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BrooklynFans Of Books: Tamara Loehr’s Handbook For Working Women, “Balance Is B.S.”

Balance Is B.S.: How To Have A Work. Life. Blend

By Tamara Loehr

Wiley; hardcover; $25.00

Tamara Loehr, world-renowned wellness entrepreneur and author, is a wife and mother of two who started her first business at the age of 19 after graduating college with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. Her ‘sweat equity’ model led her to winning a range of global awards. She has also delved into the world of investment with a current focus on her online beauty-disruptor ‘Dollar Beauty Tribe,’ designed to promote cruelty-free, vegan indie brands.

Loehr has created a workbook for rising women, Balance Is B.S.: How To Have A Work. Life. Blend. She challenges the “work-life balance” philosophy with this work, which is a handbook designed to change the mindsets of women in the United States who are the primary breadwinners of their households.

Confronting head-on that the “work-life balance” doesn’t work when put into practice, Loehr has figured out a new solution after more than 20 years as a global entrepreneur. she outlines how to ditch expectations, uphold one’s values and embrace a work-life blend.

In the U.S. and Australia, where Loehr is based, a vast growing number of households are now helmed by breadwinning women. Gender diversity has proven positive impacts for businesses, and is seemingly a win-win: great for the economy and great for ambitious women.

Loehr sees this trend giving rise to a problem that’s hard to talk about across working households: women are working more outside the home, but they aren’t really working less inside the home.

“My new book calls out the ‘B.S.’  on ‘balance’ and presents a different way, giving women permission to blend their work and personal lives together without getting burned out.” Loehr says. “Women are increasing their expectations in their careers, but are not adjusting their expectations around their partners, parenting and personal lives. Everyone is in pursuit of the elusive ‘work-life balance’ and is feeling guilty because it is simply impossible to get there. With my new book, I’m offering a different path for women to get out of this endless cycle.”

This book is inclusive to all working women regardless of career trajectory or level of earnings. It focuses on a unique self, work and personal blend, and the title is broken down into three segments outlining how career-driven females can eliminate outdated expectations and gender roles in their work and personal lives.

Highlighted topics in each section include focus on:

Self: filling up your soul; breaking of your bubble.

Work: choose your own adventure, work-life blend, coping with pressure and financial promises

Personal: expectations, agreements; parent guilt; family dynamics; foster friends and why blending matters.

Each chapter is supported by practical exercises that readers can complete to identify their values, align their energies with what matters to them most, set expectations with key people in their lives, and map out the lives they actually want.

 

Brooklyn Fans Of Books: “I’m Fine And Neither Are You” By Camille Pagan

I’m Fine And Neither Are You

By Camille Pagán

Lake Union; hardcover, $24.95; eBook, $4.99

Honesty is the best policy, except maybe when it comes to marriage in Camille Pagán’s fifth novel, I’m Fine And Neither Are You.

Penelope Ruiz-Kar wears many hats, among them wife, mother, breadwinner. She is doing it all, but barely keeping it together.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Better Sister” By Alafair Burke

The Better Sister

By Alafair Burke

Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; 336 pages; hardcover, $26.99; available Tuesday, April 16

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author whose acclaimed novels include The Wife, which is under production for a feature film, and The Ex, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel. She also is a co-author of the bestselling Under Suspicion Series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, Alafair now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan and East Hampton.

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Brooklyn Fans Of Books: “The Murmur Of Bees” By Sofia Segovia

The Murmur of Bees

By Sofia Segovia; translated by Simon Bruni

Amazon Crossing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Tuesday, April 16

Sofia Segovia was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She studied communications at Universidad de Monterrey, thinking that she would be a journalist, but she was drawn to fiction. A creative writing teacher, she has also been a ghostwriter and communications director for local political campaigns. She also has written several plays for local theater.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: A History Of The Masters Told Through Augusta’s 18 Holes

The Masters: A Hole-By-Hole History Of America’s Golf Classic, Third Edition

By David Sowell

University of Nebraska Press; 304 pages; hardcover, $29.95; eBook, $29.95

The Masters is called “a tradition unlike any other.” It is revered as the most prestigious tournament in golf and commands international attention, even among nongolfers.

David Sowell’s book The Masters: A Hole-by-Hole History of America’s Golf Classic takes the unique approach of tackling Augusta National hole by hole. Each hole had its own chapter, with colorful stories on the greatest shots, biggest disasters, and most amazing events that took place on each.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: On Hockey History

(The Islanders celebrating one of their Stanley Cup wins in the 1980s)

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us, and the New York Islanders are a part of it, taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.

There are plenty of books out there to read up on the Islanders and hockey history, including: Birth of a Dynasty: The 1980 New York Islanders by Alan Hahn;  Rangers vs. Islanders by Stan Fischler and Zachery Weinstock; The Voices of Hockey by Kirk McKnight; and Hockey 365 by Mike Commito.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Lost History Of Dreams” By Kris Waldherr

The Lost History Of Dreams: A Novel

By Kris Waldherr

Atria; hardcover; $26.00; available today, Tuesday, April 9

Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer who lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, the anthropologist-curator Thomas Ross Miller, and their daughter. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and her fiction has been awarded with fellowships by the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a reading grant by Poets & Writers.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Robert Dugoni’s “The Eighth Sister”

The Eighth Sister

By Robert Dugoni

Thomas & Mercer; 466 pages; hardcover, $24.95; trade paperback, $15.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Tuesday, April 9

Robert Dugoni is one of the most acclaimed crime writers around. His books that have topped the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller lists, been selected for best books of the year features, and published in more than twenty-five countries in two dozen languages.

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