How to Get the Right Diagnosis

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After five years and visits to seventeen specialists who could not diagnose his illness, Intelligence analyst Randolph Pherson’s family doctor sent him to the Emergency Room because he had a “look of gloom” on his face. The ER doctors dismissed him twice, but he refused to go home, believing his condition was becoming dire. They acquiesced, scheduled him for a simple procedure, and told him he would drive himself home the next day. That did not happen.  He was scheduled instead for major surgery the next morning that saved his life. 

The author learned a lot about how the medical system operates in the United States over the five years of his sojourn. This book condenses what he learned into 16 actions a person can and should take to ensure quality health care. The author describes five analytic techniques to spur a correct diagnosis, five obstacles most people will need to overcome when seeking treatment, and six tips for building an effective partnership with your doctor. 

The purpose of the book is to help others to live to tell their stories by applying the lessons learned during the author’s journey by applying the techniques intelligence analysts use. The author is convinced that more people would have lived if they had adopted this advice and resisted current systemic pressures to treat illness and not diagnose them.

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Listify

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A Writing Journal for Self-Care and Mindfulness

List-Writing Is Your New Superpower: Lists help us to remember our tasks, round up the cool movies and books we’ve been wanting to check out, plan our self-care routines, and more—freeing up our brain space by allowing us to chronicle our unique lives on paper. With dozens of lists, journal prompts, and quotes to keep you inspired, Listify invites you to flex this superpower and takes you on a journey of self-exploration.

Self-Care Has Never Been Better: Listify is more than just a self-help book for women. List-writing activities calm us, let us explore our memories, and get all of those things-to-remember on paper. No more overwhelm in your mind! Both a keepsake and a tool, this book will allow you to capture all the beautiful aspects of your life—past, present, and future. Put pen to paper and list and journal to a deeper connection with the most important person in your life: you.

If you liked writing journals like Start Where You Are52 Lists for Happiness and Q&A a Day, you will love Listify.

Listify is a great journal to write in for women and men, providing prompts for:

  • Acts of kindness you can easily implement every day
  • Routines and activities that center you
  • Nearby events, parks, and neighborhoods to explore
  • Exploring your strongest scent-memories
  • “Favorites” lists of books, movies, fictional characters and more!
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The Book of Awesome Black Americans

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#1 New Release in Cultural Heritage — Making a Better America

Black Americans who have shaped their country and beyond: We are familiar with a handful of African Americans who are mentioned in American history books, but there are also countless others who do not get recognized in mainstream media. Their actions may not have appeared to shake the world, but their contributions to shifting American culture were just as groundbreaking.

There’s more than one way to make a difference: The achievements of the Black Americans included in this book range from athletic to artistic, literary to scientific. Their biographies vary greatly, but each one contributes to the course of Black history and its influence on the greater world. Their stories encourage readers, especially teenage boys and girls, to find their own path to change.

Celebrate the successes made possible by diversity: African Americans have made history by challenging and changing the American landscape. This was accomplished not by shedding layers of originality, but by wearing their colors proudly and openly in the world. Growth has been made possible by a resistance to conformity and a fusing of cultures, African and American alike.

Monique L. Jones’s The Book of Awesome Black Americans is more than a Black history book. It’s a celebration of Black people. In this book, you will find:

  • Amazing role models who brought on change by using their gifts and passions to overcome societal barriers
  • Stories mainstream media failed to mention that are sure to inspire, motivate, and educate readers of all backgrounds
  • Testimonies that demonstrate how American culture thrives when it celebrates diversity and promotes inclusiveness

If you enjoyed books such as 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American HistoryBedtime Inspirational Stories, or Becca Anderson’s The Book of Awesome Women, then The Book of Awesome Black Americans should be your next read!

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The Checklist Book

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Many people are disorganized and overwhelmed and fall asleep every night feeling like, “I didn’t accomplish enough. There’s still so much to do.”

Many people rely on digital tools (phone apps, online calendars, alerts, reminders, etc.) to stay organized, but all the digital noise (and excessive screen time) leaves us feeling drained and sick.

Many people cram their day with nonstop tasks and chores, while leaving almost no space for mental and physical health, quality time with loved ones, quiet time alone, time in nature, and other experiences that bring beauty into our lives.

Many people wildly overestimate what they can realistically achieve in a single day, and then continually feel “behind.”


