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Mind, Body & Spirit

Subliminal by Leonard Mlodinow

In Subliminal, Leonard Mlodinow plunges into the realm of the unconscious mind accompanied by the latest scientific research. “A highly readable, funny, and thought-provoking travelogue by Mlodinow, a trusted traveler in this treacherous region, who leads us on a tour of the little-known country that is our unconscious mind.” —Christof Koch, California Institute of Technology
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ISBN: 9780307472250
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

Quiet by Susan Cain

Extroverts are highly valued in our society, where people are constantly being told to speak up, to always be assertive, and to make quick decisions and stick by them no matter what. Susan Cain argues that by dismissing introverts, we aren’t hearing from those people who prefer listening and asking questions to shouting from the rooftops. A fascinating and empowering read, especially for those who have ever felt lessened by their quieter impulses
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ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Love is tricky. It can be daunting, painful, and overwhelming. For these times, there is Sugar (aka Cheryl Strayed), an advice columnist like no other. Drawn from her own experiences, Sugar’s responses are full (both in length and content), bluntly honest, and utterly heartfelt. This is a not a book to devour in one sitting, but one to savor, a few letters at a time, whenever you need it most. I really, really love it.
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ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

The Little Book of Heartbreak by Meghan Laslocky

The Little Book of Heartbreak is, despite its name, a fun and informative read. It begins by chronicling the history of love from the Middle Ages through modern times, then dissects failed relationships, from real life to film and literature, and asks what we can learn from them. Meghan Laslocky's friendly, upbeat style makes the study of heartbreak a delight.
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ISBN: 9780452298323
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Published: Plume - December 31st, 2012

How to Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton

Snicker if you must, but admit it: Sex is important! To paraphrase David Brooks, women need love to have the best sex, and men need sex to fully experience love—so, yup, it's all tied together in one big messy bundle, and in his ever-entertaining way, de Botton wants to tell us why, how, what we can do to have more of both, and how to feel better about all of it. Yippee!
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ISBN: 9781250030658
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Published: Picador - December 24th, 2012

The Blue Sapphire of the Mind by Douglas E. Christie

More years ago than either of us would probably care to admit, I took a course on the 20th century monk Thomas Merton, co-taught by Doug Christie while we were both still undergrads. The course proved formative for most of us involved with it, and I am very happy to see that Christie has been “contemplating contemplation” ever since. He makes a plea for the contemplative life as a necessary part of the work of healing the planet. Drawing on the likes of Annie Dillard and Aldo Leopold, but also on the writings of the early hermetic desert fathers, this book would be a perfect gift for anyone who seeks a bit more quiet reflection during the hectic holiday season.

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ISBN: 9780199812325
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 3rd, 2012

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks could write about something as banal as binder paper and make it compelling, but he doesn’t; he takes on the subjects that already intrigue us and then offers his physician’s insight—a mix of curiosity, keen observation, and empathy. His latest is about hallucinations. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients with stories of his own experience, and with elegance and detail, he describes what hallucinations tell us about the structure and composition of our brains. And more thought provokingly, he suggests how the hallucinated experience is essential to the human experience, how it is built into our myths, our folklore, and our faith.
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ISBN: 9780307957245
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Published: Knopf - November 6th, 2012

Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error has gained her legions of fans. No doubt they will be thrilled with her latest book, Help, Thanks, Wow, which brings everything Lamott knows about prayer to these fundamentals: three prayers—asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us—that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward.
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ISBN: 9781594631290
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 13th, 2012

The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh

We are big fans of the tiny books of wisdom from Shambhala Publishers—yes, they are small enough to fit in a pocket, but they overflow with beautiful words and inspirational teachings. The latest addition to the series is a collection of writing from Thich Nhat Hanh—Buddhist monk, author, poet, and scholar—who was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. His joyful spirit comes shining through in this book, an overview of his teachings.
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ISBN: 9781590309360
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Published: Shambhala - September 11th, 2012

Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh

In his new book, Buddhist Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh explores the origins of our fears, illuminating a path to finding peace and freedom from anxiety and offering tools to help us remove the anxiety from our lives. “Written in words so intimate, calm, kind, and immediate, this extraordinary book feels like a message from our very own heart….Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most important voices of our time, and we have never needed to listen to him more than now.” —Sogyal Rinpoche
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ISBN: 9780062004727
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Published: HarperOne - November 13th, 2012


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