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Written by WILL SCHWALBE

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/04/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-73978-0

During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time—and an informal book club of two was born. Through their wide-ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne—and we, their fellow readers—are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact...

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Written by KAREN ARMSTRONG

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 12/27/2011

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74288-9

In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.

The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She...

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LISTENING FOR MEANING IN A WORLD OF NOISE
Written by GEORGE PROCHNIK

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/05/2011

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-767-93121-2

A brilliant, far-reaching exploration of the frontiers of noise and silence, and the growing war between them.

Between iPods, music-blasting restaurants, earsplitting sports stadiums, and endless air and road traffic, the place for quiet in our lives grows smaller by the day. In Pursuit of Silence gives context to our increasingly desperate sense that noise pollution is, in a very real way, an environmental catastrophe. Traveling across the country and meeting and listening to a host of...

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Written by JONATHAN KOZOL

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 08/05/2008

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-39372-2

“What a wonderful book! Anyone who cares about rebuilding our public education system should read it. I could not put it down!”
—Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

“This book cuts to the heart of the matter of what it means to be a teacher today. The truth about testing, vouchers and their impact on public schools–it’s all captured here. But here, too, we also experience the exhilaration of putting together lesson plans, the joys of...

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REINVENTING YOURSELF THROUGH MINDFUL CREATIVITY
Written by ELLEN J. LANGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 03/28/2006

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-45630-4

On Becoming an Artist is loaded with good news. Backed by her landmark scientific work on mindfulness and artistic nature, bestselling author and Harvard psychologist Ellen J. Langer shows us that creativity is not a rare gift that only some special few are born with, but rather an integral part of everyone’s makeup. All of us can express our creative impulses– authentically and uniquely–and, in the process, enrich our lives.

Why then do so many of us merely dream of someday painting, someday...

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THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS
Written by CAROL S. DWECK

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 02/28/2006

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06275-1

A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than twenty years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. In Mindset, she argues that it explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic, shaping our goals, our attitude toward work and relationships, and how we raise our kids—ultimately predicting whether or not we will fulfill our potential.
Dweck demonstrates that mindset unfolds in...

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HOW A SIMPLE ACT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Written by BILL SHORE

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 08/09/2005

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97363-1

AN INSPIRATIONAL MEDITATION ON THE POWER OF CONSCIENCE—HOW A SIMPLE ACT, A MOMENT OF PURPOSE, CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE, YOUR COMMUNITY, EVEN THE WORLD

We all struggle at times to know what to do to seek and abide our conscience—when right and wrong are not black and white, when heart and head speak with different voices, when our intentions and interests are not aligned. If you believe that the outcome of these struggles affects the course of your life, and the lives around you, then this book is...

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DON'T PREPARE, JUST SHOW UP

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages

Publisher: Harmony

On Sale: 05/03/2005

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-08188-2

One of the 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2005, Spirituality & Health magazine

Improv Wisdom
teaches us how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges­helping readers to loosen up, think on their feet, and take on everything life has to offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor. “A good improviser is someone who is awake, not entirely self-focused, and moved by a desire to do something useful and give something back and who acts upon this impulse,” says Madson....

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STORIES AND REFLECTIONS ON SERVICE
Written by RAM DASS, PAUL GORMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/12/1985

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-394-72947-3

In this practical helper's companion, the authors provide support and inspiration fo us in our efforts as members of the helping professions, as volunteers, as community activists, or simply as friends and family trying to meet each other's needs. Here too are deeply moving personal accounts: A housewife brings zoo animals to lift the spirits of nursing home residents; a nun tends the wounded on the first night of the Nicaraguan revolution; a police officer talks a desperate father out of...

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