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Outer Order, Inner Calm and A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals

If decluttering and getting organized keeps making your to-do list and never getting done, these books could be the inspiration you need to move from dreaming to doing. We know and love Gretchen Rubin for her book with the cheery title The Happiness Project, and she’s hooked us again with this one: Outer Order, Inner Calm. Ahhhh, already the invitation is irresistible. Open this book to any page and you’ll get a bite-size tip about how to start. She’s kind, practical, reasonable, and encouraging.

If you’re a “before and after” picture junkie like I am, The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin will appeal to your visually pleasing style. This book is broken into three simple sections: How to edit the contents of each area, how to set up the organization, and how to maintain the new systems. Shearer and Teplin assure you that if they can do it, you can do it. Seeing page after page of colorful “after” pictures with everything color coded, containers galore, and fancy folding is almost as good as seeing it happen in your own home. Whether you are aiming for a version of minimalism or just need that final push to clean some closets and make life simpler, these two books will get you started and see you through. - Jenny

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ISBN: 9781984822802
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Published: Harmony - March 5th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780525572640
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 19th, 2019

Chasing the Moon by Robert Stone & Alan Andres

This companion book to the PBS documentary series (airing in July) tells the stories of the visionaries who helped America complete JFK’s historic moon landing challenge. “Chasing the Moon is so informative and so entertaining that it can easily stand on its own as a popular history of the Space Race. Stone and Andres capture not only the Cold War rivalry and turmoil of the period, but its heady optimism.” —Joseph Kanon

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ISBN: 9781524798123
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 4th, 2019

The Dreamt Land by Mark Arax

A history and assessment of California’s (misguided) water distribution system and the population growth it has engendered, The Dreamt Land reads like an expansive, expertly crafted novel. Propelled by endless curiosity and the courage to go where his story leads, Arax captures the personalities and voices of farmers, land barons, developers, laborers, environmentalists, politicians, and consumers who depend on (and fight over) access to our state’s most precious natural resource, and details the shady dealings and political nonsense that determines who gets to profit from it. What Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert is to the Western United States, this book is to California—an imperative and timely work that will be around for decades to come. - Rico

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ISBN: 9781101875209
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Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2019

The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder

Told with an adroit, almost poetic style, this work of contemporary history is far from textbook. In The Road to Unfreedom, Yale professor and award-winning author Timothy Snyder analyzes the rise of populism and authoritarianism across the globe, with a focus on Russia, Europe, and the United States. Snyder’s analysis gives the reader a concrete map of events that led us to the present, and is a must-read for anyone concerned with the future of liberal democracy. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780525574477
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - April 9th, 2019

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

In telling the story of the French Resistance through the perspective of a handful of women (among many) recruited as operatives and spies to work behind enemy lines, Sarah Rose adds a chapter that had been missing from the written history of World War II. Dropped by parachute to lead missions of espionage and sabotage, they let nothing stand in the way of defeating Hitler and freeing France. Pick this one up for an engrossing, true narrative and for inspiration from women who never backed down. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780451495082
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Published: Crown - April 23rd, 2019

The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

I wish I could escape from this time of upheaval and massive discontent by reading books that are non-political or historical, but really, I find more solace by immersing myself in information. (It makes me think the bad guys aren’t getting away with it.) The Soul of America, which chronicles our nation’s struggles from revolutionary times to the current day, is right up my alley, while also offering a beacon of hope. “Gripping and inspiring…[Meacham] makes the resonant argument that America has faced division before—and not only survived it but thrived.” —Newsday - S.B.

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ISBN: 9780399589829
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

Love Thy Neighbor by Ayaz Virji, M.D.

While working in a large hospital in Philadelphia, Dr. Virji realized that due to the number of his patients he was assigned, he was practicing “turnstyle” medicine. Upon hearing of a shortage of doctors in rural communities, he and his family moved to a town of 1400 people in Minnesota, where he opened a clinic. After a few years, he was finally practicing personable medicine in a community that seemed warm and welcoming. Then the 2016 elections hit. Virji, a devout Muslim, woke to find a swastika on his sidewalk. The atmosphere in the town seemed to shift overnight and things got dangerous and intense. At the verge of leaving entirely, a town meeting was called and Virji found himself in the burdened position of having to educate and explain his religion to a less-than-open crowd. Love Thy Neighbor offers a view of the bravery that is required and the shifts that can take place when compassion and faith are used to combat fear. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780525577201
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Published: Convergent Books - June 11th, 2019

Notes to Self: Essays by Emilie Pine

This beautiful collection of essays covers a wide array of topics, from feminism to infertility to aging parents. Pine writes in a way that resonates in your soul and is completely devoid of bullshit. I was honored by her honesty and found her words a salve on my soul for all the nonsense I’ve gone through the last couple years. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781984855459
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 11th, 2019

Furious Hours by Casey Cep

When Harper Lee learned of the vigilante murder of Reverend Willie Maxwell, the many deaths that preceded his, and the lawyer who both defended him and his assailant, she knew she’d found the story she wanted to write, a true crime narrative with an underlying complexity of race, place, and politics. Almost 50 years later, Casey Cep has realized the same in her first book, a remarkable work of nonfiction that distills extensive research into a broad, insightful exploration of not only the reverend and his lawyer but of Harper Lee, her drive, her demons, and the book she never finished. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Helen Ellis is everything I would want to be if I were a Southern lady instead of a California girl. Her essays have the kind of wit that warms the cockles of my jaded heart. I cackled at every snark. She’s the one you want sitting next to you at the wedding, spilling dirt (and let’s be honest, probably her wine) about all of the groom’s relatives. She’s brilliant and I want to read everything she writes forever. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780385543897
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Published: Doubleday - April 16th, 2019

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