“Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect reader.”
-Mary Ann Shaffer, Author
“A Soldier’s Secret”
Young Adult Historical Fiction
Frank Thompson isn’t your ordinary Union Army soldier. He’s a nurse caring for wounded soldiers on the battlefield; he’s a spy crossing Rebel lines and risking his life to find out what the enemy has planned; he’s a mail carrier delivering letters and food to fellow soldiers; and his name is actually Sarah Emma Edmonds. Based on the true story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, this independent 19-year-old joined the Union Army in Lansing, Michigan, posing as Frank Thompson. This story, told by Sarah, gives us an in-depth look at the Civil War and all its atrocities. Sarah must not only come to terms with the war, but with herself as she deals with living a life that is an outright lie.
“Words Can Change Your Brain”
Prominent neurosurgeon Newburg and Mark Waldman have discovered a valuable strategy called Compassionate Communication. In twelve clear steps their study allows us to create a special bond with anyone we are speaking with and that bond aligns the two brains to work together. We can then communicate more effectively, listen more deeply, collaborate without effort, and succeed more quickly at any task.
Subtitled “Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy,” this book reveals a simple way to achieve a win-win dialogue.
“E Street Shuffle”
Bruce Springsteen wasn’t always a swaggering, stadium-packing megastar. In reality, he was an introvert desperate to find the “elusive sound and sonic punch” that would define his career. Springsteen and his E Street band members rose from the ‘hoods in New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Along the way Springsteen would clash many times with studio executives and would frustrate band and record label by destroying entire albums of songs in his unceasing quest for perfection.
Fans of the Boss should not miss this one, and there’s a life story worthy of our reading for all of us.
Called a writer “with soul,” Albom’s newest novel centers on Father Time, the man who invented the world’s first clock. The man is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift and banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more time.
Eventually, Father Time is granted freedom and returns to our world and is amazed to find hour-counting so vital in our lives. His two companions on his new journey include a young girl who is about to give up on life and a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever.
This fable will keep your attention and then some…Don’t miss this one.
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