A Little Book of Thank Yous

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A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart

Saying "thanks" has no downside. Write it, message it, shout it from the rooftops—it's good for the one who hears it and better for the one who says it.

Discover the power of words and the wonder of kindness. Express gratitude, receive abundance. Saying thanks can improve outlooks, open new vistas, and help us get along better with ourselves and others. Author Addie Johnson offers us gratitude thoughts to grab on the run or to sit with and ponder. She describes thank you messages and moments of soaring gratefulness and sets out to teach herself—and her readers—how to say thank you.

A Little Book of Thank Yous is a small book with a great big heart. We all have things to be grateful for. From Winston Churchill to Barack Obama, from Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf to Meister Eckhart, Johnson draws on people from all walks of life—all of them saying "Thank you."

In this book, discover:

  • Words of gratitude from historic figures and everyday people
  • Mini-meditations on being grateful
  • Thank you letter examples for almost any occasion

Readers of inspirational books like I Really Needed This TodayI’ve Been Thinking, or The World According to Mister Rogers will love A Little Book of Thank Yous.

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Women of Interest

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Funny and Feminist Trivia

Women of Interest is a humorous compendium of little known facts about the history, fame, fortunes, fashions, and fictions of the female species–enough to impress your mother and your boss, win arguments with your boyfriends and husbands, and generally know more about your fabulous female self.

One of the most fascinating trivia books for women. Did you know that women outnumber men by five to one in shoplifting convictions? Or that researchers at Northwestern University found that men change their minds two to three times more than women? Women of Interest spans history, crosses cultures, ranges from the silly to the salacious to the truly useful and back again. Designed to delight the feminist in you, this outrageously funny book is organized into ten trivia-filled chapters covering all sorts of humorous histories and fun facts. Ideal for trivia games for adults or feminist gifts, now women really can know everything.

Feminist, funny gifts for women. It’s time to challenge that know-it-all girlfriend, or grab the ultimate bathroom reader for your feminist BFF. Whether you’re searching for feminist books or trivia books, Women of Interest makes a wonderful addition to trivia games and bookshelves alike. Inside, you’ll learn that:

  • Diamonds didn’t become a girl’s best friend until the thirteenth century. Before that, they were for men only.
  • Zazel, a woman, was the first human cannonball. She launched into the air through a giant spring inside a cannon.
  • Marilyn Monroe was the very first Artichoke Queen in the artichoke capital of the world.

If you enjoy comedy books, trivia books for adults, or funny gifts for her─and enjoyed titles such as What If399 Games Puzzles & Trivia ChallengesUncle John's Truth Trivia and the Pursuit of FactinessThe Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, or Thank You for Being a Friend: A Golden Girls Trivia Book─then you’ll love Women of Interest.

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Hey! It’s Your Day

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Affirmations, Quotes, and Proverbs for Positive Thinking

Ready to change your life today? How about this minute? Best-selling anthologist June Cotner returns with Hey, It’s Your Day, a life-long collection of her favorite quotes to start the day and delight any friend, relative, or literary aficionado.

Inspiration at your fingertips in minutes. June Cotner has been gathering her favorite quotes for more than two decades. Now, she shares these specially curated words of wisdom to guide readers on their personal journeys of positive thinking. Featuring an eclectic selection of figures like Edward Abbey, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Oprah Winfrey, this positive thinking book captivates readers with fresh, insightful, and engaging motivational quotes. Inside, they may even discover a new book, mantra, or role model.

For fans of motivational books with a quotable twist. In the tradition of quotation-packed inspirational books from authors like Hoda Kotb, I Really Needed This TodayHey, It's Your Day understands that daily affirmations, meditation, and positive thinking go a long way. Whether in need of a daily boost or brushing up on quote trivia, open Hey, It's Your Day and find positive affirmations and inspirational quotes in every page. Packed with nearly fifty topics─like love, family, choices, growth, happiness, creativity, and success─you’ll find uplifting quotes to start the day like:

  • “This was love: a string of coincidences that gathered significance and became miracles.” ─ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” ─ Rumi
  • “No one likes crying, but tears water our souls.” ─ Xue Xinran

If you’re looking for graduation gifts, literary gifts, or personal development books─and enjoyed titles like A Year of Positive ThinkingWhatever You Are Be a Good One, or Greatest Inspirational Quotes─then, Hey, It’s Your Day is packed with inviting quotes to start the day!

