Wild Women Throw a Party

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Party Planning with Famous Feminists

Whoever said a woman’s place was in the home might have been right─these famous feminists can bring home the bacon, fry it up, and entertain all at the same time. Master chef and co-author Lynette Shirk returns to stir up a bestselling batch of stories, anecdotes, recipes, and food trivia inspired by influential women.

A woman’s place is where the party is. Get ready to party like it’s 1929 with Zelda Fitzgerald, drink cosmos like Sarah Jessica Parker, and have a picnic à la Mary Pickford. From Dollywood to Hollywood, these dazzling dames and sassy sauciers know how to sling spaghetti, toss any salad, and dish up the desserts. Part how-to, part history, and 100 percent hilarious, Wild Women Throw a Party includes 110 original recipes inspired by the stories of our favorite famous feminists.

What is feminism without a little fun? Who knew dangerous debutante Peggy Guggenheim, famous for her arty salons, was also a gifted gourmet? Or that when Eleanor Roosevelt wasn’t serving at soup kitchens, she was throwing and attending the most elegant “do’s” around. Wild Women Throw a Party explores women’s history, food trivia, and party planning ideas while asking, What is feminism? Who is a feminist? And where exactly do we find a woman’s place? An intersection of feminism and the home, this party planning guide includes fun ideas inspired by influential women, like:

  • Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.
  • Joan Crawford’s Mother's Day "Mommy Dearest" Breakfast
  • Sophia Loren’s Better Than a Spaghetti Western Pasta Pajama Party
  • And more!

If you enjoy women’s history, or books like Rage BakingFree the TippleWomen's Libation!, or Empowdered Sugar, then you’ll love Wild Women Throw a Party.

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Be Who You Want to Be

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For a vast majority of girls in this country, there comes an age at which self-esteem, self-assurance, equilibrium, and confidence fly out the window. Maybe it's hormones, maybe it's culture, or maybe it's just called growing up. Whatever the cause, it's real. Some girls turn, in their own fashion, to the same addictive solutions as their elders: compulsive behavior--either in the form of alcohol, drugs, food, or something equally destructive. Casey, a veteran of the "first great revival" of the recovery movement, brings the art of living one day at a time to young girls in Be Who You Want to Be. "My intention in this book is similar to the intent in my other titles: I want to foster hope and willingness in young girls to believe they can make the changes needed so they feel like they belong and have purpose." From the book's opening note to parents (and other adults who care about young girls) through to the final word, the spirit of taking steps for themselves, no matter who they are or where they are in life, comes through in an accessible tone, providing girls the toolkits they need for handling life's ups and downs.
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The Little Book of Big Excuses

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Nobody ever said being an adult was easy. But it's easier with The Little Book of Big Excuses, with hundreds of excuses for things you did, things you didn't do, things you did wrong, and things you never want to hear about again. First things first: "Fake Don't Flake." In here are your excuses for being late for or not showing up to any number of places for any number of reasonsgrandma's birthday party, work, home, weddings, dentists appointments. "ExcusezMoi, si'l vous plait" is where to look when you're caught wearing a halter top to a black tie event. Or forget your boss's spouse's nameagain. Or don't want to pick up the tab. The French have a word for everything. If you need to learn how to say "I'd Love to, but"the art of articulating just why you can't do most anything you don't want to doin any language, this is the book for you. Demonstrate your incompetence. When someone asks you to bring those complicated hors d'oeuvres, show up half an hour late with half the ingredients. Bonus section here: how to get someone else to do all the work while you still get the credit. "Delivery Subsystem FailureMailboxes, Messages, Missives Gone Awry, Oh My " Never, ever again will you want for an excuse for not writing, calling, IMing, or emailing. Fake communication breakdowns make failsafe excuses for a myriad of don't wannas and didn't do its. "All's Fair in Love" contains excuses for not calling, not going on the second date, forgetting the birthday or anniversary of the one you love. Plus how to retreat with remorse, even from the altar steps. Hint: You could have your mother or your manager phone it in. That's what Julia Roberts did. * Hundreds of excuses for thousands of situations, plus "The Excuse Clinic: How to Make Lame Excuses Walk and Okay Excuses Sing." * Life is serious business, people, so pay attention. Let Addie help you off the hook.

