Rhody Reads: 6 Books by Local Authors Ready to Inspire in the New Year

January 2022


It’s a new year and time to investigate how we can incorporate new wellness practices into our daily routines so we can lead healthier, happier lives. In this month’s Rhody Reads, we examine six books by local authors that help you explore how you see yourself and the world around you. Take a look and find the inspiration you need to achieve your greatest potential.

If changing the world starts with each of us, then Kate Hanley’s How to Be a
Better Person
is a great guide to getting there. The Providence resident, author, and coach shares simple ways to eliminate negative thoughts and strengthen relationships while taking control of the aspects of life that wear you down. With Hanley’s tips and techniques, you can turn your resolutions into actions that have a long-term impact.

Waiting for an Echo by Brown professor and psychiatrist Christine Montross, takes a fascinating look at wellness and mental illness among incarcerated people. Often our legal system punishes prisoners instead of offering therapy and treatment. And, when their sentence is over, they’re not prepared to reenter society. Dr. Montross highlights the policies that need to change to create a better system for us all.

Sometimes we find inspiration where we least expect it. For Kim Fuller, a Rhode Island-based mindfulness coach and author of Finding, enlightenment came through the adoption of a seven-year-old boy whose personality and challenges left her totally unprepared. You’ll be inspired by her perseverance in a story that is ultimately about discovering one’s own strength, learning to accept what you can’t control, and never giving up on the ones you love.

Top Brain, Bottom Brain provides a new way to look at how the mind operates. Renowned local journalist and author G. Wayne Miller teams up with leading neuroscientist Stephen Kosslyn, PhD to present a new theory on the way each of us thinks by using the top and bottom parts of the brain together. The writers even provide a tool for readers to assess their own dominant way of thinking and discuss how they can apply this style to work, relationships, and simply living their best life.

When the going gets tough, sometimes the tough need to take off and search the world for meaning. In Destination Wellness, Barrington-born author Annie Daly shares the advice on living that she picked up while traveling the world from Jamaica to Japan. Enjoy the beautiful photos from her journey but more importantly, take advantage of the simple tips on experiencing and appreciating the simple things in life which many of us take for granted.

The path to wellness can be a long and challenging road, much like the race run by Food, Sweat & Fears author Regina Bartlett. After years of struggling to lose weight, Bartlett’s choice to have gastric bypass surgery changed her life, allowing her to train for — and finish — the 26.2-mile NYC Marathon. An inspirational speaker with a TEDxNewport under her belt, Bartlett’s stories highlight how faith and hope led her to believe in herself and become the person she was destined to be.


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