Holistic Health Books


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Here’s a collection of our favourite holistic health books. Not all of them are traditional health books (as in nutrition/spirituality guides), though they will all provide excellent food for thought on how you can improve your health, and increase your understanding of the world around you. The links provided are (generally) to the cheapest versions we could find of the books (when including shipping). Almost all of the books are between €8 and €12 (it’s free shipping with Book Depository), so they are an excellent way to start building your health library! Just click on the book name and it will open a new tab for purchasing the book.

 

*The Amazon links will be included soon too, as if you’re planning on buying a couple of books (approx. €40), it’s free shipping and can be good value! 

 


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ThriveThrive focuses on reducing stressors on your body by making changes in your diet. The author feels this is a potent means to not only increase training/recovery capacity for athletes, but also a means of increasing energy and well-being in general. The layout of the book is quite simple, and he covers most of the basic principles that guide his nutritional philosophy which, broadly speaking, is about increasing the amount of alkaline foods in your diet while decreasing the amount of acidic foods in your diet. There's a 12 week meal plan, as well as a collection of recipes which are (for the most part) reasonably straight forward once a few adjustments are made to your shopping basket. He also provides a collection of recipes for sports related nutrition, such as pre/post workout shakes and discusses the impact of different forms of protein on the body.Brendan Brazier: Thrive (BD)

Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness (Amazon)
The China StudyThis, widely considered the best book on nutrition of the last decade, is a revolutionary look at how our diet is impacting on our health. The study, carried out over 3-4 decades, is one of the longest running studies on human nutrition in history. The book gives insights into degenerative diseases and discusses "Western" health problems in light our modern diet.T. Colin Cambell: The China Study (BD)

China Study, The: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health (Amazon)
Crazy Sexy DietCrazy Sexy Diet is not so much a diet as it is a cleanse, so don't instantly think of this as a weightloss programme. Kris Carr attributes her beating cancer to the alkalizing effects of the foods in this 21-day eating plan. This reduces inflammation and toxicity in the body, which has obvious knock-on effects for your health. It should be noted that Kris Carr doesn't really advocate half measures in her journey to health and as such this book is about getting rid of ALL the bad bits you've let into your diet... and some of them you might not be so happy to part with. Regardless of this, any steps in the right direction that this book brings about is most certainly worth 3 weeks without your morning coffee (you can always substitute it for Yerba Mate!).Kris Carr: Crazy Sexy Diet (BD)

Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean it! (Amazon)
PTTPAn exceptional entry book into the world of one of the most renowned strength coaches who revolutionized western fitness ideology. This book contains all the resources necessary to get you on your way to top performance, with many of the techniques advocated within being used by elite athletes and martial artists. The book provides templates for routines, routine progressions, movement patterns, and gives some background on top level strength athletes just to keep things interesting. An incredibly easy read, Power to the People is a must for anyone serious about progressing towards intermediate lifting. The "Professional" edition (found by clicking on the name in brackets above) is an altogether different level. Primarily suited to intermediate lifters, it contains advanced techniques and routines (like the Smolov) which won't be of use without having first encorporated the techniques from his first book, PTTP. It is, regardless of its intended audience, an excellent read.Pavel Tsatsouline: Power to the People (BD)

Power to the People: Russian Strength Training Secrets for Every American (Amazon)

Power to the People!: Russian Strength Training Secrets for Every American (Kindle)
The Power of NowWith nearly 80,000 reviews on Goodreads, it's clear that this is more than just another book on spirituality. Tolle brings awareness into your life with a simple style of writing that is both encouraging and supportive. This is more of a guide than a book, given that Tolle brings you through a series of lessons/ideas that help to increase your awareness, helping you to be more present. This is the basis of bettering many facets of your life (work, relationships, creativity)Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now (BD)

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (Amazon)
Peace IsThich Nhat Hanh is a world renowned practitioner of mindfulness and teacher of how to make mindfulness a part of your life, and how you can use mindfulness to enrich your life and bring a sense of calm to your being. In this wonderful introduction to mindfulness, we are guided towards understanding the meditative presence that is available to us now in everything we do, if we are willing to let go of our own background noise and embrace the beauty that is everywhere around us.Thich Nhat Hanh: Peace is Every Step (BD)

