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The Mind-Gut Connection

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The Mind-Gut Connection

by Emeran Mayer, MD

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system.

Synopsis-From Author

We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut-the decision we made because it “felt right”; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling we get when we’re stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has by the large failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the gut microbiota-the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tract-communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a evolutionary and provocative look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies.

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The Mind-Gut Connection is a revolutionary new holistic view of what keeps us healthy, ranging from the food choices we make to the ways we can train our mind, with the ultimate goal of attaining optimal health. 

The Mind-Gut Connection describes:

  • How gut microbes are active participants in the communications between your brain and your gut.
  • How mode of delivery, breastfeeding and early life stress interact to program your gut brain axis.
  • Why a diet that is optimal for your gut microbes is also best for your brain health.
  • How to “listen to your gut” and be mindful of the signals your body is sending you.
  • 10 simple steps you can take towards optimal health

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The Family Upstairs

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Suspense, thriller

The Family Upstairs

by Lisa Jewell

The Verdict: A dark, twisty, engrossing family saga.

Synopsis from the author

Some family secrets should never see the light of day.

Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighbourhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well-and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a crying baby. When they arrive, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone chilling suspense” brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangles families living in a house with the darkest secrets.

Our Thoughts

How rare is it to find a book that completely defies your expectations but does so in a truly thrilling way? The Family Upstairs¬†is a fresh, inventive take on domestic suspense; effortlessly traversing intimate family secrets and vast, far-reaching conspiracies, Lisa Jewell’s newest release is a masterclass in psychological thriller plotting. Come for this book’s eye catching cover and twisty plot, stay for its genuinely surprising and original variations on a story of family secrets and interpersonal suspense. An excellent 2019 release that offers psychological thrillers.¬†

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The Wives

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Mystery/Thriller

The Wives

Tarryn Fisher

Derivative and shamelessly manipulative but still a lot of fun. Fisher delivers a pulse-pounding, fast-paced suspense novel that will leave you breathless. A thriller you won’t be able to put down!

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You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket-an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another one of the wives.

You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretences, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you are. Then Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

Who exactly is your husband, na dhow far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life? And who is his mysterious third wife?

Our Thoughts

As an overall work, this novel was spectacular if you are into suspenseful thrillers, but a particular point of strength was the author’s narrator. And more specifically, how this narrator evolved and changed throughout the course of this novel.

Our protagonist – who we come to know is actually named Thursday – was somehow both exceedingly likeable and incredibly unreliable.

Ultimately, it was the unreliability that made this story shine. It created a situation in which the reader feels unable to find solid footing, leaving you constantly on edge and unsure of what the next page will bring.

This unreliability, like so much in this novel, came as a total surprise. At the start, Thursday seemed like a trustworthy, likeable woman caught up in a bad situation.

She seemed totally normal Рalbeit understandably damaged. 

I trusted her. I felt bad for her. But, as the book went one it became more and more clear that this chick was not the type who should be trusted. 

This discovery left me feeling wronged in all the right ways.

Bottom line – I couldn’t put it down. It was twisted in so many ways, which made the whole book so unpredictable.

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Untamed

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Biography/autobiography

Untamed

Glennon Doyle

In her most revealing and powerful memoir, you will explore the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

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Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live.

It is a story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness of wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table.

And it is a story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honour our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.

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Glennon is a terrific storyteller, whether discussing her children, challenging conformity, confronting life’s challenges, or standing up to ¬†religious individuals whom hold different opinions than she does, her goal as a person is to defy expectations and to help others break out of their cultural cages so that everyone can find their own version of humanity. Filled with hopeful messages and a drive to encourage women to reject the status quo and follow their intuition. This testament to female empowerment and self-love, with an endearing coming-out story at the centre, will have all the readers feeling hopeful and satisfied.