Solution: Un-complicate things. Plan your day in a thoughtful and realistic way. Get back to basics. Simple daily checklist. One piece of paper. A pen. A clipboard. A checklist you can physically hold in your hands, not a list on your computer or phone.

A checklist is one of the world’s oldest, simplest, and best productivity systems, dating all the way back to the Roman Empire. Just like our modern culture has rediscovered yoga (an ancient practice with so many benefits) it’s time to rediscover…the art of the checklist!

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The Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship Journal

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#1 New Release in Parent & Adult Child Relationships ─ Healing for Mothers and Daughters

A compassionate guide: Karen C.L. Anderson is a storyteller, feminist, and speaker who views the world through the lens of curiosity and fascination. As a mother-daughter relationship expert, she gently guides readers through revealing painful patterns in their relationships to finding ultimate healing. Her book isn’t a quick fix. Rather, she writes to help mothers and daughters heal and either reconcile or peacefully separate.

Tips and tools for healing: Anderson comes prepared in this book to offer readers practical advice for creating a healthier relationship. Her previous book, The Peaceful Daughter’s Guide to Separating from a Difficult Mother, was an international bestseller, and she offers new practical wisdom in this journal. From setting healthy boundaries to creating a new outlook, Anderson helps readers create peace in their troubled relationships.

You’re not alone in the struggle: Studies suggest that nearly 30% of women have been estranged from their mothers at some point. It can be difficult to talk about the strain of mother and daughter relationships because they are so often glorified in our society as one of the most precious bonds. If anything, however, that makes them more important to talk about.

Anderson’s book is ideal for mothers and daughters alike, whether they read it separately or together. Open it up and find:

  • Various prompts and practices for building a relationship around healthy interdependence rather than dysfunctional codependence
  • A way to transform things that create pain into a source of wisdom and creativity
  • An informative and intriguing self-care gift for women in the form of a healing journal

Readers of self-help books such as Mothers Who Can’t LoveAdult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, and Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters will find a wonderful source of help and healing in Anderson’s The Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship Journal.

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The Witch's Guide to Ritual

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Spiritual Ceremonies to Enrich Daily Life

Practice Sacred Living. Rituals are often performed to acknowledge special, sacred moments of life. When we align ourselves with the rhythms of the earth, we see that every day is sacred. Sacred living is the art of acknowledging the abundance of life and the deep meaning within natural rhythms. The Witch’s Guide to Ritual teaches the practice of daily rituals for self-care and personal growth.

The Art of Healing. The Witch’s Guide to Ritual can help you create a healing ritual space, whether you are an experienced hedge witch or a beginner exploring new magical practices. You’ll learn about the history of rites and rituals, mythology for today’s world, and how healing works in a modern witch house.

Celebrate life. The key to celebrating the abundance of life lies in the recognition that we are surrounded by all that is magical. Organized by season, The Witch’s Guide to Ritual offers a suggested ceremony for each day of the year and includes hundreds of simple rites, suggestions, meditations, and holiday celebrations that can make the ordinary extraordinary.

What you'll learn inside this book:

  • The psychological benefits of rituals in your life
  • Why participating in group events enriches your life and brings you closer to friends, family, and loved ones
  • How to create an altar or shrine as a power center in your home for spiritual renewal
  • Which crystals, herbs, symbols, and talismans can bring you calm, health, love, prosperity, and happiness

Healing is possible with sacred living. If you enjoyed The Witch’s Book of Self-Care, The Spirit Almanac, The House Witch,or The Witch’s Book of Rituals, you’ll love this new guide to inspired magical practice.

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Your Goal Guide

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Accomplish Your Goals—Without the Stress 

Start with a plan. One of the biggest reasons goals fail is that we often don’t put enough thought into what we really want before diving in. Your Goal Guide by Debra Eckerling starts with that first, crucial step: figuring out your goals and putting a plan in place. As a professional writer, communications specialist, and project catalyst with more than 20 years of experience, Eckerling is prepared to help you achieve success. 

A method that works. Eckerling presents readers with her own tested and proven method: The DEB Method. DEB is a brainstorming and task-based system and stands for: Determine Your Mission, Explore Your Options, Brainstorm Your Path. Eckerling's method is a roadmap for goal setting that helps professionals lay down a plan and accomplish their mission. 

