Chef MD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine—A food lover’s road map to: losing weight, preventing disease & getting really healthy—by John La Puma, M.D. and Rebecca Powell Marx

Allow John La Puma, physician and chef, to introduce you to the exciting world of culinary medicine. You will learn the scientific reasons (in simplified bites), why certain foods are better, and how to literally spice up your diet. Master new food preparation skills. Learn about bioavailability and how to get more nutrients out of the food that you eat. By increasing certain foods and avoiding others, multiple medical conditions can be positively impacted. There is such a thing as a ‘culinary medicine chest.’ Try out his recipes and follow his lifestyle modification tips, given throughout. Eat the culinary medicine way and discover better health year round. Read it and then keep it handy in the kitchen.

DRIVE—The surprising truth about what motivates us—by Daniel H. Pink

Daniel H. Pink will challenge what you think you know about motivation. He makes a compelling case for the vital importance of nurturing and cultivating intrinsic motivation. Each individual, small business, big corporation or large organization, will benefit from re-assessing why they should part with the outdated carrot and stick form of motivation. Intrinsic motivation, which rests on the pillars of autonomy, mastery and purpose, will not only produce better results, it will ensure happier and more fulfilled people. Productivity and creativity, as a result, will increase. By maximizing purpose in an organization, profits can also be maximized. A New York Times Bestseller.

The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in life and in business – by Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and New York Times senior editor, has woven together a fascinating work about routine behaviours—about habits. Through a fine balance of scientific fact and colorful anecdotes, he explains why we have habits and that we can actually change them. He gives insight into how personal, corporate and societal habits shape the world we live in—and, once we understand how habit works, we can gain power over it.

Getting “rid” of bad habits isn’t the solution, but by identifying the cues that lead to the unwanted behaviours, and learning alternative routines that lead up to the reward, habits “can be kicked.” You will never think the same about habits after reading the book, and, likely be prompted to test the findings!

 

PLATFORM – Get noticed in a noisy world – a step-by-step guide for anyone with something to say or to sell – by Michael Hyatt

No longer is having a great product, something of value, of quality, enough. You need to get, and hold, the attention of those who might buy your product or service. The competition is unrelenting, and as world economics change, so has the noise in the business world increased, making it daunting to be heard.

Social media technologies have opened up new possibilities. Now, ordinary people—people like you—can get noticed. You can build an effective platform. But, a showy website alone, is not a platform. Michael Hyatt demonstrates in a step-by-step fashion how to create a compelling product, how to build your home base and then prepare to launch. He helps you understand how marketing has morphed into building relationships and how you can expand your reach and build and engage a tribe. You can get noticed.

 

A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar – by Suzanne Joinson

From the first page, Joinson’s unique style draws the reader into her unconventional narrative that explores the myriad ways of how we love and fail our children. A compelling tale of two sisters, Eva and Lizzie, who journey along the old Silk Road in 1920s China. The two are missionaries, bound by blood, travelling together, and yet worlds apart. A parallel story lets us meet Frieda in present day London, whose path links up with that of the missionaries. A beguiling adventure story, a guide for lady cyclists and lost souls alike, critically looking at religious hypocrisy as cultures clash when East meets West. (A national bestseller.)

The Rosie Project – by Graeme Simsion

The effervescent story of Don Tillman, brilliant geneticist, who launches a scientific project to find a wife. The world he inhabits is evidence-based. His lack of social skills and an absent verbal filter in spite, makes him cross paths with an unlikely candidate: Rosie. On the surface, the two are entirely incompatible, but a sixteen-page questionnaire to narrow down prospective wife-suitable candidates, can open the door to many possibilities. A witty and clever page-turning read. (The #1 international bestseller.)

The Daughters of Mars – by Thomas Keneally

From the author of Schindler’s List (Schindler’s Ark) comes the harrowing story of two Australian sisters who join the war effort in Europe as nurses in 1915. They carry with them a terrible secret. His raw and accurate depiction of a brutal war, fills the pages not only with mayhem, destruction and horror, but also with tender beauty, love and kindheartedness. Keneally’s research, especially in as far as the medical aspects of WWI are concerned, is impressive. An epic saga, painted painstakingly with minimalistic use of words. A New York Times bestseller.

Sweetland – by Michael Crummey

From the award winning author of Galore, comes a novel about how unbreakable the human spirit can be. The inhabitants of a remote island off Newfoundland’s coast, is offered a government compensation package to leave the island for good, since the commercial fishery, lifeblood of the community, had disintegrated. Eventually, all accept the government deal; all except Moses Sweetland.

Sweetland soon finds himself marginalized by the tight-knit community because of his unwillingness to be a team-player. Now an old man, he remains as passionate as ever about the greatest love of his love, the island. An unflinching depiction of a once colourful community, etched against the backdrop of a small Atlantic- province fishing village.

The Kite Runner – by Khaled Hosseini

A searing tale of friendship betrayed, grafted from the fragments of a war-torn, recent Afghanistan. This brutal rendition of entitlement, loss, loyalty and forgiveness stretches from the mud walls of Kabul to the comforts of California. Amir is called back, years later, to mend past misdeeds against his only childhood friend. An international bestseller, which was also made into a movie.

And The Mountains Echoed – by Khaled Hosseini

By the author of the international bestseller, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, a third tale, woven from the fabric of rural Afghanistan. It begins with Pari and Abdullah, a young sister and older brother, who are hurled into the turmoil of a motherless existence, battered by competing interests of various family members. It stretches across generations and continents and continues to surprise with how those dearest and nearest, can often wound and betray the most. But this tender story also portrays how family, how siblings, can love, honor and sacrifice for one another.