Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Self-Help Books at the Library

The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart: An Emotional and Spiritual Handbook
by Kingma, Daphne Rose
Kingma writes for readers whose lives are being wrenched apart by sudden job loss, the death of a loved one, financial ruin, or a dire medical diagnosis. When any of these things happens, either separately or simultaneously, Kingma offers a list of ten ways whereby readers can eventually learn that their difficulties have meaning and purpose. A particularly helpful lesson urges letting go of coping strategies that no longer work. For those lost in the turbulence of life, Kingma offers a genuine hand through. (LJ)

Happy: Simple Steps to Get the Most Out of Life
by Smith, Ian K., M.D.

Smith's fat-smash diet has helped millions loss weight. But he soon realized that it's not the momentary thrill of getting something you want but the long-term sense of being someone you want that really delivers the goods.

The Undervalued Self: Restore Your Love/Power Balance, Transform the Inner Voice that Holds You Back, and Find Your True Self-Worth
by Aron, Elaine N.

Psychotherapist and "social psychologist" Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person) presents a "rich, complex and deeply layered" approach to building self-esteem, suitable for studious readers ready to work for understanding and change. … dedicated rereading will give readers a sophisticated understanding of low self-esteem, and concrete steps to improve it.

Monday, April 26, 2010

New History Books at the Library!

America and The Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation
by May, Elaine Tyler
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of FDA approval of an oral contraceptive for women (the pill) historian May, whose professional focus has been on marriage, divorce, and the family in America, offers a notably uncontentious précis of the pill's half-century in American life. (Booklist)

Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace
by Lieven, Dominic
For this groundbreaking contribution to the study of Napoléon's demise, historian Lieven researched once-forbidden Russian archives to tell the story from Emperor Alexander I's point of view, and from the perspectives of his officers and soldiers. On the ever-popular topic of the Napoleonic Wars, Lieven's distinctive achievement is a must-have. (Booklist)

Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West
by Wyman, Mark
Wyman details how the railroads were the means by which workers as well as crops were moved from place to place and how such "hoboes and tramps" came to occupy the lowest rung of the social order. With broader historic sweep than recent sugar-beet industry and migrant-labor studies, Wyman's book is highly recommended for both academics and the general public as a scholarly yet accessible history of a rather neglected topic of the American West. (LJ)

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Titles at Central Library Job Center

Looking for a new job? Looking for a way to re-market yourself? Times are tough, perhaps these titles can help:

"...offers the ultimate makeover to-do list: From 'botoxing' your resume by deleting dates and early jobs, tech-savvy tricks for starting and improving your website or blog and online networking, to updating your wardrobe, Mandell shares the secrets that will get mid-career job seekers noticed and on the payroll." (amazon.com)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recession-Proof Careers by Jeff Cohen

"Keeping your job is job one. In these uncertain economic times, secure employment is more important than ever. [This book] presents all of the information needed to make an informed decision about choosing a career that ensures your continued employability." (amazon.com)

Over 40 & You're Hired!: Secrets to Landing a Great Job by Robin Ryan

"Recent U.S. Labor Department reports have shown that those with the longest period of unemployment—an average of eight months—are age 45 and older. Ryan’s tips are specifically geared to the more experienced over-40 audience, and her advice is relevant regardless of whether you’ve been laid off, want to change careers or are looking for a promotion." (BookPage Reviews)

The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy by Pamela Mitchell

"Mitchell (founder, Reinvention Inst.) lays out the ten 'laws' of career reinvention, from creating a vision and forming a network of resources to speaking the language of your new career. " (Library Journal)

Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times Are Tough by Duncan Mathison

"...focuses on high-level careers, reflecting the authors' experience with executive placement and leadership communications." (Library Journal)

Fired to Hired: Bouncing Back from Job Loss to Get to Work Right Now by Tory Johnson

"Tory Johnson's New York Times bestseller, Will Work from Home, was comprehensive and inspiring. Now, the Women For Hire CEO and Good Morning America workplace contributor returns with advice and real-life stories for finding the right job after being let go." (amazon.com)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April is Poetry Month! Got one in your pocket?

April, poetry and libraries go together, and the Glendale Central Library is celebrating National Library Week (April 11-17) along with National Poetry Month.

This year’s Poetry Month theme is “Put a poem in your pocket,” creating the image of making a favorite poem as familiar and personal as the things we keep in our pockets – things that form part of our everyday lives. The Central Library’s display case develops the dual themes of favorite poem collections and pockets full of poetry.

In addition, library users are encouraged to submit copies of their favorite poems, many of which will be displayed in the display’s fanciful poetry pockets. Drop one in the basket next to the display in the Central Library.
-- John, Reference Librarian

For further information, call the Central Library reference desk at 818-548-2027.

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