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Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins
Esther the Wonder Pig
by Steve Jenkins
read in June, 2016
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The Esther effect is real. The moment when the bacon-frying Derek looks down, sees his beloved pig Esther eagerly anticipating dinner and realizes dinner can no longer be the flesh of her kin is everything. As is the instant the shopping husband puts ...more
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Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
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Less a food memoir and more a cleaned-up response to tabloid rumors about her love life. Like her favorite Indian snacks, initially tasty but ultimately unsatisfying.
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The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth
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Give up reasons and do, don’t try to do. I wanted to be inspired by this book after a promising start and (no buts allowed) was frequently bored so I finished unsatisfied. More pep talk than substance.
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Stitches by Anne Lamott
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
by Anne Lamott (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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Soulful sentiments about life’s difficulties but shared scattershot, about unrelated events long passed, some having little to do with her. Like she was trying to convince herself that sh*t happens but we can be stitched up again, however patchy and ...more
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How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia
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This is a diet book – for dropping the mental weight of pages not written. It follows the same principles that us dietitians advocate for dropping the pounds. Set measurable goals, create a plan/schedule to meet those goals, monitor your progress, re ...more
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The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Vegetarian
by Han Kang
read in February, 2016
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One woman’s journey towards becoming a tree. Yeong-hye’s dreams change her from placid, prolific meat-cooking wife to incomprehensible vegetarian. Her husband resorts to rape because she won’t sleep with his meat-stinking flesh. Her quiet yet unyield ...more
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Always Too Much and Never Enough by Jasmin Singer
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A tale of rebirth with an engaged vegan perspective. While a good chunk of the book focuses on her self-proclaimed food addiction, like all successful recovery memoirs, it’s more about the awakening that results once she’s brave enough to be brutally ...more
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Kindfulness by Brahm
Kindfulness
by Brahm
read in February, 2016
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Kindfulness is about dealing with aversion, anything that keeps us from being present, accepting, and welcoming of what’s right now. It’s about breaking the habit of reacting negatively to undesirable states of mind and perpetuating the cycle of ange ...more
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The Trauma of Everyday Life by Mark Epstein
The Trauma of Everyday Life
by Mark Epstein
read in January, 2016
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Such a disappointing muddle. What was introduced as an exploration of the universal experience and aversion to illness, aging, and dying somehow got stuck in the quicksand of Winnicott’s theories about good enough mothering. Epstein is trying to work ...more
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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
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There is nothing fun to be said about witnessing the decline and death of your 90-something year-old parents. Brutally honest and personal, Chast honors her parents near 70 year marriage while also recounting what's painful in being present for them ...more
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C.G. Jung
“The greatest and most important problems of life are all in a certain sense insoluble…. They can never be solved, but only outgrown…. This ‘outgrowing’, as I formerly called it, on further experience was seen to consist in a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest arose on the person’s horizon, and through this widening of view, the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms, but faded out when confronted with a new and stronger life-tendency.”
C.G. Jung

Carolyn G. Heilbrun
“We women have lived too much with closure: "If he notices me, if I marry him, if I get into college, if I get this work accepted, if I get this job" -- there always seems to loom the possibility of something being over, settled, sweeping clear the way for contentment. This is the delusion of a passive life. When the hope for closure is abandoned, when there is an end to fantasy, adventure for women will begin.”
Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Writing A Woman's Life

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