Subject: LibraryBub's best indie books for this week

We are delighted to recommend the following books from the independent publishing sector.
Best Independent Books December 23
Triumph After All
by Bina Kozuch

This book tells the story of Cipora, a Holocaust survivor and the only remaining member of her immediate family. Cipora survived the atrocities of the Second World War, drawing strength from her mother's prophecy and her faith in God.

Based on actual interviews, the author brings to life a shtetl – a small Jewish village in Ruscova, Romania, weaving together historical events and locations, creating a chilling narrative of an enduring battle to survive. Coupled with traditional Jewish recipes, stories unfold and remind readers that the struggles of the past not only strengthen but sustain us.

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Historical Biography

ISBN: 978-1543939859

Designed to Win:
what every business needs to know to go truly global
(DHL’s 50 Year)

by Po Chung

This book, written by Po Chung, the co-founder of DHL, reveals the industry secrets they used to build a worldwide network that now operates in more than 200 countries and territories.

She explains how caring about things bigger than ourselves drives effective leadership. She shows how a unique marriage between Eastern and Western values inspired an intercultural leadership model. She reveals why it’s important to address leadership needs rather than management need. She tells how to design, develop, and lead a global service network.

In this book, the author describes the reasons why superior leaders practice noble visions, competence, character and care. She delights to convey the message that happy people led by happy leaders run like a well-oiled machine.

Honors: seen on ABC, CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943386505

Special Hidden Talents: The Missing Link – Amadi's Story
by Chineme Noke

This book is a mother’s personal journey through the world of special educational needs. On navigating the mainstream school system with her own child, Amadi, it became shockingly clear how disturbingly easy it was for individuals to get left behind and be effectively excluded from the curriculum, despite their physical presence in the classroom, especially when they have special, additional learning needs.

Following her daughter’s diagnosis of Williams Syndrome, a congenital disorder resulting in many and varied cognitive and medical health issues, one thing that was clear in the author’s mind was that Amadi could and would learn to read despite her developmental delays.

The author had learned that many educational psychologists were of the view that any child could learn so long as they had a teacher that understood their particular difficulties and had the processes, willingness and understanding to administer them effectively.

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Recognition for Author: PWN International Literary Award, 2018

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

ISBN: 978-1999679507

The Key to Unlocking Your Great Leadership
by Syed Ali

The research shows that gaining exceptional self-empowerment is the key to unlocking great leadership. The focus of this book is how to gain such self-empowerment.

To help gain exceptional self-empowerment, this book provides 12 amazing self-empowering strategies of successful people and great leaders in the world. Exceptional self-empowerment is the comprehensive process of transforming into a powerful personality by successfully tapping the great natural powers of the human mind. In this process, a set of amazing skills is developed and people prepare holistically to achieve desired success goals in all areas of personal and professional life.

Exceptional self-empowerment, therefore, is the key to achieving desired success in life and building a strong foundation of great leadership. This book clearly shows how to gain this exceptional self-empowerment as successful people and great leaders have done it. At the end of each chapter, there’s a summary of key learning points and practice exercises.

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-1711262161

The Spanish Teacher
by Barbara de la Cuesta

Dorie West, a young North American teacher on a stint in South America, falls in love with Ordóñez, a banned journalist reduced to teaching Spanish to schoolchildren.

His poverty lures them into an ill-fated venture of reviving a remote gold mine. There they are caught in a dangerous web of deceit and revenge when they go to the Andes in pursuit of great wealth.

Can their love survive in that place of conflict?

The rugged mountain land and the dusty, forsaken little towns are colorfully and convincingly evoked in the novel's second half, with a fine attention to detail. The secondary characters... who people this isolated region are also skillfully drawn in several cases. — Hispania

Honors: Winner, Gival Press Novel Award; seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1948288712

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Selling through Your Heart
by Shirlene Reeves

This comprehensive step-by-step guide designed exclusively for business people, salespersons and entrepreneurs is focused on boosting sales and generating a more substantial income. It addresses issues such as market competition, meeting sales quotas and overcoming the anxiety of building a viable business.

