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First Cut (Jessie Teska, #1)

A hard-nosed San Francisco medical examiner uncovers an underworld plot in this fiction debut by the New York Times bestselling authors of Working Stiff

San Francisco’s newest medical examiner, Dr. Jessie Teska, has made a chilling discovery. A suspected overdose case contains hints of something more sinister: a drug lord’s attempt at a murderous cover-up. But as Jessie digs deeper, she faces unexpected pushback from her superiors, who urge her to stay in her lane, close the case and move...
Recommended by Jennifer Gunter, and 1 others.

Jennifer GunterThis is a great book!!! (Source)

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Illuminates the far-reaching consequences the myth of "natural" has over our lives, from misinformation about health choices to mistaken justifications of sexism, racism, and flawed economic policies.

Modern nature worship shares key elements with most religions: mythology, rituals, and laws. At the center of it all is a god: Nature, with a capital N.

Academic and journalist Alan Levinovitz's exploration of this faith takes readers deep into Peruvian jungle, on a tour of a high-tech Dutch greenhouse, wolf-watching in Yellowstone National Park, and into a...
Recommended by Jennifer Gunter, and 1 others.

Jennifer GunterI have just finished reading an advance copy. This is a great book! And pre-orders definitely help a lot. @AlanLevinovitz provides so much insight here on twitter, and the book takes that to the next level. (Source)

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Relax, Dammit!

A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety

An entertaining and practical guide to getting through the day with less stress and better health, from the host of the hit TV series A User's Guide to Cheating Death.

We make a ridiculous number of decisions every day--possibly even thousands. We make decisions about when to wake up, how to brush our teeth, what to have for breakfast, how to get our kids to school, the amount of coffee to drink, and on and on.

Making so many decisions is tough. It can cause stock analysts to perform progressively worse over the course of a day. It can...
Recommended by Jennifer Gunter, and 1 others.

Jennifer GunterThis is such a great book! I loved it! (Source)

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Watership Down

Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. less

Jennifer Gunter@SuetheLibrarian I suppose if you only have one great book in you Watership Down is knocking it out of the park! (Source)

Philip ReeveWatership Down is one of the most famous animal adventures ever written. It is a far stranger book than many people expect. (Source)

Philip ReeveWatership Down is one of the most famous animal adventures ever written. It is a far stranger book than many people expect. (Source)

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Jennifer GunterThe Vagina Bible did not make the list of sex books recommended by goop (no shocker!). But don’t let their recommendation of Better Sex Throigh Mindfulness dissuade you from @DrLoriBrotto’s amazing book! I recommend it almost daily!! (Source)

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Whether you are an ardent believer in alternative medicine, a skeptic, or are simply baffled by the range of services and opinions, this guide lays to rest doubts and contradictions with authority, integrity, and clarity. In this groundbreaking analysis, over thirty of the most popular treatments—acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic, and herbal medicines—are examined for their benefits and potential dangers. Questions answered include: What works and what doesn't? What are the secrets, and what are the lies? Who can you trust, and who is ripping you off? Can... more
Recommended by Jennifer Gunter, Stephen Law, and 2 others.

Jennifer Gunter@EdzardErnst @SLSingh Fantastic book. Really. Thank you for writing it!! (Source)

Stephen LawI really like this book. It’s a modern classic of the sceptic movement. Simon Singh is an excellent science writer. Edzard Ernst is the world’s first professor of complementary medicine. Well he was, Ernst is retired now. He started out convinced that there was some truth to the claims made by homeopathy and some other alternative practices. He was trained as a homeopath and he was a practising... (Source)

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Despite the success stories publicized by Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, and others, 90% of all diets end in failure. How can fix the way we lose weight so that we make results last?

Weight loss expert Dr. Yoni Freedhoff has uncovered the flawed thinking that sabotages even the most earnest weight loss efforts. The majority of dieting or weight loss programs call for regular sacrifice: Give up an entire food group; fight hunger day and night; undertake exhausting and grueling exercise regiments. These approaches are unrealistic, unhealthy, and make it nearly impossible to...
Recommended by Jennifer Gunter, Sherry Pagoto, and 2 others.

Jennifer GunterThe superb @YoniFreedhoff was the star of the episode on weight loss. We’d been twitter friends for a while and it was awesome to finally meet IRL. He is so authentic, knowledgeable and compassionate! He also authored a fantastic book on weight loss 2 (Source)

Sherry PagotoPlease welcome @yonifreedhoff as our distinguished chat guest this month. He is the author of the amazing blog Weighty Matters, the book The Diet Fix and can be found stamping out pseudoscience on Twitter. #behavioralmedchat (Source)

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