December 9, 2018

This is the Day by Heisman award football player Tim Tebow, draws on the author’s own experiences and interactions with the public, as he encounters people who feel “stuck”–unable to take action in daily life or pursue lifelong dreams. In response, Tim often identifies a crippling fear or lack of courage, to which he advises: “now is the time to take some risks, to quiet the voices of defeat, to step forward and make a mark, because this is the day.”

The Man Who Walked Backward by Ben Montgomery paints a rich and vibrant portrait of a jaw-dropping period of history, through the true story of Plennie Wingo, a man hit hard by the effects of the Great Depression. Deciding it was time to do something extraordinary, something to resurrect the spirit of adventure and optimism he felt he’d lost, he decided to walk around the world – backwards. Montgomery charts Plennie’s trek across America, through Germany, Turkey, and beyond, detailing the daring physical feats, grueling hardships, comical misadventures, and hostile foreign police encountered along the way.

Reinvent Your Personal Safety by Matt Tamas takes women through a proactive approach to personal safety, one that isn’t about honing technical moves or perfecting technique, but more about showing them how to work with their own body and mind, considering realistic scenarios, and training them to take appropriate action.

The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith tangles philosopher Isabel with some harsh, real-life lessons as a result of her continuous penchant for interfering into the lives of others. As stress and work and the children and Lettuce and Cat (and not as much her husband, Jamie) surround Isabel with problems, she adds an au pair and an assistant to help her out, which only makes things worse. Then after mixing in her son’s new friend and his mother, Isabel finds working through all this is going take all her skill.

Homeward Hound by Rita Mae Brown crackles with the revelry of a Christmas Hunt, however the fanfare is interrupted by the discovery of a body. “Sister” Jane Arnold, with her company of loyal hounds, must uncover who has killed a beloved club faithful, but it’s no help that the loathsome Victor Harris lurks in the shadows, weaseling his way back into the life of his disinherited daughter. As always, the gang must unravel the web of clues laid before them, and with Sister Jane at the helm, there is no rest until the truth is laid bare.

In the Distance by Hernan Diaz crafts historical fiction that’s both real and dystopian at the same time, painting an utterly humane and tragic portrait of a young Swedish immigrant, penniless and alone in California. Moving on foot against the great push to the west, Hakan travels in search of his brother, driven back again and again on his journey, meeting naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, Indians, and lawmen along the way.