Beware of these books! They might change your life!

Beware of these books! They might change your life

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled,

‘This could change your life.’”

Helen Exley, book publisher

“How Winning Works”

(Nonfiction) Robyn Benincasa is a world champion adventure racer, a Guinness world record kayaker, and a member of the only all-female firefighting crew in the country. She has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. Robyn shows how to create a “we thinking” mentality that is applicable in many group project situations when teamwork is essential. Robyn shares the eight essential elements of teamwork that create synergy with all the teammates in your life. This is a field guide to success.

“A Natural Woman”

(Biography) Carole King created the soundtrack of our lives and now she gives us a front row seat to the woman behind the legend she has become. Carole began as a teenaged songwriter who hid from the spotlight who gradually came out of her shell to sing in front of an audience and now, at age 70, is the consummate performer who is comfortable in any venue. King relates her extraordinary career from the 1960s through today. Always woven throughout are her personal and revealing descriptions of growing up in Brooklyn, her experiences as a young bride, and her relationships that shaped who she is and why she is the artist, mother and woman she is today.

“One-Handed Catch”

(Youth fiction – Texas Bluebonnet Master List) Eleven-year-old Norm Schmidt was working the meat grinder in his father’s butcher shop on a slow afternoon shortly after the end of World War II. His attention wandered to the fireworks show scheduled for later in the evening and suddenly he realized that his hand is caught in the grinder. Norm’s life is forever changed. Determined to be independent, Norm’s main goal was to learn to play baseball again, even when no one thinks he can succeed. And he really wanted to be an artist… You will love this story of courage and determination to overcome adversity and fulfill dreams.

“All In: the Education

of General David Petraeus”

(Biography) Military expert Paula Broadwell examines Petraeus’ career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the United States military.

When Petraeus assumed command in Afghanistan in the July 2010, the conflict looked as bleak as at any moment in America’s nine years on the ground there. This well-researched, well-written account examines the impact in Afghanistan of the new counterinsurgency and counterterrorism strategies through the commands of Petraeus and his subordinates.

Broadwell examines his evolution as a soldier from his education at West Point in the wake of Vietnam to his subsequent military service. This man has had a tremendous impact on our country’s military strategy.

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