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Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. Martin Seligman, $20.00

According to esteemed psychologist and bestselling author Martin Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Real, lasting happiness comes from focusing on one’s personal strengths rather than weaknesses — and working with them to improve all aspects of one’s life. Using practical exercises, brief tests, and a dynamic website program, Seligman shows readers how to identify their highest virtues and use them in ways they haven’t yet considered. Accessible and proven, Authentic Happiness is the most powerful work of popular psychology in years.


Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians. Danielle Martin, $32.00

Dr. Danielle Martin sees the challenges in our health care system every day. As a family doctor and a hospital vice president, she observes how those deficiencies adversely affect patients. And as a health policy expert, she knows how to close those gaps. A passionate believer in the value of fairness that underpins the Canadian health care system, Dr. Martin is on a mission to improve medicare. In Better Now, she shows how bold fixes are both achievable and affordable. Her patients’ stories and her own family’s experiences illustrate the evidence she presents about what works best to improve health care for all.

Better Now outlines “Six Big Ideas” to bolster Canada’s health care system. Each one is centred on a typical Canadian patient, making it clear how close to home these issues strike.

  • Ensure every Canadian has regular access to a family doctor or other primary care provider
  • Bring prescription drugs under medicare
  • Reduce unnecessary tests and interventions
  • Reorganize health care delivery to reduce wait times and improve quality
  • Implement a basic income guarantee to alleviate poverty, which is a major threat to health
  • Scale up successful local innovations to a national level

Passionate, accessible, and authoritative, Dr. Martin is a fervent supporter of the best of medicare and a persuasive critic of what needs fixing.


Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage Your Emotions & Balance Your Life. Sheri Van Dijk, $19.95

CALMING THE EMOTIONAL STORM offers an accessible, general introduction to dialectical behavior therapy skills for anyone who feels overwhelmed by their emotions.  This method combines cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices, to change the way you respond to stressful or emotional situations. Readers learn to understand and manage their emotions and begin to choose their actions rather than acting on impulses. They also practice calming their emotions in times of stress by embracing acceptance and fostering positive emotions about themselves. These life-changing skills can save many readers from unnecessary suffering due to the "emotional storm" inside.

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Challenging Stress, Burnout and Rust-Out: Finding Balance in Busy Lives. Teena J. Clouston, $33.95

This practical resource provides professionals with techniques for developing a more balanced lifestyle. The author discusses the meaning of whole life balance and explains how it can be achieved in reality with some simple, straightforward strategies. A balanced lifestyle enhances health, happiness and wellbeing. With practical techniques and strategies, this book explores how this balance can be found and how stress and anxiety, which are linked to being overworked and over busy, may be alleviated.

This practical resource addresses a problem affecting many professionals worldwide. It will be of particular interest to helping professionals, including occupational therapists, counsellors and therapists, and will allow them to apply the theories of work-life balance to real life in straightforward and tangible ways. The stories and techniques will also resonate with anyone interested in transforming their overworked or overburdened lives.


Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal. Donna Jackson Nakazawa, $32.99

Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall wellbeing. Scientists now know on a bio-chemical level exactly how parents’ chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill parent can leave permanent, physical “fingerprints” on our brains. When children encounter sudden or chronic adversity, excessive stress hormones cause powerful changes in the body, altering our body chemistry. The developing immune system and brain react to this chemical barrage by permanently resetting our stress response to “high,” which in turn can have a devastating impact on our mental and physical health.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa shares stories from people who have recognized and overcome their adverse experiences, shows why some children are more immune to stress than others, and explains why women are at particular risk. Groundbreaking in its research, inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology — and find ways to heal.


Children of Hoarders: How to Minimize Conflict, Reduce the Clutter & Improve Your Relationship. Fugen Neziroglu & Katherine Donnelly, $19.95

Growing up with a hoarder can be a confusing, painful, and sometimes dangerous experience. And when it comes to finding help for a hoarder parent, many adult children find themselves taking on the exhausting role of caretaker.

Written by nationally recognized obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) expert Fugen Neziroglu, a regular on the popular TLC television series Hoarders, CHILDREN OF HOARDERS explores strategies for communicating with hoarder parents and outlines practical intervention skills. Using mindfulness, acceptance, assertiveness and validation skills, this is the first book written specifically for adult children of hoarders that focuses on the interpersonal effects of hoarding. Inside, you will learn to communicate with your loved ones in a way that minimizes conflict, while still dealing with the logistical and organizational issues that arise when living with or witnessing hoarding behavior. The book also includes tips for reclaiming living space, strategies for ensuring that the health and safety of residents is not compromised by the hoarder's living conditions, and organizational tactics for sorting through the clutter after the death of a parent who hoards.

