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Recommended Reads From The Wood Buffalo Regional Library

Looking for a good read and want to try something new? Check out the books listed below!

Milleneagram

By Hannah Paasch

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that has a sneaky way of revealing who we are and why we do the things we do. Using nine types, it gets to the root of our fears and motivations, unveiling our innermost selves.

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Millenneagram reinvigorates the Enneagram by putting a modern spin on the classic nine types. Hannah Paasch, creator of the popular #millenneagream threads on Twitter, reveals how this system acts as a map toward our authentic selves. For Hannah, the Enneagram is not about changing who we are, but rather nurturing and loving our whole selves, even the pain in the ass qualities. “Only from this position of wholeness, rootedness in who we are, what we believe, and what kind of story we are writing, will we be able to act bravely for the sake of justice and humanity – to approach our f*cked-up world with the grounded courage it asks of us.” With her trademark irreverent humor and empowering affirmations, Millenneagram reframes the classic Enneagram types with a fresh perspective and new names that cut right to the chase.

A Beginners Guide to the Universe

By Mike Dooley

Inspired by such classics of gem-like wisdom as Life’s Little Instruction Book, The Four Agreements, and The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, Mike’s Beginner’s Guide to the Universe gives voice to his most essential, heartfelt advice about living deliberately and creating consciously. Guiding the reader thoughtfully and joyfully through a range of topics-including family and relationships, power and responsibility, adversity and bouncing back from it, even the nature of heaven, angels, and God-Mike succeeds in making a happy life in this universe seem easily within our reach.

Rewilding

By Paul Jepson & Cain Blythe

The ground-breaking science behind ambitious new schemes for restoring lost natural systems. Nature conservation in the 21st century has taken a radical new turn. Instead of conserving particular species in nature reserves as ‘museum pieces’, frozen in time, the thinking now is that we should allow landscape-sized areas to ‘rewild’ according to their own self-determined processes. By fencing off large areas and introducing large herbivores, along with apex predators such as wolves, dynamic new habitats are already being created. These ‘self-willed’ areas will develop in ways that cannot always be predicted, and they may not conform to our traditional ideas of wildlife habitats, but they will form a robust and rich ecology which will be strong enough to withstand future climate changes and species shifts. In this highly topical book, the first popular account of rewilding, practicing ecologists Paul Jepson and Cain Blythe explore the ongoing scientific discoveries that are emerging from this fascinating field.

Ageless Brain

From the Editors of Prevention and Julia Vantine

It’s normal for the brain to short-circuit every now and again-you put your keys in the fridge or can’t find the pair of glasses on top of your head. But what if there was a way to eat, exercise, and live that could eliminate these “senior moments?” Ageless Brain offers a plan to sharpen your memories and minds so that at 40, you have the quick, agile brain you had at 30. Based on groundbreaking scientific research, this plan is filled with brain-healthy foods, exercises, and little ways that you can positively impact your most vital organ every day by de-stressing, adjusting your attitude, and constantly interacting with the world through play.

Make it Happen

By Jenna Herbut

Make It Happen is packed with hard-won insight and inspiration from Jenna Herbut, the founder of Make It. Referring to lessons learned over the course of her entrepreneurial journey, Jenna shares case studies and hot tips from creative, courageous entrepreneurs who also realized their dreams by overcoming fear and resistance.

Learn how to make your own dreams come true with invaluable “Make It Real” exercises to help you practice and apply new techniques, skills, and ideas to make it happen.

Divergent Mind

By Jenara Nerenberg

A paradigm-shifting study of neurodivergent women-those with ADHD, autism, and other sensory processing differences-exploring why these traits are overlooked in women and how society benefits from allowing their unique strengths to flourish As a successful, Harvard- and Berkeley-educated writer, entrepreneur, and devoted mother, Jenara Nerenberg was shocked to discover that her “symptoms” that were only ever labeled as anxiety were considered autistic and ADHD. Being a journalist, she dove into the research and uncovered neurodiversity-a framework that moves away from pathologizing “abnormal” versus “normal” brains and instead recognizes the vast diversity of our mental makeups.

