Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One.

Before becoming America’s first ever network chief meteorologist or appearing on Dancing with the Stars, ABC News’s Ginger Zee checked herself into a mental health hospital.

Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One. is Ginger’s heartbreaking, hilarious, and harshly honest life story – from Dickhead’s (you won’t soon forget that name) deck on Lake Michigan to her storm-chasing dream at ABC News.

Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that ranged from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some – it’s just that Ginger’s personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field.

She also canceled her first wedding – twice – because she finally listened to her inner voice, which was saying This isn’t right, but then she happened to fall in love with her gay best friend. Yes, twice. Yes, gay.

On the sunny side, this book is for all the mistake makers who have learned to forgive others and themselves – even in the aftermath of man-made, or in this case, Ginger-made disasters. It’s a story that every young woman should read, a story about finding love in the world, and finding it in yourself.

I’m sorry, but I have to break a rule here, because I can’t be objective with this one.

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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Simon Lewis has been a human, a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter.  But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore.  He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him … but he doesn’t know how.  And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember, he can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again.  His new self.  Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems.  Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement.  And that differences – like being a former vampire – are greatly looked down upon.  At least Simon is trained in weaponry – even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

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Everybody’s Got Something

In Mississippi, where I’m from, there’s an understanding that hard times do not discriminate.  My mother used to say “Everybody’s got something.”  This is the story of my something and my road to something better.

So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts’s new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that’s been her life so far, and the lessons she’s learned along the way.  With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she would need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through difficult times.

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