september 2022 – good to read

Psychedelic Integration: Psychotherapy for Non-Ordinary States

Marc B. Aixalà
Marc B. Aixalà is a telecommunications engineer, psychologist, psychotherapist and certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator specializing in supporting people who face challenging experiences with expanded states of consciousness. Psychedelic Integration outlines foundational practices like rest and nutrition, spiritual approaches including water rituals and tarot, embodied techniques of dance and singing, and frameworks including Holotropic Breathwork, Gestalt therapy and integration circles.
Synergetic Press

Raising Lazarus. Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis

Beth Macy
Like the treatment innovators she profiles, Beth Macy meets the opioid crisis where it is. Bearing witness with clear eyes, intrepid curiosity, and unfailing empathy, she brings us the crucial next instalment in the story of the defining disaster of our era, one that touches every single one of us, whether directly or indirectly. A complex story of public health, big pharma, dark money, politics, race, and class that is by turns harrowing and heartening, infuriating and inspiring.
Hachette

Proof of Spiritual Phenomena. A Neuroscientist’s Discovery of the Ineffable Mysteries of the Universe

Mona Sobhani, Ph.D.
The author shares extensive research on past lives, karma, and the complex interactions of mind and matter, detailing her transformation from diehard materialist to open-minded spiritual seeker. Mona Sobhani, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist with a doctorate from the University of Southern California. A former research scientist at said University , she also was a scholar with the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics. Her her work has been featured in major publications.
Simon & Schuster 

Microdosing with Amanita Muscaria. Creativity, Healing, and Recovery with the Sacred Mushroom. Foreword by James Fadiman.

Baba Masha, M.D.
The author details how to safely identify, harvest, prepare, and preserve Amanita muscaria. She shares dozens of extensive personal Amanita microdose reports from study participants, highlighting the positive, negative, and neutral effects they experienced., as well as reporting on higher doses and their effects. Revealing the vast healing potential of this ancient mushroom ally shows how Amanita can help with many health conditions and activate the ability to feel the value and the significance of one’s own life experience.
Park Street Press 

The Magician

Colm Tóibín
The Magician tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. Finding himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, he had a clear vision of the future in the second, anticipating the horrors of Nazism. He would have six children and keep his homosexuality hidden; he was a man forever connected to his family and yet bore witness to the ravages of suicide. He would write some of the greatest works of European literature, and win the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity.Through one life, Colm Tóibín tells the breathtaking story of the twentieth century.
Penguin Books

august 2022 – good to read

Dyonisian Buddhism. Guided Interpersonal Meditations in the Three Yanas

Claudio Naranjo
The late Dr. Claudio Naranjo structured the meditations in Dionysian Buddhism to guide individuals towards acceptance of what is, to meet pain with joy, expand awareness into consciousness, and to learn how to share in the full presence of others. In Dionysian Buddhism, Naranjo draws on traditions from Theravada to Vajrayana in order to create a work that emphasizes both the experiential and multifaceted aspects of meditation. “Only a change of consciousness might save our world,” he wrote. “And that in view of this collective shift in consciousness there is nothing more relevant we can do than start with ourselves.”
Synergetic Press

Cobalt Blue

Sachin Kundalkar
This novel confronts issues of sexuality in a changing society through a love triangle between a brother, sister, and their family’s lodger, an artist living in their family home in Pune, in western India. He seems like the perfect tenant, but he’s also a man of mystery. Translated from the Marathi by acclaimed novelist and critic Jerry Pinto, Sachin Kundalkar’s elegant and exquisitely spare novel explores the disruption of a traditional family by a free-spirited stranger in order to examine a generation in transition.
New Press

The Dreaming Circus. Special Ops, LSD, and My Unlikely Way to Toltec Wisdom

Jim Morris
During his third tour of duty in Vietnam where he served as a Green Beret, John Morris was wounded badly enough to be retired from the army. He came home bitter, angry that his career had been ended until he discovered LSD and the fact that many of Ken Kesey’s Merry Prankster had served in the army too. Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Major Jim Morris has worked as a civil rights advocate for the mountain peoples with whom he fought, the Montagnard, and his Vietnam memoir, War Story, won the first Bernal Diaz Award for military non-fiction. For decades he has immersed himself in a deep study of Toltec shamanism.
Bear & Company

