Monday, July 14, 2014


Who knew that the term self-help came from an actual book of the same name written by Samuel Smiles and published in 1859? Books that help people improve their lives (win friends, influence people, lose weight, exercise more) have always been popular with patrons at the Monrovia Public Library. Two recent titles focus on our working lives.
Arianna Huffington, famous for her Greek accent and her newsy website The Huffington Post (, has written a book called Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being and Wonder aimed at women who are working long hours to get ahead in their jobs, but have little time or energy for themselves, family, friends, or interests. Huffington proposes a life freer of stress and one that promotes rest, becoming unplugged from computers and concentrating on what is really important. The author tries to offer practical advice while using stories of real people to get her points across.

Remember Jane Pauley? When the longtime host of the Today show gave up her job she spent years trying to figure out what to do with her life.  Her book, Your Life Calling: Re-imagining the Rest of Your Life, is aimed at those baby boomers of a certain age who are still working, but on the cusp of retirement and wondering what to do with the next phase of their lives. Full of anecdotes and positive information, the book encourages readers to explore new opportunities in pursuit of more satisfying work lives.

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