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I was a bit skeptical about the idea of psychotherapy case studies, mainly the not-so-small point of privacy issues; in order to protect the identity of his patients, Yalom was forced to alter certain characteristics and details about their stories. Once I got over the hangup of trying to discern what was true and what was altered, I entered a realm of the most amazing character studies I’ve ever seen. Perhaps the most fascinating element of this book is the narrator himself; Yalom is uncommonly frank, and reveals faults and anxieties of his own as he grapples with the demons of his patients.

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ISBN: 9780060958343
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - September 1st, 2000

This slim volume is a photographic compilation of epic bearded proportions--men across the country who are proud to rock a face full of hair. Categories include: the best natural full beard, muttonchops, Hungarian/wild west beard, imperial moustache, and Alaskan whaler beard. I'm surprised Santa Cruz didn't make it into Rainwater's beard odyssey.

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ISBN: 9781452101651
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - October 5th, 2011

If there's anyone else who can write on a wider range of topics than Christopher Hitchens, and do so with such breathtaking erudition, I'm not aware of them. Arguably, Hitchens' latest collection of over one hundred essays taken mostly from Slate, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair is a perfect example. From the religious beliefs (or lack thereof) of America's founders, to the affront of intrusive table service in fine restaurants, Hitch covers it all.

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ISBN: 9781455502776
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Published: Twelve - September 1st, 2011

The Emperor of All Maladies is the kind of book that could only be written by a passionate expert. Luckily, we have Siddhartha Mukherjee, an oncologist and writer who has penned a stunning 'biography' of one of the world's worst afflictions. This volume spans the history of cancer and includes stories of Mukherjee's patients, and it is in these chapters that the author's devotion and compassion shines clearest. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this moving and important book should be widely read.

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ISBN: 9781439170915
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 9th, 2011

As a crafter, a mother, and a faithful reader of the author’s blog (, I loved Amanda Blake Soule’s previous books, The Creative Family and Handmade Home, and eagerly looked forward to her latest. Soule has the loveliest way of capturing the joys and challenges of being a parent, of staying connected to (and being inspired by) the natural world, and of finding your place in the world. All of that is on full display in The Rhythm of Family. Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature.
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ISBN: 9781590307779
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Published: Trumpeter - August 9th, 2011

Oliver Sacks, meet your match. Melanie Thernstrom’s Pain Chronicles is a wonderful meld of science, memoir, history, and mystery. Thernstrom interweaves her own struggle with chronic pain with amazing research tracing the concept of pain in history—from ancient Babylonian pain-banishing spells to modern brain imaging. Think of it: pain, though universal, in many ways is invisible; when we stub a toe, there is nothing to reflect the pain we feel other than our behavior to it (in the toe-stubbing case, much hopping and hollering). But pain—that thing that travels and channels and blooms and dissipates—what exactly is it?  Thernstrom’s research is masterful at making the invisible visible; her detailed writing, and ever-readable stories, offer insight and meaning as a way to transcend suffering and make it known.

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ISBN: 9780312573072
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2011

Written by the bestselling Haitian-American author (Breath, Eyes, Memory), Create Dangerously is a powerful presentation of the ability of writing and art to offer strength, healing, and redemption in the face of conflict and upheaval. Dave Eggers calls it “The most powerful book I've read in years. . . . A call to arms for all immigrants, all artists, all those who choose to bear witness, and all those who choose to listen. Though it describes great upheaval, tragedy, and injustice, it's full of humor, warmth, grace, and light.”

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ISBN: 9780307946430
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Published: Vintage Books - September 20th, 2011

NPR notes, “The average teen is sending thousands of texts per month, and hilarity and awkwardness ensue when parents try bridging that technology gap with their own texts.” Here then is a collection of insanely funny texts between parents and kids, compiled by the popular website “An addictive and side-splitting read . . .  the underlying relationship between parent and teen is simultaneously touching and hysterical. A total moment-in-time classic. Enthusiastically recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review 
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ISBN: 9780761166047
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 1st, 2011

The abundance of options we face in all aspects of life may have significant negative consequences, including decreased satisfaction with the choices we do eventually make. Our culture may equate more choice with greater freedom, but do we really benefit from having to constantly navigate an endless sea of possibilities, just to do something as simple as buy toothpaste?

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ISBN: 9780060005696
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ecco Press - January 1st, 2005



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