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Por Antonia J. Corrales
Ediciones B, 2014. 205 páginas. Ficción
Cuando goza de lo que para muchas personas sería una situación privilegiada (buen estatus económico y social, hijos mayores e independientes), Jimena, se siente más sola que nunca. Su vida ha pasado como un destello de luz ante sus ojos, sin darle tiempo a vivir, a sentir o ser la persona que en realidad es. Es entonces cuando toma consciencia de que es una desconocida para los suyos, que ha pasado lo mejor de su vida viviendo la vida de los que amaba, sin vivir la suya propia. La infidelidad de su marido, la perdida de una de sus amigas y la marcha de su amante, la llevaran a replantearse muchos valores e ideales y retomar las riendas de su presente.
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Por Omayra Font
Muchas mujeres tienen un problema serio de baja autoestima. Eso no les permite mirarse a sí mismas como personas competentes y capaces. Una baja autoestima paraliza a la mujer a tal punto, que no solamente se afecta su desarrollo personal, sino también sus relaciones familiares. Conocemos a las mujeres como madres y pilares de sus hogares, sin embargo, muy profundo en sus corazones tienen anhelos de crecer en otras áreas de su vida, pero se sienten menos. Omayra Font, exitosa emprendedora internacional, te abre la puerta hacia tu grandeza personal en su libro Mujer, valórate, escrito con la autoridad y la inspiración de una mujer que ha superado grandes adversidades, y ha sabido luchar hasta lograr lo que se ha propuesto. Aprende a valorarte como la mujer que eres en verdad, y prepárate a ser quien siempre has deseado ser.
Una reina como tú
Por Francisca Lachapel
En «Una reina como tú», su primera autobiografía, Francisca relata su intensa e inspiradora historia de adversidades, alegrías, dudas y esperanzas con una honestidad conmovedora. Desde sus primeros años en el pequeño pueblo de Azua en la República Dominicana, sus inicios en el teatro y los demonios de su infancia, hasta su conversión en entrañable figure pública en los Estados Unidos, Francisca Lachapel nos lleva de la mano por los laberintos de una vida que es, sobre todas las cosas, la prueba extraordianaria de que aún los sueños más hermosas están al alcance de quien se atreve a luchar por ellos.
By Sarah Wilson
Dey St., 2020. 344 pages. Nonfiction
Many of us are living with the sense that things are not right with the world as global problems continue to mount, leaving us in a state of spiritual PTSD. We have retreated, morally and psychologically; we are experiencing a crisis of disconnection—from one another, from our true values, from joy, and from life as we feel we are meant to be living it. Sarah Wilson argues that this sense of despair and disconnection is ironically what unites us—that deep down, we are all feeling that same itch for a new way of living.
By Sasha Sagan
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2019. 275 pages. Nonfiction
Sasha Sagan was raised by secular parents, the astronomer Carl Sagan and the writer and producer Ann Druyan. They taught her that the natural world and vast cosmos are full of profound beauty, that science reveals truths more wondrous than any myth or fable. When Sagan herself became a mother, she began her own hunt for the natural phenomena behind our most treasured occasions that honor the joy and significance of each experience, providing a luminous exploration of Earth's marvels that require no faith in order to be believed.
In today's fractured world we're constantly flooded with breaking news that cause anger, grief, and pain. People feel so burnt out and overwhelmed that they end up frozen in their tracks and can't do anything. Salzberg teaches us that meditation is not a replacement for action, but rather a way to practice generosity with ourselves and summon the courage to break through boundaries, reconnect to a movement that's bigger than ourselves, and have the energy to stay active. Her fundamental principles and mindfulness practices will lead to the clarity and confidence that lets us lift a foot and take our next step into a better world.
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By Nova Ren Suma
Simon & Schuster, 2009. 272 pages. YA Fiction.
By Deb Caletti
Atheneum, 2021. 375 pages. YA Fiction.
Charlotte's dream of a summer writing workshop in Venice with her favorite author brings the chance to investigate the mysterious poet in her family's past, meet fascinating new people, and learn truths about her idol.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
By Bill Bryson
Doubleday Book, 2019. 450 pages. Nonfiction
This book walks the reader through each system in the human body, noting how it functions and recounting short histories of how discoveries were made in that particular area. Bryson is well-known for taking nonfiction subjects and making them both understandable and entertaining, and this book didn't disappoint, in fact it might be one of his best.
Some aspects of anatomy, biology, and medicine can be dry or difficult to understand, but Bryson successfully repackages them into basic but compelling understandings of how the human body works and how many medical breakthroughs have been discovered. One gains a deeper appreciation of our amazing bodies while reading, as well as a deeper desire to care for them as they care so well for us, to ensure we have a little more time with them comfortably while we are here on this earth.
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By Mary Roach
Norton & Company, 2013. 336 pages. Nonfiction
The humor scientist behind Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife takes a tour of the human digestive system, explaining why the stomach doesn't digest itself and whether constipation can kill you.
Idiot Brain: What Your Head is Really Up To
By Dean Burnett
Norton & Company, 2016. 336 pages. Nonfiction
A delightful tour of our mysterious, mischievous gray matter from
neuroscientist and massively popular Guardian blogger Dean Burnett.
