Reader’s Lounge: February

by Alison Kuchta

This month’s selections are all about bravery and matters of the heart. Take courage and grab one of these engaging books today!

No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love & Wandering

by Clara Bensen

Not long after recovering from a period of debilitating anxiety, Bensen meets a man who invites her on a summer vacation across the globe. The two take off for three weeks with no luggage and no planned accommodations, challenging themselves to wing their travels with the bare minimum. In this coming-of-age story, Clara’s observations are vivid and run from charming and humorous to profound and moving. This enjoyable and thought-provoking voyage of the head and heart is not to be missed.

Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

by Tom Ryan

A journalist by trade, Ryan is inspired by the people in the community he serves. After hiking to the peak of Mount Garfield with his brothers and dog, Atticus M. Finch, Ryan develops a plan to raise money and awareness for multiple charities by hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his four-legged companion. Join them on their journey in this hopeful, adventurous book that every dog-lover is sure to enjoy.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

by Brené Brown

Research proffesor Brené Brown seeks to discover and explain how to live a wholehearted life. Throughout her study, she is constantly surprised by the results and provides concrete insights to help people live more meaningful lives and connect with others on a deeper level. Brown provides many candid personal examples of her own journey along with those of her subjects, encouraging readers to take more risks and pursue their goals.

Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life & Home

by Amy Haimerl

Looking for a place to put down roots, Haimerl and her husband are drawn to Detroit. Neither has history with the city, but they are intrigued by the locals’ determination and resourcefulness along with the area’s history and spirit. The author examines her motivations while covering the struggles she, her husband and the community experience. Haimerl’s distinct voice and lively writing style make this a good read for those interested in books about family, relationships and social issues.

Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Low-Fuss, Good-for-You Recipes

by the American Heart Association

This cookbook contains tasty, nourishing recipes that give you more time to do the things you love while living a healthier life. The recipes are low sodium, low fat and high in fiber with simple ingredients and instructions, making whipping up a full meal possible for anyone–even on their busiest day. Each recipe results in a satisfying cuisine that is good for you and your body.


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