Enchantment, by Katherine May

Staff Pick

Along with many other pandemic survivors, May finds herself facing a glut of anxiety, alienation, lack of concentration, and other maladies as she struggles to regain some kind of normality. Looking back over her life, she traces the problem to the loss of the nurturing sense of wonder she felt as a child, noting that what used to have a timeless and absolute meaning available to all--“sacred places,” for instance—"are no longer given to us.” And as she details her effort to restore this lost enchantment—through means including meditation, swimming, forest bathing, and stories—her heartfelt and wholly relatable book becomes a welcome example of magical thinking in the best sense, and one filled with descriptions that are themselves literary magic, from a sea that’s “a quilt of wave crests” and the stones that “have a pure kind of weight to them, like small concentrations of gravity,” to the “delicate” stream water that “tastes of clarity.”


Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age By Katherine May Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593329993
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 28th, 2023

Chatter, by Ethan Kross

Staff Pick

The little voice in our head is much more powerful than we may realize. It can make the difference between whether a baseball player strikes someone out and whether he chokes on the mound.  It's the undercurrent to our daily lives; the context through which we filter the world. And how we talk to ourselves can affect our relationships, moods, and sense of self. Drawing from science and examples from his own and others' lives--including a professional pitcher and a former CIA agent--Kross shows why this internal voice is so important, how it can help us, and how it can hurt us, too. For anyone and everyone who's found themselves caught in a negative thought spiral, mentally run-through an awkward interaction over and over, or wanted to know how they could do a better job of helping a friend through a tough time, this book is revelatory.

Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It By Ethan Kross Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525575238
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Published: Crown - January 26th, 2021

Bella Figura -- Kamin Mohammadi

Staff Pick

This memoir is for anyone who dreams of starting life over in an exotic place. Overweight, unhealthy, and lonely, writer Kamin Mohammadi left her stressful London life and moved to Florence, Italy for a year. Her new routines include walking everywhere, shopping for fresh food at markets, learning to cook simple meals (recipes included) and eating reasonable portions. Her colorful Italian friends influence the way she thinks, eats, drinks and loves. She learns to embrace her most beautiful self  “all the time and in every way” and adopts a more simple existence, savoring the sweetness of a slower pace. 

Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way By Kamin Mohammadi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804173292
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019