Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction & Recovery by Robin BarnettIn Addict in the House, author Robin Barnett, a behavioral health expert and addiction counselor, adds her personal experience with her brother’s addiction to her professional expertise in this "straightforward, rich resource" (Publishers Weekly). Though ultimate solutions to addiction are elusive, Barnett offers a place to start and hope for the journey in this pragmatic, step-by-step guide to dealing with a loved one’s addiction, from acceptance of the disease through the possibility of multiple cycles of recovery and relapse.
The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome is Revolutionizing the Pursuit... by Rodney DietertAccording to award-winning immunotoxicologist Rodney Dietert, human beings are not single organisms, but are skin, bones, and other organs in symbiosis with trillions of other microorganisms (the microbiome). In The Human Superorganism, Dietert argues that several important non-communicable conditions, including autism, asthma, heart disease, obesity, and cancer result from shutting down the microbiome via widespread use of antibiotics, and that standard medicine needs to shift its thinking about the immune system. He documents these scientific findings in accessible discussions, concluding with advice on how to restore your own microbiome.
The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us... by Alison GopnikAlison Gopnik, a psychologist and expert on childhood learning and development, observes in The Gardener and the Carpenter that contemporary parenting, which strives to push children towards adult-determined goals, is bad for both children and parents. She goes on to present research-based evidence that it's better to let children from preschool through adolescence develop their imaginations through unstructured play, observing the world around them, and engaging in let's-pretend activities. Kirkus Reviews calls this a "highly thoughtful and entertaining treatment" of the subject.
Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors by Daniel KunitzIn Lift, author Daniel Kunitz, the former editor-in-chief of Modern Painters magazine, offers a historical survey of physical fitness and a philosophical reflection on bodybuilding. A CrossFit devotee himself, Kunitz considers the ideal body as represented in Greek art, reasons for achieving and maintaining fitness, and training techniques. Presenting profiles of fitness advocates, personal recollections, and a chapter devoted to women's fitness, he also considers the mind-body connection. Classical approaches to conditioning serve better than machine-reliant strength training, he concludes. While this isn't a how-to guide, readers interested in physical training and cultural history will find much food for thought.
Pathways to Possibility: Transforming Our Relationship with Ourselves, Each Other... by Rosamund Stone ZanderDrawing on her expertise in family systems therapy, author Rosamund Zander provides a guide to replacing the scripts of our childhood with more realistic stories that can direct us toward healthier self-images and relationships with others. While rebuilding our sense of identity is hard work, Zander outlines some key starting points for the journey to more fulfilling maturity. This accessible book provides explanations of scenarios that hold us back as well as examples of stories that help, concluding with a set of "games" to practice new behaviors. Best of all, the writing in Pathways to Possibility is "fresh, compelling, and uplifting" and offers advice even for "the most well-adjusted adult" (Booklist).
The Ultimate Guide to Breast Cancer: Your Essential Resource from Diagnosis to... by Mary GemignaniAccording to author Mary Gemignani and the staff of Prevention magazine, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives -- but 76% of those women will be alive ten years later. The Ultimate Guide to Breast Cancer presents a user-friendly guide for those who need to understand the condition, find the right treatment for their situation, and live well during treatment and remission. There are also chapters on "Breaking the News to Family, Friends, and Coworkers," "Complementary and Alternative Medicine," and survivors' stories. This comprehensive guide is an excellent resource for those with breast cancer and their friends and loved ones.
Survival Lessons by Alice HoffmanBestselling novelist Alice Hoffman received a diagnosis of breast cancer while raising two young boys, caring for her ailing mother, and pursuing her busy career. The diagnosis blindsided her, but she eventually came to realize that there were plenty of opportunities to find happiness in life. Noting that "while I was in treatment I was looking for a guidebook," Hoffman wrote the book she needed 15 years later. Survival Lessons eloquently combines her difficult experiences and her practical lessons in living well.
Bald is Better with Earrings: A Survivor's Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer by Andrea HuttonAfter learning that she had breast cancer, author Andrea Hutton did extensive research on treatment options and how to tolerate surgery and chemotherapy; she also collected accounts of her friends' experiences. Despite all this preparation, many aspects of her treatment surprised her. She responded first by writing the blog at baldisbetterwithearrings.com, then by publishing this book. Addressing everything from choosing a surgeon to drug reactions to wig selection, Hutton brings compassion, humor, personal experience, and detailed research to the subject. For additional breast cancer guides with a personal touch, try Madhulika Sikka's A Breast Cancer Alphabet or Teresa Rhyne's The Dog Lived (and So Will I).
Husband's Guide to Breast Cancer: A Complete & Concise Plan for Every Stage by Todd OutcaltAuthor Todd Outcalt is not only a United Methodist pastor who has supported parishioners dealing with illness: he has accompanied his own wife through her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. In this straightforward guide, he emphasizes the husband's role in coping with a diagnosis, listening to his wife and expressing his own feelings, and understanding details of treatment. Though many breast cancer guides omit the question of dying, Outcalt faces it squarely and offers suggestions on handling bereavement. Husband's Guide to Breast Cancer is addressed to men, but female partners and other family members may find helpful advice in its pages.
Pandora's DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and... by Lizzie StarkAuthor Lizzie Stark remembers the Christmas right after her mother found out she had breast cancer. She also remembers several female relatives who had this disease. In Pandora's DNA, Stark traces, with gentle, sometimes ironic, humor, her family's history of breast cancer, the medical history of breast cancer and its treatment, and contemporary approaches for those who carry a genetic mutation (BRCA) that raises the likelihood of developing cancer. She also offers resources for women who are contemplating genetic testing and considering their options when the BRCA marker is found. For additional personal accounts about experiences with breast cancer genetics, try Sarah Gabriel's Eating Pomegranates or Jessica Queller's Pretty Is What Changes.
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