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The skies in Evansville lately have been filled with dark or heavy gray clouds, alluding to some sort of cold precipitation in our future. The biting wind that comes off the Ohio River doesn’t exactly produce thoughts of warmth either. During these early, chilly months as we try to patiently wait for spring to bloom again in the Tri-State, curling up with a good book seems like the perfect way to avoid the winter blues.

Need a new read? Here’s a list of the books currently housing our bookmarks or taking up residence on our nightstands.

This One Wild and Precious Life: The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World — Sarah Wilson

Things are a bit crazy in the world right now. There are many overwhelming topics being thrown at us from every direction. In this non-fiction read by Sarah Wilson, readers can take a journey to learn practices for connecting back to an enjoyable and fulfilling life.

“The book is opening my eyes to trying to live simpler, live outside my comfort zone to create change, and limit my phone scrolling so I don’t miss out on real life,” says Account Executive Jessica Hoffman.

It’s About Time — Jeff Porcaro: The Man and His Music — Robyn Flans

A founding member of the well-known and Grammy Award-winning band Toto, Jeff Porcaro has made a career in music by also touring and recording with many of the most popular artists of the last few decades. This biography written by Porcaro’s friend Robyn Flans includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Peter Frampton, Boz Scaggs, and more.

“I loved the insight it gave me on a lot of top-level recording sessions, Jeff living down the street from Ron Howard in Los Angeles, and the formation of Toto,” says Distribution and Circulation Manager Gregg Martin, a well-known local musician in his own right.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones — James Clear

Have one or two bad habits you’d like to break from? Wishing you could easily form better habits for your life? Leading habit formation expert James Clear shares some strategies to help you do exactly that.

“This book is all about the power that small habits can have in helping us reach goals and improve our lives,” says Senior Graphic Designer Casey Scarbrough. “The author gives realistic suggestions on how to create good habits and avoid bad ones. It’s really fascinating. I’m not finished with the book yet, but I already implemented some of the strategies for a couple of habits I wanted to improve and I’ve had good results!”

The Authenticity Project: A Novel — Clare Pooley

This interesting read starts with a lone green notebook which brings together six people with a result of friendship and even love.

“The book leads readers to explore the question ‘How much do we share of our true selves to the people around us? Could we possibly make more lasting connections with people if we shared more about our hopes and dreams and some of our painful disappointments?’” says Account Executive Jennifer Rhoades.

Never Let Me Go — Kazuo Ishiguro

Good mysteries can be hard to pass up. When it comes to this novel, the mysterious subject matter combines with a love story and an examination of how those who are vulnerable and different are treated in our society.

“’Never Let Me Go’ was the kind of book you can’t put down without even realizing it. It covered deep, dark topics but delivered them all in soft, beautiful packages that had me accepting the circumstances of the story as easily as the main character living through them,” says Staff Writer Dallas Carter. “A tale told through a web of memories and realizations, the book feels like a personal secret — I can’t tell you what it’s truly about without breaking the spell Ishiguro casts in his presentation of the plot. This novel tiptoed its way into my heart and my favorite book list much like a new best friend slips comfortably into our lives — I don’t know how it got there, but I can’t imagine living without it now.”


Caged Lion: Joseph Pilates and His Legacy — John Howard Steel

Learn more about the origins of the Pilates exercise program as well as the man behind the popular regimen, which is practiced by more than 10 million people.

“People all over the world do Pilates without knowing much about Joseph Pilates, a German physical trainer who created a physical therapy and exercise system called ‘contrology,’ what we know today as Pilates,” says Editor Kristen K. Tucker. “The road to make Pilates accessible to the masses after Joseph’s death in 1967 was not easy. Author John Howard Steel is a retired lawyer who — with his parents — were among Joseph’s students at his New York City gym in the late 1950s and 60s. Steel became a grandson-like friend and confidant to Joseph and his wife Clara, enabling him to uniquely tell this fascinating story.”

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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