Mind, Body & Spirit

Novelist Alice Hoffman (Here on Earth) was diagnosed with cancer at the same time her mother was battling the disease, her sister-in-law had recently passed away from it, and her sons were still young. Survival Lessons is the result of those trying years, and as Ms. Hoffman puts it, she wrote the book “to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that’s all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts of sorrow and joy, and that it is impossible to have one without the other.” This charmingly formatted book is graciously distilled, with simple and intimate pieces of advice that Hoffman garnered in her journey. Often wry and humorous, Hoffman’s gift as a storyteller adds a little oomph to each lesson, and the whole is a wonderful guide for anyone struggling with trauma, grief, or loss.

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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9781616203146
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 1st, 2013

Oliver Burkeman’s refreshing book challenges you to embrace failure, uncertainty, and even fear of death, the very things that most self-help books claim to banish. He argues that it is the struggle to remove these elements from our lives that is making us so miserable. The Antidote is a thoughtful and blessedly rational take on the self-help book, one that will surely be embraced by those who enjoyed Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Bright-Sided.

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Kat
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The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780865478015
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Published: Faber & Faber - November 5th, 2013

“In this brief but illuminating work, Sam Harris applies his characteristically calm and sensible logic to a subject that affects us all—the human capacity to lie. And by the book’s end, Harris compels you to lead a better life because the benefits of telling the truth far outweigh the cost of lies—to yourself, to others, and to society.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

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By Sam Harris, Annaka Harris (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781940051000
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Published: Four Elephants Press - November 5th, 2013

The death of one’s parents is terrible enough, but today our grief is complicated by medical advancements that sometimes prolong suffering as well as life. Katy Butler experienced this with her parents and it triggered a personal investigation into the new American way of death and how it can be navigated and improved upon. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is an indispensable book that is thoughtful, well researched, and lovingly crafted.

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Kat
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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451641974
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 10th, 2013

In Peace of Mind, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that integrating body and mind is the only way to be fully alive in each moment, without getting lost in our thoughts while walking, cooking, driving, and going about our everyday lives. Only by cultivating a mindful body and an embodied mind can we be fully alive. Bringing together ancient wisdom and contemporary thinking, Thich Nhat Hanh says
it’s like hardware and software—if you don’t have both, you can’t do anything.

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ISBN: 9781937006440
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Published: Parallax Press - August 16th, 2013

“An acclaimed gay intellectual and journalist’s musings on the state of and interrelationship among Christianity, Judaism and Islam in the post-9/11 digital age. In this collection of essays, Rodriguez stylishly delves into the meaning of life, death, sexuality and the printed word in the 21st century by examining his own Christian faith. With compassion and profundity of vision, Rodriguez offers a compelling view of modern spirituality that is as multifaceted as it is provocative.” -Kirkus, starred review

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ISBN: 9780670025305
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Published: Viking - October 3rd, 2013

Daniel Goleman, best-selling author of Emotional Intelligence, hit on one of the most timely topics imaginable: the science of attention. In an era of unstoppable distractions, he argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen our focus if we are to contend with, let alone thrive in, a complex world. “Goleman unpacks a series of techniques drawn from fields as diverse as competitive sports, business, Zen Buddhism and music, and shows how we can become better at monitoring and directing ourselves in a way that harnesses attention and can help [us] to better enjoy our lives.” —Kate McCune

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ISBN: 9780062114860
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Published: Harper - October 8th, 2013

Covering pretty much every aspect of life, Kelly tells it like it is for those of us who may not have it all together. Some of my favs?
step #6: Stop enjoying things ironically. Just enjoy them.
step #24: Frames, not posters.
step#337:Doesn’t have to be a walk of shame. It can just be a walk.
step #119: Accept that some people are just jerks.
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Kimberly
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ISBN: 9781455516902
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 7th, 2013

Growing up in Miami during the ’70s, Carl Hart watched drug addiction overtake his neighbor. After joining the Air Force and attending college to become a neuroscientist, he was inspired by his life experiences to begin researching drugs and addiction in new, often controversial ways. This powerful and inspiring memoir weaves his life with his groundbreaking research. Fascinating and thought provoking, Hart will make you rethink your views on drugs, addiction, and society.

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Flannery
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High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062015884
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Published: Harper - June 11th, 2013

Lewis-Kraus’ debut memoir is multilayered, deeply personal, intelligent, and often funny. On the surface is the impressive recounting of a young man’s global wanderings, complete with historical and cultural context. He seems to propel himself from city to city in a desperate and disorganized search for whatever place, person, or activity will ultimately sate his perpetual restlessness and “stave off regret for a future self.” Woven throughout this jaunty yet elegantly told travelogue are the story of his evolving relationship with his father, and his conflicted feelings regarding the choices his father made while navigating his own rocky path through life. He also has an insightful observation on what Voltaire meant by the words “damned always to become and never to be,” a phrase Lewis-Kraus borrows that perfectly illuminates the conundrum at the core of his tale, one faced by he and his father alike and by anyone else who has ever struggled with the implications of potential regret and the fear of having to someday wonder “what might have been.”

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Laura
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ISBN: 9781594631498
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 7th, 2013

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