The Wave in the Mind by Ursula LeGuin

Few critics dare to express opinions as fresh and unguarded as those in the essays collected here. Ursula Le Guin writes against the grain, delightfully upsetting the literary cart with her direct style and her authoritative yet personal voice. She deploys wit and humor to comment on topics of gender and social justice, the power of language, and the work of her literary favorites—Tolstoy, Tolkien, Woolf, and Twain among them. 

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

Like the modern-day psalmist that she is, Anne Lamott doesn’t aspire to be good; she aspires to be real. In her new collection of controversial essays on faith, she complains openly, and often bitterly, about the war in Iraq, the death of her dog Sadie, the frustrations of raising her son, Sam and her life-long anger at her mother. She lets us in on the full range of her rage and tenderness, her exuberance and despair.

New research shows U.S. health habits changing

If you are conscientious about getting the highest nutritional value from the food and beverages you consume, then you belong to the 26 percent of the U.S. adult population termed “food actives” by the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI). If, on the other hand, you regularly just eat the pie and forget about the cholesterol or transfats, then count yourself among the ranks of the “Eat-drink-and-be-merrys,” who comprise 21 percent of the population.

Waking Up to What You Do by Diane Rizzetto

Diane Rizzetto serves up fresh Zen in her new book, Waking Up To What You Do. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that this delightful first work is a rare and admirable accomplishment. Rizzetto presents us with a truly creative and compelling approach to the eight Buddhist precepts. Without preaching or moralizing, she illuminates the possibility that there might just be a way to drop the concepts and behavior that keep us suffering.