Monday, November 15, 2021
By Rosalyn Eves
Alfred A Knopf, 2021. 371 pages. Young Adult Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Bertelsen dreams of becoming an astronomer, but those dreams feel as far away as the stars she so deeply adores. When she unexpectedly finds herself in Colorado, she's tempted by the total eclipse of the sun that's about to happen--and maybe even meeting up with the female scientists she's long admired. Elizabeth must learn to navigate this new world of possibility: with her familial duties and faith tugging at her heartstrings, a new romance on the horizon, and the study of the night sky calling to her, she can't possibly have it all ... can she?
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a richly detailed story about Elizabeth’s struggles to follow dreams that were rarely realized by women like her in 1878. She has been raised with very set views of what a woman’s roles are, and her desire to study astronomy challenges those preconceptions head-on. Can she pursue the sciences while also being true to her faith? Does she have to give up being a wife and mother like so many other female scientists? Elizabeth’s story will inspire and serve as a reminder to follow your dreams.
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By Stacey Lee
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015. 374 pages. Young Adult Fiction
In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.The Shakeress
By Kimberley Burton Heuston
Front Street, 2002. 207 pages. Young Adult Fiction
While searching for her true self and for the way to meet the needs of her personal sense of spirituality, an orphaned teenaged girl joins a Shaker community in mid-nineteenth century New England and learns about a new religion called Mormonism.
Friday, November 12, 2021
By Emiko Jean
Flatiron Books, 2021. 322 pages. Young Adult Fiction
After learning that her father is the Crown Prince of Japan, Izumi travels to Tokyo, where she discovers that Japanese imperial life--complete with designer clothes, court intrigue, paparazzi scandals, and a forbidden romance with her handsome but stoic bodyguard--is a tough fit for the outspoken and irreverent 18-year-old from northern California.
This book was incredibly hard for me to put down. I loved it! Izumi has a hard time feeling like she fits in anywhere. Her Japanese ancestry makes her stand out from others in her small town of Mount Shasta, and when she travels to Japan she stands out because she doesn’t know the language or much of the culture. Despite trying to meet the expectations of those around her, it’s not until she accepts her own uniqueness that she’s really able to flourish.
While the plot doesn’t break new ground in the YA romance genre, it was still charming and I loved the setting. First in a planned series, I will definitely be looking for #2 when it comes out next year.
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By Meg Cabot
Harper Avon, 2000. 238 pages. Young Adult Fiction
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.American Panda
By Gloria Chao
Simon Pulse, 2018. 310 pages. Young Adult Fiction
A freshman at MIT, 17-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths--that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy.
by E.K. Johnston
Dutton Books, 2021. 244 pages. Young Adult Fiction.
After escaping her abusive family's interstellar merchant ship, seventeen-year-old Pendt lands on a remote space station run by the Brannick twins, and together they make plans to thwart the destinies they never wanted.
Johnston packs a lot of world building into a really small space with this book. Each thread of point of view adds to the history of the Pendt’s galaxy, like the brutality of long spacer missions and the unfair gene manipulation of the Staevenger Empire. The characterization is solid; each character shows growth as Johnston reveals facets of their personalities. The story is fast paced and compelling; it will keep you thinking long after you have finished the book.
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by Amie Kaufman
Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. 470 pages. Young Adult Fiction
2380. The graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned
their first missions. Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams,
but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the
Academy would touch, from a sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting
her bunkmates to an alien warrior with anger management issues. But Ty's
biggest problem is Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, who he just rescued from interdimensional
space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time--
but she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the
The Darkness Outside of Us
by Eliot Schrefer
Katherine Teegan Books, 2021. 397 pages. Young Adult Fiction.
Two boys, alone in space. Sworn enemies sent on the same rescue mission. Ambrose wakes up on the Coordinated Endeavor with no memory of a launch. There's more that doesn't add up: evidence indicates strangers have been on board, the ship's operating system is voiced by his mother, and his handsome, brooding shipmate has barricaded himself away. But nothing will stop Ambrose from making his mission succeed--not when he's rescuing his own sister. In order to survive the ship's secrets, Ambrose and Kodiak will need to work together and learn to trust each other . . . especially once they discover what they are truly up against.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Crossings: Consisting of Three Manuscripts: The Education of a Monster: City of Ghosts: Tales of the Albatross
Monday, November 8, 2021
By Jamie Bartlett
Melville House, 2015. 320 pages. Nonfiction
Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit — a world of Google, Facebook, and Twitter — lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities, and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, and where people can be anyone, or do anything, they want. This is the world of Bitcoin and Silk Road, of radicalism and pornography. This is the Dark Net. In this important and revealing book, Jamie Bartlett takes us deep into the digital underworld and presents an extraordinary look at the internet we don't know.
This is honestly a hard book to read at times. While some aspects of the Dark Net can be liberating, it's hard to read how people's worst instincts and inclinations can be manifested as well. And yet, there is something to be said for being aware of what is happening in "the Dark Net." If we live in ignorance of it, we risk never being equipped to deal with how it can impact our lives offline. A challenging but thought-provoking read.
The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
By Kevin Mitnick with Robert Vamosi
Little, Brown and Company, 2017. 320 pages. Nonfiction
A world-famous hacker reveals unsettling truths about information vulnerability while outlining affordable online and offline strategies for maximizing privacy and computer security.
Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
By Marc Goodman
Doubleday, 2015. 392 pages. Nonfiction
An FBI futurist and senior advisor to Interpol analyzes the digital underground to reveal the alarming ways criminals, corporations and countries are using emerging technologies to target individuals and wage war.