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Mind, Body & Spirit

Small Victories by Anne Lamott

I read an advanced reading copy of this having just heard hard news; without knowing it I had retreated some, turned my face to the wall. And then came Anne Lamott with Small Victories, written in that honest, slightly pushy way she has, telling her own story of the “too much” of things, and suddenly I had company. And not just any company, but real, faithful, slightly grumpy company, and it was like salve, her reminders about crawling out, facing the world, and trusting again.
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S.M.C.
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$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Zealot by Reza Aslan

Zealot is a must-read for anyone with a pragmatic interest in Jesus Christ. Reza Aslan intrepidly and clearly elucidates the radical nature of Jesus’ sociopolitical influence, which shakes up the established ideas about the person he was, and gives us a fresh perspective on both Christ and Christianity.
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Norbu
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$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981483
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 9th, 2014

On Immunity by Eula Biss

On Immunity is literary nonfiction at its best, an all-encompassing exploration of a socially divisive subject, intelligent, contemplative, beautifully written, and utterly mind blowing. Using mythology, philosophy, literature, medical histories, and cultural constructs, Biss teases apart every thread that makes up the fabric of the immunization controversy and presents us with an honest and important look at why we stand where we do and how we can thoughtfully move forward together.
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Melinda
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$24.00
ISBN: 9781555976897
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 30th, 2014

Internal Medicine by Terrence Holt

I’ve never read anything quite like Internal Medicine. Terrence Holt is a practicing physician and a fine writer, and his essays describe critical moments of his residency, underscoring the vulnerable relationship between doctor and patient. From a dying artist who painted brilliant pictures of birds, to a man who seems incapable of remembering his own diagnosis, Holt leads us through a strange and fascinating landscape of suffering and healing. I can’t wait to read anything and everything else Terrence Holt ever writes.
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Kat
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780871408754
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Published: Liveright - September 8th, 2014

The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer

One of the first books to be published in a new series by TED, this philosophical and thought-provoking little book is a meditation on stillness and being nowhere. Articulate and perceptive, Iyer wrings great impact from few words, and his insights, paired with gorgeous photographs, make this book beautiful in both content and execution. I will certainly revisit this for its important reminders about the necessity of stillness.
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Flannery
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$16.99
ISBN: 9781476784724
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ Ted - November 4th, 2014

The Buddha Walks Into the Office by Lodro Rinzler

Following in Trungpa’s footsteps, the quirky Lodro Rinzler resurfaces with two new installments of his irreverent yet profound books. He “Buddha-walks” right into the workplace and delves into how to navigate day-to-day existence in the office with the stealth of a Bodhisattva. Accompanied by a portable and sublimely simple beginner’s guide to meditation to help you get off on the right foot.
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Norbu
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ISBN: 9781611800616
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Published: Shambhala - September 9th, 2014

Not Fade Away by Rebecca Alexander

Diagnosed young with a genetic condition that would gradually leave her deaf and blind, Rebecca Alexander refused to give up her life as an athlete, spin instructor, psychotherapist, puppy mom, or fun-loving New Yorker. Alexander’s inspiring story is raw and touching. She doesn’t over-dramatize what many of us would read as a sob story, but she doesn’t pretend to be a Pollyanna, either—she’s funny, quirky, and endearing
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Julia
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781592408313
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Published: Gotham Books - September 11th, 2014

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

The best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon returns with tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience. “This is Sam Kean’s finest work yet, an entertaining and offbeat history of the brain populated with mad scientists, deranged criminals, geniuses, and wretched souls. The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons is one of those books that will have you following your friends around, reading passages out loud, until they snatch the book away from you and read it for themselves. Good luck getting it back.” —Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

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$31.00
ISBN: 9780316182348
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 6th, 2014

Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

Journalist Katy Butler was living on the other side of the country when she got the call that her 79-year-old father had suffered a crippling stroke due to his failing heart. She quickly flew across the country and joined her elderly mother to be at her father’s bedside. She watched as doctors fitted her father with a pacemaker that saved his heart but did nothing to prevent her father from falling into a “slow decline” toward death. Where is the line between saving a life and prolonging death? With her scientific background, her gift for storytelling, and her ability to look at a systemic problem in our medical system, Butler set out to explore this challenge. But her quest had barely begun when her mother was suddenly faced with a harsh diagnosis of her own. Having just watched her husband get trapped in a medical labyrinth, Butler’s mother refused treatment and decided to look at death straight on, without medical intervention other than palliative care. Butler’s experience of watching her parents go through aging and dying in these two very different ways led her to Slow Medicine, a movement toward reclaiming “good deaths.” Part memoir, part medical history, and part spiritual quest, Knocking on Heaven’s Door is riveting and beautifully written, and it also bravely poses questions that can help all of us relook at the scared path of death and dying. Don’t miss our event with Katy Butler on July 10th.

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S.M.C.
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$18.00
ISBN: 9781451641981
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Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2014

The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out

The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is among the preeminent teachers of Tibetan Buddhism living today. In this book, the Karmapa clearly articulates the foundational tenants of Mahayana Buddhism, delivering true inspiration for everyone, regardless of where one is on the spiritual path. Rinpoche elucidates how to integrate a timeless, philosophical way of conducting one’s life with the challenges of modernity, conveying how the alteration of the individual precipitates a global change.

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Norbu
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781611800807
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Published: Shambhala - May 13th, 2014

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