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
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.
Breaking Bread with the Dead : A Readers Guide to a More Tranquil Mind
by Alan Jacobs
The modern solution to our problems is turn inwards, to surround ourselves only with that which is like us. Jacobs' answer is just the opposite: to be in conversation with, and to be challenged by, the great thinkers of the past. What can Homer teach us about force? What does Frederick Douglass have to say about our difficulties with the Founding Fathers? And what can we learn from modern authors who are doing this work? How can Ursula K. Le Guin teach us to see the women of the canon differently? BREAKING BREAD WITH THE DEAD is a close reading with a gifted scholar of texts from across the ages, including the work of Amitav Ghosh, Anita Desai, Henrik Ibsen, Jean Rhys, Simone Weil, Edith Wharton, Claude Levi-Strauss, Italo Calvino, and many more. By agreeing to a conversation with the past, we can draw on more wisdom than the modern consciousness offers"
$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.
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