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Chinese Medical Gynaecology: a Self-Help Guide to Women's Health. Eddie Dowd, $24.95

Many of the issues that relate to women's health from period pain to infertility, can be self-treated with Chinese medicine approaches, and this clear and practical guide explains how to assess symptoms and choose the most effective form of treatment. Written for women interested in taking a more active role in their own health and well-being, the book covers health issues of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and post-partum, menopause, fertility, and fibrocystic breast disease amongst others.

Taking a holistic approach that includes the traditional Chinese approach that food is medicine, appropriate recipes are included along with other treatment suggestions. The author provides an overview of the history of Chinese medicine and a clear and simple explanation of the principles of its theoretical basis, including the 5 vital substances, organ theory, channel (meridian theory) and the nature of Yin and Yang, thus providing a context for understanding symptoms from a Chinese perspective, and treatments that can be undertaken at home.


The Chronic Pain Care Workbook: a Self-Treatment Approach to Pain Relief Using the Behavioral Assessment of Pain Questionnaire. Michael Lewandowski & Richard Kroening, $34.95

The tools in this book will give you control over your own pain-management process by helping you monitor your responses to pain. Use the assessments to help gauge your levels of physical and emotional pain, sleep habits, and general ability to function throughout the day. Then put the book's practical advice to work to maintain a higher quality of life despite pain. Ultimately, you'll start to achieve higher activity levels and a greater degree of fulfillment. Use these techniques to:

  • Reduce fatigue and boost energy levels
  • Manage medication use wisely
  • Change your thoughts about chronic pain
  • Stop avoiding pleasurable activities
  • Limit emotional pain and suffering
  • Enjoy greater family, social, and intimate engagement

The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Ending Overeating: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Bingeing and Disordered Eating. Ken Goss, $27.95

You know the cycle: you have a stressful day and find yourself snacking or overeating at dinner to make yourself feel better. The ritual of eating becomes so calming, you can't stop-and the guilt and self-criticism you feel can lead you to overeat even more the next day. What you may not know is that simply replacing your negative feelings with compassion for yourself can interrupt this cycle so that you can meet your emotional needs without resorting to overeating.

The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Ending Overeating presents an evidence-based program designed to help you transcend your emotional connection with food. As you work through the worksheets and evaluations in this book, you'll discover the specific reasons for your overeating, find out which foods trigger you to overeat, and then develop satisfying meal plans for getting your eating back on track. You'll also build compassionate-mind skills for dealing with stress, self-criticism, and shame, and establish a balanced eating pattern that will free you from the overeating cycle.

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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Brené Brown, $27.50

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. 


The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Diary: Monitoring Your Emotional Regulation Day by Day. Matthew McKay & Jeffrey Wood, $17.95

Difficult emotions like anger, fear, sadness, guilt, and shame are part of being alive and are meant to help protect us, but when they get out of control, these emotions can also cause severe pain. When you're in the grip of an emotional storm, it's all too easy to overreact, lash out at others, or become angry with yourself.

Therapists created dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, to help people with overwhelming emotions calm themselves when their feelings become too painful or out of control. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Diary presents an overview of each of the four DBT skills-distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness-and includes a journal you can use each day to monitor your successes, chart your progress, and stay on track making productive changes in your life.


The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & Distress Tolerance. Matthew McKay, Jeffrey Wood & Jeffrey Brantley, $31.95

First developed for treating borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has proven effective as treatment for a range of other mental health problems, especially for those characterized by overwhelming emotions. Research shows that DBT can improve your ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively. In order to make use of these techniques, you need to build skills in four key areas — distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

THE DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY SKILLS WORKBOOK, a collaborative effort from three esteemed authors, offers straightforward, step-by-step exercises for learning these concepts and putting them to work for real and lasting change. Whether you are a professional or a general reader, whether you use this book to support work done in therapy or as the basis for self-help, you'll benefit from this clear and practical guide to better managing your emotions.

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8 Keys to Building Your Best Relationships. Daniel Hughes, $21.00

A revolution is under way in how we understand the nature of relationships, how we develop in those relationships, and how our brains function synergistically in connection with others. This field is known as attachment theory, and veteran therapist and specialist in attachment disorders Daniel Hughes demystifies the research in this practical guide.

By summarizing in short, easy-to-read “keys” the theory and brain science that underpin our ability to form relationships, he skillfully reveals how we can become better friends, spouses, siblings, and children. For anyone interested in how to develop meaningful new relationships or how to deepen and enrich their current ones, this book makes sense of it all.


The Emotionally Absent Mother: a Guide to Self-Healing and Getting the Love You Missed. Jasmin Lee Cori, $18.00

Was your mother too busy, too tired, or too checked-out to provide you with the nurturing you needed as a child? Men and women who were undermothered as children often struggle with intimate relationships, in part because of their unmet need for maternal care. The Emotionally Absent Mother will help you understand what was missing from your childhood, how this relates to your mother's own history, and how you can fill the mother gap by examining the past with compassion for yourself and your mother.


