Summer is the perfect time to read. Whether on vacation or on the patio, the extra sunshine encourages your customers to relax with a good book, and these will arrive just in time!
The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day
Kristi Hedges (ISBN 978-0-81-443789-6) AMACOM
Drawn from Hedges’s work in the field as a sought-after consultant and lecturer, this book seeks to demystify leadership and the qualities that set a handful of leaders apart from the crowd. Hedges provides thorough information, then applies it to an idea for easy comprehension. She anchors the book to what she calls the “Inspire Path” and then describes the four factors that enhance the Inspire Path’s inspirational effect. Let your customers know they can read it sequentially if they choose, but Hedges has gone to great lengths to cross-reference the material for those looking for on-demand solutions in response to crisis.
Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood
Matteo Bussola (ISBN 978-0-14-313137-3) TarcherPerigee
This uniquely layered memoir is already a bestseller in Italy. The role of “father” is redefined as Bussola shares his stream of consciousness while parenting his three daughters. From birth through school through doctor’s visits and, most notably, through the never-ending flood of whys, whats, and hows, he turns his artistic eye to their world. He offers readers the profundity found only when you truly listen to a child and the spontaneous, joyous moments that light up your life just when you think you can’t go on anymore. In the end it always comes back to the fundamental priority that shapes their lives: “Can we get pizza tonight?” Translator Jamie Richards preserves Bussola’s lighthearted style and a bit of the musical sound of Italian. This is a delightful read that will help parents find their way through the responsibilities of parenthood without losing sight of the miracles in their lives.
Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High-Vibe Life
Ruby Warrington (ISBN 978-0-06-243711-2) HarperElixir
Fast-paced, flirtingly sexy, and clear-eyed, Warrington writes with an intensity that bespeaks the receipt and processing of information at the speed of light. As someone who discovered “occult” just as it was becoming “New Age,” I watched newcomers read a few books and then present themselves as “Gurus.” I began to define my work as New Consciousness to take myself out of that fray. Recently, however, I have begun to be aware of a crystallization taking place in the esoteric world, generated mostly by young women. I believe this group is coming of age, not mimicking what they have read or heard, but expressing how they have made what they discover their own. Warrington dubs this “trending” wave of enlightenment the “Now Age,” simultaneously acknowledging the past teachings and the difference between the two. Let customers know she’s on to something that might turn out to be the phoenix rising from the ashes of metaphysical materialism.
Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing
Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D. (ISBN 978-1-84-409716-6) Findhorn Press
Greer demonstrated in his first book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life, that our personal stories not only affect our lives but are very often written by family, environmental influences, and cultural context. Now he applies that concept to physical health. As Baby Boomers age, health issues loom large on the world stage. Recognizing that this is the group that learned (in large part) to meditate because of The Beatles, he merged his business acumen, clinical Jungian training, and shamanic experience into a healing protocol that will appeal to that market and the progeny they raised. He is telling them that if they change the story they tell about health and wellness, they can change the way they experience those things in the physical world. Let customers know this is an intriguing step into the future that can help to change the world we live in.
Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood
Bailey Gaddis (ISBN 978-1-60-868471-7) New World Library
Mind/Body/Spirit principles are finally showing up in the world of pregnancy/childbirth, and Gaddis is at the forefront of it. Her own pregnancy was an unexpected push in a new philosophical direction, and she has made the most of it. Finding limited information to help her through the shift and making the rest up as she went along, she made careful note not only of what kept her going but also what helped her maximize the new experiences toward enlightenment (and a return to sanity). Gaddis used the five elements of Feng Shui, applied to three levels (physical, mental, spiritual), to anchor her perceptions and process what she was experiencing. With or without that framework, her book offers pregnant women and new mothers a way to maintain balance in all areas of their lives and always find the joy in what is an extremely stressful process.
Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You
Karin Ireland, Christopher Canyon “illustrations” (ISBN 978-1-58-469583-7) Dawn Publications
Dawn Publications hits another educational home run with this insightful tour of the natural world and these spectacular, life-affirming illustrations. Always at the forefront, this book successfully merges observation of the natural world with universal wisdom (spiritual insights) that reflects predominant trends in the mind/body/spirit world. Those insights are printed in italics at the end of each spread. In addition to guiding young readers toward self-confidence and empowerment, they demonstrate the foundational principles of many (if not most) spiritual philosophies extant in the modern world. Despite the fact that I am personally awed by the scholarly implications of this book, I also realize it never loses sight of the fact that its primary mission is to engage young readers and invite them to think about the premises presented.
10-Minute Recipes: Fast Food, Clean Ingredients, Natural Health
Liana Werner-Gray (ISBN 978-1-40-194970-9) Hay House
This book is aimed at busy people— especially busy people who put their well-being at the bottom of their to-do lists. Werner-Gray makes healthy eating accessible to everyone, no matter how busy or stressful their schedule is. The overriding goal is to make healthy food choices easy in a complicated world. The quick-start nutritional information in the front of the book is backed up by more than 350 healthy recipes that put that information into action. The Kid-Friendly Guide at the end of the book provides the icing on the cake. This is a winner in a crowded market.
Nicholas and the Wild Ones: How to Beat the Bullies
Niki Daly (ISBN 978-1-84-780853-0) Frances Lincoln
Daly’s captivating illustrations tell the tale of Nicholas, who takes on bullies who are terrorizing him and works out a creative solution for dealing with each one. The story clearly describes the hostile environment that many young people face today, including the mixed advice they get from the adults around them. In the end, Nicholas relies on his own inner resources to solve the problem, and the self-confidence he gains in the process is reflected in Daly’s drawings. The pages are filled with lots of the little details children love to find. The images are inclusive and empowering. Let customers know Daly has faced this issue straight on. Simultaneously he introduces readers to children who are ultimately happy and engaged in real-world activities and with each other.