Starving in Search of Me

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The true confessions of an eating disorders survivor

This confessional self-help guide explores the complex emotional truth of what it’s like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. Activist author Marissa LaRocca's revelatory tale includes her struggle with her secrets, including sexuality, and how she emerged as an outspoken advocate for gay rights and women’s health issues.

Anorexia and bulimia health crisis: Many young women and girls struggle with the body image issues that engender eating disorders with elaborate rituals around food, binging, purging, and hiding it all while trying to maintain a face of normalcy to the world. Anorexia and bulimia have become major national health crises with skyrocketing statistics indicating that between 3 and 5% of the population suffer anorexia nervosa alone. Sadly, many never attain the sense of being “normal” and deal with a lifetime of body image and self esteem issues.

Coming of age story of a woman battling for self esteem: This intimate account of courage and the search for truth and meaning will have you rooting for Marissa LaRocca as she unravels the emotional layers of her own battle with food, body image, and sexuality. Readers of this riveting memoir, Starving in Search of Me, will relate to the coming-of-age story of a young woman confronting some of life’s major issues while living, for a time, in two closets: one to hide her eating disorder and one to hide her sexuality and very identity. Echoes of Portia de Rossi’s Unbearable Lightness resound in LaRocca’s portrait of a life seemingly lived out in the open but, in truth, very much concealed. Through her inspiring triumphs and revelations, activist and author Marissa LaRocca invites readers to confront themselves. She asks, “What if, at the root of all ‘disorders’, is the refusal to acknowledge or permit certain feelings―feelings that, if witnessed, have the power to free their sufferers? To what extent are ‘disorders’ actually doorways to helping us understand the truth about our lives?”

Transformation of body image, sexuality and eating disorders to high self esteem and peace of mind: In addition to her personal story, LaRocca takes a close look at society’s role in the development of eating disorders and other mental health challenges, establishing that the prevalence of such “illnesses” represent a collective yearning for connection, acceptance, and emotional nourishment amongst generations that are starving for so many things. Starving in Search of Me resolves with hope and an abundance of insights, tools, and resources to support eating disorder sufferers and members of the LGBTQ community alike. It’s a head-on journey toward total self-acceptance that will nourish the spirit and inspire readers to embrace their differences and nurture their authentic selves.

What You'll Learn Inside This Book:

  • Identify the root causes, symptoms, and triggers associated with an eating disorder
  • Acknowledge the "life issues" that are being masked by "food issues" or another addiction
  • Disempower compulsive behaviors like binging, purging, and obsessing about calories and exercise
  • Heal your relationship with food through healing your relationship with yourself
  • Escape the victim role, become empowered, and take responsibility for your own happiness
  • Connect with your life’s purpose and authentic self, transforming your weaknesses into strengths
  • Free your mind through tuning in to the body and witnessing emotions
  • Improve your body image and self-esteem by aligning your lifestyle with your true values, desires, and what is realistic
  • Effectively communicate your needs with confidence
  • Establish guilt-free lifestyle boundaries to reduce anxiety and maximize vitality
  • Enhance peace of mind by developing a reliable support system
  • Eliminate the need to be perfect by practicing forgiveness and compassion toward yourself
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This Is My Brain on Endorphins

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Healthy woman: You don’t have to run a marathon to be fit and healthy or suffer through a triathlon that includes a half-mile swim in the ocean. But you do need an exercise habit. Especially as we age, exercise is not optional. Yet unless we had been athletes as kids or young adults, and few of us were, we do not know how to find our edge. Learning how to carve out time to meet our fitness needs or to push ourselves physically and mentally is one of the greatest challenges to aging well.


Confident woman: Inspired by her highly popular blog “Be the Dog”, Carolee Belkin Walker's This Is My Brain on Endorphins is a relatable story of what it’s like to be a successful professional woman encountering all things fitness for the first time. Even if readers have never put on a pair of running shoes or tried again and again to get a fitness habit they’ll relate to the highs and lows of Walker’s journey to the back of the pack ultimately stumbling on a path to resilience and well-being.


Happy woman: You could fit two of Walker inside what her body looked like in February 2014. But it is the powerful sense of confidence and resilience that’s had the greatest impact on Walker and inspires others. This book is about Walker digging in, discovering who she is, and seeing how far she can push herself to be strong, fit, healthy, and most important, resilient. Her writing is full of humorous situations as Walker decides to be an active participant in life and not take the setbacks, or herself, too seriously.