Feel Good: How to Change Your Mood and Cope with Whatever Comes Your Way. Shane Pascoe & Graham Law, $19.95

Being able to manage your mood, and not be dictated by it, can mean you are more successful in all areas of life. By learning to recognize why you feel the way you do, you can take control of your mood so that you feel more positive, regardless of what you have faced, or what the day will bring. Through practical tips and techniques grounded in research and theory, you will learn how to:

  • Deal with all types of mood such as anger, distress, self-efficacy, unhappiness, well-being and self-esteem
  • Improve your attitudes and responses in any situation
  • Maintain your performance and relationships without your mood calling the shots
  • Develop coping mechanisms and strategies for improving the quality of your mood
  • Use relaxation strategies to help you deal with life’s sticky moments

From happiness to distress, and all moods in between, FEEL GOOD will help you to effectively manage your mood and to lead a happier and more content life.

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Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces: a Step-by-Step Guide to the Other Side of Grief, Loss, and Pain. Paul Coleman, $21.95

Behind every tragedy and loss lies a tranquil reality just waiting to be found. Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces shows you how to use the Four Paths of Transformation — acceptance, inspiration, release, and compassion — to move past your suffering and discover inner peace. Author Paul Coleman, PsyD, guides you through every chapter with powerful exercises that help you evaluate your current emotional state and how the hardship has impacted your life. With his guidance and insight, you will learn how to transform your pain into positive thinking, find perspective through charitable acts, and hone in on what you need to do to step into a brighter future.

Whether mourning the loss of a romance, health, a loved one, or coping with any of life's upheavals, Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces will help you overcome your pain and finally find peace within yourself.


Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy. Francine Shapiro, $18.99

Whether we¹ve experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don't fully understand. GETTING PAST YOUR PAST offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower readers looking to achieve real change.

Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains how our personalities develop and why we become trapped into feeling, believing and acting in ways that don't serve us. Through detailed examples and exercises readers will learn to understand themselves, and why the people in their lives act the way they do. Most importantly, readers will also learn techniques to improve their relationships, break through emotional barriers, overcome limitations and excel in ways taught to Olympic athletes, successful executives and performers.

An easy conversational style, humor and fascinating real life stories make it simple to understand why we get stuck in various ways and what to do about it. Don't let yourself be run by unconscious and automatic reactions. Learn how to take control of your life.


Healing Walks for Hard Times: Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body & Get Your Life Back. Carolyn Scott Kortge, $18.95

Sometimes life’s hurdles literally stop us in our tracks, sapping vitality and preventing us from participating fully in our own lives and the lives of those we love. Carolyn Scott Kortge recognizes that a key to joyous re-engagement with the world can be — just as literally — to get moving again. With a focus on walking for wellness, Kortge outlines a compassionate, practical program for navigating your way through life’s physical, emotional, and spiritual hard times.  Healing Walks for Hard Times will help you engage in a path to recovery that attends to not just the physical, but also acknowledges healing as an emotional, spiritual, and mental journey.

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Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness. Susan Bauer-Wu, $23.95

A life-limiting illness may have taken hold of your body, but you can still live more fully and openly than ever before. You can enrich your life by exploring ways to make peace with yourself and deepen connections with friends and family. This book will help you reap the benefits of mindfulness and acceptance, one day at a time.

LEAVES FALLING GENTLY is a comforting guide to the mindfulness and compassion practices that will help you embrace the present moment, despite your illness. With each simple practice, you’ll deepen your appreciation for the experiences that bring you joy and enhance your capacity for gratitude, generosity, and love. As you work through each personal reflection and guided meditation, you’ll regain the strength to live fully, regardless of the changes and challenges that come.


Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us about the Mysteries of Life and Living. Elizabeth Kűbler-Ross & David Kessler, $19.99

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross joins with David Kessler to guide us through the practical and spiritual lessons we need to learn so that we can live life to its fullest in every moment. Many years of working with the dying have shown the authors that certain lessons come up over and over again. Some of these lessons are enormously difficult to master, but even the attempts to understand them can be deeply rewarding. Here, in fourteen accessible chapters, from the Lesson of Love to the Lesson of Happiness, the authors reveal the truth about our fears, our hopes, our relationships, and, above all, about the grandness of who we really are.


Living Sensationally: Understanding Your Senses. Winnie Dunn, $24.95

How do you feel when you bite into a pear… wear a feather boa… stand in a noisy auditorium… or look for a friend in a crowd?