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Let Me Count the Ways

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On Women, Wisdom, and Ways to Love

Before Becca Anderson was a best-selling author, she was a bright-eyed bibliophile trying to define love. In Let Me Count the Ways, the beloved writer returns with specially curated quotes and snippets of poetry, affirmations, and love letters from her favorite women.

Different ways to say I love you. Author Hoda Kotb, I Really Needed This Today, meets Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw in this empowering and inspirational book for women everywhere. In the much-loved style of Rupi Kaur one-liners, Let Me Count the Ways showcases the best quotes from women alongside gorgeous illustrations. From black authors like Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to American authors like Joyce Carol Oates, this collection of quotes follows women from France, Cuba, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Japan, and more. Packed full of different ways to say I love you, readers can finally step into the love lives of famous women and discover that their love stories aren’t so different from ours.

Quotes specially curated for her. If there’s one thing that unites all women (and people!), it’s love. Whether painful or passionate, love is a powerful force. But you don’t have to be Wonder Woman to survive heartbreak or embark on a romantic adventure—that’s why you have your tribe of women. By collecting reflections on every kind of love and all the ways to love, Anderson uses inspirational quotes to remind women one thing—we are not alone. In chapters like “What Is Love?,” “Self Love,” and “Love Is Love Is Love,” you’ll find quotes from:

  • Love letters by Empress Josephine, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Abigail Adams
  • Poetry by Miss Lauryn Hill, Lady Nakatomi, and Sandra Cisneros
  • Non-binary women like George Eliot, Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, and Audre Lorde

Perfect for Galentines or as a gift for girlfriend, readers of She Believed She Could and She DidThat's What She SaidBadass Affirmations, or What Would Jane Do will love Let Me Count the Ways.

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Awe Factor

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How to Find Awe, Meaning, and Wonder in Everyday Life

Bestselling author and TEDx presenter Allen Klein returns to find and define awe. In his latest book, he shows readers how to escape the everyday ruts of life by opening their eyes to the awe and wonder around them.

Exploring the human ability to be in awe. What does it mean to be awestruck? Or more simply, what is awe? Backed by the latest scientific research, Klein sets out to define awe and its effects on health and happiness. For example, over the past dozen years, or so, scientists have found, among other things, that awe:

  • Connects us to others
  • Lowers our stress levels
  • Enhances positive emotions
  • Increases our compassion
  • Increases our creativity

Plenty of reasons to be in awe. With a sprinkling of the spiritual and scientific, The Awe Factor takes readers on an exploration of a human phenomenon. From research to first-hand awe-inspiring stories, Klein reflects on feelings of awe, meaning and purpose. And with bonus awe-awakening tools, tips, and techniques, he helps readers become more aware of, and increase, the awe and wonder in their life.

If you enjoyed books like AweIn AweThe Book of Delights, or The Book of Awesome, then you’ll love The Awe Factor.

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Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You

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Living With Mother Nature—and Other Things Learned in the Wild

“Having this book in your backpack just may save your life one day.” —Jesse Weiland, national park ranger

#1 New Release in Earth Sciences, Natural Disasters

Prepare for all the worst case scenarios mother earth throws at you with Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You—the only survival kit you need to overcome wildlife, natural disasters, and everything else outdoors.

Survive the unexpected. Statistically, you’re more likely to die from a vending machine than a shark. But, Rob Nelson knows many shark survivors. His college girlfriend was attacked by a crocodile and his roommate, a grizzly bear. His wife was sucked by a wave down a blowhole, he was left stranded at sea after a storm sank his sailboat, and the list goes on and on. To Rob, these “improbable” altercations are “random acts of nature,” and he’s learned how to survive them.

On knots, poisonous plants, and natural disasters.  Featuring 52 challenges you can encounter in the wilderness, this survival guide is your year-long crash course for ultimate disaster management. Whether you’re preparing for a moose attack or a nuclear fallout,  Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You enables you to confront the natural world with skill and confidence. This wilderness survival guidebook also includes:

  • Pop culture examples like Jaws and The Revenant 
  • Nature and science-packed stories and narratives
  • Diagrams, survival tips, and more!

If you enjoyed books like Bushcraft 101, The Worst Case Scenario, or SAS Survival Handbook, then Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You is your next read!

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Stop Fear From Stopping You

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What's Stopping You?

Harness Your Fear

“Join the thousands of others her words have helped and decide to take control. Start today. Start now.” —Dr. John Duffy, author of Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety 

Dr. Helen Odessky describes what she has learned in fifteen years of helping people face their fears.  Learn to face your fears and attain greater opportunities in your relationships, career, and life.