Chapters cover:

  • Exploring nutrition
  • Aging
  • Musical motivation
  • Training
  • Body image
  • Self-confidence
  • Sexual health
  • Travel
  • Parenting
  • Running
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Love Earth Now

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Eco-mindfulness
How to combine environmentalism and spirituality to attain a state of eco-mindfulness

Do you find yourself wondering what on Earth you can do about the very serious environmental challenges we face on our planet today? Do you worry there’s nothing any one person can do that will make a difference? Most people say that they would like to do something to make the world a better place, but they just don’t believe they have the time; energy, money or power to do anything that will make a real difference. Are you willing to devote 20 minutes a week to find out? Environmental activist Cheryl Leutjen has the planet’s back and is betting you do, too. Her powerful book of inspired ideas and eco-mindfulness calls upon us all to Love Earth Now. 

Love Earth Now invites us to explore our own thoughts, feelings and to check in with internal guidance about the daily waste and negative environment impacts we see on a daily basis. While most of us can’t stop the Arctic icepack from melting, we can decide to make better choices from less packaging on our purchases, walking more and driving less, planting organic veggies in the front yard instead of a water-wasting lawn and even to going as green as possible at work and at home. Does your office lack a recycling and composting program? Do the research and start one yourself! Each chapter concludes with a “Diving In” section, a simple and immediate exercise, much like a guided meditation, to prompt us toward out own sustainable solutions. 

These eco-mindfulness moments provide the opportunity to reflect and discover that one thing we can do to make a difference today and for all our tomorrows. Author Cheryl Leutjen’s book of planetary self-help and eco-mindfulness is a deeply thoughtful and lucid look at the state of our “big blue marble,” our beautiful earth. It is also a sourcebook of direct actions, both large and small, we can all take to ensure our children and their children’s children have a healthy future on this planet. Drawing from her experiences as an engineering geologist, environmental law attorney, small shop owner, and mindfulness practitioner, Cheryl Leutjen also reminds us about the importance of simplicity. She points out how all these possessions and the constant shopping are no better for us than the planet itself, contributing to the landfill and creating a tech-tethered society that is increasingly isolated. Both helpful and hopeful,Love Earth Now is brimming with creative suggestions we can all try that will get us closer to a sustainable lifestyle, one day at a time.

What You’ll Learn Inside:
• Discover your own path to living more earth-conscientiously
• How to practice mindfulness exercises to help you discover your own eco-mindfulness
• Discover what you have the time, talents and resources to do to care for Earth
• Practice ways to process the news of extinctions, changing climate and environmental devastations in the world 
• Discover how to demonstrate your commitment to a more verdant, healthy, peaceful planet without making yourself crazy

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Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life

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Get out of your own way guide

Strengths and weaknesses: We all have strengths and weaknesses. So, do you want to learn how to get out of your own way and build your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses? Do it now with Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now!

Dream big: Do you want to be known as a tremendous talent...or a lazy, unfocused slacker? Whether you’re a Millennial yearning to join corporate America, a Boomer ready for reinvention, a closeted LGBTQ+ testing the gender pool or even a nerd nauseated with perfection, the Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now! by Justin Loeber, is an in-your-face, funny, no-nonsense, socio-business, coming-of-ageless handbook for anyone who is yearning for true, inner-personal success.

You’ll learn 10 easy steps, such as Work on Your Work Ethic • Own the Power of Thoughtfulness • Find Perfection in Imperfection • Rule Your Planet…and more.

This shebang of a book is based on Loeber’s quirky personal life experiences that all started in the NYC 70s disco era: Justin worked as a waiter, a Wang Word Processing Operator, (remember Wang?), a substitute go-go dancer, was discovered by pop icon Gary Numan in London and was one step from stardom in his own right as a solo pop-recording artist―only to lose it all. Then, in a 180-degree turn―and without a college degree―went from a temp at Random House to an EVP at HarperCollins in a little more than a decade. In 2006 Loeber created mouth: digital + public relations, a boutique agency in NYC―repping over 550 clients to date. 

Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life will give you the courage to:

• Shake down your fear, which is squelching your dream; 
• Find the “it” that makes you “tick”;
• Take a Risk, which in the end, isn’t risky after all; and 
• Put down the electronics, look up; and transfer from the passenger to the pilot of your life…NOW!

