Brooks Laich learned a lot growing up on a corner lot in Wawota, Saskatchewan. He learned a work ethic and sense of community from parents Harold and Jane — and the value of a well-kept lawn.
At 19 years old, Brooks Laich had to choose a path. Playing in juniors for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, Laich's coach, Dean Chynoweth, told him to make a decision.
Self-help books are quite popular these days, as are serious works of nonfiction. The two genres don't often meet in the same book. That means those who want to take an analytical/intellectual approach to improving their lives don't have that many literary options.