Maybe You Should Talk To Someone

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. Available now at the library.

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The Secret Life of Bees

"Set in South Carolina during the tumultuous summer of 1964, The Secret Life of Bees also ushered young Lily Owens, a girl transformed by the power and divinity of the female spirit, into the canon of modern-day heroines. Lily and her fierce-hearted black stand-in mother escape the racism of their hometown and find refuge with an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, whose…

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The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong

This is my all time favorite children’s book (recommended ages: 2nd grade to adult). Winner of the Newberry Prize in 1955, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, and so winsomely full of humor, suspense, character, and hope, that my 8 year old son and I could not put it down (although, at times, he had to hide under the covers because of the dramatic suspense).…

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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion: The Power of Boundless Compassion

This is my favorite read of this year. Short, powerful, poetic, funny, and deeply moving, you can’t go wrong with this collection of essays by Gregory Boyle who has spent the better part of his life running a gang intervention program in L.A. These essays focus on our universal kinship and are “moving examples of the power of unconditional love in difficult times and the importance of fighting despair.”

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