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Anika grew up on a small farm. When she grew too large to sleep curled under the hayloft, the farm animals begrudgingly taught her to read using their holy book, Charlotte's Web. Pretty soon, she learned human language. These days, she works at a bookstore, though you probably haven't heard of it.

Is it an accident that female-bodied peoples are taught so little about our own reproductive organs? This classic tome is a life-changer, especially if you're looking for a science-based, noninvasive form of birth control that's just as effective as hormonal BC. You'll learn everything you should've learned in middle school health class. 

Before: Children's Memories of Previous Lives By Jim B. Tucker, M.D. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250781772
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Published: St. Martin's Essentials - April 13th, 2021

Can claims of the of the non-material be studied scientifically? The University of Virginia has been edeavoring to answer this question since 1967. This book is a summary of the research undertaken and is an excellent read for skeptics of past-life experiences, as it doesn't assume the cause of these experiences, it only analyzes the information and presents it in a narrative format.

How to Love (Mindfulness Essentials #3) By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781937006884
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Published: Parallax Press - December 1st, 2014

Flip to a page, any page, and see if it speaks to you.

The House of the Scorpion By Nancy Farmer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689852237
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2004

A classic, sci-fi YA novel that any age can enjoy. Set in a fictional future "country"/drug empire between the U.S. and Mexico, little Matt struggles with mistreatment and abuse by those supposed to caretake him. He's treated like a different breed, less than human, and everyone around him seems to know something he doesn't...

Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome By Rudy Simone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849058261
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - June 15th, 2010

Women on the autism spectrum are chronically under-diagnosed because our symptoms often manifest differently than men's which are the DSM standard.

If you've ever suspected you might be on the spectrum, I cannot recommend Aspergirls highly enough. It has inspired many a cathartic realization that it's not just me - that you are in fact a perfectly well-functioning person. And that you're not alone.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened By Allie Brosh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Gallery Books - October 29th, 2013

The Hyperbole and a Half comics were famous online in the 2010's. Now in print, Allie's books will amuse and enlighten as she takes you though her life's escapades with humor and self-awareness.

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs,  and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers By Kristin Loberg (With), David Perlmutter, MD Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316485135
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - December 18th, 2018

Grain Brain makes a convincing case that the consumption of grains and simple carbs could account for a large percentage of the brain diseases and mental health issues that today are becoming more and more common. Using decades of neuroscience and dietary research, this book will change your perception of how diet can affect your mind.

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked By Adam Alter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735222847
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Published: Penguin Books - March 6th, 2018

Why is it so hard to stop scrolling social media? Why do you feel a burst of dopamine when you get a like or a text? Irresistible is a look into modern studies of how screens and software affect our brains. It details the nature of addiciton and how our screens have been intentionally designed to capture our attention for as long as possible.

Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine By Deepak Chopra, M.D. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101884973
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Published: Bantam - November 17th, 2015

Cringey title aside, these are accounts of feelings of oneness/enlightenment experiences that correspond with spontaneous remission of terminal disease. Fascinating to read even if you don't agree with the grandiose conclusions Chopra comes to. If you like this book, I'd also suggest Biology of Belief by Lipton.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen By Christopher McDougall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307279187
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Published: Vintage - March 29th, 2011

An oldie AND a goodie. The amazing account of the society of ultra-marathon runners in Mexico who casually run incredible distances with nothin but old pieces of tire tied to their feet. It will cause you to question exactly how athletic humans are meant to be.

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One) By Tamora Pierce Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375847127
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Published: Ember - May 7th, 2019

Tamora Pierce's work continues to age up with her primary reader demographic. Tempests & Slaughter is an exploration of Numair's life before her previous series, Wild Magic. A gripping, sometimes dark coming-of-age story set in a fantasy land never explored before in her works.

Convenience Store Woman By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

A short and cathartic novel for anyone who's ever felt at odds with the world or who never quite understood other people. A woman seeks emotional shelter in her small world, where she's spent her entire adult life working in a convenience store, despite the misgivings of those around her.

Michael Pollan's work needs no introduction. A fascinating look into the world of modern psychedelic research and how microdosing may just change our mental health landscape and views of consciousness.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) By Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD, Deepak Chopra (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781892005281
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Published: PuddleDancer Press - September 1st, 2015

A classic tome that will fundamentally change the way you interact with others for a more peaceful personal existence.

Rather than put your "but" in the face of an angry person, empathize.

How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain By Ryan North Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593192016
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 15th, 2022

For future benevolent world rulers. Immortality, weather control, home forts. 

(If you buy this, you might be put on a list. Idk. Use cash...) 

The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062315007
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Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014

If you've got a horrible, spinning little monkey brain like me, and tend to lose perspective on the important things in life regularly, this grounding fable will soothe your soul. If you're a normal person, this is still an enjoyable adult fairytale.

There is no such thing as trauma.

Adlerian psychology, born from the mind of Freud and Jung’s great contemporary in the 20th century, posits that the past doesn’t actually matter when it comes to your problems. Trauma doesn’t exist. If you want to bend your brain around a whole new paradigm that differs dramatically from Western psychology, read this book.

The Stars Within You: A Modern Guide to Astrology By Juliana McCarthy, Alejandro Cardenas (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611805116
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Published: Roost Books - October 23rd, 2018

One of my favorite books on space racism. Concise and easy for a beginner to understand, but with enough depth to interest those already deep into the obsession hobby.

Untamed By Glennon Doyle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984801258
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Published: The Dial Press - March 10th, 2020

A soulful memoir about accepting yourself as you are. Glennon has the ability to precisely translate feelings into words. She addresses love, grief, addiction, being LGBTQ+, and many more topics.

Writing is clawing the ground when I’m sinking too low, and obsessing is clawing the ground when I’m hovering too high.