“The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life”
by Janice Kaplan
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it is the perfect time to reflect on the positive things in our lives. Janice Kaplan shows you how a year’s worth of looking on the bright side changed her life, and gives you simple, effective techniques to begin your own journey of gratitude. For more inspiration, check out The Gratitude Diaries podcast as well.
“Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World”
by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
November also kicks off the season of giving and though big donors may make headlines, the majority of charitable giving originates from ordinary people’s extraordinary generosity. This book shows how individuals of every age and income level can harness the power of technology, collaboration, advocacy, and social entrepreneurship to take their giving to the next level.
“Humankind: A Hopeful History”
by Rutger Bregman
If you’re looking for solace in these uncertain times, then Rutger Bergman has some good news for you. The narrative we’re accustomed to hearing about human nature, that we are inherently selfish, is vastly overstated. By debunking entrenched cultural narratives of our dark side, the Dutch historian provides an intelligent and reassuring chronicle of human kindness.
by Ali Smith
This thoughtful meditation on aging, creativity, and loss, follows the experiences of a thirty-something lecturer in London who muses on love, art, and life through her friendship with her centenarian former neighbor. Beautifully written, it will get you thinking about the interconnectedness of our lives.
“How To Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community, and World – At No Cost”
by Nichole Bouchard Boles
Even if you’re not in a position to give financially this year, there are still countless ways to make a positive impact on the community. This book has over three hundred suggestions for helping, without writing a check. From giving blood, or gently used business suits to changing shopping habits or fostering animals, there are meaningful ways to give, even when money is tight.
“The Simplicity of Cider”
by Amy E. Reichert
Apple cider is the perfect distillation of fall, and this novel set in Door County, Wisconsin gives the same sharp, sweet taste of autumn. When a handsome man and his son arrive to work in her family’s orchard, Sanna learns how to open her heart to something besides the soothing process of making apple cider.
“A Deadly Feast: A Key West Food Critic Mystery”
by Lucy Burdette
Cozy mysteries are perfect for curling up with a flavored latte and getting into the spirit of the season. In this book, Thanksgiving is nearly here, but before food critic Hayley Snow can enjoy the holiday, she’ll need to smoke out a killer. This fun series touts a unique Florida setting and comes complete with recipes for the tantalizing food mentioned in the book.
“An Enchantment of Ravens”
by Margaret Rogerson (Ages 15+)
This stand-alone young adult novel is the perfect fall read. In it, a fairy prince and the human girl who painted a portrait of him that could spell his death make a treacherous journey through his kingdom, the Autumnlands. It’s full of tricksy fairies, sly humor, romance, and adventure.
“Pass it On”
by Sophy Henn (Ages 6+)
Bright colors and a multiracial cast of characters introduces little ones to the joy of giving. Smiles, hugs, and much more are passed on to others to create a better community for everyone. It’s a great way to show children they have something to give. It’s a reminder to adults that money isn’t the only thing worth giving.