The Petroglyphs of Mu. Pohnpei, Nan Madol, and the Legacy of Lemuria

Carole Nervig
On the small Pacific island of Pohnpei, Carole Nervig discovered hundreds of petroglyphs carved on gigantic boulders. She began comparing them with petroglyphs and symbols from around the world. Documenting her discoveries on Pohnpei and revealing how the archetypal symbols of the Pohnpaid petroglyphs have exact counterparts in other ancient cultures and universal motifs throughout the world, she provides evidence that Pohnpaid predates – neighbouring Nan Madol and shows how Pohnpaid was an outpost of Kahnihmueiso, a city of Mu, or Lemuria. 
Simon and Schuster

Volt Rush. The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green

Henry Sanderson
We depend on a handful of metals and rare earths to power our phones and computers and, increasingly, our cars and our homes. Whoever controls these finite commodities will become rich beyond imagining. Sanderson journeys to meet the characters, companies, and nations scrambling for the new resources, linking remote mines in the Congo and Chile’s Atacama Desert to giant Chinese battery factories, shadowy commodity traders, secretive billionaires, a new generation of scientists attempting to solve the dilemma of a ‘greener’ world. Henry Sanderson covered commodities and mining for the Financial Times for seven years. He tweets at @hjesanderson. 
One World Publishing

july 2022 – good to read

The Unfolding Self. Varieties of Transformative Experience

Ralph Metzner 
Drawing from multiple disciplines ranging across the world’s cultures (beginning with his collaborations with Dr. Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert at Harvard University in the early 1960s), Dr. Metzner explores subtle concepts using a tapestry of myth, allegory, and historical context. The Unfolding Self promises to provide its reader with valuable tools to become “wise, impartial judges” in their process of transformation into becoming a more integrated and fulfilled person. Readers who immerse themselves in these masterful descriptions can catalyse their own process of evolution.
Synergetic Press | May 22

Divining Chaos. The Autobiography of an Idea

Aviva Rachmani
Artist Aviva Rahmani offers a relatable narrative to discuss trigger point theory and the importance of eco-art activism. Divining Chaos finds transparency into the moments in Rahmani’s life that shaped her as an artist and activist. Detailing the history that led her to two seminal projects—Ghost Nets, restoring a coastal town dump to flourishing wetlands, and The Blued Trees Symphony, which applied her premises to challenge natural gas pipelines with a novel legal theory about land use—Rahmani shares the decisions that shaped her life’s work and thinking. Her discussions about trigger point theory argue for how to predict, confront, and determine outcomes to the ecological challenges we face today.
New Village Press | June 22

An Immense World. How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden World Around Us

Ed Yong
The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving only a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into previously unfathomable dimensions – the world as it is truly perceived by other animals. We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires, turtles that can track the Earth’s magnetic fields, fish that fill rivers with electrical messages, and humans that wield sonar like bats. We discover that a crocodile’s scaly face is as sensitive as a lover’s fingertips, that plants thrum with the inaudible songs of courting bugs, and that even simple scallops have complex vision. And much more.
Random House | June 22

Lapvona: A Novel

Ottessa Moshfegh
ittle Marek, the abused and delusional son of the village shepherd, never knew his mother; his father told him she died in childbirth. One of life’s few consolations for Marek is his enduring bond with the blind village midwife, Ina, who suckled him when he was a baby. Ina’s gifts extend beyond childcare: she possesses a unique ability to communicate with the natural world. For some people, Ina’s home in the woods outside of the village is a place to fear and to avoid, a godless place. Among their number is Father Barnabas, the town priest and lackey for the depraved lord and governor, Villiam, whose hilltop manor contains a secret embarrassment of riches. The people’s desperate need to believe that there are powers that be who have their best interests at heart is put to a cruel test by Villiam and the priest, especially in this year of record drought and famine.
Penguin | June 22

A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons

Kate Khavari
Newly minted research assistant Saffron Everleigh is determined to blaze a new trail at the University College London, but with her colleagues’ beliefs about women’s academic inabilities and not so subtle hints that her deceased father’s reputation paved her way into the botany department, she feels stymied at every turn. When she attends a dinner party for the school, she expects to engage in conversations about the university’s large expedition to the Amazon. What she doesn’t expect is for Mrs. Henry, one of the professors’ wives, to drop to the floor, poisoned by an unknown toxin.
Crooked Lane Books | June 22

june 2022 – good to read

The Book of Psychedelics: A Rational Guide to the Science, Use, History, and Future of Mind-Revealing Compounds

