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  • Author:
    Fang, Fang
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    On January 25, 2020, after the central government imposed a lockdown in Wuhan, acclaimed Chinese writer Fang Fang began publishing an online diary. In the days and weeks that followed, Fang Fang's nightly postings gave voice to the fears, frustrations, anger, and hope of millions of her fellow citizens, reflecting on the psychological impact of forced isolation, the role of the internet as both community lifeline and source of misinformation, and most tragically, the lives of neighbors and friends taken by the deadly virus.

  • Author:
    Larkin, Tim
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    Self-protection expert Tim Larkin arms us with what we need to know to prevent, prepare for, and survive the event of life-or-death violence.

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    Summary:

    This anthology presents forty narratives, both nonfiction and fiction, that together capture the impact and complexity of Alzheimer's and other dementias on patients as well as their caregivers and family.

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    Sheff, Nic
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    Drug addict Nic Sheff always believed he could quit whenever he needed to, until a violent relapse one summer convinced him otherwise. Here is his raw, compelling story of the depths of addiction and the road to recovery.

  • Author:
    Boehm, Leslie A.
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    Canadians view their healthcare – recognized throughout the world as an exemplary system – as iconic and integral to their identity. In Toward the Health of a Nation Leslie Boehm recounts the first seventy years in the life of one of the foundations of Canada's healthcare system, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Boehm – a graduate of IHPME, and an instructor there throughout his career – charts the institute's history from its inception in 1947 as the Department of Hospital Administration to the present day. The first program of its kind in Canada, and one of the few in the world, the school was founded at a time when the issue of healthcare was becoming a significant part of national and provincial discussions and policies. Initially concentrating on hospital management and professional degrees, it has expanded to offer academic degrees and facilitate important research into health systems, policies, and outcomes. In Toward the Health of a Nation Boehm demonstrates the excellence of the program, its faculty, and its graduates, as well as their accomplishments in major government initiatives and royal commissions. In the seventy years since IHPME's inception healthcare has grown to become a major part of government and business activity, and it will only increase in coming years. An in-depth history of a major program in graduate health education, Toward the Health of a Nation highlights how important healthcare is to a modern, functional society.

  • Author:
    Nygren, Bruce
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    Many issues can strain a marriage relationship, but none is as challenging as a life-threatening illness. Every year, almost two hundred thousand women are diagnosed with breast cancer. When Racinda Nygren joined the ranks of these women, she and her husband, Bruce, were thrust into an agonizing season of their marriage. With warmth and depth, Bruce shares their moving story. Touching the Shadows shows the power of love and faith amid a harrowing trial and will encourage readers to renew their own commitment to their spouse and celebrate God's special gift of love together.

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    Hof, Wim
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    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."

  • Author:
    Martini, Clem
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    In the follow-up to their award-winning memoir Bitter Medicine, brothers Clem and Olivier Martini continue the story of their family’s journey through mental illness, dementia, caregiving, and the health care system. Olivier Martini and his mother, Catherine, have lived together since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia thirty-six years ago. It hasn’t always been a perfect living situation, but it’s worked — Catherine has helped Olivier through the ups and downs of living with a mental illness, and Olivier has cared for his aging mother as her mobility becomes limited, and Olivier’s brothers Clem and Nic have provided support to both as well. But then Olivier experiences a health crisis at the exact same time that his mother starts slipping into dementia. The Martini family’s lifelong struggle with mental illness is suddenly complicated immeasurably as they begin to navigate the convoluted world of assisted living and long-term care. With anger, dry humour, and hope, The Unravelling tells the story of one family’s journey with mental illness, dementia, and caregiving, through a poignant graphic narrative from Olivier accompanied by text from his brother, award-winning playwright and novelist Clem Martini.

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    Livingston, Becky
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    When a brain tumour takes the life of Becky Livingston’s twenty-three-year-old daughter Rachel, her life makes an unconventional turn. Rachel, an avid traveller, had one wish: to keep exploring the world.So, for twenty-six months Livingston travels — untethered and alone — to Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, India, England, Ireland and North America, coast to coast. In her suitcase: Rachel’s ashes, heavy but compact. As she gradually merges her daughter’s remains with the elements, Livingston learns how to forge a new sense of belonging in an unfamiliar world.

  • Author:
    Davis, Ronald W., White, Tracie
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    For six years, Whitney Dafoe was confined to a bedroom in the back of his parents' home, unable to walk, to eat, to speak. This book tells the story of one father's desperate hunt for the insidious illness that stole his son away.

