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During the new year, think of your library system for finding titles that cover a wide range of topics. Whether it be a sampling from the short-listed titles for the Lambda Literary awards, or works that help you realize your goals for 2018, The library is the place to start your search for great reading.
Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, And Live Life On Purpose by Claire Diaz-Ortiz. In Design Your Day, productivity guru Claire Diaz-Ortiz introduces the Do Less Method, a productivity and goal-setting model that will help you do more in less time and succeed more often. When it comes to productivity, hard work is half of the battle. The first half—the crucial half—is planning well, and that’s what Claire helps you do, from start to finish. From the big-picture to minutia, Claire walks you through every step of setting and achieving smart goals. . . When you take back your time and use it strategically, you’ll be amazed at everything you can accomplish.

Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin.
In this long-awaited memoir, the beloved author of the bestselling Tales of the City series chronicles his odyssey from the old South to freewheeling San Francisco, and his evolution from curious youth to ground-breaking writer and gay rights pioneer. Born in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginity to another man “on the very spot where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.” Realizing that the South was too small for him, this son of a traditional lawyer packed his earthly belongings into his Opel GT (including a beloved portrait of a Confederate ancestor), and took to the road in search of adventure. It was a journey that would lead him from a homoerotic Navy initiation ceremony in the jungles of Vietnam to that strangest of strange lands: San Francisco in the early 1970s. Reflecting on the profound impact those closest to him have had on his life, Maupin shares his candid search for his “logical family,” the people he could call his own. . . What emerges is an illuminating portrait of the man who depicted the liberation and evolution of America’s queer community over the last four decades with honesty and compassion--and inspired millions to claim their own lives.

Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four Letter Words
by Michael Ausiello.
Few memoirs balance dark, snarky humor with devastating, heart-wrenching candor as well as Michael Ausiello’s Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies. This loving but clear-eyed chronicle of his 14-year relationship with his husband, Kit, centers on their final year together after Kit is diagnosed with a rare, aggressive neuroendocrine cancer. On the day the couple wed at City Hall, they get the shattering news that Kit’s cancer is Stage 4 and his life expectancy is about a year. Kit’s chemotherapy starts three days later. Soon the duo is coping with the new realities of living with a terminal illness and navigating conflicting medical opinions, medical mishaps, surgeries, pain management, remissions and slow decline. Woven between the memoir’s main thread--the duo’s epic cancer battle--are flashbacks to the couple’s courtship, vacations, struggles, infidelities, therapy and unshakable devotion. The chapter detailing Kit’s final days packs such an emotional punch because Ausiello has made readers fall in love with Kit, their relationship and their extended family and friends. Ausiello, founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com, has written a remarkable, perceptive, poignant and openhearted memoir about the fragility of relationships and health--and the hidden strength people find during hard times. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is a haunting and profoundly sad story, but it›s brightened by witty writing, comedic interludes and the two charismatic, endearing and appealing heroes at the book›s center.

Changeology: 5 Steps To Realizing Your Goals And Resolutions by John C. Norcross.
Change is hard. But not if you know the five-step formula that works whether you’re trying to stop smoking or start recycling. Dr John C. Norcross, an internationally recognized expert, has studied how people make transformative, permanent changes in their lives. Unlike the overwhelming majority of self-help books, the ‘Changeology’ plan has a documented track record of success. Whether you want to quit overeating or drinking, or end depression, debt, and relationship distress, Dr Norcross gives you the tools you need to change within 90 days. Changeology shows you how to define your goals, pump up your motivation, prevent relapses, and master the skills that will help you sustain change.

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff.
The sneakiest obstacle to meeting your goals is not laziness, but perfectionism. We’re our own worst critics, and if it looks like we’re not going to do something right, we prefer not to do it at all. That’s why we’re most likely to quit on day two, “the day after perfect”--when our results almost always underperform our aspirations.