Mind, Body, & Spirit from the 2014 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2014 Winter Newsletter.


Surgeon and author (The Checklist Manifesto) Atul Gawande confronts one of the toughest problems facing doctors and patients: what to do when medicine reaches its limits. When it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and dying, medicine often runs counter to what it should, and medical training does not prepare doctors for the death of their patients. Gawande became determined to change medicine so that the medical world not confuse living with dying. For fans of Oliver Sacks, this is a powerfully moving and informative book.
Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780805095159
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 7th, 2014

Using examples from around the world and from the first written scriptures to yesterday’s newspaper, Armstrong demonstrates how the same impulses that lead religious movements to promote peace with compassion have also been used—one could say commandeered—to justify annihilating neighbors, enforcing social inequalities, and punishing dissenters. I found more food for thought about the complicated relationship between religion and violence in this book than I did in four years of history and comparative religion lectures.
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Cat
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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307957047
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 28th, 2014

I read an advanced reading copy of this having just heard hard news; without knowing it I had retreated some, turned my face to the wall. And then came Anne Lamott with Small Victories, written in that honest, slightly pushy way she has, telling her own story of the “too much” of things, and suddenly I had company. And not just any company, but real, faithful, slightly grumpy company, and it was like salve, her reminders about crawling out, facing the world, and trusting again.
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S.M.C.
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Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Zealot is a must-read for anyone with a pragmatic interest in Jesus Christ. Reza Aslan intrepidly and clearly elucidates the radical nature of Jesus’ sociopolitical influence, which shakes up the established ideas about the person he was, and gives us a fresh perspective on both Christ and Christianity.
Reviewed by: 
Norbu
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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981483
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Published: Random House Trade - September 9th, 2014

On Immunity is literary nonfiction at its best, an all-encompassing exploration of a socially divisive subject, intelligent, contemplative, beautifully written, and utterly mind blowing. Using mythology, philosophy, literature, medical histories, and cultural constructs, Biss teases apart every thread that makes up the fabric of the immunization controversy and presents us with an honest and important look at why we stand where we do and how we can thoughtfully move forward together.
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Melinda
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On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781555976897
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 30th, 2014

I’ve never read anything quite like Internal Medicine. Terrence Holt is a practicing physician and a fine writer, and his essays describe critical moments of his residency, underscoring the vulnerable relationship between doctor and patient. From a dying artist who painted brilliant pictures of birds, to a man who seems incapable of remembering his own diagnosis, Holt leads us through a strange and fascinating landscape of suffering and healing. I can’t wait to read anything and everything else Terrence Holt ever writes.
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Kat
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Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780871408754
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 8th, 2014

One of the first books to be published in a new series by TED, this philosophical and thought-provoking little book is a meditation on stillness and being nowhere. Articulate and perceptive, Iyer wrings great impact from few words, and his insights, paired with gorgeous photographs, make this book beautiful in both content and execution. I will certainly revisit this for its important reminders about the necessity of stillness.
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Flannery
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The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476784724
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ Ted - November 4th, 2014

Following in Trungpa’s footsteps, the quirky Lodro Rinzler resurfaces with two new installments of his irreverent yet profound books. He “Buddha-walks” right into the workplace and delves into how to navigate day-to-day existence in the office with the stealth of a Bodhisattva. Accompanied by a portable and sublimely simple beginner’s guide to meditation to help you get off on the right foot.
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Norbu
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The Buddha Walks Into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611800616
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Published: Shambhala - September 9th, 2014

 

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