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Somehow: Thoughts on Love by Anne Lamott

In Somehow: Thoughts on Love, Anne Lamott touches on all of the different aspects of love—from the romantic, to the odd love you feel with a stranger in a shared moment, to that for the child who is a little too good at telling you the truth. Her celebrated self-deprecating humor, witty storytelling, and ability to pull hope and wisdom from her own stumbling is in top form. The renewed sense of hope and light I felt at the end of this book makes me wish that there was a national Read Anne Lamott Day.  —S.M.C

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ISBN: 9780593714416
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2024

The Herbal Year: Folklore, History, and Remedies by Christina Hart-Davies

The Herbal Year is so charming! With her beautifully vibrant watercolor paintings of herbs and plants, Christina Hart-Davies gives readers a lovely mix of botanical folklore, herbal remedies, and detailed history on plants that can be found in gardens or out in the wild. A fantastic gift for seasoned or beginning herbalists or for those wanting a deeper connection to the natural world.  —Kristina

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ISBN: 9780300265866
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Published: Yale University Press - April 8th, 2024

The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness by Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga

Through the dialogue between a philosopher and a youth, readers are introduced to the basics of Adlerian psychology in The Courage to Be Disliked. There are many moments within the pages that will have you stopping to sit with your thoughts, trying to unravel your own belief system and boundaries. While some of the concepts in it are controversial, as a philosophy/self-help book, its goal is to present ideas to help people gain a new perspective and I believe it has hit the mark. If you agree, don’t miss the newly published companion book, The Courage to Be Happy.  —Kristina

Trippy by Ernesto Londoño

Part memoir, history, and gonzo reporting, Ernest Londoño takes you on a wild tour of modern psychedelics, exploring personal treatment with ayahuasca rituals, 1% luxury retreats, veteran PTSD treatment, Indigenous people preserving traditional culture, newer religions, scientists, abusive “healers,” and desperate, regular people searching for hope. From personal family history and mental health to previously aborted and current US research, Indigenous lore, and legal considerations, Londoño fairly gives what’s advertised: the peril and promise of psychedelics such as ayahuasca, MDMA, and more.  —Jocelyn


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ISBN: 9781250878540
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Published: Celadon Books - May 7th, 2024

Humanly Possible: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking, Inquiry, and Hope by Sarah Bakewell

Sarah Bakewell, author of acclaimed philosophical armchair reads like How to Live and At the Existentialist Cafe, delivers a lively jaunt through a mostly Western European history of humanism, the centering of shared humanity, and I found every page fascinating. From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment through the world wars to today, Bakewell highlights the thinkers, scientists, and writers who grew and changed the worldview. My reading list is now full and my outlook, inspired.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780735223394
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2024

Presence: The Art of Being at Home in Yourself by Tracy Cochran

As those of us who are constantly caught in an anxiety flurry, it’s difficult to escape the chaos and be truly present. Presence is relatable and accessible, showing the beauty of living and how it truly is an art to live happily. I love how this guide invites you to slow down in our fast-paced world, breathe in the nature around you, and connect with yourself and with what it means to be here—present. A touching read.  —Taylor

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ISBN: 9781645471806
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Published: Shambhala - April 16th, 2024

The Age of Magical Overthinking by Amanda Montell

Using psychological research as a lens to view current societal norms around social media and interpersonal relationships, Amanda Montell lays out how phenomena from Beliebers to QAnon thrive and why they are each concerning in their own way. Her aim is to arm you with critical thinking skills necessary to resist the sunk-cost fallacy and to avoid getting sucked into the orbit of someone touting manifestation mastery in order to take advantage of you. If you’re interested in learning about this current moment, in all its unsettling glory, this one’s for you.  —Jax

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ISBN: 9781668007976
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - April 9th, 2024

Open: One Woman’s Journey Through Love and Polyamory by Rachel Krantz

Fair warning: Rachel Krantz holds nothing back. This memoir includes alcohol and drug use and abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, gaslighting, uncontracted dom/sub behavior, light BDSM, heartbreak, and a lot of sex. It also includes frank and joyful love and affection of friends and lovers, sexual and queer affirmation, and a lot of self-reflection. Open is an intense and thoughtful book chronicling one dysfunctional relationship (and what not to do in polyamory), and the power of being able to discover and embrace your full self.   —Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780593139578
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Published: Harmony - June 4th, 2024

Home Is Here by Liên Shutt

In Home Is Here, Liên Shutt illuminates the path of antiracism through a tapestry of intersectionality, wisdom, and compassion. Shutt’s words create a safe haven for learning and exploration as she invites everyone to find belonging and a place to join in for justice. Even those not familiar with Buddhism will find this a very accessible way to learn about and practice the Eightfold Path and engage in the Four Noble Truths.


Don’t miss our event with Rev. Liên Shutt on November 15th. Click here to learn more!


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By Liên Shutt, Chenxing Han (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781623179045
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Published: North Atlantic Books - August 22nd, 2023

Falling Back in Love with Being Human by Kai Cheng Thom

Kai Cheng Thom’s letters are meditative poems to old foes, transgender children, sex workers, johns, and all in between, in turns gentle and comforting, celebratory and free, embracing of jagged edges and pleasures great and small. Fervent prayers of strength, forgiveness, and grace, balms between the spiritual and the activist and the simple aching truth of being human in this world. To be read one at a time or all in a rush, this is for those souls who need a moment of beauty in word and thought.  

 — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780593594988
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 1st, 2023


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