Divergent Mind is a long-overdue, much-needed answer for women who have a deep sense that they are “different.” Sharing real stories from women with ADHD, autism, synesthesia, misophonia, and more, Nerenberg explores how these brain variances present differently in women and dispels widely held misconceptions. She also offers a path forward, describing practical changes in how we can communicate, design our surroundings, and better support divergent minds. When we allow our wide variety of brain makeups to flourish, we create a better tomorrow for us all.

WishCraft

by Shauna Cummins

Humans have always loved to wish, and they love it even more when their wishes come true! In Wishcraft, Shauna Cummins uses her experience as a hypnotist to teach you how to take control of your subconscious mind and make your wishes become a reality. In Shauna’s experience, we can empower our wishes with practice and intention, working with wishes as if they are a blessing, affirmation and meditation all in one.

Featuring detailed instructions for calming the mind, allowing your wishes to influence you on a deeper level, as well as information on how to create an ideal environment for manifesting, this book will help you to discover how to turn your fears, phobias and negative feelings into positive, empowering tools and to find your inner strengths and skills. When we learn the art, benefit and practice of well-wishing, our subconscious mind becomes a proverbial wishing well; an ideal place to plant our wishes. Wishes can act as a focusing lens for our desires and portal for divine intervention. Including advice on the type of wishes you can aim for – from wishes to love, receive, grow, achieve and more – Wishcraft  will give you the tools to take hold and transform your life.

Brave, Not Perfect

By Reshma Saujani

New York Times bestselling author and Girls Who Code founder/CEO Reshma Saujani inspires us to discover the power of female bravery. Do you ever feel crushed under the weight of your own expectations? Do you often lose sleep ruminating over a tiny mistake or worrying about what someone else thinks of you? Do you run yourself ragged trying to do it all at home and at work, with a smile and not a hair out of place? Have you ever passed up an opportunity–a new relationship, new job, or new challenge–because you’re afraid you won’t immediately excel at it? For you, is failure simply not an option? You’re not alone. As women, we’ve been taught from an early age to play it safe. Well-meaning parents and teachers rewarded us for being quiet and polite, urged us to be careful so we don’t get hurt, and steered us to activities at which we could shine. Meanwhile, boys were expected to speak up, get dirty, play rough, and climb to the top of the monkey bars. In short, boys are taught to be brave, while girls are taught to be perfect. As a result, we grow up to be women who are afraid to fail. So terrified of not doing everything perfectly, we tamp down our dreams and narrow our world, along with our opportunities for happiness.

As too many of us eventually learn, being afraid to take risks, to use our voice to take a stand or ask for what we want, even to make mistakes, leads to a lot of disappointment and regret. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In a book inspired by her hugely popular TED Talk, Reshma Saujani shows us how to end our love affair with perfection and rewire ourselves for bravery. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with girls and women from around the country, stories of women changing the world one brave act at a time, and her own personal journey, Saujani shares an array of powerful insights and practices to make bravery a lifelong habit and enable us to be the authors of our biggest, boldest, and most joyful life.

Letters from an Astrophysicist

By Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world’s largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by unveiling his candid correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of one hundred letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.

The Ultimate Art of War

By Antony Cummins

Composed in the 5th century BC, Sun Tzu’s Art of War is the earliest-known treatise on military strategy, and is still hugely popular around the world for its perceptive tactical advice to commanders on how to win at war with minimal bloodshed. Aimed at all those who want to study the text in depth, this is the first step-by-step guide to the famous treatise, breaking down the 13 chapters of the original into 200 easily digested lessons, from ‘do not press a desperate enemy’ to ‘control your troops through bond of loyalty’ to ‘when you are weak, beware attack’, all accompanied by comprehensive commentary and clarified with around 250 illustrations. Making the lessons even more memorable and easy to understand, the black/red illustrations include strategic diagrams, evocative line drawings and beautiful calligraphy. Includes the classic 1910 translation by Lionel Giles and commentary that takes into account all academic interpretations of the text, highlighting differences between modern translations as well as the perspectives of historical Chinese commentators. No other edition compares and contrasts the viewpoints of different contemporary translators, or explains exactly what each section of this often enigmatic text actually means.

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