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Ranch Reads Fall ’21

Put on your thick comfy socks and cozy up with your favorite tea. It’s time to crack open one of these wonderful books from a few of our Guest Presenters. The Ranch Reads Fall ’21 has history, recipes, psychology, business, self-help, and more recommendations for your well-being.

Pearls from the Practice of Life. By John Chuck, MD.

Dr. John Chuck draws on over 30 years of experience as a family physician, wellness leader, and teacher to create this guide to help you struggle less, thrive more, and live your best life, one filled with joy and meaning.





Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling & the Death-Defying saga of the American Circus. By Les Standiford.

In Battle for the Big Top, New York Times–bestselling author Les Standiford brings to life a remarkable era when three circus kings—James Bailey, P. T. Barnum, and John Ringling—all vied for control of the vastly profitable and influential American Circus. Ultimately, the rivalry of these three men resulted in the creation of an institution that would surpass all intentions and, for 147 years, hold a nation spellbound.



Getting Waisted (A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a World That Loves Thin). By Monica Parker.

Getting Waisted is the ultimate anti-diet book. Monica is not an advocate of being fat but she is an advocate of being good enough as we are. Her story is funny and painful. It’s ultimately a love story and also deeply inspirational.





Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration. By Shirley Higuchi.

Navigating the complicated terrain of the Japanese American experience, Shirley Ann Higuchi patched together her mother Setsuko’s story and came to understand the forces and generational trauma that shaped her own life. Moving seamlessly between family and communal history, Setsuko’s Secret offers a clear window into the “camp life” that was rarely revealed to the children of the incarcerated.



Virginia WillisFresh Start: Cooking with Virginia. By Virginia Willis.

Fresh Start with Virginia Willis is a very personal look at the life of a French-trained Southern chef and cookbook author who realized she needed to make changes for her health, took charge, and lost 60 pounds. It’s her real-life guide of 20 go-to recipes that take can you through the day with easy recipes and “non-recipes” for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.




Six Paths to Leadership. By Meredith Persily Lamel and Mark A. Clark.

This book offers critical insights and strategies, currently missing from the repertoire of leaders and their supporters, for managing across six distinct paths into leadership positions: promoted, hired, elected, appointed, founded, and family legacy. It illustrates lessons drawn from within and across paths, presented through themes, quotes, and stories drawn from interviews with over 60 successful leaders (executives, politicians, entrepreneurs, and more).



Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers and Students Paperback. By Siva Mohan, MD, MHD.

Writing for both yoga teachers and students of yoga, Siva Mohan explains the principles of Ayurveda and how it can be used as the framework from which to learn how to live a yogic life. As she says in her first chapter, ‘One of my gifts is to show you how to fit Ayurveda into the container of your modern urban life. And then, use it to change the container entirely.’





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