It's likely that one of these situations would be pleasant for you and perhaps one would be unpleasant. These different reactions reflect people's individual sensory patterns, which in turn affect the way we react to everything that happens to us throughout the day. Living Sensationally identifies four major sensory types: Seekers, Bystanders, Avoiders and Sensors. The author helps readers to find their own patterns and the patterns of those around them, and then offers suggestions for harnessing this knowledge to make their lives more in synch with their sensations.

Living Sensationally provides practical sensory ideas for individuals, families and businesses. Armed with the information in Living Sensationally, people will be able to pick just the right kind of clothing, job and home and know why they are making such choices.

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Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, 4th Edition. $59.95

Since its initial publication in 1990, the MAYO CLINIC FAMILY HEALTH BOOK has become a classic home medical reference. Now in its fourth edition, this updated and abundantly illustrated volume offers the latest in medical knowledge, with a strong emphasis on self-care. From prevention to treatment, from infancy to old age, this comprehensive health guide offers reliable, easy-to-understand information in five convenient sections:

  • Part I - Injuries and Symptoms
  • Part II - Pregnancy and Healthy Children
  • Part III - Healthy Adults
  • Part IV - Diseases and Disorders
  • Part V - Tests and Treatments

The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms. $21.00

THE MERCK MANUAL GO-TO HOME GUIDE FOR SYMPTOMS takes complex medical information and makes it easy to understand and accessible to an everyday audience.  It covers a wide range of everyday symptoms, from abdominal pain to wheezing, and almost everything in between. Every section provides a comprehensive look at each symptom's:

  • Causes: both common and less-common,
  • Evaluation: warning signs, when to see a doctor, what the doctor does, and testing,
  • Treatment: a wide-array of options, and
  • Key points: the most important information about the symptom.

It also includes detailed tables and illustrations. Organized in a (2-color, over 500 page) paperback format makes it easy for busy families to quickly find the information they need.


Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently. Sebastian Bailey & Octavious Black, $33.50

The international bestseller that will help you transform your personal and professional life by changing the way you think. Today, the pressure to achieve is intense. To be at our best, we need our minds working at peak potential. But unless you train it, your mind stays on autopilot, stuck in unhealthy thought patterns that lead to self-sabotaging habits and behaviors. As with your body, you have to exercise your mind to get the most out of it.

Sebastian Bailey and Octavius Black, founders of Mind Gym, help you change your mental default settings through a series of “workouts” that have been tested and experienced by more than one million people from around the world. This hands-on guide presents a fitness program for the mind that tackles the most common challenges at work and home:

  • How to adopt a positive mindset
  • How to repair broken relationships
  • How to resolve conflict successfully
  • How to influence others
  • How to minimize stress and gain energy
  • How to be more creative

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The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being. Daniel Siegel, $36.00

A new framework for maintaining mental health and well-being.

Three human experiences have been documented as promoting well-being: secure attachment, mindfulness meditation, and effective psychotherapy. Leading neurobiologist Daniel Siegel presents a unifying theory that shows that the effects of these three experiences have a similar neural mechanism. Siegel uses theory, science, and anecdote to reveal how to transform the brain as well as promote well-being.


The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems. Ronald Siegel, $20.50

Mindfulness offers a path to well-being and tools for coping with life's inevitable hurdles. And though mindfulness may sound exotic, you can cultivate it — and reap its proven benefits — without special training or lots of spare time. In this inviting guide, you’ll get effective strategies to use while driving to work, walking the dog, or washing the dishes, plus tips on creating a formal practice routine in as little as 20 minutes a day. Flexible, step-by-step action plans will help you become more focused and efficient in daily life; cope with difficult feelings, such as anger and sadness; deepen your connection to your spouse or partner; feel more rested and less stressed; curb unhealthy habits; find relief from anxiety and depression; and resolve stress-related pain, insomnia, and other physical problems. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website. Start living a more balanced life — today.


The Mindfulness Solution to Pain. Jackie Gardner-Nix & Lucie Costin-Hall, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, $22.95

In The Mindfulness Solution to Pain, the authors modify Jon Kabat-Zinn's original mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) program to create a new program they call mindfulness based chronic pain management (MBCPM). This book provides a clear, breakdown of the MBCPM program, in which readers are introduced to the concepts of mindfulness and meditation.

From the outset, the authors explain why the mind is so important in managing pain. Initial chapters introduce the readers to how the mind processes pain, the role of life experiences, genetics, the physiology of their fight and flight responses, and the role of chronic responses in impairing healing, sleep, and other important bodily functions. The rationale for working with the mind in addition to, or instead of, the other standard interventions, is emphasized. In all, regular practice of these techniques offers a good chance of quality-of-life improvement for chronic pain sufferers.

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Mindfulness-Integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidences and Relationships. Bruno Cayoun, $32.95

This is a clear, streamlined guide to using Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MiCBT) to improve well-being and manage a range of personal and interpersonal difficulties.

