♦ ‘My Glory Was I Had Such Friends’ Is A Love Letter to the Power of Friendship [REVIEW]

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Amy Silverstein and friends at her book launch party for My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.
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Amy Silverstein knows a thing or two about hearts. She is on her third one! But her second heart transplant almost didn’t happen. She’d almost given up on life when she got sick again, some 26 years after her first transplant. What she hadn’t counted on, however, was the immense power of friendship.  Read more of this post

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‘My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward’ Offers Insight Into the Pain of Mental Illness [REVIEW]

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When a man finds out that his wife is mentally ill, will he have the strength to stick by her? Find out in Mark Lukach’s powerful memoir, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward. (Photo by Lawrence Murray, Flickr)

Nearly all of us are taught the classic stories where boy meets girl. But not every couple gets a “happy ever after.” Sometimes, even the most dazzling romances can get dark and twisty, especially when mental illness rears its ugly head. In his memoir My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, Mark Lukach recounts the frightening tale of how his beautiful bride became someone he didn’t recognize, and what it took to keep his young family together.  Read more of this post

Remove the Toxins from Your Diet with ‘The Plant Paradox’ [REVIEW]

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Foods you eat every day are trying to kill you. Find out which ones in Steven R. Gundry’s The Plant Paradox.
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We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” But in the era of Genetically Modified Organisms, this maxim can produce a lot of anxiety. That’s why world-renowned heart surgeon Steven R. Gundry, MD has written The Plant Paradox. Here he helps us navigate the world of food so we can eat better and live longer.   Read more of this post

Rethink the Way You Eat to Get ‘Head Strong’ [REVIEW]

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Are you chronically frustrated, sluggish, and hungry? Take charge of your life and fix your brain in just two weeks with Dave Asprey’s Head Strong. (Photo by iStock)

Every day we make countless decisions. What should we wear? When do we eat? Where will we go? If these little decisions seem to frustrate you, it’s time to fix your brain, and the bulletproof executive, Dave Asprey, is here to help us get our heads back on straight with his new book, Head Strong. 
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Doctor Takes ‘Epic Measures’ to Revolutionize Health Care [REVIEW]

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Dr. Christopher Murray uses Big Data to change the way we look at how and why people die around the globe.
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Doctors have always looked at ways to treat the health crisis of the day, from the Black Death to cancer to AIDS. What they have not done, however, is study and compare how, why, and where people die on a global scale… at least, until now. In journalist Jeremy N. Smith’s important book, Epic Measures, he introduces us to the man who has tackled this massive project and is gradually changing health care around the planet.  Read more of this post