Elyas Stephens
The Book of Psychedelics begins by establishing a fundamental knowledge of how psychedelics are used in a safe and effective manner, then embarks on an in-depth examination of DMT, psilocybin, ibogaine, and LSD – those substances with the most medical potential and historical relevance. It includes unreleased data collected in an original study with over 1,000 participants. This data is organized into graphs to illustrate the effect that dose, set, and setting have on the psychedelic experience at a previously unseen level of detail. The Book of Psychedelics illuminates the true nature and power of mind-revealing compounds.
Self-published | January 22

Apotheosis (Part of Tales of Mystery, Horror, and Heroism – 5 books)

Frank Reteguez
Psychedelic horror is a genre we haven’t seen in a while! Alice Persephone, a once successful corporate executive, is now in prison for her role in the death of thousands of people. Serving a controversial lite sentence, Alice seeks to have it reduced by taking part in a mind-altering experiment at a prestigious medical university. Using an archaic ritual and psychedelics accompanied by modern medicine, Alice embarks on a journey within her psyche, where she finds a hellish nightmare waiting for her. She must race against the clock to fight her inner demons and find a way out before real demons possess her.
Indy Pub | May 22

The Body I Wore. A Memoir

Diana Goetschv
“How can you spend your life face-to-face with an essential fact about yourself and still not see it?” This is a question that Goetsch, an award-winning poet and essayist, addresses. She brings us into her childhood, her time as a dynamic and beloved teacher at New York City’s Stuyvesant High School, and her plunge into the city’s crossdressing subculture in the 1980s and ’90s. Under cover of night, crossdressers risked their jobs and their safety to give expression to urges they could neither control nor understand. Many would become late transitioners, the Cinderellas of the trans community largely ignored by history. Goetsch has written not a transition memoir, but rather a full account of a trans life, one both unusually public and closeted.
Strauss, Girard Farroux | May 22

Hell Followed with Us

Andrew Joseph White
Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him — the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or on the bioweapon they infected him with. When cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center. Nick, their leader, offers Benji shelter among his ragtag group of queer teens, as long as Benji can control the monster and use its power to defend the ALC. Eager to belong, Benji accepts Nick’s terms until he discovers the ALC’s mysterious leader has a hidden agenda.
Peachtree Teen | June 22

A Little Bit of Reiki. An Introduction to Energy Medicine

Valerie Ouida
The Japanese art of Reiki can reduce stress, aid relaxation, enhance energy, and promote healing. Expert teacher Valerie Oula introduces you to this profoundly beneficial hands-on practice, providing a history of Reiki and an overview of how it works. She includes exercises and meditations to help you tune into reiki energy, shows you where to go to experience a session and what to do to become a Reiki practitioner.
Newsouth Books | June 22

may 2022 – good to read

Psychedelic Buddhism. A User’s Guide to Traditions, Symbols, and Ceremonies

Lama Mika Crowley
In this user’s guide to Psychedelic Buddhism, Lama Mike Crowley presents techniques for Buddhists who wish to incorporate psychedelics into their practice as well as for psychonauts who are interested in the maps of inner space provided by Buddhism. The author details how psychedelics have led to spontaneous awakening experiences, and universal voidness, that were once thought to be available only to advanced meditators. He explores the use of psychedelics, such as LSD or psilocybin, in a Buddhist context, sharing the kind of spiritual experiences and benefits that can be gained with each. The author also looks at the use of psychedelics encoded in Vedic and Buddhist scriptures, particularly in the Vajrayāna tradition, from the Middle Ages until the present day. Providing a complete guide to integrating psychedelics into Buddhist practice, this book teachers discovered their universal maps of consciousness and how you can use their wisdom to guide your journey.
Park Street Press | February 22

The Psilocybin Connection. Psychedelics, the Transformation of Consciousness, and Evolution on the Planet – An Integral Approach

Jahan Khamsehzadeh PhD
Separated into three sections—Present, Past, and Future—The Psilocybin Connection advances our understanding of psychedelics in unexpected and original ways. Khamsehzadeh shares compelling research that suggests how naturally occurring psychedelics may have played an essential role in humanity’s social, cultural, and linguistic evolution. Supported by archaeological evidence, neuroscience, and academic studies, he explores how mushrooms gave rise to art and expression, impacted spiritual experiences, and even spurred human brain development. Blending the most comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of psilocybin research with stories of his own and others’ psychedelic awakenings, Khamsehzadeh moves our understanding of the psychedelic mushroom forward toward a fresh, hopeful, and exciting future. A comprehensive guide to psilocybin mushrooms and their impact on our psychology, biology, and social development.
North Atlantic Books | April 22

