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We have a beautiful new vegan cookbook called Plum (9781570617911, Sasquatch Books, $29.95, HC) by Makini Howell from Seattle’s renowned Plum Bistro. This book has lots of pictures and a large variety of recipes from fundamentals to desserts.
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Ancient Mysteries & Controversial Knowledge
(Bear & Company, $20.00, PB, 9781591431572)
Before Atlantis offers a comprehensive exploration of Earth's ancient past, the evolution of humanity, the rise of civilization, and the effects of global catastrophe. Author Frank Joseph provides a 20-million-year timeline of the rise and fall of ancient civilizations, both human and pre-human, the evolutionary stages of humanity, and the catastrophes and resulting climate changes that triggered them all--events that our relatively young civilization may soon experience.
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Biography - Autobiography
(Riverhead Books, $16.00, PB, 9781594631498)
In this deeply funny book, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, eager to escape his life in Berlin, decides on a whim to join a friend on an ancient pilgrimage route across Spain. What ensues is a irreverent, moving, hilarious, and thought-provoking journey beautifully capture in A Sense of Direction. Across three pilgrimages and many hundreds of miles, Lewis-Kraus completes an idiosyncratic odyssey to the heart of a family mystery and a human dilemma: How do we come to terms with what has been and what is--and find a way forward, with purpose? Now in paperback
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Michaela Haas, Foreword by His Holiness the Karmapa
(Snow Lion Publications, $16.95, PB, 9781559394079)
Dakini Power offers personal reflections and life stories from 12 contemporary female Tibetan Buddhist teachers, both Westerners and Tibetans, who share insights into how they discovered their true calling, overcame barriers, and developed the courage, determination, and wisdom to progress on the spiritual path. Meeting these teachers in this book, readers will be inspired to let go of old fears, explore new paths, and lead the lives they envision.
Also New in Buddhism:
Michael J. Harner
(North Atlantic Books, $19.95, PB, 9781583945469)
In this long-awaited sequel to The Way of the Shaman, Michael J. Harner provides new evidence of the reality of heavens. Drawing from a lifetime of personal shamanic experiences and more than 2,500 reports of Westerners' experiences during shamanic ascension, Harner's new book is a must-read not only for those interested in shamanism, but also for those interested in spirituality, comparative religion, near-death experiences, healing, consciousness, anthropology, and the nature of reality.
Cooking & Food
(Fair Winds Press, $21.99, PB, 9781592335480)
Author Allyson Kramer, founder of the popular g-free vegan blog Manifest Vegan, has written an exciting cookbook for the home chef who likes to explore a world of cuisines, regardless of allergies or dietary restrictions. With more than 100 globally-inspired recipes, Kramer invites you to step inside and travel the globe while still adhering to your plant-based, gluten-free diet with ethnic entrees you may have thought were off-limits, but are actually even better re-imagined!
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Maggie Oman Shannon, Foreword by Mary Anne Radmacher
(Viva Editions, $16.95, PB, 9781936740406)
In the modern way in which we live, there is noise everywhere, making it difficult for people to find a calm space in the world. In Crafting Calm, a D.I.Y. guide to peace of mind, you'll find inspiring ideas for how to do exactly that through a wide range of creative exercises. In this book, author Maggie Oman Shannon explores crafts and creativity as a practice with enormous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Whether you're an aspiring artist, longtime craftsperson, or someone who has never set foot in a craft-store, you'll find something in Crafting Calm to inspire you.
Health & Healing
(William Morrow & Company, $26.99, HC, 9780062225511)
In 77 Questions for Skillful Living, integrative medicine pioneer Michael Finkelstein guides readers through the questions that will help them understand wellness on a deep level by taking them beyond conventional medicine to examine the intricate network of factors that lie behind many common illnesses--and empowers them to take their health back. It's time to walk down another path, one where the answers are in the questions.
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Inspiration and Personal Growth
Do Not Go Quietly: A Guide to Living Consciously and Aging Wisely for People Who Weren't Born Yesterday
George and Sedena Cappannelli
(Hay House, $24.95, HC, 9781401942496)
Do Not Go Quietly is an extraordinary and important book on how to live with greater mindfulness in each present moment so that we can more fully celebrate our lives, live our dreams, and heal any wounds that may encumber us.
