Our Favorite Reads of 2012

Nothing like curling up with a good book and hot cup of tea. Pretty much our version of heaven around here. Here are the reads that expanded our worlds this year. Looks like Brené Brown was a favorite as was Cheryl Strayed. What were some of your favorites this year? We’d love to hear from you!


hilaryHilary Kinavey, MS, LPC is a therapist and co-founder of Be Nourished.  She encourages conscious and authentic living, with the courage to love yourself anyway.  Learn more about Hilary here.


Hilary’s 2012 picks:

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed: This book will bring you home to yourself.  Dear Sugar’s expression of fierce compassion will teach your inner voice how.

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach: This family will help you get dinner on the table, quickly, whether it’s once a week or everyday of the year.  No shame, no guilt.

This I Know: Notes on Unravelling the Heart by Susannah Conway (you can read her own book recs)

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Intuitive Eating (new 3rd edition) by Tribole and Resch

The Joyous Body by Clarissa Pinkole Estes – Absolutely nourishing audio from the author of Women Who Run with the Wolves


Dana_headshotDana Sturtevant, MS, RD is a registered dietitian, certified yoga teacher, and self-proclaimed foodie.  She especially enjoys blogging about mindfulness, yoga, Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size®, and the Slow Food Movement. Learn more about Dana here. 


Dana’s 2012 picks:

The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist

Taking the Leap by Pema Chodron

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Rilke’s Book of Hours contributors: Joanna Macy & Anita Barrows

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed



kaiKai Marie Snell, MA, believes that inside each person is an innate capacity to heal and reach full potential. With this in mind, she works collaboratively with clients to create a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment which is conducive to self-exploration, authentic expression and healing. Learn more about Kai here.


Kai’s 2012 picks:

Born for Love by Bruce Perry

Metaskills: The Spiritual Art of Therapy by Amy Mindell

Personal fav this year: How To Be A Woman by Caitlan Moran

What are you hungry for? by Lynn Ginsburg


6a0147e136d3a2970b017ee66e1fcb970d-800wiDr. Deanna McCrary, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician with a passion to  offer health care that treats the cause of a condition – not just the symptoms. Deanna works from a Health At Every Size® perspective that is weight neutral and focuses on intuitive eating and pleasurable physical activity for optimal health rather than dieting and weight-loss schemes. 


Deanna’s 2012 picks:


Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston PhD

Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection by Jessica Prentice

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen


Ragen Chastain’s blog is always inspirational: Dances With Fat

This article: If you are into herbs, health and diet, why are you still fat?

This YouTube sensation: A Fat Rant

This awesome surfer dude: Jimo Pellegrine Proves That Fat Guys Can Surf

This movie available on Netflix and iTunes: America The Beautiful 2 – The Thin Commandments

An interview with the fabulous Dr Linda Bacon, author of “Health at Every Size”: On Hold with Atchka and Dr. Linda Bacon