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Everyday You

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Eric Maisel has written more than thirty books to help people live more creative lives despite the difficulties our society throws in our path. In Everyday You, Maisel takes a fresh and innovative approach to inspire all who would live a mindful, joyful life, grounded and connected to their work, their families, their own spirit. Everyday You is an inspirational gift book with a twistit is aimed at putting an idea into action for a richer life. For example, in "Grow connected by valuing connection," we are invited to write a list of reasons to strengthen connections with people in our lives. The very act of writing this list can help strengthen our connections. "Take the time to make a list that impresses you and convinces you of the value of connection in your life," Maisel encourages. Ninety entries in all make this a book to savor through a season and beyond. Deep and rich enough to dip into over and over again, this beautiful and inspiring bedside or coffeetable book is an ideal gift for any occasion.
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Practice Random Acts of Kindness

A Course in Compassion

From the creators of the Random Acts of Kindness series comes this practical guide to kindness. Full of inspiring meditations, affirmations, and true stories, this book acts as a guide to creating real change in our world through acts of kindness.

Join the kindness revolution. All over the nation and beyond, people are realizing the power of kindness. With one act, you can change someone’s day—and make the world a better place. It doesn’t take much to offer kind words or deeds to someone, but it can change the whole course of their day. When we participate in random acts of kindness, we join the movement of building a better future. This book by the editors of the Random Acts of Kindness series, with a foreword by Rabbi Harold Kushner, presents readers with a motivational guide to living out kindness each day of our lives.

Inspirational stories and simple suggestions. From the wake of Hurricane Katrina to the tragedy of the tsunami to troops in Iraq performing acts of daily compassion, this book highlights the ways in which people are working towards creating a more benevolent world. It demonstrates the weight that a single act of compassion can have and how powerful our actions can be when we all join together. In addition to inspiring true stories, this “course in compassion” includes meditations, affirmations, and suggestions for how you can go out and make a difference. Filled with practical wisdom and motivational quotes, this book is your go-to guide for turning the kindness spark into a flame. Learn more about:

  • How to practice random acts of kindness
  • The impact that compassion has on our world
  • Stories of kindness changing people’s lives

If you’ve read books like Chicken Soup for the SoulThe Power of KindnessGo Be KindHow Can I Help?, or A Year of Positive Thinking, you’ll love Practice Random Acts of Kindness.

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If Women Ran the World, Sh*t Would Get Done

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The Perfect Gift for a Woman Who Wants More for Her Gender

Packed with little-known sheroes and empowering journaling prompts, this book and interactive journal is a must-have for those who believe the world would be a better place with women in charge.

Feel inspired and empowered by historical women. The importance of women is written throughout history, in big ways and small. From women in science to women in sports to the women in leadership positions paving the way for change, the stories of these sheroes are sources of hope and direction for girls, young and old, everywhere. By turning to their example, we too can be change-makers and champions of women empowerment. With the help of their “butt-kicking inspiration,” we can see our own potential and find the motivation we need to get up and accomplish our goals.

Dream about the kind of world you'd run. Author Shelly Rachanow shares the many ways in which women do for others, from their families to their friends to the wider world (hint: the list goes on and on). She then asks readers to consider how much woman power has shaped the world, and turns the question to us: what are our buttkicking ideas for changing the world around us? These empowering journal prompts ask us to look inward, at our own role as women, and decide how we will make the world a better place for our children and those who come after us. By writing down our own ambitions, and looking to the example of iconic female leaders, we take a step towards making our dreams a reality.

Dive into this interactive journal and learn more about:

  • The many significant accomplishments of women throughout history
  • The role each of us plays in changing the world for the better
  • How to join the movement for female empowerment

If you enjoyed books like Badass AffirmationsBad Girls Throughout HistoryThe Book of Gusty Women, or Made Out of Stars, then you’ll love If Women Ran the World, Sh*t Would Get Done.

