Some contemplations.... - via E. R. Blomgren, PhD         aka
Books that I highly recommend (but first, a great quote or two):
"I survive the degradation that has become America - a land that exalts itself as a bastion of freedom and liberty while it tortures human beings, stripped of their rights, in offshore penal colonies, a land that wages wars defined under international law as criminal wars of aggression, a land that turns its back on its poor, its weak, its mentally ill, in a relentless drive to embrace totalitarian capitalism - because I read books. I have five thousand of them. They line every wall of my house. And I do not own a television." ~ Chris Hedges, The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress  
“After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.”
~ Albert Camus
After the Ecstasy, The Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path [by Jack Kornfield]. If you're at all interested in Buddhism, read Kornfield!! He's an ex-monk, psychologist, and evocative, thoughtful writer. This book is about everyday living in the 21st century from a Buddhist perspective.
Yoga in Every Moment: Contemplations of a Yogi in the Midst of Life [by Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati]  The title says it all. This is a thoughtful, often deep, book about Sawmiji's travails and her observations about what yoga means and how it's used. (I did my Svaroopa introductory teacher and Embodyment therapist training with teachers of Swamiji.)
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice [by T. K. V. Desikachar]
Cesar's Way: the Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems [by Cesar Millan, with Melissa Jo Peltier] The man got me over my fear of dogs and taught me a lot about dog (and human) psychology, and I can now properly walk a dog without it pulling...
The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty [by Simon Baron-Cohen]
A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England [by David D. Hall]
The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress [by Chris Hedges]
Blur: How To Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload [by Bill Kovack and Tom Rosenstiel]
Hot: Living through the Next Fifty Years on Earth [by Mark Hertsgaard]
The Truth About Grief: the Myth of Its Five Stages and the New Science of Loss. [by Ruth Davis Konigsbergl]
Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America [by Matt Taibbi]
The New Normal: an Agenda for Responsible Living [by David Wann]
Snapshots in History's Glare [by Gore Vidal]
A Single Man [by Christopher Isherwood]
Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence [by Matthew Sanford]
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom [by John O'Donohue]
Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts About Alternative Medicine [by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst]
Bicycle Diaries [by David Byrne]
Republicanism in the Modern World [by John Maynor]
Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government [by Philip Pettit]
Republicanism [by Maurizio Viroli]
An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World [by Pankaj Mishra]
Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace and Ultimate Freedom [by B.K.S. Iyengar]
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter [by Sherwin Nuland]
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed [by Jared Diamond]
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World [by Niall Ferguson]
Inside Drucker's Brain [by Jeffrey A. Krames].
The Pema Chödrön Collection: The Wisdon of No Escape; Start Where You Are; When Things Fall Apart. all three books by Pema Chödrön]
Outliers: The Story of Success; also, Blink [both by Malcolm Gladwell]
American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States [by Jonathan Engel]
The Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers For the Wrong Reasons [by Gary Greenberg]
Old Masters, New World [by Cynthia Saltzman]
The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics With An 18th-Century Brain [by George Lakoff]
The Shock Doctine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism [by Naomi Klein]
The Age of American Unreason [by Susan Jacoby]
Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions, [by John Gray]
Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia [by John Gray]
A New Earth andThe Power of Now [both by Eckhart Tolle]
Save the World on Your Own Time [by Stanley Fish]
Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism [by Cornell West]
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao [by Junot Díaz]
Postcards From Paradise: Romancing Key West [by June Keith]
Look Me in The Eye: My Life With Asperger's [by John Elder Robison]
The Secret of Salt: An Indigenous Journal [Issue 3]
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism [by Susan Jacoby]
What the Bleep Do We Know? [by William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, and Mark Vicente]
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