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From stories of new beginnings to inspiration for new resolutions,
these must-reads will help you start your 2021 out on the right foot.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
Don’t give a f*ck? Well, not exactly. Mark Manson’s legendary self-help guide to leading a good life explores the blessings inherent in struggle, how mindless positivity is not a recipe for happiness and joy, and the parts of life within your control.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Jen Sincero’s unexpectedly funny and deeply authentic self-help book is the perfect companion for anyone seeking to change their lives in 2021. Through laugh-out-loud stories, thoughtful prompts, and a little bit of profanity, the author encourages you to embrace your truest self and fight for a good life.

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
Lillian is a widow and single mother, slowly recovering from the death of her husband. When she has to take a vegetable-gardening class to prepare for a new job as a textbook illustrator of a gardening-guide series, she discovers a new beginning that will change everything.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
In this memoir, the hilarious and beloved host of the irreverent news-comedy series The Daily Show details his experience as a biracial child born from the relationship of his European father and his African mother, a love that was considered a crime in the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Ursula Todd was born in 1910—the first time, that is. Thus begins this fictional and compelling story of second chances about a woman who is born and dies over and over again, each time beginning a new life.

Writing Begins with the Breath by Laraine Herring
Arizona-based author Laraine Herring combines a daily writing practice with valuable lessons and concepts from yoga in this unique guide for anyone who wants to start writing, or simply to continue.