December 29, 2020

Opportunities to Donate Books

Dear Book Lovers,

There are multiple ways to get involved in sharing your love of reading and paying it forward. With nonprofits and institutions in need of used and new books, below are a few avenues to consider for donating books. 

Better Word Books - Based out of Mishawaka, Indiana, this entity provides drop boxes that collect book donations primarily along the East Coast, Mid West and part of Southern United States. Interested members are welcome to look up their closest donation box here.

Books Through Bars - Headquartered out of West Philadelphia, this nonprofit welcomes book donations that are forwarded to prisoners behind bars. Volunteers and donors make it possible for the prison population to have access to reading materials representing multiple genre that deliver educational, historical and entertainment value. This nonprofit has sustained its presence for 30 years and is going strong thanks to good Samaritans supporting this cause from within United States and beyond. Learn more how to get involved here.

Salvation Army - One of the greatest providers of social aid, this nonprofit welcomes donations from books to household items that extend a second chance to individuals starting all over. Donations are put to good use through items shared with domestic, social and professional groups in need of resources. Find a location closest to you, or schedule a pick up for your donation here. 

Reader to Reader, Inc. - Supporting global literacy in action, this group's mission is to support the distribution of books in low income areas and making book donations available for state wide public libraries. Learn more about this program here.

Local Libraries - Get the local community involved through hosting events that raise monetary resources and book donations to support public libraries that make accessible a broad genre of reading materials available to students and local residents. Find a library near you.

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December 28, 2020

Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens


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In this widely acclaimed biographical essay, the masterful polemicist Christopher Hitchens assesses the life, the achievements, and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell. True to his contrarian style, Hitchens is both admiring and aggressive, sympathetic yet critical, taking true measure of his subject as hero and problem. Answering both the detractors and the false claimants, Hitchens tears down the façe of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebuts the critics point by point. He examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, as well as his outlook on America, a country and culture towards which he exhibited much ambivalence. Whether thinking about empires or dictators, race or class, nationalism or popular culture, Orwell's moral outlook remains indispensable in a world that has undergone vast changes in the seven decades since his death. Combining the best of Hitchens' polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument, this book addresses not only why Orwell matters today, but how he will continue to matter in a future, uncertain world. Overview Credit: Hachette Book Club.

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December 21, 2020

Casey Bell's Insights on Writing, Art and Life

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Casey Bell is an author, playwright, screenwriter, poet, and A.S.C.A.P. songwriter. As an author he has published over twenty books in multiple genres from poetry to children to horror to non-fiction to young adult. His latest work, American History is a children's book series. He has also authored many plays one of which has been produced three times, twice for the stage and once as a play reading for YouTube. He has also produced a short film for YouTube. Casey Bell is also a member of A.S.C.A.P. as a songwriter. His motto in life is to be as unique as your fingerprints. Learn more about Casey here. Credit: Casey Bell, Theatre Art Life

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December 13, 2020

Sasha's Book Pick: Self Compassion


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About the Author

Kristin got her Ph.D. in 1997 at UC Berkeley, studying moral development. She is currently an Associate Professor in Human Development at the University of Texas at Austin.  During Kristin's last year of graduate school she became interested in Buddhism, and has been practicing meditation in the Insight tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion - a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an 8-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program, co-created with her colleague Chris Germer, is called Mindful Self-Compassion. (Credit: Kristen Neff, Ph.D., Amazon)

December 11, 2020

Meet Dr. David Schwerin, Author & Speaker

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Dr. David Schwerin joins Sasha to discuss his latest book 'Know Your Soul', Bring Joy To Your Life. He's also the author of 'Conscious Capitalism' and 'Conscious Globalism'. David has served on the board of several non-profit organizations as well is the former President of The Institute for Ethical Awareness and Chairman of Pathwork Press. To learn more about his work, visit here.

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