Stepdog: A Memoir by Mireya Navarro

When this Pulitzer Prize-winning writer met, fell in love with and married fellow reporter Jim, she anticipated the challenges of winning the favor of his pre-teen children. Never did she expect the difficulties she would face being accepted by his dog Eddie. Quickly she found herself in full-on war with her husband’s pet and his hostile, conniving presence. Ultimately a triumphant story, Stepdog is a reminder of the unforeseen obstacles, not only of the four-legged variety, that can get in the way of happily ever after.

Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller

When Kimberly Rae Miller was a little girl, she wished for three things: “new dolls, a best friend, and for her house to burn down.” Miller’s dad is a hoarder and filled the family house with paper and broken electronics. In her memoir, the author recounts a painful childhood, building walls so other kids would not discover her secret, fearing lice would crawl out of her hair in the middle of class, and being so anxious about cleaning once she went away to college that she would study YouTube videos to make sure she was cleaning the “right” way.

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free by Hector Tobar

Journalist Tobar has written an exciting account of the amazing rescue of 33 miners trapped underground for two months in 2010. Using journals written by the miners during their ordeal as well as interviews with the men, family members and rescuers, the author traces the emotional ups and downs of everyone involved, as well as the inside story of exactly how this unbelievable story ends happily. 

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Baked Occasions: Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays, and Informal Celebrations

The delectable photographs and beautifully decorated cakes and desserts, by the owners of Brooklyn bakery Baked (, make this cookbook stand out. By cleverly arranging recipes by month, you can easily find recipes for many occasions from Easter Coconut Sheet Cake to St. Patrick’s Drunk Bundt Cake. Many of these recipes are standbys in their bakery and others bring a fun approach to those quirkier holidays. The Baked Ultimate Birthday Cake is first on my list to try!

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Death is not a topic that most people want to think about, but in this fascinating book, bestselling author and respected surgeon Atul Gawande discusses how we can face the end of our lives with dignity and grace. In the United States, we are all too familiar with nursing homes for the elderly, intensive care units for the very ill and astronomical medical bills when faced with a terminal illness. Gawande believes there is a better way and provides eye-opening examples.

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson

“Dr. Scott the Paleontologist” from PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train has written a great guide for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers to help kids get outdoors! Kids today spend up to ninety percent less time outdoors than their parents did. With all of the emotional and social benefits kids receive from getting out into nature, Dr. Scott emphasizes the importance of our role as adults in getting kids the outdoor time they need. 

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

A fascinating look at the life of Robert Peace, a young black man born to a poor single mother in Newark who worked hard and graduated from Yale with a degree in microbiology. Yet he ends up dead in a drug-related shooting. How could this have happened? The author, Rob’s Yale roommate, offers us a look at the lure of drugs and money even to the smartest in the class. Book discussion groups will find lots to talk about.

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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

While we know the story—a German submarine sunk the large cruise ship Lusitania on May 7, 1915 leaving 1,198 people dead—there are still many questions being asked about it one hundred years later. Did the British Navy know about the submarine and still allow the ship to sail near it unescorted? Were there munitions on board the Lusitania? Why did it take only 18 minutes to sink?

Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton

Chicago’s Second City is known for its amazing improv, quirky takes on current events and for launching the careers of such luminaries as Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.  But a lesser known aspect of its mission has been its work with teaching creativity and emotional intelligence to corporate clients over the past two decades via improv techniques.  By embracing authenticity and the freedom to fail, they teach how to become a more compelling leader and a more collaborative follower.  But aside from all that serious stuff, this is a fun read, full of interesting anecdotes, artful insights and humor.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

A prominent surgeon and journalist takes a clear-eyed look at aging and death. Modern medicine can perform miracles, but it is also only concerned with preserving life rather than dealing with end-of-life issues. Drawing on his own experiences observing and helping terminally ill patients, Gawande offers a timely account of how modern Americans cope with decline and mortality. Rather than simply inform patients about their options or tell them what to do, some doctors are choosing to offer guidance that helps patients make their own decisions regarding treatment options and o


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