Value good fear. Sometimes fear can be helpful. A few years ago, Dr. Helen Odessky, licensed clinical psychologist, anxiety expert, speaker, and author of the best-selling motivational book Stop Anxiety from Stopping You, found herself part of a minor fender-bender on a major interstate. Looking back at her daughter, she feared that if another car hit them, her daughter's life would be in danger. A few minutes after retreating to another car in a safer location, an 18-wheeler barreled into her car and demolished it. Her fear saved both her daughter's life and her own.

Fight bad fear. Stop Fear from Stopping You is about a different type of fear―the fear that is so prevalent that it often lies dormant―destroying dreams, career paths and relationships. Bad fear creates stories that cushion us from potential pain and failure―at the cost of our self-esteem, success, and personal happiness.

Become fear-wise. Because fear is complex, we cannot afford to merely be fearless. Just "letting go" is not the answer. The real solution lies in learning to become fear-wise. In this inspirational book, Dr. Helen shows you how to harness the wisdom behind your fears and break through the barriers that block your success.

  • Identify the fears that stand between you and your goals
  • Develop tools to overcome your fears
  • Develop a value-based plan to pursue your goals
  • Change your relationship with fear and learn to become fear-wise

If self-help books for women and men like The Confidence GapDaring Greatly, or Fearless inspired you, then Stop Fear from Stopping You is a must-read.

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Future Rising

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Analyzing the Future

A Compelling Vision of the Future

“Maynard has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking response to the moment we’re in, chronicling how we got here, where we’re going, and what role we have in that journey” ―Ramona Pringle, Director of Creative Innovation Studio and Associate Professor, Ryerson University

#1 New Release in Science & Math and Physics of Time

Human beings can―and do―change the future. Humanity has gained the ability not only to imagine the future, but to design and engineer it. At times entertaining, and at others profound, Future Rising provides an original perspective on our relationship with the future.

We have a responsibility to change the future for the better. As a species, we have become talented architects of our future. And yet, we so often struggle to come to terms with what this means. As innovation and rapidly shifting norms and expectations drive our world at breakneck speed, we sometimes need to find a still, quiet place to pause and think. Future Rising sets out to create such a quiet place, where we can take advantage of our species' knowledge of world history, and the importance of science to piece together a positive future.

To create a good future, rediscover the past. Our relationship with the future is inextricably intertwined with where we've come from, who we are, and what we aspire to. Written to be easy to pick up and hard to put down, Future Rising starts at the beginning of all things with the Big Bang and traces a pathway along the emergence of intelligent life, through what makes humans uniquely capable of imagining and creating different futures.

In a series of sixty short reflections, Future Rising will take you on a journey into:

  • What "the future" actually is
  • How it molds and guides our lives
  • How we can use the history of the world to change our future

If you enjoy nonfiction science and history books like Life 3.0The Future of Humanity, or Superintelligence, then you'll love Future Rising.

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Lettering From A to Z

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Spark Your Creativity with Calligraphy

“I found Lettering from A to Z to be an open door, inviting me to play and create in entirely new ways.” —Sherry Richert Belul, author of Say it Now and founder of Simply Celebrate

#1 New Release in Handwriting Reference, Mixed Media, and Printmaking

Lettering artist Phawnda Moore has been teaching calligraphy and design for 25 years. An award-winning author, she steps into beginning students’ shoes to select content, address anticipated questions, and offer solutions to the unexpected yet inevitable problems that are encountered in hand lettering.

“Lettering from A to Z . . .” stands out from the crowd! It was written for all levels of experience and nourishes creative thinking through mindful practice. Blending traditional design principles and modern tools, it will inspire you to find your own style.

Your creative life will be enriched with step-by-step tutorials “from A to Z.” Written in conversational narrative, this full-color book includes more than 200 images of Phawnda’s professional work, published articles, and guidance from her class demos to make beautiful projects.

Phawnda's instruction includes:

  • 12 styles (Uncial calligraphy, Italic calligraphy, script calligraphy, brush lettering, faux calligraphy, rainbow lettering, monoline letters, handwriting and drawn letters)
  • Customized, printable practice sheets
  • Recommended writing tools, papers, sources, printing tips
  • Layout, color, and design basics
  • Lettering projects for youngsters
  • Tips on how to organize your studio space
  • Tips on sharing your skills in teaching, business, events, home, garden, and community
  • Illustrating with calligraphy tools
  • Projects to make handmade birthday cards, holiday cards, journals of your life, and easy-to-design art books

If you enjoyed Hand Lettering 101The Lost Art of Handwriting, or Hand Lettering for Relaxation, then it’s time to grab a copy of Lettering from A to Z and reconnect to your natural creativity.

