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New Year, New You

It is now 2013. For many, this is the time to reflect and make changes for self-improvement. This year can be the one that you accomplish your resolution. The Library has several resources that can provide the information and inspiration to help you reach your goal.

Eat Healthier and Lose Weight  

 Eating Well, Living Better: The Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Health and Great Food. Dr. Michael Fenster draws upon his expertise and training as an interventional cardiologist and as a chef to forge a path through this wilderness to offer readers a middle path that endorses both fine dining and healthy eating.


 Thinner This Year: A Younger Next Year Book by Chris Crowley and Jen Sacheck. A guide to weight loss that challenges today's "quick-fix" methods draws on up-to-date science to outline strategic methods that explain specifically how to eat and exercise for permanent results.



 The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan and Inspiration by Joy Bauer. If you love Joy Bauer's Joy Fit Club segments on NBC's TODAY, you'll love this one-of-a-kind cookbook and inspirational guide to healthy living. Filled with motivational stories, satisfying recipes, and strategic meal plans, it offers powerful encouragement and real-world advice for reaching your healthiest, happiest weight.

  Further Your Education or Change Careers

 The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges 2013 by Gen and Kelly Tanabe.  This guidebook provides college profiles with detailed data and statistics on college institutions. Reports cover more than 300 colleges and universities, addressing their academics, majors, student life, athletics, student body, distinguished alumni, admissions/financial aid, and post-graduation success. Tips on each college's admission process and student quotes from a national survey accompany each description to provide an honest and thorough appraisal of each college's strengths and weaknesses.

 Knock 'em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide, 2013 by Martin Yate. For more than 25 years, New York Times bestselling author Martin Yate has given advice for millions of job seekers. Now you can use his proven methods to put your job search and career back on track.


 Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy by R. William Holland. The rules for finding professional work once seemed clear and unwavering: capture career highlights in a resume, practice answers to standard interview questions, and do lots of face-to-face networking. "Cracking the New Job Market" discusses how these rules have changed and delivers new job-hunting strategies.


Greener Living

 Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping by Billee Sharp. An inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more. Practical and profound, this handy how-to covers every area of life and offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice for saving money and the planet.


 Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life by Deborah Niemann. A book packed with simple, practical ideas and recipes to help you make your own cleaning and skin care products, grow your own food and cook more from scratch. This handy, complete guide will show you how small changes can have a huge environmental impact and save money.


Manage Debt

 The Debt-Free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of Your Finances Once and For All by JoAnneh Nagler.  Includes tips on how to downsize expenses, allocate money, put together an easy-to-manage bill-paying plan, adjust for inevitable overspending and pay off debt.


 7 Money Rules for Life: How to Take Control of Your Financial Future by Mary Hunt. This no-nonsense and encouraging book gives readers the keys to get their money under control and get prepared financially for the rest of their lives. This book offers applications for each of the seven rules as well as practical advice for how to recover from past financial mistakes.


 Become More Organized

 Organize for a Fresh Start: Embrace Your Next Chapter in Life by Susan Fay West. Learn how to make room for your new interests and responsibilities while honoring your past. Inside you'll find: Step-by-step advice for decluttering and organizing every room in the home, as well as specific tips for where to start and how to stay motivated.


 The Art of Organizing Anything: Simple Principles for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life by Rosalie Maggio. Use this book to help streamline your life at home and at work, reduce stress, be more efficient and locate all those misplaced items.




 Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins: How Absolutely Anyone Can Pitch In, Help Out, Give Back, and Make the World a Better Place by David T. Levinson. The director of one of the largest grassroots volunteer programs in the country shows how everyone can give back. David brainstorms ideas for traditional and offbeat ways to contribute to your community; each with the pros, the cons, and a how-to guide.

 The Give-Back Solution: Create A Better World with your Time, Talents, and Travel (Whether You Have $10 or $10,000). With amazing stories of everyday volunteers having the time of their lives giving back, social change leader Susan Skog shows how you can join the groundswell of goodwill, whether you volunteer abroad or support efforts locally, and whatever your time, talents, or resources.


 100 Countries, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do by the National Geographic Editors.  This essential travel companion to 100 of the world's most fascinating countries is packed with more than 250 big, colorful images, 110 original, detailed maps, and evocative text to inspire your next great trip. Divided into two sections, this book helps you choose a destination that suits your interests and guides you on what to do once you arrive.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. Discover essential places to see from around the world. The book offers information on what to find at each spot and the best time to visit.



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