January Staff Reading Recommendations

Our January 2017 staff recommendations come from our Adult Programming Librarian, Jessie Yates! Check out some of these titles to start off your year with some excellent nonfiction reads!

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer
This book is different than any travel guide I've ever seen. It is a fantastic, vibrant book, perfect for those who like to board the plane and those who would rather stay warm on the couch.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed in any area of life, the author explains that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
This book opened my eyes to poverty in America differently than anything I've ever read. The daily life of sinking deeper and deeper into the world of the author's experience as an intentionally impoverished American allowed me to realize my prior ignorance of what being poor actually means.

Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by The Minimalists (Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus)
"Less is more" is the essence of this book's essays, which are also featured on a podcast by the authors. Between this book and the podcast, my husband and I are slowly refocusing our attention on how to scale back on things and focus on what is really important in life.

The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci
This is a must-read for everyone. Ferrucci gives advice on how to treat other humans and yourself with common decency that most of us think we know, but rarely use. Also, it's a meaty and deep, but quick read.

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