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As a crafter, a mother, and a faithful reader of the author’s blog (soulemama.com), I loved Amanda Blake Soule’s previous books, The Creative Family and Handmade Home, and eagerly looked forward to her latest. Soule has the loveliest way of capturing the joys and challenges of being a parent, of staying connected to (and being inspired by) the natural world, and of finding your place in the world. All of that is on full display in The Rhythm of Family. Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature.
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S.B.
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ISBN: 9781590307779
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Published: Trumpeter - August 9th, 2011

Oliver Sacks, meet your match. Melanie Thernstrom’s Pain Chronicles is a wonderful meld of science, memoir, history, and mystery. Thernstrom interweaves her own struggle with chronic pain with amazing research tracing the concept of pain in history—from ancient Babylonian pain-banishing spells to modern brain imaging. Think of it: pain, though universal, in many ways is invisible; when we stub a toe, there is nothing to reflect the pain we feel other than our behavior to it (in the toe-stubbing case, much hopping and hollering). But pain—that thing that travels and channels and blooms and dissipates—what exactly is it?  Thernstrom’s research is masterful at making the invisible visible; her detailed writing, and ever-readable stories, offer insight and meaning as a way to transcend suffering and make it known.

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S.M.C.
Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312573072
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - August 2nd, 2011

Written by the bestselling Haitian-American author (Breath, Eyes, Memory), Create Dangerously is a powerful presentation of the ability of writing and art to offer strength, healing, and redemption in the face of conflict and upheaval. Dave Eggers calls it “The most powerful book I've read in years. . . . A call to arms for all immigrants, all artists, all those who choose to bear witness, and all those who choose to listen. Though it describes great upheaval, tragedy, and injustice, it's full of humor, warmth, grace, and light.”

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Nici
Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307946430
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Published: Vintage - September 20th, 2011

NPR notes, “The average teen is sending thousands of texts per month, and hilarity and awkwardness ensue when parents try bridging that technology gap with their own texts.” Here then is a collection of insanely funny texts between parents and kids, compiled by the popular website whenparentstext.com. “An addictive and side-splitting read . . .  the underlying relationship between parent and teen is simultaneously touching and hysterical. A total moment-in-time classic. Enthusiastically recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review 
When Parents Text: So Much Said...So Little Understood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761166047
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 1st, 2011

The abundance of options we face in all aspects of life may have significant negative consequences, including decreased satisfaction with the choices we do eventually make. Our culture may equate more choice with greater freedom, but do we really benefit from having to constantly navigate an endless sea of possibilities, just to do something as simple as buy toothpaste?

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Laura
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ISBN: 9780060005696
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Published: Ecco Press - January 1st, 2005

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