Embrace

Author: Taryn Brumfitt
Publisher: New Holland Publishing Australia Pty Limited
ISBN: 9781742576183
Format: PDF
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"Body confidence does not come from trying to achieve the perfect body, it comes from embracing the one you've already got." This is the book for every woman who hates the way her body looks, and derides herself for not having the perfect figure. It is for those who have allowed those negative and harmful thoughts to affect their self-confidence and inform their everyday behaviour. Once a body builder with a lean, toned and taut figure, Taryn's obsession with muscle definition and the sleek lines of her body came with the territory of her job. Pregnancy and motherhood stole the identity she was familiar with and left her with feelings of self-loathing and repulsion that affected the way she thought about herself. After contemplating cosmetic surgery to reclaim the body she wanted, Taryn had an epiphany. If she went ahead with the surgery, how would she teach her daughter to love and respect her own body if she couldn't do the same? Taryn's greatest challenge came next. How would she learn to love her body and transform the hatred she felt into something positive? Her journey to acceptance of her womanly figure and celebration of her femininity has been publicly chartered. Here she shares her story to help harness and facilitate positive body image activism for all women.

Curvology The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape

Author: David Bainbridge
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468312944
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Anatomy professor David Bainbridge applies the science of evolutionary biology and psychology to look at women's bodies in our ancestral past, our self-image-obsessed present, and our surgically enhanced future. Few things are as tantalizing as a woman’s curves…and yet, humans are the only mammals on earth whose females have curvy bodies. Why? And what does this unique body shape mean for us? In Curvology, researcher David Bainbridge uses his scientific know-how to get to the bottom of this anatomical mystery and to explore the social and psychological consequences of our cultural fixation with curves and fat. Bainbridge brings thorough and clear-headed scientific research to this topic, as well as an admirable understanding of the real-life ramifications of the fascinating statistics and provocative studies he cites. Blending evolutionary biology, cultural observation, and cutting-edge psychology, Bainbridge critically synthesize the science and history of women’s body shape, from ancient homonids to the age of the selfie, offering insights into how women’s bodies became objects of fascination and raising awareness about what this scrutiny does to our brains. Packed with controversial and compelling findings that drive us to think about the significance of our curves and what they mean for future generations, Curvology offers not just a compelling collection of facts and studies, but an endlessly fascinating take on evolution and its consequences.

Body Full of Stars

Author: Molly Caro May
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1619025132
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1 of The Best Books of 2018 So Far (Real Simple) "Her brutally honest account is both deeply personal and comfortingly universal. She doesn’t shy away from the pain—emotional, physical, cultural, generational—of what she calls her 'passage into motherhood' . . . Her best, clearest, most lyrical writing practically dances off the page when she’s describing her love for her daughter." —PureWow "As a naturopathic physician and someone who walks with women through postpartum struggles, I found this book inspiring, deeply moving, and illustrative of the tremendous strength of women, mothers―and fathers. Molly has added a vital story to the perinatal body of literature. Loved it!" ―Christine White Deeble, ND, Black Bear Naturopathic Clinic What if labor does not end with pregnancy but continues into a mother’s postpartum life? How can the fiercest love for your child and the deepest wells of grief coexist in the same moment? How has society neglected honest conversation around the significant physical changes new mothers experience? Could real healing occur if generations of women were fluent in the language of their bodies? Molly Caro May grapples with these questions as she undergoes several unexpected health issues—pelvic-floor dysfunction, incontinence, hormonal imbalance—after the birth of her first child, Eula. While she and her husband navigate the ups and downs of new parenthood, May moves between shock, sadness, and anger over her body’s betrayal. She finally identifies the root of her struggle as premenstrual dysphoric disorder and so begins her exploration of what she calls female rage. The process leads May to an overdue conversation with her body in an attempt to balance the physical changes she experiences with the emotional landscape opening up before her. Body Full of Stars is dark and tender, honest and corporeal. It reveals deeper truths about how disconnected many modern women are from their bodies. Most of all, it is a celebration of the greatest story of all time: mothers and daughters, partners and co-parents, and the feminine power surging beneath it all.

