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Authors share their compelling true stories and great ideas for living well. All the books are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting.

Authors share their compelling true stories and great ideas for living well. All the books are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting.
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Authors share their compelling true stories and great ideas for living well. All the books are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting.






N4L 041: "Grandma Gatewood’s Walk" by Ben Montgomery

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail is the sensational true account of Emma Gatewood, the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Ben Montgomery, Gatewood’s blood relative and now Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter, bases his New York Times bestseller on personal diaries, trail journals, newspaper articles, and countless personal interviews. We learn that Emma Gatewood “through-hiked” the Appalachian Trail not once but twice, and...


N4L 040: "The Magic of Tiny Business" by Sharon Rowe

In The Magic of Tiny Business, written by Eco Bags Products, Inc. founder Sharon Rowe, we learn "You don't have to go big to make a great living." Speaking from her own experience, Rowe tells would-be entrepreneurs how to build a profitable business without compromising personal values. Women especially like her advice: rather than fantasizing about going into business while fretting about going into debt, start by going tiny. As a young mother with a newborn child, Rowe was most concerned...


N4L 039: "Find the Good" by Heather Lende

For more than 20 years, Heather Lende has written obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News in the tiny town of Haines, Alaska. Now, in her latest book, Find the Good: Unexpected Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer, the New York Times bestselling author becomes as vulnerable as the grieving she interviews. Weaving together her own life lessons with recollections of the deceased, we get a memoir mixed with humor, sensitivity, and insight. More than a storyteller, Lende is a “story...


N4L 038: "The Upside of Digital Devices" by Nicole Dreiske

SUMMARY: After years of running children’s film festivals, educational innovator and media guru Nicole Dreiske developed “Screen Smart” workshops kids. She includes the program in her new book, The Upside of Digital Devices: How to Make Your Child More Screen Smart, Literate, and Emotionally Intelligent. Aptly nicknamed “The Essential Survival Kit for Parenting in the Digital Age,” Dreiske’s book helps not only parents but also teachers, pediatricians, and other adults train children how to...


N4L 037: "The Ten Laws of Trust" by Joel Peterson with David Kaplan

After decades of doing business, Joel Peterson has distilled his most powerful learnings in The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great. At the core of all strong business relationships, we find trust. According to Peterson, it means "willingly ceding a measure of control to another.... Trust is a leap of faith rooted in optimism." This deeply held belief in the goodness of others drives us to choose trust over skepticism and negativity. Then we allow trust to become...


N4L 036: "Vitamin N" by Richard Louv

Richard Louv, co-founder of the San Diego-based Children & Nature Network, author Richard Louv adds Vitamin N to his growing list of books encouraging us to get outside. Aimed especially at families eager to share nature with their kids, Louv’s practical guidebook offers "500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family & Community." All are appropriate for Earth Day, but they're also fitting throughout the year. Through his 2008 landmark book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our...


N4L 035: “13 Series” (Art “Children Should Know”) by Prestel Publishing

Prestel Publishing curates what “Children Should Know” about art. So far, the “13 Series” includes 20 books about architecture, photography, design, fashion, craft, culture, history, and ethnography. Each volume is filled with colorful double-page spreads, highlighting 13 of the most important, famous, or influential things around a single art topic. For example, in the books, we discover the 13 most famous “Bridges” and “Skyscrapers” and the 13 most influential “Modern Artists” and “Art...


N4L 034: "Full Steam Ahead" by Jesse Lyn Stoner with Ken Blanchard

Business consultant Jesse Lyn Stoner partners with Ken Blanchard to write bestseller Full Steam Ahead!: Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Company and Your Life. Using a parable format, they illustrate the ongoing need for “visioning.” Unlike the one-time experience of creating a mission statement, visioning is a process, a journey. Visioning requires three essential elements: A significant purpose.whywhatreallyClear values.A picture of the future. So, why is visioning important?...


N4L 033: "The Newcomers" by Helen Thorpe

To capture stories of immigrant students for her book The Newcomers, journalist Helen Thorpe spends a year in a beginner-level ESL classroom of South High in Denver, Colorado. Day by day and layer by layer, she pulls back the curtain on unimaginable hardships and atrocities suffered by immigrant teenagers. With resilience and fortitude, they not only learn English but they also adapt to a new country and adopt a new culture. With help from their exceptional teacher Mr. Eddie Williams, the...


N4L 032: "Genius Foods" by Max Lugavere

In his new book, Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, Max Lugavere teaches us how to use food to achieve optimal brain performance. What's more, he says, following such a regimen has the pleasant side effect of minimizing dementia risk. When Lugavere's own mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia in her 50s, this filmmaker turned journalist went on the warpath to learn everything he could about brain health. His...


