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Book Review: The New Health Rules by F. Lipman, M.D. & D. Claro

The New Health Rules is a short anthology of common sense strategies for achieving health and wellness. Its simple layout includes full page color photos, resulting in an attractive and palatable read.

The emphasis is on realistic and achievable lifestyle changes, some of which include:
> Sleep Training
> Solo Tasking
> Eliminating Sugar
> De-toxifying
> Letting it go

The real allure of this book is the concise format. The average reader could finish it in one to two sittings.

Its nothing new or mind blowing, but it does stand out as unique in the vast world of dieting and health resources. It doesn’t lecture or chide, instead providing readers with easy-to-follow advice in a short and sweet reference guide.

Daniela’s Summer of Non-Fiction

cover image The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history (Kolbert, Elizabeth)
Elizabeth Kolbert won this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner in general non-fiction for her book The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history – a captivating account of the irrevocable chain of events spurned by modern humans, leading earth to its next inevitable extinction.

This book sounds like a depressing summer read, but I can promise you, it is more than just a cautionary tale. It is a painstakingly researched, revelatory book that delves deep into anthropology, science and the modern world in a way that is incredibly fascinating.

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The Bitch In Your Head: how to finally squash your inner critic (Plumez, Jacqueline Horner)
Bet that title caught your attention? It caught mine, that’s for sure! And quite honestly, why not call a spade a spade? Although I’m just starting to read this one, it seems like an insightful and practical how-to book with useful exercises and strategies for dealing with that naggy voice that plagues your inner thoughts. Can’t wait to dive in and make some positive changes!

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The Power of Habit: why we do what we do in life and business 
(Duhigg, Charles)
Here’s a startling statistic to get you thinking: about 40% of everything you do is out of habit.

Recommended to me by a friend, The Power of Habit delves into the reasons we do the things we do. And the science behind how we make reforms. While I’m not about to sacrifice late night popcorn binges or sleeping in those extra few minutes, I am willing to re-evaluate the things I do and why I do them!

cover imageSex at Dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality
(Ryan, Christopher)
While the topic is one that arguably sells itself, the book is a deeper investigation of social norms and religious doctrine that dictate the conventions of modern sexuality. It is sure to make you question everything you think you know about sex, marriage, monogamy and family. As a somewhat progressive thinker myself, I’m keeping an open mind as I delve into this provocative read.

All these titles (and more!) can be borrowed from your local Vaughan Library.  Check out out downloads and digital for more great non-fiction selections. 

Review: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

cover imageLove in the modern world. The digital world. How has dating evolved in just a few short generations? And what can digital daters expect if they are entering (or re-entering) the dating scene?

According to actor and comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), daters can expect to encounter a whole new world of possibilities, from the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. From flirting and trying to make romantic connections in our “phone worlds” –  to selecting potential partners with the swipe of a finger using dating apps like Tinder.

The landscape of modern dating extends well beyond physical boundaries to encompass an ever expanding online network. The possibilities for meeting new people seem endless! And yet, despite the apparent ease of finding singles, it’s taking young adults longer and longer to find suitable mates. 

Ansari explains all in his humourous and engaging book, Modern Romance. Lighthearted, but brutally honest, Ansari delves into all sorts of modern relationship issues from sexting and cheating to “international investigations of love.” Find out what Japanese “herbivore” men are and why Argentinian singles don’t even need online dating.

Modern Romance is not only full of hilarious anecdotes, but it’s backed with some real world statistics and sociological insights. In a world flooded with dating handbooks (mostly targeting single women), Ansari’s uniquely male perspective and comical approach is a refreshing spin on conventional dating wisdom.  

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