Mind, Body & Spirit

You don’t have to be a professional artist to want to nurture curiosity, creativity, and courage. Interested in the playful, un-jaded side of yourself? Perhaps you’re ready to cut out the (obnoxious, by the way) “tortured artist” act and create joyfully? Elizabeth Gilbert’s unpretentious manifesto/guidebook on creativity, inspiration, and work encourages a life-changing dive into “fierce trust,” “stubborn gladness,” and permission to explore. With her delightful humor and wisdom shining, Gilbert is honest about her convictions, candid about her failings and doubts. Standing out from the sea of self-help shticks, Big Magic is beyond refreshing.  —Julia

ISBN: 9781594634710
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 22nd, 2015

This is a beautiful collection of Zen in union with calligraphy. The flowing movements of Thich Nhat Hanh’s brushstrokes serve to unlock the mind, which allows the teachings to penetrate deep into one’s heart. This marriage of art and wisdom would make a wonderful gift for the advanced practitioner or someone with a beginning pull toward Buddhism.  —Norbu

ISBN: 9781452151557
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 17th, 2015

Pema Chödrön has returned with another provocatively titled work to help us out of our rut and into the light of being empowered. Chödrön has compiled gems of her Tibetan Mahayana teachings as well as quotes from other teachers. Humanity is fortunate to have her as one of its caretakers.  —Norbu

ISBN: 9781622035311
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Published: Sounds True - September 2015

I don’t usually find myself gravitating toward “self-help” books, but I have found solace (and relief) in the writing of Rachel Stafford, who writes the Hands Free Mama blog. For those times when parenting and life become totally overwhelming (Once a day? More?), take a dip into Stafford’s book. With topics such as taking the pressure off, seeing what is good, and giving what matters, Hands Free Life is a great reminder of what is truly important—and what is, quite simply, distraction.  —S.B.

ISBN: 9780310338154
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Published: Zondervan - September 8th, 2015

Dr. Tweedy’s journey from naïve med student to seen-it-all doctor, with a stop or two at patient thrown in, raises issues that are both familiar and eye-opening. Tweedy deals firsthand with many of the ways race, class, and medicine collide and his narratives put a very human face on the medical statistics. His struggles and epiphanies help illuminate the difficulties black doctors and patients face, and suggest ways in which our country could do a better job providing adequate care.  —Nici

ISBN: 9781250044631
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Published: Picador USA - September 8th, 2015

What if we could harness the best qualities we use when we play games—creativity, courage, focus—to make the real world a better place? Renowned game designer Jane McGonigal wondered that after a severe concussion led her to depression and thoughts of suicide. She created SuperBetter, a web game that saved her life. This hopeful, research-packed book (which includes challenges to get you “superbetter” as you read) traces the surprising science behind how games can help us improve memory, mood, resilience, and compassion—even minimize physical pain and protect against posttraumatic stress disorder.  —Julia

ISBN: 9781594206368
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Published: Penguin Press - September 15th, 2015

Neem Karoli Baba is the long-time guru of many well-known Westerners, including Ram Dass and Krishna Das, and is the local teacher of renowned Baba Hari Dass. Love Everyone is the newest installment of the collected stories of Maharajji and is wonderfully entertaining and articulate in the impish style he so skillfully utilized to develop his students’ spirituality. I love, love, love this book.    —Norbu

ISBN: 9780062342997
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Published: HarperOne - November 10th, 2015

Is medicine a science? It seems like an obvious yes, but sciences have immutable laws and medicine does not. In this philosophical book from TED Talks, renowned oncologist and author of The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee outlines the laws he has practiced by and relates them to medicine as a whole. His discussion of probability and human bias, and his thoughts on the future of medicine will make you view the field differently.  —Flannery

ISBN: 9781476784847
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ Ted - October 13th, 2015

Too few sources of sex advice put you, yourself, first. Even fewer do so without the assumption of some sort of generic "normal." Emily Nagoski starts with the idea that we are all different in our sexuality - who, how, how often, what we are attracted to - AND we are ALL normal. Do yourself a favor: take this book home with you and feel better in every way.
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ISBN: 9781476762098
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2015

For eight years Clark Elliott suffered debilitating cognitive malfunction. He found treatment at the frontier of brain plasticity study. With the skill of a seasoned instructor Elliott explains the state and range of his condition, a socially disinhibited state of being comparable to mental illness in terms of invisibility and perception. Insightful and profound, Elliott’s struggle reclaiming himself offers a look into what makes us human and how we think about thinking.

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ISBN: 9780525426561
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Published: Viking - June 2nd, 2015


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