For me, summertime has always been deemed a period of relaxation, a moment to recharge, and an excuse to tend to some much-needed self-care. As we emerge out of our homes after a long period of stagnant days and isolation, I think we could all use a little pick-me-up. If you too are looking to transform your life this summer, here are six books that will bring you the motivation to take charge and the inspiration to follow through.
Learn to Cook:
Everyone knows one of the best ways to a better life is through the stomach. There’s nothing quite like a quality, healthy, and beautifully crafted home-cooked meal. SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT provides an innovative approach to cooking from chef and writer Samin Nosrat. Master the use of just four elements—Salt, which enhances flavor; Fat, which delivers flavor and generates texture; Acid, which balances flavor; and Heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food—and anything you cook will be delicious. This book teaches the hows and whys of cooking, in turn inspiring a new generation of cooks to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen.
Grow a Healthier Life:
Whether you’re in an urban or suburban setting, a backyard farm is extremely attainable, and this book will show you how. Learn how to grow an abundance of inexpensive food, and even a little additional income. Perfect for any skill level, from first timers who want to start growing vegetables to experienced gardeners looking to expand their plot, THE EVERYTHING BACKYARD FARMING BOOK is an ideal guide to becoming more food sustainable.
Self-sufficiency doesn't have to mean getting off the grid entirely. That level of independence isn't practical for most people. A backyard farm can provide an abundance of inexpensive food as well as additional income which can bring you real independence. Whether you're a first-timer who wants to start growing vegetables or an experienced gardener looking to expand a small plot into a minifarm, The Everything Backyard Farming Book has all you need, from growing fruits and vegetables to raising animals to preserving and storing food. With this common-sense guide, you will be able to take control of the food you eat - in an urban or suburban setting.
Ease Your Mind:
Transform into a healthier you in every aspect: mind, body, and soul. Hundreds of thousands of people are practicing daily yoga with the Iyengar method, for exercise, meditation, or simply relaxation. Complete with more than 600 photographs depicting postures and breathing exercises, LIGHT ON YOGA is a comprehensive and practical guide for anyone seeking out the health benefits of yoga.
Transform Your Disposition:
We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our e-mail compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us assume that it’s impossible to silence this voice, but Nightline anchor Dan Harris has figured otherwise. After learning that meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness. 10% HAPPIER explores everything from neuroscience to spirituality, leaving readers with an impactful takeaway to set out and better their lives.
Expand Your Craft:
If you’re looking to hone in on your hobby or perfect your writing craft, this guide will transform your life. For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development. And now, the organization has marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career. THE POETS & WRITERS COMPLETE GUIDE TO BEING A WRITER is an ultimate and comprehensive resource filled with insider information. A must-have on every writer’s desk.
The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers.
For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. Here is the writing bible for authors of all genres and forms, covering topics such as how to:
-Harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity
-Develop your work from initial idea to final draft
-Find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career
-Find the best MFA program for you
-Publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform
-Research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life
-Decide between traditional publishing and self-publishing
-Find the right literary agent
-Anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals
-Work successfully with an editor and your publishing team
-Market yourself and your work in a digital world
-Approach financial planning and taxes as a writer
-And much more
Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers Magazine, this book brings an unrivaled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Filled with insider information like sample query letters, pitch letters, lists of resources, and worksheets for calculating freelance rates, tracking submissions, and managing your taxes, the guide does more than demystify the writing life—it also provides an array of powerful tools for building a sustainable career as a writer. In addition to the wealth of insights into creativity, publishing, and promotion are first-person essays from bestselling authors, including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Ocean Vuong, as well as reading lists from award-winning writers such as Anthony Doerr, Cheryl Strayed, and Natalie Diaz. Here, at last, is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writer’s desk.
Redecorate Your Space:
As you make steps toward reinventing your life this summer, don’t forget to tend to your place of comfort: home. Farah Merhi, Instagram star and founder of Inspire Me! Home Decor fills you in on her secrets to interior design to get your home looking like an envisioned dream. Farah believes that taking care of your home is essential to your peace of mind. Her design style is elegant and glamorous but infused with warmth and coziness. Woven throughout are Farah’s personal stories that will feel like you’re getting design advice from a close friend.
Instagram star and founder of Inspire Me! Home Décor shares her creative and elegant interior design secrets so you can create a glamorous yet cozy home without spending a fortune.
Farah Merhi launched Inspire Me! Home Decor in 2012 as a creative outlet during a transitional time in her life. Farah was about to graduate college and planned to attend law school. Going through the motions and feeling unfulfilled in her career choice, she built up the courage to face her truth. Taking time off to figure herself out, Farah, through a remodel project in her home, had her “ah-ha” moment. The importance of taking care of your home, specifically in the way you clean, organize, and design, was instilled in her at a young age, but she didn’t realize how much of an impact her upbringing had until she owned her own home. Farah knew she had found her passion and calling, and was determined to inspire home owners to live their best lives in their homes.
Farah believes that taking care of your home is essential to your peace of mind. Her design style is elegant and glamorous but infused with warmth and coziness, creating a welcoming feel with neutral color palletes, soft and inviting fabrics, and exquisite design details that can work in any room. She believes you can make a statement without sacrificing an inviting feel to your rooms. There is no right and wrong when it comes to designing your home and Farah encourages you to focus on the overall look and feel you desire, and her tips and advice will help guide you through the process.
Starting with her most frequently asked questions about paint color versus wallpaper, lighting and rugs, home organization, and of course styling, Farah walks you through every room in the house from the mudroom to the kitchen and kids’ bedrooms. Along the way, she includes quick seasonal updates on a budget, suggested routines for maintaining your space, and her unique reward system, which includes small styling vignettes around your home.
Woven throughout are Farah’s personal stories that will feel like you’re getting design advice from a close friend. Everyone deserves to walk into a beautifully decorated home every day—now you can, with the inspiration and practical tips in Inspire Your Home.
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