New Years Resolutions 2017

Looking for inspiration for the New Year?  Scroll down for a collection of titles that will motivate you to build community, find joy, embrace flavor, and more.

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455566389
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Published: Twelve - May 24th, 2016

Resolution #1:  BUILD COMMUNITY

The Guardian has said, "Rather than asking how we can save our returning servicemen and women, Junger challenges us to take a hard look in the mirror and ask whether we can save ourselves."  While we're often told we live in the greatest country in the world, it is a country that is dangerously polarized, a culture that suffers from a profound sense of alienation, and an economy in which the gap between the haves and the have-nots continues to grow.  What's wrong with our society?  Junger has distilled this complex subject into a compelling, slim yet nuanced volume.  This book asks intriguing questions and starts the journey toward solutions.  Recommended reading for anyone with the nagging suspicion that the "civilized" world doesn't have all the answers after all.

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Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good Cover Image
By Chuck Collins, Morris Pearl (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781603586832
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - September 23rd, 2016

Resolution #2:  GIVE BACK

Chuck Collins was an heir to the Oscar Mayer fortune and chose to give away his trust fund in his mid-20's.  He's been working on wealth inequality ever since.  He was also one of my teachers in the early 90's when I received a master's degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.
This book is important to me because philanthropy is one of my core principles. Chuck has found an authentic way of talking about wealth in a context that I think can help bring us together as a community, at least this is my hope.

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Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109792
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Published: Penguin Books - October 4th, 2016


An intriguing, inspiring book about the importance of face-to-face, human-to-human conversation in a world full of interruptions.  Well-researched and more optimistic than you might think, this book offers pragmatic recommendations for prioritizing real-life connections over digital ones.  Recommended reading for anyone with a smartphone, especially (but not limited to) parents and teachers.

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399185045
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - September 20th, 2016

Resolution #4:  FIND JOY

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships or, as they would say, because of them they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.
In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Edition: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781892005281
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Published: PuddleDancer Press - September 1st, 2015


If "violent" means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate - bullying, discriminating, finger pointing, speaking without listening, criticizing others or ourselves, name-calling, reacting when angry, using political rhetoric, being defensive, etc. - could indeed be called "violent communication." Nonviolent Communication shows us a way of being very honest, without any criticism, insults, or put-downs. 

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The Art of Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062223074
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2016

Resolution #6:  KNOW THYSELF

"At unexpected points in life," Marry Karr begins in The Art of Memoir, "everyone gets waylaid by the colossal force of recollection...but there are also memories that you dig for: you start with a clear fix on a tiny instant, and pick at every knot until a thin thread comes undone that you can follow back through the mind's labyrinth to other places..."
Anyone interested in the nature of memory and storytelling, or curious about the art of reading or writing memoir will delight in this book. Karr's voice is terrifically alive with humor, wit and wisdom. A true pioneer and apostle of her genre!

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Ideas Are All Around Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626721814
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 1st, 2016


I may or may not have cried the first time I read Philip Stead's latest picture book (spoiler: I did). The reader follows the narrator on a seemingly mundane walk around his neighborhood as he attempts to cure his writer's block. The resulting observations remind the reader that character, setting, and plot can be found anywhere - you just need to pay attention! For kids, adults, teachers, writers, readers, neighbors, those who practice mindfulness, and any combination of the above.

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184413
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

Resolution #8:  DELVE INTO SCIENCE

This is a great book for those that have always wanted to understand physics, from simple concepts to the staggeringly complex, without pursuing a doctorate in astrophysics. A great read that will leave you in contemplation about the world that surrounds us all.

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The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476724232
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 15th, 2016


What happens when real food – “healthy” food – gets ever more bland while processed foods become more flavorful?  The result is, according to Schatzker, “a large-scale flavor disorder.”  The brains and bodies of animals have a fine-tuned system that guides us to eat the foods we need; this system gets hijacked when we eat food that tastes like something it is not.  This thoroughly researched, fascinating book will give you great insight into the food industry, from hybridization to processing, all seen through the lens of flavor science.  The Dorito Effect could change your life – it sure changed mine.

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Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393352931
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 21st, 2016

Resolution #10:  EAT SUSTAINABLY

Would you wrap bacon up in bacon, if you could? Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Either way, you will love learning about the lives of pigs in this well-researched scientific tale. Read up, and eat up, differently, after local VT author Barry Estabrook brings back heart to the dinner table.
5 out of 5 piglets!

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DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor - A Guide to Making Your Own Bitters for Bartenders, Cocktail Enthusiasts, Herbalists, a Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592337040
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Published: Fair Winds Press (MA) - September 1st, 2016

Resolution #11:  EMBRACE FLAVOR

Trust me, bitters taste great, especially when they're mixed up by by Burlington's own Jovial King and Guido Mase.  This new book by the founders of Urban Moonshine is packed full of delicious, unusual recipes and specific, nuanced information about blending bitters, the health benefits of bitters, and a range of bitter herbs.  A brilliant choice for herbalists, foodies, and anyone interested in this fun, tasty way to support health and increase vitality.  It's also a gorgeous book, so makes a lovely gift!

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United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101965184
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 3rd, 2017

Resolution #12:  FIND COMMON GROUND

Booker writes passionately about his commitment to the common good. As the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey, Booker writes of his time as mayor of Newark, NJ, (2006-2013) and his efforts to reclaim the city for the people. While he celebrates the ideals of individual excellence, self-reliance, and personal responsibility, Booker reminds us that the greatest accomplishment required mutual effort and shared sacrifice-values echoed in The Declaration of Independence. At a time when cynicism pervades politics, Booker expresses optimism if we choose to work for the common good. His track record in Newark - including living in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods - shows us what is possible if we have empathy and connect to one another.