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"Stay Young," with T'ai Chi was written by Ashland resident — Ellae Elinwood. Elinwood has been teaching T'ai Chi to seniors for 28 — years and written two other books on T'ai Chi. She is a nationally known — teacher and theorist of the mind/body connection.

"Stay Young" with T'ai Chi is a guide to practicing T'ai — Chi that slowly introduces the reader into the practice with easily outlined — chapters and 150 clear photographs demonstrating various positions. The — book introduces the reader to the first 18 positions of the yang short — form. Yang short form is the form most commonly taught today.

T'ai Chi has physical and psychological benefits, with — "Stay Young," with T'ai Chi, targeted for the aging baby boomer generation. — T'ai Chi helps with joint flexibility, mobility, circulation, blood pressure — and much more.

"A Patchwork of Comforts," by Carol Wiseman is a different — sort of self-help book.

Wiseman pieced together 70 small everyday comforts and — inspirations and wove them together into an easy read.

Wiseman lives in the woods of Grants Pass and after taking — the time to slow down to appreciate the smaller things in life, wanted — to pass on her lessons through this book. But the advice in "A Patchwork — of Comforts" isn't just her own. Wiseman talked to friends, neighbors — and family members and included their thoughts on life in the book as — well so that reading the book is like sitting down to dinner with a big — circle of friends.

"I felt that if I could let people know what their neighbors — were feeling, they'd get the hint and weave some of those comforts into — their own lives," Wiseman said.

"A Patchwork of Comforts" is a collection, organized alphabetically — that includes trivia and recipes as well as serene illustrations. With — topics from baths, camping, and eating out to letters, lists and shopping, — there is something for every reader.

"There's something for everyone because the small survey — I took was an amazing broad cross section of ideas. Men and women of all — ages shared what comforted them the most," Wiseman said.

For outdoor adventure types, "Cabin Fever," by William — Sullivan, is a book that will captivate readers. Sullivan is a fifth-generation — Oregonian and has hiked every significant trail in Oregon. He has written — 12 books, including "Listening for Coyote," "Hiking Oregon's History," — and a "100 Hikes" series.

"Cabin Fever" is Sullivan's story of the 25 summers spent — building a log cabin near a wild river in the Oregon Coast range with — just an ax and a crosscut saw. Sullivan and his wife went into the woods — to "learn what it had to teach. To learn how to live deliberately, to — front only the essential facts of life," according to a press release — about the book.

"Cabin Fever" is an inspiration for those yearning to — live a wild natural life. It tells Sullivan's adventures and stories with — humor, drama, and natural history.

An equestrian romance novel, Toni Leland's, "Winning Ways," — joins recent releases of bestseller "Good Grief," by Lolly Winston, which — was set in Ashland, and "Ginny Good," by Ashland resident Gerard Jones. — Leland grew up in the Rouge Valley and a love of horses and writing led — to her desire to become a novelist.

"Winning Ways" is a story about a young equine veterinarian, — Liz, trying to move on after the death of her father. Liz is taken on — an emotional roller coaster of a new business, a new home in a new state, — and a new love. "Winning Ways" is an exciting novel with roots in Leland's — lifelong involvement with horses, and horse people.