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My library's website's featured books this week are

10 steps to mastering stress : a lifestyle approach
The book of joy : lasting happiness in a changing world / His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams
Don't give up, don't give in : lessons from an extraordinary life / Louis Zamperini and David Rensin
Instructions for a broken heart / By Kim Culbertson
Meditation made easy : more than 50 exercises for peace, relaxation, & mindfulness

Do you think they're trying to tell us something?

Rebecca Solnit, author of "Men Explain Things to Me" and A Paradise Built in Hell, is offering the ebook of her Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities free, for four more days.

https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/791-hope-in-the-dark?discount_code=FREEHOPEINTHEDARK
Your opponents would love you to believe that it’s hopeless, that you have no power, that there’s no reason to act, that you can’t win. Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away. And though hope can be an act of defiance, defiance isn’t enough reason to hope. But there are good reasons.
I wrote this book in 2003 and early 2004 to make the case for hope. The text that follows is in some ways of its moment—it was written against the tremendous despair at the height of the Bush administration’s powers and the outset of the war in Iraq. That moment passed long ago, but despair, defeatism, cynicism, and the amnesia and assumptions from which they often arise have not dispersed, even as the most wildly, unimaginably magnificent things came to pass. There is a lot of evidence for the defense.

Date: 2016-11-13 01:32 am (UTC)
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Outstanding resources! Thanks for the Solnit link.

I've been reading a YA biography Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist
https://quakerbooks.org/products/bayard-rustin-6168?variant=10606028167
which demonstrates that the civil rights movement wasn't leaders and followers, but millions of individuals as well as groups in the tens, thousands and more. (The title is because as a gay man, Rustin wasn't public because his sexuality would be used to discredit the movement.)

Date: 2016-11-14 01:33 am (UTC)
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*snerk* Yep, I think they're trying to tell us something - and to share their own collective sympathies. ;)

"The Book of Joy" sounds pretty keen.

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