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).
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.
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.
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