THK Book Club

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It has been 2 1/2 years now since I have gotten rid of my television, and I can honestly say that I think it is one of the main reasons why I feel so centered, calm and stimulated. The average American watches between 3 to 4 hours of television a day, which has been shown to cause a host of physical, mental and spiritual problems including: chronic disease (Type II Diabetes), insomnia, obesity, violence, sexual promiscuity and drug use. Not to mention, children receive lower grades, and families have been shown to become more disconnected.

Getting rid of television not only encourages us to live a healthier physical life, but a healthier mental and emotional one as well. By ridding yourself of external sources of greed, violence, sex, materialism and other empty values, you leave a space for more positive influences such as human interaction, exercise and mental stimulatory hobbies such as reading. Furthermore, by cutting out television, we open the door to self- reflection, quiet and peace. Therefore, I greatly support getting rid of your television and revitalizing your love for reading!

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Reading is the best way to feed the mind and soul, and I propose that we stimulate its come back! Reading is hands down one of my favorite activities and I am sure there is a secret book worm deep inside of you too… you just need to throw the TV out to find it! Therefore, since I have always desperately wanted a book club, I am going to share with you my favorite books in hopes of inspiring you to ditch the TV and pick up a book instead. All of the following books I have personally loved and enjoyed, so I imagine you will too!


1. The Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna

2. Healthy Healing : A Guide to Self Healing by Linda Page PhD

3. Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch

4. Understanding Nutrition by Eleanor Whitney

5. The Human Body in Health and Disease by Kevin Patton

6. The Raw Truth to the Fountain of Youth by Debbie Merrill

7. Natural Healing Wisdom and Know How by Amy Rost

8. Clinical Nutrition by Jeffrey Bland

9. Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself by Alejandro Junger

10. Textbook of Natural Medicine by Joseph Pizzorno

11. Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness by Suzanne Sommers

12. The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse by Andreas Moritz

13. The Sunfood Diet Success System by David Wolfe

14. Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe

15. Clean & Green  by Annie Berthold-Bond

16. Organic Pest Control by Tom Roberts

17. Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain by Dr. Stanley W. Jacob

18. Coconut Cures  by Bruce Fife ND

19. Coconut Oil Miracle,  by Bruce Fife ND

20. Cancer Can be Cured by Father Romano Zago

21. There Is A Cure For Diabetes Gabriel Cousens MD

22. Worst Pills, Best Pills: A Consumer’s Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness by Sidney M. Wolfe, Larry D. Sasich and Peter Lurie

23. Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation by Andreas Moritz

24. Cancer Is Not A Disease – It’s A Survival Mechanism by Andreas Moritz

1. Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo

2. Ani’s Raw Food Essentials by Ani Phyo

3. Raw food/Real World: 100 Recipes to get the Glow by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis

4. Rawvolution by Matt Amsden

5. Raw: The Uncook Book by Juliano Brotman

6. Living Raw Food: Get the Glow by Sarma Melngailis

7. Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney

8. Entertaining in the Raw by Matthew Kenney

9. Everyday Raw Desserts by Matthew Kenney

10. For the Love of Soup by Jeanelle Mitchell

11. For the Love of Salad by Jeanelle Mitchell

12. Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson

13. Candle 79 by Joy Pierson

14. The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market Cookbook by Amelia Saltsman

15. The Real Food Daily Cookbook by Ann Gentry

1. Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis by Anna Lappe

2. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver

3. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Micheal Pollan

4. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

5. Food Rules by Michael Pollan

6. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

7. Superfoods: The Food and Medicine by David Wolfe

8. Food, Inc by Karl Weber


1. Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff

2. Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

3. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

4. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

5. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

6. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

7. The Power of Silence by Carlos Castenada

8. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

9. The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dead by Sogyal Rinpoche

10. The Yoga of Jesus by Paramahansa Yogananda

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

2. The Law of Attraction by Michael Losier

3. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

4. Rumi: The Book of Love by Coleman Barks

5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

1. The Social Media Bible by Lon Safko

2. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout

3. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

4. Freakanomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

5. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

1. The Body Electric by Robert Becker

2. The Field by Lynne McTaggart

3. The China Study by T. Campbell

4. The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

5. The Extracellular Matrix and Ground Regulation: A Basis for Holistic Biological Medicine by Henry Pischinger 


1. Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy

2. Beach Music by Pat Conroy

3. Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

4. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

6. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

8. The Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg

9The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

10. The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory

11. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

12. A Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

13. Body & Soul by Frank Conroy

14. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

15. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

16. South of Broad by Pat Conroy

17. The Great Santini by Pat Conroy

18. The World Without End by Ken Follett

19. The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

20. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

1. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

2. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

3. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

4. Papillon by Henri Charriere

5. Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

6. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

8. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

1. 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell

2. The Catcher and the Rye by J.D Salinger

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

4. Ulysses by James Joyce

5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

7. The Razors Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

8. Night by Elie Wiesel

9. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

10. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

11. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

12. The Cider House Rulesby John Irving

1. Art in Theory (1648-1815): by Charles Harrison and Dr Paul J. Wood

2. Art in Theory (1815-1900): by Charles Harrison and Dr Paul J. Wood

3. Art in Theory (1900-2000): by Charles Harrison and Dr Paul J. Wood

4. Modernism in Dispute by Jonathan Harris, Francis, Dr. Charles Harrison and Paul Wood

5. Art: A History of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Vol.2, 4th Edition by Frederick Hartt

6. Art: A History of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Vol 1. 4th Edition by Frederick Hartt

7. American Art Since 1945 (World of Art) by David Joselit

8. Wooden Eyes by Carlo Ginzburg, Martin Ryle and Kate Soper

9. Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America by Lucy R. Lippard

10.Primitive Art by Franz Boas

If you have any suggestions of your favorite books or cookbooks please let me know! I am always looking for the next best thing to read, so please do not be too shy to share!


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  1. Anyone interested in body-cology and eco-logy, particularly with regard to why vegetarianism makes sense may enjoy: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (not for the faint of heart), and A World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky Eating Animals is a poignant sensitive intense story of Jonathan’s personal exploration into vegetarianism. A World Without Fish explains in easy to follow facts how the oceans may be fished out within a couple of decades! ALL the OCEANS! NO FISH! We are part of that food chain! I feel this book is a MUST READ for every middle school and high school student AND their parents!!!

    • lauren

      Thanks Ellie for the recommendations! I actually have never read those before so I will have to put them on my list!

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