Yes We Can!

Paula Munier

Buy at Lyon Books.

“We are the change that we seek,” Barack Obama says. Inspired by that message but not sure what to do about it? Alt-journalist/author Paula Munier has the answer. Actually, answers—a year’s worth, in fact. In her new book, Yes We Can!—subtitled 365 Ways to Make America a Better Place—she suggests small yet meaningful things each of us can do to make an impact. No. 1: Help a laid-off worker find a new job. No. 11: Be a mentor. No. 151: Buy a child a book. No. 241: Feed wildlife in the winter. No. 361: Drive an elderly person to the polls. Revolutionary? Not particularly, but Munier has consolidated some great ideas in a convenient list, augmented with motivating quotes and impetus-for-action factoids. Her choice of 365 is a bit unfortunate, because it implies making a change a day and a calendrical order that’s not feasible. But even if, over the course of 2009, you take on just one challenge a week—or one from each chapter (18), or each section (seven)—you’ll better our community, country and world.