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Mind, Body & Spirit

Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett

The term “emotion scientist” may sound made up, but it’s a real and important job in the mental health field. Brackett has held that title for more than 25 years and has given us a book to share what he’s learned over the past two-and-a-half decades. Childhood is a pivotal time for our development, and Brackett has developed RULER, a system that teaches the skills of emotional intelligence, setting children and adults up for healthier relationships to their own emotions and those of others. — MJ

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Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250212832
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Published: Celadon Books - August 4th, 2020

The Blessing and the Curse by Adam Kirsch

Adam Kirsch surveys themes of alienation in the Old World, assimilation in America, and newfound nationhood in Israel, bringing to light, or profoundly illuminating, some of the great works of Jewish literature. He ends with a selection of Judaism’s formative religious responses to the 20th century, from philosophical to feminist. His fascinating and enjoyably readable prose made me want to read, or reread, almost every one. I believe I will.  — Dave

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The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393652406
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 6th, 2020

The Undying by Anne Boyer

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, The Undying is unapologetic, unflinching, and unsentimental. Boyer’s diagnosis of triple- negative breast cancer propels her into the sphere of the “sick,” and her thrift shop mom aesthetic becomes infused with platinum-rich chemotherapy treatments, an oncological lexicon, and ritualistic obedience to a capitalist healthcare system. Written in her acclaimed essay-style prose, Boyle torches the idea of a “pink ribbon for the cure” and rejects the notion that her illness can be quantified by analytics and mortality calculators. The Undying is a dissection of the relentless rhetoric of “fighting” cancer: as Boyer shows, personal determination alone cannot separate “survivors” from “lost battles.” Austere and deeply personal, The Undying unravels the subtle intricacies of living with illness as she weaves her own intimate narrative of an exhaustive pursuit of undying. — Charlotte

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The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250757982
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Published: Picador - September 8th, 2020

Seeing Gender by Iris Gottlieb

This is the book I wish I had growing up. That I could have handed to family and friends, linked people to in those early pre–social media days, when reaching out was much more limited. It covers so much more than I was expecting—privilege, toxic masculinity, eating disorders, pronouns, advertising. It’s a mix of hardcore research and intimate, raw experiences sharing space with Gottlieb’s crisp, vibrant art. - Rachel

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Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression Cover Image
By Iris Gottlieb, Meredith Talusan (Foreword by)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781452176611
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 22nd, 2019

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The more we seek to understand strangers, the more elusive they become. Brilliantly pertinent, eloquent, and captivating, Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers explores our interactions with strangers through narratives of CIA interrogations, college sexual assaults, the Amanda Knox case, bail arraignment hearings, and more. These interactions—playing on our inherent biases about the truth—have historically led to devastating mistakes when not approached with caution and humility. For everyone from the politically engaged citizen to the college freshman, Talking to Strangers is a must-read. - Charlotte

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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316478526
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 2019

The Undying by Anne Boyer

I highly recommend this book, even if I struggle to explain exactly why. It’s a cancer book that talks about everything but cancer, focusing instead on the painful rawness that so many other books pass by. She writes of that liminal space between the individual and the diagnosis, the array of changes a person goes through while retaining pieces of themselves even as others redefine them: survivor, patient, terminal. The book itself meanders through the hazy experience of decisions and pain before zooming out to look at the big picture of the motivation and success behind cancer treatment. It’s the sort of book I’d like to thank for allowing me to read it, and thank the author for sharing these words. - Rachel

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The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374279349
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

For Small Creatures Such as We by Sasha Sagan

This delightful book is hard to categorize. Written by Sasha Sagan, the daughter of astronomer Carl Sagan and writer-producer Ann Druyan, For Small Creatures is part memoir, part history, part science, and all heart. Raised by her famous parents as ethnically Jewish but not religious, Sasha Sagan was taught from a young age to find the miracle in the natural world that surrounded her. When her own daughter was born, Sagan was committed to continuing this way of upbringing but wanted to make sure that her daughter also had a sense of ritual and meaning that Sagan herself felt so deeply inside but had a hard time naming. Reflecting on nature, history, science, art, and literature, Sagan tells the story of how across eons and cultures, humans have always developed a way to mark the nature of time’s passing, of life, of death, and of the phenomenon of feeling. In charming prose, she offers a wonderful way to find meaning in everyday life.  - S.M.C.

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For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735218772
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 22nd, 2019

Astro Poets by Alex Dimitrov & Dorothea Lasky

The Astro Poets are Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky, two accomplished poets whose humor and insight into all things astrology have propelled them to half a million followers on Twitter. With compatibility guides, playlists, and poems, Astro Poets provides a frame of reference for those who are new to astrology and dives deep for those who are well-versed in their moon and rising signs. Readers can expect to find out why Mariah Carey is the quintessential Aries, what to expect when texting a Pisces, and why Scorpios are the way that they are. Dimitrov and Lasky have written a refreshing, entertaining book of astrology that’s sure to delight anyone who has ever asked someone for their exact time of birth. - Billy

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Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250313300
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 29th, 2019

Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is not afraid of difficult emotions and she wants you not to be, either. In Welcoming the Unwelcome, Chödrön offers an array of insights that blend beautifully with contemporary reality and help us to deepen the experience of living by cultivating regard for those around us and practicing acceptance for things just as they are. This is complex and surprising work, yet at its heart it actually is fresh and simple. You won’t know until you try it, so go ahead—start today, and make the world a better place. - Chorel

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Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781611805659
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Published: Shambhala - October 8th, 2019

The Lost Art of Scripture by Karen Armstrong

A book for scholars, but also for seekers of justice and humanity. Karen Armstrong’s writing is accessible and engaging, carrying the reader deep into ancient history and human development via the nigh-universal concept of sacred texts, to a vital premise, showing how the modern extremist occupation of these traditions runs counter to their original creation, intent, and understanding. Armstrong’s new work is packed with knowledge and is oh-so-satisfying for lovers of history, theology, and social justice. - Jocelyn

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The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780451494863
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Published: Knopf - November 5th, 2019

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