N4L 031: "The Millennial Myth" by Crystal Kadakia

Even as digital technology is disrupting workplace culture, Crystal Kadakia, author of The Millennial Myth: Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs, is aiming to solve the biggest human capital trend of our next decade: millennials in the workplace. To remain competitive, we not only need generational diversity; we need to embrace, harness, engage modern talent. As a thought leader and trainer, Kadakia rebuilds a backdrop for millennials, reminding us that every...


N4L 030: "The Positive Parenting Workbook" by Rebecca Eanes

Using traditional parenting techniques, author Rebecca Eanes felt disconnected from her children. Frustrated and discouraged, she decided to trust her gut instead. She documented online her newfound success with positive parenting and quickly found her message resonated with countless parents. In fact, she gained over a million followers on her “Positive Parenting” Facebook page and plenty of material for her first book, Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide. Now, two years later, Eanes...


N4L 029: "A Complaint Is a Gift" by Janelle Barlow & Claus Møller

A bestseller for more than 20 years, A Complaint Is a Gift: Recovering Customer Loyalty When Things Go Wrong provides guidelines for handling customer grievances. As the subtitle reminds us, when doing business, things can, do, and will go wrong. With a foreword by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, the book focuses on pleasing customers by first listening to what they have to say. However, rather than bristling at customers’ unmet expectations, authors Janelle Barlow and Claus Møller...


N4L 028: "Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?"

Dr. Mark Hyman debunks food myths and answers the question, “What the heck should I eat?” As a functional medicine doctor, Hyman believes food is the best medicine. His practical guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health includes plenty of do’s and don’ts, always acknowledging what the experts have got right so far. Packed with solid research but also replete with sensible ideas, Hyman’s book Food is endorsed by dozens of high-profile experts, including scientists,...


N4L 027: "Happy Together" by Suzann & James Pawelski

Whether you’re starting a new relationship, weathering difficult times, or jump-starting a long-term marriage, Suzie and James Pawelski can help. Granted, their book, Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts, isn’t the typical approach to romance. But this husband-and-wife research team has found how to ignite (or reignite) passion. Together, they’ve identified four key areas crucial to building and sustaining love over the long run. Harmonious...


N4L 026: We Love Books!

We asked book lovers in the Bay Area to tell us about their favorite nonfiction. We found people selling, sharing, and reading books at Half Price Books, a brick-and-mortar Amazon Bookstore, a public library, Stanford Library, and even Costco. Listen to their recommendations for insightful, inspiring, and uplifting books. (See below for links to the books.) As we always say, at Nonfiction4Life we believe there's something for everyone. Also, to celebrate Valentine's Day all month long, we...


N4L-025: "The Power of Collective Wisdom" by Dr. Alan Shatkin, et al.

SHOW NOTES: Dr. Alan Briskin, is the co-author of The Power of Collective Wisdom: And the Trap of Collective Folly. Collaborating with Sheryl Erikson, Jon Ott, and Tom Callanan, he answers the key question, “How does magic happen in groups?” With the encouragement and support of The Fetzer Institute, the authors combine their research, theory, and practice with that of hundreds of others, as noted in the Acknowledgments. Together, they teach how to maximize the best in us. In short, they...


N4L 024: A Visit with Steve Piersanti, President of Berrett-Koehler Publishing

SHOW NOTES: Located in the heart of downtown Oakland, California, Berrett-Koehler Publishing is fiercely true to its mission: “Connecting people and ideas to create a world that works for all.” Built on democracy, B-K gives every employee—veteran or brand new-- an equal vote in decisions. And all staff members operate in open spaces, including Founder and President Steve Piersanti who has a cubicle like the rest. Profitable for over a decade, Berrett-Koehler has been publishing nonfiction...


N4L 023: "Born To Be Wild" by Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH

Dr. Jess P. Shatkin, nationally acclaimed psychiatrist, unveils truths about adolescents in his latest book, Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe. Decoding the adolescent brain (ages 12-26), Shatkin walks us through science, stories, analogies, clinical anecdotes, and research-based observations. The bad news is teens are actually hard-wired to take risks; the good news is we can still raise safe, resilient kids. Drawing on decades of medical and...


N4L 022: "Soulful Simplicity" by Courtney Carver

Courtney Carver teaches us how to declutter as well as make space for joy. The book Soulful Simplicity is an extension of her minimalist blog, BeMoreWithLess.com, where she continues to chronicle her journey of living with less. The book was born of Carver’s own painful wakeup call being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (M.S.). Forced to slow down, she began digging herself out of debt while also letting go of stuff. Now, years later, she recognizes decluttering was only the beginning of...


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