  • Author:
    Saint Thomas, Sophie
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    Elevate your self-care routine using the benefits of CBD—or cannabidiol—with these 200 methods to improve your mind, body, and spirit! Many people have already been implementing CBD into their self-care routines and are loving all the many soothing benefits it brings. But with so many products and supplements now available in the marketplace, it can be difficult to figure out what will work best for you. In The Little Book of CBD for Self-Care you'll find 200 CBD-powered activities that can boost your self-care experience. From stretching exercises using CBD to soothe sore muscles, to skin-calming face mask recipes, to CBD-fueled smoothie breaks, you'll find all the tools to start feeling your best. Take some much-needed time for yourself with these quick and easy methods to relax and recharge.

  • Author:
    Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen
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    Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has guided countless individuals through the process of becoming vegan. Now, she shares her insights into why some people stay vegan and others stop. In these pages, Colleen shares her wisdom for managing common challenges and arms readers, both vegan and plant-based, with solutions and strategies for creating a sustainable vegan lifestyle.

  • Author:
    Deer, Brian
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    Controversy over vaccines is erupting around the globe. Fear is spreading. Banished diseases have returned. And an "anti-vax" movement has surfaced to campaign against children's shots. Investigative reporter Brian Deer exposes the truth behind the crisis.

  • Author:
    Kaye, Elizabeth, Curran, Abbey
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    Abbey Curran was born with cerebral palsy, but she resolved to never let it limit her. And after realizing her own dreams, she began helping other disabled girls do the same. Abbey tells a story of overcoming the odds and finding the courage to compete.

  • Author:
    Campbell, Thomas M., Campbell, T. Colin
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    This new, expanded edition of the groundbreaking book features brand-new content, including the latest undeniable evidence of the power of a plant-based diet.

  • Author:
    Harper, Michele
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    A New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book “Riveting, heartbreaking, sometimes difficult, always inspiring.” — The New York Times Book Review As seen/heard on  Fresh Air ,  The Daily Show with Trevor Noah , NBC Nightly News , MSNBC, Weekend Edition ,  and more An emergency room physician explores how a life of service to others taught her how to heal herself. Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white. Brought up in Washington, D.C., in a complicated family, she went to Harvard, where she met her husband. They stayed together through medical school until two months before she was scheduled to join the staff of a hospital in central Philadelphia, when he told her he couldn’t move with her. Her marriage at an end, Harper began her new life in a new city, in a new job, as a newly single woman. In the ensuing years, as Harper learned to become an effective ER physician, bringing insight and empathy to every patient encounter, she came to understand that each of us is broken—physically, emotionally, psychically. How we recognize those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there are all crucial parts of the healing process. The Beauty in Breaking is the poignant true story of Harper’s journey toward self-healing. Each of the patients Harper writes about taught her something important about recuperation and recovery. How to let go of fear even when the future is murky: How to tell the truth when it’s simpler to overlook it. How to understand that compassion isn’t the same as justice. As she shines a light on the systemic disenfranchisement of the patients she treats as they struggle to maintain their health and dignity, Harper comes to understand the importance of allowing ourselves to make peace with the past as we draw support from the present. In this hopeful, moving, and beautiful book, she passes along the precious, necessary lessons that she has learned as a daughter, a woman, and a physician.

  • Author:
    Aubrecht, Katie, Kelly, Christine, Rice, Carla
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    As the global population ages, disability demographics are shifting. Societal transformation and global health inequities have changed who is likely to reach old age, who is likely to live with disability, and the relationship between aging and disability in various socio-cultural and geopolitical contexts. The Aging–Disability Nexusbreaks new ground by bringing gerontology and disability studies into dialogue. This thoughtful examination of competing narratives about disability and aging explores the distinction between aging witha disability and aging intodisability, revealing how multiple identities, socio-economic forces, culture, and community give form to our experiences.

  • Author:
    Wagg, Len
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    A photography book from award-winning author Len Wagg featuring 100 colour photos paired with narrative from dozens of Nova Scotians, telling their Covid-19 survival stories.

  • Author:
    LaRocca, Marissa
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    LaRocca reveals her struggle with eating disorders and her sexuality, showing how she emerged as an advocate for gay rights.

  • Author:
    Mirk, Sarah
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    Modern life is in need of some modern relationship advice. Sarah Mirk analyzes contemporary relationships through the struggles, opinions, and experiences of a diverse group of individuals living in nontraditional relationships.

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