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  • Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within

    Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Gayathri Ramprasad
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    Publisher:   Hazelden (2014, Mar 4th).
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    “Everyone who struggles with a mental illness, or who knows anyone with depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, must read this engrossing true story of courage in the face of heartbreaking adversity.”—Dilip V. Jeste, MD, president, American Psychiatric AssociationAs a young girl in Bangalore, Gayathri was surrounded by the fragrance of jasmine and flickering oil lamps, her family protected by Hindu gods and goddesses. But as she grew older, demons came forth from the dark corners of her idyllic kingdom—with the scariest creatures lurking within her.The daughter of a respected Brahmin family, Gayathri began to feel different. “I can hardly eat, sleep, or think straight. The only thing I can do is cry unending tears. more

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  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

    10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dan Harris
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    Publisher:   It Books (2014, Mar 11th).
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    Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out. more

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  • Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

    Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Frances Mayes
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    Publisher:   Crown (2014, Apr 1st).
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    A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region’s powerful influence on her life.The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family. From her years as a spirited, secretive child, through her university studies—a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful yet fragile mother, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose life Garbert saved; grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell. more

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  • The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer

    The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Hollye Jacobs RN MS MSW
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Atria Books (2014, Mar 18th).
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    Publishers Weekly01/06/2014 In her pragmatic and empathetic first book—a hybrid memoir and professional guide—Jacobs, a palliative care/hospice nurse and social worker, offers an unabashedly candid account of her experience with breast cancer. Speaking as both patient and experienced healthcare professional, Jacobs, at the time of her diagnosis a "vegan-eating, marathon-running 39-year-old with no family history" of the disease, covers every aspect of diagnosis, treatment, and care, with a spiritually and emotionally uplifting viewpoint that allows her to see the "Silver Linings" in even the most difficult situations. Each chapter—beautifully illustrated with images by Messina—focuses on a particular point in the breast cancer journey and discusses how to handle challenges with a clear head, including: diagnosis; relaying the news to children (toddlers to teens to adults), family members, and other loved ones; surgery; chemotherapy; the isolating nature of the disease; radiation; nutritional and other therapies to ease treatment; discovering the new normal; and redefining your life post-treatment. more

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