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26. The Work

In this follow-up to his compelling memoir The Other Wes Moore, Moore continues his story as a new Rhodes Scholar through the next 10 years of his life. Broken down into chapters of "lessons," The Work is an inspiration, encouraging service to others as a way to find meaning. Books mentioned in this post The [...]

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27. A Wonderful Year

In his new book, Nick Bruel takes us through all four seasons of one particular (funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes nutso) year. A Wonderful Year is packed full of deadpan wackiness, unexpected turns, and, of course, a purple hippo named Louise. Books mentioned in this post A Wonderful Year Nick Bruel Sale Hardcover $12.59

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28. The Terrible Two

From the hilarious minds of longtime friends Mac Barnett and Jory John comes this epic tale of Miles Murphy and Niles Sparks, two schoolmates who live in Yawnee Valley, a town that prides itself on its knowledge of cows. Yes... cows. With great illustrations by Kevin Cornell, this engaging, uproarious prankster vs. prankster battle royale [...]

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29. The Sixth Extinction

Kolbert considers the rapacious effects of humanity's unmitigated conquest of our planet and its biota — and the harrowing legacy our actions (and inactions) have ultimately wrought. Forgoing an alarmist approach in favor of a measured, well-reasoned style, Kolbert's shrewd reporting is both vital and engrossing. Books mentioned in this post The Sixth Extinction: An [...]

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30. A Short Guide to a Long Life

Should you take vitamins? Is caffeine good or bad for you? How often should you exercise? If you're tired of trying to make sense of contradictory studies and new health fads, this quick, refreshingly direct read will give you sound guidance for a longer, healthier life. Books mentioned in this post A Short Guide to [...]

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31. The Last American Vampire

Fans of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will want to follow the further adventures of vampire Henry Sturges as he navigates his way through the centuries. Tag along as Henry meets almost every pivotal individual in history: Teddy Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Bram Stoker, and my personal favorite, Tesla, to name just a handful. Fun and smart [...]

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32. I Think You’re Totally Wrong

In this hilarious and thought-provoking book, Powell and Shields spend an extended weekend at a cabin debating the merits of each of their chosen lifestyles. Powell, a stay-at-home dad, is committed to embracing life to the fullest. Shields, a prolific author, believes that life should be devoted to the creation of art. It's an argument [...]

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33. The First Bad Man

Cheryl is our obsessively depraved narrator who winds up taking in her boss’s verbally abusive grown daughter, Clee. An utterly explosive relationship develops between the unlikely pair, resulting in a comically bizarre, heartrending, and wholly unexpected outcome in this brave new work by Miranda July. Books mentioned in this post The First Bad Man Miranda [...]

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34. The Darkest Part of the Forest

Once upon a time, a brother and sister played at killing monsters with songs and swords. But times have changed, and in the tourist town of Fairfold — where fairies are big business — things are getting sinister. Holly Black brings her trademark wit and creepy flair to this lush little story of fairy magic [...]

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35. Amnesia

A twisting thriller-like tale, Carey's timely political drama resonates with disturbing parallels to today's global politics, cyber criminals, and covert CIA actions. Books mentioned in this post Amnesia Peter Carey Sale Hardcover $18.17

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36.  Transform Yourself with Positive Self Talk from This to...

Do you feel like you are always talking yourself out of success?  As soon as you start to set goals for yourself, do you suddenly have nagging thoughts about how you aren't up to the task or how you simply aren't qualified to carry it through? 

If you have ever experienced either situation, you need to change the way you respond to your inner dialogue.  Instead of obeying your negative commands, you can use positive self-talk to counter the negativity and overcome nearly all anxious thoughts.

Setting Goals and Sticking to Them with Positive Self-Talk

Are you initially filled with excitement when you first set goals for yourself? Are these thoughts then followed by self-doubt and self-defeating thoughts that stop you in your tracks before you even get started?

It can be difficult to make the most of your life when you are constantly talking yourself out of being a success.  It can be frustrating and discouraging to have these thoughts constantly plaguing you. Many of us, in fact, don't even realize we have them! All we know is that we don't have the confidence to stick to our plans and reach our goals

But there's another way!

Positive self-talk is an effective way to set goals and ensure that you stick to them, even if you have never been able to do this before.  The way this works is that you decide what goal is important to you, and then you plan the logistics of how you are going to attain this goal.  When self-doubt starts kicking in, you will respond with affirmations that prove your success without surrendering to the negative pressure. Since you're reading this article, it's clear that you're no quitter and you're certainly not a failure, so start believing in yourself!

Re-Programming Your Mind

Affirmations are essentially positive statements that re-program your mind for the positive. The moment you have a self-defeating thought you'd be able to counter the negative with a motivating statement. An example of a positive affirmation is: "I am worthy of great success," or "I see myself in the winner's circle."  What this does is replace negativity with thoughts that will help you move toward your goals instead of further away from them.

Positive self-talk is easier to implement than you might think. You may not be aware of the severity of the negative dialogue currently within your mind. However, once you begin with positive self-talk, you will suddenly realize that you are self-sabotaging the goals you set for yourself from the minute that you make them. This process can open your eyes to exactly how much this inner conversation has been interfering with your life. You'll feel hopeful that you can now set goals and surpass them.

