The holidays are over and it’s time to start a whole new year with some mysterious, heartfelt and mind-blowing books! Enter to win this week’s picks!
I Power by George Dieter
We all too often look for happiness and contentment via relationships, success and recognition — all things that lie outside ourselves. Underpinned by Boundary Theory, this book illustrates why this approach is actually at the heart of why we end up experiencing unhappiness and discontent. By learning to approach life with a boundary focus, we discover that nobody can ‘make’ us feel or do anything; only we are responsible for how we feel. We also become able to switch our rational brain on, and our emotional brain off, when making decisions or facing challenges. And we are far better placed to minimize stress. By implementing boundaries so that we take responsibility only for ourselves, we will find ourselves able to lessen interpersonal conflict, and greatly enhance our feelings of contentment, fulfillment and balance.
GEORGE DIETER has a Masters degree in the psychology of coaching, a Masters degree in psychology, and a law degree. He is currently the principal psychologist at a private practice specializing in relationship, child and adolescent counseling. George has presented papers at national and international conferences, as well as authoring a publication on issues confronting the juvenile justice system.
Conversations With a Masked Man by John Hadden
For forty years John Hadden and his father of the same name fought at the dinner table over politics, art, and various issues concerning America. One was haunted by what he had witnessed during his long CIA career, from Berlin to Tel Aviv; the other retreated to the Vermont woods to direct Shakespeare until finally he confronted his father at the table one last time with a tape recorder. Conversations with a Masked Manis a series of conversations Hadden had with his father about the older man’s thirty-year career as a CIA officer and how American policy affected the family and the world.
JOHN HADDEN has worked in the theater for forty years. He was artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Company, a founding member of Shakespeare & Co, associate artist with We Players, and cofounder and artistic director of Counterpoint Theater in Boston. He has a theater BFA from SUNY Purchase and a writing MFA from Goddard College; his plays and a short film have won awards and have been seen in New York at LaMaMa ETC, PS 122, and the Ensemble Studio Theater, and published in The Good Ear Review and American Letters & Commentary. He has taught at numerous universities and schools; in Vermont he is a juried teaching artist with the VT Arts Council. His solo show, Travels with a Masked Man, is composed of excerpts from his forthcoming book of a similar name.
The Inner War by Gerda Hartwich Robinson
It is sometimes difficult to remember that in war there are innocents on all sides who suffer. German citizens who had no connection to the atrocities committed by their countrymen nonetheless endured great hardships because of them. In The Inner War, author Gerda Hartwich Robinson narrates her story as a German survivor of World War II. She tells how her life’s journey included hunger, fear, neglect, and physical and emotional abuse, and how she carried these injustices in her mind and body for many years, leading to debilitating back pain, headaches, panic attacks, depression, and feelings of inadequacy.
GERDA HARTWICH ROBINSON was born in 1938 and survived World War II in Germany. At twenty-two, she left for America, later marrying Dallas Robinson and starting a family. Now retired, she lives with her husband in Venice, Florida.
Double Down by Gabra Zackman
It’s Spy vs. Spyas a sassy Ocean’s Eleven-style team of undercover operatives finds love and mayhem in the third Bod Squad adventure—part mystery, part romance, and totally, hilariously hot.
Who would fall for an assassin…except another assassin?
After a security breach is written in the sky—literally—the Bod Squad jumps back into action. An important member of the team has been assassinated by the mob, and the squad’s public enemy #1, Baba Samka, is getting too close. Could his deadly work be an inside job? Only trained assassins Tyka and Mahmoud have the very particular set of skills the Bod Squad needs to solve this case. Neither of these dead sexy shooters is looking for a partner—but before they know it, the sparks are flying faster than bullets. Could true love be in their sights?
GABRA ZACKMAN knows romance. Her clever and “thrilling romantic caper” (Library Journal) Bod Squad series was inspired by the more than one hundred romance and women’s fiction titles she has narrated for audio. She divides her time between her native New York City and Denver, Colorado.
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