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There is something so cozy about curling up with a good book on a good winter day. Although here in Florida, if we want it to be cold, we have to crank up the A/C and put it on the lowest setting possible! Regardless, I do love reading, and I’ve got quite a selection to share….
Welcome to the 2022 Holiday Gift Ideas and Buying Guide – Good Reads
FIRE IN THE MACHINE: Driving Entrepreneurial Innovation in Large CPG Organizations
By Jonathan Tofel & Carolina Sasson
“As an innovator in a large company working hard to drive growth and deliver products consumers love, your size is an advantage—one that you can leverage for incredible results.
But when it comes to innovation, you can’t rely on big-company strength alone. Between your company’s capabilities and the entrepreneurial ethos underscoring every successful startup lies the sweet spot for disruptive innovation, and the key to unlocking exponential growth.
In Fire In the Machine, Jonathan Tofel and Carolina Sasson share insight gained from decades spent working within and consulting for Fortune 500 companies. They share the strategies that have helped their CPG clients harness entrepreneurialism and balance the startup mindset with big business systems to unleash the best of both worlds. Fire In the Machine is an insightful journey into the challenges that all great innovators in large corporations eventually face. This is your chance to leverage new strategies and realize the growth that’s possible when entrepreneurial innovation is in the driver’s seat.”
Published by LIONCREST
THE LEADER WITH A THOUSAND FACES: A Personal Study of Leadership
By Mark Rapier
“Are you a good leader (or do you just think you are)?
Do you understand the difference between management and leadership?
Do you wonder why techniques you used successfully in the past are not working now?
How do you demonstrate to your leaders that you are ready for more leadership responsibilities?
Effective leadership is always in short supply, even though many hold positions that require it or claim to be leaders. Yet leadership, in its many forms, is essential to progress. Your personal leadership journey will not be a straight line to success. You will need to ebb and flow when you find yourself in those leadership moments, being prepared with expanded views.
The Leader With a Thousand Faces describes the journey that we all experience and gives you perspectives to consider before you actually find yourself needing the answers. Written from experience not theory, you will find the clues to uncovering your best version of the leader you choice to be.
Leadership is in all of us. All we need to do is unlock our potential.”
Published by The Rapier Group LLC
By Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse
“Communication is more than an exchange of information. Words can inspire, teach important lessons, and woven together offer a legacy to those that we love for generations to come. Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, who has brought hope and healing to millions of people through her work as a family therapist, co-founder of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, acclaimed author, and conference presenter invites readers to join her as she recounts her remarkable life. Included are tales of celebrity, culture, humor, history, questions, relationships, surprises, spirituality, traditions, and travels. She then invites readers to then go deep within, to realize the wonder of their own life experiences, and to craft their own legacy of stories. Everyone has a story . . . what is yours?”
Published by Health Communications, Inc.
By Brian Felgoise and David Tabatshky
“Inspired by real-life class-action lawyers, The Education of Ryan Coleman begins in a Texas courtroom, where an ambitious attorney from Philadelphia chases his share of a lawsuit and gets his ass reamed by the judge. During this “trial-by-fire,” Coleman meets Eugenia Cauley, a female legal shark whose life ends tragically, and Robert Smalley, a brilliant attorney and borderline criminal who boasts that “I have the greatest practice of law in the world. I have no clients.” Coleman enters a hedonistic world of wealth and power, and becomes an errand boy and fixer for Randy Hollis, an insanely successful lawyer who is trying to buy a professional football team. Patrick Coyle, a prosecutor with an old grudge, and Dick Dickey, former Secretary of Defense and CEO of a military contractor, try to ruin Hollis and Coleman. When an escort mysteriously dies in Hollis’ penthouse, Coleman must choose between telling the truth or going to jail. This satirical thriller reveals how our legal system enables lawyers to get filthy rich. As Mortimer Zuckerman, real estate magnate and media billionaire, once said, “Practicing law is the exact opposite of sex. Even when it’s good, it’s bad.””
Published by Speaking Volumes
By Rita Mock-Pike
“Make tasty dishes with your favorite Trader Joe’s® products and the ultimate kitchen appliance—your air fryer! This cookbook is packed with easy-to-follow recipes for crispy and delicious snacks, lunches, dinners, and more.
Are you obsessed with your air fryer? Can’t stop shopping at Trader Joe’s®? Now you can get the best of both worlds with The I Love Trader Joe’s Air Fryer Cookbook. Discover even more delicious air fryer recipes featuring ingredients from your local Trader Joe’s®, alongside helpful tricks and tips for getting the most out of your air fryer.
Each recipe—from mouthwatering meals, scrumptious salads (yes, salads in your air fryer!), and delightful desserts—has been thoroughly tested to guarantee it’s not only delectably crispy but also completely air fryer friendly. Get ready to fire up your air fryer and whip up some delicious food, including:
- Garlic Rosemary Salmon
- Roasted Artichokes
- Crunchy Asparagus Spears
- And more!
With vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes, The I Love Trader Joe’s Air Fryer Cookbook is perfect for all Trader Joe’s® fans or cooks that are hooked on their air fryers!”
Published by Ulysses Press
By Allyson Reedy
“Turn your home-baking skills into professional-grade desserts with this mouthwatering baking book featuring recipes from some of the most incredible bakers and bakeries—including Tieghan Gerard, Joanne Chang (Flour Bakery), Chelsey White, Allison Kave (Butter & Scotch), Daniel Boulud, and more!
This heavenly collection of dessert recipes—gifted to us from the greatest bakers and chefs from small-town café owners to fancy restaurateurs to TV show hosts—is a call to arms, to action, to revolution! Or, at the very least, a call to turn on the oven. Because who has time for the third-best brownie recipe or so-so Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies?
