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Amy Dickinson is an American newspaper columnist who writes the syndicated advice column Ask Amy. Dickinson has appeared as a social commentator on ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's The Today Show.
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A Novel
Geraldine Brooks - 2022-06-14
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Follow the journey of a remarkable horse across the South during the Civil War and beyond. From its early bond with an enslaved groom to its record-setting victories, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book explores themes of spirit, obsession, and injustice through various interconnected storylines. A contemporary artist, a gallery owner, and two researchers from different backgrounds come together to uncover the untold history behind the horse's power and endurance. Based on true events, Horse offers a poignant exploration of America's legacy of enslavement and racism.
Amy Dickinson
My favorite time to read is pre-dawn. I'm currently reading "Horse," by Geraldine Brooks. It is fascinating and absolutely absorbing, in the way that really good historical fiction can transport the reader into another world, and time.      source
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The Woman in the Window
A Novel
A. J Finn - 2018-01-02
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This Hitchcockian thriller follows an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house. A recluse in her NYC home, Anna Fox spends her days drinking wine, watching old movies, and spying on her neighbors. When the seemingly perfect new family across the way moves in, Anna's world and dark secrets are laid bare. In this diabolically gripping and sophisticated psychological suspense, no one and nothing is what it seems.
Amy Dickinson
Has anyone seen A Woman in the Window on @netflix ? I did enjoy the book.      source
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Atomic Habits
An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
James Clear - 2018-10-16
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Discover a proven framework for improving every day with Atomic Habits. Written by one of the world’s foremost experts in habit formation, James Clear, this instant New York Times bestseller offers practical strategies on how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. Drawing on biology, psychology, and neuroscience, Clear distills complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Whether you want to overcome a lack of motivation, design your environment for success, or simply achieve your goals, Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and give you the tools you need to transform your habits.
Amy Dickinson
This week's newsletter: I'm making it habitual! Quoting @JamesClear - whose book, Atomic Habits has reframed some of my thinking. Asking Amy Issue #9: Habit keeping      source
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She's Not There
A Life in Two Genders
Jennifer Finney Boylan - 2004-08-10 (first published in 2003)
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This captivating memoir explores the journey of a person who undergoes a gender transformation. With humor and heart, the author delves into the complexities of relationships while celebrating the power of family. The poignant story sheds light on issues of love, sex, and self-acceptance, offering a fresh perspective on the intuitive and physical aspects of ourselves. With a new epilogue and afterword, She's Not There is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the journey of transformation.
Amy Dickinson
@petersagal @JennyBoylan I recommended this wonderful book in my column, responding to the very first question I ever received about trans issues, in 2003. It really is a great memoir.      source
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The Incomplete Book of Running
Peter Sagal - 2018-10-30
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"In The Incomplete Book of Running, NPR host Peter Sagal shares his journey from an unathletic, sedentary lifestyle to a 14-time marathon runner. Along the way, readers will enjoy humorous anecdotes, insights into the emotional and physical benefits of running, and Sagal's reflections on running as a guide for visually impaired runners. From the 2013 Boston Marathon, minutes before the bombings, to running charity races in his underwear, Sagal's tales are both captivating and heart-warming. A must-read for runners and non-runners alike."
Amy Dickinson
.... ANNND egged on by @petersagal and his book The Incomplete Book of Running, I have been clopping up and down the road through the snow like an old draft horse - and feeling GOOD      source
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How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi - 2019-08-13
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Explore the concept of antiracism and how to build an equitable society with Ibram X. Kendi's thought-provoking book. Through a mix of history, science, ethics, and personal narrative, Kendi reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America and asks readers to consider what an antiracist society would look like. How to Be an Antiracist is a must-read for anyone looking to move beyond awareness of racism and take actionable steps towards creating a just future.
Amy Dickinson
In yesterday's #AskAmy column - I somewhat tamely suggested that someone become an "ally" toward POC and push back against bigotry (I recommended reading "How to be an Antiracist"). This has really brought out some super-fragile haters. Fun for a Monday.      source
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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
Lori Gottlieb - 2019-04-02
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Join therapist Lori Gottlieb as she explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives, and discovers that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to her own therapy sessions with the quirky, but seasoned therapist Wendell. Delve into the lives of a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday, and a twenty-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys in this captivating and raw memoir of self-discovery.
Amy Dickinson
When nice people ask me where I get the wisdom, or smarts, or compassion, or whatever it is that enables me to give #advice - I say it’s through my experience in therapy. And @LoriGottlieb1 ‘s wonderful memoir is the best book I’ve ever read about about that process.      source