Audio Book Version (BD)

Peace Is Every Step (Amazon)

Peace Is Every Step (Kindle)

Peace Is Every Step (Audible)
Fast ExerciseAn excellent introduction into HIIT and new exercise research. Mosley's writing style is very accessible and makes for an enjoyable read. He also gives a great deal of insight into the research and ideas behind our current exercise theories. He covers both the why and the how, and gives not only a selection of exercises to use, but also sample routines.

This book is for anyone who wants to get in shape, but doesn't want to join a gym and who doesn't have a lot of time. The only caveat to be added is not to neglect resistance training for the sake of convenience, given the innumerable benefits it has for your bones, joints, and muscles.
Dr. Michael Mosley: Fast Exercise (BD)

Fast Exercise (Amazon)
AwarenessA book that is both incredibly powerful and incredibly gentle, DeMello looks to guide the reader towards a higher level of self awareness. The book reads like a conversation, giving you the feeling that you are being taken through the steps by the author himself. Profound and simple, DeMello uses anecdotes and lessons to demonstrate our inability to clearly and without prejudice react to everyday situations, and then highlights ways to increase our awareness of both our habitual behaviors and emotions.Anthony DeMello: Awareness (BD)

Awareness (Amazon)
The Book of TeaA book written by the Japanese philosopher Okakura, the book discusses how Zen and Taoist ideas such as simplicity are demonstrated in the Japanese tea ceremony and how the ideals of Taoism underpinned the culture of tea. The book of tea is a must read for any tea lover, and a wonderful insight into Japanese tea culture!Okakura: The Book of Tea (BD)

The Book of Tea (Penguin Little Black Classics) (Amazon)
The Art of LearningNot so much a guide to learning in the sense of rote memorization, Waitzkin seems more interested in helping the develop a set of tools applicable to internalizing any skill and becoming highly proficient. Having mastered two completely different skills (firstly Chess and then Tai Chi), Waitzkin found that there were stages and processes common in progressing in both, regardless of the nature of the skill (be it physical or mental).Josh Waitzkin: The Art of Learning (BD)

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance (Amazon)
The Harney & Sons Guide to TeaA wonderful guide that makes teas accessible to all who are willing to spend a few minutes going through the tasting steps. Harney removes much of the mystique surrounding tea tasting and gives an introduction into the terminology as well as an overview of the tastes to be expected when trying a variety of different teas, and from a variety of places.Michael Harney: The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea (BD)

The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea (Amazon)
The Four Hour BodyThere's not really much more that could be fit into 4 hours. This book aims to streamline getting the body you want, not just beach bikini ready - diet body, but how to master countless skills and get the shape that you want. While it can, at times, take an overly simplistic view of synergists (e.g. if you JUST take X grams of this in the morning and do 100 body weight squats, it will supercharge your results), there is an incredible amount of actionable information that can be encorporated into your daily routine to bring about tangible differences, and even if they aren't earth-shattering, if you're moving in the right direction that's all that counts.Tim Ferriss: The 4 Hour Body (BD)

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (Amazon)
Lateral ThinkingA course in approaching problem solving more creatively and learning to think outside the box. This was a groundbreaking work by someone who asked the very simple question, why don't we learn how to think (and why aren't kids learning how to think at school)? Deceptive in its simplicity, it points to the obvious (and therefore all to often overlooked idea) that thinking is a skill that can, and should, be developed to increase ones own ability to make sensible decisions.Edward DeBono: Lateral Thinking (BD)

Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity (Amazon)
Awaken the Giant WithinA classic in the world of personal development / self-help, Awaken the Giant Within is a wonderful work that strives to empower and uplift its readers. Tony Robbins takes a realistic approach to life, its problems, our expectations, and then lays out a plan to help overcome the problems and to achieve beyond what we thought was possible.