So, Get out of your own way! Dream big! Do it now!

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We Can Be Kind

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One Kindness at a Time

Be kind: The world is changing at lightening speed, and meaningful connections are increasingly elusive. David Friedman, creator of the hit song "We Can Be Kind" offers a powerful reminder of how we need to treat each other, from children to family to coworkers as well as strangers, neighbors and those across the political aisle. Through story, meditation and suggestions of kindness, Friedman encourages us to create new ways of building community. Through the practice of kindness, we become most fully connected, alive, and integrated.

Practicing The Golden Rule: The past few years have shown us what it is like to live in a less caring world. David Friedman’s advocacy for treating each other better and applying the Golden Rule is an idea whose time has come. His deeply thoughtful handbook for the heart brings it all home with simple suggestions of how to be kinder and why it is more important than ever now.

Compassion and empathy: We Can Be Kind is a course in compassion from a beloved composer for Disney Films and Broadway, Daily Show regular, and Unity Church spiritual leader. The book provides:

  • Lessons on the value of kindness
  • Inspiring meditations
  • Daily affirmations
  • Essential truths
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The Incredible Power of Inspiration

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Finding your new lifestyle

Healthy habits and finding your new lifestyle: When do we actually stop and notice that our lifestyles are causing us harm? Perhaps the trigger is a diagnosis of diabetes or high blood pressure; or perhaps our relationships are troubled – or non-existent. At some point, either events or other factors give us a firm message to stop and look at ourselves and to find a better way by developing healthy habits.

Spiritual wellness and mental wellness: But if we barely have time for the basics of daily living, how then do we pay attention to our physical, mental and spiritual wellness? In the rush of life, many make poor decisions, turning to alcohol or drugs. Many others experience anxiety or depression. When life continues unchecked we find ourselves in crisis: a physical, mental or spiritual breakdown. Spiritual wellness and mental wellness are critical to recovery.

Spiritual inspiration and designing healthy habits: The Incredible Power of Inspiration looks at the story of our lives first from the outside in, from our circumstances to our feelings, and then from the inside out, from our dreams into the world. This revolutionary holistic approach to body, mind and spirit helps readers deconstruct unhealthy habits and design healthier, more vibrant lives. Zetlan’s book is an enriching journey through one’s own life - our yesterday’s, today’s and into our tomorrows. As adventurers in our own lives, we will re-vision and re-cast our life’s story through finding our deepest inspiration, our most joyful feelings and language our dreams into life. Jenifer Zetlan teaches readers to simply step through life’s challenges and stay deeply centered and excited about their journeys. We can successfully live into our fullest potential; we can re-write the script and find a new lifestyle. With this powerful method, readers can inspire their own character, re-write their story and enable themselves to live into the lives they deserve.

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Goddess Power

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At the dawn of religion, God was a Woman. The Divine Feminine is known by innumerable names and symbol-rich manifestations across the world's cultures. Throughout the ages the Goddess has been honored and worshiped as the Virgin Mary, Isis, Inanna, Asherah, Diana, Kuan Yin, Kali, Oshun, Athena, Pele, Sarasvati, Demeter, and White Buffalo Calf Woman, to mention just a few. Many conceptions of the Goddess are mysterious and seemingly paradoxical. Yet at its source the Divine Feminine is one. Goddess Power takes you on a fascinating and, at times, surprising journey into the enduring essence of the Divine Feminine.

Inside this book you will learn:

  • How the Goddess path offers an empowering message and inspiration 
  • The importance of re-establishing a healthy balance and integration of both the masculine and the feminine archetypes
  • That the notion of God as archetypal "Sky-Father" is fairly recent in Western culture
  • Why the wisdom of the Goddess/Sacred Feminine has been ignored, distorted, and oppressed for centuries
  • How archetypes, mythic narratives, and qualities of Goddesses are alive within you and how they reveal intimate truths about yourself and others
  • How Goddesses can serve as empowering guides in your personal and professional life
  • Why especially black Goddesses/dark-skinned Mothers (e.g., Kali or Black Madonna) are a powerful symbol and catalyst for change in our times, both individually and collectively
  • And much, much more!
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Prayers for Hard Times