  • Integrates the core principles of Eastern mindfulness with the Western evidence-based principles of CBT
  • Provides simple and practical, step-by-step guidance to understanding and implementing the four stages of MiCBT with helpful FAQ sections, success stories from patients, and free access on the companion website to the author’s MP3 audio instructions for basic and advanced mindfulness meditation techniques
  • Written by the foremost expert in this area, with over 25 years’ experience in mindfulness meditation and training from around the world
  • Perfect for individuals working toward self-improvement on their own, as well as professionals assisting clients in individual or group therapy

Mindset. The New Psychology of Success. Carol Dweck, $23.00

Psychologist Carol Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success — but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.


The Mood Repair Toolkit: Proven Strategies to Prevent the Blues from Turning into Depression. David Clark, $20.50

If you have trouble bouncing back from low moods or just feel stuck in the doldrums much of the time, renowned cognitive behavior therapist David Clark has a clear message: there are simple yet powerful steps you can take to feel better. This encouraging book presents 80 strategies you can use to reduce sadness, promote positive feelings of contentment and joy, and decrease your risk for full-blown depression. Vivid stories and concrete examples help you learn specific methods for:

  • Nipping negativity in the bud
  • Making unhappiness less overwhelming
  • Defusing self-criticism and rumination
  • Boosting your energy and motivation for change
  • Feeling more confident and hopeful every day

Using the practical tools in the book — forms, worksheets, and self-assessment quizzes — makes it easy to create and stick to a mood repair action plan. You can download and print additional copies of these tools as needed. The strategies that Dr. Clark provides are grounded in cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology research — and they work. Discover proven ways to start living a more satisfying and productive life.

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Mothers, Daughters & Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves As We Are. Hillary McBride, $22.99

Based on her original research, Hillary McBride shares the true stories of young women, and their mothers, and provides unique insights into how our relationships with our bodies are shaped by what we see around us and the specific things we can do to have healthier relationships with our appearance, and all the other parts of ourselves that make us women.

In Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image McBride tells her own story of recovery from an eating disorder, and how her struggles led her to dream of a new vision for womanhood — from one without body shame, negative comparisons, or insecurities, to one of freedom, connection, and acceptance.


Mothers Who Can't Love: a Healing Guide for Daughters. Susan Forward, $19.99

Susan Forward offers a powerful look at the devastating impact unloving mothers have on their daughters — and provides clear, effective techniques for overcoming that painful legacy. In more than 35 years as a therapist, Forward has worked with large numbers of women struggling to escape the emotional damage inflicted by the women who raised them. Subjected to years of criticism, competition, role-reversal, smothering control, emotional neglect and abuse, these women are plagued by anxiety and depression, relationship problems, lack of confidence and difficulties with trust. They doubt their worth, and even their ability to love. Forward examines the Narcissistic Mother, the Competitive Mother, the Overly Enmeshed mother, the Control Freak, Mothers who need Mothering, and mothers who abuse or fail to protect their daughters from abuse. 

Filled with compelling case histories, the book outlines the self-help techniques Forward has developed to transform the lives of her clients, showing women how to overcome the pain of childhood and how to act in their own best interests. Warm and compassionate, Mothers Who Can’t Love offers daughters the emotional support and tools they need to heal themselves and rebuild their confidence and self-respect.


My Stroke of Insight: a Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. Jill Bolte Taylor, $18.00

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a 37 year old Harvard-trained neuroscientist, experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. Over the next four hours, Dr. Bolte Taylor observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read or recall her life. It would take her eight years to recover.

My Stroke of Insight is a unique and inspiring tale that brings personal experience together with professional understanding. This is a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and trauma.

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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Daniel Levitin, $22.00

The information age is drowning us in an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more — and faster — decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average person reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.

But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel — and how readers can use these methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and lives. With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to gambling in Las Vegas, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to daily life. His practical suggestions call for relatively minor changes that require little effort but will have remarkable long-term benefits for mental and physical health, productivity, and creativity. The Organized Mind shows us how to navigate the churning flow of information in our daily lives with neuroscientific perspective.


Our Bodies, Ourselves. The Boston Women's Health Collective, $29.99

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES is the resource that women of all ages turn to for information about their bodies, sexuality, and reproductive health. Completely revised and updated, these pages provide women with the information and tools they need to make key health decisions — accurate, evidence-based information, input from leading experts, and personal stories from women who share their experiences. This new edition of OUR BODIES, OURSELVES includes the latest vital information on:

  • SAFER SEX — how to engage in pleasurable, satisfying sexual experiences while protecting your health and the health of your partner.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RISKS — including minimizing exposure to everyday pollutants that endanger reproductive health.
  • BODY IMAGE — resisting negative media stereotypes and embracing healthier approaches to looking and feeling good.
  • LOCAL AND GLOBAL ACTIVISM — using social media and organizing tactics to build community and advocate for policies that improve women's lives.
  • As well as crucial information about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, peri-menopause, and sexuality and sexual health as we age.

