Mind, Body & Spirit

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
$25.00
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.

Peace of Mind: Becoming Fully Present Cover Image
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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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$26.95
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

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence Cover Image
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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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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Cover Image
$15.99
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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A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594631498
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 7th, 2013

As a proud lover of breasts in all shapes and forms, this book was a true joy to read. Williams writes about the science that is very close to our hearts in an accessible and enjoyable way. Her research into breasts has yielded some hilarious, surprising, and thought-provoking insights. Breasts will be interesting not only to lovers of our favorite mammary gland, but also to those readers interested in environmental studies, women’s issues, and history. Read the first chapter--you won’t put it down!

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Katie
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Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393345070
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 6th, 2013

From the author of Running with Scissors comes this self-help book, complete with the frank honesty, wry sarcasm, and heart and depth that one might expect from Burroughs. Publishers Weekly called this book, “Hilarious and searingly straight forward… Burroughs turns the self-help genre upside-down.” Burroughs makes the reader wince with his insight, and he also offers hope. Think Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things, but condensed into punches and arrows.
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S.M.C.
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This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250032102
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Published: Picador USA - April 23rd, 2013

God’s Hotel is about the last standing almshouse in San Francisco, the Laguna Honda Hospital. Dr. Victoria Sweet—part Oliver Sacks, part Tracy Kidder—has written a lovely book about Laguna Honda at its heyday and the changes that occurred as modernization was forced upon it. Dr. Sweet practiced for 20 years at Laguna Honda, where patients too sick and too desolate for other facilities often ended up. Something special developed there, and it became a place of healing. A fascinating journey into the heart of medicine.
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S.M.C.
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God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594486548
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 2nd, 2013

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