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As recent scientific research shows, the simple act of praying can be emotionally, spiritually, and even physically healing. With Prayers for Hard Times, author Becca Anderson offers solace in bringing together the wisdom of great thinkers, spiritual leaders and writers who have faced difficulty and learned from it. Organized in daybook form, the book draws from sacred sources such as the Bible, the Torah, Buddhist and Native American texts, as well as the writings of Joan Didion, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maya Angelou, Rumi, Mark Nepo, Harriet Tubman, Dave Eggars, Abraham Lincoln, Anne Morrow Lindberg, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others. Together, these wise words create a tapestry of consolation and renewal for those times when it all seems “too much.” In a world that feels increasingly fragile and, at times, fractured, people need answers and prayers. Becca Anderson’s collection focuses on prayers for a wide range of life challenges, from the personal to the global. Prayers for Hard Times covers issues facing individuals such as loss of loved ones, illness, anxiety, divorce, depression and addiction, as well as those challenges communities face in natural disasters and violence. The writers in Anderson’s devotional address the world at large, as well, with words of hope and help for global poverty, hunger, war and the environmental. Prayers for Hard Times offer readers solace, comfort, and support, drawing from the wisdom of every era, every major faith and tradition, and the important voices of those who have lived through such experiences themselves.

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Mission Entrepreneur

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Career military? Leaving the military for civilian life? Either way, you can leverage your experience into some great new business startup ideas. 

Military spouses can face serious challenges when trying to develop a career while part of the military life, or equally serious challenges when they transition to civilian life. But, help is on the way in Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Great Startup Ideas!

Finding startup ideas that can make you a business success: Are you trying to find your niche in our modern world of underemployment and the self-employed, where many are looking for great startup ideas and the opportunity to build wealth and find happiness and fulfillment? Some of the best startup ideas are yet to be discovered and Mission Entrepreneur will guide you through Jen E. Griswold's journey toward realizing her personal dream of becoming one of the successful women entrepreneurs. Experiencing underemployment as a military spouse, she learns how to turn her military experience into business success.

The underemployment problem: Being a military spouse comes with sacrifices. Spouses give up college degrees, careers and put other plans on hold due to military relocations. The country feels the effects. Reports show that 90% of female spouses face underemployment and countless income tax dollars are lost. As both a spouse and veteran for 20 years, Jen E. Griswold witnessed many spouses trying to keep a career going through their first few assignments. After multiple failed attempts and the addition of kids, they often gave up, deciding their efforts were futile. Their confidence waned and they began to question their self-worth.

Women entrepreneurs: Ironically, these same people have the perfect set of skills needed to become successful women entrepreneurs: work ethic, vision, passion, and resilience. These are the exact same skills that have helped them endure a life of sacrifice in the military. But, in most cases, they have given up on their own personal big visions to change the world. Using a lifetime of experience, military trained veterans entering the job force know how to manage the bumpy journey to becoming men and women entrepreneurs and finding those great startup ideas.

Mission Entrepreneur: From her extensive training in the Air Force and experience coaching women over the past several years, Griswold discovered that by giving back to her military community, she could change the world a little bit every day. America needs more men and women entrepreneurs who pay it forward and here is where we’ll start. Welcome to Mission Entrepreneur.

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The Quiet Rise of Introverts

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Introverts loving and living

Introverts and Relationships: The Quiet Rise of Introverts: 8 Practices for Loving and Living in a Noisy World is a guide to help tenderhearted and introverted individuals grow and nurture their peace, purpose, and relationships. 

Many types of introverts: There are many facets to being an introvert and many variations to each type. But as you peel back the layers to all these you quickly learn that introverts make up 50% of the world’s population. 

Introverts and sensitivity: Author, speaker and life coach Brenda Knowles presents 8 unique practices to help readers learn that they are not alone or flawed in their sensitivity and introversion. Certified as a Myers-Briggs practitioner, she has been writing and guiding introverts for six years on space2live and has been trained in family mediation.

