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Mike White

Whether you’re an experienced snowshoer or just getting started, 50 of the Best Snowshoe Trails Around Tahoe shares a wide variety of trails, mountains, and shores to explore in Lake Tahoe. Some of the routes included are Mt. Rose, Emerald Bay, and Highway 89. This book also includes detailed directions and maps, food and drink recommendations, and proper clothing and equipment tips!

James Clear

This book offers a framework for self-improvement. What if you could continuously improve just 1% each day? Atomic Habits is focused on how we can gradually establish better habits, make better decisions, and live better lives.

Jonathan Haskel & Stian Westlake

Capitalism without Capital shows that the growing importance of intangible assets has also played a role in some of the larger economic changes of the past decade, including the growth in economic inequality and the stagnation of productivity. Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake explore the unusual economic characteristics of intangible investment and discuss how an economy rich in intangibles is fundamentally different from one based on tangibles.

American Diabetes Association

A go-to source for the most reliable information on diabetes self-care from the diabetes authority. From describing the different types of diabetes to breaking down the details on blood glucose monitoring, the American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes covers everything a person with diabetes needs to know to stay healthy and in control.

Dr. Karl Knopf

A fully illustrated guide to strengthening of the core muscles tailored to the unique needs of aging adults. Featuring more than 100 step-by-step exercises, detailed fitness plans, techniques on proper core stability and tips on avoiding injury, this guide will help you develop a strong, balanced core.

James P. Owen

Veteran financier James P. Owen shares his new perspective on Wall Street and how the Code of the West can and should be applied to business practices and the corporate world.

Cal Newport

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

Nicole Wilde

Separation anxiety can be an extremely challenging behavior issue for dogs and owners alike. This guide includes the information you need to help your dog, and to lower your own stress levels as well.

Tufts University Special Reports

With Tufts Eat Well and Exercise you’ll have information to help you stay active and independent for life. Discover hundreds of surprising facts about nutrition and exercise. Find the latest information on how foods affect your body and the nutrients you need as you age.

Dr. Joseph Tieri

Discover simple methods that will help you find quick relief and lasting solutions to everyday pain by fixing your body’s alignment through stretching and movement.

M.H. Clark

A beautifully designed book that provides encouraging words whenever you need a boost of inspiration.

Simon Sinek, David Mead, & Peter Docker

Find Your Why picks up where Start With Why left off. It shows you how to apply Simon Sinek’s powerful insights so that you can find more inspiration at work -- and in turn inspire those around you. With detailed exercises, illustrations, and action steps for every stage of the process, Find Your Why can help you find your Why.

David Allen

Getting Things Done is a productivity method created by David Allen that helps you organize the many aspects of your life. By capturing, clarifying, organizing, reflecting, and engaging, you will be able to implement a system that appropriately manages your “to-dos” and allows you to enjoy a productive and present state of engagement.

Pretty Simple Press

If a habitual expression of gratitude is new to you, a gratitude journal is a great place to start. Many journals provide daily prompts to help you go deeper than the obvious things we’re grateful for family, friends, and good health. In this 52-week guide, you can cultivate an attitude of gratitude and focus on being thankful for what you have, the big things in life, and the simple joys. Each week features an inspirational quote, a daily prompt for 3 things you are thankful for, and a weekly checkpoint.

Jim Collins

A management book by Jim C. Collins that describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and how most companies fail to make the transition.

Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen

Ten years after the worldwide best seller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

Marc Gillinov, M.D. & Steven Nissen, M.D.

The definitive guide to heart health from two of America’s most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the number-one hospital for cardiac care in America. Are you one of the 82 million Americans currently diagnosed with cardiovascular disease - or one of the millions more who think they are healthy but are at risk? Whether your goal is to get the best treatment or to stay out of the cardiologist’s office, your heart’s health depends on accurate information and correct answers to key questions.

