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January Reading Recommentations

Throughout the year, the Peninsula Pulse will share book recommendations from the librarians and booksellers of Door County. 

Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning by Tom Vanderbilt

Recommended by Kimberly Wells, bookseller at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay

Although it’s true that there are plenty of reasons why young people are primed for learning, there’s no reason why adults can’t attempt new physical and mental skills even decades after leaving the classroom.

In Beginners, Vanderbilt challenges perceptions about learning new tricks well beyond the years that seem most advantageous – from singing and surfing (bodies are set in their ways) to the top young learner’s game of them all (chess) – and offers methods for managing our ego along the way. 

Discover how our brains and bodies learn, why we should continue to try new things, and how to love (or at least make peace with) being bad at being a beginner.

In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams by Thomas Davis

Recommended by Margaret Magle, owner, OtherWorlds Books & More, 41 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay

Based on fact, this fictional story chronicles the community of Black former slaves who, with the help of preacher Tom Bennett and the Underground Railroad, built a fishing community on Washington Island.

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