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New and noteworthy books on fatherhood, marriage and family.

All That is Bitter & Sweet by Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd: “We’re Only as Sick as Our Secrets”

April 5, 2011

Ashley Judd says, “We’re only as sick as our secrets” in a new memoir about the myths her mother created to build a legendary country music career as Ashley Judd experienced trauma, abandonment and shame.

The Five Freedoms by Virginia Satir

The Five Freedoms by Virginia Satir.

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love

The Science of Attachment and Bonding

“Attached” by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller explores the science of adult attachment and the healing power of the work couples do with each other.

Guy Kawasaki Enchantment Book

Guy Kawasaki’s Lessons for Enchanting Families

Guy Kawasaki’s new book, “Enchantment – The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions,” includes valuable lessons for parents, couples, and families.

Helio Castroneves, center, with Rachel Schindler and Seth Eisenberg

Helio Castroneves Makes It Personal

Helio Castroneves fell in love with racing hanging out with his dad’s stock-car team in Brazil. The three-time Indy 500 winner who may be best known for winning Dancing with the Stars, is hoping the story of his life will inspire others.

John O'Donohue

To Bless the Space Between Us

The late John O’Donohue’s collection of poetry for each of life’s special moments delivers meaningful inspiration for heart, mind, and spirit.

Michael Cho

The Unexpected Legacy of an American Tiger Mother

The unexpected legacy of an American Tiger Mom is not that Chinese parenting is better. Amy Chua’s memoir of her struggle to protect time-honored traditions while adapting to life in America captures challenges that are as old as America itself.

ONE: Live Inspired

1-1-11: You Are Not Here by Mistake

You are not here by mistake. As the clock hits midnight and you begin 24 hours of 1-1-11, ask yourself: “Who Am I?”, “Why Am I Here?”, “What Am I Doing for Others?”. Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamada’s book, ONE, delivers inspiring wisdom to embrace the difference your life can make.

Maybelle Charley and ‘The Help’ of a Lifetime

Like Aibileen and Minny of Kathryn Stockett’s best seller, The Help, Maybelle Charley was one of generations of black women who devoted their lives to raising white children. Today, on what would have been her 90th birthday, her example of love, service and integrity is remembered and missed.

Political Legacies and the Skills to Succeed

Sons began following their fathers into politics long before George W. Bush was elected President. Rand Paul, like others before him, had unique opportunities to gain the experience and skills needed to propel him to one of the nation’s highest offices.

Stop Walking on Eggshells

Helpful Advice When Facing a Relationship Saboteur

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you may find yourself facing obstacles that sabotage and undermine once close relationships. In Stop Walking on Eggshells, Paul Mason and Randi Kreger offer practical steps to help take your life back when someone you care about has Borderline Personality Disorder.


Sisters and Happiness

Sisterly chats make people happier, the author of You Just Don’t Understand Me shares in a new book. Deborah Tannen’s research shows it’s the regular conversations themselves that are most vital.

Thanksgiving Family Survival Guide 2010

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and celebration, but for many families, it’s also a period of added stress and anxiety. The seven-part Thanksgiving Family Survival Guide 2010 delivers exercises, tips and insights to help make this year’s Thanksgiving holiday an occasion your family will long cherish and remember.

Condoleezza Rice’s Journey and Advice for Our Own

Condoleezza Rice’s parents helped their daughter beat the odds of racial discrimination through hard work and a consistent message about limitless possibilities. Chris Gardner urges readers to be committed everyday to pursuing their passions. Both books, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People” and “Start Where You Are,” offer valuable lessons for today’s parents seeking inspiration and guidance to overcome obstacles.

Fatherhood DVDs for Family Entertainment

Children need their fathers. Growing up without their dads’ positive involvement, love and support can leave a lifetime of scars. This week, we review Hollywood’s portrayals of men’s courage to raise children. From baby-stealing couples to cowboys blowing up balloon animals and Robin Williams in drag, movies about being a dad certainly attract laughter. Here’s a roundup of inspiring fatherhood DVDs for the whole family to enjoy, along with some helpful information on the difference relationship and marriage education can make in the lives of dads and their children.

Liberty City Boys

Childrens’ Father’s Day Essay Finalists Highlight Vital Roles Dads Play in Lives of Inner City Youth

Father’s Day essays written by elementary school children in Miami-Dade County highlight the vital role men play in the lives of their sons and daughters. Thirteen finalists share their responses to the question, “What Father’s Day means to me.”

The Other Wes Moore

Same name, different lives

“Your father wasn’t there because he couldn’t be; my father wasn’t there because he chose not to be,” author Wes Moore quotes the other Wes Moore as saying in a powerful story of the impact of fathers and mentors in the lives of children. The book offers a compelling portrait of the very different lives of two men who both began their lives with the same name, similar circumstances, and potential. One will never see freedom again.

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