Making the process as stress-free as possible. Goals can be intimidating because of the pressure we often put on ourselves to succeed. However, Eckerling believes that setting goals should be easy—we just need the right tools to tackle them. Through a combination of writing exercises and systems, Eckerling provides readers with a process for making and setting goals that is stress-free and easy-to-manage.

Debra Eckerling’s Your Goal Guide is your next step to success. Open it up and find:

  • To-the-point advice and user-friendly recommendations 
  • Easy-to-read examples and case studies 
  • Adaptable worksheets and numerous resources to bring you one step closer to goal achievement 

Readers of books like Atomic HabitsYour Best Year Ever, and The Bullet Journal Method will love Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals.

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You Are an Awesome Woman

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Adjust Your Attitude with Daily Affirmations

Master the art of thinking happy: You know what they say about happiness—it’s an “inside job”—which is 100 percent true. Use the affirmations, quotes, and ideas in this book as a set of tools for your own self-development. They are for “inner work.” Much has to do with adjusting your attitude. Depending on the day, it might be a slight adjustment or a major overhaul, but the more you practice daily affirmations, the fewer adjustments you’ll need. One day you will realize you have mastered the art of “thinking happy” and are looking at the bright side of life, every day. Incorporating positive thoughts as a daily practice will build mental muscle and help you achieve the all-important optimistic way of thinking.

Becoming a better you:  Author Becca Anderson is a champion of undertaking the inner journey of working toward a better you. She is also a strong advocate for believing in yourself and loving yourself more each and every day. These are habits that can be reinforced by practices such as journaling, creating your own affirmations, and talking to yourself positively.

Build your inner optimism: Like an engine driving you toward greater things, self-belief brings you closer to your life’s purpose, your personal mission, and will absolutely make you a happier camper. Daily affirmations help build an optimistic mindset. So, give it a try! It’s as easy as pie and just as sweet.

In You Are An Awesome Woman you will learn:

  • How the habit of daily affirmations can lead to thinking happy
  • What it takes to build a more confident and better you
  • The art of positive attitude adjustment

Readers of other Becca Anderson favorites such as Prayers for Hard Times, Badass Women Give the Best Advice, The Book of Awesome Women, and Badass Affirmations will love You Are An Awesome Woman.

 

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66 Day Journal

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Achieve Your Goal in 66 Days

Create new habits—and stick with them: Routines can be hard to establish. Often, our goals require us to make difficult changes in our daily lives. This daily journal by cutting-edge speaker and bestselling author Matthew Mockridge serves as a “training partner” to help us create and firmly integrate healthy routines into everyday life.

Find passion through practice: We don’t need to find our true passion before we commit to a consistent routine. As readers of the 66 Day Journal will learn, it is only through maintaining regular habits that true passion emerges. When we work hard to become good at something, such as healthy eating, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, or exercising regularly, we’ll find that our passion for the topic grows.

Ask quality questions, have a quality life: If we aren’t asking ourselves the important questions—“What am I proud of? What could I have done better?”—then maintaining healthy habits is harder than ever. This guided journal walks us through the difficult questions we should be asking ourselves every day. The carefully constructed questions combine mindfulness, positive psychology, and proven strategies for increased productivity to help you stay on track.

Dive into Matthew Mockridge’s 66 Day Journal and learn how to:

  • Break down overwhelming “marathon” goals into 66 achievable mini goals
  • Set a goal using the SMART theory (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound)
  • Visualize where you want to be and work to get there

If you’ve enjoyed titles such as The High Performance PlannerMy 66-Day Challenge Habit Tracker and Goal Planner, and Hello New Me, then you’ll love Matthew Mockridge’s 66 Day Journal: A Guided Journal for Creating New Habits.

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Build Muscle. Stay Lean. Get Stronger.

Track Your Progress.

Build Muscle. Stay Lean. Get Stronger. A Daily Food and Exercise Journal to Track your Fitness Goals is the perfect companion journal and activity tracker for healthy cookbooks like The Shredded Chef and The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook.

Track Diet and Exercise in One Place: Put all of your fitness information in a journal that is just the right size—big enough for all of the day’s details but small enough to take with you to the gym or the grocery store. Like helpful all-in-one fitness trackers such as Hello New Me, Build Muscle. Stay Lean. Get Stronger. is a combination meal planner, food tracker, and workout journal—and this one can easily fit in your gym bag.

