; 10 Steps To Restart Your Life

An accessible book full of straightforward recommendations that are bound to help those looking to overcome life’s difficulties.

Anxiety First Aid Kit: Quick Tools for Extreme, Uncertain Times

What’s enticing about this book is its no-nonsense guide to feeling better. Ideal for these unsettling times; highly recommended for general readers.
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Break-up Boss

Concise and colorful, this would make an ideal gift book. Readers looking for a motivational take on moving past heartbreak may want to pair this entertaining, affirming guide with Bridget Fonger’s Superhero of Love: Heal Your Broken Heart & Then Go Save the World.
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A Movie Lover’s Search for Romance

An encouraging read for the 40-plus single woman who is thrown into the dating world and is trying to mesh real life with that depicted in the movies.
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The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom

A readable and inspiring manual for living one’s days fully and dying well.

Detox Your Thoughts: Quit Negative Self-Talk for Good & Discover the Life You’ve Always Wanted

Bonoir synthesizes psychological concepts into understandable suggestions certain to help any reader reclaim a healthy state of thinking.
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Aging with Agency: Building Resilience, Confronting Challenges, and Navigating Eldercare

Abounding with valuable insights into the aging process, this will be enjoyed by readers interested in the subject and general, college-educated readers.

The Art of Showing Up: How To Be There for Yourself and Your People

Excellent tips for forging relationships with others and becoming an even better “old” friend.
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The Ikigai Journey: A Practical Guide to Finding Happiness and Purpose the Japanese Way

Beneficial for readers who find the concept of ikigai intriguing.

Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets

Highly recommended for all animal lovers who inevitably must deal with the death of their pets. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/20.]
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Big Wild Love: The Unstoppable Power of Letting Go

Readers who find themselves stuck in bad relationships or situations will savor Murray’s advice, as it’s relatable and easy to put into practice.
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When You’re Not Okay: A Toolkit for Tough Times

A handy, feel-good volume of tips and advice for contented living.
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