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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062952394
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Published: Harper - November 5th, 2019

I knew I wanted to read Finding Chika the moment I heard Mitch Albom on tv, talking about the little girl who stole the heart of Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika was born in Haiti on January 9, 2010, just 3 days before the horrific earthquake that devastated Haiti. Two years later, Chika's mother died, and Chika is taken to the orphanage that the Albom's have operated since the earthquake. When he met Chika, he knew she was brave. When Chika needs medical help, Mitch and Janine bring her to the US. With no children of their own, the pair become a trio. Chika teaches Mitch 7 important lessons. You will laugh and you will cry--have tissues handy.

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White Bird: A Wonder Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525645535
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love the book Wonder.  I even got to meet author R J Palacio at BookExpo 2019! Surprisingly, I have never read a graphic novel.  So I decided White Bird would be a good one to start with.  I loved it! It is fiction, based on the Holocaust, told from the perspective of the hidden child herself, Sara.  Well written and gorgeously illustrated, this book helps children to understand a very important part of history in a way that is moving and timely.  Just like in Wonder, we find that with kindness, anything is possible.  

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Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501197628
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2019

As someone who actually enjoys reading obituaries of people I don't know (because you can learn a lot about a person after they die!), Mobituaries was written for me. I especially like the story of Audrey Hepburn, one of my favorite celebrities, and also the dedication Mo wrote about his own father.

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The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062467256
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 20th, 2016

As a long time bookseller, I related to Nina on so many levels: from living with way too many books in her home, to wanting one job-to find the right book for the right person, and believing that there is one out there for everyone. After losing her library job in England, Nina takes a risk and moves to Scotland to transform a van into a bookmobile. She learns to live in the real world instead of through her books. This is a feel good story to read with a warm beverage in front of a fire, while dreaming of being in the Scottish Highlands.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982106997
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Published: Scribner - May 5th, 2020

The triumphant New York Times Bestseller * The Tonight Show Summer Reads Pick *

Named one of the best books of the year by People, Vogue, Parade, NPR, and Elle

“This is one beautiful book.

The Self-Care Solution: A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter--One Month at a Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062885425
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Published: William Morrow - December 30th, 2019

ABC’s chief medical correspondent helps you ring in the New Year right with a resolution that’s actually doable: a year-long plan to improve your emotional and physical health—from giving up alcohol to doing a digital detox, but each for only one month.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton is at the top of her field as an ob-gyn and news correspondent.

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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735217737
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019


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Simple Abundance: 365 Days to a Balanced and Joyful Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538731734
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 19th, 2019

This is an updated edition of a book that was originally published in 1995. The daily passages are a great way to start the day before your feet "hit the floor". You can begin it at any date and you will be inspired by the quotes and meditations. You may want to pair it with an updated Simple Abundance Gratitude Journal also!