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This is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick

Topics: PCSing, Home

A journalist embarks on a project to discover what it takes to love where you live. The average restless American will move 11.7 times in a lifetime. For Melody Warnick, it was move #6, from Austin, Texas, to Blacksburg, Virginia, that threatened to unhinge her. In the lonely aftermath of unpacking, she wondered: Aren’t we supposed to put down roots at some point? How does the place we live become the place we want to stay? This time, she had an epiphany. Rather than hold her breath and hope this new town would be her family’s perfect fit, she would figure out how to fall in love with it—no matter what.


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The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith

Topics: PCSing, Home

Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester), helps readers accept and find beauty in imperfection, and find the freedom to take risks to create the home—and life—they’ve always wanted. This beautiful four-color book is full of photos and creative, easy ideas for arranging, decorating, and building a welcoming home. Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style—without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons.


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Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit by Candice Kumai

Topics: Health, Wellness

Where we come from is who we are. And Candice Kumai’s Japanese heritage has guided her journey back to health at every turn. Now, in Kintsugi Wellness, Candice shares what she’s learned and guides us through her favorite Japanese traditions and practices for cultivating inner strength and living a gracious life, interwoven with dozens of recipes for healthy, Japanese-inspired cuisine. Kintsugi Wellness provides the tools we all need to reclaim the art of living well.


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Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living by Doug Fine

Topics: Environmental, Green

Whether installing Japanese solar panels, defending the goats he found on Craigslist against coyotes, or co-opting waste oil from the local Chinese restaurant to try and fill the new “veggie oil” tank in his ROAT (short for Ridiculously Oversized American Truck), Fine’s extraordinary undertaking makes one thing clear: It ain’t easy being green. In fact, his journey uncovers a slew of surprising facts about alternative energy, organic and locally grown food, and climate change. Both a hilarious romp and an inspiring call to action, Farewell, My Subaru makes a profound statement about trading today’s instant gratifications for a deeper, more enduring kind of satisfaction.


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The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon

Topics: Relationships, PCSing

Drawing on the success of their own church campaign, two pastors help readers learn to value, respect, and care for the people who live in their neighborhoods.


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Rapport: The Art of Connecting with People and Building Relationships by Gabriel Angelo

Topics: Relationships

We are all born wanting to connect! We get a stronger sense of happiness, self-worth, and purpose in our lives when we are connected with others through "rapport." Having connections also have additional amenities: strong alliance support to progress through life or in times of need, better professional opportunities and faster career advancements, and larger social circle to enjoy a more enriching life. "Rapport" goes in full-depth with everything you need to know about rapport and how to create it. If you're lacking in connections or having problem connecting with people and establishing relationships, you can't afford not to be able to create rapport with others. Know how to use the art of rapport to improve your life.


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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver and Camille Kingsolver

Topics: Health, Wellness

Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.


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When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair: 50 Ways to Feel Thin, Gorgeous, and Happy (When You Feel Anything But) by Geneen Roth and Anne Lamott

Topics: Health, Wellness

Geneen Roth's pioneering books were among the first to link overeating and compulsive dieting with deeply personal issues that go far beyond weight and body image. Now, in this fun, practical book, she helps readers radically shift their relationships with food and find more life-affirming ways to care for themselves. With an exhilarating combination of intelligence and wicked good humor, she offers bite-sized pieces of invaluable wisdom.


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168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

Topics: Time-Management, Balancing Life

It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals. But then we give up because there just aren't enough hours to do it all. Vanderkam shows that with a little examination and prioritizing, you'll find it is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, family, and other things that really matter.


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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Topics: Self-care

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.


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Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin

Topics: Self-care

So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits? Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.


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Friendships Don't Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends by Shasta Nelson

Topics: Friendships, PCSing

Every woman is searching for a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life. Many realize the significant role that an intimate, tightly knit circle of friends plays in creating a more fulfilling life, but with hectic schedules, frequent moves, and life changes, it’s more important than ever for women to establish natural, meaningful friendships that will contribute to their overall wellbeing. In Friendships Don’t Just Happen!, Shasta Nelson, friendship expert and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com, reveals the most important proven steps, processes, and secrets vital to establishing the five different levels of friendships, or Circles of Connectedness, that women—no matter their age or relationship status—are longing for in today’s stressful and mobile culture.


