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The Trauma of Everyday Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125747
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Published: Penguin Books - July 29th, 2014

In an accessible and engaging voice, Dr. Epstein contextualizes the Buddhist teaching of mindful meditation within modern psychotherapeutic understanding and the emotional development of the future Buddha. Infused with personal insights, professional experience, careful readings of Buddhist sutras, and strong narratives, this book makes a compelling case that, Buddhist or not, "there may be nothing else to do with the traumas that befall us than to use them for our own awakenings."

-- Michael


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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060736262
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 2005

As a child, Betty Smith's autobiographical protagonist is read one page each day from the collected works of Shakespeare, said to contain "all the wonder of life...; all that man has learned of beauty, all that he may know of wisdom and living..." For the same reasons, this "deeply, indelibly true" American classic ("a story about what it means to be human") is my all-time favorite novel.

-- Michael