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Mind, Body, & Spirit from the 2013 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2013 Winter Newsletter.

Stitches by Anne Lamott

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.

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ISBN: 9781594632587
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 29th, 2013

Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman

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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ISBN: 9781616203146
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - October 1st, 2013

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman

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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ISBN: 9780865478015
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 5th, 2013

Lying by Sam Harris

“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)
ISBN: 9781940051000
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Published: Four Elephants Press - November 5th, 2013

Knocking on Heaven's Door by Katy Butler

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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ISBN: 9781451641974
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2013

Peace of Mind: Becoming Fully Present by Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography by Richard Rodriguez

“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

Focus by Daniel Goldman

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

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