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“Gravity Is Heartless” by Sarah Lahey 

(NAPSI)—The year is 2050. Automated cities, vehicles and homes are now standard; artificial intelligence, CRISPR gene editing and quantum computing have become a reality and climate change is in full swing. Climate scientist Quinn Buyers would rather be studying the clouds than getting ready for her wedding. 

But when a tragedy causes her to lose everything, including her famous scientist mother, her quest for answers takes her across the globe—and she uncovers friends, loss and love in the most unexpected of places. This bold, speculative fiction sheds light on the treatment of the planet as it offers a breathtaking sense of hope for the future. From She Writes Press, purchase at

“No Rules: A Memoir” by Sharon Dukett 

20200601-125446-phpi3HpVpIt’s 1971 in Connecticut, and 16-year-old Sharon’s parents think she should become a clerical office worker and live at home until she marries. But Sharon wants to join the hippies, so she leaves home and heads to California. She is thrown into an adult world for which she is unprepared and she embarks on a precarious journey amid the 1970s counterculture.  

In this colorful memoir, Sharon shares moments of triumph, joy, love and awakening, and reflects upon the changes that reshaped her during the 1970s women’s movement and how they transformed society’s expectations for women. From She Writes Press, purchase at

“Sister Dear” by Hannah Mary McKinnon 

“She’s got it all. And it should have been mine.” When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: The man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there living blissfully with the family he chose. 

With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half-sister. Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. All of it stolen from Eleanor, who plans to take it back. Purchase at

“ReNaturing Yourself” by Patricia Seymour 

The dictionary defines “renature” as “restoring something to its former, natural state.” This book does just that, providing 43 proven methods to rescue your natural, healthy self.  

If you are going to get a handle on how to beat the toxins and get back to living naturally, you’ve got to identify the general areas of concern first: air, food, water and your mind. By focusing on each of these currently unnatural areas in turn, this book shows you the very best methods you can use to protect you and your loved ones from the toxic chemical, digital and capitalistic onslaught of modern life. Purchase at

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