Mandy Stadtmiller pours out her heart and soul like never before in her memoirs Unwifeable.

Testament to a human being who spent copious amounts of time conducting a thorough introspection, there’s nothing about her life she does not touch on. From: the double trauma of child rape and growing up with traumatized parents; the bliss of marriage; the ugliness of divorce; the confusion in between; and the peace that comes with healing.

As she bares her soul, she also draws salient lessons from the traumatic events that characterized her life. Her’s is a potent story of self-discovery and healing.

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The newest recipient of the Noble Prize for Literature, Abdulrazak weaves an intriguing tale in Desertion.

Set in his native Tanzania, this novel captures colonialism and its attendant implications. He aptly introduces the rich Swahili culture to his readers all the while tackling pertinent themes such as race, religion and marriage.

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Frances Hesselbein, one of the most celebrated corporate leaders of her time, brings a wealth of knowledge on the subject of leadership.

Having inherited the Girls Scout of America when it was at a point of quick decline and turning it around into one of the most formidable organizations on the planet, she knows a thing or two on the subject matter.

She offers these lessons to her readers via a collection of essays she’s written throughout the years. There’s a ton of wisdom and then some to go around.

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Poetry and love. Islam and Christianity. A Sufi and a dervish. Elif Shafak. Magic!

Elif weaves a beautifully engaging story on the life of Rumi. This story traverses centuries, religions and geographical boundaries. She seamlessly marries 12th century vignettes with 20th century realities to give a thrilling account of one of the most famous poets.

As she is wont to, she explores and juxtaposes themes of love, gender, literature and religion. In her inimitable penmanship, she dissects these subjects to the core. She carries her reader through a fast-paced world of ever-changing dynamics.

All the while, regaling them with her unparalleled descriptive skills, literary prowess and impossible-to-hate story telling.

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Relationships can be the most comforting of spaces. Conversely, they can also be the most chaotic. We all feel and want love yet again at times love seems so… Hard?

Dr. Tatkin demystifies the psychology behind the chemistry of relationships. He draws lessons from the multitude of clients he has dealt with over the years and his own experience with his divorce and new marriage, to give it that all important personal touch.

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WTO’s incumbent Director General delivers an eye-opening retrospection of her time as Nigeria’s Finance Minister. She zeroes in on her experience in fighting corruption in Africa’s most populous country. 

Ngozi walks the reader through one of the most eventful periods of her life. From nasty headlines, butting heads with powerful forces, designing policy to the traumatic moments of her mother’s kidnapping. 

As she is wont to she offers practical recommendations to aid in the fight against corruption.

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Julia Gillard delivers a powerful recollection of her time at the helm of Australian politics.  Aptly titled My Story, she chronicles in fine detail key events during her tenure. She gives the reader a front row seat to the high octane, high stakes, world of politics.

Australia’s first female Prime Minister takes on governance, diplomacy, the global financial crisis, environment, gender and everything in between.

She draws lessons from her moments lobbying legislators in Parliament, overseeing rescue missions, reaching out to stakeholders and honouring her oath of office. 

It’s a bare-knuckle, reflective and enlightening recollection. 

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David Epstein draws from an eclectic pool of intellectual resources to bring the wisdom enshrined herein. He interviews athletes, artists, grandmasters, veterans, doctors and everyone in between.

He eruditely makes a case for a generalist in lieu of a specialist approach. He constantly draws from that rich eclectic pool to change the reader’s attitude and mindset.

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Have you ever lost someone you loved dearly? Have you ever felt the weight of grief on your shoulders? The drain in energy resulting from mourning?

That’s what Chimamanda captures in this short but powerful piece of art. She lost her dad to kidney complications and it weighed heavily on her.

Herein, she captures those somber, private and uniquely personal moments. The ebb and tide of healing and coming to terms with the reality of death.

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