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Q&A with Julia and Roos, the authors of Good Sh*t

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects approximately 10-15% of the worldwide population, with 60% to 65% of those suffering reporting as female. This makes IBS a major women’s health issue! And since April is IBS Awareness Month, we talked to the authors of the handbook Good Sh*t: Your Holistic Guide to the Best Poop of your Life about holistically healing the gut.

Posted by Quirk Books Staff

Good Night

For insomniacs, sleep procrastinators, and anyone who wants to improve their sleep hygiene, this friendly handbook will help you focus on catching some zzz’s.

In our busy, hyper-connected times, it can be hard to sleep through the night. But sleep is one of the keys to overall well-being, and if you’re not getting enough of it, it can have a major impact on your physical and mental health.

This handbook from two certified yoga and Ayurveda teachers will help you understand the connection between diet, exercise, stress, and sleep so you can improve the quality of your sleep from every angle. Good Night contains tips and tricks for:

•  Breaking bad habits, from sleep procrastination to bringing devices into bed
•  Navigating health issues that make sleeping through the night difficult
•  Calming your anxious mind and allowing yourself to rest

Simple and effective lifestyle adjustments are all you need to feel like your best, most well-rested self.

Posted by Christina Schillaci

Possums Are Not Cute!

Possums may steal your garbage…but with this book, they’ll also steal your heart!

Possums are more than the ugly-cute icons of the internet. These so-called trash animals and pointy kitties are not only relatable avatars for anxious but resilient people everywhere, but nature’s secret clean-up crew.

Organized around common myths that have given possums a bad reputation, this fun and offbeat book reveals the truth about possums through dozens of adorable photos, informative illustrations, and fascinating facts.  Did you know that…

  • Possums protect people and pets from disease! A single possum can eat up to 4,000 ticks per week!
  • Possums excel at interspecies friendships, often sleeping in other animals’ dens.
  • Possums are shy creatures: when they “play dead,” they are actually fainting from anxiety!

Written by wildlife rehabber and possum advocate Ally Burguieres, known for her popular Instagram account @ItsMeSesame, this accessible and giftable guide explains why possums deserve our admiration and offers tips on how we can protect and advocate for these magical marsupials.

Posted by impart

It’s Your Funeral!

A fascinating and fun (yes, really!) guide to planning your final farewell. From selecting your burial outfit to your funeral theme, guided-journal elements and worksheets will help you think outside the coffin.

For most of us, our own funeral is an afterthought or, even worse, an anti-thought—something we avoid thinking about altogether. This book will change that negative thinking forever! After all, planning one’s funeral is an act of love and an important part of good mental health. Now readers can make sure their sendoff is exactly what they want it to be, whether a somber reflection on who they were, a drunken bacchanal for a life well lived, or a peaceful adieu to their earthly existence.

This practical yet cheeky guide offers a plethora of advice and inspiration, from budgeting for the big day to selecting a burial outfit to choosing a memorial theme. Morbid and pragmatic questions alike are answered, including:

• What is the most eco-friendly burial method?
• Should I write my own obituary?
• Do I really need a will?
• Can my body be shot into space after I die?
• What can be cremated with me?
• And, perhaps most important, how do I avoid being buried alive?

It’s Your Funeral! presents every stage of the legacy planning process—both material and digital—to ensure that one’s wishes are recorded for posterity before venturing to the Great Beyond. So get ready to dig into curious facts, strange stories, and helpful worksheets that cover everything readers need to know to make death the best time of their life.

Posted by impart

William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Clueless

Just in time for the 25th anniversary of Clueless, best-selling author Ian Doescher rolleth with the homies as he brings his signature Shakespearean wordsmithing to this beloved movie.

Clueless gets a makeover that Cher Horowitz and the Bard would approve of in this witty retelling of the ’90s teen comedy. Cher, the fairest maiden of Bronson Alcott High in Beverly Hills, spends her days merrily match-making and mall-hopping with her best friend Dionne. But her good intentions create mischief for her friends and family, including her new friend Tai, her crush Christian, and her cute stepbrother Josh, turning a comedy of errors into high drama. Can Cher admit her folly in time to save her friendships—and her own heart?

Posted by impart

Siri, Who Am I?

Indie Next and Library Reads Pick
One of Cosmopolitan’s “Best New Books Coming Out in 2021”
One of POPSUGAR’s “Best New Books Coming Out in 2021”

A Millennial with amnesia uses her Instagram account to piece together her identity in this hilarious and whip-smart comedy about the ups and downs of influencer culture.

Mia might look like a Millennial but she was born yesterday. Emerging from a coma with short-term amnesia after an accident, Mia can’t remember her own name until the Siri assistant on her iPhone provides it. Based on her cool hairstyle (undercut with glamorous waves), dress (Prada), and signature lipstick (Chanel), she senses she’s wealthy, but the only way to know for sure is to retrace her steps once she leaves the hospital. Using Instagram and Uber, she arrives at the pink duplex she calls home in her posts but finds Max, a cute, off-duty postdoc supplementing his income with a house-sitting gig. He tells her the house belongs to JP, a billionaire with a chocolate empire. A few texts later, JP confirms her wildest dreams: they’re in love, Mia is living the good life, and he’ll be back that weekend.

But as Mia and Max work backward through her Instagram and across Los Angeles to learn more about her, they discover an ugly truth behind her perfect Instagram feed, and evidence that her head wound was no accident. Did Mia have it coming? And if so, is it too late for her to rewrite her story?

Posted by impart