The Promise of Psychedelics: Science-Based Hope for Better Mental Heath

Dr. Peter Silverstone
In this psychedelic therapy guide you’ll discover why psychedelics, including micro-dosing, are poised to become standard treatment, in combination with appropriate therapy, for many mental health conditions. They could become standard therapy for depression, for example. And you’ll also learn about the new form of therapy Dr. Silverstone and his team at Zylorion Health have developed that incorporates psychedelics in a controlled environment. It’s intensive, with many components, or modes, that promise better mental health outcomes.You’ll walk away from The Promise of Psychedelics with a big dose of hope. This is not just another one of those mental health books. The good news is that we’re on the cusp of a revolution in mental health-one that offers hope that many may see the end of mental illness. Psychedelics such as psilocybin, ketamine, MDMA, cannabinoids, and LSD can cause profound, intense changes-not only in what we experience but how we think, how we feel, and what we do.
Ingenium Books | April 22

The Microdosing Guidebook: A Step-by-Step Manual to Improve Your Physical and Mental Health through Psychedelic Medicine

C.J. Spotswood
Microdosing, or taking between 1/10th and 1/20th of the normal dose of a psychedelic drug is the latest way to improve performance, stave off chronic pain, and alleviate a variety of other ailments like anxiety and depression. Unlike a psychedelic trip, microdosing does not alter your mental status or interfere with day-to-day life. Part handbook and part workbook, The Microdosing Guidebook is your ultimate reference for safely using psychedelic medicine. Inside you’ll find: The most up-to-date research on psychedelics; A complete history of psychedelics and their medicinal uses; How to find the correct dose for your unique body and situation; A place to track your experiences and improvements, and much more. Whether you have experience with psychedelics or are simply curious to learn more, The Microdosing Guidebook has everything you need to get started on your healing journey.
Ulysses Press | April 22

Origins of the Gods. Qesem Cave, Skinwalkers, and Contact with Transdimensional Intelligences

Andrew Collins & Gregory L. Little
From Göbekli Tepe in Turkey to the Egyptian pyramids, from the stone circles of Europe to the mound complexes of the Americas, Andrew Collins and Gregory L. Little show how, again and again, our ancestors built permanent sites of ceremonial activity where geomagnetic and gravitational anomalies have been recorded. They investigate how the earliest forms of animism and shamanism began at sites like the Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia and Qesem Cave in Israel more than 400,000 years ago. They explain how shamanic rituals and altered states of consciousness combine with the natural forces of the earth to create portals for contact with otherworldly realms—in other words, the gods of our ancestors were the result of an interaction between human consciousness and transdimensional intelligence. Some of these shamanic transdimensional portals are still active, sharing vivid examples from Skinwalker Ranch in Utah and Bempton in northern England.
Bear & Co. | May 22

april 2022 – good to read

Modes of Sentience. Essays.

Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes
Modes of Sentience is an essay collection by philosopher of mind Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes that explores the extraordinary intersection of psychedelic experience with philosophy, the analysis of mind in relation to panpsychism, multiple dimensions of space, time, and other metaphysical matters. He discusses the revelatory character of psychedelics, their influence on philosophy or the psychedelic mode of perception and criticizes Alfred North Whitehead. Keeping apace with the psychedelic renaissance in science and medicine, this collection proposes new philosophical models for discerning altered and alternate modes of sentience. Philosopher of mind Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes is  a research fellow and associate lecturer at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Numenautics, the TEDx Talker on ‘Psychedelics and Consciousness’, and he is inspiration to the inhuman philosopher Marvel Superhero, Karnak.
Psychedelic Press | December 21

The Art of Sacred Smoke: Energy-Balancing Rituals to Cleanse, Protect, and Empower

Neelou Malekpour and Louise Androla (illustrator)
The author shares rituals essential to aligning and calibrating your energy. Learn how to use the natural ingredients she employs in her practices — and in her frequency-raising business, SMUDGED — from rose petals to palo santo, and how to source them responsibly. Learn how to cleanse and protect yourself and your space, tap into your intuition, and elevate your frequency through sacred smoke, candle, stone rituals—and more. At a time when many of us are looking for mindful solutions to the chaos of modern life,
The Art of Sacred Smoke offers an empowering new way to connect to nature and to your best self. Neelou Malekpour was born in Seattle and raised in Tehran, Iran, before moving to Los Angeles during the Iranian Revolution. She started Smudged as a tribute to her late grandmother, who taught her to be responsible for the vibrations she put out into the world.
TarcherPerigree | March 22

Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan

Carl Abrahamsson 
One of privileged few who spent time with the “Black Pope” in the last decade of his life, Carl Abrahamsson met Anton LaVey in 1989, sparking an “infernally” empowering friendship. In this book Abrahamsson explores what LaVey was about, where he came from, and how he helped shape the esoteric landscape of the 1960s. The author shares in-depth interviews with the notorious Satanist’s intimate friends and collaborators, including LaVey’s partner Blanche Barton; his son, Xerxes LaVey; current heads of the Church of Satan, Peter Gilmore and Peggy Nadramia; occult filmmaker Kenneth Anger; LaVey’s personal secretary Margie Bauer; film collector Jack Stevenson; and film historian Jim Morton. Providing inside accounts of the Church of Satan and activities at the Black House, this intimate exploration of Anton LaVey reveals his ongoing role in the history of culture and magic.
Destiny Books | March 22

Conversations with People Who Hate Me: 12 Things I Learned from Talking to Internet Strangers

Dylan Marron
Dylan Marron’s work has racked up millions of views and worldwide support. From his ‘Every Single Word’ video series highlighting the lack of diversity in Hollywood to his web series ‘Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People’, Marron has explored some of today’s biggest social issues. Yet, according to some strangers on the internet, Marron is a “moron,” a “beta male,” and a “talentless hack.” Rather than running from this online vitriol, Marron began a social experiment in which he invited his detractors to chat with him on the phone—and those conversations revealed surprising and fascinating insights. Now, Marron retraces his journey through a project that connects adversarial strangers in a time of unprecedented division. After years of production and dozens of phone calls, he shares what he’s learned about having difficult conversations and how having them can help close the ever-growing distance between us.
Simon and Schuster | March 22

The Witch’s Guide to Wellness. Natural, Magical Ways to Treat, Heal, and Honor Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Krystle L Jordan
Magic meets healthy living. The Witch’s Guide to Wellness shows you just how easy it is to connect with yourself, listen in to what your body needs, and add a little magic to make sure you’re living your healthiest life. Krystle L. Jordan is a wellness writer certified in holistic nutrition and has been a practitioner of the craft for over twenty years. An absolute lover of the earth and a part-time forest fairy, she focuses on living a sustainable, natural lifestyle and believes that everything carries its own energy and magic. Krystle has additional training in herbalism and body detoxification and is the creator of The Wholesome Witch. In The Witch’s Guide to Wellness, you will bring your spiritual practice into the practical world with spells, potions, and powerful activities. You will be able to treat common ailments, understand your body’s cycle, and develop a positive relationship with your mind and body. Find more of her work at TheWholesomeWitch.com
Simon and Schuster | March 22

march 2022 – good to read

To Paradise

Hanya Yanagaihara
Tracing three touching narratives across these timelines, To Paradise tells the tale of multiple characters who find connection through the space of a townhouse in Washington Square Park, New York City. Those of you who consumed Yanagihara’s most celebrated work will not be shocked to know that this book is interested in grief and suffering more than happiness and thrill. Yet, this is also a book full of magnificently painted scenes and profound connection — and despite all its painful turns, one that upholds an unshakable hope for the possibility of love.
Doubleday | January 22

Sweat. A History of Exercise

Bill Hayes
Hippocrates, Plato, Galen, Susan B. Anthony, Jack LaLanne, and Jane Fonda, among many others, make appearances in Sweat, but chief among the historical figures is Girolamo Mercuriale, a Renaissance-era Italian physician who aimed singlehandedly to revive the ancient Greek “art of exercising” through his 1569 book De arte gymnastica. Though largely forgotten over the past five centuries, Mercuriale and his illustrated treatise were pioneering, and are brought back to life in the pages of Sweat. Hayes ties his own personal experience-and ours-to the cultural and scientific history of exercise, from ancient times to the present day, giving us a new way to understand its place in our lives in the 21st century.
Bloomsbury | January 22