The wisdom and teachings in this book will help to strengthen business knowledge. The author provides tips on tapping into universal support, and adds valuable insights on how to implement and achieve the success of a million-dollar blueprint.

The author explains how to develop an abundant mindset, how to communicate effectively, how to build a sturdy foundation for any business, how to market products and services and how to sell them by following the three steps of her sales waltz. As an interactive feature, the book has spaces for readers to make notes and answer questions while reading the various sections.

Easy to understand, relatable and interactive — OnlineBookClub

Honors: Winner, Career, Next Generation Indie Book Awards; Winner, Sales & Marketing, Independent Press Award; Winner, Sales & Marketing, New York City Big Book Award; Finalist, Business: Sales, International Book Awards; seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1944335953

Altered Helix
(Book One of the Altered Helix series)

by Stephanie Hansen

I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too?

The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, her life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group joins forces with previously considered enemies, who also now find themselves in danger.

Deeply compassionate and full of twists, this book captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good.

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Young Adult

ISBN: 978-1735042305

A Beautiful Glittering Lie
by J.D.R. Hawkins

In the spring of 1861, a country once united is fractured by war. Half of America fights for the Confederate cause; the other for unification. Rebel forces have already seized Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, a new Confederate president has been elected, and the constitution has been revised. In north Alabama, a farmer and father of three decides to enlist. For Hiram Summers, it is the end of everything he has ever known.

After Hiram travels to Virginia with the Fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment, he is quickly thrust into combat. His son David, who must stay behind, searches for adventure at home by traipsing to Huntsville with his best friend, Jake Kimball, to scrutinize invading Yankees. Meanwhile, Hiram’s wife Caroline struggles to keep up with the farm as her world revolves around the letters she receives from her husband. As Hiram and his son discover the true meaning of war, they soon realize that their choices have torn their family apart.

In this historical tale, the naïveté of a young country is tested, a father sacrifices everything to defend his home, and a young man longs for adventure, regardless of the perilous cost.

Honors: Winner, John Eston Cooke Fiction Award; seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1643619941

(Book Two of the Broken Minds series)

by Lee Maguire

A dark soul emerges. Josef is a young Amish man in Pennsylvania living on a farm with his mother. He works as a carpenter. Although he lives among the plain folk, he has dreams of a life beyond his Amish community.

Josef obsesses about Hollywood and the rich and famous people he believes live there. They are sinners living in modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. While he is disgusted with the images of wealth and greed that flood his imagination, he is not without sin. His heart overflows with lust, and there is a deep well of anger within him. As his emotions grow in intensity, his impulsivity increases.

As circumstances have it, his path crosses with that of a local psychologist, Dr. Bryce Davison, who happens to be recovering from recent trauma of his own. With Dr. Davison in Josef’s sights, bad things will happen. Can the psychologist respond in time to save one of his patients with his own life on the line?

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Mystery & Thriller

ISBN: 978-0999411223

Your True Power
by Trissa Tismal-Capili

In this book, 14 ordinary but remarkable women come together to share the stories — 100 percent raw and authentic — of how they overcame their biggest and darkest challenges by embracing their true power.

With richly vibrant voices from many backgrounds illustrating one and the same message, there’s plenty of inspiration to help people unlock their lives. The women tell of going from being an overwhelmed high achiever to moving into the state of flow; finding infinite possibilities after losing everything; going from treating the body as a burden to treating it as a guide; pivoting from seeking externally to looking within; going from saying “I'm not enough” to declaring “I am the answer”; finding freedom from codependency; and going from stating “This is the end” to proclaiming “The best is yet to come!”

The women featured are Suyen Angbetic Bailey, Leslie Sandra Black, Debbie Shuman Espinoza, Heather Ann Fink, Fiorella Garibaldi, Dawn Gomez, Sandra Ann Grant, Aurora Hood Hammond, Judith Krug, Barbara Harumi Otis, Silvia Rios, Dionnie Simone, Trissa Tismal-Capili and Gale Ziccarelli.

Honors: seen on CBS and NBC

Category: Self-Help


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