Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books August 24
Choosing Happier: how to be happy despite your circumstances, history or genes
by Jem Friar

Choosing Happier simplifies the art and science of happiness, showing you how to be happy despite your circumstances, history or genes!

It busts the modern myths of happiness that tell you that money, possessions, fame or power will bring you lasting joy. Instead, this easy-to-read book provides a clear understanding and simple-to-follow practices that will enable you to experience increased authentic and sustainable happiness and contentment.

Being happier is not the only end goal of this book. It has been shown that happier people are more creative, successful, productive, healthy, resilient and they have better relationships too — what’s not to like about these additional outcomes? In the bigger picture, happier people are more content, kind and generous. The more authentically happy people there are, the better off we all are.

Whether you would just like to enjoy life more or you have struggled with excessive negative thinking or even if you would like to make this world a better place, then you will find this book to be an incredibly inspiring and useful treasure trove of practical wisdom and tools.

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Psychology

ISBN: 978-0995681125

Answers to the Top 20 Interview Questions: conquering the job interview process
by Katie Weiser

Your resume got you in the door or someone referred you to the perfect job. That is great! But, all of a sudden, that sinking feeling begins to set in because the interview date is fast approaching. You wonder what questions are going to be asked, how you can best represent yourself, how you can prepare, how you can reduce your anxiety, how you can follow up. So just how should you get ready for a job interview? Katie Weiser's Answers to the Top 20 Interview Questions will help you to:
  • understand the interview process (interview formats, methods, questions, research);
  • know what you offer (strengths, brand, key attributes); 
  • capture your success stories using the STAR method; 
  • know in advance what the Top 20 questions are so you aren't struggling for answers; 
  • gain insight into why certain questions are asked;
  • read examples of actual client answers that got them the job;
  • create your own answers on a free downloadable fill-in-the blank answer template for each question;
  • reduce stress and become more confident in your interview.
The time you devote to reading this book and crafting your own answers will provide you with a winning approach to make you a top candidate.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1544166506

Lessons from a Difficult Person: how to deal with people like us
by Sarah H. Elliston

The funny thing is that Sarah Elliston never realized she was a ‘difficult person’ — someone who harangued people until she got her way, threw temper tantrums, talked over her bosses and pointed out what she thought were their misconceptions. In her family, where she felt bullied, the only way she knew how to get someone's attention and approval was to voice her opinion — and loudly! Without standing her ground, how could she do what she thought was best for herself and everyone else around her? She wasn't intentionally mean-spirited. She was just trying to do what she thought was RIGHT! Until a kind, but firm, boss woke her up! With great compassion, and strength, her boss pointed out that her actions had consequences. That in being ‘difficult’, she was not only disrupting the office camaraderie and production, but impeding her own professional advancement.

This was the beginning of her transformation; Sarah started on the journey away from the difficult person, and towards the woman teaching others how to deal with difficult people. She has published this vital manual to enable others to awaken the challenging personality, and change both the relationship and the environment.

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Psychology

ISBN: 978-1627474061

Never Leave the Locker Room of the Super Bowl
by Ben R. Hanback

Ben Hanback is a storyteller. He loves telling stories and loves remembering great times with friends, clients, and family. He considers himself blessed to have experienced some amazing events and been exposed to some incredible people. He decided to share these life-changing experiences and began to write regularly about the lessons he’s learned. This book is a compilation of that writing.

He found that the only way to grow is to learn from the past and regularly take inventory of your experiences. His hope is that you can glean some insight from his stories and that they help to make a difference in your life and in your business.

Here’s one of his favorite memories:

“In 1996 my friends and I managed to work our way into the Dallas Cowboys locker room after their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. There we were high-fiving Deion Sanders, watching Lesley Visser interview Troy Aikman, and at one point, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy. After about 45 minutes we decided to leave, thinking there might be another, better place to be. A party somewhere, maybe? But after some time, we wound up standing behind Sun Devil Stadium thinking: 'What did we just do? Did we actually just walk out of the Super Bowl locker room? AGH!”

Ben’s mindset is simple: always enjoy the present moment, don't chase a better time, and never leave the locker room of the Super Bowl. Never.

This book is designed to teach the reader how to live their life to the fullest, regardless of their mental/memory problems. — Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1944878436
My Heart I Give to Children
by Vasily Sukhomlinsky

Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons,
It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”
With these words from Walt Whitman's “Song of the Open Road”, Vasily Sukhomlinsky closes his inspiring account of how he educated 31 children in a Ukrainian village in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Sukhomlinsky was the principal of a combined primary and secondary school in rural Ukraine for 22 years. His remarkable work attracted thousands of visitors, some of whom traveled great distances to see his school. His inspirational books have been read by millions around the world. One principal visiting his school wrote:
“I have spent only one day in this remarkable school… but I have learned as much as I did in four years at teachers’ college.

