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What’s on Our Bookshelf: Sneak Peek at New Reads in 2020

2020 is already looking bright! We’ve got several new books coming out tackling leadership for the 21st century, the science behind our anxiety, the downside of globalization, and more, all written by our incredible speakers. Here’s a round-up of just some of the books we’re looking forward to, hitting bookshelves over the next four months.

What it Takes by Zahra Al-Harazi

Zahra Al-Harazi defies expectations. With a no-holds-barred attitude, she draws on her unique experience as a refugee, immigrant, and pioneering woman in the business world to share her unique approach to attitude, leadership, and success with audiences across the globe.

Now, Zahra brings readers on an intimate journey through her life in her electrifying first book, What it Takes. Following Zahra from a small village in Yemen to a Calgary suburb, it describes how she survived two civil wars; her years as a young, stay-at-home immigrant mother with little education; and how she became one of Canada’s most successful businesswomen.

Navigating two worlds, Zahra has struggled to find her own way between East and West, religion and belief, freedom and obligation, family and desire, love and honour, despair and gratitude, war and war again. With warmth and courageous honesty, she recounts how it is only through gratitude and persistence that we can find happiness and the courage to build the life we want.

Available January 21, 2020.

Leadership is Language by David Marquet

An expert of leadership and organizational design, retired US Navy Captain David Marquet encourages us all to ditch the industrial age playbook of leadership.

Leadership is Language is a radical new guide to help leaders empower their teams to make better decisions and take greater ownership. David shows leaders how choosing their words can dramatically improve decision-making and execution on their team, and provides the tools needed to foster transformational leadership in any organization.

Available February 4, 2020.

My Mother's Dauther by Perdita Felicien

World champion hurdler and two-time Olympian Perdita Felicien inspires audiences with her talks on what it means to chase a dream and overcome the “hurdles” life can bring. In her beautifully written and deeply absorbing new memoir, she explores the root of her strength and perseverance through introducing us to her mother.

Perdita’s story is woven into her mother’s like an intricate braid. To understand it, you must know Catherine. Catherine is larger than life. At seventeen years old, she is determined and tenacious, and longing to experience a better life. But, pregnant with her second child, she is just scraping by in St. Lucia. So when she meets a wealthy white Canadian family vacationing on the island and they bring her to Canada as their nanny, this was the beginning of Catherine’s new life: a life of great opportunity, but also profound suffering.

Together, in the years to come, Perdita and her mother would experience poverty, racism, domestic abuse, and even homelessness, but Catherine’s will would always pull them through. As Perdita grew and began to discover athleticism, she was edged onward by her mother’s love, grit, and faith. Facing literal and figurative hurdles, she learned to leap, and pick herself back up when she stumbled.

Available April 14, 2020.

Relax Dammit! by Timothy Caulfield

From the host of the hit TV series A User’s Guide to Cheating Death and the bestselling author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? comes an entertaining and practical guide to getting through the day with less stress and better health.

An unrivalled communicator, Professor Timothy Caulfield is known for debunking myths and assumptions about innovations in the health and wellness sector, from research on stem cells to diets and alternative medicine.

In Relax, Dammit!, Timothy takes on anxiety, discussing the underlying science behind many of the small decisions we make throughout the day, and how making choices is becoming an unnecessarily anxious process because of the many social forces around us.

By walking us through a regular day — from the moment we wake up to when we fall back asleep — Timothy reveals that many of the decisions we make are based, to a lesser or greater extent, on misinformation. Many of the things we believe to be healthier, safer, or just better, simply aren’t. There is often a science-informed, and less stressful, way forward though, which means we can all afford to relax more.

Insightful, sometimes controversial, and always entertaining, Relax, Dammit! is a surprising and liberating guide to modern life.

Available April 28, 2020.

The Expendables by Jeff Rubin

Growing global inequality is a problem of our own making, Jeff Rubin argues. And solving it won’t be easy.

Bestselling author of Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, Jeff is back with a provocative, far-reaching account of how the middle class got stuck with the bill for globalization, and how the blowback — from Brexit to Trump to populist Europe — will change the developed world.

The Expendables is an exhilaratingly fresh perspective that is at once humane and irascible, fearless and rigorous, and most importantly, timely. GDP is growing, the stock market is up and unemployment is down, but the surprise of the book is that even the good news is good for only one percent of us.

Available April 28, 2020.