MARCH 31, 2014

Book News by Lauren Sheppard

Hello again, here's what's new and intriguing this time:

A seemingly unlikely advocate for meditation, Russell Simmons, rap producer & philanthropist, has a new book out, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple (9781592408658, Gotham, $20.00, HC) and it's been an instant hit.

Dan Harris' 10 % Happier (9780062265425, Harper, $25.99, HC) is a spiritual book that is [...]

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Astrology

Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says about You

Michelle Bernhardt
(Quirk Books, $19.95, PB, 9781594746918)

Renowned astrologer Michele Bernhardt's bright and insightful guide to birthday colors is back with an all-new cover inspired by the iconic Pantone color system. Discover every vibrant aspect of your personality with Colorstrology, a fascinating blend of astrology, numerology, and color theory that offers exciting new insights about our lives and relationships.

Biography - Autobiography

For the Sender: Love Is (Not a Feeling) [With CD (Audio)]

Alex Woodard
(Hay House, $19.95, HC, 9781401941239)

Author and singer-songwriter Alex Woodard's For the Sender is based on a letter to him from Wayne Dyer's daughter and another letter from Scarlett Lewis whose six-year-old son died a hero while saving his friends' lives in the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary-school massacre. The end result is a deeply empowering reading and listening experience that will be featured in Dr. Dyer's 2014 PBS special and on stages nationwide this spring.

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Buddhism

Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart

Rodney Smith
(Shambhala Publications, $19.95, PB, 9781611801262)

One of today's most highly regarded Insight Meditation teachers describes the process of enlightenment in a way anyone can understand. Rodney Smith also provides brief, powerful exercises that enable us to challenge the reality of our thoughts in order to free ourselves from the illusion they keep us bound to, all the while steering us away from the temptation to regard spiritual practice as a process of self-improvement or a goal to be obtained.

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Children's

Good-Bye, Bumps!: Talking to What's Bugging You

Wayne W. Dyer and Saje Dyer; Illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick
(Hay House, $14.95, HC, 9781401945855)

In Good-bye, Bumps!, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and his daughter Saje tell a remarkable story from her childhood in which she was able to overcome a physical condition in a very unique way. This sweet story offers valuable lessons that will remind all readers, both young and old, of what can be done with the childlike belief in what is possible. Ages 5 - 8

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Cooking & Food

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Deborah Madison
(Ten Speed Press, $40.00, HC, 9781607745532)

Revised with more than 1,600 classic and exquisitely simple recipes for home cooks, and more than 200 new recipes plus updated information on vegetarian and vegan ingredients, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is not just for vegetarians and vegans--it's for everyone interested in learning how to cook vegetables creatively, healthfully, and passionately.

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Divination

Spirit Boards for Beginners: The History & Mystery of Talking to the Other Side

Alexandra Chauran
(Llewellyn Publications, $13.99, PB, 9780738738741)

While spirit boards have sometimes received a negative reputation, they are a safe way to communicate when used properly. Sharing dozens of heartwarming tales and creepy encounters, silly games and life-changing occurrences, author Alexandra Chauran provides everything you need to know to make the most out of your spirit board experience.

Health & Healing

Chia Vitality: 30 Days to Better Health, Greater Vibrancy, and a More Meaningful and Purposeful Life

Janie Hoffman
(Harmony, $16.00, PB, 9780804139786)

In Chia Vitality, Mamma Chia founder Janie Hoffman shows how integrating chia into your diet can boost your stamina, help you lose weight, and feel more alive than ever before. Informed by research as well as Hoffman's personal experience this program offers a 30-day integrative approach to well-being with this little superseed that will be your gateway to a vitality filled life.

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House and Home

Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home

Lauren Rosenfeld and Melva Green
(Beyond Words Publishing, $16.00, PB, 9781582704579)

Everyone's lives could use some serious decluttering. Breathing Room takes you on an enlightening room-by-room tour where each room in your home corresponds to a "room" in your heart, and where decluttering will not just make space but improve the spirit.

Inspiration and Personal Growth

Being of Power: The 9 Practices to Ignite an Empowered Life

Baron Baptiste
(Hay House, $12.95, PB, 9781401919047)

In Being of Power, wildly popular and best-selling author Baron Baptist argues that our personal philosophy and view need as much updating as the technology in our lives. The nine practices in this book are the stepping-stones on the path back to your essential authenticity, and rediscovering who you are and what's possible.

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Music

Himalayan Sound Revelations

Frank Perry
(Polair Publishing, $29.95, PB, 9781905398317)

This compendious but readable volume on the Tibetan Singing Bowl should quickly establish itself as the definitive work on the subject. Readers will be introduced to sounds not just from Tibetan bowls and the techniques used to sound them, but Chinese bells, drilbu and ding-sha, the planets, elements and chakras, and more. There is almost nothing that is not here that readers won't find enjoyable.

New Thought

Exploring the Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Split Minds and Meta-Realities

Joseph Chilton Pearce; Foreword by Thom Hartmann
(Park Street Press, $14.95, PB, 9781620552544)

In this classic follow-up to his bestselling The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Joseph Chilton Pearce explains the process of acculturation and the mechanisms that create our self-limiting "cosmic egg" of consensus reality. Pearce will teach you how to discover the cosmic egg's inherent cracks to restore wholeness to our minds, release us from our fear of death, and reestablish our ability to create our own realities through imagination and biological transcendence.

Science

Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death

Sam Parnia with Josh Young
(HarperOne, $14.99, PB, 9780062080615)

Erasing Death is a fascinating discussion which reveals that death is not a moment in time but a process--a process that can be interrupted well after it has begun. Dr. Parnia reveals how some form of "afterlife" may be uniquely ours, as evidenced by the continuation of the human mind and psyche after the brain stops functioning. Erasing the Death is a thoroughly researched book that will have you rethinking what we believe about the border between life and death.

Self Help

Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom

Andrea Brandt
(W. W. Norton & Company, $22.95, HC, 9780393708943)

This user friendly and vital guide offers simple tools of mindfulness to strengthen your connection with your inner world and learn to explore your anger, paying heed to the important messages it is sending.