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Gretchen Craft Rubin is an American author, blogger and speaker.
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The Book of Dust
La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)
by Philip Pullman (Jun 03, 2019)
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Tags: fantasyadventureteenfiction
"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen-year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." --The Washington PostPhilip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible characters" (The New York Times Magazine).Malcolm Polstead is the kind of bo...
Manhattan Beach
A Novel
by Jennifer Egan (Jun 04, 2018)
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Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men. ‎Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Br...
Gretchen Rubin
It’s so satisfying.     source
Wonder Notes
by R. J. Palacio (Mar 27, 2017)
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An amazing book.     source
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas (Feb 27, 2017)
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A three-time winner of Goodreads Choice AwardsSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer....
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Tales of Magic Boxed Set
by Edward Eager (Oct 17, 2016)
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For over sixty years, Edward Eager's Tales of Magic have been favorites with readers of all ages. Now his four most popular stories—Half Magic, Knight's Castle, Magic by the Lake, and The Time Garden—are available in one handsome package. Perfect for gift-giving or for introducing eager new readers to a whole world of wit and magic, this collection...
Harry Potter Box Set
The Complete Collection
by J. K. Rowling (Nov 14, 2014)
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Gretchen Rubin
Do not let myself reread it, reread it, reread it. I have to hold it for a moment of need.     source
Give and Take
Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
by Adam Grant (Mar 24, 2014)
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Packed with cutting-edge research, concrete examples, and deep insight, Give and Take offers extraordinarily thought-provoking—and often surprising—conclusions about how our interactions with others drive our success and happiness.     source
Delivering Happiness
A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
by Tony Hsieh (Mar 18, 2013)
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Tags: memoirbusinessmanagemententrepreneurship
Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department Focus on company culture as the #1 priority Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business Help employees grow-both personally and professionally Seek to change the world Oh, and make money too . . . ...
Gretchen Rubin
In this fascinating and often hilarious account, the author explains how he turns his beliefs into actions that really do deliver happiness.     source
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Why We Get Fat
And What to Do About It
by Gary Taubes (Dec 26, 2011)
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Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Gary Taubes revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change. He reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—an...
Gretchen Rubin
I was persuaded to adopt a low-carb approach to eating when I read Why We Get Fat.     source
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
A Novel
by Peter Cameron (Apr 27, 2009)
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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he rejects all of the assumptions that govern the adult world aroun...
Gretchen Rubin
An amazing character and a beautifully written book.     source
Samuel Johnson
The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics)
by Samuel Johnson (Apr 14, 2009)
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Samuel Johnson's literary reputation rests on such a varied output that he defies easy description: poet, critic, lexicographer, travel writer, essayist, editor, and, thanks to his good friend Boswell, the subject of one of the most famous English biographies.This volume celebrates Johnson's astonishing talent by selecting widely across the full ra...
Gretchen Rubin
I read and reread, a lot.     source
Black Swan Green
by David Mitchell (Feb 26, 2007)
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From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new.Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a s...
Gretchen Rubin
One of the books I've given most as a gift.     source
Harriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh (May 07, 2001)
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Harriet the Spy has a secret notebook that she fills with utterly honest jottings about her parents, her classmates, and her neighbors. Every day on her spy route she "observes" and notes down anything of interest to her:I BET THAT LADY WITH THE CROSS-EYE LOOKS IN THE MIRROR AND JUST FEELS TERRIBLE.PINKY WHITEHEAD WILL NEVER CHANGE. DOES HIS MOTHER...
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Holes
by Louis Sachar (May 08, 2000)
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A modern classic . . . from the New York Times bestselling author who has been recognized with the Newbery Award as well as the National Book Award!Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sen...
The Dark is Rising
by Susan Cooper (Sep 30, 1999)
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Tags: classicteenfantasyadventure
"When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back, three from the circle, three from the track; wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone; five will return, and one go alone.”With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the po...
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer (Jan 31, 1997)
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Tags: biographytravelhistoryreferenceadventure
Librarian's Note: An alternate cover edition can be found hereIn April, 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cas...
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
by C. G. Jung (Apr 22, 1989)
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Tags: biographyhealthfictionclassicpsychology
In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, C. G. Jung undertook the telling of his life story. At regular intervals he had conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, and collaborated with her in the preparation of the text based on these talks. On occasion, he was moved to write entire chapters of the book in his own ha...
Gretchen Rubin
A book that I love that I have read so many times.     source
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The Midnight Fox
by Betsy Byars (Jul 29, 1981)
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Gretchen Rubin
It’s funny. It’s thoughtful. It’s got great characters. It’s a great book.     source
A Pattern Language
Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)
by Christopher Alexander (Dec 31, 1976)
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At the core of A Pattern Language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages,’ which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable m...
Gretchen Rubin
I’m not a visual person, but this book taught me to see the world around me in an entirely new way.     source
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A Collection of Essays
by George Orwell (Oct 20, 1970)
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George Orwell's collected nonfiction, written in the clear-eyed and uncompromising style that earned him a critical following One of the most thought-provoking and vivid essayists of the twentieth century, George Orwell fought the injustices of his time with singular vigor through pen and paper. In this selection of essays, he ranges from reflectio...