A Dedicated Journal for Transforming Your Body: Build Muscle. Stay Lean. Get Stronger. is the only tracker fully dedicated to gaining healthy muscle weight while managing your macros and exercise routine. Simple, informative, clear and easy to use, this all-in-one journal will help get you started on your new life.

Using  Build Muscle. Stay Lean. Get Stronger , you’ll be able to keep up with what you’ve eaten, when you ate it, and how it improved your body. Once you get started, you’ll be able to:

  • Master macros
  • Record your meals—breakfast, lunch, dinner, water intake, and snacks
  • Progress your overall health
  • Track your muscle growth

It’s the perfect companion to Michael Matthews’s Bigger, Leaner, Stronger and Thinner, Leaner, Stronger.

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Eat Your Words

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The Comprehensive Etymology of Eating

Eat Your Words is a gloriously gluttonous glossary of all things grub and gastronomy: It’s a true treat for anyone who loves language as much as they love food. With witty and fun definitions of everything from aeroponics to zoosaprophagy, this compilation offers definitions of 6,000 unusual and unfamiliar terms across twenty-one fact-packed courses.

For bon viveurs and verbivores alike: Are you a gourmet who knows the difference between Maldon and Morton salt? Maybe you’re an expert on the properties of heat in cooking. Or you’re a cocktail connoisseur with a taste for tequila. Eat Your Words is a surprising treat for anyone who loves learning about food and cooking. If you’re looking for cooking gifts for a friend who devoured Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, this culinary dictionary is the perfect fit.

A delight for word nerds: For Scrabble stars and anyone who excels at Words with Friends, Eat Your Words is a clever guide to little-known culinary terms that will give you that special edge.

In Eat Your Words: The Definitive Dictionary for Discerning Diners, you’ll find terms about:

  • A cornucopia of culinary treats from around the world
  • The cultivation, selling, and serving of every food you can imagine
  • The appetites of diners and their dinners across all species

This new dictionary from the author of Drinktionary: The Definitive Dictionary for the Discerning Drinker and Inkhorn's Erotonomicon: An Advanced Sexual Vocabulary for Verbivores and Vulgarians is the fun reference book you didn’t know you wanted. Fans of Tequila Mockingbird and On Food and Cooking will enjoy this fascinating journey into the language of food and eating.

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Green Fig and Lionfish

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To use the book as a way of communicating about the joys of Caribbean cooking and culture and the need for sustainable actions to preserve that foodways. To introduce lionfish as a delicious eating fish to many folks who do not know it. Sharing the versatility of fish cookery with seasonal ingredients. Encouraging more people to care where their food comes from and to have them realize that their choices can make a difference.
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Happy, Okay?

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A manifesto for life: The poems in this book address the emotional contradictions of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, guiding the reader down a path to healing, fortitude, and life-sustaining joy.
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Life Is a 4-Letter Word

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Laugh and Learn with These Life Lessons

Insights from a veteran psychologist: Dr. David Levy is a media consultant who has appeared on over 70 television and radio broadcasts, from CNN to National Geographic, to provide psychological perspectives on current events. His previous works have been published internationally, many of them becoming bestsellers. In this book, Levy approaches readers on a more personal level but carries the same expertise that he’s shared with viewers and listeners worldwide.

Valuable life lessons: Levy’s book takes a different approach than others in the self-help genre. Rather than being instructional, Levy shares bits of wisdom through telling his own stories. In other words, he offers life lessons without lecturing or preaching. Written in a style that is engaging and humorous, readers will find relatable truths in Levy’s uplifting stories and wise advice.

A journey to wisdom: The path to living a smarter lifestyle is not always smooth. Levy encourages readers to embrace all the feelings his book may bring out as they read his stories, from laughing to wincing, and learning along the way. Discover the power of positive thinking as Levy shares a lifetime journey of personal reflections, growth, and wisdom.

Dive into Dr. David Levy’s latest book, Life Is a 4-Letter Word, and find…

  • 40 autobiographical essays, each one containing a relatable and applicable life lesson
  • A unique source of both humor and inspiration that reassures readers that life is good
  • A self-help book for men and women from a published professional in psychology

If books such as You are a BadassThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F—Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and Sometimes You Win—Sometimes You Learn have interested you, then Life Is a 4-Letter Word should be your next read!

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Living A Loved Life

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Discover Your Wisdom Within

An inspiring and evocative book reminding you that the discovery of how you can live a life you love is found hidden in the stories you tell about your life.