Sovereign

Author: Erin Brown
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781532848384
Format: PDF
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A heart wrenching depiction of growing up female. The author unravels the effects of abuse, silence, beauty obsession, and shame while finding a path out. Revealing the possibility of creating space for our own values to emerge and allowing the same for one another. She envisions a reality with room for us each to safely explore our identities, our ideas, and our lives. Laying her experience bare that we might see ourselves in our common struggles so we can choose to systematically challenge the narratives that bind us. This poem is a first edition, the second will contain a collective of voices.

Skills based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

Author: Janet Treasure
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134083904
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder equips carers with the skills and knowledge needed to support and encourage those suffering from an eating disorder, and to help them to break free from the traps that prevent recovery. Through a coordinated approach, this book offers information alongside detailed techniques and strategies, which aim to improve professionals' and home carers' ability to build continuity and consistency of support for their loved ones. The authors use evidence-based research and personal experience, as well as practical support skills, to advise the reader on a number of difficult areas in caring for someone with an eating disorder. These include: working towards positive change through good communications skills developing problem solving skills building resilience managing difficult behaviour. This book is essential reading for both professionals and families involved in the care and support of anyone with an eating disorder. It will enable the reader to use the skills, information and insight gained to help change eating disorder symptoms.

Lost in the Funhouse

Author: John Barth
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0804152500
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Barth's lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction. Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in the context of this collection.

Mom in the Mirror

Author: Dena Cabrera
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442218673
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty, and Life after Pregnancy is for every woman who has ever doubted herself or her self-worth after the birth of a child. Because most women spend much of their lives attempting to change their bodies, it’s not surprising that the weight gain that comes along with pregnancy (and post-pregnancy), coupled with the challenges of parenting, only exacerbate issues with weight, body image, disordered eating, and self-esteem. Drawing on the wisdom of eating disorders expert Dr. Dena Cabrera, as well as the personal experiences of former anorexic Emily Wierenga, Mom in the Mirror is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual response to a female generation seeking its true identity in an appearance-based world. With chapters that deal with bruises from the past, misconceptions about pregnancy, life before and after children, marriage and motherhood, spiritual and physical nourishment, relationships with friends and family, and the changing role of a mother as her children age, it is a holistic approach to the age-old questions: Who am I, and why am I here? Comprising personal stories, expert advice, reflection questions, and helpful tools, this book is an inspiring read intended for women everywhere who want to restore a positive body image and to overcome the insecurities that arise when pregnancy is over and child-rearing begins.

Heart on Fire

Author: Amanda Bouchet
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1492626082
Format: PDF, Kindle
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One of Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now and the riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles! GODS. I'M AN IDIOT. Without Griffin—and apparently a few meddling Gods—to push me along, I'd still be telling fortunes at the circus, lying about my past, ignoring my future, and living as far away from my tyrant mother as humanly possible. True understanding thuds into place. Hope isn't just an abstract concept; it's me. Flesh and blood me. Griffin knew it all along. Probably everyone did. I'm an idea in human form. I have the power of the Gods at my fingertips. The only thing ever stopping me has been me. The Kingmaker Chronicles: A Promise of Fire (Book 1) Breath of Fire (Book 2) Heart on Fire (Book 3) Praise for the Kingmaker Chronicles: A NPR Best Book of 2016 A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016 A Washington Post Best Romance of the Month A Bustle Best Romance of 2016 Readers are raving about the Kingmaker Chronicles "A heart-pounding and joyous romantic adventure. Amanda Bouchet's talent is striking."—NALINI SINGH, New York Times bestselling author "Give this to your Game of Thrones fans."—Booklist STARRED Review "Utterly breathtaking!"—DARYNDA JONES, New York Times bestselling author "Bouchet sets the bar for high-concept fantasy romance. Simply brilliant."—Kirkus STARRED Review "Loved it!"—ELOISA JAMES, New York Times bestselling author "Absolutely fabulous."—C.L. WILSON, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King "Easily my favorite book of 2016!"—Bookriot "Top-notch. A fantasy romance that will blow your chest plate off."—Adrian Lang, Amazon.com's Omnivoracious "I think you all should just go read it now."—Smexy Books

No One Left to Lie to

Author: Christopher Hitchens
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859842843
Format: PDF, Docs
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Suggests that President Clinton's largest legacy may be the weakening of the presidency and of the Democratic Party.