“The Language of Flowers,” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (hardcover, Ballantine Books, 2011, 322 pages, $25). The writer beautifully weaves the past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.
“365 Thank Yous: the Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life,” by John Kralik (hardcover, Hyperion, 2010, 228 pages, $22.99). The author describes how his life improved after he began a yearlong effort to write simple, sincere thank-you notes to express his gratitude to loved ones, business associates, store clerks and others.
“Joy for Beginners,” by Erica Bauermeister (hardcover, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011, 272 pages, $24.95). Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate’s recovery from cancer, where she strikes a bargain with them: To celebrate her new lease on life, she’ll do the one thing that’s always terrified her, but if she does, each of them also will do one thing that they would find difficult.
“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 (hardcover, Harper, 2009, 301 pages, $25.99). This chronicles the year in the author’s life that she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture in a quest to become a happier person. Each month she pursued a different set of resolutions: to get more sleep, quit nagging her husband, sing in the morning to her young daughters, etc. Sharing the results, she also advises readers on how to navigate their own paths to happiness.
“One Thousand Gifts: a Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are,” by Ann Voskamp (hardcover, Zondervan, 2010, 237 pages, $16.99). Drawing heartbreaking beauty out of the simplest of details, the author will help you discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of becoming present to God that brings you deep and lasting joy.
Books provided by the Stark County District Library. www.starklibrary.org