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The Road Less Traveled

A guide to help achieve spiritual simplicity explores a wide range of emotions and the coping mechanisms for the moral and spiritual dilemmas faced daily, and explains how taking full responsibility for one's actions can lead to renewed consciousness.—Baker & Taylor

The Road Less Traveled

M. Scott Peck
158.1 Pec

A guide to help achieve spiritual simplicity explores a wide range of emotions and the coping mechanisms for the moral and spiritual dilemmas faced daily, and explains how taking full responsibility for one's actions can lead to renewed consciousness.—Baker & Taylor

"This book is the the first, and one of the few 'self-help' books that I've ever read. I loved it, and I suppose it did such a great job molding me into the fine human specimen that I am today, that I just didn't need to read any further self help books afterwards! —Submitted by Kevin M., Teen and Digital Creativity Strategist

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Cain questions the modern American business culture that overlooks the positive characteristics of introverts such as persistence, reflection, and sensitivity to others' feelings. She explains the neurobiology and psychology of temperament in plain language. She offers advice for introverts on small talk, networking, and communicating with extroverts, and even shows how to pretend to be an extrovert when necessary. She also tells how to help an introverted child..—Book News

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain
155.232 Cai

Cain questions the modern American business culture that overlooks the positive characteristics of introverts such as persistence, reflection, and sensitivity to others' feelings. She explains the neurobiology and psychology of temperament in plain language. She offers advice for introverts on small talk, networking, and communicating with extroverts, and even shows how to pretend to be an extrovert when necessary. She also tells how to help an introverted child..—Book News

"I have never felt more seen than when I read this book. Cain gives voice to the strengths of introverts and highlights the ways in which our schools, workplaces, and society value extroversion. A great read for anyone who wants to understand more about how introversion and extroversion affect how we interact and respond to the world."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

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Dietland

A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called "Jennifer"--equal parts Bridget Jones's Diary and Fight Club.—Baker & Taylor

"I loved this powerful critique of diet culture, misogyny, and the patriarchy, all wrapped up in a fast-paced read that keeps you guessing to the end."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

Dietland

Sarai Walker
Walker

A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called "Jennifer"--equal parts Bridget Jones's Diary and Fight Club.—Baker & Taylor

"I loved this powerful critique of diet culture, misogyny, and the patriarchy, all wrapped up in a fast-paced read that keeps you guessing to the end."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

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The Far Field

The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless. Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history, love, and obligation running through a fractured family and country. Few novels generate enough power to transform their characters, fewer still their readers.—Anthony Marra

The Far Field

Madhuri Vijay
Vijay

The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless. Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history, love, and obligation running through a fractured family and country. Few novels generate enough power to transform their characters, fewer still their readers.—Anthony Marra

"The protagonist grew up in Bangalore, but travels to Kashmir to find an old family friend. In a striking setting, Madhuri crafts a beautiful story that highlights how when privileged people travel they often end up causing harm, even when their intent is to do good."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

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Little Bear

Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday. This classic from Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak was written in 1957 and remains beloved today.—HarperCollins

Little Bear

Else Holmelund Minarik
J-ER Min
Series: I Can Read Book

Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday. This classic from Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak was written in 1957 and remains beloved today.—HarperCollins

"A timeless favorite children's book. The illustrations by Sendak bring the simple stories to life."—Submitted by Marla G., Human Resources

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Strange Planet

Straight from the mind of New York Times bestselling author Nathan W. Pyle, Strange Planet is an adorable and profound universe in pink, blue, green, and purple, based on the phenomenally popular Instagram of the same name!—Overdive

"The popular web comic has been developed into a New York Times bestselling book. Enjoy the musings of alien inhabitants observing the daily ongoings from the absurd to the mundane. I guarantee you'll giggle and guffaw!"—Submitted by Jane C., Associate Director


Nathan Pyle
ebook

Straight from the mind of New York Times bestselling author Nathan W. Pyle, Strange Planet is an adorable and profound universe in pink, blue, green, and purple, based on the phenomenally popular Instagram of the same name!—Overdive

"The popular web comic has been developed into a New York Times bestselling book. Enjoy the musings of alien inhabitants observing the daily ongoings from the absurd to the mundane. I guarantee you'll giggle and guffaw!"—Submitted by Jane C., Associate Director

The ebook of this title is available with an MCPL library card at Overdrive/Indiana Digital Media.