Mark Bittman & David Katz

What is the “best” diet? Do calories matter? And when it comes to protein, fat, and carbs, which ones are good and which are bad? Mark Bittman and David Katz answer all these questions and more in a lively and easy-to-read Q&A format.

Héctor García & Francesc Miralles

Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally bestselling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy)—the happiness of always being busy—as revealed by the daily habits of the world’s longest-living people.

Ralph H. Blum & Mark Scholz, MD

Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers reports the latest thinking on prostate cancer management in clear, easy-to-understand prose. In a unique collaboration, a patient and his doctor provide a new perspective on living with this disease.

Lawrence Katz & Manning Rubin

This book is about Neurobics which is a unique brain exercise program that can be done anytime, anywhere. The simple exercise stimulates brain nutrients to help new brain cells grow. To keep your brain strong and healthy, you need to break routines and use all five senses in unexpected ways.

Simon Sinek

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things. Sinek illustrates his ideas with true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.

Peter Walsh

Whether you are selling your family home, blending households into a new home, or cleaning out your aging parents’ home, sorting through a lifetime’s worth of accumulated possessions can be a daunting and stressful experience. Peter Walsh recently went through the process of downsizing his childhood home and dividing his late parents’ possessions among his family. He realized that making these decisions about mementos and heirlooms creates strong emotions and can be an overwhelming chore. In Let It Go, Peter helps you turn downsizing into a rejuvenating life change with useful tips and practical takeaways.

Marion Nestle

Let’s Ask Marion is a savvy and insightful question-and-answer collection that showcases the expertise of food politics powerhouse Marion Nestle in exchanges with environmental advocate Kerry Trueman. These informative essays show us how to advocate for food systems that are healthier for people and the planet, moving from the politics of personal dietary choices, to community food issues, and finally to matters that affect global food systems.

Joseph F. Coughlin

Each of us will grow old — if we’re lucky. This book is about the aging of populations that represents the most profound change guaranteed to come to high-income countries everywhere, as well as most low- and middle-income ones. Also, there could be other big shifts headed our way — related to climate change, global geopolitics, and technological advancement.

Admiral William H McRaven

This is a book to inspire you, your children, and your grandchildren to become everything they can. It is also about moving beyond failure, standing up to bullies, and giving others hope. The author shares the ten lessons he learned from Navy Seal training. They are simple lessons that deal with overcoming the trials of SEAL training; but the ten lessons are equally important in dealing with the challenges of life – no matter who you are.

Rana Foroohar

Foroohar analyzes lessons learned during the 2008 crisis, factors that lead to it, and elements of America’s current financial system. She defines “makers” as the people, companies, and ideas that create real economic growth. She defines “takers” as those that use America’s market system to enrich themselves rather than the society at large. Foroohar uses history to explain the financialization of America in detail. The history helps explain the markets and trends that we see today. She identifies issues and proposes thoughtful solutions to some of the issues in our economy.

Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

This book provides you the tools you need to optimize your brain power and enrich your health and your life in the process.

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Family Health Book has become a classic home medical reference. This book offers the latest in medical knowledge with a strong emphasis on self-care. From prevention to treatment, from infancy to old age, this health guide offers reliable, easy-to-understand information.

Publications International Ltd.

Mindful Eating is a cookbook that pairs mindfulness with preparing and enjoying healthy meals. You do not have to be meditating to be mindful and this cookbook is a great way to apply your mindfulness habits to daily activities.

Mick Ebeling

Not Impossible is a true testament to the power of determination. It encourages us to believe that all problems can be solved—and that each of us has the ability to change the world and make “miracles” happen. The author originally set out to perform a simple act of kindness for one person and that quickly turned into a lifelong mission for him. In the process he discovered that he could, indeed, change the world by asking himself two simple questions: “If not now, when?” and “If not me, who?”. The author shares his inspirational stories in this book and shows how we should toss out our old ways of thinking and look at changing the world from a new perspective.

Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

Every day we make choices—about what to buy or eat, about financial investments or our children’s health and education, even about the causes we champion or the planet itself. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. Nudge is about how we make these choices and how we can make better ones. Using dozens of examples and drawing on decades of behavioral science research, Nobel Prize winner Richard H. Thaler and Harvard Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein show that no choice is ever presented to us in a neutral way, and that we are all susceptible to biases that can lead us to make bad decisions. But by knowing how people think, we can use sensible “choice architecture” to nudge people toward the best decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society, without restricting our freedom of choice.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

Laptops and other electronic devices are a large part of our daily lives both at work and at home, which can lead to painful wrists, sore shoulders, stiff necks, and blurry vision. Pete Egoscue, using the techniques and principles developed at his clinic, shows you how to keep pointing and clicking for hours--pain free.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

In his San Diego clinic, Pete Egoscue has taught women of all ages and from all walks of life how to use the Egoscue Method for safe, effective, and permanent relief from chronic pain without prescription painkillers, physical therapy, or invasive surgery. Now he shares his specially adapted “Pain Free” program for women to use at home.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

Pete Egoscue takes his program of postural therapy--which treats chronic musculoskeletal pain without drugs, surgery, or manipulation--to a whole new level. Using Eastern religions as a guide, he explores the mental and emotional, as well as physiological, processes of his Method.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

With this book in hand, you're on your way to regaining the greatest gift of all: a pain-free body! With the help of Pete Egoscue's program of quick stretches and strength-building exercises, you can cure chronic pain, and do it naturally.

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

Based on the results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects.

Gregg D. Jacobs, PH.D.

The book is a guide to overcoming insomnia without sleeping pills and for people who are looking for a healthy night’s sleep.This book provides techniques for eliminating insomnia including behaviors and lifestyle practices, improving relaxation, reducing stress, and changing negative thoughts about sleep. He also reviews misleading and confusing claims about sleep and health.

Simon Sinek

This book shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with your WHY.

Dr. Karl Knopf

Just ten minutes a day of these modified stretches will help you improve your mobility without pain or injury. Stretching for 50+ is filled with safe, easy routines for any age. Learn warm-ups and cool-downs, use tools like a strap, therapy balls and foam rollers, and discover plenty of other fitness tips to keep you moving.

Daniel Gilbert

In this book, Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.

Daniel J. Levitin

Levitin looks at the science behind what we all can learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people's wisdom and experience. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, using research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age.

Malcolm Gladwell

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true? Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

Patrick Lencioni

When it comes to having a successful business, Peter Lencioni discusses that the advantage is not faster innovation or smarter employees, but rather organizational health. Those that are consistent and unified in management, operations, and culture are more likely to create a positive, hardworking environment that helps them outperform their counterparts. Through the use of stories, tips, and real-life experiences, Lencioni provides a new and approachable model for achieving organizational health and maximizing human potential.

Gary Small, M.D. & Gigi Vorgan

Want to keep Alzheimer’s at bay for years—ideally, forever? Prevention is the key. This book shows how to strengthen memory and avoid everyday lapses. How to incorporate the top ten brain-protecting foods into your diet. How to cross-train your brain, exercising both the right and left hemisphere. And how to reduce stress, a risk factor for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s, through meditation and 11 other relaxation strategies.

Marilyn Moffat & Steve Vickery

This book features hundreds of at-home stretches and exercises. This is a fully illustrated compendium of stretching and exercises for every part of the body, backed by the experience and medical and scientific authority of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Kate Lorig, R.N., Dr.PH. & James F. Fries, M.D.

Offering a practical program to help people with arthritis and fibromyalgia manage their conditions, The Arthritis Helpbook provides techniques to help reduce pain and increase dexterity, helping sufferers to regain control of their lives.