Incorporating the 8 Practices into your life yields:
• A calmer sense of self
• A deeper understanding of mental and physical self-care
• An embracing of positive conflict
• Growth in responsiveness
• The secret to healing every day

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Love the Sh!t Out of Yourself

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Build self-esteem through self-affirmation

Daily affirmations build self-esteem: The world is changing all around us with increasing speed, making most of us feel we have no control. We are so busy doing and being productive and bullet journaling our way through life that we might be riding on the back of our own bus. Positive living and affirmation queen Zoey Poulsen has been to the edge of overwhelm and back again. While on her journey, she gathered a lot of wisdom and here is her big takeaway: Build your self-esteem with daily affirmations, and you can rule the world. More importantly, you can live a life filled with love, joy, fulfillment and satisfaction thanks to your own positive self-regard. 

Take control using positive affirmations: Through the art of daily self-affirmation, you can take control of your own destiny and create your ideal life. If it sounds easy, it can be but it does require the discipline of daily positive affirmations. These daily affirmations are a mindfulness practice that will strengthen your self-esteem. Like a muscle, the more you do it, the stronger your confidence and sense of self will be. Love the Sh*t Out of Yourself is the ultimate motivating, encouraging, and uplifting book to enjoy and share.

Love the Sh*t Out of Yourself is filled with powerful positive affirmations: Wise words and positive affirmations have the power to touch our hearts, make us laugh, alleviate our stress; while realizing the vast potential life has to offer. Grouped together, these quips, quotes, and "power thoughts" can help you deal with everything life throws at you with élan. Simply put, you’ll be too blessed to be stressed!

Gratitude Adjustment quote from Zoey Poulsen's book :
"If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and drained by the busyness of life with too many demands, you need to stop in your tracks and do an attitude adjustment, or more specifically a “gratitude adjustment.” Whenever you have gotten to this point, you have need for some “me TLC” and a dose of radical self-care. Chances are, your very wonderfulness might have led you to give and give and give and give. Now, you need to give and give and give to yourself. You need to soak up the glory of your very being and remember that you are an amazing, awesome person and deserving of all good things!"

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Notoriously Dapper

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Being a true gentleman and a genuine class act is increasingly rare. It is also more important now than ever before. What worked for the Rat Pack and the Brat Pack won’t work for you and truth be told, it won’t work for anyone because that is old school. Being a real man in the modern era is worth learning about and the dividends will pay off for a lifetime. Not only will you bring joy to all those around you, you’ll be happier, too. Once you master this, you’ll live the good life. No one in the world is better suited than Kelvin Davis, (we’re talking really nice suits, too) to provide the ultimate guide to being a modern gentleman. A fresh voice in style, attitude, manners and body confidence for men, Kelvin is a model and major Instagram influencer who has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan and much more. Davis is also a leading light in the body confidence movement for men, offering empowerment and esteem-boosting wisdom. In his words, “You can choose to be great; clothing has sizes but style does not.” This book is a treasury of information covering all the bases from how to date (Hint, pulling up and waiting for her in your car is wrong, you’re not freaking Uber!) to social skills to etiquette for all occasions, even including counsel on improving your character. Whether you are at a weekend wedding with your friends, courting a new lady, being a great colleague at work or becoming a dad, Notoriously Dapper provides practical information and inspiration for every area of your life. You'll learn the life skills all modern men should know, including these secrets to eternal style and class: Tie your own damn tie Be the perfect wedding guest Treat your women right, from ages 8 to 80 Get along with pretty much anybody Ask for a woman's hand in marriage First-time fatherhood The art of self-care and body con Modeling good behavior The Bro Code Live, laugh and love your life

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The Healthy Teen Cookbook

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Easy Healthy Recipes Cookbook
A Chopped kid chef and entrepreneur is on a mission to bring healthy food options and easy-to-cook scrumptious recipes to a busy and heavily scheduled generation of teens.

Healthy cooking for kids: Remmi Smith is a 16-year-old chef, who hosts two cooking shows and serves as a national Student Ambassador for a leading food services company, has written a cookbook encouraging children to take up healthy cooking as a new pastime. She also has appeared on Chopped, The Harry Connick Show, and the Food Network.

Easy healthy recipes: Chef Remmi Smith's creation is not your typical children’s cookbook: It’s written “for kids by a kid,” explains the author, and is filled with tried-and-true recipes with budding cooks in mind, using limited ingredients and steps. Remmi is the national Student Ambassador for Sodexo, a global leader in food services and facilities management which provides education solutions to nearly 500 school districts.

