Memoir Mondays: Immortal Bird

Memoirs have the power to move us, connect with us and allow us to share life changing experiences with people we’d otherwise never have the chance to know. Every Monday, we’re pleased to feature a memoir and open a window to someone else’s life.

Immortal Bird is the story a gifted child named Damon Weber. He was born with a malformed heart and underwent several surgeries when he was young, but his condition never got in the way of his spirit and talent. He was a charmer with the girls in his middle school class, he excelled academically, and, on his days off, he enjoyed karate, kayaking, soccer and skiing. A creative writer and budding actor, he made an appearance on HBO’s Deadwood.

However, as Damon got older, he developed another heart illness. Doctors had no answers. While Damon continued to chase after his passions and talents, his father, Doron, searched for a solution in the flawed health care system. Immortal Bird is about a father’s struggle to save his son’s life in a race against time. Have a look inside the heart-wrenching memoir.

Get Drop Dead Healthy with A.J. Jacobs!

After years of neglecting his health, A.J. Jacob’s wife looks at his body and tells him, “I don’t want to be a widow at 45.” Jacobs realizes it’s time to make a change—a drastic one. It’s not just about eating healthy, exercising regularly, or even finding ways to de-stress. It’s ultimately becoming “as healthy as humanly possible.” How does he choose to tackle the feat? Any and every way he can think of.

Drop Dead Healthy is Jacobs’ hilarious account of his year-long journey toward maximal health. He tries the caveman workout, where along with fellow cavemen in Central Park, he takes off his shirt and shoes and, well, acts like an aggressive caveman, all in the name of breaking of a sweat. He also tries veganism, the treadmill desk, extreme chewing, meditation and so much more, alongside the advice of doctors, personal trainers and other professionals.

This isn’t the first time Jacobs, editor-at-large for Esquire magaizine, has taken on a year-long goal of self-betterment. In his previous book The Know-It-All, Jacobs strides to become “the smartest person in the world,” as he endeavors to read all 32 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, join Mensa, and become a contestant on Jeopardy!, among other brain-challenging objectives. In The Year of Living Biblically, Jacobs aims to “follow the Bible as literally as possible.” What this means to him is growing a beard, not wearing clothes with mixed fibres, joining Biblical communities, and more.

Daring and challenging, it’s no surprise that Jacobs went for it all again with Drop Dead Healthy. Hear more about the book from Jacobs himself with his list of “4 Allegedly Bad Things That Are Actually Good for You” below:

For more about Drop Dead Healthy, check out this funny Q&A with Jacobs and more on this website. Drop Dead Healthy releases April 10, 2012.

Also, Jacobs’ first book, The Know-It-All, is currently on sale as an ebook from Kobo and iBooks for $4.99!

Learning to love yourself

In her upcoming biography, True You, Janet Jackson opens up about her struggles with food, body image, and relationships and how she’s worked through the hard times to find herself and be truly happy.

This book isn’t a tell-all, but a look into the mindset that led to Janet packing on the pounds and how she overcame to find happiness within. She talks about her struggles with dieting, self-confidence, and depression. Janet shares stories about being teased as a child by her older brothers, how she felt ugly while growing up, and how food was a comfort to her during some of the tumultuous times in her life.

True You features over 30 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks from Janet’s personal chef, Chef Andre.
It has taken Janet most of her adult life to come to terms with who she is. True You illuminates the path Janet took to learning how to love herself and finally break free of the attitudes that brought her down.
Watch for an hour-long interview with Janet this Sunday, February 13th on Dateline NBC, 7pm EST.

Want younger and healthier skin? Look no further

Dermatologist to the stars and expert in his field Dr. Perricone is back with his newest book Forever Young in which he introduces an exciting new science on skin called Nutrigenomics and gene expression. These new sciences promise to decrease wrinkles and dramatically improve the appearance of skin.

By following his remarkable yet simple program you will learn how to turn off the genes that cause aging, and turn on the genes that will:

  • rejuvenate wrinkled, sagging skin
  • burn body fat
  • increase lean muscle mass
  • increase energy
  • enhance mental and physical well-being

His prescriptive program will shave years off your appearance and give you more energy too! “Dr. Perricone has not only helped me look better but has improved my overall quality of life,” claims Uma Thurman.

Named one of the four top dermatologists in the United States by Vogue, Dr. Perricone must be doing something right. But don’t take our word for it, buy the book and find out for yourself. Available in stores September 14th.