In a recent video made by Tony, he says that the driving force in anyone's life is progress, that progress (in any form) is what energises us, and what motivates us to strive for more, and he is very genuine in his attempt to give us the tools to do this in his book ATGW.
Tony Robbins: Awaken the Giant Within (BD)

Audio Book (BD Audio)

Awaken The Giant Within (Amazon)

Awaken the Giant Within (Audible)
Thinking, Fast and SlowDiscussing how behaviour altering phenomena such as "priming" are everywhere and why our brains default into "fast thinking", Thinking, Fast and Slow offers us a glimpse into decision making process that we unconsciously employ hundreds of times a day. Nobel prize winning Kahneman's writing style is conversational and manages to discuss his years of research into the thinking process without burdening the reader with huge amounts of scientific terminology.Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow (BD)

Thinking, Fast and Slow (Amazon)

Thinking, Fast and Slow (Audible)
Man's Search for MeaningPsychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has inspired generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945, Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

Frankl's theory--known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")--holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful
Viktor Frankl: Man's Search For Meaning (BD)

Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust (Amazon)

Man's Search for Meaning (Audible)
A Brief HistoryBoth books offer a wonderful glimpse of the frontier of theoretical physics for the layman. While many of the ideas in a "Brief History" are outdated given the rapid advancements in the field, it still stands as a great introduction into the work of Hawking, without being overly dry or bogged down with jargon. The Universe in a Nutshell is a more complete and up to date guide to the cosmos, written in Hawking's compelling and even humorous style, but requires a little more work and time (whatever that is).Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time (BD)

A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes (Amazon)
The Purposeful PrimitiveUsing routines from some of the greatest strength athletes of all time, Marty Gallagher looks to break down the techniques and programmes they used to gain superhuman strength. Not a book for advanced lifters, this serves as an excellent template for beginner - intermediate lifters and provides plenty of sample routines for building strength. It also includes some background and anecdotes on top lifters to help understand the mindset that they had and how this applies to strength as more than just a collection of muscles. The Purposeful Primitive is an entertaining read with a lot of food for thought for anyone interested in getting stronger.Marty Gallagher: The Purposeful Primitive (BD)

Purposeful Primitive: From Fat & Flaccid to Lean & Powerful (Amazon)

The Purposeful Primitive: From Fat and Flaccid to Lean and Powerful (Kindle)
Ideas and OpinionsEinstein is (unfortunately) only remembered for his towering intellect, but rarely for his abundance of compassion and wisdom. Ideas and Opinions is a collection of just that. Covering his thoughts on all matter of topics, the reader gets to see the depth of Einstein thinking, and the incredible clarity with which he can communicate his ideas (not to mention his sense of humor).

Not for those looking to further their knowledge of physics, but for those who wish to read what lay behind E=MC2
Albert Einstein: Ideas and Opinions (BD)

Ideas and Opinions (Condor Books) (Amazon)

The Anti-Estrogenic DietWhenever someone who knows Ori Hofmekler mentions his name, there's generally a wry smile on their face and they quickly follow up any comment made by saying he's "eccentric" or "quirky" (to say the least). He has very clear views on what it is to be healthy and how to get their, and The Anti-Estrogenic Diet is a great introduction into his school of thought. The book looks to outline why we have so many health problems and how to remove these damaging phyto-estrogens from our diet. Ultimately his goal is to help you get lean, get strong, and be indestructible.Ori Hofmekler: The Anti-Estrogenic Diet (BD)
ShantaramA modern day Papillon, this semi-autobiographical story is so beautifully decorated with intimate details of life in India, that only someone who had really lived this story could have written. After breaking out of prison, "Lynn" flees to India and ends up working for the mafia, which eventually lands real life Lynn in jail in Germany, and then Australia, where he begins to write this tail of brotherhood, betrayal, adventure, love and above all, the magic that is Mumbai. A must read for anyone thinking about a trip to India (though it has to be said, if you're not thinking about a trip to India the audio book does an incredible job of bringing the story to life - for anyone who has an Audible account).Gregory Robert Davidson: Shantaram (BD)

Shantaram (Amazon)

Shantaram (Audible)
Coming of Age in the Milky WayThis book (and the next by Brian Greene) both cover the topic of where we fit in the universe, how we got here, and who made our understanding of this possible.

