Thinking, Life Skills, Self Care, Bibliography, Books, Librarians


The news is full of stories about intelligent people, at the top of their game, who hurtle into public humiliation. I dubbed this fascinating phenomenon the theory of “smart and dumb.” Sometimes we’re thinking, and sometimes clearly, we are not. My quest to understand these quirks of human nature shaped a lifetime of research, and I am not alone in my curiosity. People seek answers to their own compelling life issues including health, financial, and interpersonal topics. Librarians research solutions. Self-care books, such as those summarized here, remain popular because people always appreciate advice on how to succeed, get rich, or attain their unique version of happiness.

Today, it’s hard to know whose truth to believe, what’s safe to say out loud, and what’s really important in our lives anyway. Therefore, emphasizing the practice of thinking for ourselves is the mission of this work. This readers’ advisory of 100 books, by experts, examines various views on how to take care of ourselves. It directs readers to titles that explore how we develop our thinking, behaviors, and contributions.

Recurring themes from these authors coalesce in six chapters on essential life skills. The first chapter focuses attention on where our thoughts come from, are they instinctual or rational, but most of all, are they helpful? The next four chapters consider how our thoughts impact our ability to nurture our gift, our body, our people, and our world. Chapter six presents a brief perspective on the value of age and experience.

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Cynthia Kisby, 100 Books to Think About, Orlando, FL: UCF's Stars, 2020.

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