Heart Health Month with Poudre Libraries

Welcome to February! Wherever you look this month, you’re going to be surrounded by reminders of Valentine’s Day, but did you also know that February is American Heart Month? It’s like someone actually planned that!

This month, our selection of heart-themed recommendations has you covered for romance, unrequited love, heart health, and everything in between. 

Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need

By Marc Gillinov, MD and Steven Nissen, MD

The definitive guide to heart health from two of America’s most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the number-one hospital for cardiac care in America. Are you one of the eighty-two million Americans currently diagnosed with cardiovascular disease-or one of the millions more who think they are healthy but are at risk? Whether your goal is to get the best treatment or to stay out of the cardiologist’s office, your heart’s health depends on accurate information and correct answers to key questions. 

Heart: A History

By Sandeep Jauhar, MD

For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As the cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows in Heart: A History, it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that have changed the way we live.

The Kissing Game

By Marie Harte

Rena Jackson is a diehard romantic, and she’s had her eye on Axel Heller for a while. He’s got the tall-brooding-and-handsome thing down pat, but he guards his heart well, and Rena is tired of waiting for him to notice her. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, she decides it’s time to forget about Axel and find her own Mr. Right. But that’s when Axel makes her a bet that involves the hottest kiss she’s ever had.

Love at First Spite: A Novel

By Anna E. Collins

To spite her cheating ex-fiance, Dani Porter buys the vacant lot next to his house, planning to build a vacation rental to mess with his view, but must rethink her mission when love with her seemingly arrogant architect trumps revenge.

Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers: A Lighthearted Way to Stress Less and Savor More Each Day

By Diane Gehart

Would you rather eat chocolate than meditate? What if you could simultaneously do both and achieve your most out-of-reach life goals? In Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers, Diane Gehart combines wit, wisdom, meditations, and a touch of sweetness to help you uncover playful ways to transform any aspect of your life.

More Mediterranean: 225+ New Plant-Forward Recipes

By American’s Test Kitchen

Eat the Mediterranean way for life with recipes that nourish your appetite for fresh foods and endless excitement in the kitchen. This follow-up to the bestselling The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook takes readers on an in-depth tour of the eastern and southern Mediterranean through a vast array of healthy recipes that promote a nourishing, sustainable lifestyle

People We Meet on Vacation

By Emily Henry

When Poppy met Alex, there was no spark, no chemistry, and no reason to think they’d ever talk again. Alex is quiet, studious, and destined for a future in academia. Poppy is a wild child who only came to U of Chicago to escape small-town life. But after sharing a ride home for the summer, the two form a surprising friendship. After all, who better to confide in than someone you could never, ever date?

The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

By Chip Jones

In 1968, Bruce Tucker, a black man, went into Virginia’s top research hospital with a head injury, only to have his heart taken out of his body and put into the chest of a white businessman. Now, in The Organ Thieves, Pulitzer Prize’ nominated journalist Chip Jones exposes the horrifying inequality surrounding Tucker’s death and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family’s permission or knowledge.

The Paper Palace

By Miranda Cowley Heller

A story of summer, secrets, love and lies: in the course of a singular day on Cape Cod, one woman must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades. While staying at “The Paper Palace” — the family summer place she has visited every summer of her life, 50-year-old Elle must decide between the life she has built with her husband and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love.

The Prophets: A Novel

By Robert Jones Jr.

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. Isaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was Isaiah’s. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. The Prophets fearlessly reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

The Simple Wild 

By K. A. Tucker

After her mother fled Alaska when she was two, Calla Fletcher returns years later to bond with her father during his last days, but when she meets an Alaskan pilot, Jonah, who works for her father, Calla is torn between her feelings for Jonah and her determination to return to her life in Toronto. (Book 1 of the Wild series)

The Source of All Things: A Heart Surgeon’s Quest to Understand our Most Mysterious Organ

By Dr. Reinhard Friedl with Shirley Michaela Seul

What if the heart could answer questions neurosciences can’t begin to? Having witnessed the extraordinary complexity and unpredictability of human hearts in the operating theatre—each one individual, like a fingerprint—heart surgeon Reinhard Friedl looked again at this “primitive pump” to reconcile it with his experiences from thousands of heart operations.

Undo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases

By Dean Ornish, MD and Anne Ornish

The founder of Preventive Medicine Research Institute and best-selling author of Eat More, Weigh Less outlines scientifically based recommendations for reversing heart disease and other chronic health problems through lifestyle changes designed to slow cellular aging.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

By Pema Chodron

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart, when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

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