With 12 years of research culminating in this chronicle of how we came to live on a globe and not a cube, and how we now know that gravity doesn't just make apples fall on layabout geniuses, without being overly dense on scientific terminology. Coming of age in the Milky Way gives an incredible introduction into how far we have come in our current understanding of the cosmos, and who helped us get there, which is what just about everyone wonders when they look up at night.
Timothy Ferris: Coming of Age in the Milky Way (BD)
The Elegant UniverseThe Elegant Universe is a book for anyone with an unquenchable sense of wonder, who wishes that they'd thrown caution to the wind and studied theoretical physics with the intent of becoming the next Einstein (or extra on The Big Bang Theory) instead of something more practical. Brian Greene, a leading expert on string theory, covers simple matters such as the 5th, 6th, and 7th dimension (oh, and the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th!?), and makes the most promising (and at times baffling) current theories modelling our universe accessible to all.Brian Greene: The Elegant Universe (BD)

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (Amazon)
OutliersA book that caused a revolution in how people approach the simple matter of success. Producing (or at least repackaging) some revolutionary ideas on how people achieve success, and why some are destined for it. With ideas such as the now infamous "10,000 hours", Gladwell has tried to give an unbiased analysis of what it takes to be successful, and more importantly what success really means.

“The lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked. We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But that's the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one thirteen-year-old unlimited access to a time sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today?”
Malcolm Gladwell: Outliers (BD)

Outliers: The Story of Success (Amazon)
The Sports GeneFollowing on from incredibly insightful Outliers, we have David Epstein's equally informative and provocative book, The Sports Gene. Thoroughly researched and full of wonderful insights into how top athletes excel in their chosen field of expertise, Epstein looks to answer an age old question that has plagued everyone from the weekend warriors to competitive athletes:

"The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?"
David Epstein: The Sports Gene (BD)

The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth About Success (Amazon)

The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth About Success (Audible)
The Power of HabitAn exceptionally interesting look at how habit effect every aspect of our lives, from shopping to business decisions, and from exercise to marketing. Duhigg presents an incredibly well researched look into the world of habit formation, both conscious and unconscious, and includes many business case studies and research studies to make this information more accessible. The Power of Habit combines both interesting insights into the world of marketing and practical information that can be applied to our own journeys of good habit formation.Charles Duhigg: The Power of Habit (BD)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change (Amazon)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change (Audible)
Becoming a Supple LeopardKelly started out doing mobility and movement correction within the Crossfit community, and quickly began a revolution in how we view mobility issues with regards exercise performance. By focusing on movement patterns instead of muscle imbalances and new approaches to myofascial release, he managed to streamline his approach into a highly effective feedback loop in which movement limitations are first addressed using stretching and “smashing”, and then mobility issues are corrected within the context of movement patterns. A must for anyone looking seriously at taking up a sport, but having difficulty with mobility or pains during certain movement patterns. (Not cheap, and not for those looking only to dabble in mobility work)Kelly Starrett: Becoming a Supple Leopard (BD)

Becoming a Supple Leopard (Amazon)
Bragg Healthy LifestyleBragg has been a household name for the past 20+ years with any who felt that they should be able to improve their quality of life with food and natural means. Producing their own range of health products (including the famous apple cider vinegar, infamous for those who didn't realize you should dilute it), the Bragg family have been supporters of natural living for decades, and have been helping people reclaim their health for as long. This book provides an introduction into the Bragg system of health, and then covers nutrition, diet, sunshine, exercise, breathing, and fasting. First published over 30 years ago, this books shows us how far we have fallen in our understanding of health and are only now relearning (particularly with regards breathing, fasting and sunshine).Paul Bragg: Bragg Healthy Lifestyle (BD)

