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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

Yellow Kite

The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan

David Perlmutter
Authors:
David Perlmutter

The official lifestyle companion guide to Dr. David Perlmutter's revolutionary approach to vibrant health, as described in his international bestsellers Grain Brain, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and Brain Maker. With over one million copies sold worldwide, Dr. Perlmutter's books have changed the lives of people across the globe, revealing the devastating truth about the effects of gluten on the brain and teaching us how to reprogram our genetic destiny. Now, Dr. Perlmutter has written the definitive, highly practical lifestyle guide offering readers a step-by-step plan to lower the risk of brain ailments while yielding other benefits, such as weight loss, relief from chronic conditions, and total body rejuvenation.Accessible and science-based, The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan provides readers with actionable information, including all the core nutritional advice they know and love from Grain Brain and Brain Maker, and going far beyond that in a comprehensive, personalised programme. From sleep to stress management, exercise, relationships, and more, The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan will teach you how to live happily and healthily ever after.

Hodder & Stoughton

Not in God's Name

Jonathan Sacks
Authors:
Jonathan Sacks

Despite predictions of continuing secularisation, the twenty-first century has witnessed a surge of religious extremism and violence in the name of God.In this powerful and timely book, Jonathan Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, focusing on the historic tensions between the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.Drawing on arguments from evolutionary psychology, game theory, history, philosophy, ethics and theology, Sacks shows how a tendency to violence can subvert even the most compassionate of religions. Through a close reading of key biblical texts at the heart of the Abrahamic faiths, Sacks then challenges those who claim that religion is intrinsically a cause of violence, and argues that theology must become part of the solution if it is not to remain at the heart of the problem.This book is a rebuke to all those who kill in the name of the God of life, wage war in the name of the God of peace, hate in the name of the God of love, and practise cruelty in the name of the God of compassion.For the sake of humanity and the free world, the time has come for people of all faiths and none to stand together and declare: Not In God's Name.

Yellow Kite

Mind Body Baby

Ann Bracken
Authors:
Ann Bracken

The must-have fertility plan that will soothe your mind, nourish your body and maximise your chances at having a baby. Leading fertility counsellor, Ann Bracken, draws together her years of expertise in the field with this supportive guide that will boost fertility by putting wellbeing at the heart of your journey. Ann breaks down the mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques that are scientifically-proven to combat the stress caused by fertility problems and offers clear, practical advice and tips on how to nurture your health and wellbeing - to optimise your fertility and inspire positivity during difficult times.Includes chapters on:· How to manage the psychological and emotional impacts of fertility problems· Mindfulness Practice · Information on Reproductive Treatment · Natural Health Therapies· Nutrition & Supplements to Boost Fertility, by Dr Marilyn Glenville· Restorative Yoga and Mindful Movement · Fertility Thinking through CBT· Self-Care· Taking care of your relationships · Useful Resources Featuring line illustrations to complement the text, journaling exercises throughout, and a foreword by pioneer of Mind-Body Medicine, Dr Alice Domar.'A definite must-read regardless as to where you are on your journey'My Fertility Specialist Magazine'A much-needed antidote to the all-too-often stressful and soul-searching path to parenthood. I will be recommending it to my fertility patients'Emma Cannon, integrated fertility expert, author of The Baby-Making Bible'This book provides the perfect balance outlining the integrative mind and body approach and provides an essential complement to the medical aspects of the fertility journey'Dr James Nicopoullos, Consultant Gynaecologist?& subspecialist in Reproduce Medicine, The Lister Clinic, Lister Hospital, Chelsea, London'In this book Ann Bracken has compiled what you need to know in an easily accessible, friendly and compassionate format' Dr Alice D Domar, Associate Professor in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School and Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health

Coronet

Mudras

Gertrud Hirschi
Authors:
Gertrud Hirschi

With a foreword by Shelley von Strunkel.Mudras - also playfully called 'finger power points' are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. they can be practiced sitting, lying down, standing or walking, at any time and place!Schooled in the traditional knowledge of this Eastern art of healing, Gertrud Hirschi, the well-known Swiss yoga teacher and author of Basic Yoga for Everybody, shows you how these easy techniques can recharge your personal energy reserves and improve your quality of living. Use these mysterious healing gestures to calm the stress, aggravations and frustrations of every day life. In Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands, you will learn:- How you can apply these simple exercises to prevent illness and support the healing of a great variety of physical and emotional problems. - How to use mudras to promote your spiritual development. - How you can additionally intensify the effect with breathing exercises, affirmations, visualisations, herbs, nutrition, music and colours. Also included are several full body mudras and exercises to enhance your meditation and yoga practice.

Yellow Kite

Yoga Girl

Rachel Brathen
Authors:
Rachel Brathen

By the yoga instructor who inspires more than one million followers on Instagram every day.Part self-help and part memoir, Yoga Girl is an inspirational look at the adventure that took writer and yoga teacher Rachel Brathen from her hometown in Sweden to the jungles of Costa Rica and finally to a paradise island in the Caribbean that she now calls home. With more than one million followers on Instagram, Brathen shares pieces of her life with the world every day. In Yoga Girl, she gives readers an in-depth look at her journey from her self-destructive teenage years to the happy and inspiring life she's built through yoga and meditation. Featuring spectacular photos of Rachel practising yoga in amazing locations, along with step-by-step yoga sequences and simple recipes for a healthy, happy, and fearless lifestyle, Yoga Girl is all you need to inspire your own yoga journey.

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Grain Brain

David Perlmutter
Authors:
David Perlmutter

Renowned neurologist Dr David Perlmutter, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: gluten and carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.Dr Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our 'smart genes' through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs.With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.

