New in April at Chez Alpha Books

New Featured book- KILLING IT by Shery O' Loughlin:
Do you want to start your own business, are you thinking  of starting your own business or do you now NEED to start your own business? In that case, you first need  to get a copy of Killing It by Sheryl O'Loughlin. For entrepreneurs, Killing It  is well written and easy to understand. The former CEO of Clif Bar, cofounder of Plum, and serial entrepreneur offers insights about launching and growing a business while maintaining a fulfilled life in this practical guide.

Sheryl O'Loughlin knows what she's talking about, and she is candid about it. She doesn't sugar coat it. Starting and  running a business is hard work. It takes dedication and sacrifice. You need  to want it, and be willing to make it work.

O'Loughlin understands the difficulty of balancing the needs of her growing family with her physical and mental health while managing other work and life challenges. She gives you the essentials for killing it in business - without killing the rest of your life.
Filled with real-life examples and anecdotes, Killing It addresses common questions including:
  • How do you prepare your significant other for your business venture?
  • How do you time launching and growing your business with the ebb and flow of family life?
  • How do you find joy in the day-to-day?
  • How do you maintain meaningful, supportive friendships?
  • How do you walk away and start again?
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New in the Lending Library

We'll keep you reading in April!
SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS: From critically acclaimed writer Elaine Neil Orr, this novel sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American Civil Rights movement and the complicated relationship that develops between them. The lives of one young woman and two young men connect in a small neighborhood in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kate, a recent college graduate, is still reeling from the deaths of her beloved parents when the discovery of hidden letters forces her to re-examine everything she knew about her family. Tacker, a young engineering student and all-around boy-hero, has returned from a West African odyssey where he fell in love with the local culture but was sent home in shame. Kate's and Tacker's stories come together when, on the same day and in different moments, they encounter a young African-American man named Gaines. Then their stories intertwine.

WHO ASKED YOU? Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan's inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.
The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.
Who Asked You? casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don't agree. McMillan's signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life.
About Faith, Fear and Toxic Positivity in the
Midst of a Global Pandemic by Awesomely Luvvie

We love the book I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi , but we loved this article even more! Luvvie says, "Everything and everyone is getting on my last nerves right now. It’s Day whothehellknows anymore of being quarantined in the house, trying to avoid a microscopic savage in the form of a virus and I’m side-eying EVERYTHING. My attitude is such trash right now and my usually low levels of patience are nonexistent.

Why? Because people. I’m annoyed by people because lawmakers have to create policy to get us to sit in the house as a collective since we cannot be trusted to self-govern for the greater good. There are more than a few people who are still seeing COVID-19 as some overhyped thing. Some of these people are using religion to justify their selfishness and delusions, which they consider to be strong faith in their invincibility. Which, to me, is a collective hustling backwards.

That is why I’m at the phase of the quarantine where all the people who go “WHY DO YOU WORRY WHEN YOU CAN HAVE FAITH?” are annoying the whole entire hell outta me. Toxic positivity is real and some people hide behind religion to escape real life and real circumstances. And it’s dangerous.
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