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New Year, New Books: Start Your 2018 Reading Journey with These 27 New Reads

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These books have two things in common: they are new and they will change your life! It’s 2018, and we’re all looking for something to read that’s going to start the year off with a bang. If you want to get your 365 days of books off to a great start, here’s the ultimate list of the first new releases of the new year: Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan For Achieving Your Most Important Goals, Michael Hyatt Murder, Interrupted: True-Crime Thrillers, James Patterson No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories, Lee Child Judgement Detox: Release the Beliefs that Hold You Back from Living a Better Life, Gabrielle Bernstein The Woman in the Window: A Novel, A.J. Finn The 21-Day Sugar…

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TED Talk: Safwat Saleem Urges You to Find Your Voice — Plus, a Helpful Book List

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Finding a voice to fit your identity is never easy. However, artist, designer and animator Safwat Saleem, had a particularly difficult time, struggling with anxiety about his childhood stutter. In this thought-provoking, heartfelt and adorably animated talk from TED 2016, Saleem describes how he overcame his struggle to incorporate his voice into his artwork, not only through childhood, but in the face of rude YouTube commenters who ridiculed his Pakistani accent as an adult. Instead of letting ill-mannered commenters keep him from using his own voice in his work, Saleem rather unpacks the reasons behind those comments: differing definitions of “normality” that lead to preconceived notions. Saleem resolves to use his art to challenge those preconceived notions, which is about…

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