When Rosayra Pablo Cruz left Guatemala to seek asylum in the U.S. with two of her children, Fernando (age 5) and Yordy (age 15), she knew the journey would be incredibly difficult, dangerous, and potentially life-threatening. But turbulent violence had made life untenable, so Rosy made the wrenching decision to cross the border into the U.S. with her sons. After surviving a perilous journey that left them dehydrated, starved, and exhausted, Rosy, Fernando, and Yordy crossed into Arizona, together. Almost immediately, Rosy and her children were forcibly separated by government officials under the dictate of a “zero tolerance” policy. In The Book of Rosy, Rosy, along with her co-author Julie Schwietert Collazo, who founded Immigrant Families Together, a passionate group of activists who helped reunite mothers with their children, offers the first book-length account of the devastating trauma of family separation. Rosy describes the cruel conditions of the detention facilities, the unbearable anxiety of being ripped away from her children, and the faith and love that helped her get through the darkest time. The Book of Rosy is an unflinching look at the human cost of inhumane policies, and the unbreakable bonds of family, faith, and community, offering a much-needed glimpse into the human side of a polarizing issue that has gripped our nation’s politics.
With the world in constant crisis—from environmental damage to corrupt leaders to human rights violations—it can be hard to imagine a way forward, a system of thinking that can pull us back from the brink of catastrophe and into a sustainable future. In Sand Talk, Aboriginal scholar and artist Tyson Yunkaporta shows us what can be gained by viewing global systems through the lens of Indigenous Knowledge. Touching on everything from cooking to Schrodinger’s cat to sex, he offers a new (and ancient) paradigm to reimagine our relationship to sustainability, money, power, and education. Each chapter is based on oral cultural exchanges with people from diverse cultures and communities, including a Tasmanian Indigenous thinker, a Worimi artist, and the deputy principal of a remote Aboriginal community school. To think through these yarns, Yunkaporta uses sand talk, honoring an Aboriginal custom of drawing images on the ground to convey knowledge and, ultimately, help us better understand the world. Sand Talk is a dynamic, engaging look at how we can use Indigenous thinking to confront the problems that plague us and return to the pattern of creation.
Love Is Not Enough
The perfect follow-up to the smash New York Times bestseller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Superstar blogger and writer Mark Manson brings his signature no-nonsense approach to love and relationships in this hard-hitting, funny, and bluntly honest guide. In Love Is Not Enough, Manson argues that pure emotion and lofty passions are not all we need to have a successful, sustaining relationship and offers us the tools to hone the values and skills necessary for stronger connections, friendships, and marriages. Full of sharp wit and candid advice, this book is a full course in love and how to be loved, walking readers through lessons such as the six toxic relationship habits, the rules of dating, how to have a healthy fight, and ultimately to take a sober look at what love is and what it should be. Love Is Not Enough asks us to care about the way we treat others and ourselves in our relationships—to stop playing games, step out from behind the glare of those rose-tinted shades, and take an honest look at our love lives.
Driving Miss Norma
Based on the popular Facebook travel blog, the wondrous story of one unforgettable cross-country road trip and one effervescent woman of ageless spirit who teaches us how say “Yes!” to all that life offers. When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Norma—newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage—rose to her full height of five feet and told her doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.” Packing what she needed, Norma took off on an unforgettable cross-country journey with three professional nomads—her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their Standard Poodle Ringo—in a thirty-six-foot RV. Driving Miss Norma is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road—a transformative journey of living life on your own terms that shows us that it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer.