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The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

Roses are red. Violets are blue. If you believe in true love. You have no clue.

What type are you? The history behind the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. ~ Wikipedia
Who isn't familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality test? It is after all one of the most popular personality tests in the world, used regularly by Fortune 500 companies, universities, and even the military. Did you know that the Myers-Briggs personality test was conceived a century ago by a mother and her daughter - fiction writers with no formal training in psychology? How did this home-grown multiple-choice questionnaire, infiltrate our workplaces, our relationships and our lives? 

Merve Emre's The Personality Brokers, tells the story of the birth of personality testing. The book is a blend of history and analysis. The story goes that Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs M…

Leonard Cohen continues to inspire with The Flame

Did you know that Leonard Cohen curated this book before he passed away?

The Flame is insightful and inspiring. Especially loved Leonard Cohen's excerpts original notebooks.

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A haunting coming-of-age graphic novel

Home After Dark 

The fascination and demand for coming-of-age stories is seemingly inexhaustible, no matter how old, no matter how many stories have been told. With each, perhaps we strive to see a different perspective, to help us understand the struggles that remind us of our own journey. While each, every story can be a little bit different, but also can be a bit of the same. 

David's Small graphical novel Home After Dark tackles the story from the perspective of thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt. His family life isn't as peachy as something you'd see on an episode of the Wonder Years. His parents are constantly bickering and drinking, an observation Russell makes as he's eavesdropping in the dark shadows. That isn't the first reference to a web of darkness that weaves over plot and permeates Russell's life. 

Home After Dark by David Small,ironically begins with an illustration of a boy starring at a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree. It's a picture perfe…

Everything is perfectly good, until it's not

Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard

When I was wild,
you were steady.
Now that you are wild - 
what am I?

These are words that haunt Eden, when her best friend runs away from home. That's in reference to Bonnie, her perfect, never-gets-into-trouble best friend. 

Bonnie, who gets perfect As, who's obsessed with acing her exams, who will not rock the boat --until she does.
How? She runs away with a guy, and not just any guy.

The book is endearing, jarring and unexpected. Sara Barnard's Goodbye Perfect is a YA ("young adult") novel that makes you question everything and really see situations from various vantage points, whether they be from a teenager's, a parent's, or a best friend's. 

Goodbye Perfect is honest and brilliantly written. The essence of friendship, and growing up is captured. And, it's relatable. Not only to the younger YA audience who will embrace it and capture its essence, but also to adults who decide to give it a read. It will make you questio…

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Step into the sadness of Sea Prayer. Inspired by actual events, Khaled Hosseini's children's book, takes a deep dive into making the reader understand the refugee crisis, and it's superlative. The story stops you right in your tracks. Sea Prayer was inspired by the tragedy of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safety in Europe in 2015. 

Told from a father's point of view, Sea Runner is a love note to a son. Words that express fear, hope, anxiety, and above all truth. 

"These are only words. A father's tricks.  It slays your father,  your faith in him.  Because all I can think tonight is how deep the sea, and how vast, how indifferent. How powerless I am to protect you from it."
Short, but packing a wallop, Sea Prayer is the logical descendant of Khaled Husseini's masterful heart aching tomes, The Kite Runner and The Mountains Echoed

I couldn't wait for the release of this book, and it was well…

Low-carb recipes for on the go

If you are trying to cut out carb (and who isn't these days), then Sandra and Mirco Stupning's book Low Carb On The Go may suit your palate. Personally, I find that I am always constantly struggling to come up with recipe ideas, in addition to devoting enough prep time time during the week, to make quick workday lunches that are healthy and easy. 

Here are a few of my faves from the book:

Strawberry bowl with avocadoInfused with chia seeds, yogurt and mango, in addition to the two aforementioned recipes, this one contains 8g of protein and 405 calories. 

Chia pick-me-up with turmericWho hasn't heard of turmeric -- deemed the new superfood (or was that last year's choice?). Whatever the case, turmeric has always been top choice in my world. Turmeric is a staple in Indian cooking, and has only recently become trendy in the mainstream market. It's powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Chia seeds are also a good choice to incorporate into an…