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(Sounds True, $19.95, HC, 9781604079333)
When we look for a meditation teacher, we want someone who has an intimate knowledge of the path. That's why so many have turned to Pema Chodron, whose gentle yet straightforward guidance has been a lifesaver for both first-time and experienced meditators. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book that explores in-depth what she considers the essentials for an evolving practice that helps you live in a wholehearted way. Here is in indispensable book from the meditation teacher who remains a first choice for students the world over.
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Annie Kagan, Foreword by Raymond Moody
(Hampton Roads Publishing Company, $16.95, PB, 9781571746948)
When Annie Kagan's brother Billy died unexpectedly, she never expected she would hear from him again. But a few weeks after his death, Billy did contact Annie and this new-found experience changed her life. One of the most detailed after-death communications ever recorded, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers takes you on an unprecedented journey into the mysteries of life beyond death.
Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander
(Basic Books, $35.00, HC, 9780465018475)
Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander, two leading scholars, show how analogy-making pervades human thought at all levels, influencing the choice of words and phrases in speech, providing guidance in unfamiliar situations, and giving rise to great acts of imagination. By plunging the reader into an extraordinary variety of colorful situations involving language, thought, and memory, by revealing bit by bit the constantly churning cognitive mechanisms normally completely hidden from view, and by discovering in them one central, invariant core, this book puts forth a radical and deeply surprising new vision of the act of thinking.
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Tara Bennett-Goleman, Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
(HarperOne, $26.99, HC, 9780062130884)
New York Times bestselling author Tara Bennett-Goleman is back with her new book, Mind Whispering, which shows us that we have choices in our moods, emotions, actions, and reactions. Mind Whispering teaches how to manage our brains, and incorporate the timeless wisdom of mindfulness into everyday situations to improve our relationships and free ourselves, living with a lasting sense of happiness. With a foreword by the Dalai Lama, this important book gives you the keys to lasting emotional freedom.
Bradley J. Malkovsky
(HarperCollins, $25.99, HC, 9780061840685)
God's Other Children is a remarkable and charming spiritual travelogue that tells the tale of a Catholic religious scholar who goes to India to study Hinduism and winds up falling in love with an Indian woman and marrying into her Muslim family. This intimate book includes colorful stories of his healing by a Hindu physician, an experience at a life-changing Buddhist meditation retreat, preparing for his secret wedding, and partaking in the "lifting of the stone" at a famous Muslim shrine. This book is Malkovsky's reflection on the compelling questions about truth, God, and faith that arose during his journey.
(Tarcher, $13.95, PB, 9780399161834)
In Safe Journey, Julia Cameron, bestselling author of The Artist's Way, shares the prayers, tools, and strategies she uses when traveling in order to overcome her fears and to enjoy the excitement that accompanies all of life's great adventures. Employing travel as a metaphor for all of the potentially frightening journeys we take in life--be it a cross-country flight or the journey to a new destination in life--Cameron takes readers by the hand, offering techniques that will enable them not only to rest easy for the duration of the trip but to feel exhilarated by the anticipation for whatever awaits them at the end of their travels. Full of the wisdom that has endeared her to readers everywhere, Safe Journey is a slim little volume that will provide a world of comfort and inspiration for readers as they navigate life's journeys.
Also New in Self Help:
Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., Forward by Don Miguel Ruiz, Sr.
(Hierophant Publishing, $18.95, HC, 9781938289088)
In The Five Levels of Attachment, the first son of don Miguel Ruiz builds on the principles found in his father's book, The Four Agreements. Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. helps you gain awareness of the agreements you have been implicitly making all these years that shape your reality and affect your future. Here, he shows you how to release the attachments which no longer reflect who you really are and return to your True, Authentic Self--unhindered by judgment and free to pursue your true life's calling.
Samael Aun Weor
(Glorian Publishing, $7.95 , PB, 9781934206799)
In this meaningful text, Samael Aun Weor, a reincarnated lama from the Sacred Order of Tibet, teaches us that the health and vitality of the physical body is essential for anyone who aspires towards the awakening of the consciousness. Initiated students of Tantric traditions are taught exercises called Yantra Yoga to promote the health and fortitude needed for their rigorous self-development. Here, Weor skillfully demonstrates a synthesized and refined sequence of Yantric exercises with profound benefits that anyone can experience.