Stephen P. Fortmann, M.D. & Prudence Breitrose

This book explains the latest data on the effects of medication, diet, and exercise on blood pressure. It defines the essential terminology (such as diastolic and systolic), emphasizes stress reduction techniques, and offers science-based insight into the causes and control of this widespread condition.

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D & Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D.

This heavily expanded edition of Colin and Tom’s original book includes the latest evidence of the power of a plant-based diet, plus updated information about the changing medical system and how patients stand to benefit from a surging interest in plant-based nutrition.

Stephanie Kelton

The most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory delivers a different understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society.

Arden Moore

In this entertaining book by pet expert Arden Moore, you'll find solutions to common dog behavior problems. From true behavior issues to interesting canine tidbits, The Dog Behavior Answer Book is filled with expertise and know-how to help you raise a perfect pup.

Pete Egoscue and Roger Gittines

Brimming with common sense and practical advice, the heart of this book consists of twenty-two easy-to-do, highly effective exercises that stretch, strengthen, and relax the body, allowing a return to proper alignment.

Howard Davidoff, JD, CPA, LLM

Millions of young Americans are finding it hard to save for the future and still pay today’s bills on time. This book will help you learn how to become financially independent.

Chelsea Fagan

This is a beginner’s guide to getting good with money. It provides tips and tools on how to make a budget, deal with your credit, and understand investments.

Tufts University Special Reports

To help you choose foods and drinks that can improve your health, the editors at Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter created an all-new report called The Healthy-Aging Diet. This new report reveals the healthiest foods and diet plans that can help you do everything from lose weight to prevent type-2 diabetes to lower high blood pressure to prevent heart disease and more.

Tufts University Special Reports

In The Tufts Heart-Brain Diet, youll learn which foods and nutrients will maximize your health and keep your heart pumping and your brain sharp. The doctors and nutritionists at Tufts Friedman School have integrated these foods into an eating plan thats effective and enticing. Youll find complete menus for 10 days – breakfast, lunch, dinner – and snacks too!

Mark Scholz, M.D.

This book directs patients to understand options and educate them about treatments specific for their stage of prostate cancer.

Marie Kondō

If the idea of organizing excites you because you will be able to interact with many different things that bring you joy, you can try Marie Kondo’s style of tidying up, the KonMari Method™. Her method focuses on identifying items that bring you joy and parting with items that bring you clutter and/or negative thoughts.

Meik Wiking

Why are Danes the happiest people in the world? The answer, says Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is Hygge. Loosely translated, Hygge―pronounced Hoo-ga―is a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish life, and offers advice and ideas on incorporating it into your own life.

Anna Black

This book is about meditation where we can learn to pay attention to our daily experience and become more content and fulfilled by daily activities. This book provides easy-to-follow tips and suggestions that may help you incorporate simple mindful moments into your daily life.

Maggie Moon

This book is about keeping your brain 7 years younger. Having a high quality of life is a way of keeping your brain alive. The Mind Diet explains the science about being mentally fit. This book has a step by step eating program for keeping your mind sharp and avoiding harmful foods for the brain. It is packed with delicious recipes that will help improve the memory, concentration and mental acuity.

William N. Thorndike

Author Will Thorndike brings to bear the analytical wisdom of a successful career in investing, closely evaluating the performance of companies and their leaders. You will meet eight individualistic CEOs whose firms’ average returns outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of twenty—in other words, an investment of $10,000 with each of these CEOs, on average, would have been worth over $1.5 million twenty-five years later. In The Outsiders, you’ll learn the traits and methods that helped these unique leaders achieve such performance.

Ann Crile Esselstyn & Jane Esselstyn

Mother-daughter team Ann and Jane Esselstyn have decades of experience developing delicious and healthful recipes. Now, they combine their expertise to offer you a cookbook with more than 125 easy and mouthwatering recipes, brimming with nourishment for your heart and your overall health. From their quick and easy meals like Fast Pasta and Greens and delicious “Sloppy Joes” to their indulgent desserts like their signature Kale Cake and Minty Frozen Chocolate Balls, these recipes will empower you to reclaim your health and discover the pleasures of eating plant-based.

