Tuesday, January 6, 2015


It is now 2015 and with the New Year those pesky resolutions are shaking their fingers at all of us. Rather than agonize about what to include on that to do list, how about checking out the Monrovia Public Library for some of its newest self-improvement books.

Comedian Steve Harvey, whose successful television and radio career belies the fact that he once was so broke that he lived in his car, has written Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success. A motivational guide that implores readers to look for their own special gifts and then capitalize on them, it offers practical advice about how to build on the talents you already possess. 

Another comedian, George Carlin, said a house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff. If you are of that school, then you might check out Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Promoting the Kondo Mari method de-cluttering, which advocates that you keep only the things that bring you joy, the book suggests that just organizing your stuff is an inadequate way to achieve a happier you.

The Small BIG: Small Changes that Spark Big Influence is about using the latest behavioral and cognitive studies that say making one tiny change can influence an outcome. So what is it you want? A change at work or home? A team to get along? A person to change his/her mind? The book by business experts Steve Martin and Noah Goldstein is easy to follow and offers lots of tips to make you more persuasive. 
What’s a New Year’s list without a mention of food? Eat What You Love Everyday by Marlene Koch offers 300 recipes that eliminate lots of sugar, carbs and fats, but don't skimp on taste or use artificial ingredients. The author, a nutritionist, presents foods that are both healthy and a pleasure to eat.

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