Subject: LibraryBub's best indie books for this week

We are delighted to recommend the following books from the independent publishing sector.
Best Independent Books July 2
Selo
by Doug Setter

Les Kingsley is a put-down, bullied and beat-up teenager. He spends his days scared of work, school and even of home.

Fate puts Les under the wing of a wanted gangster, who teaches him how to fight and win in an uncaring world. The bullies, though, want to keep him in his place to the point of hurting him badly and dangerous men and the police want the gangster.

With all sides closing in, loyalties are tested and revenge takes unexpected turns.

Honors: Winner, Teen Fiction, Global Ebook Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Young Adult

ISBN: 978-1105082795


Toward Happier Choices
by Michael Oborn

We all face adversity amidst physical, mental and emotional challenges, and this book is about becoming self-reliant in terms of creating a powerful future. It can also become a battle plan for addressing life’s challenges and the key to unlocking undiscovered leadership potential.

Through the author’s own stories of adversity, this book provides an overview of practical leadership principles. By exploring what effective leaders actually do and how they do it, the principles of personal effectiveness can be seen. There are also clear insights into how visionary leadership can develop and inspire people to achieve more than they thought they could.

Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing our perspective on everyday experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.

The author’s voice shines throughout the narrative... it is his expert use of retrospection that makes this book truly engaging. — OnlineBookClub

Honors: seen on Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch, Wallstreet Online

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1793809193 

A New Course:
a mother’s journey navigating Down syndrome and autism

by Theresa Unnerstall

Shortly after the author gave birth to her second son, Nick, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Early infant and child intervention helped Nick reach developmental milestones in his own time. But there was more to come when Nick hit third grade. A wave of fire-alarm activations along with other serious and dangerous behaviors signaled that this was something more than just Down syndrome.

Here, at last, is a book that takes a deep dive into the complexities that families face raising a child with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. A hybrid of memoir and manual, it contains valuable lessons following each chapter and in the appendix. It’s a key resource for those who want to understand a parent’s perspective. It provides essential information on early intervention; individual education plans and transition meetings; speech, physical and occupational therapies; behavior support and applied behavior analysis; toilet training and puberty issues; wandering and elopement; meltdowns; and also on augmentative and alternative communication.

The author provides guidance and hope steeped in more than 25 years of experience. She is a parent turned educational speaker, writer, advocate and consultant. In this book, she tells how her determination to find resources, support and expertise helped her son to reach his full potential.

A refreshing story told with sometimes painful honesty… engaging, funny, entertaining [and] informative… — Goodreads

Honors: seen on Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch, Wallstreet Online

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1948604505 


Outsmart Your Brain:
the insider’s guide to life-long memory

by Denise M. Kalos, Ginger Schechter and Allison McKeany

Memory is not something that should diminish with age. No one is ever too young to start developing healthy habits that can have a long-term impact on cognition.

People of all ages will benefit from the easy-to-follow and practical advice in this book. The experts at AffirmativHealth have been working with people living with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as those at risk of developing those conditions, for several years. They have treated hundreds of patients with remarkable success.

The team at AffirmativHealth began their journey as part of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. They have reviewed literature from all over the world and the best research has been consolidated to develop this easy-to-follow guide to life-long brain health.Memory loss is not something that just happens as we age; memory is impacted by years of lifestyle habits. AffirmativHealth is a personalized and precision medicine practice. This book explains how diet and nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep, socializing, brain stimulation and behavioral changes and habits can have a positive impact on memory.

Honors: seen on Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch, Wallstreet Online

Category: Health & Fitness

ISBN: 978-1734572421 


Rearranging Change: 
how you market to an ever-changing world
by Steve McChesney

This book is like having a business marketing coach available 24/7. It explains the different communication styles that people relate and react to, and teaches how to apply them in business.

The book includes innovative marketing strategies to target any audience. There are copywriting techniques that will definitely get results. There is essential advice for any business involving sales, marketing or copywriting of any kind. In relation to copywriting, the author teaches how to be concise and easily understood; how to convert readers into paying customers; and how to overcome writer’s block.

With regard to marketing, readers are taught to communicate effectively and given a full understanding of features and benefits. The author describes what really motivates people.

