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Why spend countless hours indoors in front of screens when being in nature feels so good? In learning why and how to nurture our emotional connection with nature, we can also regenerate the ecosystems on which we depend for our survival.

"Renewal: How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy" by Andrés R. Edwards explores the science behind why being in nature makes us feel alive and helps us thrive.

Mining the dual losses of both her young marriage and her beloved mother, debut author Sarah McColl confronts her identity as a woman, walking lightly in the footsteps of the woman who came before her and clinging fast to the joy she left behind. Her new book is: “Joy Enough: A Memoir.”

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

In The Book of Joy, they look back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the fact of life’s inevitable suffering?

The Book of Joy is featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2016 and is an instant New York Times bestseller. Doug Abrams is the co-writer of The Book of Joy and he joins us. 

  One life, its devastating pains and unexpected joys, its burst of brilliant clarity, and moments of profound confusion - this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s new novel, her first in 7 years.

Alice McDermott is the author of 6 previous novels including, After This, Child of My Heart, and Charming Billy. She is also the winner of the 1998 National Book Award.