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Good Winter Reads

Looking for a few books to cuddle up with this winter. Here are some that will inspire, educate, and let you escape while fighting the winter blues.

FICTION

Caring & Giving

“Praise For The Caregiver” was released after the death of its young author, Samuel Park  who died in his 30s of stomach cancer. His final novel flows seamlessly and while it is the story of a Brazilian immigrant who cares for a young woman dying of stomach cancer it truly is a tale of human fragility in body and identity. It is not a story of sadness and pity, but one of compassion. A good read.

Historical Fantasy

“Wolves of Eden: A Novel” by Kevin McCarthy takes readers on a historical ride full of adventure. It focused on the battle for the West. There is political intrigue, soldiers on the prowl for killers, among other page-turning tales on this journey. 

MUSIC

Beatles & The Duke

“Help!: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration 1st Edition” by Duke music professor Thomas Brothers looks at one of the greatest and most unique collaborations in music. Brothers doesn’t just discuss the collaboration, he dissects it by looking at the creative process at work. It’s a fascinating good about a fascinating collaboration.

NONFICTION

It’s In The Stars

If you found “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson” fascinating, you are going to want to delve into his latest — “Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military” written with Avis Lang. “Accessory to War” takes a look at the connection between science and the military and how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been used in war. 

“The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions,” say the authors. “The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds. Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology―which is more or less the same technology for both parties―nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage.”

Self-Care

Anyone who has had childhood dram and who feels it is still affecting them in adulthood should pick up “Carefrontation: Breaking Free From Childhood Trauma” by Dr. Arlene Drake.

Her guide may be able to help you break free of the pain of childhood abuse as it is filled with exploratory exercises and easy-to-use tools that Dr. Drake has employed her own clients. It is only through healing that one can become a whole and happy adult.

F*ck It

Sometimes you just gotta stop giving a “f*ck.” Really. It takes way too much energy to live up to others’ expectations of you. It’s much better to do “you.” And that’s what popular blogger Mark Manson’s book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” is about. 

The self-help guide advises folks to stop bowing to pressure to positive all the time. “F**k positivity,” Manson writes. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.”  He writes people should embrace their fears, limits, faults. When one accepts that then you can move forward and have a happy life.

But be forewarned: Manson doesn’t sugarcoat things — he’s all in your face.   

Growing Younger 

According to “Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years” by New York Times bestselling author of “The Hormone Cure” and “The Hormone Reset Diet Book” by Dr. Sara Gottfried you can turn back the clock. Aging, Dr. Gottfried, says it is not just based on your years and genes but on your lifestyle choices. 

Gottfried is a Harvard/MIT—trained physician and the program she created is 7 weeks long and address five-key factors that lead to aging. They are the muscle factor, the brain factor, the hormone factor, the gut factor, and the toxic fat factor.

Getting Out Of Your Own way

A lot of times the person holding us back is ourselves. We get in our own way and sometimes just F*ck things up for ourselves.

“Unfuk Yourself” by Gary John Bishop is a refreshing, straight-forward self-empowerment guide that employs a tough-love approach to steer you into a future free of self-imposed limitations.

”Wake up to the miracle you are,” Bishop writes. ”Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a fu*king miracle of being.” Bishop wants readers to stop listening to their negative self-talk. He wants readers to realize they are wired to win, that they are not my thoughts, and to expect nothing and accept everything.

HISTORY

Memories of Sudan

In 1956, Sudan became independent from Britain and stood its future looked bright. But the hope faded as the newly independent country fell into civil war and chaos. Millions from western Dufur fled their homes and left the country, leaving behind thousands who were killed. In1989, there was a coup. Writer Jamal Mahjoub was one of those who fled after the coup, 20 years later he returned.

And in “A Line in the River: Khartoum, City of Memory” he journeys through his own memories of Khartoum, the capital city of the Sudan. It’s a heartfelt ride as Mahjoub writes about colonialism, religion, and politics.

BUSINESS

If The Writing Is Right

If you have to do any writing at work, “The Only Business Writing Book You’ll Ever Need” by Laura Brown is just the book you need — no pun intended. The book offers easy-to-follow steps that will teach you how to write clear requests and write for your audience. It includes a helpful checklist to keep you on track. Being able to write for business not only helps you perform well at work, but it also helps you to promote yourself and your skills. 

Good Management

With “The Motivation Toolkit: How to Align Your Employees’ Interests with Your Own,” respected Stanford economist David M. Kreps breaks  down the fundamental principles of employee motivation.

You want to get your employees to work their best, and there is a way to do so. This book gives you a list of effective tools — as well as what not to do. 

About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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