Best Memoir to Make You Laugh and Cry on the Same Page: Life changed in an instant for Kelle Hampton when her second child was unexpectedly born with Down Syndrome. In Bloom, she relates the grief--and the joy--that little Nella brought her. More info →
Best Young Adult: Quirky, charming, heartbreaking. The title riffs Shakespeare--appropriate for this story of teenage star-crossed lovers (and cancer patients). 16-year-old narrator Hazel is smart, funny, and sincere, and she tells a great story. More info →
Best Inspiration for New Year's Resolutions: In this follow-up to The Happiness Project, Rubin spends 9 months (beginning in September, the "new January,") deliberately fostering a warmer, happier home life. (I borrowed my New Year's goal to celebrate special breakfasts from this book.) More info →
Best Paradigm Changer: Surprisingly, people are shockingly bad at predicting what will make them happy, and the way they spend their money is no exception. It turns out, money can buy a little bit of happiness, if spent wisely. Vanderkam explores how happy people strategically spend (and give) to build the kind of life they want–for themselves, and for others. More info →
Best Christian Book to Make You Really Uncomfortable (in a Good Way): When Hatmaker noticed 7 areas of blatant excess–food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending,and stress–in her middle-class life, she resolved to spend 7 months fasting from them, one item per month. 7 is the result. Hatmaker's a friendly and funny narrator: she manages to make you like her and make you squirm at the same time. More info →
What were your favorite new books in 2012?
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