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Luminous Mind

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The definitive mental fitness manual, Luminous Mind offers a unique and uncomplicated process for engaging fully in life, feeding your soul, and releasing your mind and spirit from the bonds of stress and worry.
Stressed out and self-medicating with stimulants and cable TV is the norm in today's society. The only solution, aside from retreating to a mountaintop, is to harness the power of your mind and breath through meditation.
In this concise and clear guidebook, Joel and Michele Levey, the authors of The Fine Arts of Relaxation and A Moment to Relax, teach the same techniques for meditation, focus, and anxiety relief they have taught to Navy Seals, the United States Army, and countless business leaders around the world.
In what is truly an introduction to personal mastery, the Leveys demystify this spiritual practice and provide a complete overview of every kind of meditation, condensing their lifetime of learning into this remarkably useful book.
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All We Have Is All We Need

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Practice Simple Yet Effective Meditation

We all need a dose of inspiration to get us through hard times. All We Have Is All We Need reminds you that you’ll survive and thrive with simple steps and mindful meditations.

When was the last time you felt peaceful? In All We Have Is All We Need, Karen Casey's classic and simple wisdom is condensed into one and two sentence statements. Her concise teachings will help turn you away from trouble, chaos, and drama and toward peace in your everyday life.

When we find ourselves in turmoil we cannot concentrate. When faced with what seem like calamities, what we need is a simple but true message to hold on to. And, at other times, when crises don't loom quite so large, we can still find comfort in going back to the basics.

This isn’t your average meditative teacher. Karen Casey is the founding mother of daily meditation books for women, and a 12-step recovery workshop facilitator with over forty published titles in over ten different languages. In All We Have Is All We Need she offers something different and unique. Her simple yet profound statements will help you:

  • Reframe your thinking
  • Practice positive affirmations
  • Find inner peace

If you enjoyed books like Make Your BedThe Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, or Untamed, then you’ll love Karen Casey's All We Have Is All We Need.

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The Woman's Book of Spirit

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Take An Authentic Look Within Yourself

When the Divine Feminine instructed Sue Patton Thoele to "pour water on my women," Thoele set about writing a book to provide women with spiritual sustenance for every area of their lives.

The Woman’s Book of Spirit is Thoele’s take on what it’s like to have the best intentions in the world and blow it—and not just once. It’s a book that asks us to meditate on a series of anecdotes and stories that touch on intimate portrayals of everyday living, from knowing how to receive love to handling grief.

Nourishment for the soul’s journey. Each daily reflection in this book evokes a nourishing and motivational sense of self that empowers and heals, so that you may move forward in your journey.

The Woman’s Book of Spirit:

  • Is written in a series of short meditations that allows you to connect more deeply to yourself
  • Contains the meaning behind “the Sacred Feminine Voice” that teaches you how to heal your wounds
  • Includes quotes from distinguished women to revitalize your heart

If you felt empowered by books like Journey to the HeartThe Confident Woman Devotional, or The Gifts of Imperfection, then you will find The Woman’s Book of Spirit to be a new guide to spiritual living.

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There Are No Mistakes

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There are no mistakes there are only choices. That is the simple premise of There Are No Mistakes, which Eleanor Wiley has learned in twentyfive years of sobriety as a mediator, an artist, and a teacher. "For many years I tried to make my life conform to a lot of shoulds. Not until I got into recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous did I realize just how many 'shoulds' I had been trying to follow. Along my own travels, first through the Twelve Steps and now through my teaching around the world, I have come across many people who walk through the world in comfort. Their lives aren't easy, they have just accepted them and approach them with a certain grace and ease. As I thought about what they had in common, I identified eleven attributes." The eleven attributes cultivated include:1) Know where you came from, 2) Know your story. 3) Accept yourself. 4) Own your pain, hurt, and vulnerability. 5) Laugh at yourself. 6) Find community. 7) Take care of yourself. 8) Give yourself permission to change your mind. 9) Be willing to fall apart and put yourself back together again. 10) Create a tool box. 11) Go with the flow. This astoundingly candid and simple book is illustrated with personal stories from the author and people she has encountered on her path, along with specific and simple exercises to do at the end of each chapter.
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Women's Work Is Never Done

