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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

$16.00
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

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Who Am I?: Psychological Exercises to Develop Self-understanding

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$19.99
A guided journal for self-knowledge with which we can study the most elusive and interesting parts of our complex inner selves.

One of the trickiest tasks we ever face is that of working out who we really are. If we're asked directly to describe ourselves, our minds tend to go blank. We can't just sum ourselves up. We need prompts and suggestions and more detailed enquiries that help tease out and organize our picture of ourselves.

This guided journal is designed to help us create a psychological portrait of ourselves with the use of some far more unusual, oblique, entertaining, and playful prompts. The questions are designed to help us cumulatively appreciate how rich our identities are and how complicated, beautiful, and sometimes painful our experiences have been.

If self-knowledge is central to a wise and fulfilled life, it is because it teaches us which of our many--often contradictory--feelings and plans we might trust, in order that we can be a little more skeptical around our first impulses and less puzzled by the ebb and flow of our moods. We can understand where some of our feelings have come from and what might be driving our convictions and our longings.

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Who Was Gandhi?

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$5.99
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869 in British-occupied India. Though he studied law in London and spent his early adulthood in South Africa, he remained devoted to his homeland and spent the later part of his life working to make India an independent nation. Calling for non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights around the world. Gandhi is recognized internationally as a symbol of hope, peace, and freedom.
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Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer: Essays

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$10.00
A brief meditation on the role of technology in his own life and how it has changed the landscape of the United States from America's greatest philosopher on sustainable life and living (Chicago Tribune).

A number of people, by now, have told me that I could greatly improve things by buying a computer. My answer is that I am not going to do it. I have several reasons, and they are good ones.

Wendell Berry first challenged the idea that our advanced technological age is a good thing when he penned Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer in the late 1980s for Harper's Magazine, galvanizing a critical reaction eclipsing any the magazine had seen before. He followed by responding with Feminism, the Body, and the Machine. Both essays are collected in one short volume for the first time.

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Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life

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$14.99
A no-holds-barred, no-filter look at what social media is doing to us as a society, and how we can deconstruct the online fantasy to change our own attitudes about modern womanhood.
Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life tackles head on the bona fide pressure cooker of social comparison and unreachable levels of perfection that social media has created in our modern world.
In her first book, Katherine Ormerod argues that we're all sitting on a dangerous, ticking time-bomb that will explode if we don't begin to take action. She uncovers how our social media addictions have broken our political systems, re-wired our behavioral patterns, destroyed our confidence and shattered our attention spans.
Ultimately, Why Social Media is Ruining your Life will provide you with the knowledge, tools and weaponry to combat the most consuming, addictive force humankind has ever created.
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Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis

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$26.00

A generation-defining exploration of the new midlife crisis facing Gen X women and the unique circumstances that have brought them to this point, Why We Can't Sleep is a lively successor to Passages by Gail Sheehy and The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too?

Calhoun decided to find some answers. She looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages, and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern: sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked.

Speaking with women across America about their experiences as the generation raised to "have it all," Calhoun found that most were exhausted, terrified about money, under-employed, and overwhelmed. Instead of being heard, they were told instead to lean in, take "me-time," or make a chore chart to get their lives and homes in order.

In Why We Can't Sleep, Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of Gen X's predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss--and keep the next generation of women from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering, and essential reading for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them.

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Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential

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$25.99

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The only definitive book authored by Wim Hof on his powerful method for realizing our physical and spiritual potential.

"This method is very simple, very accessible, and endorsed by science. Anybody can do it, and there is no dogma, only acceptance. Only freedom." --Wim Hof

Wim Hof has a message for each of us: "You can literally do the impossible. You can overcome disease, improve your mental health and physical performance, and even control your physiology so you can thrive in any stressful situation." With The Wim Hof Method, this trailblazer of human potential shares a method that anyone can use--young or old, sick or healthy--to supercharge their capacity for strength, vitality, and happiness.

Wim has become known as "The Iceman" for his astounding physical feats, such as spending hours in freezing water and running barefoot marathons over deserts and ice fields. Yet his most remarkable achievement is not any record-breaking performance--it is the creation of a method that thousands of people have used to transform their lives.

In his gripping and passionate style, Wim shares his method and his story, including:

- Breath--Wim's unique practices to change your body chemistry, infuse yourself with energy, and focus your mind
- Cold--Safe, controlled, shock-free practices for using cold exposure to enhance your cardiovascular system and awaken your body's untapped strength
- Mindset--Build your willpower, inner clarity, sensory awareness, and innate joyfulness in the miracle of living
- Science--How users of this method have redefined what is medically possible in study after study
- Health--True stories and testimonials from people using the method to overcome disease and chronic illness
- Performance--Increase your endurance, improve recovery time, up your mental game, and more
- Wim's Story--Follow Wim's inspiring personal journey of discovery, tragedy, and triumph
- Spiritual Awakening--How breath, cold, and mindset can reveal the beauty of your soul

Wim Hof is a man on a mission: to transform the way we live by reminding us of our true power and purpose. "This is how we will change the world, one soul at a time," Wim says. "We alter the collective consciousness by awakening to our own boundless potential. We are limited only by the depth of our imagination and the strength of our conviction."