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Movie Quotes for Special Occasions

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Great Movie Quotes for Life’s Special Moments

If you enjoyed 1001 Movies You Must See Before You DieWhat If? or Movie Quotes for All Occasions, you'll love Movie Quotes for Special Occasions.

Move Quotes Are Classic: Whether it’s CasablancaCabaretClueless, or The Cable Guy, you probably have favorite flicks you often quote. And it’s true, “We’ll always have Paris.” From A Man Called Horse to Zoolander and everything in between, our beloved films have excellent writing and memorable dialogue; we have talented Hollywood screenwriters to thank for the brilliant one-liners we love. Movie quotes have become an integral part of our culture and expression.

Special Quotes for Special Occasions: The movie quotes that often show up on “best of” lists rarely lend themselves to important moments in life. On how many special occasions can you say “May the Force be with you”? Open up most movie quote lists or books and you’re likely to see “Play it again, Sam,” or “There’s no place like home.” Yet there are so many lines just under the radar that are the stuff of pure poetry and sheer genius. That’s where cinephile and true movie buff James Scheibli comes in! In Movie Quotes for Special Occasions, he has scoured the movies of the world to track down the most fitting and fabulous movie quotes for every special occasion.

Fitting for Any Speech, Toast, or Card: From graduations to birthdays to wedding toasts to golden anniversaries, film scholar James Scheibli provides cinematic quotes that are moving, memorable, inspirational, and deeply meaningful. These quips, quotes, and scene-stealing lines do more than just remind us of the movies they came from. They transcend their stories and enrich your life. Whether from blockbuster megahits or forgotten indies, Movie Quotes for Special Occasions has the right quote for the right occasion.

Movie Quotes for Special Occasions is a great movie lover gift, anniversary gift, or coffee table book for your friends and family to enjoy.

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The Flip Side of History

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Hidden History, Strange Stories, and Hard-to-Believe Headlines 

What if there was a flip side to the history channel? What would you do with all the historical facts and tales left out of history textbooks? From the host of the popular Useless Information podcast, Steve Silverman, comes a collection of fun history facts, strange news, and lost stories.  

True Stories and random trivia that will entertain or liven up any conversation. In The Flip Side of History: Fascinating True Stories that Time Has Long Forgotten, you can read about common folk and not-so-common knowledge. In this collection of over thirty historical events, Steve Silverman provides fascinating stories and easy to read facts. Covering a wide variety of topics, these stories highlight the quirks, complexities, and curiousness of man. 

Stranger than Stranger Things. The Flip Side of History gives you tales full of strange news, trivia, and facts. Some made newspaper headlines, others were lost in history: 

  • A prominent lawyer leaves his entire estate to a town for the establishment of a library that forbids women—setting off riots, arrests, and the near hanging of a judge. 
  • The amazing story of the only person rescued from slavery by the Underground Railroad four times. 
  • That time a man in the 1950s stole hundreds of women’s shoes in Coronado and San Diego, California. The shoes, most of them the left shoe, were found dispersed randomly all over town. 

If you’re a fan of the Florida Man Challenge and books like The Book of Unusual KnowledgeThe Way I Heard It, Interesting Stories for Curious People, or The Greatest Stories Never Told; then The Flip Side of History is the book for you! 

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Overcoming Creative Anxiety

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Journal Your Way to Creativity and Confidence

“The practices in this marvelous journal will open you up to your own creative genius!” —Susannah Seton, author of Simple Pleasures

Journal away from anxiety and towards confidence through the power of creative writing and mind-body practices. Equal parts self-esteem workbook, adult activity book, and mindfulness journal, this indispensable guide calls all creatives to calm down and improve artistic confidence.

Anxiety relief for creatives. Do you want to live a more creative life? Are you tired of the voice inside your head saying, “you’re not good enough,” “you’re not creative enough,” blah blah blah? It’s easier to be a critic than a creator, so what happens when both the anxious critic and the ambitious creator reside inside your brain? Unlike other guided journals, Overcoming Creative Anxiety shares unique journal prompts and practices to help you get to know both your inner critic and your inner creator.

