Meets the Last Thursday of the Month (usually!)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Wilmington, DE (temporarily on Zoom because of COVID-19)
My book club first started meeting in January of 2013. We’re an informal group who meet approximately once a month to discuss a book about self-development, productivity, well-being and other inspirational themes. We have delved into vulnerability, presence, the body-mind connection, the Alexander Technique, and how to create and change a habit.
We have enjoyed reading books such as Thrive by Arianna Huffington, Quiet by Susan Cain, Rising Strong by Brené Brown, Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, and many more (see full list at the bottom of this page).
Our next book is The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by Lisa Mosconi.
From the description on Amazon:
“In The XX Brain, Lisa meticulously guides us in the ways we can both nourish and protect ourselves, body and mind, to ensure our brains remain resilient throughout our lives.”
–from the foreword by Maria Shriver
The first book to address cognitive enhancement and Alzheimer’s prevention specifically in women–and to frame brain health as an essential component of Women’s Health.
In this revolutionary book, Dr. Lisa Mosconi, director of the Women’s Brain Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College, provides women with the first plan to address the unique risks of the female brain.
Until now, medical research has focused on “bikini medicine,” assuming that women are essentially men with breasts and tubes. Yet women are far more likely than men to suffer from anxiety, depression, migraines, brain injuries, and strokes. They are also twice as likely to end their lives suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, even when their longer lifespans are taken into account. But in the past, the female brain has received astonishingly little attention and was rarely studied by medical researchers– resulting in a wealth of misinformation about women’s health.
The XX Brain confronts this crisis by revealing how the two powerful X chromosomes that distinguish women from men impact the brain first and foremost and by focusing on a key brain-protective hormone: estrogen.
Taking on all aspects of women’s health, including brain fog, memory lapses, depression, stress, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, and the increased risk of dementia, Dr. Mosconi introduces cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to protecting the female brain, including a specific diet proven to work for women, strategies to reduce stress, and useful tips for restorative sleep. She also examines the controversy about soy and hormonal replacement therapy, takes on the perils of environmental toxins, and examines the role of our microbiome. Perhaps best of all, she makes clear that it is never too late to take care of yourself.
The XX Brain is a rallying cry for women to have full access to information regarding what is going on in their brains and bodies as well as a roadmap for the path to optimal, lifelong brain health.
The XX Brain is available from Amazon and most other bookstores.
The BodyIntelligence Book Club is free to join, and I usually host it in my home. During the COVID-19 situation meetings are being held via Zoom. The only cost involved is the price of the book/s. We’d love to have you join us! If you’re interested in joining, or simply want to find out more, please get in touch. Guests are always welcome.
Not in Wilmington?
We also have a virtual home within my Facebook group, the BodyIntelligence Community, where I post about the books we read. It also allows for discussion between meetings, and for people anywhere in the world to join in. The group’s main focus is self-care and personal development, which ties right in with the subject matter of the books we read.
Please click here, if you’d like to join the BodyIntelligence Community Facebook group.
Thursday, June 25, 2020 – on Zoom!
Past books we have enjoyed:
Happy: Why More or Less Everything Is Fine by Derren Brown
The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World by Jamil Zaki
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink
Emotional Agility by Susan David
Presence by Amy Cuddy
How the Body Knows Its Mind by Sian Beilock
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Quiet by Susan Cain
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Body, Breath and Being by Carolyn Nicholls
Befiddled by Pedro de Alcantara
Change Your Posture, Change Your Life by Richard Brennan
Master the Art of Working Out by Malcolm Balk and Andrew Shields
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Principles of the Alexander Technique by Jeremy Chance
Natural Posture for Pain-Free Living by Kathleen Porter
How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live by Missy Vineyard
Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique by Pedro de Alcantara
Body Learning by Michael Gelb
Be In Balance by Angela Bradshaw
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael Gelb
F. Matthias Alexander: The Man and his Work by Lulie Westfeldt
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
The Open Focus Brain by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins
The Happiness Track by Emma Seppälä
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day by Andy Puddicombe
Non-Violent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg
The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci
The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Grove at Home and Work by Christine Carter
Back in Balance: Use the Alexander Technique to Combat Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain by Richard Brennan
First Impressions: What You Don’t Know About How Others See You by Ann Demarais and Valerie White
Option B, Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson
Bliss: One Hero’s Journey by Gary Ramsey
Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain by Due Quach
The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance by Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen