The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom by L.S. Dugdale, MDWhat it's about: perspectives on death and dying throughout history, from the ancient world to the Black Death to our modern, medicalized framework around these issues.
Reviewers say: This "probing analysis" (Publishers Weekly) is an "inspiring manual for living one's days fully and dying well" (Library Journal).
She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World by Jennifer PalmieriWhat it is: an impassioned, thought-provoking primer on ways that women can make their mark and advocate for themselves in personal, professional, and political spheres.
Why you might like it: The anecdotes and advice inside are presented in an accessible and inspiring manner and intended to appeal to women from a wide range of backgrounds.
The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature by Sue Stuart-SmithWhat's inside: reflections on the ways that connecting with nature (specifically while gardening) can benefit our bodies and our minds, with a cross-cultural exploration of the history of gardening and the presence of therapeutic gardens in mental institutions and prisons.
About the author: Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist, therapist, and gardener based in the U.K. who has also published a history of her personal garden called The Barn Garden: Making a Place.
Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah TaussigWhat it is: a witty and engaging memoir about the author's life as a wheelchair user, with frank discussions of how disability intersects with issues like sex, dating, self-image, relationships, the media, and more.
Why you should read it: Sitting Pretty is a refreshingly candid and welcome voice in the growing body of literature about disability written by disabled people themselves.
Anxiety and Stress Relief
The Anxiety Toolkit: Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points by Alice Boyes, PhDWhat it is: a straightforward and accessible guide to anxiety, from its evolutionary advantages to how to manage the negative effects it can have on our minds, bodies, and behavior patterns.
Why you might like it: The advice inside is grounded in clinical research and the author's experience as a cognitive-behavioral therapist, but is presented in digestible sections that make the topic seem more approachable.
Hi, Anxiety: Life With a Bad Case of Nerves by Kat KinsmanWhat it's about: Inspired by the author's viral article about living with anxiety, this candid memoir expands on her lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety, and the ways it has shaped her personality and sense of self.
About the author: Journalist Kat Kinsman is an editor for the magazine Food & Wine and was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2013.
$9 Therapy: Semi-Capitalist Solutions to Your Emotional Problems by Megan Reid and Nick GreeneWhat it is: an irreverent assortment of affordable ways to practice mental and emotional self-care, with a focus on learning to relish life's simple pleasures.
Why you might like it: Besides the tongue-in-cheek tone, the recommendations presented here are approachable, easily implemented, and can be done in whatever order the reader chooses.
Stress-Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body -- And Be More Resilient... by Mithu Storoni, MD. PhDWhat's inside: a collection of evidence-based techniques for stress management, with a detailed look at common stress triggers and ways to "hack" the body's stress responses with food, exercise, music, and environmental changes.
Reviewers say: This "thoughtfully organized and executed" guide "has the potential to positively impact the lives of many" (Booklist).
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