Banish stress, foster self-care, and improve self-confidence. There’s constructive criticism, and then there’s crippling criticism. To many creatives, self-doubt and perfectionistic tendencies only aggravate artist block. So what do we do when anxiety causes creativity to come to a halt? Here, author Karen C.L. Anderson provides journal prompts that simultaneously stimulate your inner creator and provide much needed anxiety relief for your inner critic. Whether journaling for self-care or in search of stress relief, this book helps you:

  • Understand creativity and artistry in a whole new way
  • Meet, get to know, and change your relationship with your inner critic(s)
  • Learn practices to calm your anxiety and discover ways to harness your emotion

If you enjoy activity books for adults or found books like Tiny Buddha's Worry JournalThe Self Confidence Workbook, or The Artist's Journey helpful, you’ll enjoy Overcoming Creative Anxiety.

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Story Power

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Reconnect Through Stories

“…learn how to bring your own stories to life on the page, on the stage, around a campfire, or a dinner table. Story Power is both a toolbox and a treasure chest.” —Mary Jo McConahay, award-winning journalist

#1 New Release in Writing Researching & Publishing Guides

Stories are everywhere. The art of storytelling has been around as long as humans have. And in today’s noisy, techy, automated world, storytelling is not only prevalent―it’s vital. Whether you're interested in enlivening conversation, building your business brand, sharing family wisdom, or performing on stage, Story Power will show you how to make use of a good story.

Become an engaging storyteller. Storytelling is the most effective way to communicate and to affect change―if you know how to use it. Story Power provides techniques for creating and framing personal stories alongside effective tips for telling them in any setting. Plus, this book models stories with unique storytelling examples, exercises, and prompts, as well as storytelling techniques for delivery in a spontaneous, authentic style.

Learn from the experts. Story Power is an engaging, lively guide to the art of storytelling from author and librarian Kate Farrell, a seasoned storyteller and founder of the Word Weaving Storytelling Project. In Kate's book, more than twenty skillful contributors with a range of diverse voices share their secrets to creating, crafting, and telling memorable tales.

If you want to experience the power of storytelling in your life, Story Power is for you. In this book, you will discover:

  • How to share your own coming-of-age stories and family folklore
  • The importance of a personal branding story and storytelling marketing
  • Seven Steps to Storytelling, along with helpful tools, organizers, and media options

For readers of StoryworthyThe Storyteller's Secret, and Long Story ShortStory Power is a must-have.

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Your Brain on Facts

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When Trivia Isn't Trivial

“A fun collection of facts that will leave you full of information you never knew you needed to know!” —Sophie Stirling, author of We Did That?

#1 New Release in History Reference

The world is full of things you didn’t know, things you thought you knew, and things you never knew you never knew. From the eponymous podcast comes Your Brain On Facts.

Train your brain. So what if you picked up some historical inaccuracies (and flat-out myths) in history class. Your Brain On Facts is here to teach and reteach readers relevant trivia. It explains surprising science in simple language, gives the unexpected origins of pop culture classics, and reveals important titbits related to current issues.

A brain food boost. Get ready for trivia night done right. Inside, find true facts, strange facts, and just plain weird facts. Your Brain on Facts features general trivia questions and answers, offering science, art, technology, medicine, music, and history trivia to brainiacs everywhere.

Learn:

  • What’s the language of the stateless nation in the Pyrenees mountains
  • Where the world-changing birth control pill was tested
  • Who wrote lyrics for the Star Trek theme song that were never used

If you enjoyed The Book of General IgnoranceThe Best Bar Trivia Book EverThe World's Greatest Book of Useless Information, and The Book of Unusual Knowledge, you’ll have a blast with Your Brain On Facts.

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You Should Be Writing

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Write Like an Expert

“This journal is a must-have for writers everywhere. With quotes from a diverse group of historical and modern authors to use as creative prompts on every page, you’ll be able to bring your writing inspiration with you wherever you go.” —Sassy Townhouse Living

#1 New Release in Quotation References

From famous all-time-great poets like T.S. Eliot to modern creatives like Roxane Gay, the selected writing quotes in this journal aim to instruct and inspire you to become a better writer.

Writing Inspiration from Incredible Authors. Gathered by Brenda Knight and writing coach Nita Sweeney, author of Depression Hates a Moving TargetYou Should Be Writing provides you with writing wisdom from a variety of accomplished authors.

Creative Writing Practice for Every Genre. This writing journal with prompts helps you practice a wide variety of writing skills. The excerpts and prompts include:

  • General advice: “Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” - Zadie Smith
  • Helpful instructions: “If you scribble your thoughts any which way, your reader will surely feel that you care nothing about them.” - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Genre-specific writing ideas and tips for particular areas of writing, such as poetry or storytelling: “For those whose bucket-list entails seeing their name on the spine of a book, it boils down to the power of persistence.” - Marlene Wagman-Geller

If you were inspired by the creative writing prompts and advice in 642 Things to Write AboutComplete the Story Journal, or Piccadilly 300 Writing Prompts, you’ll love Brenda's and Nita's You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving.