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Not to be confused with Alice's famous remark on a memorable episode of the Honeymooners, "Men work from sun to sun, but women's work is never done," Women's Work Is Never Done by BJ Gallagher celebrates the fact that women's work is never done because it's never meant to be done. Women are meant to nourish and grow themselves and others, throughout their lives, and Gallagher's book acknowledges and affirms it.
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Moments in Between

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A Daily Dose of Mindfulness and Meditations to Remind You to Breathe

A companion that steps in when life moves too fast. Moments in Between reminds you to stop and practice reflection on both yourself and the world around you.

Moments In Between is a book of meditations, reflections, and wise guidance that reminds you that the "spaces in between" the big events of our lives aren't meant to be forgotten, or worse, fill us with anxiety. They’re to be taken in a stride, appreciated, and reflected on. Filled with the purpose of helping you achieve your highest state of mind, this meditative guide includes:

  • Inspirational quotes to shift your perspective
  • Daily reflections that help you appreciate the little things
  • Motivational guidance on living your best life

Learn to Take Five or Ten. Take the moments in between tasks in a busy morning, at the end of the day, as evening falls. Learn to become fully awake and remember who you are. Allow the important things in life to come back into focus and foster the potential you possess.

If you enjoyed meditative books like The Seven Spiritual Laws of SuccessThe Untethered Soul, or A New Earth, then you’ll love Moments in Between.

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Wild Women and Books

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Celebrate Famous Women in History

Learn all about the little-known history of the most impactful and revered female authors in this book by best-selling author Brenda Knight. In Wild Women and Books, dive deeper into the lives and inspirations behind iconic feminists and some of the most famous women in history.

Gain inspiration from these feminist stories. As a celebration of perhaps the most revered and radical women writers, best-selling author Brenda Knight brings more than one hundred female authors to life for those looking for inspiration. In chapters such as “Literary First Ladies,” “Ink in Their Veins,” “Banned, Blacklisted, and Arrested,” and so many others, these women and their tumultuous and admirable paths to literary expression make up the most inspiring and unique gift for women looking to make a difference in their day-to-day lives.

One of the best gifts ideas for women in your life. From religious transcribers and political dissidents to erotic playwrights and romantic poets, Wild Women and Books leaves no subject and literary form untouched. This feminist book honors those women whose pens pioneered, persevered, and proved that the female voice is brilliant.

In Wild Women and Books, discover:

  • Some of the most famous women in history
  • The first recorded writer, Enheduanna of Sumeria
  • The stories of critically acclaimed female authors, such as the iconic Toni Morrison
  • And so much more!

If you found inspiration in feminist books like Monster, She Wrote; Women of Means; or The Consequences of Feminism, you’ll love Wild Women and Books!

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Random Kinds of Factness

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This latest romp through history, politics, religion, and science from the dyno-duo Barrett and Mingo is sure to tickle the fancy of trivia buffs everywhere. Amuse your date, impress your boss, bore your kids, or be the 6th caller to win a pair of tickets to the nose-flute band concert All because you know that a Twinkie in the microwave will explode in 45 seconds, that you have a 1 in 3,448,276 chance of dying from a snake bite, that 342 cases of tea were tossed into the "hahbah" during the Boston Tea Party or that white rhinoceroses are not actually white but grey (you'll have to read the book to discover why). Barrett and Mingo, partners in life and crime (er, writing) can do a thing or two with random facts, and this book ranks right up there. From the time the Wallace family made famous books of lists of one kind or another, readers have found fascination--or maybe just food for their obsessions--in books like Random Kinds of Factness.
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Morning Notes

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Begin Each Day in the Right State of Mind

These morning meditations by author Hugh Prather are just what you need to start your day right. His words will put you on the path to living a more loving and fulfilling life.