Bragg Healthy Lifestyle: Vital Living to 120! (Amazon)
The Ascent of MoneyHarvard Professor Niall Ferguson’s introduction into the world of money is a perfect illustration of just how confuddled mass media has made us on the subject. A lucid and entertaining look at the rise of finance and it’s impact on the world’s economies, The Ascent of Money is a must read for any who wonders what ABS’s are, or what really happens when banks create CDO’s, or just what really happened when the world economy was nearly brought to a standstill through the collapse of a handful of financial institutions.Niall Ferguson: The Ascent of Money (BD)

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (Amazon)

 

Here comes our next section of books…

We like to think of this as the next level up in terms of understanding your health, the world around you, and (as always) being amazed by all the things our bodies and minds do. There’s a good mix of science, progressive thinking, alternative health, and global issues, and ALL will provide valuable food for thought for those willing to take new perspectives on health, spirituality, and the body. We should mention some of these books are a little more expensive (they range from about €8 – €30), though all are worth their respective price-tag and more! Without further ado…

 

The Body Electric - Robert Becker“In this landmark book, Robert O. Becker, M.D., a pioneer in the field of bioelectric science, presents a fascinating look at the role electricity plays in healing, challenging the traditional mechanistic model of the body. Colorful and controversial, this is a tale of engrossing research, scientific and medical politics, and breakthrough discoveries that offer new possibilities for fighting disease and harnessing the body's healing powers”.

“If you have ever wondered what role electricity plays in the body or how different forms of radiation affect physiology - this book will answer many of your questions and inspire many new ones”
The Body Electric - Robert Becker (BD)

The Body Electric (Amazon)
The Spark in the Machine - Daniel Keown“Confronting skeptics and arguing that Western physicians cannot afford to ignore over 5000 years of Chinese medical tradition, Dr. Daniel Keown challenges the popular belief that acupuncture cannot be part of truly scientific medicine. With a radical new approach which ties together Western medicine and the Chinese energetic system, The Spark in the Machine will take you on a journey over billions of years to the outer realms of medical science to explain what the ancient Chinese always knew, but God forgot to tell surgeons”

“The theories presented about how Acupuncture corresponds to Western science were so convincing that one wonders why this book is not more widely known. Many, many, many "AHA!" moments”
The Spark In The Machine - Dr. Keown (BD)

The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine (Amazon)
Cells, Gels, and the Engines of Life - Pollack"With everything from bio-engineering to bio-hazards of keen interest in the popular and science-fictional imaginations, it is important to be clear on the fundamentals of how cells work. We might have thought we already knew, but this book questions a whole list of “textbook” fundamentals and offers an alternative, integrated framework for explaining a wide range of cell functions.

Once a misguided view has been established in any field, ...even fields such as cell biology ...it can take a rare blend of courage, expertise, and clarity to budge things in a new direction. This can emerge not only in the storied times of Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo, but even today" (Konrad Graf)
Cells, Gels, and The Engines of Life (BD)

Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life (Amazon)
The Rainbow and the Worm - Mae Wan HoThis highly unusual book is a serious inquiry into Schrodinger's question, "What is life?", and at the same time a celebration of life itself. It takes the reader on a voyage of discovery through many areas of contemporary physics, from non-equilibrium thermodynamics and quantum optics to liquid crystals and fractals, all necessary for illuminating the problem of life. In the process, the reader is treated to a rare and exquisite view of the organism, gaining novel insights, not only into the physics but also into "the poetry and meaning of being alive". This book is intended for all who love the subject.The Rainbow And The Worm - Mae Wan Ho (BD)

RAINBOW AND THE WORM, THE: THE PHYSICS OF ORGANISMS (3RD EDITION) (Amazon)
The Biology of Belief - Bruce LiptonThe Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field of New Biology. Author Dr. Bruce Lipton is a former medical school professor and research scientist. His experiments, and that of other leading-edge scientists, have examined in great detail the processes by which cells receive information. The implications of this research radically change our understanding of life. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. Dr. Lipton's profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics is being hailed as a major breakthrough showing that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking.The Biology of Belief - B. Lipton (BD)

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing The Power Of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles (Amazon)
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers - Robert SapolskiAs Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal's does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way-through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us literally sick.
Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses.
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers - Sapolsky (BD)

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (Amazon)
The Examined Life - Stephen GroszEchoing Socrates' time-honoured statement that the unexamined life is not worth living, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz draws short, vivid stories from his 25-five-year practice in order to track the collaborative journey of therapist and patient as they uncover the hidden feelings behind ordinary behaviour.