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES is a one-stop resource for women of all generations.

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Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. Brigid Schultz, $19.99

In OVERWHELMED, Schulte, a staff writer for The Washington Post, asks: Are our brains, our partners, our culture and our bosses making it impossible for us to experience anything but “contaminated time”?

How did researchers compile this statistic that said we were rolling in leisure — over four hours a day? Did any of us feel that we actually had downtime? Was there anything useful in their research — anything we could do?

OVERWHELMED is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together. Schulte speaks to neuroscientists, sociologists and hundreds of working parents to tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insights, answers and inspiration. She investigates progressive offices that are trying to invent a new kind of workplace; she travels across Europe to get a sense of how other countries accommodate working parents; she finds younger couples who claim to have figured out an ideal division of chores, childcare and meaningful paid work. OVERWHELMED is the story of what she found out.


Partners in Healing: Simple Ways to Offer Support, Comfort and Care to a Loved One Facing Illness. William Collinge, $18.95

This book offers a new sense of empowerment for the intimate partners of people living with serious health problems. Collinge draws on cutting-edge scientific research along with his experience counseling couples facing serious illness to offer a range of insights, strategies, and techniques that caregivers can utilize to promote their partners’ physical and emotional well-being — while also promoting their own.


Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive. Allison Gilbert, $23.50

Passed and Present is a one-of-a-kind guide for discovering creative and meaningful ways to keep the memory of loved ones alive. Inspiring and imaginative, this bona fide “how-to” manual teaches us how to remember those we miss most, no matter how long they’ve been gone.  It is not about sadness and grieving — it is about happiness and remembering. It is about looking forward, to living a rich and joyful life, while keeping the memory of loved ones alive. This much-needed, easy-to-use roadmap shares 85 imaginative ways to celebrate and honor family and friends we never want to forget.

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Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses. Claire Dederer, $29.95

Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love.

Over the next decade, she would tackle triangle, wheel, and the dreaded crow, becoming fast friends with some poses and developing long-standing feuds with others. At the same time, she found herself confronting the forces that shaped her generation. To her surprise, Dederer found that the deeper she went into the poses, the more they tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, wife — and the more they made her want something a little less tidy, a little more improvisational. Less goodness, more joy.

Witty and heartfelt, sharp and irreverent, Poser is for anyone who has ever tried to stand on their head while keeping both feet on the ground.


The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles. Karen Reivich & Andrew Shatté, $18.99

Resilience is a crucial ingredient–perhaps the crucial ingredient–to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it’s what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven proven techniques for enhancing our capacity to weather even the cruelest setbacks. 

The science in The Resilience Factor takes an extraordinary leap from the research introduced in the bestselling Learned Optimism a decade ago. Just as hundreds of thousands of people were transformed by "flexible optimism," readers of this book will flourish, thanks to their enhanced ability to overcome obstacles of any kind. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté are seasoned resilience coaches and, through practical methods and vivid anecdotes, they prove that resilience is not just an ability that we’re born with and need to survive, but a skill that anyone can learn and improve in order to thrive. 


Secrets of an Organized Mom. Barbara Reich, $28.99

From the overflowing closets to the chaotic play areas, this is a room-by-room guide to decluttering and streamlining your home for a happier family life.

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The Self Esteem Workbook. Glenn Schiraldi, Matthew McKay & Patrick Fanning, $30.95

THE SELF-ESTEEM WORKBOOK is based on new research which has shown that self-esteem can be significantly improved through the use of self-help materials. Psychologist and health educator Glenn Schiraldi has shaped these tested resources into a comprehensive, self-directed program that guides readers through twenty essential skill-building activities, each focused on developing a crucial component of healthy self-esteem. This comprehensive guide offers proven techniques for talking back to your self-critical voice. Learn step-by-step techniques to help you:

  • Handle your mistakes and respond well to criticism
  • Foster compassion for yourself and others
  • Set up and achieve goals that will enrich your life
  • Use visualization for self-acceptance

The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success: How to Use Your Brain's Executive Skills to Keep Up, Stay Calm, and Get Organized at Work and at Home. Peg Dawson & Richard Guare, $24.95

Are you smart, scattered, and struggling? You're not alone. Cutting-edge research shows that today's 24/7 wired world and the growing demands of work and family life may simply max out the part of the brain that manages complex tasks. That's especially true for those lacking strong executive skills — the core brain-based abilities needed to maintain focus, meet deadlines, and stay cool under pressure.

