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Books to Inspire and Motivate You

Books to Inspire and Motivate You

It's hard to stay positive in such troubled times. Whether you're looking to be more creative, work on your character, or gain courage for your goals, these books will help you find your lost mojo.

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The Happiness Project

Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

By Gretchen Rubin
Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes

#1 New York Times Bestseller

“An enlightening, laugh-aloud read. . . . Filled with open, honest glimpses into [Rubin’s] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor.” —Christian Science Monitor

Gretchen Rubin’s year-long experiment to discover how to create true happiness. Drawing on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and...

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Smarter Faster Better

The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

By Charles Duhigg
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Power of Habit and “master of the life hack” (GQ) explores the fascinating science of productivity and offers real-world takeaways to apply your life, whether you’re chasing peak productivity or simply trying to get back on track.

“Duhigg melds cutting-edge science, deep reporting, and wide-ranging... Read more »

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Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

By Cheryl Strayed
Narrated by: Cheryl Strayed
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

Tiny Beautiful Things

“Before she was known as the author of Wild, Cheryl Strayed was the anonymous Dear Sugar on The Rumpus website – an agony aunt of sorts, if agony aunts were endowed with ruthless compassion, profound honesty, and excellent prose. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of these columns. After I listened to Dear Sugar, the podcast she shared with Steve Almond, I decided to give the audio of this a go. No regrets! It is moving and eloquent, and never predictable -- and the fact that she reads it herself means that her compassion comes through not only in her writing but in her voice.”

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Becoming

By Michelle Obama
Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hours 1 minutes

Becoming

“I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words.”

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Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear

By Elizabeth Gilbert
Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
Length: 5 hours 5 minutes

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of
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Readers of all ages and walks... Read more »

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Switch

How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

By Chip Heath & Dan Heath
Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
Length: 7 hours 42 minutes

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

The primary obstacle is a conflict that's built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems - the rational... Read more »

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The Art of Happiness - Abridged

A Handbook for Living

By His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler
Narrated by: Howard C. Cutler
Length: 3 hours 18 minutes

Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least he's smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, the Nobel Prize winner, and increasingly popular speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending just a few minutes in his presence you... Read more »

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Grit

The Power of Passion and Perseverance

By Angela Duckworth
Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
Length: 9 hours 22 minutes

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).

The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela... Read more »

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I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

By Malala Yousafzai
Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

As seen on Netflix with David Letterman
"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to... Read more »

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