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Work It Out

An encouraging fitness book that meets you where you are—even if you’re lying on the floor.

Exercise is the most reliable way to improve mental health. But if you’re depressed, anxious, burned out, or struggling, it may feel impossible to get started, get serious, or even get up.

Written by an autistic personal trainer, Work It Out busts myths about fitness while providing clear, actionable advice on how to:

  • Incorporate exercise into your daily life
  • Build an adjustable workout plan for both good and bad mental health days
  • Shake off the messages that say you’re never doing enough
  • Set up a workout log that motivates you in exactly the way you need
  • Celebrate all your achievements, including getting out of bed
  • But also get a little exercise in bed, if that’s where you are today

Frank, funny, and sympathetic, Work It Out offers realistic tips, encouragement, and dozens of activity ideas for times when exercise is the only thing that will help—and the last thing you want to do.

Posted by Kim Ismael

Unplug and Play

Field Guide to Stains

Get to know your stains—and then bid them goodbye forever! Learn comprehensive information about more than 100 stains—including their habits, their habitats, and (most importantly) how to make them go away.

From wine to wiper fluid, Field Guide to Stains provides effective techniques for rescuing clothes, upholstery, carpet, and wallpaper from stains caused by:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Dairy products
  • Household items
  • Office supplies
  • Sauces and condiments
  • Beauty products
  • Bodily functions
  • And more!

Featuring a glossary of cleaning techniques and the basic products any would-be clean person should have on hand, this guide is the perfect accoutrement for the laundry room, kitchen, nursery, garage, or any other place stains might occur.

Posted by Christina Schillaci

Toil and Trouble

This celebration of forgotten magical women, from Salem to WitchTok, is a fascinating and empowering read for anyone interested in occultism or feminist history.

Meet the mystical women and nonbinary people from US history who found strength through the supernatural—and those who are still forging the way today. From the celebrity spirit mediums of the nineteenth century to contemporary activist witches hexing the patriarchy, women have long used magic and mysticism to seize the power they’re so often denied.

Organized around different approaches women have taken to the occult over the decades—using the supernatural for political gain, seeking fame and fortune as spiritual practitioners, embracing their witchy identities, and more—this book shines a light on underappreciated magical pioneers, including:

• Dion Fortune, who tried to marshal a magical army against Hitler
• Bri Luna, the Hoodwitch, social media star and serious magical practitioner
• Joan Quigley, personal psychic to Nancy Reagan
• Marie Laveau, voodoo queen of New Orleans
• Elvira, queer goth sex symbol who defied the Satanic Panic
• And many more!

Posted by Christina Schillaci

How to Win the War on Truth

Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath meets Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe in this illustrated guide to navigating today’s post-truth landscape, filled with examples of modern-day propaganda campaigns.

We’re bombarded with information like never before. Some of it’s true, some of it’s spin, and some of it’s flat-out fake news. And that’s by design. Propaganda helps governments and corporations sell us products, lifestyles, and ideas. Sometimes the agenda is harmless, but other times it’s destructive, and it’s not always easy to spot the difference.

Whether you want to be informed on the issues or debunk misinformation wherever you encounter it, How to Win the War on Truth is here to help. You’ll learn:

  • The history of propaganda, from Edward Bernays to Fox News
  • Why simple messages are so powerful
  • Who profits from propaganda
  • How propaganda is manufactured and delivered directly to you
  • How to find the truth for yourself

Filled with cleverly illustrated real-world examples of propaganda in all its forms, How to Win the War on Truth will help you see the world with clear eyes for the first time. Because when it comes to preserving democracy and fighting for our rights, it’s essential that we do.

Posted by Christina Schillaci

Ghost Eaters

“A Gothic-punk graveyard tale about what haunts history and what haunts the human soul. An addicting read that draws you into its descent from the first page.”—Chuck Wendig, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Accidents

One of Vulture’s Best Horror Novels of 2022 (So Far), this terrifying supernatural page-turner will make you think twice about opening doors to the unknown.

Erin hasn’t been able to set a single boundary with her charismatic but reckless college ex-boyfriend, Silas. When he asks her to bail him out of rehab—again—she knows she needs to cut him off. But days after he gets out, Silas turns up dead of an overdose in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia, and Erin’s world falls apart.

Then a friend tells her about Ghost, a new drug that allows users to see the dead. Wanna get haunted? he asks. Grieving and desperate for closure with Silas, Erin agrees to a pill-popping “séance.” But the drug has unfathomable side effects—and once you take it, you can never go back.

Posted by Christina Schillaci