Mind, Body & Spirit

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 (Ted Books) Cover Image
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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
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ISBN: 9781611800616
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Published: Shambhala - September 9th, 2014

Diagnosed young with a genetic condition that would gradually leave her deaf and blind, Rebecca Alexander refused to give up her life as an athlete, spin instructor, psychotherapist, puppy mom, or fun-loving New Yorker. Alexander’s inspiring story is raw and touching. She doesn’t over-dramatize what many of us would read as a sob story, but she doesn’t pretend to be a Pollyanna, either—she’s funny, quirky, and endearing
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Julia
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Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781592408313
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Published: Gotham Books - September 11th, 2014

The best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon returns with tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience. “This is Sam Kean’s finest work yet, an entertaining and offbeat history of the brain populated with mad scientists, deranged criminals, geniuses, and wretched souls. The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons is one of those books that will have you following your friends around, reading passages out loud, until they snatch the book away from you and read it for themselves. Good luck getting it back.” —Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

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The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316182348
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 6th, 2014

Journalist Katy Butler was living on the other side of the country when she got the call that her 79-year-old father had suffered a crippling stroke due to his failing heart. She quickly flew across the country and joined her elderly mother to be at her father’s bedside. She watched as doctors fitted her father with a pacemaker that saved his heart but did nothing to prevent her father from falling into a “slow decline” toward death. Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging death? With her scientific background, her gift for storytelling, and her ability to look at a systemic problem in our medical system, Butler set out to explore this challenge. But her quest had barely begun when her mother was suddenly faced with a harsh diagnosis of her own. Having just watched her husband get trapped in a medical labyrinth, Butler’s mother refused treatment and decided to look at death straight on, without medical intervention other than palliative care. Butler’s experience of watching her parents go through aging and dying in these two very different ways led her to Slow Medicine, a movement toward reclaiming “good deaths.” Part memoir, part medical history, and part spiritual quest, Knocking on Heaven’s Door is riveting and beautifully written, and it also bravely poses questions that can help all of us relook at the scared path of death and dying. Don’t miss our event with Katy Butler on July 10th.

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S.M.C.
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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451641981
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 10th, 2014

The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is among the preeminent teachers of Tibetan Buddhism living today. In this book, the Karmapa clearly articulates the foundational tenants of Mahayana Buddhism, delivering true inspiration for everyone, regardless of where one is on the spiritual path. Rinpoche elucidates how to integrate a timeless, philosophical way of conducting one’s life with the challenges of modernity, conveying how the alteration of the individual precipitates a global change.

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Norbu
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The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781611800807
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Published: Shambhala - May 13th, 2014

What is it to be brave? With wit, deep integrity, and sharp research, documentary film-maker Polly Morland sets out to pursue this question again and again, and oh, my goodness, we should be forever grateful to her that she did. Weaving her own personal struggle with self-doubt, with that of face-to-face interviews with ordinary people who rose to take extraordinary actions, ranging from soldiers on the battlefield, to the lone child who risked speaking out against a bully in the lunchroom, this book is a synthesis of seeking and finding. It is a tapestry of memoir and brilliant investigative reporting, of moral philosophizing and world traveling adventure, of inward reflection and outward connecting—by exploring bravery, Morland reveals tales of extraordinary courage that are extreme and stunning, but she also reminds us of the bravery and courage that lies in all of us. A deeply rich and inspiring read that reminds us of the sacred--that even in challenging times, humanity is brimming with hope and potential.
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S.M.C.
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The Society of Timid Souls: Or, How to Be Brave Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307889065
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - July 9th, 2013

Best-selling author Anne Lamott began her new book, Stitches, the day after the tragedy in Newtown. In it, she explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age. We begin, Lamott says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time.

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781594632587
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 29th, 2013

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