Joseph Michelli

The Starbucks Experience contains a robust blend of home-brewed ingenuity and people-driven philosophies that have made Starbucks one of the world's "most admired" companies, according to Fortune magazine. With unique access to Starbucks personnel and resources, Joseph Michelli discovered that the success of Starbucks is driven by the people who work there-the "partners"-and the special experience they create for each customer. 

Terri McGinnis

Dr. Terri McGinnis, a practicing veterinarian with over twenty years’ experience, covers various aspects of dog care: anatomy, daily care, diagnostic medicine, medical emergencies, and home medical care, as well as breeding and reproduction. The Well Dog Book is an easy-to-follow guide that answers the questions most frequently asked by dog owners.

Chris Crowley & Jennifer Sacheck, Ph.D.

Chris Crowley, partners with Jen Sacheck, a nutritionist and fitness expert from Tufts University, and in lively, alternating chapters they spell out a weight-loss plan that will have readers losing up to 25 pounds in the first six months―and, much more significantly, keeping it off next year, and the year after, and so on, for life. The message is straightforward and based on the most up-to-date nutritional science: resist the added-fat, added-sugar concoctions created by the food industry; skip the supplements; pile on fruits and vegetables to your heart’s content, but it’s OK to eat lean meats, too; and don’t drink your calories. And exercise!

Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D

This book is about how to make the most of your memory. The author shares her eight-step program for improving recall.

Gino Wickman

It is no secret that all business leaders deal with struggles at one point or another, whether it's team conflicts or inadequate growth. Traction explores The Entrepreneurial Operating System® and shares six key components for strengthening your business and creating a company that fosters more growth and enjoyment. Wickman wants you to get a grip on your business and ensure that your business does not have a grip on you.

Jim Collins

The key to business success is not a single innovation or one plan. It is the act of turning the flywheel, slowly gaining momentum and eventually reaching a breakthrough. Building upon the flywheel concept introduced in his groundbreaking classic Good to Great, Jim Collins teaches people how to create their own flywheel, how to accelerate the flywheel’s momentum, and how to stay on the flywheel in shifting markets and during times of turbulence.

Dr. Karl Knopf

Weights for 50+ shows how easy it is for anyone – at any age – to get started with weights. It teaches exercises that are suited to varying ages and degrees of strength, including super-easy, easy, intermediate, and advanced. The program in Weights for 50+ focuses on the use of small free weights (starting at just 3 lbs.), and includes stretches and release moves.

Marion Nestle

How we choose which foods to eat is growing more complicated by the day, and Marion Nestle provides a straightforward, practical approach on what to eat. As Nestle takes us through each supermarket section―produce, dairy, meat, fish―she explains the issues, cutting through foodie jargon and complicated nutrition labels, and debunking the misleading health claims made by big food companies.

Marion Nestle & Malden Nesheim

Calories—too few or too many—are the source of health problems affecting billions of people in today’s globalized world. Although calories are essential to human health and survival, they cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. They are also hard to understand. In Why Calories Count, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim explain in clear and accessible language what calories are and how they work, both biologically and politically. As they take readers through the issues that are fundamental to our understanding of diet and food, weight gain, loss, and obesity, Nestle and Nesheim sort through a great deal of the misinformation put forth by food manufacturers and diet program promoters.

Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program combines the information from the New York Times bestselling Younger Next Year with the cutting-edge knowledge and workouts from Thinner This Year. Learn the revolutionary 10-minute warm-up (critical for maintaining ankle, shoulder, and hip mobility). The five things aerobic exercise will do for your body, and finding the method that works for you. How to get fit better and quicker with intervals. The importance of “whole-body” strength training and “rebooting the core.” Plus, the Twenty-Five Sacred Exercises that will be the foundation for your strength-training routine for life.