Get to Know a Section: Mind & Body

Article by liz

You may remember our Wellness section from last year--we’ve revamped it as Mind & Body, stocking it with titles centered on mental and physical health, the workings of the body, emotional intelligence, and everything relating to the well-being of, well, minds and bodies! Here are a few engrossing and uplifting titles to highlight our new approach to this section.

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help Cover Image
By Amanda Palmer, Brene Brown (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781455581085
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 11th, 2014

You may know Amanda Palmer from her solo music albums, from her self-described “Brechtian punk cabaret” group The Dresden Dolls, or from her awesome support for independent bookstores along with her husband, Neil Gaiman. What I want you to know her for is her memoir/life guide/deep conversation with a friend, THE ART OF ASKING: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LET PEOPLE HELP. Amanda Palmer’s life focuses on finding moments of connection, from her time as a living statue giving flowers away for each dollar placed in her hat, to her life as an international celebrity drawing hundreds of people to her spur-of-the-moment gigs. It’s a beautiful book about how to set your pride aside and be vulnerable, to not feel alone in the world, to be fearful and honest and strong.

Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455548828
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 13th, 2015

Jessie Close’s story of her lifelong experience with bipolar disorder is a harrowing and gorgeously told memoir of mental illness. It’s painfully honest, and sometimes difficult to read--who wants to think about seeing your body do things as if you’re outside yourself, or passing on a life-altering mental illness to their child? But that’s why this memoir is important--with her sister Glenn’s help (yes, that Glenn Close), Jessie’s made it her life’s work to erase the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. I got chills reading it, but also came to tears a few times reading how her sister and family rallied around her. Their support truly illustrates how mental illness can affect anyone, and how everyone can be a rock to someone they love.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607747307
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

I resented this book the first time I shelved it, with the resentment the guilty feel when presented with a guide to fix what they do wrong. I’m the most cluttered person alive. I saw this book and thought, “Don’t tell me how to live my life.” But this book isn’t a trite combination of tips: Marie Kondo’s got something special. Her philosophy, the KonMari method, focuses on finding the objects in your life that spark joy, about appreciating each possession you have and bringing light and air into you life. She’s never had a client lapse, and her stories of “lessons” with them reinforce one tip: keep it simple. Think about joy. I like that philosophy.

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