Rearranging Change is a book that will reshape the way people think about marketing and advertising. It is written with the reader in mind. The information is relevant, easily understood and exciting to apply.

Honors: seen on Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch, Wallstreet Online

Category: Business

ISBN: 979-8632295680

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Selo
by Doug Setter

Les Kingsley is a put-down, bullied and beat-up teenager. He spends his days scared of work, school and even of home.

Fate puts Les under the wing of a wanted gangster, who teaches him how to fight and win in an uncaring world. The bullies, though, want to keep him in his place to the point of hurting him badly and dangerous men and the police want the gangster.

With all sides closing in, loyalties are tested and revenge takes unexpected turns.

Honors: Winner, Teen Fiction, Global Ebook Awards; seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Young Adult

ISBN: 978-1105082795


After December
by Kasie Whitener

Tony is dead. He killed himself 3,000 miles away. Brian Listo is going home. Five days; four best friends who don’t forgive him; three women who can’t stand him; two parents who don’t trust him; one unforgivable sin he can’t hide from anymore — those are the numbers that Brian has to face. He’s back in Virginia despite the craters he left at New Year’s; back to eat crow; to beg forgiveness; to explain himself to those who will listen.

Except there’s one person who can no longer hear him. Growing up, Tony always covered for Brian; made even his most heinous sins seem like minor infractions. But without Tony to play defense, Brian must learn to apologize. It’s time to come clean. Can he earn forgiveness? Does he deserve it? Or does he just need a clean break?

Like Ethan Hawke’s The Hottest State, this novel catches a young man enjoying the peak of his greed while the most important part of his life falls apart. Brian’s loss resembles the nostalgic self-consciousness of those emerging from adolescence into the hard realities of adulthood; yet redemption lingers as it did for all of us.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1683505815 


You Can’t Google It!:
the compelling case for cross-generational conversation at work

by Phyllis Weiss Haserot

This book is a tool to help organizations and individuals remove the stress, frustration and negative energy that often arises from working with people of different generations so they understand and are able to accomplish their common goals faster, profitably and sustainably with more committed colleagues and clients.

Much of the learning, skills and perspective people need to succeed in their careers is not found in data on the Internet. Using 10 unique concepts you can’t learn, acquire, or practice by Googling, the author teaches people from all five generations how to attract and retain clients/customers of different generations with cross-generational strategies; how to integrate meaningful cross-generational conversation into the culture and business model of an organization; and how to unite diverse generations as an effective bridge for leading change with trust and empathy

Though the book doesn’t deal with COVID-19 and its impact, the perennial content is especially relevant to anyone of any generation seeking new jobs, promotions, retention or career pivots as marketplace demands change.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1683505815 


Grabbing Lightning:
the messy quest for an extraordinary love

by Donald Marrs and Paige Marrs

This gripping memoir explores what it means to trust the belief and the hope that extraordinary love is indeed possible; a love that surpasses what people usually experience.

Donald Marrs was 20 years into his career as a powerful ad executive when, in his early forties, he found himself in a full-life crisis. His marriage was crumbling, he was working on client products that conflicted with his values, and he felt like he had reached the end of the road in himself.

Then the unimaginable happened. A spiritually transformative epiphany — an out-of-body experience — turned his world upside down. Finally, he understood why so many of his past choices had backfired and why old relationships had failed. Without hesitation, he vowed to let his new perceptions about the transcendent nature of love guide his choices going forward. That life-altering turn was to transform his career and love life forever.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-0925887030


Toward Happier Choices
by Michael Oborn

We all face adversity amidst physical, mental and emotional challenges, and this book is about becoming self-reliant in terms of creating a powerful future. It can also become a battle plan for addressing life’s challenges and the key to unlocking undiscovered leadership potential.

Through the author’s own stories of adversity, this book provides an overview of practical leadership principles. By exploring what effective leaders actually do and how they do it, the principles of personal effectiveness can be seen. There are also clear insights into how visionary leadership can develop and inspire people to achieve more than they thought they could.

Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing our perspective on everyday experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.

The author’s voice shines throughout the narrative... it is his expert use of retrospection that makes this book truly engaging. — OnlineBookClub

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1793809193 

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