Teach Yourself

Heal Yourself with Emotional Freedom Technique: Teach Yourself Ebook Epub

John Freedom
Authors:
John Freedom
Teach Yourself

Heal Yourself with Emotional Freedom Technique: Teach Yourself

John Freedom
Authors:
John Freedom
John Murray

The New Digital Age

Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen
Authors:
Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen

'This is the most important - and fascinating - book yet written about how the digital age will affect our world' Walter Isaacson, author of Steve JobsFrom two leading thinkers, the widely anticipated book that describes a new, hugely connected world of the future, full of challenges and benefits which are ours to meet and harness. The New Digital Age is the product of an unparalleled collaboration: full of the brilliant insights of one of Silicon Valley's great innovators - what Bill Gates was to Microsoft and Steve Jobs was to Apple, Schmidt (along with Larry Page and Sergey Brin) was to Google - and the Director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, formerly an advisor to both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Never before has the future been so vividly and transparently imagined. From technologies that will change lives (information systems that greatly increase productivity, safety and our quality of life, thought-controlled motion technology that can revolutionise medical procedures, and near-perfect translation technology that allows us to have more diversified interactions) to our most important future considerations (curating our online identity and fighting those who would do harm with it) to the widespread political change that will transform the globe (through transformations in conflict, increasingly active and global citizenries, a new wave of cyber-terrorism and states operating simultaneously in the physical and virtual realms) to the ever present threats to our privacy and security, Schmidt and Cohen outline in great detail and scope all the promise and peril awaiting us in the coming decades. A breakthrough book - pragmatic, inspirational and totally fascinating. Whether a government, a business or an individual, we must understand technology if we want to understand the future.'A brilliant guidebook for the next century . . . Schmidt and Cohen offer a dazzling glimpse into how the new digital revolution is changing our lives' Richard Branson

Hodder & Stoughton

Blissful Relaxation Exercises: Flash

Alice Muir
Authors:
Alice Muir
Teach Yourself

Get Started In Reiki: Teach Yourself

Sandi Leir-Shuffrey
Authors:
Sandi Leir-Shuffrey

The only truly practical guide to Reiki available, this approachable introduction gives plenty of guidance on using Reiki for healing practices for yourself and others, with insight into techniques in health, illness and the initiation process. Real-life case studies reveal the success of the practice and the ability of the author to teach and inspire, and this is the ideal book for anyone who is interested in practising or even becoming a Reiki Master.NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based onthe author's many years of experience.TEST YOURSELFTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of reiki.FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBERQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.TRY THISInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Nicholas Brealey International

Global Diversity

Bidhan Chandra, Charles K. Bergman, Graziellla Figi
Authors:
Bidhan Chandra, Charles K. Bergman, Graziellla Figi

Mastering global business requires that leaders and managers fully understand the differences that exist within countries as well as between them. To succeed in China, knowledge of the local culture is essential...but which culture? Many businesspeople are aware that considerable variety exists, but lack the knowledge and tools to leverage this insight. The most successful business strategies rely on embracing the depth and breadth of diversity in local customers, employees and suppliers. Drawing on the authors' years of hands-on experience, Global Diversity presents the key cultural variables relevant in eight major markets: China, Egypt, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Each country is explored in depth, especially the culture within cultures, and recommendations are made for realizing local market opportunities as well as creating an inclusive workforce. Global Diversity takes into account the true variety that exists within each country while enabling every employee in a global enterprise to become an engaged and accountable contributor. Vital cultural insights are presented for: individual managers selling their products and services in foreign markets, expatriates working with headquarters and with subsidiary operations, leaders looking to leverage capabilities of their employees in key growth markets, and diversity professionals who aim to extend corporate diversity initiatives abroad. The final chapter provides a six-step approach to developing an effective global inclusion strategy for any region of the world.

David Perlmutter

Dr David Perlmutter is president of the Perlmutter Health Centre in Naples, Florida, and the co-founder and president of The Perlmutter Brain Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American College of Nutrition and the Linus Pauling Award. A frequent lecturer, he writes a blog at VanguardNeurologist.com and is a contributor to The Huffington Post. His previous books include Grain Brain and The Grain Brain Cookbook.

Gertrud Hirschi

Gertrud Hirschi has teaches yoga in accordance with the latest medical findings at her own yoga school in Zurich. She holds seminars in Switzerland, Germany, and Greece, and she is the author of Basic Yoga for Everybody.

Jeremy Howick

An Oxford researcher with over 60 publications and a classic textbook, Jeremy Howick is well qualified to write Doctor You. A world-renowned placebo researcher and his work has been featured in The Times and The Washington Post, as well as on Sky News, and the BBC.

Rachel Brathen

Swedish native Rachel Brathen has been practicing yoga since she was a young teen. After leaving school she travelled to Costa Rica, and it was here that she found the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. After moving to Aruba in early 2010, she started teaching yoga full time on the Caribbean island. Rachel leads workshops all across the globe, focusing on handstands, arm balances, vinyasa foundation, and fearless living.Rachel is one of the first people in the world to take yoga from the mat and onto a paddle board, and she teaches SUP Yoga (Stand-Up Paddle board Yoga) in all of her retreats and also at festivals and events in different countries around the world. Follow her on Instagram @Yoga_Girl

Xandria Williams

Xandria Williams BSc, ARCS, MSc, DIC, NDD, DBM trained in London and Sydney. She works as a nutritionist and psychotherapist, specialising in cancer and degenerative diseases and in helping people acquire optimum health. She has written 19 books and over 400 articles on physical and mental health care. This book is the culmination of her many years as a researcher, scientist, lecturer and practitioner

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