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Clean & Lean: 30 Days, 30 Foods, A New You! By Ian Smith, New Health Books Media Center 613.25 SMI

Eat clean, get lean! The bestselling author of Shred and The Clean 20 cracks the code for all of us who live in the modern world where we’ve lost touch with what real food is–and how good it tastes–and what our bodies are designed to do.


The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong, New Health Books Media Center 616.8527 ARM

From New York Times bestselling author and blogger Heather B. Armstrong comes an honest and irreverent memoir about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving ten rounds of a chemically induced coma approximating brain death.


The Long Goodbye: The Kara Tippet’s Story featuring Ann Voskamp and Joni Eareckson-Tada with Producer Kevin Kral, Jeremy Smith, and Director Jay Lyons,  New Health Information Media Center 616.99449 LON (Non-fiction DVD)

In The Long Goodbye, a wife and young mother, Kara Tippet, with terminal breast cancer explores the raw edges of dying with grace and dignity. Her honesty and courage inspired hundreds of thousands of fellow moms to follow along through her suffering and eventual death. Her story will uplift and encourage anyone who dares to watch.


Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End by Psychiatrist Tia Powell, New Health Books Media Center 616.831 POW

Dementia Reimagined, is a moving combination of medicine and memoir that peels back the untold history of dementia. By demystifying dementia, Dr. Tia Powell helps us understand it with clearer eyes, from the point of view of both physician and caregiver. Ultimately, she wants us all to know that dementia is not only about loss – it’s also about the preservation of dignity and hope.


Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing by Jill Blakeway, New Health Books Media Center 615.5 BLA

Energy Medicine is a comprehensive look at the groundbreaking field of energy medicine and how it can be used to diagnose and treat illness. Lively, entertaining, and informative, Energy Medicine bridges the gap between science and spirituality and offers a persuasive, evidence-based case that advances this ancient healing practice.


Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales by Oliver Sacks, New Health Books Media Center 610.92 SAC

Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for his neurological case histories and his fascination and familiarity with human behavior at its most unexpected and unfamiliar. Everything in Its Place is a celebration of Sacks’s myriad interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.


Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness by Anne Harrington, New Books Media Center 616.89 HAR

Mind Fixers tells the history of psychiatry’s quest to understand the biological basis of mental illness and asks where we need to go from here. In focusing particularly on the search for the biological roots of schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder, Harrington underscores the high human stakes for the millions of people who have sought answers for their mental suffering.


Hello, Stranger: My Life on the Autism Spectrum by Barbara Moran, New Health Books Media Center 616.85882 MOR

Barbara Moran has never known how to be good. She was institutionalized, analyzed, and marginalized, cast aside as not trying hard enough to fit in.  But after almost forty years, Barbara was given an answer for her inability to be like, and to connect with, other people: autism.  Hello, Stranger is her story of a misunderstood life that serves as an eye-opening call for compassion.


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb, New Health Books Media Center 616.8914 GOT

From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world–where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she).  With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient.


The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris by Mark Honigsbaum, New Health Books Media Center 614.49 HON

Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. In The Pandemic Century, a lively account of scares both infamous and less known, Mark Honigsbaum combines reportage with the history of science and medical sociology to artfully reconstruct epidemiological mysteries and the ecology of infectious diseases.


The Cruise Control Diet: Automate Your Diet and Conquer Weight Loss Forever by Jorge Cruise, New Health Books Media Center 613.25 CRU

Timing is everything when it comes to losing weight. Or, as celebrity trainer Jorge Cruise explains: When we eat is as important as what we eat. Building on the scientifically proven but hard-to-sustain day-on, day-off technique known as “intermittent fasting,” Cruise has developed a revolutionary masterplan that simplifies your calendar and eliminates between-meal hunger.


Food You Want For the Life You Crave: 100+ Healthy, Indulgent, and Flexible Recipes by Nealy Fischer, New Cookbooks Media Center 641.5 FIS

With more than 100 clean, fresh, gluten-free recipes, Food You Want helps you create healthy, energizing dishes, all while saving time and banishing meal prep stress. With Nealy’s flexible, adaptable system you’ll have a simpler recipe for success, both in and out of the kitchen.


The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook: 75 Fresh & Delicious Recipes to Maintain a Healthy Weight by Nicole Hallissey, New Cookbooks Media Center 641.692 HAL

From setting weight loss goals to establishing healthy lifestyle routines, this pescatarian cookbook takes a holistic approach to real, sustainable change. Complete with 75 plant-forward and protein packed recipes, The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook is your total reference for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight on the pescatarian diet.


Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family by Tracy Pollan, New Cookbooks Media Center 641.5636 POL

In Mostly Plants, readers will find inventive and unexpected ways to focus on cooking with vegetables. It includes recipes that satisfy or that can be adapted to almost all dietary needs; vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and dairy free. And the best part: many of these dishes can be on the table in 35 minutes or less. There has never been a better time to cook with vegetables!


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Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
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