The Bookshelf

By admin
March 05, 2012

The following reviews are published courtesy of Lemuria Blog, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, Mississippi, or

Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
By Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung

To savor is defined as “to taste with quality.” This book is not just about what to eat; it also teaches us how to eat. We can all become more mindful about nourishing our bodies. Savor is not just about learning to maintain a healthy weight and diet. It’s about appreciating what we eat and drink in a more fulfilling way through a more mindful lifestyle. It helps us to connect more deeply with ourselves. Mindful eating practiced along with a regular exercise program eases stress, which can increase our awareness, and our happiness. Caring for ourselves in a mindful way can also help us contribute to our local community constructively.

Savor lays out the guideposts for beauty, eating, moving, and living – simple methods for improving our relationships at work and home, while improving our physical and mental health. I’ve read many Thich Nhat Hanh books with pleasure and received benefit from them. Savor is very practical and immediately adaptable if you are interested in self-improvement. If you want to see and be with your world more clearly, reading Savor might help you defrost your windshield.

Reviewed by John Evans

Younger Next Year*
By Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

As a 55 year old struggling with a severe lifestyle adjustment in 2005 when I first read Younger Next Year, I absorbed it. I found this book provides a fine and practical study about conscious aging, as well as tips for creating a fun and self-aware lifestyle.

Taking charge of your body leads you to take charge of your life. You choose your state of health. The authors pull no punches; declaring that you have to connect to yourself and commit to doing what you need to do to meet your needs. There is only growth and decay. The point is that we have to learn to cure ourselves, and exercise is the only way to engage your brain and physical body. If you do it, you will get younger. Through work and routine, we can resist old age.

Becoming aware of our health descent is the first stage of having more physical happiness. Our awareness that we are working to control our health fate is important. We are taking charge and doing our part, not only to decrease the needs of entitlement health demands, which our country can’t seem to afford or be realistic about, but how we will live the rest of our lives.

Crowley and Lodge have written another version of Younger Next Year specifically for women.

Reviewed by John Evans

It’s All About the Bike
By Robert Penn

Be forewarned – this is a book for the bike geek. As the title, It’s All About the Bike suggests, the bicycle itself is the subject, the story, not just the background for a morality tale or narrative of human struggle and inspiration. Avid cyclists are prone to imbue their bikes with mythical qualities, to treat them as loyal companions and friends rather than as machines built for a purpose. Robert Penn doesn’t pick a side in this argument so much as he connects them together. Each component, each simple machine is crafted with as much art as science and combines to form something greater than the sum of its parts.

I will admit that part of the appeal of this book is that the author does what the vast majority of cyclists can only dream of doing: building his dream bike, part by part, selecting carefully only the best and most appropriate pieces, cost be damned. The purpose wasn’t to build the lightest, fastest bike, nor to experiment with the newest and most advanced bike technology, nor to pursue individuality for the sake of individuality.

The purpose was to construct piece-by-piece the single best riding bike for the author. Not for long-distance touring, not for racing, not for commuting – simply for the joy of riding, built just for the enjoyment of being in the saddle and spinning away the miles.

The danger in a book like this is self-indulgence. Ultimately, I wouldn’t really care to read 200 pages of information about someone else’s bike. It would be a bit like looking at someone else’s vacation pictures or listening to stories about someone else’s grandkids. The author avoids this by using the construction of his dream bike as the structure for discussing the early history of the bicycle, the development through the industrial boom, and the modern-day mish-mash of cottage industry artisans and aerospace-inspired high technology. Each chapter becomes the story of a different component of the bicycle, from the classic, hand-welded Brian Rourke steel frame to the Cinelli carbon-fiber handlebars to the traditional Brooks leather saddle.

Reviewed by Mark Geoffriau

Power Foods
From the Editors of Whole Living Magazine

Foreward by Martha Stewart

Power Foods contains 150 delicious recipes with 38 of the healthiest ingredients. When flipping through a cookbook, pictures are very important to me. With a picture for each recipe, they got this format right. There’s nothing worse for me than flipping through a book with 1,000 recipes and no pictures.

Power Foods also educates the reader on the benefits of these power foods (chickpeas, kale, smoothies, nuts, beans) and how to use them to feel great.

Take the challenge and POWER UP!

Reviewed by Peyton Wofford

Check out this great Power Foods recipe: Lentil, Carrot, and Lemon Soup with Fresh Dill


1.5 cups of French green lentils
The fiber in lentils helps to lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.

4 carrots, peeled and sliced .5 inch thick (1.5 cups)

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1-2 lemons)

.5 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill, for garnish

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Combine lentils with carrots, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches (about 6 cups), and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook (uncovered), stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and season with pepper and more salt, as desired. Add about 2 tablespoons chopped dill to each bowl just before serving.

Per serving info: 261 calories; 0 mg cholesterol; 49.2 g carbohydrates; 15.9 g protein; 538 mg sodium; 12.6 g fiber.

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