Rethink Wellness with Radical Acceptance

By Kat La Mantia | May 26 2023 | BlogAdultsGeneralAll

Sometimes it feels like wellness culture is made for the already well: those with thin able bodies, disposable income, oodles of spare time, and decent mental health. For the rest of us, the standards of “wellness” can feel unreachable, often bound up in existing biases against race, class, gender, ability, and body size. Even if you’ve already disentangled yourself from diet talk and beach body workouts, the swing in the other direction towards relentless positivity can feel just as alienating.

The truth is, only you can define what wellness means. Our bodies and our lives are unique, and what they need be well is just as unique. Eating what’s right for you, finding movement you enjoy, and taking care of your mental health are all critical components of wellness that are impossible to package into a neat “one size fits all” mandate.

Find wellness where you are with books that take a radical approach to health. From anti-fat myth busting to accessible movement guides to thoughtful introductions to body neutrality, these titles bring wellness back down to Earth.

Body Neutral
A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Body Image Issues
9780593491768
“An incredible resource for those who are looking to find greater peace with their bodies in order to live a more empowered, joyful, and meaningful life.” —Matt McGorryA life-changing guide to reclaiming your relationship with your body—and yourself
$20.00 US
Jun 06, 2023
5-5/16 x 8
Paperback
432 Pages
Penguin Life

Real Self-Care
A Transformative Program for Redefining Wellness (Crystals, Cleanses, and Bubble Baths Not Included)
9780593489727
NATIONAL BESTSELLERFrom women’s mental health specialist  and New York Times contributor Pooja Lakshmin, MD, comes a long-overdue reckoning with the contradictions of the wellness industry and a paradigm-shifting program for practicing real self-care that will empower, uplift, and maybe even start a revolution.
$29.00 US
Mar 14, 2023
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
288 Pages
Penguin Life

"You Just Need to Lose Weight"
And 19 Other Myths About Fat People
9780807006474
“One of the great thinkers of our generation . . . I feel fresher and smarter and happier for sitting down with her.”—Jameela Jamil, iWeigh PodcastThe co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast and creator of Your Fat Friend equips you with the facts to debunk common anti-fat myths and with tools to take action for fat justice
$15.95 US
Jan 10, 2023
5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Paperback
224 Pages
Beacon Press

I Am More Than My Body
The Body Neutral Journey
9780593544747
From the founder and CEO of the be.come project comes an inspiring introduction to "body neutrality"—the concept of steering away from self-hate without the pressure of having to love your body—and how thinking in this way can lead to joy, peace, and fulfillment.
$20.00 US
Jun 27, 2023
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
240 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons

The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition
The Power of Radical Self-Love
9781523090990
New York Times bestseller! "To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves. . . . 'The body is not an apology' is the mantra we should all embrace."—Kimberlé Crenshaw, legal scholar and founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum 
$18.95 US
Feb 09, 2021
5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Paperback
176 Pages
Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Your Body Is Not an Apology Workbook
Tools for Living Radical Self-Love
9781523091164
Based on the New York Times bestseller The Body Is Not an Apology, this is an action guide to help readers practice the art of radical self-love both for themselves and to transform our society.
$19.95 US
Mar 16, 2021
5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Paperback
176 Pages
Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Slow AF Run Club
The Ultimate Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Run
9780593421727
A practical guide and a celebration of running for runners of all sizes and athletic ability, from the founder of the Slow AF Run Club.
$18.00 US
Jun 06, 2023
6 x 9
Paperback
256 Pages
Avery

The Joy of Movement
How exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage
9780525534129
Now in paperback. The bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct introduces a surprising science-based book that doesn't tell us why we should exercise but instead shows us how to fall in love with movement.Exercise is health-enhancing and life-extending, yet many of us feel it's a chore. But, as Kelly McGonigal reveals, it doesn't have to be. Movement can and should be a source of joy.Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers. She shows how movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery--and why it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.McGonigal tells the stories of people who have found fulfillment and belonging through running, walking, dancing, swimming, weightlifting, and more, with examples that span the globe, from Tanzania, where one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on the planet live, to a dance class at Juilliard for people with Parkinson's disease, to the streets of London, where volunteers combine fitness and community service, to races in the remote wilderness, where athletes push the limits of what a human can endure. Along the way, McGonigal paints a portrait of human nature that highlights our capacity for hope, cooperation, and self-transcendence.The result is a revolutionary narrative that goes beyond familiar arguments in favor of exercise, to illustrate why movement is integral to both our happiness and our humanity. Readers will learn what they can do in their own lives and communities to harness the power of movement to create happiness, meaning, and connection.
$18.00 US
Mar 02, 2021
6 x 9
Paperback
272 Pages
Avery

Goblin Mode
How to Get Cozy, Embrace Imperfection, and Thrive in the Muck
9781683693536
Embrace your inner goblin! Learn to decorate, dress, craft, forage, and live according to the goblin principles of community, diversity, and joyful mess.
$17.99 US
Jun 27, 2023
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
208 Pages
Quirk Books

Body Talk
How to Embrace Your Body and Start Living Your Best Life
9780593232125
Learn to love yourself and body with this interactive guide from the body acceptance advocate, influencer, and founder of Megababe beauty.
$25.00 US
May 25, 2021
6-1/2 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
208 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Reclaiming Body Trust
A Path to Healing & Liberation
9780593418666
A holistic and powerful framework for accepting and liberating our bodies, and ourselves.
$28.00 US
Aug 30, 2022
6 x 9
Hardcover
320 Pages
TarcherPerigee

Work It Out
A Mood-Boosting Exercise Guide for People Who Just Want to Lie Down
9781683693291
Frank, funny, and sympathetic, this fitness book 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.
$17.99 US
Apr 18, 2023
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Paperback
208 Pages
Quirk Books

The Myth of Normal
Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture
9780593083888
The instant New York Times bestsellerBy the acclaimed author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a pathway to health and healing.
$30.00 US
Sep 13, 2022
6 x 9
Hardcover
576 Pages
Avery

How to Be Weird
An Off-Kilter Guide to Living a One-of-a-Kind Life
9780143136576
A guidebook for beating the monotony of the everyday by purposefully cultivating the surprising joys that come from living an off-kilter life
$17.00 US
Nov 08, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
240 Pages
Penguin Books

Black People Breathe
A Mindfulness Guide to Racial Healing
9781984860996
A thoughtful, practical guide featuring 33 mindfulness exercises centered on healing for the Black community.
$18.99 US
Mar 14, 2023
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Hardcover
224 Pages
Ten Speed Press