American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation How Indian Spirituality Changed the West cover
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A fascinating look at India’s remarkable impact on Western culture, this eye-opening popular history shows how the ancient philosophy of Vedanta and the mind-body methods of Yoga have profoundly affected the worldview of millions of Americans and radically altered the religious landscape. 
 
What exploded in the 1960s, following the Beatles trip to India for an extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, actually began more than two hundred years earlier, when the United States started importing knowledge--as well as tangy spices and colorful fabrics--from Asia. The first translations of Hindu texts found their way into the libraries of John Adams and Ralph Waldo Emerson. From there the ideas spread to Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and succeeding generations of receptive Americans, who absorbed India’s “science of consciousness” and wove it into the fabric of their lives. Charismatic teachers like Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda came west in waves, prompting leading intellectuals, artists, and scientists such as Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, Allen Ginsberg, J. D. Salinger, John Coltrane, Dean Ornish, and Richard Alpert, ak...
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The Low Countries: A History cover
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Here, from British historian and New Yorker senior writer Anthony Bailey is the dramatic story of the Low Countries - Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg - from the early days of nomads and barbarian invaders to the birth of towns and cities to the rise and decline of world prominence and finally to the dark and tragic days of World War II....
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Oh, The Sh!t You Don't Know!: College Graduate Edition cover
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Don't want to get a job?
Is that what I heard?
You can start your own business like Mark Zuckerberg.
Anyone can do it, anyone at all,
But it won't be easy; most start with a crawl.

A simple idea inside of your head,
Until it's so strong it keeps you from bed.
Up thinking all night, about making it real,
And all of the fun, how good it'll feel.

If you keep up your faith, lock your eyes on the prize,
And travel the road, all the lows and the highs,
Success will find you at some point, I'm sure.
Don't believe me? Just ask any entrepreneur!


The perfect gift for the recent grad, this book will give them all the advice they never learned in school and prepare them for life in the real world. Tony Carter's newest picture book for adults is a fun parody of Dr. Suess's Oh! The Places You'll Go! Funny, sharp, and full of good tips for graduates, this book also comes with several blank "Autograph" pages at the end to act as a guest book for grad parties or for use as a yearbook.

*Also available in a clean version titled, Oh, The Things You Don't Know!*...
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Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America cover
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Welcome to Pawnee: More Exciting than New York, More Glamorous than Hollywood, Roughly the Same Size as Bismarck, North Dakota

In Pawnee, Leslie Knope (as played by Amy Poehler on NBC's hit show Parks and Recreation) takes readers on a hilarious tour through her hometown, the Midwestern haven known as Pawnee, Indiana. The book chronicles the city's colorful citizens and hopping nightlife, and also explores some of the most hilarious events from its crazy history--like the time the whole town was on fire, its ongoing raccoon infestation, and the cult that took over in the 1970s. Packed with laugh-out-loud-funny photographs, illustrations, and commentary by the other inhabitants of Pawnee, it's a must-read that will make you enjoy every moment of your stay in the Greatest Town in America....
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The Complete Father Brown Mysteries [Annotated, With Introduction, Rare Additional Material] cover
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● Annotated
● Introduction
● Includes Rare Additional Material

Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Lieutenant Columbo, even the gruff Sam Spade all owe a great deal to G.K. Chesterton's beloved amateur detective Father Brown. Through five books (and, for this edition, obscure additional sources) armchair sleuths have followed the frumpy little priest through a jubilee of stories, over half a hundred delicious mysteries perfectly suited to lazy mornings, warm afternoons -- or dark and stormy nights. Chesterton's plots never fail to satisfy his readers, and in this collection of the entire original Father Brown library you will find hours of enjoyment.

Chesterton never stooped to mere violence to advance his stories, making this collection as suitable for younger mystery fans as it is for older fans. Like his creator, Father Brown combines practical wisdom with a sparkling sense of humor. If you love a mystery, you owe it to yourself to spend some time with Father Brown.

This special Kindle Edition includes several rare additional stories, annotations, and a brief introduction by the Editor.

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● Annotated
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Chin Hairs & Back Fat: Somewhere Between Tweezers, Yoga Pants & a Box of Wine cover
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International best-selling author Vikki Claflin nails it with "Chin Hairs & Back Fat," her new compilation of hilarious and relatable essays on aging (almost) gracefully in a youth-obsessed society. Claflin tackles the issues of life after 50 with irreverent advice on love, marriage, and sex, and laugh-out-loud personal anecdotes and musings about aging, BFFs, and fashion after a certain age. Together with a booty-load of how-to lists on navigating the fine line between trying to stay young (often deeming us vain and shallow), or thinking “Screw it. I’m going to age naturally” (also known as “letting yourself go”), Claflin delivers it all with her trademark wit that made "Who Left the Cork Out of My Lunch?" an international best-seller. Vikki Claflin is every woman whose been there.

She’s us. She’s you.

Chapter titles include:
"You Shouldn’t Have. Really, You Shouldn’t. The Husband’s Guide to Valentine’s Day"
"My Scale Mocks Me. She Needs to Die"
"Empty Nest. First You Cry. Then You Laugh"
"From Cougar to Crazy Cat Lady. Has it Happened to You?"
"Sex. The Good, the Bad, and the What the Hell Were We Thinking?"
"Forget Fr...
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Carved in Sand: When Memory Fades in Mid-Life cover
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Why can't you remember where you put your keys?

Or the title of the movie you saw last week?

Anyone older than forty knows that forgetfulness can be unnerving, frustrating, and sometimes terrifying. With compassion and humor, acclaimed journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin explores the factors that determine how well or poorly one's brain will age.

She takes readers along on her lively journey—consulting with experts in the fields of sleep, stress, traumatic brain injury, hormones, genetics, and dementia, as well as specialists in nutrition, cognitive psychology, and the burgeoning field of drug-based cognitive enhancement. Along the way, she turns up fresh scientific findings, explores the dark regions of the human brain, and hears the intimate confessions of high-functioning midlife adults who—like so many of us—are desperate to understand exactly what's going on upstairs.

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Color Your Mind: A Coloring Book for Those with Alzheimer's and the People Who Love Them cover
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Color Your Mind: A Coloring Book for Those with Alzheimer's and the People Who Love Them is an innovative book filled with both information and inspiration. Authored by award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and Alzheimer's advocate Maria Shriver, this book was developed with insights from caregivers, neurologists, psychologists, and, of course, people with Alzheimer's. Color Your Mind is written as a resource for caregivers, family, and friends to help forge communication and connection with people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

The activities, images, and approach in Color Your Mind were developed and refined through visits to nursing homes and memory care facilities. These visits and interactions also informed the selection of cheerful, inspiring coloring images in Color Your Mind. Each coloring page is accompanied by relevant information and prompts to help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to create, connect, and reflect. This book is unique in that it connects coloring with helpful information surrounding well-being, social connection, nutrition, exercise, moving the mind, and sleep--all...
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