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Summer Reading 2018

1S1Q Selections 2018

What Brings You Joy?: The Psychology

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben Shahar.

Can You Learn to Be Happy? YES . . . according to the teacher of Harvard University’s most popular and life-changing course. One out of every five Harvard students has lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar’sinsightful and inspiring lectures on that ever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

Grounded in the revolutionary “positive psychology” movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier ’s thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected . . . and, yes, HAPPIER.

What Brings You Joy?: Humor

Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh

Allie Brosh, creator of the web comic and blog "Hyperbole and a Half," shares illustrated stories from her childhood as well as the challenges she faces as an adult.


What Brings You Joy?: Poetry 

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. 

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

What Brings You Joy: Connecting with Others

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.

What Brings You Joy?: Sports

Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer by Gwendolyn Oxenham. 

A collection of true stories from inside the world of women's soccer, following players across the globe, from Portland Thorns star Allie Long, who trains in an underground men's league in New York City; to English national Fara Williams, who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the English national team. Oxenham takes us to Voronezh, Russia, where players battle more than just snowy pitches in pursuing their dream of playing pro, and to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Nadia Nadim, ... a Danish international star, honed her skills after her family fled from the Taliban.

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