These beautifully rendered tales illuminate the fundamental pathways of life from birth to death. A woman finds herself daydreaming as she returns home from a business trip; a young man loses his wallet. We learn, too, from more extreme examples: the patient who points an unloaded gun at a police officer, the compulsive liar who convinces his wife he's dying of cancer. The stories invite compassionate understanding, suggesting answers to the questions that compel and disturb us most about love and loss, parents and children, work and change. The resulting journey will spark new ideas about who we are and why we do what we do.
The Examined Life - S. Grosz (BD)

The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves (Amazon)
Mindset - Carol DweckDweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.Mindset - Carol Dweck (BD)

Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential (Amazon)
Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said. 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

With this basic instruction always in mind, Anne Lamott returns to offer us a new gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer's life. From "Getting Started,' with "Short Assignments," through "Shitty First Drafts," "Character," "Plot," "Dialogue." all the way from "False Starts" to "How Do You Know When You're Done?" Lamott encourages, instructs, and inspires. She discusses "Writers Block," "Writing Groups," and "Publication." Bracingly honest, she is also one of the funniest people alive.
Bird By Bird - A. Lamott

Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life (Amazon)
The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan"What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we're realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment.

A few facts and figures from The Omnivore's Dilemma:
Of the 38 ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, there are at least 13 that are derived from corn. 45 different menu items at Mcdonald’s are made from corn. One in every three American children eats fast food every day. One in every five American meals today is eaten in the car. The food industry burns nearly a fifth of all the petroleum consumed in the United States—more than we burn with our cars and more than any other industry consumes. It takes ten calories of fossil fuel energy to deliver one calorie of food energy to an American plate. A single strawberry contains about five calories. To get that strawberry from a field in California to a plate on the east coast requires 435 calories of energy. Industrial fertilizer and industrial pesticides both owe their existence to the conversion of the World War II munitions industry to civilian uses—nerve gases became pesticides, and ammonium nitrate explosives became nitrogen fertilizers.
The Omnivore's Dilemma - M. Pollan (BD)

The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World (reissued) (Amazon)
Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa YoganandaThis acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East and West.

Considered a modern spiritual classic, the book has been translated into more than twenty languages and is widely used as a text and reference work in colleges and universities. A perennial bestseller since it was first published sixty years ago, Autobiography of a Yogi has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers around the world.
Autobiography of a Yogi - P. Yogananda (BD)

Autobiography of a Yogi (Amazon)
GMO Free - Mae Wan HoThe genetic engineering of food crops is an ecological hazard and health crisis that affects us all. Its consequences are global and potentially irrevocable. Yet the decision to use genetically modified organisms is currently being made for you by the government and major multinational corporations. To combat this practice, more than 600 scientists from 72 countries have called for a moratorium on the environmental release of GMOs. "GMO Free "is the most comprehensive resource available on the science behind this worldwide debate.

GMO Free "takes a good look at the evidence scientists have compiled, and makes a powerful case for a worldwide ban on GMO crops, to make way for a shift to sustainable agriculture and organic farming. It s time to take the future of your food supply and environment into your own informed hands", GMO Free "will give you the information you need to do so. "
GM Free - Lim Li Ching, Mae Wan Ho (BD)

GMO Free: Exposing the Hazards of Biotechnology to Ensure the Integrity of Our Food Supply: The Case for a Sustainable World (Amazon)
A fascinating investigation into how people around the globe are cashing in on a warming world. McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. Funk shows us that the best way to understand the catastrophe of global warming is to see it through the eyes of those who see it most clearly—as a market opportunity.

Global warming’s physical impacts can be separated into three broad categories: melt, drought, and deluge. Funk travels to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurial people who see in each of these forces a potential windfall.