If you're ready to explore and exceed the limits of your own potential, The Wim Hof Method is waiting for you.

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Winning the Green New Deal: Why We Must, How We Can

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$18.00
An urgent and definitive collection of essays from leaders and experts championing the Green New Deal--and a detailed playbook for how we can win it--including contributions by leading activists and progressive writers like Varshini Prakash, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Bill McKibben, Rev William Barber II, and more.

In October 2018, scientists warned that we have less than 12 years left to transform our economy away from fossil fuels, or face catastrophic climate change. At that moment, there was no plan in the US to decarbonize our economy that fast. Less than two years later, every major Democratic presidential candidate has embraced the vision of the Green New Deal--a rapid, vast transformation of our economy to avert climate catastrophe while securing economic and racial justice for all.

What happened? A new generation of leaders confronted the political establishment in Washington DC with a simple message: the climate crisis is here, and the Green New Deal is our last, best hope for a livable future. Now comes the hard part: turning that vision into the law of the land.

In Winning a Green New Deal, leading youth activists, journalists, and policymakers explain why we need a transformative agenda to avert climate catastrophe, and how our movement can organize to win. Featuring essays by Varshini Prakash, cofounder of Sunrise Movement; Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Green New Deal policy architect; Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Bill McKibben, internationally renowned environmentalist; Mary Kay Henry, the President of the Service Employees International Union, and others we'll learn why the climate crisis cannot be solved unless we also confront inequality and racism, how movements can redefine what's politically possible and overcome the opposition of fossil fuel billionaires, and how a Green New Deal will build a just and thriving economy for all of us.

For anyone looking to understand the movement for a Green New Deal, and join the fight for a livable future, there is no resource as clear and practical as Winning the Green New Deal.

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Wisconsin Literary Luminaries: From Laura Ingalls Wilder to Ayad Akhtar

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$21.99
From the humble Ingalls family cabin in the woods to Ayad Akhtar's multicultural conflicts, the Badger State's stories and imagery have long inspired. Explore how Aldo Leopold and Lorine Niedecker drew on their close observations of the natural world. Contrast the distinct novels that Jane Hamilton and Larry Watson set on Wisconsin apple orchards. Delve into Thornton Wilder's enduringly popular Our Town and the wild fiction of Ellen Raskin and Cordwainer Smith, who wrote like no one else. Join Jim Higgins for a detailed account of ten notable Wisconsin writers that blends history, literary criticism and fact.
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Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

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$17.00

New York Times Bestseller * USA Today Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * Publishers Weekly Bestseller

The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of Reviving Ophelia--a guide to wisdom, authenticity, and bliss for women as they age--now with a new foreword by the author.

Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be.

In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. "If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully," Pipher writes, "we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent."

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Wonderful Life: Insights on Finding a Meaningful Existence

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$26.99

In a series of essays that explore the notion of what brings significance to our existences, clarifying why we have this longing beyond the present moment and an insatiable dissatisfaction with where we are, scholar Frank Martela tackles the subject of finding meaning in life.

With beautiful decorative elements and an engaging design, the book approaches its subject in a readily digestible form. It grapples with some of life's most pressing questions, like Is happiness a worthy goal? and What is the foundation for meaning in a secular society? and Is life an existential void? yet Martela answers these questions and more in a relaxed, conversational tone and with a wry sense of humor, placing some of life's greatest philosophical concerns and quandaries into a modern-day context.

Martela quickly and concisely gets to the heart of the matter: your place in the world and how to find meaning in life as countless thinkers and philosophers have done before, yet the emphasis here is on what we do with the life we have and how we can make it more meaningful. Part prescriptive and part armchair philosophy book, A Wonderful Life is accessible to everyone, from the well-read scholar to the apprentice as well as anyone curious about how to extract the greatest meaning and sense of purpose from their existence.

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World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology

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$30.00

From the decipherment of hieroglyphics in 1822 to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon a hundred years later, the uncovering of Egypt's ancient past took place in an atmosphere of grand adventure and international rivalry.

In A World Beneath the Sands, acclaimed Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson chronicles the ruthless race between the British, French, Germans, and Americans to lay claim to its mysteries and treasures. He tells riveting stories of the men and women whose obsession with Egypt's ancient civilization helped to enrich and transform our understanding of the Nile Valley and its people, and left a lasting impression on Egypt, too. Travelers and treasure-hunters, ethnographers and archaeologists: whatever their motives, whatever their methods, a century of adventure and scholarship revealed a lost world, buried for centuries beneath the sands.

