Psychology

Welcome to the Grief Club: Because You Don't Have to Go Through It Alone by Janine Kwoh - Book Review

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781523511716
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - February 1st, 2022

It might be hard to read about grief while going through the “immediate afterwards,” but this book helps with that. The chapters are short, and the simple illustrations give a lightness to what is happening. It is a chat between you and the author. It is not “how to grieve” but “how we grieve.” The author has “been there” and gives you tips on how to word your grief. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


A Thousand Ways to Pay Attention: A Memoir of Coming Home to My Neurodivergent Mind by Rebecca Schiller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781615198801
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Published: The Experiment - April 26th, 2022

An excellent memoir that brings to life vividly the inner workings of a neurodivergent mind. Schiller really shows us how one mind can work differently to others, to the “norm”, in a most beautiful, raw, and authentic way. Having recently moved her young family into a new way of life, on a smallholding with vegetable beds, chickens and goats to look after, she is not only finding her feet in nature, but also undergoing many medical tests to find the right diagnosis for her. Laid out month by month, we join Schiller throughout the year that brings her to that knowledge and the changes it brings. I Highly Recommend! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593138519
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Published: Crown - January 25th, 2022

Do you have the ability to focus on a novel? An online article? An email? Or is your mind constantly prowling for more stimulation? Hari's own attention problems prompted his investigation, and what he learned is on display here to help anyone trying to focus. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Tired as F*ck: Burnout at the Hands of Diet, Self-Help, and Hustle Culture by Caroline Dooner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063052970
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Published: Harper Wave - February 8th, 2022

It seems pretty ironic, doesn’t it? Creating a self-help book about how self-help culture ultimately causes more burnout these days. But Caroline Donner’s part-guide, part-memoir actually strongly accomplishes providing the reader reassurance, laughs, and genuine help for getting better. Caroline humbles herself so honestly in this book, bringing her down to all of our anxiety-filled levels. For those of you feeling extra tired of late–especially considering the whirlwind few years we’ve had since this pandemic started–this will be a great book for you to pick up whenever you’re down. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Communion: The Female Search for Love (Love Song to the Nation #2) by bell hooks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780060938291
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 24th, 2002

I recommend reading this after All About Love. Thoughtful, honest, and gently challenging, bell hooks picks up some of the threads of All About Love and continues guiding us further along the path to healing and wholeness, in our hearts and in our selves. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal by Brett Ann Stanciu - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781586422691
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Published: Steerforth - September 14th, 2021

This thought-provoking book, part memoir and part sociological tract, was written by a librarian in a small Vermont town who was rightfully concerned when someone was routinely breaking into the library building. Suspicion fell upon a local man who had a history of drug abuse. After his suicide, she is haunted by the feeling that she should have done more to reach out to the troubled man. She embarks upon a personal crusade to better understand the causes of addiction and the treatments that are available to aid those caught in its web. This is a dark look at the Green Mountain State, where the profusion of drugs cast a long, tragic shadow over bucolic settings of pristine snowfalls and bright autumn leaves. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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