New Health & Wellness Info at the Library

By Kelly Barker


Fulfill your prescription for information at the library’s Health Information Neighborhood, where wellness knowledge is at your fingertips.


You Can Fix Your Brain: Just 1 hour a week to the best memory, productivity, and sleep you’ve ever had by Tom O’Bryan, Health Information Neighborhood 612.82 O’BR

No matter what your current brain health state may be, You Can Fix Your Brain will enable and empower you to take concrete steps that will make an immediate difference in your brain’s vitality, clarity, and energy. It’s a step-by-step approach to better cognitive function–being selective about what’s on your fork, what’s in your environment, and how you take care of yourself can make a world of difference. With only one hour a week of practice, in 6 months, you can say goodbye to brain fog and welcome a better long-term memory and a sharper mind.


A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The human story retold through our genes by Adam Rutherford, Health Information Neighborhood 616.042 RUT

In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species–births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away–until now. Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story–from 100,000 years ago to the present.


Heart: A history by Sandeep Jauhar, Health Information Neighborhood 616.1 JAU & eAudiobook Hoopla

The bestselling author of Intern and Doctored tells the story of the thing that makes us tick. Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. Affecting, engaging, and beautifully written, Heart takes the full measure of the only organ that can move itself.  


On Call in the Arctic: A doctor’s pursuit of life, love, and miracles in the Alaskan frontier by Thomas J. Sims, Health Information Neighborhood 610.92 SIM

The fish-out-of-water stories of Northern Exposure and Doc Martin meet the rough-and-rugged setting of The Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People in Thomas J. Sims’s On Call in the Arctic, where the author relates his incredible experience saving lives in one of the most remote outposts in North America.  His book reveals the thrills and the terrors of frontier medicine, where Dr. Sims must rely upon his instincts, improvise, and persevere against all odds in order to help his patients on the icy shores of the Bering Sea.


Saving Sarah by Janet Murnaghan, Health Information Neighborhood 616.37 MUR

Sarah had been dying of cystic fibrosis since the day she was born. Fragile and frail, she had only weeks to live, when her mom realized the reality of Sarah’s situation: transplant laws, restricting access to lungs based on arbitrary age restrictions, meant Sarah’s options were limited. The injustice of her daughter’s fate spurred Janet to start a public battle against outdated health care regulations and a battle to save Sarah’s life.  Saving Sarah is a story of hope and courage, and a mother’s determination to never give up.


The Finch In My Brain: How I forgot how to read but found how to live by Martino Sclavi, Health Information Neighborhood 616.99481 SCL

This is the story of a successful Italian-born, London-based film writer who is suddenly, wholly unexpectedly diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. As Sclavi faces the reality of the narrative he’s been presented by doctors, he shows us that with determination, it is possible to change that narrative, and in doing so inspires and empowers us all to believe that it is possible to change the story of our lives.  In reading The Finch in My Brain, you’ll discover how he ended up here, and how, in its own tragedy, this story has managed to lead him to embrace the beauty of every day.


Get Well Soon: Adventures in alternative healthcare by Nick Duerden, Health Information Neighborhood 615.5 DUE

When Nick Duerden became ill with an all-too-common, if routinely misunderstood, viral condition, his doctor didn’t know what to suggest. And so he was forced to plunge into the often bewildering, but increasingly blossoming, world of alternative therapy in pursuit of a cure. Get Well Soon is a memoir that focuses on the journey all of us at some point will have to make: the abrupt obligation to start living better, wiser, healthier, and to be kinder to our minds and bodies. Honest, funny and ultimately optimistic, it’s also about successfully negotiating long-term illness while still leading a hectic modern life, because hectic modern lives rarely pause for breath. But we can.


Flat: Reclaiming my body from breast cancer by Catherine Guthrie, Health Information Neighborhood 616.99449 GUT

After years writing about women’s health and breast cancer, Catherine Guthrie was thrust into the role of the patient after a devastating diagnosis at age thirty-eight. Flat is Guthrie’s story of how two bouts of breast cancer shook her faith in her body, her relationship, and medicine. Filled with candor, vulnerability, and resilience, Guthrie upends the “pink ribbon” narrative and offers a unique perspective on womanhood, what it means to be “whole,” and the importance of women advocating for their desires. Flat is a story about how she found the strength to forge an unconventional path–one of listening to her body–that she’d been on all along.


Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy, Lean & Fit: Mouthwatering recipes to fuel you for life by Gordan Ramsay, Cooking Neighborhood 641.563 RAM

Gordon Ramsay, Michelin-star super-chef, knows how important it is to eat well, whether you’re training for a marathon or just trying to live healthier. And just because it’s healthy food, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste and flavor.  Healthy, Lean & Fit provides readers with 108 delicious recipes divided into three sections–each one offering breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sides, and snacks–highlighting different health-boosting benefits. Whatever your personal goals, these dishes will inspire you to get cooking and improve your own health.  


Vegan Reset: The 28-day plan to kickstart your healthy lifestyle by Kim-Julie Hansen, Cooking Neighborhood 641.5636 HAN

A 28-day plan for new vegans or anyone looking to get their diet back on track, from the wildly popular creator of Brussels Vegan and Best of Vegan. Vegan Reset offers a practical and easy-to-follow program, laid out day by day with meal plans, prep, shopping lists, recipes, and personal tips and inspiration.   No matter what diet you practice, a reset is a way to jump-start or refocus healthy habits and get your body to a state of optimum health. With its emphasis on satisfying plant-based foods and its achievable 28-day plan, this program is a great way to meet your goals of health and well-being.


Simple Green Meals: 100+ plant-powered recipes to thrive from the inside out by Jen Hansard, Cooking Neighborhood 641.5636 HAN

Before switching to a plant-powered diet, Jen Hansard, felt exhausted, stressed-out and frustrated with her body. Embracing nutrient-dense, nourishing whole foods gave her the vitality to do more than just survive each day – she was able to live out dreams that had been long buried. Through her journey came her mission: to help others “fuel their passion” by embracing delicious plant-powered meals to help them look and feel their best. With tips on meal prep, advice when shopping and 100+ new vegetarian recipes from quinoa corn muffins to veggie enchilada stacks and cauliflower buffalo wings, you’ll gain a new appreciation for fresh, plant-powered meals and what they can do for your body and your mind.   


Get these books and more!  Search for and request books, movies and more using your library card at or call (785) 580-4400. Checkout and download ebooks, digital audiobooks, streaming exercise videos and motivational tunes for your workouts using your library card at


For more information, contact the Health Information Librarian, Lissa Staley at  or 785-580-4629


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