In this essential guide, leading experts Peg Dawson and Richard Guare help you map your own executive skills profile and take effective steps to boost your organizational skills, time management, emotional control, and nine other essential capacities. The book is packed with science-based strategies and concrete examples, plus downloadable practical tools for creating your own personalized action plan. Whether on the job or at home, you can get more done with less stress.


Smarter: the New Science of Building Brain Power. Dan Hurley, $28.95

Can you make yourself, your kids, and your parents smarter?

Expanding upon one of the most-read New York Times Magazine features of 2012, SMARTER penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities. Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that “fluid intelligence” — the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things — can be increased through training. But is it all just hype?

With vivid stories of lives transformed, science journalist Dan Hurley delivers practical findings for people of every age and ability. Along the way, he narrates with acid-tongued wit his experiences as a human guinea pig, road-testing commercial brain-training programs, learning to play the Renaissance lute, getting physically fit, even undergoing transcranial direct-current stimulation.

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SUPERNORMAL: the Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience. Meg Jay, $36.50

Whether it is the loss of a parent to death or divorce; bullying; alcoholism or drug abuse in the home; mental illness in a parent or a sibling; neglect; emotional, physical or sexual abuse; having a parent in jail; or growing up alongside domestic violence, nearly 75% of us experience adversity by the age of 20. But these experiences are often kept secret, as are our courageous battles to overcome them.

Drawing on nearly two decades of work with clients and students, Jay tells the tale of ordinary people made extraordinary by these all-too-common experiences, everyday superheroes who have made a life out of dodging bullets and leaping over obstacles, even as they hide in plain sight as doctors, artists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, parents, activists, teachers, students and readers. She gives a voice to the supernormals among us as they reveal not only “How do they do it?” but also “How does it feel?”

These powerful stories, and those of public figures from Andre Agassi to Jay Z, will show supernormals they are not alone but are, in fact, in good company. Marvelously researched and compassionately written, this exceptional book narrates the continuing saga that is resilience as it challenges us to consider whether — and how — the good wins out in the end.


What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend. Lissa Rankin, $16.99

Funny and empowering, this book reveals how to love yourself and your body — by answering the questions you never knew who to ask.


When I’m Gone: Practical Notes for Those You Leave Behind. Kathleen Fraser, $19.95

A fill-in book and resource manual to help family members better handle the details of life when someone dies or has to be away from home for extended periods of time. Includes space to give contact information, location of key documents, wills and living wills, medical records, child and pet care instructions, finances and property, home and vehicle maintenance, computer passwords and special notations.

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When the Body Says No: the Hidden Cost of Stress. Gabor Maté, $22.95

In this accessible and groundbreaking book — filled with the moving stories of real people — medical doctor and bestselling author of Scattered Minds, Gabor Maté, shows that emotion and psychological stress play a powerful role in the onset of chronic illness. Dr. Maté writes with great conviction that knowledge of how stress and disease are connected is essential to prevent illness in the first place, or to facilitate healing.

When The Body Says No is an impressive contribution to current research on the physiological connection between life’s stresses and emotions and the body systems governing nerves, immune apparatus and hormones. With great compassion and erudition, Gabor Maté demystifies medical science and, as he did in Scattered Minds, invites us all to be our own health advocates.


Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, Revised Edition. Christiane Northrup, $24.00

When it was first published in 1994, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom quickly became an international bestseller. Now, in this revised and updated edition, world-renowned women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup shares with us the latest developments and advances that will maximize our potential for living well in our bodies today.

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You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace after a Breakup, Divorce, or Death. Louise Hay & David Kessler, $14.99

This remarkable book discusses the emotions that occur when a relationship leaves you broken-hearted, a marriage ends in divorce, or a loved one dies. It will also foster awareness and compassion, providing you with the courage to face many other types of losses and challenges, such as saying good-bye to a beloved pet, losing your job, coming to terms with a life-threatening illness or disease, and much more.

With a perfect blend of Louise's teachings and affirmations on personal growth and transformation and David's many years of working with those in grief, this empowering book will inspire an extraordinary new way of thinking, bringing hope and fresh insights into your life and even your current and future relationships. You will not only learn how to help heal your grief, but you will also discover that, yes, you can heal your heart.


Zig Zag: the Surprising Path to Greater Creativity. Keith Sawyer, $31.95

With the prevalence of computer technology and outsourcing, new jobs and fulfilling lives will rely heavily on creativity and innovation. Keith Sawyer draws from his expansive research of the creative journey, exceptional creators, creative abilities, and world-changing innovations to create an accessible, eight-step program to increasing anyone's creative potential. Sawyer reveals the surprising secrets of highly creative people (such as learning to ask better questions when faced with a problem), demonstrates how to come up with better ideas, and explains how to carry those ideas to fruition most effectively. This science-backed, step-by step method can maximize our creative potential in any sphere of life.

