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All About Love
bell hooks
Learn about love from one of America’s greatest Black feminists. Maybe you came across bell hooks’ brilliant work in high-school. Maybe she already holds a treasured spot on your bookshelf. Or maybe you’re not familiar with her at all. No matter where you’re coming from, All About Love (2000) is the perfect introduction to the work of one of the most talented and critically acclaimed feminist writers in American history. With All About Love, what you see is exactly what you get: a critical examination of romantic love in theory, practice, and application. By exploring what we do and don’t understand about love, bell hooks creates a roadmap that will guide us to a more evolved and society.
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8 minutes
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Come as You Are
Emily Nagoski
Come as You Are blends wit, science, and psychology to help you discover the beauty of sex. Many people feel lost or let down by their sex lives, but sex educator Emily Nagoski wants you to know that it doesn’t have to be confusing. Instead, she argues that sex in its true form is an art which can help you create a beautiful bond with your partner and learn more about yourself. By transcending social norms and relinquishing your inhibitions, Nagoski asserts that anyone can unlock new levels of pleasure.
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11 minutes
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Conscious Uncoupling
Katherine Woodward Thomas
The guide to successful breakups. When you think about the worst thing you can imagine, it usually fills you with doubts and anxieties about the event and its aftermath. And because these feelings can be so paralyzing, you rarely stop to ask yourself, “If this, then what?” This question might sound unusual but it’s exactly the question we need if we want to move past painful breakups and access a peaceful future. Questions like “If this, then what?” invite us to look beyond the pain and anguish and ask ourselves what will really happen in the event of a devastating loss. And, as Conscious Uncoupling (2015) illustrates, what most often happens is that we will learn to thrive.
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17 minutes
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Daring to Trust
David Richo
Written for those who struggle to trust themselves and those around them, Daring to Trust (2010) offers advice on embracing intimacy. Covering such life lessons as how to move past trauma, live in the moment, and move towards a better future, David Richo invites readers to unlock the benefits life offers through the power of personal development.
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11 minutes
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Dirty Minds
Kayt Sukel
How your brain impacts your sex life. Dirty Minds (2012) uses neuroscience to unpack the biological and psychological relationship between our minds and our perceptions of love, romance, and sex. Written in clear and accessible language, scientist Kayt Sukel’s research is for anyone who wants to learn more about the connection between our bodies and our brains.
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12 minutes
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How Emotions Are Made
Lisa Feldman Barrett
Learn About the Secret Life of the Brain. When you feel sad, angry, happy, or anxious, what is really going on inside of you? For centuries, scientists have believed that our emotions come from a part of the brain that is triggered by our environment: the excitement for an upcoming holiday, the fear of losing a loved one, or the anxiety of meeting a deadline for work. These emotions seem uncontrollable and as if they surface automatically from within, eventually finding themselves on the expressions of our faces and in how we carry ourselves. People have long believed this theory about emotions since the days of Plato. But what if everything we know about emotions is wrong? Psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett gathers the latest scientific research and evidence to reveal that our common-sense ideas about emotions are long outdated. Instead of emotions being pre-programmed into our brains and bodies, emotions are much more complex than previously thought, and Dr. Barrett aims to prove how our emotions are shaped by our experiences and personal history.
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16 minutes
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It’s Not You
Sara Eckel
Dating expert Sara Eckel dives into the misguided advice we often receive about love, and the pressures women face to find, and to be, the perfect romantic partner. Have you ever wondered why it seems so hard to find a lasting, committed relationship these days? You’ve probably heard all sorts of well meaning advice from friends and family, the same cliches we all know such as “you act too desperate”, “your standards are unrealistic”, “you have to love yourself before others can love you”, “it will happen when you least expect it”, and so on. Advice columnist Sara Eckel draws on her years of experience to dispel these cliches as myths and uses modern sociology and psychology research to explain the reality that your singlehood cannot be explained by a one sentence canned phrase and cannot be fixed by folksy wisdom. It’s Not You is a book about self-compassion, and accepting that sadness and loneliness are fundamental elements of the human experience that we need not reject and fear.
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Keep Showing Up
Karen Ehman
Discover how to stay crazy in love when your love drives you crazy. Is it true that opposites attract? While opposites may attract at first, over the years those opposites may also begin to attack. Those things we once found endearing are the same things that will drive us crazy later on. Perhaps it’s the way your husband loads the dishwasher or cleans the bathroom. Maybe it’s how you and your husband disagree about finances or the way you should parent. These differences don’t have to be the things that end your marriage, they can be what brings you closer together and closer to God. As you’ve navigated your way through marriage, you’ve realized that marriage is far from the romantic, happily-ever-after scenario that we are sold as children. The reality is that a successful marriage is hard and stressful. Luckily, Karen Ehman has laid out the strategies you need to help you get through the tough times and appreciate the good. These strategies will teach you how to cope, embrace the differences, and help you see your husband with fresh eyes. More importantly, you’ll learn how to strengthen your relationship with God. So keep reading to learn why you need to set realistic expectations, learn your love languages, and change your perspective.
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12 minutes
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Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
An analysis of dating in the digital age and how online dating has changed the way younger people approach love and romance. How did you find love? How are you seeking love? Nowadays it’s become increasingly common for young people to find love online, and with that comes new obstacles and hurdles that prior generations never experienced. Some of our problems are unique to our time, “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods?” With an endless sea of potential soul mates, young people have become pickier than ever and search through their matches with a fine-tooth comb. Throughout Modern Romance, Stand-up comedian, Aziz Ansari, digs deep to explore modern romance in the digital age. Through research and personal experience, Ansari presents his findings and discusses how dating has changed throughout the decades.
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13 minutes
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The Five Love Languages
Gary Chapman
A simple guide for making love last by learning how to speak your partner’s love languages. The world is filled with many languages, and when we don’t speak the same one it becomes difficult to communicate. The same can be said when two people in love have different love languages. If your partner doesn’t speak your language, then they are failing to meet your emotional needs and can you leave you feeling empty and unloved. This can then lead to hatred and resentment and your marriage will suffer. Dr. Gary Chapman, however, has set out to help marriages succeed by identifying the five love languages and explaining how you can speak your partner’s language. Understanding your partner’s love language is essential for any successful marriage or relationship. Throughout The Five Love Languages, find out your primary love language, how you can speak your partner’s language, and why communication is key in any relationship.
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11 minutes
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