The power of gratitude – Joanna’s October suggestion

The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan

gratitudeJanice Kaplan decided to spend a year “living gratefully,” drawing on advice from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers to gain a fresh outlook that ultimately transformed her relationships, work, health, and daily life. She chronicles that year in The Gratitude Diaries.

Joanna says: “I enjoyed Kaplan’s work and particularly enjoyed how such a simple thing as saying thank you (something we often forget to say or take for granted) can change one’s outlook on life and improve relationships and attitudes.”

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On tidying up & sparking joy: Joanna’s September suggestion

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

life changingFrom USA Today: “Kondo challenges you to ask yourself whether each object you have is achieving a purpose. Is it propelling you forward or holding you in the past?”

Joanna says: “I listened to this book on Hoopla and enjoyed every minute! This is not your typical home organization or housekeeping book. In this short guide, Kondo strongly urges to readers to keep only items/objects in our homes that ‘spark joy’ and to discard the rest. Kondo offers tips, based on the Japanese tenets of home organization, on how to purge items from the home and establish a lifestyle that will ultimately allow us to derive joy and happiness from what we keep in our homes.”

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Joanna’s June Suggestion

Atonement by Ian McEwan

atonement coverJoanna says: “Haunting, heartbreaking and compelling, you will not believe this story as it unfolds. Definitely worth checking out.”

On a hot summer day in 1935, 13 year old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

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Joanna’s May Recommendation

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

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vacationersCelebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter’s high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal. – from publisher

Joanna’s April Recommendation

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

still alice

Joanna says:  “My recommendation for April is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Published in 2007, this one has been on our shelves for a while, but the upcoming release of the film version of the book piqued my interest.  Written from the perspective of protagonist Alice Howland, a Harvard University professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, the reader is taken on a heartbreaking journey as Alice beings to lose all the things that brought meaning to her life.”

3 Similar Reads

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante – “Implicated in the murder of her best friend, Jennifer White, a brilliant retired surgeon with dementia, struggles with fractured memories of their complex relationship and wonders if she actually committed the crime.”  Summary from catalog

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers – “Late one night, near the Platte River in Kearney, Nebraska, where the sandhill cranes pause every year in their spectacular migration, Mark Schluter flips his truck. Brain damaged, he develops Capgras syndrome, which makes him think that his sister, Karin, is an impostor.” – Booklist

Cost by Roxana Robinson – “The mildly strained Lambert family is in terrible trouble. New York art professor Julia is spending the summer in her ramshackle Maine home with her very elderly parents.” – Library Journal

Joanna’s March Recommendation

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

this is where i leave youJoanna says:  “An amusing and, at moments, heart wrenching novel about four siblings who reunite to sit Shiva after their father passes away.  Recently made into a movie starring Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, and Tina Fey.  Both are equally entertaining and worth checking out.”
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3 Similar Reads
While I’m Falling by Laura Moriarty – “Veronica Von Holten is about to learn just how badly life can spiral out of control. She’s already stressed by the demands of being a premed major when a series of bad decisions and her parents’ acrimonious divorce leave her dazed and confused.” – Library Journal
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta – “One hundred people have disappeared from tiny Mapleton, New Jersey, in a Rapture-like event that has left the community visibly shaken.” – Booklist
The Vacationers by Emma Straub – “Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter’s high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.” – Summary from catalog

Joanna’s September Recommendation

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“An absolute page turner!  I could not put this book down.  Just when you think you’ve figured it out, the plot takes a sharp turn in a direction no one could guess.  For those of you on the hold list, hang on, it is worth the wait.”

Read about it or request it from the library catalog!

Similar Reads (Fiction)

Check out our Weekly Spotlight on Gone Girl Readalikes for a lot more than just three similar fiction reads for this title!

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower (Access to library catalog here!)

2) People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott (Access to library catalog here!)