The Nineties: A Book

Chuck Klosterman
In The Nineties, Chuck Klosterman makes a home in all of it: the film, the music, the sports, the TV, the politics, the changes regarding race and class and sexuality. In perhaps no other book ever written would a sentence like, «The video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was not more consequential than the reunification of Germany.» make complete sense. Chuck Klosterman has written a multi-dimensional masterpiece, a work of synthesis so smart and delightful that future historians might well refer to this entire period as Klostermanian. It was long ago, but not as long as it seems: The Berlin Wall fell and the Twin Towers collapsed. The 90s brought about a revolution in the human condition we’re still groping to understand.
Penguin | February 22

You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

Zora Neal Hurston
Spanning more than thirty-five years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcases the evolution of her distinctive style as an author. You Don’t Know Us Negroes is the quintessential gathering of provocative essays from one of the world’s most celebrated writers. Spanning more than three decades and penned during the backdrop of the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, Montgomery bus boycott, desegregation of the military, and school integration, Hurston’s writing articulates the beauty and authenticity of Black life as only she could. These pages reflect Hurston as the controversial figure she was – someone who stated that feminism is a mirage and that the integration of schools did not necessarily improve the education of Black students.
HQ | March 22

In the Margins. On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing

Elena Ferrante
Arguably Italy’s most praised contemporary writer, Elena Ferrante — author of the adored Neapolitan Novels, The Lost Daughter, and The Lying Life of Adults — offers a rare glimpse into her life and writing process. Though the true identity of the author stills remains unknown, nosey fans can now learn more about Ferrante’s influences and battles from the genius herself. She writes about her development as both a reader and a writer, her latest considerations on modern literature, and her appreciation for talents like Emily Dickinson, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Gertrude Stein. The most emotional passages deal with the intricate legacy of women writers, a topic that Elena Ferrante no doubt knows personally.
Europa Editions | March 22

february 2022 – good to read

Mycelium wassonii

Brian Blomerth
This colorful graphic novel tells the story of R. Gordon Wasson, vice-president of public relations for J.P. Morgan Bank, and his wife, Valentina Pavlova, who liked to eat mushrooms. Their love led them to Mexico and to Maria Sabina Garcia, a Mazatecan healer. Gordon and Valentina participated in a nocturnal ceremony involving psilocybin, called a velada, or wake. Upon their return to the United States, Wasson wrote a detailed article about their experience published in Life Magazine in 1957, «In Search of the Magic Mushroom». It sparked widespread interest in psychedelic plants; Wasson became a renowned ethno-mycologist. Brian Blomerth is an illustrator, cartoonist and musician based in Brooklyn. His previous book was dedicated to Albert Hofmann, the sensational Bicycle Day. Both take us to happy, hippie-trippy cartoon universe. (sgs)
Anthology Books | November 21

The Bear is My Father: Indigenous Wisdom of a Muscogee Creek Caretaker of Sacred Ways

Bear Heart
«I don’t make the medicine; it was here before me. I’ve been entrusted to be a caretaker of certain sacred ways.» Bear Heart (1918 – 2008), was a Muscogee Creek Native American Church Road Man with a talent for seeing people as individuals, and for making them feel seen and special in their own ways. The Bear Is My Father: Indigenous Wisdom of a Muscogee Creek Caretaker of Sacred Ways contains the final words Bear Heart wrote before his «going on» as well as contributions from friends and family whose lives were forever changed by Bear Heart’s presence and work. In this new book, Bear Heart uses stories of his youth and traditional medicine practices to convey lessons and knowledge about living in harmony and with respect for all. Offering a mix of history and spiritual wisdom, The Bear is My Father is co-authored by Reginah WaterSpirit, Bear Heart’s Medicine Helper and wife of 23 years.
Ingram Publishers | January 22 

The Urge. our history of addiction

Carl Erik Fisher
Carl Erik Fisher, an addiction physician and bioethicist, is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, where he works in the Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry. He also maintains a private psychiatry practice focusing on complementary and integrative approaches to treating addiction. His writing has appeared in Nautilus, Slate, and Scientific American MIND, among other outlets. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner and son. As a psychiatrist and a patient recovering from addiction, he wonders, «Is everyone somewhere on the addiction spectrum?» What factors — biological, psychological, social, cultural — play a role? Carl Erik Fisher draws on his own experience as a clinician, researcher, and alcoholic in recovery as he traces the history of a phenomenon that, centuries on, we hardly appear closer to understanding—let alone addressing effectively
Penguin Press | January 22

