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Free-For-All Newsletter #2

In case you missed the meeting last night, here is a list of all the things we discussed.

Enjoy! :)

FFA Member Highlight...
Beginner’s Guide to the Cosmos: Big Bang; Stars; Life; and the Ultimate Future of the Universe

In his second non-fiction publication, Ahmad Mansoor Ramizy brought together everything from the big bang to the evolution of life, from stars to planets, and from telescopes to the great astronomers and scientists who devoted their lives to science. 

Life After Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life After Experiencing Major Loss

With great compassion and insight, Bob Deits provides essential wisdom and practical exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of grief and recovery.

The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness

This book follows an illuminating dialogue between a philosopher and a young man. Over the course of five conversations, the philosopher helps his student to understand how each of us is able to determine the direction of our own life, free from the shackles of past traumas and the expectations of others.

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

Irvine describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable first-hand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of the ancient stoic philosophers.

Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

Powerful in the truths it reveals about biology, culture, faith, and identity, Becoming Eve poses the enduring question: How far will you go to become the person you were meant to be?

The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

An instant classic of narrative nonfiction, The Hustle tells the stories of ten teammates set before a background of sweeping social and economic change, capturing the ways race, money, and opportunity shape our lives.

The Future of an Illusion

The Future of an Illusion, Freud's best known and most emphatic psychoanalytic exploration of religion, is the culmination of a lifelong pattern of thinking.

The PMA Effect

The PMA Effect teaches the methods for achieving your goals. No matter how high you set the bar, it comes down to one vital principle: Developing a Positive Mental Attitude. 

Change your mindset, Change your life.

The I Ching or Book of Changes

A common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, The I Ching is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and interest in it has been rapidly spreading in the West.

Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life

Do One Thing Different will arm you with ten easy Solution Keys so that you can move quickly from stuck to smooth sailing in all aspects of your life.

All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir

Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world--only that it is to be shunned.

My Sister's Keeper

Jodi Picoult tells the story of a girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body.

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we're most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.


“I still have a writing session every day. It’s another thing that organizes your mind. The coffee goes here. The pad goes here. The notes go here. My writing technique is just: You can’t do anything else. You don’t have to write, but you can’t do anything else. The writing is such an ordeal. That sustains me.”

- Jerry Seinfeld

Other Recommendations:
Focus To-Do: Pomodoro & Tasks App

How it works:

Step 1. Pick a task to complete

Step 2. Set a timer for 25 minutes and start working

Step 3. When the timer goes off, take a 5 minute break

Step 4. Rinse and repeat

Habitica App

Habitica is a free habit-building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you, Habitica can help you achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy.

That's all, folks! 

To everyone who came to the meeting last night, thanks for coming, and we hope to see you again next week!

To everyone who didn't show up, you are dead to us now. Lol, jk. Excited to connect with you soon! :)

Hakuna Matata,

May the Force be with you,

To infinity and beyond,

Live long and prosper,

May the odds be ever in your favor,

Roll credits,


Trace & Caitlyn

The Free-For-All Book Club

921 N Woodbridge Drive

Bloomington, IN, 47408

United States