Through positive self-talk you will be able easily set long and short-term goals for yourself. And when you use affirmations, you'll have accessible tools to help you push yourself further than ever before. Learning to quiet negativity with positive thoughts is a great move toward setting and attaining future goals with ease. You can become Your Own Hero.


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37. Five Hundred Mountains Destroyed for a @*&%$! Allegory!

I found a hole in the perimeter fence on a Sunday when the haul trucks were idle and I could work my way up the shoulder of mountain undetected. About 100 yards from the site rim, I came into a collar of dying trees — leaves dusted with grey mountain gilings, a forest floor of [...]

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38. The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell, 224 pp, RL 4

  The Terrible Two is the first book in new series created by authors with serious pedigrees in kid's books and humor, Mac Barnett and Jory John and perfectly, illustrated by self-proclaimed "mediocre illustrator and humorist," Kevin Cornell. As a parent, bookseller, composer of personalized book lists and librarian, I get asked for funny books all the time. Unfortunately, writing (good)

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39. Jill Maxick of Prometheus Books: The Powells.com Interview

For decades, Prometheus Books has put out titles we both love and respect. Prometheus is the leading publisher in the United States of books on free thought, humanism, and atheism — as well as many more titles that serve to fire up the human mind. In fact, that almost seems to be the sole reason [...]

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40. Poetry Friday: Unwritten Poems by William Winter

Fairy spirits of the breeze-
Frailer nothing is than these.
Fancies born we know not where-
In the heart or in the air;
Wandering echoes blown unsought
From far crystal peaks of thought;
Shadows, fading at the dawn,
Ghosts of feeling dead and gone:
Alas! Are all fair things that live
Still lovely and still fugitive?

- Unwritten Poems by William Winter

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41. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, 371 pp, RL: TEEN

Back in 2011 I bought the sky is everywhere , the debut novel by Jandy Nelson, when it came out in paperback. She graduated from the high school my kids go to and I was curious. Like so many books I buy, I still have not (but I will, I will!) read it. When I saw  Nelson's newest book, I'll Give You the Sun, I was enthralled by the cover art and impressed by this bold choice for a YA book. A

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42. Most Popular Cookbooks of 2014

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and these are the 2014 top-selling cookbooks at Powell's. Our number one bestseller: Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi. Not only does Ottolenghi have THE bestselling cookbook at Powells — he has three cookbooks in the top 10. My favorite, Jerusalem: A Cookbook, has been a bestseller since [...]

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43. Worst in Show by William Bee, illustrated by Kate Hindley

  Worst in Show is the newest picture book from a favorite of mine, William Bee, this time illustrated by the marvelous Kate Hindley. With  Worst in Show Bee substitutes hairy, hideous monsters for pure bred dogs groomed to within an inch of their life. The juxtaposition is perfect, as are Hindley's magnificently detailed illustrations. There is so much to look at on every page, from the

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44. What You Don’t Know about the Teenage Brain

Things were changing in our household: the teen years had intruded into our otherwise harmonious, do-as-mom-tells-you relatively orderly world. As my two sons, who are two years apart, gradually began the "morphing" process from childhood into adolescence, I felt many things shift, most obviously our parent-child relationship. We were not unusual: this was happening in [...]

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45. The Year of Reading Dangerously

Can reading a book actually make your life better, even if you don't necessarily love the experience of reading it? In this entertaining memoir, Miller puts this question to the test by doing the actual work of reading. A lot of reading. Anyone who has ever fudged the facts when someone asked them, "So, what [...]

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46. The Powell’s Playlist: Songs for Not Sleeping by Tim Johnston

I once told a medical-profession-type lady that I didn't sleep well, that I awoke all through the night and was awake for hours. "What do you do when that happens?" she asked. I said I lie there listening to music and thinking. "Thinking about what?" she asked. I said everything, but mainly about whatever I'm [...]

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47. RANGER IN TIME book 1 by Kate Messner

What can I say about this new series from Kate Messner?

Wellllll.... Four words:
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48. 10:04

I think this next statement is true, and it is deeply troubling: as a culture and as artists, we are trying to figure out how to live in a world that has been devastated ecologically and economically, but isn't all over yet. Where does parenthood (creation), relationships (belonging), and — Lerner's biggest question — art [...]

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49. 35 Seconds

Late at night on September 22, 2014, at a housing project basketball court in Brooklyn, a white cop pushes a black man against a chain link fence. They stand face-to-face, the black man, Lamard Joye, a little taller than the cop, William Montemarino. Joye wears a hooded sweatshirt, printed collage-style with pictures of the Notorious [...]

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50. The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

A longtime fan of The Office (both versions), I was very excited when I discovered that B. J. Novak, writer, actor and executive producer of the show, wrote a book of short stories, One More Thing. And I bought it and it is very good, just as I anticipated. I was very surprised when I learned that B.J. Novak had written a picture book. I am prepared to gape in awe and wonder when someone  

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