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Here are some of the newest releases in South African bookstores of reads that inspire, enlighten and improve! Including Queer Eye‘s sexy Karamo Brown’s new release!

Karamo – My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing and Hope

Karamo Brown | Simon & Schuster | 9781471185076 | R285
An insightful, candid, and inspiring memoir from Karamo Brown – Queer Eye’s beloved culture expert – as he shares his story for the first time. In this eye-opening and moving memoir, Karamo reflects on his lifelong education. It comprises every adversity he has overcome, as well as the lessons he has learned along the way. It is only by exploring our difficulties and having the hard conversations – with ourselves and one another – that we are able to adjust our mindsets, heal emotionally, and move forward to live our best lives. Karamo shows us the way.


Mark Manson | HarperCollins | 9780062888464 | R199
Everthing Is F*cked, Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom – and even of hope itself.

The Holy Sh!t Moment – How Lasting Change Can Happen In An Instant

James Fell | Harper Thorsons | 9780008288686 | R66
From internationally syndicated fitness columnist and author, James Fell, comes a no-nonsense guide on how to get in shape, fix your finances, alleviate depression and change your life for good. What if sudden moment, which happens to be a surprisingly common occurrence among those who succeed would allow you to skip the struggle of behaviour change and just become a different person in a moment? This is a self-help book written in a brash, audacious and informal, your-good-friend-giving-you-the-scoop style, but with the knowledge, research, wisdom and personal anecdotes to back up James' words in the vein of Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass.

63 Days To Optimum Health

Sally-Ann Creed | Human & Rousseau | 9780798177122 | R258
Are you always tired, constantly sick, sleeping poorly and eating badly? 63 Days to Optimum Health has a plan for improved health. Only change the way you think about food, listen to your body and change your lifestyle. Sally-Ann shows you how to get rid of those old, destructive eating habits, replace them with new ones in 21 days and establish them after a further 42 days, the affect your lifestyle has on your liver, thyroid, cortisol levels and cells and how to make lasting lifestyle changes for optimum health. A practical guide with shopping lists and meal planners by an acknowledged nutritional therapist.

The Stress Code – From Surviving to Thriving

Richard Sutton | Pan Macmillan | 9781770106574 | R249
Stress impacts all facets of our lives and it is having devastating effects on the global economy. Effects such as reduced productivity and the huge burden being placed on healthcare systems around the world. Full of tools and skills to buffer the adverse effects of stress and enhance functionality and health, The Stress Code is a response to the global call for stress management solutions. Supported by extensive scientific research, the book offers comprehensive and structured insights and interventions to assist in thriving in adversity.

The Success Commandments – Master the Ten Spiritual Principles to Achieve Your Destiny

DeVon Franklin; As told to Tim Vandehey | HarperOne | 9780062684271 | R225
DeVon Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Wait and prominent Hollywood producer, reveals that secular and spiritual success are not opposites. You’re unfulfilled because you’ve been convinced that you would lose your faith if you pursued the secular ambitions God has put in your heart. However, until you pursue those ambitions you will miss out on the fullness of God and the success you were created to have. For too long there’s been a line drawn between the spiritual and the secular, and we have been conditioned to believe that if we cross this line in either direction, we will have gone too far.

Loonshots – How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

Safi Bahcall | St Martin’s Press | 9781250225610 | R229
What do James Bond and Lipitor have in common? Why do traffic jams appear out of nowhere on highways? What can we learn about innovation from a glass of water? In Loonshots, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behaviour that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Drawing on the science of phase transitions, Bahcall shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice.

Mentors – How To Help And Be Helped

Russell Brand | Henry Holt & Company | 9781250226273 | R266
Russell Brand explores the idea of mentoring and shares what he’s learned from the guidance of his own helpers, heroes and mentors. Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped describes the impact that a series of significant people have had on the author – from the wayward youths he tried to emulate growing up in Essex, through the first ex-junkie sage, to the people he turns to today to help him be a better father. It explores how we all – consciously and unconsciously – choose guides, mentors and heroes throughout our lives and examines the new perspectives they can bring.

Good To Go

Christie Aschwanden | Macmillan | 9781509827657 | R225
All athletes from Olympians to weekend warriors must toe the line between training and recovery to maximise the benefits of workouts and reach optimal performance. For the longest time, coaches and training manuals have emphasised training. But now sports science is homing in on an even more fundamental part: recovery. Good to Go is the first definitive account of this new frontier in sports and exercise science.

Invested – How I Learned to Master My Mind, My Fears, and My Money to Achieve Financial Freedom and Live a More Authentic Life (with a Little Help from Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, and My Dad)

Danielle Town, Phil Town | William Morrow Paperbacks | 9780062672643 | R223
In this essential handbook – a blend of Rich Dad, Poor Dad and The Happiness Project – the co-host of the wildly popular InvestED podcast shares her yearlong journey learning to invest, as taught to her by her father, investor and bestselling author Phil Town. Capturing a warm, charming, and down-to-earth give and take between a headstrong daughter and her mostly patient dad, Invested makes the complex world of investing simple, straightforward, and approachable, and will help you formulate your own investment plan – and foster the confidence to put it into action.

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