With the start of a new year, many of us are turning our attention to self improvement. Karen Armstrong, the former nun who has written books on many of the world's great religions, has, in her latest, "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life,'' turned her attention to practical ways we can all help make our own communities and the world a better place. Armstrong will discuss her book Thursday at 7:30 p.m., at Temple Kehilath Israel, 384 Harvard St., Brookline. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased either at Brookline Booksmith or by calling 617-566-6660.
And now for the rest of the list, read on.
SUNDAY: Jean Fain discusses “The Self-Compassion Diet,” at 3 p.m., at Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord.
MONDAY: Barbara Almond discusses “The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.
TUESDAY: Peter Brown reads from “A Bright Soothing Noise,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Charles Rappleye (“Robert Morris”) speaks at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge.
WEDNESDAY: Richard Wolffe discusses “Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store ... Christian Samito discusses "Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship During the Civil War," at 6:30 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
THURSDAY: Ilan Stavans and Carlos Yushimito discuss “GRANTA 113: The Best of Young Spanish Novelists,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Rachel Polonsky discusses “Molotov’s Magic Lantern,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Glen Scott Allen reads from “The Shadow War,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge ... Maureen O’Connor discusses "Knocking on Doors: Vista Volunteers Remember, 1965-71," at 7 p.m., at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Jamaica Plain.
FRIDAY: Mike Young reads from "Look! Look! Feathers," at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith.
SATURDAY: Kathy Jordan signs "Below the Surface: Weight Loss Transformation," from 1 to 3 p.m., at Annie's Book Stop, 362 S. Main St., Sharon.
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