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Books can change our lives. One sentence can open up a new world of understanding. Reading what another person has written, when it is something that we have thought, can be very healing and inspiring! Books help us learn about ourselves, and about the world we live in.


Here is a list of some of the best that I have found, their themes, and why they are valuable.


1-The Way of Transition, by William Bridges-grief, transformation, healing, transitions


2-The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., by Adele Waldman-relationships, love, sex, careers


3-Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton-humanity, love, diversity, univeral struggles


4-The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz-success, positive thinking, goal-setting


5-Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg-a fantastic tool for writers at varying levels


6-Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell-factors correlated with success and privilege, based on research


7-The Definitive Book of Body Language, by Allan and Barbara Pease-help with relationships of all kinds


8-The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield-success, reaching goals, practical strategies


9-All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner-addiction, parenting, marriage, healing, power of painful secrets


10-The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle-presence, meditation, separating mind from self


11-The Leader Who Had no Title, by Robin Sharma-leadership, identity, serving others


12-The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion-grief, loss, long-term relationships


13-The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg-habit, goals, making real changes


14-The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho-making dreams reality, persistence, hope, faith, spirituality


15-Trauma Stewardship, by Laura Van der Noot Lipsky-vicarious traumatization, serving others


16-What Should I Do with My Life?, by Po Bronson-individual stories: work identity and meaning


17-Nine Things You Simply Must Do, by Dr. Henry Cloud-strategies for success in life and love

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