An inspirational book that shines a light on how each person carries a possibility that the rest of us need. Instead of hugs, Dawna Markova's midwife grandmother used to kiss the unique marks at the very end of her fingertips, calling them “promise prints.” She said that the moment each of us is born life makes a promise to the world that only we can fulfill. Nourished by this wisdom, Dawna grew to understand that discovering how you matter is what makes it possible for you to love your unique existence. Living A Loved Life is a particularly important book in these dark and fragmented times when so many of us have become convinced that they really can't and don't make a difference.

A motivational book. Dawna Markova Ph.D. has been a teacher, psychotherapist, researcher, executive advisor, and organizational fairy godmother. She has given empowerment, creativity, and spirituality presentations around the world to various corporate and non-corporate audiences. Living A loved life is an uplifting collection of stories woven from Dr. Markova’s own experience as well as those of her clients. Through them you can be involved in the dance of spiraling generations, in which the old empower the young with their wisdom and the young empower the old with the energy of new possibilities.

Perfect gift. These stories can guide you and help you find an untapped reservoir of capacity within, a connective force, a steady light in the depth of darkness. Living A Loved Life will leave you committed to never again diminish your mind or limit the capacity of your heart. If you liked Note To Self by Gayle King, I’ve Been Thinking…by Maria Shriver, On the Brink of Everything by Parker Palmer or Becoming Wise by Krista Tippet, you’ll love reading Living A Loved Life.

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Seven Sisters and a Brother

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The very best audience is contemporary minority college students on predominantly white campuses. They will be most likely to identify with one or more of the authors, by socio-economic or family background, and they have often had to struggle to acquire the confidence to take action in the face of great odds, to demand the respect of institutions where they study. First-generation students will particularly relate to the authors, but also faculty members of color, women, immigrants, as well as white peers, teachers and administrators who are interested in understanding differences and commonalities encompassed within diversity. Today’s youth involved in protest of injustices in the adult world will be inspired by these true stories. And, for the generation of baby boomers who lived firsthand through the activism of the Sixties, and their children and grandchildren, there are deeper insights into the rarely-described interior lives, strategies, and later lifestyles of the activists themselves. a. You / Minority students bring more to the table than white peers, faculty and administration realize. Students from minority groups and without family legacy at the institution bring family cultures and other strengths that the college needs. b. You can take charge of your life Once you realize your strengths, you can marshal them to develop strategies that will transform and improve the entire institution where you work. c. You can make a difference The 1960s struggle for Black Studies and diversity among students, faculty and other staff has benefitted all ethnic groups, the college as a whole, and our American society. Courage and caring emerge and develop, even in the face of strong opposition, when the cause is right, and history will vindicate those who persist.
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Black Man on the Titanic

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 Joseph Laroche was a black man particularly well educated for his time. His presence on the Titanic was an exception as few blacks traveled on such luxurious ships in first or second class  After the tragedy, the Americans showed a great solidarity with the survivors when they arrived in the United States: the wife and the daughters of Joseph Laroche were totally sponsored by a rich heiress in New-York.  The story of Joseph Laroche is part of Haitian history: He is the descendant of the father of Haitian independence; he is also related to two Haitian presidents.
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It’s Your Weirdness that Makes You Wonderful

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Mental Health is a topic that affects everyone, though so few are eager to discuss it. Your Weirdness Is What Makes You Wonderful is a compendium of knowing-yet-supportive illustrations from The Latest Kate, whose thoughtful quotations encourage the reader to be mindful of their own mentality and to take care of themselves, regardless of image or lifestyle. This book also incorporates journaling prompts, giving readers an outlet to work through and expresses their challenges and feelings. The Latest Kate's inventive pairing of whimsical colors and friendly, smiling animals is the spoonful of sugar that makes the heavy subject matter approachable and non-threatening. In a world where mental health is increasingly a topic of concern, Your Weirdness Is What Makes You Wonderful is a welcome addition to any bookshelf or art wall, and its messages are equally applicable to adults and children.

In this book you’ll find:

  • Beautiful, whimsical, and colorful art
  • Expressions of encouragement for any hardship you face
  • A how-to guide for anxiety and depression
  • Understanding and validation for your struggles
  • Cute animals that believe in you!
  • Tips for every time you feel inadequate, overwhelmed, or down on yourself

Anxiety sucks, but you don’t. This book will show you how to get through the worst of it.

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