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Good Dogs

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Bible Quotes and Canine Companions

Godly Words of Wisdom. Join some pups for a dose of truth straight from the Good Book. These iconic Bible verses provide meaningful guidance in times of need.

Verses for Daily Meditation. This selection of inspiring, holy words will help you gain a greater understanding of life, compassion, and faith. Becca Anderson, author of The Women’s Book of Prayer and Prayers for Hard Times, knows you’ll find the truth and hope you need guided by the Lord—and everyone’s best friend.

Good Dogs is the perfect Christian inspirational gift. In this book, you’ll find:

  • Thought-provoking verses for encouragement and meditation
  • Clarifying explanations on every page
  • Beautiful, heartwarming images of all of your favorite dog breeds

If you like interactive self-care works and dog books like What’s True about YouZen DogsColor the Words of Jesus, or The Psalms in Color, you’ll love Good Dogs: Scripture and Bible Verses from Your Best Friend.

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The Fear Paradox

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#1 New Release in Evolutionary Psychology and Buddhism ─ Fear, Contemporary Society, and its Consequences

For anyone suffering from the global pandemic anxiety surrounding the new coronavirus, comes a long awaited exploration of one of the most powerful and primitive human emotions.

A history and culture of fear. Over the last five hundred years, life for the average human being has changed dramatically—plagues no longer wipe out entire families, and no longer do we empty our chamber pots into the street. But, progress in the West has shown that no matter how many dangers we neutralize, new ones emerge. Why? Because our level of fear remains constant.

Fear in contemporary society. For years, Dr. Frank Faranda studied a state of fearfulness in his patients—an evolutionary state that relentlessly drove them toward avoidance, alienation, hypercriticism, hyper-control, and eventually, depression and anxiety. He began to wonder what they were afraid of, and how embedded these fears might be in contemporary society. This book aims to break us free from what he found.

Fear not. Faranda’s Fear Paradox is simple—even though fear has a prime directive to keep us safe and comfortable, it has grown into the single greatest threat to humanity and collective survival. As a consequence, fear is embedded in our culture, creating new dangers and inciting isolation. With global pandemic disruptions and rising anxiety levels, now is the time to shine a light on our deepest fears and examine the society that fear is creating.

But fear not—inside, you’ll learn about:

  • The fear of pain and the fear of the unknown
  • How fear has driven progress in the West
  • The price paid to eradicate fear

If you learned from reading books like FearThe Culture of Fear, or The Science of Fear; then The Fear Paradox is your next read. Come on, what are you afraid of?

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We Did That?

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Weird Trivia and Strange History

Everyone loves fun trivia! Buckle up for a very odd ride through history. If you enjoyed books like Strange History or The Book of Unusual Knowledge, Quackery or The Sawbones Book, then We Did That? should be next on your list.

How did we come up with that? Everyone knows about mousetraps, but did you know they were originally inspired by burglar alarms? What was so important to Samuel Hopkins that he became the first person to have a US patent? Many curious creations have been born over the centuries. In this section, author and historian Sophie Stirling dives into the curious minds of inventors and their unique (and sometimes wild) ideas throughout history.

Strange beauty and fashion fads The phrase “pain is beauty” has a very real history across the globe. Discover painful fashion trends, wooden bathing suits, breast enhancers in the shape of toilet plungers, and death-inducing cosmetics. People are willing to do anything to stay beautiful. But why would ingredients include arsenic, beetles, or “hog’s pisse”?

Odd superstitions and folklore: Do you know about the centuries-old Banana Curse? The origin of the Tooth Fairy? Our weird obsession with shoes? Some strange beliefs might seem be the stuff of old wives’ tales, but many have become ingrained in our minds. You might be more superstitious than you think!

We Did That? is an entertaining collection of odd history! In this book, you will learn about:

  • Odd jobs throughout the centuries that will leave you appreciating your day job
  • Curious inventions that never made it big, or that were the first versions of mainstream products today
  • Interesting and sometimes gross medical cures and deathly beauty trends
  • Embarrassing human bloopers and weirdness that will leave you wondering…we did that?

This book is a great bathroom reader gift for people who have everything. Enjoy this fun trivia book full of stuff you missed in history class.

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