Healthy eating habits and teen health: Through the colorful, easy-to-read, 220-page book, Remmi sets out to inspire children to adopt healthy eating habits by introducing them to the glorious pastime of cooking. The book takes the reader on a culinary journey across the seven continents, highlighting a country and its top food items in each one. Each section features a map, a full menu (from appetizer to dessert), fun facts, brain teasers, personal tips and a place to record notes about the recipe – making it a geography lesson, a cooking journal and a social studies class all in one.

Healthy cooking cookbook designed for kids: What’s most evident is Remmi’s passion for cooking and what’s most appealing is her genuine writing style and ability to relate to other children. In the section about Lebanon, Remmi includes a recipe for Rice Pilaf and comments: “This dish is heavenly. It has both rice and pasta in it – two of my favorites.” Remmi’s recipes include a lot of vegetables and she uses fruits to add natural sweetness while going light on spices to make the dishes more appealing to children.

Cooking healthy recipes and having fun too: “I want to inspire teens to get in the kitchen and have some fun, cook healthy and enjoy life and the love of food,” Remmi said. “You can explore the world through food. Writing this book was a really big adventure for me and I hope it will be an adventure for everyone else.”

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Cannabis Cuisine

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Much more than just a pot cookbook, Cannabis Cuisine elevates marijuana to a fine cuisine. Chef Andrea Drummer is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and co-owner of Elevation VIP Co-op, a Los Angeles–based company that caters high-end, intimate dinner parties ─ AND, she is a world class marijuana chef. Cooking with marijuana: In her debut cookbook, chef and author Andrea Drummer guides home cooks through an adventure of the palette. Chef Drummer is a firm believer that the food always comes first. Cannabis Cuisine is about the art of marijuana as an ingredient. It's more than a cannabis cookbook. Like a fine wine, cannabis is meant to be paired according to its unique profile. With every dish, she looks to the textures, flavors and scents of the bud before masterfully pairing it with ingredients that transcend the dish. The culinary arts and science of responsible dosage are presented in a way that treats cannabis as one of the best ingredients in the world to cook with. Every item she prepares incorporates the flavor profile of the strain that she is using with what is being prepared, thus the cannabis is just as important as any other ingredient. Filled with recipes, but more than a marijuana cookbook, Cannabis Cuisine elevates marijuana to the highest levels of cuisine. Never before have recipes been presented like this. From the comforts of southern kitchens to the upscale stoves of Michelin star restaurants, each recipe is carefully crafted to elevate both the dish and the cook. In this book, you'll learn: • The Basics of Pairing Buds • How to Create Unique Butters and Oils to Incorporate in Every Meal • Tips for Elevating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner • The Secret of Marijuana as a Flavor Powerhouse • How to Properly Dose Cannabis Infused Cuisine.

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Fighting for Our Lives

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True stories of survival: Mother and unborn child beat cancer through faith and determination 

One of the truly remarkable Mormon stories of faith and determination: At age 29, Heather Choate was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was ten weeks pregnant with her sixth child. Her unborn baby became victim to the fast-spreading and highly dangerous cancer in Heather’s body that already spread to her lymph nodes. Doctors told her she needed to abort her baby to save her life. Heather told them, “I’d rather die than take the life of my baby.” Heather and her husband set out to find a way to save both mother and baby. The journey pushed them to the fringes of their stamina, tested the strength of their familial relationships and found them clinging to their faith like it was the last bit of thread on a lifeline.

We all have unexpected adversity in life. It’s those things that we think “will never happen to us.” It could be the loss of job, the birth of a special needs child, the downturn of the economy or an unexpected health challenge. Most of us would easily crumble under such circumstances, but Heather found that its not about what happens to you, its about what you do with it. You don’t have to almost die, to learn how to live and Heather shows us how. Despite adversity, nearly impossible challenges can be met, families can be strengthened and faith can sustain even the most desperate souls on their journey. She brings her role as cancer warrior into the real lives of readers, addressing topics that affect them most: dealing with doubt and insecurity, discovering who they really are, renewing their passion, negotiating family strife, releasing relentless regrets, succeeding against temptation, weathering their worst fears, pressing on against fatigue and illness, uprooting bitterness and more. Fighting for Our Lives will take you on a journey of self-examination and appreciation of the beauties of today, and the book could actually change your life.

