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On The TL | Book Reviews

Editor’s Note: Eight months a year, the head librarians for Park Hill’s two Denver Public libraries contribute short book reviews. Pauline Robinson Librarian Leslie Williams and Park Hill branch Librarian Tara Bannon Williamson tackle books from local and Colorado authors, as well as top reads. If you have a book to suggest for review, email 

By Tara Bannon Williamson, Park Hill Librarian

Conflict is part of our everyday lives. Except in rare cases, most of us have not been taught how to effectively transform conflict and benefit from these high-emotion interactions. None of us can avoid conflict entirely, no matter how hard we try. 

What would happen if we stopped running from it, and instead turned our pursuit into one of understanding and compassionate knowledge? The Park Hill Branch Library is hosting a series of programs in collaboration with The Conflict Center to provide opportunities to practice, get more comfortable being uncomfortable and hone our ability to talk to one another when it matters most.

Why Won’t You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts by Harriet Lerner, Ph. D.

Are you surprised that there is a whole book about the short phrase, “I’m sorry”? If you’ve ever really needed an apology or struggle to give one, probably not. Renowned psychologist Harrier Lerner, PhD offers moving stories and tested theory on healing broken connections and restoring trust. If you’re an over-apologizer, she covers that too. Check out the 2018 selection for Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado selected because it is a book that enhances problem-solving skills and inspires dialogue. 

Forgiving Others, Forgiving Ourselves: Understanding & Healing our Emotional Wounds by Myra Warren Isenhart, PhD & Michael Spangle, PhD. 

What does it even really mean to forgive someone? Can you really forgive and forget? Are there things that shouldn’t be forgiven? In families, workplaces, and in communities, forgiveness is a key concept worth pondering. Colorado Author Myra Warren Isenhart delves into the disciplines of communication, psychology, counseling and theology to present a compelling case for forgiveness as a way to heal our community.

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown

When try to maintain relationships by avoiding conflict confrontation. When conflict is avoided, we miss out on learning more about what is important to each other and deepen the conflict which generates resentment. In her usual amazing and wise way, Brene Brown cuts to the heart of the issue and instills the confidence and willingness to try a different way. 

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