Feed your inner bookworm with The Ranch’s Back to School reading list. Here’s a diverse handful of books by Guest Presenters and by one of our Fitness Staff that will keep your mind sharp and your ideas sharper.
Elizabeth Murray. Living Life in Full Bloom.
In a beautiful harmony of words and photos, Murray has created a book to nourish you and help you live a fuller and satisfying life. Explore four personality archetypes; the gardener, the artist, the lover and the spirit-weaver, to practice mindfulness, interconnect, and bloom into a life with joy and purpose.
Jamie Metzl. Eternal Sonata.
As scientists around the world begin to disappear, Reporter Rich Azadian is the only one who can see the big picture. Their participation with a multinational healthcare company’s quest for a genetic fountain of youth is the tie that binds them together. The battle to control these technologies and perhaps life itself makes this a thrilling sci-fi mystery. Reviewers gave Eternal Sonata
five out of five stars.
Madeleine Blais. To the New Owners; A Martha’s Vineyard Memoir.
Pulitzer Prize winner Blais shares her love for a “weather-beaten eyesore,” of a cabin that in the ’70s, didn’t have a TV or a phone. Gasp! Take a tour of Martha’s Vineyard through Blais’ memory and connect with the summer charms that she loves so much. Publishers Weekly called it “A bittersweet account of a wonderfully unplugged summer life.”
Lester Standiford. Water to the Angels.
William Mulholland was an ambitious man with big ideas. He conceived of, designed, and supervised the Los Angeles Aqueduct, bringing water from the Owens Valley in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range of California to a thirsty and dry Los Angeles. Lester Standiford’s masterful biography of Mulholland and the Los Angeles Aqueduct follows the stream of money, politics, and engineering genius that make up this historical tale.
Ellen Sussman. A Wedding in Provence: A Novel.
International best-selling author Sussman submerges you into a wedding party for two adults in their 50s as they gather and explore Southern France. What could go wrong? From wild children, loves lost, fresh starts and family drama , we get to go on a thought-provoking journey through the French countryside. The San Francisco Chronicle
says it’s “As delicious, sensuous and addictive as the meals, landscapes, sexual romps and wild rides of all sorts that Sussman so vividly describes.”
Roger Housden. Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have.
How can you create the perfect life? When is good enough, enough? In this courageous book, Housden offers an alternative to nonstop striving and self-criticism. A wonderful book for anyone ready to move on or moving through changes in their life.
In Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets, Karen collects poems from 31 multigeneration Polish women poets, and anchors their works around eight themes that will have you diving deep into the wonderful tradition of women writers in Polish history.
Jennifer DeMarco The Ancient Art of Yoga: A Modern Application.
Strengthen your yoga practice with this workbook by Ranch Fitness Instructor and Grossmont College educator Jennifer DeMarco. This is a great resource for students of yoga to better understand its benefits, history, philosophy, and modern practice. Sharpen your pencils and stretch your understanding of yoga.
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