What you'll learn in Fighting for Our Lives: 

• Don’t just survive challenges, thrive through them.
• How to use your power of choice, because it’s not what happens to you that matters, its what you do about it.
• Practical ways that faith sustains and strengthens.
• How to deal with doubt and insecurity.
• Best ways to release negativity and find forgiveness.
• How to trust your inner voice.

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How to be Heard

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Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Renowned five time TED speaker and author Julian Treasure reveals how to speak so that people listen – and how to listen so that people feel heard. As this leading sound expert demonstrates via interviews with world-class speakers, professional performers and CEOs atop their field, the secret lies in developing simple habits that can transform our power in communication, the quality of our relationships and our impact in the world. Including never-before-seen exercises that are as effective at home as in the boardroom or conference call, Treasure offers an inspiring vision for a sonorous world of effective speaking, listening and understanding.

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Writing Ourselves Whole

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Creating books that will change your life

Healing victims of sexual assault through transformative journaling: One in six women is the victim of sexual assault. Using her own hard-won wisdom, author Jen Cross shows how to heal through journaling and personal writing.

Rape victims and victims of other sexual abuse: Writing Ourselves Whole is a collection of essays and creative writing encouragements for sexual trauma survivors who want to risk writing a different story. Each short chapter offers encouragement, experience, and exercises. Sections focus on writing as a transformative practice, embodying our story, how to write trauma without retraumatization, writing joy and desire, and more.

How to change your life: When you can find language for the stories that are locked inside, you can change your life. Talk therapy can only go so far for the millions of Americans struggling in the aftermath of sexual abuse and sexual assault, as well as for their partners, families, and caregivers. Survivors of childhood sexual trauma are strong and vulnerable enough to bear witness to each other's truths, to share and learn new languages for our experiences, to throw over the simplistic “victim” and “survivor” narratives that permeate mainstream media in favor of narratives that are fragmented, complicated, messy, and ultimately more whole.

Sexual assault survivors can heal themselves:Sexual trauma survivor communities (and their allies) have the capacity to hold and hear one another's stories – we do not have to relegate ourselves solely to the individual isolation of the therapist's office. We do not need to be afraid, as a community of fractured, harmed and healing survivors, of reaching out to and supporting one another.

Books such as Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones and Louise DeSalvo's Writing as a Way of Healing beautifully describe the power of writing and offer practices for readers to engage with individually. Yet few creative writing or creative recovery books explicitly address sexual trauma survivors' struggles to find language for their experience, nor do they describe the empowerment we might find in discovering language and expression for our delight, desire, and joy as well as our loss and pain. Writing Ourselves Whole specifically addresses the power of connecting with others who share our experience and can support us in finding language for subjects we not only are not supposed to talk about in polite company, but aren't even supposed to articulate to ourselves.

Transformative journaling: Writing Ourselves Whole acknowledges the radical and profound impact of a creative healing community for trauma survivors, and includes suggestions for those seeking to create a peer writing group in their own communities. Writing Ourselves Whole rises out of the intersection of Natalie Goldberg's groundbreaking Writing Down the Bones, the powerful Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, and the hopeful, angry struggle of Inga Muscio's Cunt.

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Backwards and in Heels

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Backwards and in Heels ─ women in film and their struggle against bias

“…but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he (Fred Astaire) did, backwards and in high heels." - Bob Thaves

Women in film: When it comes to early Hollywood and the women who worked in it, it can be tough to sort out the exact truth. That’s where film reporter and critic Alicia Malone comes in. In her book, Backwards and in Heels, Malone builds on her experience within the industry to examine the torturous road that has led to the uneasy Hollywood climate of today. Wage gaps and bias in selecting leading roles are only some of the issues faced by women in film. 

Bias against women in Hollywood: Throughout the history of Hollywood, women have been at the forefront of its success. Starting with Nickelodeons and moving into feature films, crossing between silent flicks to summer blockbusters, women in Hollywood have done it all. Female writers, actors, and women directors and producers were essential in the booming success of the industry during the 20s and 30s. Yet, they’ve never received the respect they deserve. This story of gender inequality is all too familiar. And it needs to end! 

Thousands of women in film are standing up to Hollywood injustice: Join Malone as she champions Hollywood women of the past, present and future in the hopes of leveling out the field. Some of the women in film who are standing up to Hollywood injustice include:

• Jennifer Lawrence
• Emma Watson
• Mila Kunis
• Emmy Rossum
• Jessica Chastain
• and, Lena Dunham

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