Inspirational

Just A Kiss

Just A Kiss

Denise Hunter
3
Rated by
Bre H.
Friday, Jul 28, 2017

Riley Callahan and Paige Warren were best friends and spent many summers together growing up in Summer Harbor. One summer Paige came back from camp all grown up, and Riley fell in love with her and was determined to tell about his feelings. But then Paige fell for his older brother, Beau. Riley could not watch the love of his life go to his brother, so he joined the Marines. Riley would often remind himself that a Marine needs to improvise, adapt, and overcome. And he has to do just that upon returning home as a veteran and amputee with PTSD.

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Driving Miss Norma

Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle
5
Rated by
Sarah A.
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017

I first heard about the “Driving Miss Norma” Facebook page a few months ago and was excited to see that a book was in the works. At first glance, I thought the book might be too sentimental for my tastes, but I ended up loving it and its message, and I would really recommend it to anyone.

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017

We have all taken personality tests that put us into one box or another in an attempt to better understand ourselves. In Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Cain analyzes the introvert/extrovert dichotomy with a particular focus on how introverts think and what motivates them. Cain argues that we live in an extrovert-centric society that values and praises the high achieving socialites over the less outgoing thinkers.

An airplane on water is featured with passengers standing on the wings. Tom Hanks as Sully is superimposed above the plane in the sky.

Sully (DVD)

Warner Brothers
4
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017

On Thursday, January 15, 2009, in New York City, a passenger plane crashed on the Hudson River and all 155 people aboard seemingly miraculously survived. Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger and his crew were hailed as heroes across the globe. Sully chronicles the lesser-known side of this true story: a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation on whether the Captain made the right decision not to return to the airport when engines failed.

Young man with glasses starring upwards, foreground, same young man playing chess with teacher watching in background

Endgame

DVD
3
Rated by
Terri B.
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016

Endgame, with Rico Rodriquez from Modern Family, is a make-you-feel-good movie inspired by true events. This independent film was shot in only nineteen days, and the children could work, at most, six hours per day. Other actors include Efron Ramiez, who played Pedro in

Step by Step

Candace Calvert
3
Rated by
Lisa J.
Monday, May 2, 2016

It's been three years since her husband was killed in a freak accident and Taylor Cabot is making plans to start living again. She’s made a moving-on list and is marking items off. She's moved home, is getting active with the help of an activity tracker, and has replaced the donuts with healthier choices. She's even started spending time with a handsome plastic surgeon from the hospital where she works as an ER nurse. When her old friend, Seth Donovan, turns up at the hospital to train the crisis team, old feelings begin to resurface.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo
3
Rated by
Caitlin T.
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016

I cannot figure out why this book is such an overwhelming success. I am very torn in my opinion of Marie Condo’s “konmari” method to declutter one’s life, finding some of the teachings notable, but overall unnecessarily extreme and impractically harsh. The main theme of the book is to simplify by ridding oneself of everything that does not “spark joy.” By going through possessions item by item, the konmari method will strip away all unused, superfluous and sentimental items that serve no immediate, direct purpose.

Monday, Mar 14, 2016

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Edwin E. Catmull is a book about creativity but also about leadership from Catmull's perspective. He is the president of Disney Studios and the co-founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios.

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016

Kristin Armstrong, a contributing editor to Runner's World, is a delightful writer as well as a dedicated runner.

Her reflections are gathered into different themes that allow her to cover a lot of ground (ahem) - family, friendships, self-reflection and self-esteem, relationships, goals both short term and long. And she does it all with a lot of inspiring, kind words and a ready wit.

Thin Ice

Irene Hannon
3
Rated by
Lisa J.
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016

Christy Reed has had a difficult year. First she lost both of her parents in a car wreck, then just a few months later her sister Ginny dies in a house fire. Just as Christy is starting to pull herself out of her grieving and begins to accept that she is alone in the world, an envelope arrives in the mail. The envelope is addressed in Ginny’s handwriting and is postmarked just a few days ago. What is going on, and where is Ginny?

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