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Willow Book Recommendations

by Willow Wellness staff members

Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems

Edited by Lisa Russ Spaar

This little book is filled with poems that are perfect company for those who struggle with sleeplessness, even once in a while. Poets explore three aspects of insomnia: Solitude and Vigil (with words such as Sylvia Plath's "[The night sky] suffers his desert pillow, sleeplessness/ Stretching its fine, irritating sand in all directions"); Anguish and Longing (Philip Larkin's "Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare"); Epiphany and Vision (Walt Whitman's "This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless").

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table

by Molly Wizenberg

Creator of the Orangette blog, Molly Wizenberg shares warm stories of her life and recipes for the foods she associates with special people and times. Some memorable items-her mother's pound cake, eggs she made for her father as he was dying, chocolate wedding cake, perfect French toast.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

by Mark Bittman

Everything delicious, that is! Mark Bittman, who writes the Minimalist column for the New York Times, helps people enjoy good-tasting foods without a lot of fuss. His recipes work equally well for those of us who need careful steps and those who simply need a good road map and a dose of inspiration.