Curl up with a great book (or two)

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Just in time for the weekend, two new titles just arrived. One is fiction; the other is non-fiction:

1) “Astray” is the latest novel by the supremely talented Emma Donohue (the author of Room).

From the jacket:

“Goldminer. Counterfeiter. Slave. Dishwasher. Prostitute. Attorney. Sculptor. Mercenary. Elephant. Corpse.

The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donohue’s stories hae all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. They cross other borders too – those of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.

With rich detail, the celebrated author of Room takes us from puritan Massachusett to the Yukon gold rush, antebellum Lousiana to a 1960s Toronto highway. Astray offers a surprising and moving history for relentless times.”

2) Our second arrival is the new non-fiction title “The Fear Fix: Solutions for Every Child’s Moments of Worry, Panic and Fear” by Sarah Chana Radcliffe (author of the bestselling Raise Your Kids without Raising Your Voice).

From the jacket:

“While serious anxiety affects 1 in 5 children and teens, virtually every child has anxious moments and feelings of worry or dread. Fear of bees, robbers and lightning storms, worries about failing and being rejected, panic about sleeping alone – kids and teens experience all this and more. Friendly and authoritative, Sarah Chana Radcliffe helps parents understand the difference between “normal” and more serious anxiety, so that parents know when professional help is required and when home treatment is appropriate. With plenty of proven and sensible advice, The Fear Fix provides

– strategies to help your kids through all the small and large anxious moments that they will inevitaby encounter
– things you can say and do in the moment to help your child negotiate feelings of fear
– fear-calming activities and excersises your child can use independently
– mind-body strategies to calm fear in the moment and help heal fear at its source”

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