Daily reflections to kickstart your day. Start each morning this year with the words of bestselling author, counselor, and minister Hugh Prather. Prather asks readers to consider the holistic nature of our lives—noting that how we start our day affects everything, from our mind and spirit to our family and work. If we start in an agitated mood, we face the day with a combative spirit. But when we begin in a peaceful mood, we open the door to welcome in more opportunities and graces.

Renew your determination to become a better person. With each page of this spiritual book, you are invited to live as if you think our world and the people in it are worth caring about and worth making time for. Because when we realize that they are, and that we are all united in a unique relationship (ourselves, others, and God), we wake up to our own responsibility for what happens to us. These daily meditations ask us to reflect on the spiritual task ahead of us.

Learn more about:

  • The benefits of beginning each day with a peaceful mindset and a spiritual goal in mind
  • Mindfulness meditations that awaken the mind and replenish the spirit
  • How to start over and become a better person

If you enjoyed books like Power Thoughts DevotionalGood Days Start with GratitudeSacred Rhythms, or Little Book of Mindfulness, then you’ll love Morning Notes.

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365 Energy Boosters

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In 365 Energy Boosters, Seton and Kornblatt provide us with a daily guide for putting an end to the madness, embracing a new and improved life experience, and getting a big dose of energy to boot. You'll find energizing one-minute exercises and foods for a quick pick-me-up and learn ways to track your natural energy cycles, get organized, sleep better, and wake yourself up whenever your energy takes a nosedive.
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The Little Secret That Can Change Your Life

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With a light heart and in the nicest, most insightful way, Joann Davis invites us to stop running around in circles. If we stop working for the cheese at the end of the maze, for the biggest toys at the end of the day, who knows what we could accomplish or how we might feel? This little book is nothing less than a game plan for creating a life that counts.

In the tradition of Robert Fulghum, "The Little Secret That Can Change Your Life"* is a collection of short inspirational essays designed to help readers discover the path to a more meaningful life, one that is less about running the modern rat race of workaholism, consumerism, debt, and frustration. The book suggests that a more rewarding way of living comes when we realize that beneath the surface of life is a spiritual economy made up of virtues and values. Money and material things matter, but they aren't everything. We must be careful not to gain the world and lose our souls.

"Our inner world is ours to make of what we choose. Magnificent changes can radiate out of every human heart if we so desire. So then, if you are open, brave, and willing to take the challenge, read on. See if you don't agree that there's much more to life than winning the rat race."

If every person who reads this book chooses one way to leave the rat race and passes the idea to just one other person, in no time at all our national priorities could change. Children could become more important than money. Virtue could become its own reward. Corporate greed could become passe.

There are rules for rats -- Bite off more than you can chew. Act as if enough isn't -- ever. View life as part of work, instead of work as a part of life. Follow them all, win the race, and you'll still be -- a rat

There are rules for mice -- No fighting, no biting. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. If you can't fight 'em, lick 'em.

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The Workplace Revolution

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From the Enron debacle to the Martha Stewart scandal, trust in business practices and in corporate leaders has been seriously jeopardized, hitting an all-time low. According to Matthew Gilbert in his latest book, The Workplace Revolution, the problem stems from a relentless work ethic, the tireless pursuit of profit, and the conflict between business values and human values. Today more than ever, people are waking up to the fact that they are not getting back what they give to their employers. While they are dedicating an inordinate amount of themselves to their work, their jobs offer little to meet their needs for community, self-expression, and service, and many have simply abandoned the possibility that self-serving, profit-driven companies can offer more than a paycheck. Gilbert assures us that the problem is not hopeless. In The Workplace Revolution, he provides both personal strategies and corporate methodologies for improving overall health in the workplace and restoring trust and goodwill between business leaders and their employees. With statistics and commentary from a wide range of sources and examples of companies such as Hewlett-Packard that are already balancing economic and human concerns, he demonstrates to worker and CEO alike that they can turn the experience of work into a spiritual, ideal-based, life-enhancing adventure for all concerned and still meet corporate goals. Revolutionary concepts for today's corporations and the health of their employees.
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