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Love What Matters: Real People. Real  Stories. Real Heart

Reviewed by Sarah Murphy

Today’s world seems full of anger, bitterness, selfishness, and other negative, soul crushing problems. If you are in need of a quick dose of positivity and reassurance that love and happiness still exist, this book will help. Short anecdotal stories accompanied by a photograph can easily be read for a dose of positivity when things seem bleak and frustrating. Hopefully they will also inspire the reader to see the important, truly valuable people and experiences they have each day and lead to greater appreciation for their own blessings in life.

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Librarians and Cybrarians can Save us All by Marilyn Johnson

Reviewed by Natasha Hunt

Dive into the stacks of a Librarians life with, This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians can Save us All, by Marilyn Johnson.  A truly unique reading experience on how libraries and librarians are changing to further assist patrons in this ever changing fast paced technical age. From chat rooms, blogging, and on the streets, we librarians are popping up the world over to help and enable all people with free information.

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The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond

Reviewed by Kandi Vance

“This isn’t just my love story; it’s a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet.”

One of my guilty pleasures is watching the Food Network channel. One of the shows I watch is The Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond, in the intro, says she is an “accidental country girl.” That got my attention, and as the show progresses every episode Ree gives you snippets of how she became an “accidental country girl.” So when I came across this book on the shelf, I knew I had to read it.

Black Heels to Tractor Wheels is an autobiography of how Ree and Ladd meet and fell in love. Ree tells of the first years of marriage as she adapts to country life. If you like The Pioneer Woman and all the antics of her family, you will like this book.

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Appalachian Ghost Stories and other Tales by James Gay Jones

Reviewed by Brittany Holt

Appalachian Ghost Stories and Other Tales by James Gay Jones delivers stories that have passed from generation to generation and offers a haunting glimpse into past of the Appalachian people.  From stories of Civil War soldiers to those of witches that stirred fear in the hearts of the natives, Appalachian Ghost Stories and Other Tales give chilling examples of fireside tales.  Appalachian Ghost Stories and Other Tales would be the perfect addition for your summer camping trips, as well as social bonfires, the book offers short stories that will definitely make you feel an extra chill in the night air.

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Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon

Reviewed by Erica Hall

I knew that I liked Ruth Bader Ginsburg before reading this book, but I didn’t realize just how cool her personal history is. RBG really is a fierce advocate for truth and justice, despite how calm and quiet she may appear. She has consistently flouted gender norms, even in her early years when it was not as common to do so, and she has done so with grace and class. In Notorious RBG, Carmon entertains as well as informs with pictures, funny asides, and a selection of annotated dissents of RBG. The tone is light, but the content will stay with you for months after reading.

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Clean and Hungry: Easy All Natural Recipes for Clean Eating in the REAL world by Lisa Lillien

Reviewed by Kelly Schaller

If you are looking to start eating a healthier way, there is a GREAT cook book for beginners! Lisa Lillien has come out with a new book in her Hungry Girl Series! I LOVE her and I recommend her book, “Clean and Hungry..easy all natural recipes for clean eating in the real world” by Lisa Lillien.

I love dieting…said no one…ever. But Lisa’s approach to Clean Eating without highly processed foods and/or added refined sugar does not seem like dieting. Simple healthy ingredients…quick and easy cooking methods…it’s a no brainer!   As a busy mom myself, the best thing about this cook book is that the recipes are not tedious, budget savvy, and pretty easy to make.  Lisa has broken down the book into shopping lists, suggestions, allergy alert sections, recipes, and a variety of cooking methods! Want a few spoilers? There are recipes like…PB&J Waffles (203 calories), BBQ Meatloaf (196 calories), Hawaiian Shrimp Fried Rice with Pineapple (229 calories) Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake (100 calories) just to name a few…

So, go on..what are you waiting for? Ring in the New Year and try new things! (you don’t have to call it dieting!) If you like this book, check out her earlier books…they are just as fun!

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Janet Evans’ Total Swimming by Janet Evans

Reviewed by Erica Hall

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Feeling inspired by Katie Ledecky’s Olympic performance in Rio? Check out this comprehensive book to improve your swimming. Written by the former long distance queen Janet Evans, this book can help anyone at any level learn how to swim better. She starts off with the very basics of equipment, strokes, and vocabulary. The latter half of the book details drills to refine your stroke along with graduated workouts to get you swimming greater distances faster.

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Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James

Review by Morgan Hayes

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Paris in Love, by Eloisa James, is a memoir of the romance novelist’s sabbatical trip to Paris. After losing her to mother to cancer, and then being diagnosed with cancer herself, James believed it was time to do something for herself. So James, her husband, and their two children all moved to Paris, France for one year. During her stay, she created Facebook posts and Tweeted about her stay. Paris in Love is a collection of all these posts James created during this time. Most of the entries are no more than a few sentences long and mainly discuss her children, food, and shopping, and other life lessons. This is a great book to read if you enjoy memoirs but need to read something with a lighter tone. James’ anecdotes are funny and well written and will keep the reader engaged while learning what will happen next to the family. Paris in Love is an insightful book that shows the reader that sometimes it is important to simply live life for yourself.

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Reviewed by Erica Hall

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Hyperbole and a Half is difficult to classify. It originated as a blog in the form of a webcomic, which can still be viewed for free online. The actual book Hyperbole and a Half pulls together many of these entries in the form of a book, with new stories added. These comics are autobiographical and take place anywhere from the author’s childhood to present day. While at first glance the drawings seem very child-like, it’s important to note that they do a remarkable job of enhancing the storytelling, which is also surprisingly poignant. Her stories about depression are simultaneously funny and truthful. Her stories about her dogs (Simple Dog and Helper Dog) are endearing. And “God of Cake,” her story about being a small child hell-bent on eating a forbidden cake, has me laughing out loud even after multiple re-reads.

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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts About Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

Reviewed by Erica Hall

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Reading anything by Nora Ephron is always a comforting experience, like eating an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s after a hard day. Her writing is warm, charming, and nostalgic. Though ostensibly about aging, I Feel Bad About My Neck deals with subjects that someone of any age can relate to. Some of the lighter essays touch on cooking misadventures and vanity. In deeper essays, Ephron reflects back on significant moments in her life. No matter what the topic, she always manages to sound like a dear friend with whom you’re getting coffee. If you’re so inclined, the audiobook is read by the author and is just as enjoyable as the book.

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