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World of Birds

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$23.99
This book will take you on a flying tour around the world, uncovering some of the finest birds from each of the seven continents in this amazing children's reference book!

There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world, and they appear in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Here you will find the most amazing facts about seventy-five different species and discover the variety and splendor of the bird world. Children will enjoy learning about all the strange and wonderful birds that exist on our planet!

Full of beautiful and colorful illustrations, this book is perfect for budding birders!

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Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Expert Advice for Extreme Situations

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$18.95
The 20th anniversary edition of the international bestseller

With expert, illustrated step-by-step instructions for life's sudden turns for the worst: Danger! It lurks at every corner. Quicksand. Sharks. Cyberbullies. Super-Flu. From wrestling an alligator to evading drones to landing a plane if the pilot passes out, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is here to help. Needed now more than ever, this revised and expanded edition delivers frightening and funny real advice readers need to know fast.

  • With crucial information added from across the Worst-Case series and 20 all-new scenarios for twenty-first century threats (extreme weather, fake news, dropping a cell phone in the toilet).
  • Fans of the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series will need to have the updated 20th anniversary edition to always be adequately prepared for dire situations in this crazy world.

    Action-packed hardcover handbook brings emergency instruction for anxious times.

  • Expert - and humorous - advice for extreme situations including great escapes and entrances (how to escape from a sinking car), tooth and claw (how to escape from killer bees), technical trouble (how to survive an out-of-control autonomous car), and adventure survival (how to survive an avalanche).
  • Makes a great gift and reference guide for those who like to be prepared for whatever might happen
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    Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble

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    $22.99

    No one makes me laugh harder than Judy Gold. If I had to pick one comedian to write a book about free speech, it would be Judy. - Amy Schumer

    From award-winning comedian Judy Gold, an equal parts thoughtful and hilarious polemic on the current efforts to censor comedians, arguing that they undermine the art--and purpose--of comedy itself.

    "You can say anything that comes to mind as long as it is funny." -- Richard Pryor

    The fallout after Michelle Wolf's roast at the 2018 White House Correspondent's Dinner, Samantha Bee's forced apology after calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt," Kathy Griffin's being "blacklisted" from Hollywood after posting a photo with what looked like the president's severed head, all represent a dangerous and growing trend--to censor comedians.

    In Yes I Can Say That, comedy veteran Judy Gold argues that no one has the right to tell comics what they can or cannot joke about.... Laughter is a unifier. It's the best medicine. It's also the most palatable way to bring up seditious, subversive topics." For Gold, nothing is more insidious than enforcing silence and repressing jokes--the job of a comedian is to expose society's demons, and confront them head-on, no prisoners allowed. In ten impassioned polemics, she frames comedy as a tool of empowerment, a way to reclaim hateful rhetoric and battle the democracy-crushing plight of censorship.

    Uninhibited and bold, Gold is as skilled at making readers laugh as she is at exposing uncomfortable truths about our culture and society. In this era of partisan politics and gaping inequalities, Yes I Can Say That is the refreshingly candid, wickedly funny and deliciously blunt manifesto we need.

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    You Can Keep That to Yourself: A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor

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    $15.95

    At long last, a much-needed guidebook for well-intentioned people of pallor on what not to say to their African American "friends."

    "This book is the perfect jumping-off point for much-needed conversations about how to be an anti-racist. It's extremely short and very accessible. I wish I could give this book to everyone."
    --Avid Bookshop, Staff Pick

    "The store's favorite humor book of possibly the decade."
    --The Book Table (Oak Park, IL), Featured New Release

    "Using humor, Smyer relays harsh truths about U.S. race relations . . . With a tongue-in-cheek tone, Smyer offers an accessible critique of Whiteness in America . . . Smyer models for us how to use humor and candor to fight back against the microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations suffered by marginalized and racialized communities of color."
    --Colors of Influence

    "By turns funny, sarcastic, and possibly true for many Black (and non-Black) Americans...While there is humor throughout, there is also a strong sense of anger, annoyance, and weariness when it comes to the Black experience in Trump's America. And though Smyer is addressing white people specifically, his humor can be appreciated by anyone who needs a good chuckle (and an education)."
    --Library Journal

    "A balm for tongues bitten and comments swallowed...A bitingly humorous compendium of the absurd subtle racism of the American workplace."
    --Kirkus Reviews

    "In this slim and witty volume, attorney Smyer collects an alphabetized short list of things not to say to African-Americans...Each entry is designed to strip away the hypocrisy and half-truths of these cultural exchanges by laughing at them. Smyer's hilarious sampler offers astute observations on race and culture."
    --Publishers Weekly

    Greetings, well-intentioned person of pallor.

