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This New Year, make it a point to check out these recent releases, and turn the page on a fresh new chapter in your life.


January 1 has long been the traditional date for beginning projects, making promises, recommitting to goals and making a fresh start. We think you’ll appreciate these three thought-provoking reads, dedicated to improving not only your own life, but also the lives and communities around you. Find them locally at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.6731), Subterranean Books (6275 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.862.6100) or Pudd’nhead Books (8157 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, 314.918.1069).

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Author-philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s latest book instructs readers on how to deal with life’s obstacles, look at challenges from a new perspective and move forward from negative life events. Named after one of his philosophical theories, the book explains that being affected by these events, or being “antifragile,” is actually a positive thing because it leaves room for improvement. Taleb says that most people are capable of being antifragile, and only those who make the decision to adapt to adversity will truly succeed.

Happier at Home” by Gretchen Rubin
Known for her successful first book, “The Happiness Project,” Gretchen Rubin has again made The New York Times bestseller list with her latest work, “Happier at Home.” Through her own experiences, Rubin takes a more in-depth look at what attitudes, decisions and mindsets can help guide a person’s capacity for happiness in the most personal of spaces—the home. Whether discussing marriage, time management, parenthood or finances, Rubin reveals how she made her own home and family more comfortable, while humorously and masterfully presenting real tools for readers to use in their own homes.

Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City” by Brad Feld
Brad Feld believes that a thriving entrepreneurial community can be started anywhere. As managing director of Foundry Group in Boulder, CO, and a major investor in software and internet companies, Feld knows first-hand what it takes to create a successful ecosystem of talented entrepreneurs, new businesses and exciting opportunities. In “Startup Communities,” he gives his readers the four principles for fostering the growth of such a community. It’s a perfect read for those hoping to start their own business or simply expand their professional networks.



Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin


Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Startup Communities by Brad Feld


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