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Mind, Body, & Spirit from our 2021 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2021 Winter Newsletter.


Rationality by Steven Pinker

Arguably one of the most enlightened people alive, psychologist, linguist, and award-winning author Steven Pinker is back to examine the roots of common sense and the growing popularity of irrational thought. Pinker frames logic and rationality as disparate yet connected concepts and outlines the way our mind can trick us into seeing patterns and coincidences that don’t have a basis in reality. In an age of spiraling conspiracy theories, Rationality serves as both a guide and a call to arms to the intellectual world.—Aric

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Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters By Steven Pinker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525561996
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Published: Viking - September 28th, 2021

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh

Reading this book is like taking a deep breath. One of our great living Zen masters has gifted us with a loving reminder to wake up, both to the beauty of our planet and to the great suffering of its inhabitants. This book teaches us to use our practice, our breath, and our insights to stop climate change before it is too late. It is a love letter to the next generation, an apology on behalf of the baby boomers, and a solution: All of us need to become Buddhas to save our world.—Jason

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ISBN: 9780062954794
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Published: HarperOne - October 5th, 2021

Radical Friendship by Kate Johnson

Radical Friendship brings us a much-needed practicum in forming meaningful bonds in the 21st century. Johnson draws from the five love languages, critical race theory, and mindfulness practices in shaping an all-encompassing guide to collective growth. This book is necessary for anyone trying to find meaning in a disconnected world. Radical Friendship shows us how to heal our societal wounds through honest communication, community support, and mutual aid.—Holly V.

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Radical Friendship: Seven Ways to Love Yourself and Find Your People in an Unjust World By Kate Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611808117
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Published: Shambhala - August 24th, 2021

Senbazuru by Micahel James Wong

When your mind is running away from you to many untold, anxious destinations, it always helps to have recentering tools. And let’s be honest: These days we need to recenter more than we ever have before. Enter Senbazaru, by yoga and mindfulness coach Michael James Wong. Based on the principles of the Japanese art of folding paper cranes, Senbazaru will guide you through daily mindfulness practices that will enrich your life and settle your soul. Time to get folding!—Jess

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Senbazuru: One Thousand Steps to Happiness, Fold by Fold By Michael James Wong Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797213675
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Published: Chronicle Prism - October 19th, 2021

How to Meditate by Pema Chödrön

I cannot think of a better idea in this era of great uncertainty and anxiety than to learn to meditate. And I can think of no better universal teacher than Pema Chödrön. I have long enjoyed her books and teachings. She is ever-accessible both for beginners to meditation and to seasoned practitioners. This would be a wonderful gift for anyone in your life who needs to feel more peace.—Jason

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How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind By Pema Chödrön Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683648420
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Published: Sounds True - October 26th, 2021

Tarot and Divination Cards: A Visual Archive by Laetitia Barbier

This gorgeous visual compendium, assembled from more than 100 tarot decks and 500 years of history, explores the symbolic and esoteric roots of each card. Featuring anonymous artists rarely seen before, modern masters, and today’s most talented illustrators, this book is stunning as well as informative. I love unique and comprehensive books like this, and I can’t wait to add it to my library.—Brooks

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ISBN: 9781419756375
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Published: Cernunnos - December 14th, 2021

World War C by Sanjay Gupta

A fascinating and in-depth look at the Covid-19 pandemic, Gupta gives us a look at what is needed to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. He writes with compassion and lively curiosity, so that even those without a science background will be engrossed. I came out of this book with more hope than I expected, and the certainty that if we can only take preventative measures, we have the power to keep future generations safe.—Jax

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World War C: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One By Sanjay Gupta, M.D., Kristin Loberg (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982166106
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 5th, 2021

The Awakened Brain by Lisa Miller

As a person who doesn’t read a lot of nonfiction—or science books for that matter—I just want to say that I loved The Awakened Brain! In part nearly a mystery novel, and in other ways a memoir with a healthy dose of bite-sized, digestible science, it makes you feel like you’re standing next to Miller as she explains the union between spirituality and science in front of her peers; and as she joins psychiatric ward patients in prayer.—Morgan

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The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life By Lisa Miller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984855626
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Published: Random House - August 17th, 2021

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