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This is easily one of the most important Buddhist books of 2015. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, a world renowned Tibetan Buddhism Lama revels in his humanity while simultaneously exemplifying the dharmic way of life. His storytelling is akin to listening to your grandpa tell the tales that weave the tapestry of his life.

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Norbu
$29.95
ISBN: 9781611802054
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Published: Shambhala - January 6th, 2015

One of the best introductory cookbooks I've seen--totally engaging, excellent instructions, teaches skills to build on, and, most importantly, packed with delicious recipes! The head chef at Chez Panisse knocked this one out of the park.  

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S.B.
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062270306
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 21st, 2014

Easily comparable to Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, this book provides a simple set of life tools that shine with genuine charm and a sense of care. Fox gives such good counsel because by now he keeps his priorities and perspective clearly in order, as underscored by his first and last sentence: “When we experience joy in our lives, what else do we really need?”

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Amber
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590791424
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Published: Select Books (NY) - January 21st, 2014

Apparently the heart isn’t the only destination you can reach via the stomach. Pollan uses his expert investigative powers to present the back-story to four meals and his retelling of this digestive narrative changed my mind about how I eat, where I shop, and what I consider “affordable” food. This is an excellent book for anyone who loves food or just appreciates excellent writing.

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Nici
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

This has to be one of my favorite true animal stories. It’s a Disney movie waiting to happen. It would be fun to read out loud on a car trip, but there’s no wrong way to enjoy this timeless story of friendship.  

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Clytia
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060929510
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 14th, 2014

San Francisco is my favorite city in the world, and this book gives so many reasons to fall in love all over again – and is also an intriguing and lovely introduction for any stranger to the foggy shore. Starting from a physical exploration, Gary Kamiya takes you on a temporal, environmental, and ideological tour of this small, wonderful place.   

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Jocelyn
$16.00
ISBN: 9781620401262
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 14th, 2014

If you are at all a fan of graphic novels, or memoirs, or really excellent and honest writing, you need to check out this book. Marjane recounts her life growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution, while being insightful, funny and heartfelt. The art is simple but evocative, and flows naturally with her writing style. I cannot recommend it enough!  

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Jax
$13.95
ISBN: 9780375714573
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Published: Pantheon Books - June 1st, 2004

Sex is awesome, but let’s be honest, it can also be really awkward. In my (and Matt Fraction’s) opinion, a lot of the awkward comes from an unwillingness to talk about and yes, laugh about sex and all the weird awkward things that come along with it. So take a moment to laugh with this little book, and remember that anything worth doing should be fun as well.

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Jax
$12.99
ISBN: 9781632151780
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Published: Image Comics - December 16th, 2014

The best DIY, anti-consumer homemaker guide out there. Easy to use, compact, realistic, and not for hippies. Want to save money and avoid toxic chemicals while cleaning your stuff and yourself, but still want your hair to shine and your toilet to sparkle? Includes everything from non-toxic lip balm recipes to what kind of dish soap you can recycle into your gardening.  

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Julia
$21.00
ISBN: 9781605294629
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Published: Rodale Press - April 26th, 2011

As a yoga teacher, I’m super discerning when it comes to books about yoga in American culture. Here is a truly diverse, honest, and intelligent collection of essays considering how yoga relates to body image and beauty standards, unafraid to ask challenging questions about race, gender, and the commercialization of what is, at its heart, a spiritual AND physical discipline.  

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Julia
$17.99
ISBN: 9780738739823
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - October 8th, 2014

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