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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion.—Penguin Putnam

"An insight to history from a different perspective."—Submitted by Lynda G., Materials Handler

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

Jennifer Chiaverini
Chiaver

In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion.—Penguin Putnam

"An insight to history from a different perspective."—Submitted by Lynda G., Materials Handler

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The Quilter's Apprentice

In this heartwarming debut novel, Sarah, struggling to find a job and a sense of place in her new town, finds herself learning how to quilt from a cantankerous old woman who also teaches her about the deep love that can exist between friends.—Baker & Taylor

"The Elm Creek novels encourage camaraderie between women of diverse talents. —Submitted by Lynda G., Materials Handler

The Quilter's Apprentice

Jennifer Chiaverini
Ch
Series: Elm Creek Quilts

In this heartwarming debut novel, Sarah, struggling to find a job and a sense of place in her new town, finds herself learning how to quilt from a cantankerous old woman who also teaches her about the deep love that can exist between friends.—Baker & Taylor

"The Elm Creek novels encourage camaraderie between women of diverse talents. —Submitted by Lynda G., Materials Handler

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Rural Free

Rural Free, first published in 1961, beautifully conveys the joys of family life on an Indiana farm. Marked by the slow pace and rich variety of seasonal change, Rachel Peden’s narrative offers an authentic month-by-month chronicle of her family’s daily adventures. Today, as the slow-food movement gathers support and more urban dwellers return to the land to plant roots again in honest soil, Peden’s stories of country life and her lessons on sustainability, frugality, and wastefulness gain a special resonance.

Rural Free

Rachel Peden
630.1 Ped

Rural Free, first published in 1961, beautifully conveys the joys of family life on an Indiana farm. Marked by the slow pace and rich variety of seasonal change, Rachel Peden’s narrative offers an authentic month-by-month chronicle of her family’s daily adventures. Today, as the slow-food movement gathers support and more urban dwellers return to the land to plant roots again in honest soil, Peden’s stories of country life and her lessons on sustainability, frugality, and wastefulness gain a special resonance. Rural Free will be a source of inspiration for all who rejoice in rural virtues and the spiritual freedom of country life.—Indiana University Press

"Reminiscent of better, more leisurely times."—Submitted by Lynda G., Materials Handler

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The Essential Tales of Chekhov

Of the two hundred stories that Anton Chekhov wrote, the twenty stories that appear in this extraordinary collection were personally chosen by Richard Ford—an accomplished storyteller in his own right. Included are the familiar masterpieces—"The Kiss," "The Darling," and "The Lady with the Dog"—as well as several brilliant lesser-known tales such as "A Blunder," "Hush!," and "Champagne." These stories, ordered from 1886 to 1899, are drawn from Chekhov's most fruitful years as a short-story writer.

The Essential Tales of Chekhov

Anton Chekhov
Chekhov

Of the two hundred stories that Anton Chekhov wrote, the twenty stories that appear in this extraordinary collection were personally chosen by Richard Ford—an accomplished storyteller in his own right. Included are the familiar masterpieces—"The Kiss," "The Darling," and "The Lady with the Dog"—as well as several brilliant lesser-known tales such as "A Blunder," "Hush!," and "Champagne." These stories, ordered from 1886 to 1899, are drawn from Chekhov's most fruitful years as a short-story writer. A truly balanced selection, they exhibit the qualities that make Chekhov one of the greatest fiction writers of all time: his gift for detail, dialogue, and humor; his emotional perception and compassion; and his understanding that life's most important moments are often the most overlooked.—HarperCollins

"Through the characters, Chekhov often creates a life moral in the short stories. The moral is strong, but not spoon fed—making it rewarding to read."—Submitted by Dean M., Materials Handler

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