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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

I love Aziz Ansari, and love that his first book isn’t exactly what you’d expect from a comedian. This isn’t a celebrity memoir—it’s better: an incisive look at modern romance, written with a sociologist following a year-long sociological study. It’s pretty brilliant: informative, smart, and really, really funny. This is an Aziz-infused guide to dating, and as a confused single person, I’m thrilled with this practical, totally entertaining book. Thanks, Aziz!

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

The Upright Thinkers by Leonard Mlodinow

More than opposable thumbs, the greatest asset to humanity, after millennia of progress, is our drive to keep asking questions. Weighing the collective human drive and ingenuity required to survive in the natural world, as well as the individual contributions of our most famous historical theorists and practitioners, Leonard Mlodinow celebrates the history of Western knowledge, finding the greatest human triumph in the progress of scientific discovery and thought.

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780307908230
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 5th, 2015

Moody Bitches by Julie Holland

I don't know whether to be relieved that my experience of being female is normal or depressed about how much, um, annoyance is inevitable. Julie Holland unveils the hormonal chemistry behind our feelings and discusses many strategies for living well with our changes. She backs up her information and advice with over forty pages of notes and references. Best of all, she addresses sometimes uncomfortable material with a matter-of-fact writing style that I found very helpful.

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Moody Bitches: The Truth about the Drugs You're Taking, the Sleep You're Missing, the Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594205804
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Published: Penguin Press - March 3rd, 2015

A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan by Thinley Norbu

This is easily one of the most important Buddhist books of 2015. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, a world renowned Tibetan Buddhism Lama revels in his humanity while simultaneously exemplifying the dharmic way of life. His storytelling is akin to listening to your grandpa tell the tales that weave the tapestry of his life.

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ISBN: 9781611802054
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Published: Shambhala - January 6th, 2015

Yoga & Body Image by Melanie Klein

As a yoga teacher, I’m super discerning when it comes to books about yoga in American culture. Here is a truly diverse, honest, and intelligent collection of essays considering how yoga relates to body image and beauty standards, unafraid to ask challenging questions about race, gender, and the commercialization of what is, at its heart, a spiritual AND physical discipline.  

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ISBN: 9780738739823
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - October 8th, 2014

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The term psychopath instantly brings to mind thoughts of Hannibal Lector or Ted Bundy, but in reality, psychopaths live among us and look like our neighbors and CEOs. In this fascinating book, Ronson examines the world of psychopaths and those who study them. Ronson is such a charming, witty writer that what could have been a terrifying book is instead funny, engaging, impossible to put down, and filled with fodder for discussion. In fact, if you read this, you’ll be desperate to talk to about it, making it perfect for book groups. I absolutely loved this book.

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ISBN: 9781594485756
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2012

Falling into the Fire by Christine Montross

Montross is a poet and a psychiatrist, and it is that fascinating junction between literature and medicine that makes it such a searing, important book. Montross illuminates those we most want to turn away from, patients for whom medicine does not have a clear answer. I couldn't put this book down, and when I finished I was grateful for the experience.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780143125716
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Published: Penguin Books - July 29th, 2014

The Price of Silence by Liza Long

The evolution of Liza Long’s blog post about Adam Lanza and the mental illness crisis, this book seeks to educate, address misconceptions, abolish stigma, and above all humanize the great fear of mental illness. Long proposes, through meticulous research and personal experience, how society may begin to address a widespread problem without convenient solutions. 

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Dillon
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By Liza Long, Harold S. Koplewicz (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781594632570
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Published: Hudson Street Press - August 28th, 2014

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Surgeon and author (The Checklist Manifesto) Atul Gawande confronts one of the toughest problems facing doctors and patients: what to do when medicine reaches its limits. When it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and dying, medicine often runs counter to what it should, and medical training does not prepare doctors for the death of their patients. Gawande became determined to change medicine so that the medical world not confuse living with dying. For fans of Oliver Sacks, this is a powerfully moving and informative book.
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ISBN: 9780805095159
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 7th, 2014

Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong

Using examples from around the world and from the first written scriptures to yesterday’s newspaper, Armstrong demonstrates how the same impulses that lead religious movements to promote peace with compassion have also been used—one could say commandeered—to justify annihilating neighbors, enforcing social inequalities, and punishing dissenters. I found more food for thought about the complicated relationship between religion and violence in this book than I did in four years of history and comparative religion lectures.
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ISBN: 9780307957047
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Published: Knopf - October 28th, 2014

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