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This is Not A Fashion Story

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Autobiography - memoir

This Is Not A Fashion Story

by Danielle Bernstein

Taking Chances, Breaking Rules, and Being a Boss in the Big City

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A revealing (in more ways than one) tell-all from Long Island girl-turned-international fashion influencer, designer, CEO, and tech entrepreneur Danille Bernstein, the creative genius behind the hit style platform @WeWoreWhat.

Danielle Bernstein spent her youth shopping at discount department stories, getting boozy in suburban backyards and proposing marriage to every boy she dated. By age nineteen, she was a college dropout living in a West Village shoebox with three roommates and only six months to prove that her blog, @WeWoreWhat, could become a full blown career….or else board the train back to her mom’s house.

Flash forward ten years. Danielle is more than a famed influencer with over two million followers. She’s also a bonafide business woman – a CEO, tech founder and a fashion designer whose living a dream lifestyle that includes all-expense paid luxury travel to Paris and Positano, skipping the velvet rope, and controlling her own destiny.

Despite these successes, Danielle has never been your typical play-by-the-rules fashions. She disrupted the fashion industry using her own playbook-one that she’s finally ready to share with you, her readers.

This Is Not A Fashion Story is the down and dirty tale of how a Long-Island-born teenagers became one of the most recognizable names in fashion. It’s a story that proves success isn’t about a college degree or how rich your parents are. It’s about trusting you’re get, knowing when to take risks and fighting to get what you want in life, love and business. But about all it’s the story of how a young girl made in the concrete jungle that is New York City – and how you can too.

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This Is Not A Fashion Story is one of those easy, I need to get my mind off of all the stresses I am dealing with and just relax while getting a good laugh – type of book. Danielle sheds no fear in sharing every detail about her personal life making this story even more comical and relatable to the average female. She’s honest, straight-up and as raw as it gets, sharing not only her sex life, but the struggles of making a name for herself, finding a husband-material guy, and all the secrets that got her to where she is now. This book is inspiring in more ways than none, it gives you that subtle push to want to pursue any dreams or passions you are scared to pay attention to. Fun and easy this is a Sunday afternoon by the pool with an Aperol Spritz in hand type of read.

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Medical Medium

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Holistic Medicine. Mind and Body.

Medical Medium

by Anthony William

Secrets behind chronic and mystery illness and how to finally heal.

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Anthony William, the one and only Medical Medium, has helped tens of thousands of people heal from aliments that have been misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated or that doctors can’t resolve. He’s done this by listening to a divine voice that literally speaks in his ear, telling him what lies at the root of people’s pain or illness and what they need to do to restore their health. His methods achieve spectacular results, even for those have spent years and many thousands of dollars on all forms of medicine before turning to him. Now, in this revolutionary book, he opens the door to all he has learned in over 25 years of bringing people’s lives back: a massive amount of healing information, much of which science won’t discover for decades, and most of which has never appeared anywhere before.¬†

Medical Medium reveals the root causes of disease and conditions that medical communities either misunderstand or struggle to understand at all. It explores all-natural solutions for dozens of the illnesses that plague us, including:

  • Lyme disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Depression
  • Neurological conditions
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Colitis and other digestive disorders
  • And more

It also offers solutions for restoring the soul and spirit after illness has torn at our emotional fabric. Whether you’ve been given a diagnosis you don’t understand, or your symptoms you don’t know how to name, or someone you love is sick, Medical Medium offers the answers you need. It’s also a guidebook for everyone seeking the secrets to living longer, healthier lives.

Our Thoughts

Anthony’s unprecedented accuracy and success rate as the Medical Medium have earned him the trust and love of thousands worldwide, from movie stars, rock stars, billionaires, professional athletes, best-selling authors, and countless other people from all walks of life who couldn’t find a way to heal. We like to refer to this book as The Book of Revelations because there are explanations and insights which provide clarity on numerous chronic diseases that many tend to face. Although this book may not be for everyones beliefs, it sheds a light on controversial topics against Western Medicine that defiantly aligns perfectly with a solution to illness’ and disease we can’t quite understand. We recommend this book to people who are willing to have an open-mind.

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