  • Offers a proven method for developing new ideas and creative problem-solving no matter what your profession
  • Includes an eight-step method, 30 practices, and more than 100 techniques that can be launched at any point in a creative journey

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Complete Booklist

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. Martin Seligman, $20.00

Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians. Danielle Martin, $32.00

Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage Your Emotions & Balance Your Life. Sheri Van Dijk, $22.95

Challenging Stress, Burnout and Rust-Out: Finding Balance in Busy Lives. Teena J. Clouston, $33.95

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal. Donna Jackson Nakazawa, $32.99

Children of Hoarders: How to Minimize Conflict, Reduce the Clutter & Improve Your Relationship. Fugen Neziroglu & Katherine Donnelly, $22.95

Chinese Medical Gynaecology: a Self-Help Guide to Women's Health. Eddie Dowd, $24.95

The Chronic Pain Care Workbook: a Self-Treatment Approach to Pain Relief Using the Behavioral Assessment of Pain Questionnaire. Michael Lewandowski & Richard Kroening, $39.95

The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Ending Overeating: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Bingeing and Disordered Eating. Ken Goss, $33.95

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Brené Brown, $27.50

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Diary: Monitoring Your Emotional Regulation Day by Day. Matthew McKay & Jeffrey Wood, $21.95

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & Distress Tolerance. Matthew McKay, Jeffrey Wood & Jeffrey Brantley, $31.95

8 Keys to Building Your Best Relationships. Daniel Hughes, $21.00

The Emotionally Absent Mother: a Guide to Self-Healing and Getting the Love You Missed. Jasmin Lee Cori, $19.95

Feel Good: How to Change Your Mood and Cope with Whatever Comes Your Way. Shane Pascoe & Graham Law, $22.95

Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces: a Step-by-Step Guide to the Other Side of Grief, Loss, and Pain. Paul Coleman, $21.95

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Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy. Francine Shapiro, $18.99

Healing Walks for Hard Times: Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body & Get Your Life Back. Carolyn Scott Kortge, $18.95

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. Martin Seligman, $18.95

Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness. Susan Bauer-Wu, $23.95

Living Sensationally: Understanding Your Senses. Winnie Dunn, $24.95

Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, 4th Edition. $59.95

The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms. $21.00

Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently. Sebastian Bailey & Octavious Black, $33.50

The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being. Daniel Siegel, $36.00

The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems. Ronald Siegel, $22.95

The Mindfulness Solution to Pain. Jackie Gardner-Nix & Lucie Costin-Hall, $25.50

Mindfulness-Integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidences and Relationships. Bruno Cayoun, $32.95

Mindset. The New Psychology of Success. Carol Dweck, $23.00

The Mood Repair Toolkit: Proven Strategies to Prevent the Blues from Turning into Depression. David Clark, $20.50

Mothers, Daughters & Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves As We Are. Hillary McBride, $22.99

Mothers Who Can't Love: a Healing Guide for Daughters. Susan Forward, $19.99

My Stroke of Insight: a Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. Jill Bolte Taylor, $18.00

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Daniel Levitin, $22.00

Our Bodies, Ourselves. The Boston Women's Health Collective, $29.99

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Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. Brigid Schultz, $19.99

Partners in Healing: Simple Ways to Offer Support, Comfort and Care to a Loved One Facing Illness. William Collinge, $18.95

Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive. Allison Gilbert, $23.50

Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses. Claire Dederer, $19.00

The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles. Karen Reivich & Andrew Shatté, $18.99

Secrets of an Organized Mom. Barbara Reich, $28.99

The Self Esteem Workbook. Glenn Schiraldi, Matthew McKay & Patrick Fanning, $30.95

The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success: How to Use Your Brain's Executive Skills to Keep Up, Stay Calm, and Get Organized at Work and at Home. Peg Dawson & Richard Guare, $24.95

Smarter: the New Science of Building Brain Power. Dan Hurley, $28.95

SUPERNORMAL: the Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience. Meg Jay, $36.50

What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend. Lissa Rankin, $16.99

When the Body Says No: the Hidden Cost of Stress. Gabor Maté, $22.95

When I’m Gone: Practical Notes for Those You Leave Behind. Kathleen Fraser, $19.95

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, Revised Edition. Christiane Northrup, $26.00

You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace after a Breakup, Divorce, or Death. Louise Hay & David Kessler, $14.99

Zig Zag: the Surprising Path to Greater Creativity. Keith Sawyer, $31.95

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For related titles, see our booklists on Health Care for Infants & Children, Health Care for Teens, Feeding Your Family, Aging, Depression, Parenting with Mental Illness and Addiction

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