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A Calm Brain: unlocking your natural relaxation system by Gayatri Devi
Shares advice on pursuing tranquility in the face of daily chaos, explaining how to harmonize the brain's rational and connected regions to achieve both calm and productivity at work, while parenting, and in interpersonal relationships.

: a memoir by Richard Greelis
Bloomington resident Greelis takes the reader on a fascinating ride-along, that is sometimes hilarious and at other times painfully tragic. Greelis draws on his career as a street cop, a SWAT team operator, a detective in both the Violent Crimes and Sex Crimes Units, a member of the FBI's Terrorism Unit, and an undercover intel investigator for the 2008 Republican National Convention.

 Death by food pyramid by Denise Minger
Shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests have shaped American dietary recommendations-and destroyed our nation's health-over recent decades. This book will show you how to reframe your understanding of nutrition science, and inspire you to take your health, and future, into your own hands.

Escape from Camp 14: one man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the west by Blaine Harden
Presents a dramatic account by one of the few survivors born in North Korea's infamous political prison camps, describing the brutal conditions he was forced to endure as a child, his witnessing of his family's executions, and his final, harrowing escape.

View full imageFrozen in time: an epic story for survival, and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
Drawing on research and a firsthand account of the 2012 expedition, this true story of survival, which moves between World War II and today, follows the survivors of a cargo plane crash in 1942 and their days spent fighting for their lives during an Arctic winter.

Half acre of hell: a combat nurse in WWII by Avis Schorer
Lt. Avis Schorer who is a Bloomington resident, once served with an evacuation hospital in North Africa and Italy. Heartaches, loneliness, and danger were constant companions while caring for the severely wounded. She and 25 others were first to land on the Anzio beachhead. Constantly bombarded by shells and bombs, the hospital on the beach was soon dubbed Hell's Half Acre.

The Happiness Project: or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun by Gretchen Rubin
A thoughtful and prescriptive work on happiness filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor. 

It Looked Different on the Model: epic tales of impending shame and infamy by Lori Notaro
Focuses on the author's haphazard efforts to fit into her ultra-liberal Oregon community, an endeavor marked by everything from stolen trees and a ban from the post office to dental implants and closed neighborhood parties.

Left to tell: finding God amidst the Rwandan holocaust by Immaculee Ilibigaza with Steve Irwin
The true story of a woman who survives the murder of her family as a result of genocide in Rwanda. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. Inspirational journey of survival and forgiveness.   

          Lost in Shangri-la: a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II      by Mitchell Zuckoff
The exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea.

 Names for the sea: strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss
Novelist Sarah Moss recounts a year of living in Iceland with two small children, in the wake of the financial crisis and in the year the volcano erupted.

The Pioneer Woman: black heels to tractor wheels: a love story by Ree Drummond
American blogger and food writer Ree Drummond relates the real life story of how she met and married her "Marlboro Man." Her stories about her husband, family, and country living paint a warm and touching picture of life on an Oklahoma ranch.

Pretty in plaid: a life, a witch, and a wardrobe: or the wonder years before the condescending, egomaniacal, self-centered smart-ass phase by Jen Lancaster
he author offers a humorous look at her life and wardrobe, recounting her less-than-virtuous stint as a Girl Scout, colorful family gatherings, her fashion faux pas at a sorority rush, her climb up and down the corporate ladder, and her success as a writer.

Tao of Martha: my year of LIVING, or why I'm never getting all that glitter off of the dog by Jen Lancaster
Searching for domestic bliss, the New York Times best-selling author of Jeneration X embraces the word of Martha Stewart and attempts to follow her in all things, from closet organization to stain removal, to laughably disastrous results.

Under and alone: the true story of the undercover agent who infiltrated America's most violent outlaw motorcycle gang by William Queen
A veteran ATF agent describes his two-and-a-half-year stint as an undercover agent with the Mongols, a violent outlaw motorcycle gang, a time during he which he not only became a full member of the gang but also rose to the position of treasurer, documenting their violent crimes and offering profiles of individual gang members.

Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed
A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.       


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