A Thousand Steps

T. Jefferson Parker
Laguna Beach, California, 1968. The Age of Aquarius is in full swing. Timothy Leary is a rock star. LSD is God. Folks from all over are flocking to Laguna, seeking peace, love, and enlightenment. Matt Anthony is just trying get by. Matt is sixteen, broke, and never sure where his next meal is coming from. Mom’s a stoner, his deadbeat dad a no-show, his brother’s fighting in Nam, and his big sister Jazz has just gone missing. The cops figure she’s just another runaway hippie chick, enjoying a summer of love, but Matt doesn’t believe it. Not after another missing girl turns up dead on the beach. In a town where the cops don’t trust the hippies and the hippies don’t trust the cops, uncovering what’s really happened to Jazz is going to force him to grow up fast. If it’s not already too late.
Audiobook | Forge Books | February 22

52 Ways to Walk. The Surprising Science of Walking for Wellness and Joy, One Week at a Time

Annabel Streets
A revelatory and informative handbook for anyone stuck in a walking rut, 52 Ways to Walk is a love letter to walking. Walking strengthens our bodies, calms our minds and lifts our spirits. But it does so much more than this. Our vision, hearing, respiration, sleep, cognition, memory, blood pressure, sense of smell and balance (to name a few) are all enhanced by how we walk. For instance: Walking in cold weather burns extra fat and builds more muscle. Walking alone strengthens our memories. Walking in woodland helps us sleep. And there’s nothing more restorative than a romantic nighthike. Our choice of location, time, direction, duration, walking companion and gait, as well as the weather we opt to walk in, can transform our daily stroll. Annabel Streets explains the science behind each walking styles and provides practical tips for making more of your daily steps.
Bloomsbury | February 22

january 2022 – good to read

The Dawn of Everything. A New History of Humanity

David Graeber & David Wengrow
For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike – either free and equal, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the eighteenth century as a reaction to indigenous critiques of European society, and why they are wrong. In doing so, they overturn our view of human history, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery and civilization itself. The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organizing society.
Penguin | October 2022

Psyche Unbound. Essays in Honor of Stanislav Grof

Rick Doblin et al.
In honor of Grof’s 90th birthday this year, the contributions begin with Joseph Campbell’s remarkable 1971 lecture in the Great Hall at Cooper Union setting forth the importance of Grof’s findings, and Huston Smith’s 1976 summary of their significance for the study of religion and mysticism, all the way through to the 2021 reflections by psychiatrists and researchers Charles Grob and Michael Mithoefer as part of the current renaissance of psychedelic therapy. Further essays include transpersonal sexual experiences (Jenny Wade), implications for social and cultural change (William Keepin), comparative studies with Asian religious systems (Jeffrey Kripal, Tom Purton), the perinatal dimensions of Jean-Paul Sartre’s transformational 1935 mescaline experience (Thomas Riedlinger), and parallel findings from quantum and relativistic physics (Fritjof Capra).
MAPS | January 22

Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals. The Future of Food

Roxanne van Voorst
Though increasing numbers of people know that eating meat is detrimental to our planet’s health, many still can’t be convinced to give up eating meat. But how can we change behavior when common arguments and information aren’t working? A massive shift is already taking place—everything van Voorst covers in this book has already been invented and is being used today by individuals and small organizations worldwide. Combining the ethical clarity of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals with the disquieting vision of Alan Weissman’s bestseller The World Without Us, a thought-provoking, entertaining exploration of a future where animal consumption is a thing of the past. Hopeful and persuasive, this book offers a vision of what is not only possible but perhaps inevitable.
Harper Collins | January 22

The Fifties. An Underground History

James R. Gaines
A bold and original argument that upends the myth of the Fifties as a decade of conformity to celebrate the solitary, brave, and stubborn individuals who pioneered the radical gay rights, feminist, civil rights, and environmental movements. In a fascinating and beautifully written series of character portraits, The Fifties invokes the accidental radicals; people motivated not by politics but by their own most intimate conflicts; who sparked movements for change in their time and our own. Among many others, we meet the legal pathfinder Pauli Murray, who was tortured by both her mixed-race heritage and her in between sexuality, and we hear the prophetic voices of Rachel Carson and Norbert Wiener, and Harry Hay. Change often begins in the lives of de-centered, often lonely individuals.
Simon & Schuster | January 22

Violeta

Isabel Allende
Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family with five boisterous sons. From the start, her life is marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth. Through her father s prescience, the family will come through that crisis unscathed, only to face a new one as the Great Depression transforms the genteel city life she has known. Her family loses everything and is forced to retreat to a wild and beautiful but remote part of the country. Violeta’s life is shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and ultimately not one, but two pandemics.
Random House | January 22

december 2021 – good to read

David Luke and Rory Spowers (Eds.)