This fresh translation of an educational classic explores issues such as our relationship with nature, how to help children develop empathy for others, how schools can develop strong relationships with families, how children’s brains function and develop, and how to foster an intrinsic love of learning. Recommended for educators, parents, and anyone interested in the upbringing of children.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Education

ISBN: 978-0980588576
In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
by Sandra Ann Heath

Unrest tells the story of 17-year-old Annie Patterson, plucked from her comfortable existence in the American Midwest to travel with her mom and siblings to join her lieutenant colonel father in Tehran, Iran. It’s the late 1970s and unbeknownst to the Patterson family, Iran is on the verge of phenomenal and unprecedented change. Initially, culture shock envelopes Annie as much as the black robes that cloak the people milling in the airport, or the pollution that hovers below the snowcapped peaks of the Alborz Mountains.

Cultural differences are soon embraced as the two Patterson sisters meet two Iranian teenaged boys at the side of a dusty soccer field. But as the saying goes: all is not fair in love and war, and the two sisters find themselves attracted to the same man. Soon, however, unrequited love becomes the least of Annie’s worries as the rumblings of dissent and unrest become too loud to ignore. Ultimately, the country unravels, the Shah's regime ends, and the Patterson family and their Iranian friends must figure out what to do next (Inshallah, God Willing), as all the while persecute, purge, pious becomes the order of the day..

Suspense and romance join cultural upheaval in Tehran to help capture a unique moment in world history. — Kirkus

Honors: Readers' Favorite International Book Award for Excellence in Writing, Young Adult Action Category; Los Angeles Book Festival Honorable Mention for Young Adult Fiction; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Historical Fiction

ISBN: 978-0996551717

Faith, Power, Joy: spiritual guidance from 5 generations of remarkable women
by Sheryl A. Stradling

Faith, Power, Joy is a multi-generational saga starring a family of extraordinary women. They triumphed over loss, financial hardship and chronic illness by applying spiritual principles. In 1890, Lottie won her husband-to-be in a daring bet and later struggled to overcome his untimely death. Her daughter, Minnie, challenged social norms to become a well-known educator in the 1930s, while her daughter overcame chronic illness with unending courage. Minnie’s granddaughter chose a non-traditional career to support her family while her daughter pursued an advanced degree and bolstered her faith through Bible study and prayer. But there is more.

Who left colorful marbles in the corners of buildings just for fun? Who hid her journals in the unfinished portion of her closet? And which woman took her university to court to have her degree issued in her stage name? These remarkable women reveal both their bold personalities and their timely secrets for developing faith, empowering themselves for success and sharing their joy through practical spirituality.

An inspiring, heartfelt, and insightful family saga that is packed with lessons on personal and spiritual growth — Foreword Reviews

Honors: Amazon #1 Best Seller; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Psychology & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1627470377

A Whole New You: To Your Good Health
by Laura Koenig Rivkin

A Whole New You is a wake-up call to those who want to, but can't seem to find the time to take better care of themselves. The author explains how you can find the time by making yourself a priority! Learn how to take care of you, from the inside out. You will find great tips on how to do this. Some features of the book include: · How to Lose Weight Naturally · Dining-Out Options ·

Healthy Snack List · Sample Menu Guides · Simple Recipes · How to Reduce Stress · Easy-to-Do Exercises at Home or in the Office (includes pictures)

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Health, Diet & Fitness

ISBN: 978-0996229104
Why They Stay: sex scandals, deals, and hidden agendas of nine political wives
by Anne Michaud

This work of literary nonfiction explores the reasoning and motivation of wives who stay with their politician-husbands after they cheat. Why They Stay offers deeply intuitive, exactingly researched profiles of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Valerie Hobson, Marion Stein, Hillary Clinton, Silda Spitzer, Wendy Vitter, Gila Katsav and Huma Abedin. Looking back on the path chosen by these political wives, we have the evidence to see a pattern as old as the dynastic maneuverings of England's medieval queens.

The women married to the 'royalty' of our times, politicians, make similar cold calculations in order to hold onto their 'thrones' and their family's history-making potential.

It's about time that a book such as Why They Stay should appear to comment on the wives of politicians and why they remain in place despite reports of infidelity and bad behaviors. Not only does this apply to the highest political offices past and present, but its message and analysis will reach many a marriage where friends may wonder about the reasons why a wife stays in the home after misconduct is uncovered. It's a gripping production especially recommended for any interested in women's issues and political scandals and their aftermath. — D. Donovan for Midwest Book Review

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Biography

ISBN: 978-0997663310

The Library (Volume 1)
by Simon Hartwell

Every small town in America has a house that is, well, creepy, spooky, scary even and Alex Powell inherited such a house in the small town of Danville, Virginia.

Moving from England and attending a new school is just the beginning for12-year-old Alex.

He quickly makes friends who tell him all about the origins of the Black House and the legend of the lost Confederate Treasury buried in a graveyard under his house.

Alex invites them to look around his new home and together they discover the Library, a room that sits in the middle of the house and reaches from the bottom, all the way to the top, crammed full of books. When Alex’s Mum goes missing, they realise the house is haunted by the ghosts of people trapped within the Library books and their adventure begins.

The Library — don't forget to return your book, it will cost you more than a fine!

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1544976020

We trust that your readers will enjoy our hand-picked selection.

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