Mind, Body & Spirit

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

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Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning Into the Unknown Cover Image
By Pema Chodron, Seth Godin (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781622035311
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Published: Sounds True - September 1st, 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.

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Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More Cover Image
$15.99
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

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Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine Cover Image
$26.00
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

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Superbetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient--Powered by the Science of Games Cover Image
$27.95
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

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Love Everyone: The Transcendent Wisdom of Neem Karoli Baba Told Through the Stories of the Westerners Whose Lives He Transformed Cover Image
$27.99
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

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The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science Cover Image
$16.99
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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Jocelyn
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Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life Cover Image
$16.99
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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Dillon
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The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525426561
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Published: Viking - June 2nd, 2015

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche is a world renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and a longtime driving force responsible for a tremendous amount of local dharma activity. He hails from one of the most prominent Nyingma families--he was the son of Dudjom Rinpoche and father to Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. This is easily one of the most important Buddhist books of the year. Rinpoche reveals his humanity while simultaneously exemplifying a dharmic way of life. His storytelling is akin to listening to your grandpa recounting the stories that weave the tapestry of a life well lived.   

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A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan: Autobiographical Reflections Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781611802054
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Published: Shambhala - January 6th, 2015

In Focus, bestselling author Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) takes a look at the underrated asset of attention—something sorely tested in this age of distraction. “With compelling insights, wide-ranging examples, and cutting-edge science, Goleman makes the convincing case that the ability to focus is a key to excellence, in both our personal and professional lives—and also explains how to boost that focus.” —Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

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Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062114969
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 5th, 2015

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