DMT – Entity Encounters. Dialogues on the Spirit Molecule
Includes contributions from the late Ralph Metzner, Chris Bache, Whitley Strieber, Jeffrey Kripal, Angela Voss, Bill Richards, Chris Timmermann, Michael Winkelman, Luis Eduardo Luna, Anton Bilton, Bernard Carr, Daniel Pinchbeck, Dennis McKenna, Ede Frecska, and David Luke. Found throughout the plant and animal kingdom, DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is also naturally occurring in humans, where it is released during near-death and actual death experiences, earning it the title «the spirit molecule.» When taken as a psychedelic, either via ayahuasca or in pure form, DMT is experientially considered to be the strongest and strangest of all entheogens. The majority of high-dose users report visions of unknown yet curiously familiar alien worlds and encounters with sentient nonhuman presences.
Simon and Schuster | October 21

Jessica Hundley and Pam Grossman (Eds.)

Witchcraft. The Library of Esoterica
Includes contributions from the late Ralph Metzner, Chris Bache, Whitley Strieber, Jeffrey Kripal, Angela Voss, Bill Richards, Chris Timmermann, Michael Winkelman, Luis Eduardo Luna, Anton Bilton, Bernard Carr, Daniel Pinchbeck, Dennis McKenna, Ede Frecska, and David Luke. Found throughout the plant and animal kingdom, DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is also naturally occurring in humans, where it is released during near-death and actual death experiences, earning it the title «the spirit molecule.» When taken as a psychedelic, either via ayahuasca or in pure form, DMT is experientially considered to be the strongest and strangest of all entheogens. The majority of high-dose users report visions of unknown yet curiously familiar alien worlds and encounters with sentient nonhuman presences.
Simon and Schuster | October 21

Claire Oshetsky

Chouette
iny is pregnant. Her husband is delighted. ‘It’s not yours,’ she tells him. ‘This baby will be an owl-baby.’ Odd, lonely, haunted by a mysterious past, Tiny’s always been an outsider. And she knows her child will be different. When Chouette is born, Tiny’s husband and family are devastated by her condition and strange appearance. Doctors tell them to expect the worst. Chouette can’t walk; she never speaks; she lashes out when frightened and causes chaos in public. Tiny’s husband wants to make her better: ‘Don’t you want our daughter to have a normal life?’ But though exhausted, shunned and bereft of her former life, Tiny thinks Chouette is perfect the way she is. Savage, startling, possessed of a biting humour and wild love, Chouette is a dark modern fable about mothering an unusual child.
Little Brown | November 21

Mario Vargas Llosa

Harsh Times
the CIA topples the government of Jacobo Árbenz. Behind this violent act is a lie passed off as truth, which forever changes the development of Latin America: the accusation by the Eisenhower administration that Árbenz encouraged the spread of Soviet Communism in the Americas. Harsh Times is a story of international conspiracies and conflicting interests in the time of the Cold War, the echoes of which are still felt today. In this thrilling novel, Mario Vargas Llosa fuses reality with two fictions: that of the narrator, who freely re-creates characters and situations, and the one designed by those who would control the politics and the economy of a continent by manipulating its history.
Faber & Faber | November 21

Hugh D. A. Goldring (Text) and Nicole Marie Burton (Illustrations)

Wonder Drug. LSD in the Land of Living Skies
Spanning the decades from the 1950s to present day, this captivating story follows Anglo-Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Humphrey Osmond down the rabbit hole of psychedelic research, conducted both in the lab and in his living room. Lurching from dazzling imagery to fanged delusions, studded with a cast of radical personalities such as Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg, and Ken Kesey (among others), Wonder Drug is a trip like no other. As Osmond and his colleagues grapple with professional isolation, a growing moral panic, and the burgeoning War on Drugs, their growing body of findings are maligned and misunderstood – but the promise of the pharmaceutical revolution is still on the horizon, and the radical research in Wyburn, Saskatchewan, may still be realized. Since this is a graphic novel, watch this.
Between the lines | November 21

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