From Alexus Haddad

Title:  Outliers 

Author:  Malcolm Gladwell

This book mainly focuses on how people are more successful and why. People such as Bill Gates, who is a multimillionaire; the author focuses on how he got there based on their culture, race, and at-home situations as they were growing up.

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

From  Sandi Rosenthal

Title:  Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

Author:  Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubne

“Think like a Freak” challenges one’s current view of the world and shows how to approach life in a more creative way. This book addresses a few issues such as: how the three hardest words in the English language are “I don’t know” and how it should be okay to say these words, they share the story of Kobayashi, the guy who has won the Nathans hot dog eating contest held on July 4th, and how he became a professional food eater, “Nigerian scammers” who send email’s to millions of people throughout the world, and a few other stories that I found very interesting. I mostly enjoyed the author’s view of these situations. I highly recommend this book.

Joggin’ Your Noggin

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author: Mary Randolph
Title: Joggin’ Your Noggin
Joggin’ Your Noggin is a book of word games designed for those in mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These mind sharpening games will provide fun and entertainment, while aiding word recall. Completing these puzzles will give the Alzheimer’s or dementia patient a sense of pride and accomplishment. If done together with a caregiver, it will provide many opportunities for meaningful conversation and interaction. There are 3 volumes in this series.

Dress your best : the complete guide to finding the style that\’s right for your body

From Sandi Rosenthal
Title:  Dress your best : the complete guide to finding the style that’s right for your body
Author:  Clinton Kelly and Stacy London
I really like their TV show, and like the show, the book is informative in giving tips on how to put together a coordinated outfit, and helps with all types of body styles.

Peaks & Valleys

From Laura Caran
Title:  Peaks & Valleys
Author:  Spencer Johnson, MD
Book talks about life’s Peaks and Valleys in a story-like fashion of a young man in a valley meeting an older man who is successful and lives on a Peak.  Accepting life as it unfolds knowing the better we handle the valleys, the best chance we have at enjoying the peaks for a longer period of time.

The rewards of simplicity : a practical and spiritual approach

From  Virginia Pisciotta
Author:  Pam & Chuck D. Pierce
The rewards of simplicity : a practical and spiritual approach
Given the popularity of the Hoarder’s TV show, there is no shortage of books dealing with handling clutter.  This book goes beyond (but does include) the usual helpful suggestions for getting rid of excess stuff, taking a broader and deeper view of the things (not always material) that clutter and complicate our lives.  The book is written from a spiritual point of view and the authors (both ministers)  use both Scripture and their own experiences to teach others how to simplify all aspects of their lives and free themselves from the anxiety that often comes with cluttered and complicated lives.  The last paragraph in the postscript sums the book up nicely, “Simplification is not about making life easier.  It is about clearing away the cobwebs that obscure our vision.  It is about choosing that ”good part” and discarding the rest.  It is about being free from the distractions that keep us from truly knowing and fellowshipping with our families, our friends and our God.”

Who Moved My Cheese?

From Gina Scaglione
author: Johnson, Spencer
Who Moved My Cheese?
This was the summer of self help:). This book is a quick read. It’s purpose is to have us learn to deal with, accept & flourish during times of change in our lives. In addition, it is meant to possibly push us to change when it is needed. Unfortunately for me, this was a summer of major health issues, some of which I did not want to accept. This book truly helped me to “roll with the punches” when something was out of my control. I highly recommend it to anyone undergoing changes that were not in your control.

A New Earth

From Donna Southard
author: Tolle, Eckhart
A New Earth
I read this book because it was recommended as an Oprah must read book in her June edition of O magazine.  I read Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, last year and I found it be to very repetitive.  Tolle’s second book (this one) I found to be written the same way.  It is not exciting to read.  I felt that the message of the book could have been summarized in 5 pages.  I forced myself to finish it.  This was the only Oprah Club book that I read that I would not recommend for others to read.