    Your good intentions used to be enough. But in these diverse and divisive times, some people would hold you accountable for your actions. You were not raised for such unfairness. You need help. And help you now have.

    Let Daquan--that black coworker you are referring to when you claim to have black friends--help you navigate perilous small talk with African Americans with this handy field guide. This portable bit of emotional labor puts at your fingertips a tabbed and alphabetized list of things not to say to black people. Finally!

    How to use: Keep this handbook close. Whenever you are confronted with an African American and you feel compelled to blurt out an observation about her hair or to liken your Tesla lease to slavery, ask for a moment to consult this reference. She'll wait. If the keen insight you want to share is listed herein, You Can Keep That to Yourself. It truly is that easy!

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    You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello: The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care

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    $14.95
    Follow Tom and Karen Brenner as they help people living with dementia, their families and caregivers navigate this challenging condition using techniques first developed by Maria Montessori. This positive and inspiring book values the person being cared for and offers methods and strategies to engage them and help families and caregivers connect.
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    9780615762456
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    You Suck, Sir: Chronicles of a High School English Teacher and the Smartass Students Who Schooled Him

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    $17.95
    Paul Bae is now a highly regarded comedian, podcaster, and the director of the Marvel Studios podcast Marvels, but he was once a high school English teacher. One day, during his student-teaching practicum, Paul Bae assigned weekend homework to the class.

    "You suck," a student muttered.

    Mr. Bae turned on his heel, approached the student. "What did you say?"

    "Sorry. You suck, sir," the student replied.

    Mr. Bae promptly returned to his desk, took out his teaching journal, and wrote down the exchange, which would become the first entry of hundreds of recorded encounters with students.

    Over the course of twelve years of teaching English, "Mr. Bae" -- or more simply, "Sir" -- kept several journals in which he recorded conversations he had with his students. You Suck, Sir presents the best of those conversations. Ranging from outrageously funny to touchingly poignant, these vignettes are full of heart. Paul's stories are an irreverent, honest glimpse of teaching and learning and an inspiring peek into the connection one teacher has with his students. Both educators and anyone who has ever been a student will see themselves and their daily triumphs and struggles reflected here.

    You Suck, Sir is the latest title to be published under the Robin's Egg Books imprint. Robin's Egg Books features some of the freshest, smartest, and above all, funniest writing on a variety of culturally relevant subjects. Titles in the imprint are curated and edited by comedian, playwright, and author Charles Demers.

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    You're Doing Great!: And Other Reasons to Stay Alive

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    $27.99

    Comedian and Live from Here head writer Tom Papa, author of Your Dad Stole My Rake, tackles the modern condition in a heartwarming group of short essays.

    Tom Papa is a little worried about you. You seem stressed, overworked and, frankly, a little mixed up.

    Everyone is fighting an overwhelming feeling that things are getting worse, that we should be doing more, that we're not good enough. Well, life isn't perfect. There have always been problems and there always will be. You can fight for the things you believe in, you can work really, really hard, but you shouldn't lose track of the fact that while you're doing all that, life is flying by at lightning-fast speed. If you actually take a breath and look around you'll realize you're actually doing great.

    Here's the thing: We live in an amazing time filled with airplanes, scooters, and peanut butter cups. We have air conditioning, blenders, and martini shakers. It's time to refocus, enjoy it all, and stop waiting for something better! Relax with comedian and Live from Here writer and performer Tom Papa as he explores his favorite subjects in 75 essays, including:

    You Don't Have to Live Your Best Life
    Don't Open the Mail
    I'm So Baked
    I Love Your Love Handles
    Don't Go Tubing
    Shut Up and Eat

    Recalibrate, turn off your device, and open your eyes to a better reality: You're doing great!

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    Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond

    $12.95
    Co-written by one of the country's most prominent internists, Dr. Henry "Harry" Lodge, and his star patient, the 73-year-old Chris Crowley, Younger Next Year for Women is a book of hope, a guide to aging without fear or anxiety. This is a book of hope, a guide to aging without fear or anxiety. Using the same inspired structure of alternating voices, Chris and Harry have recast material specifically for women, who already live longer and take better care of themselves than men. New material covers menopause and post-menopause, as well as cardiac disease, osteoporosis, sexuality, and more. This is the book that can show us how to turn back our biological clocks-how to put off 70% of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury. The key to the program is found in Harry's Rules: Exercise six days a week. Don't eat crap. Connect and commit to others. There are seven rules all together, based on the latest findings in cell physiology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and experimental psychology. Dr. Lodge explains how and why they work-and Chris Crowley, who is living proof of their effectiveness (skiing better today, for example, than he did twenty years ago), gives the just-as-essential motivation.Both men and women can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, then continue to live with newfound vitality and pleasure deep into our 80s and beyond.
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