Written with a fun and friendly tone and featuring easy, step-by-step instructions, 50 Things to Bake Before You Die will make you feel right at home as you bake up these world-class desserts, including:
- Brown Butter Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Chelsey White)
- Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with Fresh Chantilly Cream (from Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Café)
- Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler (from Tieghan Gerard)
- Chocolate Cheesecake Mochi Muffins (from Sam Butarbutar)
- Pink Velvet Cake (from Liz Marek)
- Cookies and Cream Macarons (from Cambrea Gordon)
- And more!
So bake up Courtney Rich’s sublime Ultimate S’mores Cake, and Joanne Chang’s soul-shaking Homemade Oreos. Bake them—before you die.”
Published by Ulysses Press
By Jessica Yun
- Skillet bacon and eggs
- Ramen with “haaaam”!
- Herring and pumpkin pot pie
- Steamed red bean bao
- Salmon with beurre blanc sauce
- And more!
Perfect for fans of Japanese anime, manga, and comfort food cooking!”
Published by Ulysses press
By G. Michelle Goodloe, LCSW
“Practice self-love, embrace mindfulness, and build a positive daily ritual with inspiring prompts, meditations, and reflections just for Black women.
You’re aware of the way you talk to others, but how do you talk to yourself? Is your self-talk in need of a kindness boost? Improve your self-esteem and love the woman that you are with these powerful affirmations. A celebration of Black female identity, this book contains a huge dose of confidence in a small, convenient package. Inside you’ll find:
- Quotes to empower you and fuel you for success
- Reflective prompts that challenge you to live as your most authentic self
- Inspiring words of wisdom on today’s Black female experience
These words and practices of self-care will encourage you to honor your true power, live life to the fullest, and show strength in everything you do.”
Published by Ulysses Press
By R. Vincent
“From the Pocket of an Overcoat” tells the story of an affable cat, Max Buckles, through his adventure of finding a new home and family – and being loved for who he is. He goes from the cozy overcoat pocket of Sally in the city, to the country with Farmer Buckles and his other animals, including his four dogs – Sam, Tots, Scotty, and Junior Buckles. Along the way, he discovers a true sense of belonging within his new family. As told through the journey of Max the cat, this is a story about self-identity, acceptance, animal rescue and adoption.”
Published by Archway Publishing
By Nadine Levitt, Illustrations by Miriam Mitzi Rosas
“Inside Me Lives A Village is a new book by Nadine Levitt that empowers children to identify, acknowledge and direct the many feelings that live inside them. Trusted by teachers across the country, this book and accompanying curriculum, teaches kids how to have a healthy relationship with their emotions!
Feelings are a part of life, whether you feel happy, angry, sad, or shy, but they can feel even bigger and overwhelming to children. With beautiful illustrations by Miriam Mitzi Rosas each feeling is brought to life as a character that can be welcomed and also directed as desired.
“It’s empowering for kids to understand that emotions do not control us, and we do not control our emotions. But they live inside us all the time, so it’s important to have a good relationship with them. We foster a good relationship with emotions by quickly identifying and acknowledging them as they come up. The better our relationship with our emotions, the easier it will be to direct them!”
This is a must-have book for children, parents, and teachers to talk to kids about the proper way to think, deal and express their many feelings.”
By By Nadine Levitt, Illustrations by Miriam Mitzi Rosas
“Inside Me Lives A Superhero is the second book by Nadine Levitt that teaches children about the power of words, actions and inactions.
With illustrations by Miriam Mitzi Rosas, the book follows six unlikely superheroes as they learn their power is much greater than simply being able to fly, or having superhuman strength or speed. Indeed our heroes learn they have the power to make other feel something, because every feeling has a trigger.
This engaging read encourages kids to utilize their own inner power to use their words wisely, and to be conscious and purposeful with the words and actions including their silence. They learn about the impact of actions, and entrusted with the knowledge that they are in control to direct this “power”.”
Published by My Mama Says
By Jonathan Chastek, Illustrations by Teguh Sulistio
The included storybook features 30 pages of fun, child-friendly, and engaging visuals to get you in the spirit of Christmas. This book stems from an over 400-year-old story that emerged in the Catalonia region of Spain, helping families across the world embrace this unique age-old tradition.
The Poop Log’s History:
This unique practice was an original roughed up log found outside and altered for children to feed and beat. In fact, the strange name comes from the command sung during beating the log, urging it to “Poop, log!” After Christmas, Catalans would burn and recycle the log’s ashes to help crops grow.
While walking with my mother, one day, we happened upon a fallen log. I was surprised when my mother explained, “There is a poop log.” Her words triggered unpleasant thoughts; I was thinking what does she mean? Mother related a family tradition of how poop logs appear at Christmas. They are placed in the home and attended to with comfort and love. She explained Santa’s magic dust made them. As Christmas day approaches, will I find that I have received treats from our poop log? Or is the legend a figment of my mother’s imagination?
Parents and children will receive a fascinating educational experience that revolves around a Catalan Christmas Tradition. Its origins date back to the 18th century and are enjoyed to this day by many families. This story will be one that will delight both young and old.”
Published by The Christmas Poop Log
By Casey Day Rislov, Illustrated by Zachary Pullen
What can you expect from Rowdy Randy’s next adventure?
• The Jackalope will get a name!
• You will wonder if a western legend stole her ideas?
• Rowdy Randy is STILL the bold, sassy and in charge character we met in the first Rowdy Randy book
Published by Mountain Stars Press (Casey Rislov Books)
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