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Stressed Out: Check Out these New Books from HPL on Anxiety and Worries that Could Help You Feel More at Ease

10 Apr

April is Stress Awareness Month; since 1992, health care professionals and health care advocates have sought to bring awareness to the issue of stress.  Stress and anxiety can have negative effects on not only our emotional state, but overall health, however, in today’s fast paced lifestyle and fearmongering culture it often can feel unavoidable.  Although nothing can replace the advice of a trained professional and you should always consult your physician before undertaking any new health practice be it physical or mental, here are several new arrivals at HPL that could be helpful in understanding anxiety and finding ways to destress.

Worried?: An Evidence-based Investigation of Some of Life’s Common Concerns
by Lise A. Johnson

This clever book by Lise Johnson looks at some of the topics people frequently worry about large and small from food safety to asteroids striking the earth. By using science she looks at how much worry we might actually need to assign a specific topic. Included in Worried? are the preventability, likelihood, and consequences for each of the concerns discussed. This book is a good resource for combating fear from dangers often sensationalized in the news and on social media platforms.

The Small Guide to Anxiety
by Gary Small
The Small Guide to Anxiety
Small’s book provides suggestions for handling panic attacks, phobias, obsessive thinking, insomnia, self-doubt and other symptoms and causes of anxiety.  Chapters focus on defining anxiety, strategies to reduce anxiety, and understanding common anxiety related disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Small’s Guide could help you make big changes in your life.

Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-Free Life
by Francine Jay
You may be familiar with Marie Kondo’s popular philosophy for organizing and decluttering which focuses on objects which bring joy instead of simply acquiring more and more stuff, but often there is more weighing our lives down beyond physical objects.  In Lightly, Francine Jay looks at ways you can not only free up closet space, but also your schedule and the emotional baggage that is encumbering your life.

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls
by Lisa Damour
under pressure
Although anxiety seems on the rise overall, it is especially increasing among girls according to Lisa Damour.  In Under Pressure, she looks at the positives that stress can play when properly channeled including encouraging emotional growth, but also ways that parents can deal with the more negative aspects of stress that can come from a variety of source such as peer pressure and the new realm of social media, which previous generations of children were not impacted by. The book is a helpful parenting guide for those who are looking at ways to help their daughters navigate life with less anxiety and more confidence.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference


Haunting NY City History Mysteries: Murder on Millionaires’ Row & Gin and Panic

13 Mar

I always enjoy a good mystery series, but I find historical mysteries have the added charm of an interesting setting.  Since Hoboken is right across the river from New York City these especially caught my fancy since they depicted familiar haunts as they might have been years ago. These two books also have added some added spookiness with possible ghosts.  I hope you’ll check them out and enjoy them as well!

Murder on Millionaires’ Row
by Erin Lindsey
Millionaires' Row
Set in the end of the 1880’s this new historical mystery series includes a dash of gaslight fantasy.  In Murder on Millionaires’ Row, Rose Gallagher is a housemaid of Irish descent who yearns for bigger things than the small tenement apartment she grew up in Five Point.  Then her boss – who she has a crush on – disappears. It’s in searching for him that she finds she might just have the adventure and life she always dreamed of.  With ghosts and other supernatural elements giving a gothic feel, this novel should appeal to fans of Leanna Renee Hieber’s Eterna Files series which I had written about in a previous blog post.  Some elements of romance and other plot points setup a way in for other books in the series, which I look forward to reading when they are published in the future.  Lindsey’s clear love of her adopted home shines through in the interesting historical details she sprinkles throughout the work.

Gin and Panic
by Maia Chance
I enjoyed Gin and Panic so much that I immediately went back and checked out Come Hell or High Ball, the first in this flapper era Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery series.  Lola Woodby is a former socialite who manages to scrape by in Prohibition Era NY with the help of her former Swedish Cook, and now PI partner.  In Gin and Panic Lola and Berta head to a Connecticut estate to try to retrieve a rhinoceros head hunting trophy to its “rightful” owner, but soon their services are being retained to solve a possible murder.  Lola isn’t sure if she is being menaced by someone living or dead when she is attacked in the course of her investigation.  The light hearted humor of the novel will have you at the very least smiling, if not laughing out loud. If you enjoy the period setting of the series and feisty female detectives make sure to check out my favorite Phryne Fisher series set in 1920’s Australia which had previously been written about.

Looking for more novels with historical settings check out my post about mysteries set in the 1930’s.  Have a favorite historical mystery of your own?  Share it with us in the comments!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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