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Feature: BWAF Bookshelf, April 2013

From the BWAF Bookshelf

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Book covers from left to right: Two Degrees, Lean In, and Making Marriage Simple.  *See photo credits below.

The April 2013 BWAF Bookshelf features books ranging from climate change to the professional’s work and private life. While vastly different, each represents important knowledge. Books are, Two Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, and Marriage Simple: Ten Truths for Changing the Relationship You Have into the One You Want.

Fiona Cousins, Alisdair McGregor, Cole Roberts
(Routledge, 2012)

Cousins, McGregor and Roberts review the current science and how we can set practical steps to reduce the extent of warming and to adapt to the inevitable changes, all while improving the bottom line, beautifying our communities, and increasing human health. The book is a practical guide intended for a broad audience of those who occupy and shape our built environment. The authors provide a clear framework for communities, policy makers, planners, designers, developers, builders, and operators to help manage the impacts and capture the opportunities of our changing climate.

Two Degrees is divided into three sections—Fundamentals, Mitigation, and Adaptation—covering a diverse array of topics ranging from climate-positive communities and low-carbon buildings to the psychology of choice and the cost of a low-carbon economy. This book clarifies the misconceptions, provides new and unique insights, and shows how a better approach to the built environment can increase resilience and positively shape our future.

Sheryl Sandberg
(Knopf, 2013)

In Lean In, Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.”  She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

Helen LaKelly Hunt and Harville Hendrix
(Harmony, 2013)

Making Marriage Simple is the accessible, essential road map to building a strong marriage in the modern world. Hendrix and Hunt distill into ten essential truths what they’ve learned about how to create a successful and satisfying relationship—both from their decades of “R&D” in the marriage lab of their workshops, and from their own relationship journey.  In each chapter, Hendrix and Hunt introduce a simple truth—such as “a frustration is a wish in disguise,”  “incompatibility is grounds for marriage,” or “conflict is growth trying to happen”—and then walk couples through easy yet effective exercises to help them apply each truth in real life, every day.

Excerpts of the descriptions were obtained from the publishers’ website.
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Photo Credits: Photos were obtained from publishers’ websites.

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