Author: Talia Shapiro

Based in Berkeley, California, Talia is the Online Marketing Lead for North Atlantic Books. She works with a full roster of authors, promoting titles in alternative health, nutrition, spirituality, sustainability, literature, and pop culture. She manages and has a passion for social networking. In her free time, Talia enjoys visiting her local farmers' markets, cooking, doing yoga, hiking, and curling up with a good book.


Dr. Gabor Maté Asserts No Human Is Ever Beyond Redemption

Gabor Mate, M.D. begins his book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, with the following explanation of the hungry ghost realm in the Buddhist wheel of life, several questions we must ask (and try to answer) about the addiction process, and what readers can expect to explore through the topics covered …continue

Guiding Yoga in the Twenty-First Century

Mark Stephens writes, In its noun form, the Sanskrit term guru means “one who shares knowledge,” while as an adjective it means “heavy” or “weighty” in reference to spiritual knowledge. Some have suggested that the separate syllables gu and ru refer to dark and light, with the role of the guru being to impart the …continue

The Emissary by Patricia Cori – Free Chapter

Chapter 1 – Earth Under Siege Nathan Beals punched out from work at precisely 6:00 p.m., smack in the middle of Los Angeles rush hour. After the most ballistic holiday shopping mania he had ever seen in his twenty-odd years working security at the mall, he finally had an entire weekend off. Exhausted, he dragged …continue

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Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals (An Excerpt)

Linda Bender, D.V.M. writes: In the hour before the 2004 tsunami struck, many people noticed that the animals were acting weird. Cicadas stopped rattling and birds stopped singing. Dogs refused to go outdoors. Elephants trumpeted in alarm and stampeded toward the hills. Relative to the human population, very few animals were drowned. They seemed to …continue