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BOOK PICKS

MAY

HEY there, HERsay Podcast book lovers! We know what's on the minds of women, and each month we're sharing books that we think women will LOVE. We scour the bookshelves of Barnes & Noble for titles by female authors, stories featuring female characters you'll love or love to hate, books that inspire us, teach us something new, or that help us face the challenges that uniquely arise each month. In May, we're looking for books  that inspire us to bloom and grow. Check out our picks below, order online (links provided below) or - better yet! - stop into your closest Barnes & Noble store to experience IRL that incomparable smell of Starbucks + books and perusing book covers that we just can't get from shopping the internet. Proceeds from books purchased here this month will be donated to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, helping to protect our reproductive rights. Listen to Caroline's conversation with Barnes & Noble's Vi Everley, and visit us on Instagram to share what you think of our selections and what YOU'RE reading this month. Happy Reading!

NEW RELEASE/FICTION 

"Hannibal meets Mistborn in Marina Lostetter’s THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT, the dark and stunning first novel in a new trilogy that combines the intricate worldbuilding and rigorous magic system of the best of epic fantasy with a dark and chilling thriller.

In a daring and deadly heist, thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power—the death mask of Louis Charbon. Made by a master craftsman, it is imbued with the spirit of a monster from history, a serial murderer who terrorized the city.

Now Charbon is loose once more, killing from beyond the grave. But these murders are different from before, not simply random but the work of a deliberate mind probing for answers to a sinister question.

It is up to Krona Hirvath and her fellow Regulators to enter the mind of madness to stop this insatiable killer while facing the terrible truths left in his wake."

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WOMEN'S HEALTH

"If you are a woman with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you’ve probably known—all your life—that you’re different. As girls, we learn which behaviors, thinking, learning, and working styles are preferred, which are accepted and tolerated, and which are frowned upon. These preferences are communicated in innumerable ways—from media and books to our first-grade classroom to conversations with our classmates and parents.

Over the course of a lifetime, women with ADHD learn through various channels that the way they think, work, speak, relate, and act does not match up with the preferred way of being in the world. In short, they learn that difference is bad. And, since these women know that they are different, they learn that they are bad.

It’s time for a change.

 

A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD is the first guided workbook for women with ADHD designed to break the cycle of negative self-talk and shame-based narratives that stem from the common and limiting belief that brain differences are character flaws. In this unique guide, you’ll find a groundbreaking approach that blends traditional ADHD treatment with contemporary treatment methods, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), to help you untangle yourself from the beliefs that have kept you from reaching your potential in life."


 

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Explorer's Guide: Adirondacks by

Annie Stoltie, Lisa Bramen French, Niki Kourofsky

TRAVEL

"The essential companion to the Adirondacks and beyond.

 

Returning in its eighth edition, this fully updated guide provides details of Adirondack Park’s history and geography, as well as the cultural, lodging, dining, and recreational opportunities that abound here and in its gateway cities (including Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls). Complete with reviews and recommendations from authors immersed in the region, detailed maps and gorgeous photography throughout, this is an invaluable guide for your next trip."

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BIOGRAPHY

"Stevie Nicks is a legend of rock, but her energy and magnetism sparked new interest in this icon. She's one of the most glamorous creatures rock has known, and the rare woman who's a real rock ‘n' roller.

Gold Dust Woman gives "the gold standard of rock biographers" (The Boston Globe) his ideal topic: Nicks' work and life are equally sexy and interesting, and Davis delves deeply into each, unearthing fresh details from new, intimate interviews and interpreting them to present a rich new portrait of the star. Just as Nicks (and Lindsey Buckingham) gave Fleetwood Mac the "shot of adrenaline" they needed to become real rock stars—according to Christine McVie—Gold Dust Woman is vibrant with stories and with a life lived large and hard."

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Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons: 125 Unofficial Recipes Inspired by The Witcher, Game of Thrones, The Broken Earth and Other Fantasy Favorites

 by Thea James and Isabel Minunni

COOKING

"Created by Hugo Award-winning co-founder of The Book Smugglers, Thea James, Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons collects recipes inspired by fantasy classics and groundbreaking new voices, including: Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher, N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy, Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, Tomi Adeyemi's Legacy of Orïsha, Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle, Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness, and many more.

Fortify yourself for the road with classic dishes, such as Pernese Meatrolls or Geralt's Life Saving Chicken Sando. Embrace your dark side with King's Landing Barbecue smoked meats a la Daenerys, channel your inner Saruman with Charred Broccoli Stalk Salad, or a Fifth Season-inspired Solving the Meat Shortage Osso Bucco. Learn to make your own Grishaverse-inspired Butter Week Cakes or Orïshan Coconut Pie, and try your hand at a Spiritwalkerverse-inspired Lamb Tajine."

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BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

"Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start."

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