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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Topics: Women

Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.


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Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe

Topics: Health, Eating

In Eat the Yolks, Liz Wolfe doesn’t just make a case for eating the whole egg. She uncovers the shocking lies we’ve been told about fat, cholesterol, protein, carbs, and calories and brings us the truth about which foods are healthy—and which foods are really harming us. You’ll learn truths like: fat and cholesterol are crucial, not harmful; why - “whole grains” are processed foods; what to eat instead of counting calories; what we actually should be tracking; all animal products are not created equal and which ones we truly need; nutrition doesn’t come in a box, bag, or capsule; and why there’s no substitute for real food!


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Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte

Topics: Time Management, Self-care

Overwhelmed is a book about time pressure and modern life. Author Brigid Schulte, began the journey quite by accident, after a time-use researcher insisted that she, like all American women, had 30 hours of leisure each week. Stunned, she accepted his challenge to keep time diary and began a journey. Along the way, she was driven by two questions, Why are things the way they are? and, How can they be better? The book both outlines the structural and policy changes needed and mines the latest human performance and motivation science to show the way out of the overwhelm and toward a state that time use researchers call... Time Serenity.

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The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Topics: Self-care, Time-Management

Helping people at work and at home balance stress and recovery and sustain high performance despite crushing workloads and 24/7 demands on their time. Combines the gritty tough mindedness of the best coaches with the gentle-but-insistent inspiration of the most effective spiritual advisers. The Power of Full Engagement is a highly practical, scientifically based approach to managing your energy more skillfully both on and off the job by laying out the key training principles and provides a powerful, step-by-step program. Above all, this book provides a life-changing road map to becoming more fully engaged on and off the job, meaning physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned.

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Talk to the Teacher: Get What Your Child Needs, Keep the Teacher on Your Side by Meg Flanagan

Topics: Parenting

Ever felt tongue tied during a parent-teacher conference? Struggled to write an email that gets you what you want and keep the teacher on your side? Talk to the Teacher solves these common school struggles with done-for-you parent-teacher meeting scripts, email templates, and talking point. Always know the right questions to ask at meetings. Send perfect emails that build amazing parent-teacher relationships. Talk to the Teacher is the perfect book for parents at all ages and stages of the K-12 journey!


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Sacred Spaces: My Journey to the Heart of Military Marriage by Corie Weathers

Topics: Military Marriage, Deployment

Like many military couples, Corie and her husband, Matt, an Army chaplain, accumulated significant unshared moments during Matt’s deployments. Matt lost friends and fellow soldiers to combat in Afghanistan. On the home front, Corie sat with bereaved military families and walked through dark days with new widows as a friend and professional counselor. Corie said 'yes' to visiting Afghanistan with the Secretary of Defense, hoping to gain a better understanding of her husband’s deployment experience and lessen the impact sacred spaces had on her marriage. Corie set out on this trip hoping to gain a better understanding of her husband and his deployment experience, but along the way, she discovered a whole new perspective of herself and her military marriage. By sharing her story, Corie hopes to help other military couples strengthen their marriages.


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The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess by Lou Schuler and Cassandra Forsythe

Topics: Health, Fitness

A comprehensive strength, conditioning and nutrition plan destined to revolutionize the way women work out. All the latest studies prove that strength training, not aerobics, provides the key to losing fat and building a fit, strong body. This book refutes the misconception that women will "bulk up" if they lift heavy weights. Properly conditioned muscles increase metabolism and promote weight loss -- it's that simple. The program demands that women put down the "Barbie" weights, step away from the treadmill and begin a strength and conditioning regime for the natural athlete in every woman. The New Rules of Lifting for Women will change the way women see fitness, nutrition and their own bodies.

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The Women's Health Big Book of Yoga: The Essential Guide to Complete Mind/Body Fitness by Kathryn Budig

Topics: Fitness, Health

Covering everything from basic postures to relaxation techniques to avoiding common injuries, The Women's Health Big Book of Yoga is the only guide readers need to achieve their fittest, healthiest, happiest selves.

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