Drought creates opportunities for private firefighters working for insurance companies in California as well as for fund managers backing south Sudanese warlords who control local farmland. As droughts raise food prices globally, there is no more precious asset.

The deluge—the rising seas, surging rivers, and superstorms that will threaten island nations and coastal cities—has been our most distant concern, but after Hurricane Sandy and failure after failure to cut global carbon emissions, it is not so distant. For Dutch architects designing floating cities and American scientists patenting hurricane defenses, the race is on. For low-lying countries like Bangladesh, the coming deluge presents an existential threat.

Funk visits the front lines of the melt, the drought, and the deluge to make a human accounting of the booming business of global warming. By letting climate change continue unchecked, we are choosing to adapt to a warming world. Containing the resulting surge will be big business; some will benefit, but much of the planet will suffer. McKenzie Funk has investigated both sides, and what he has found will shock us all. To understand how the world is preparing to warm, Windfall follows the money.
Windfall - McKenzie Funk (BD)
Economic Direct Democracy - John BoikThis might not a framework from which to change the world, but it's a step in the right direction and asks questions that deserve time. Definitely food for thought!

From the back cover: The world faces serious economic, environmental, and social challenges. Unfettered capitalism itself is increasingly seen as part of the problem, as Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz, and other economists demonstrate. In "Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being," John Boik proposes an innovative social framework that enables communities to strengthen local economies, and take meaningful action on infrastructure, debt, income inequality, health care, climate change, and environmental degradation. He challenges us to examine the basic purpose of an economic system, and to consider that human nature drives individuals toward deeper cooperation. The hopeful message is that we can increase incomes, end poverty, reach full employment, and address major social and environmental problems, in our lifetime.
Economic Direct Democracy - J. Boik

Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being (Amazon)
In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat - John GribbinIt is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we'd have no nuclear power or nuclear bombs, no lasers, no TV, no computers, no science of molecular biology, no understanding of DNA, no genetic engineering—at all.

John Gribbin tells the complete story of quantum mechanics, a truth far stranger than any fiction. He takes us step-by-step into an ever more bizarre and fascinating place—requiring only that we approach it with an open mind. He introduces the scientists who developed quantum theory. He investigates the atom, radiation, time travel, the birth of the universe, superconductors and life itself. And in a world full of its own delights, mysteries and surprises, he searches for Schrödinger's Cat—a search for quantum reality—as he brings every reader to a clear understanding of the most important area of scientific study today—quantum physics.
In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat - J. Gribbin (BD)

In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat: Updated Edition (Amazon)
Fingerprints of the Gods - Graham HancockOk, this one is pushing the boundaries of believable a bit, but it's still incredible to think that there are so many wonders out there and questions left unanswered (...or kind of answered).

The bestselling author of The Sign and the Seal reveals the true origins of civilization. Connecting puzzling clues scattered throughout the world, Hancock discovers compelling evidence of a technologically and culturally advanced civilization that was destroyed and obliterated from human memory.
Fingerprints Of The Gods - G. Hancock (BD)

Fingerprints Of The Gods: The Quest Continues (New Updated Edition) (Amazon)
Maximum Muscle, Minimum Fat - Ori HofmeklerWhile this is by no means the most popular of diet books available, we felt that Ori strikes a good balance between information and explanation. It can be a bit dense at times, but makes for an informative read.

Diet and fitness books appear at a dizzying rate – and with a wealth of dubious claims – in a culture facing increasing health problems based on a sedentary lifestyle. Ori Hofmekler’s Maximum Muscle, Minimum Fat pulls out of the pack by focusing on the biological principles that dictate muscle gain and fat loss. Hofmekler describes in simple, lay terms how under-eating and fasting can trigger an anabolic switch that stimulates growth and rejuvenation; how to reengineer the body at the cellular level to burn fat and build muscles; and how to naturally manipulate the body’s hormones for rapid muscle fusion and faster fat breakdown.
Maximum Muscle, Minimum Fat - O. Hofmekler (BD)

Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat: The Secret Science Behind Physical Transformation (Amazon)