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Recent books on sustainability and the environment, featuring foraging: and the raising of chickens.

There are lots of ideas to get your teeth into this month, some of them literally!

Syndetics book coverNew eco homes / Manel Gutiérrez.
New Eco Homes features twenty-two sustainable homes from around the globe that showcase the newest innovations in environmentally minded home design. Inside you’ll find the latest design strategies such as various ways to use natural light and ventilation to reduce energy consumption, new methods to integrate home construction into the surrounding landscape, and the numerous recycled and green construction materials that are available today. Specific topics covered include climate regulation, drainage systems, and regional planning. Accompanying each project is a series of colorful photographs, floor plans, and detailed drawings that illustrate sustainable features… Whether you’re an architect, a designer, or a homeowner looking for new ways to update your home to make it more eco-friendly, this inspiring book is the perfect resource for creating a welcoming and sustainable home.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTwo percent solutions for the planet : 50 low-cost, low-tech, nature-based practices for combatting hunger, drought, and climate change / Courtney White ; a Quivira Coalition project.
Two Percent Solutions for the Planet profiles fifty innovative practices that soak up carbon dioxide in soils, reduce energy use, sustainably intensify food production, and increase water quality. The “two percent” refers to: the amount of new carbon in the soil needed to reap a wide variety of ecological and economic benefits; the percentage of the nation’s population who are farmers and ranchers; and the low financial cost (in terms of GDP) needed to get this work done. As White explained in Grass, Soil, Hope, a highly efficient carbon cycle captures, stores, releases, and recaptures biochemical energy, mitigating climate change, increasing water storage capacities in soil, and making green plants grow. …a wide variety of innovative ideas and methods that put carbon back into the soil have been field-tested and proven to be practical and profitable. They’re mostly low-tech, too, relying on natural resources such as sunlight, green plants, animals, compost, beavers, creeks, and more…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to thrive in the next economy : designing tomorrow’s world today / John Thackara.
“John Thackara has spent a lifetime roving the globe in search of design that serves human needs in a sustainable way. He believes that in our eagerness to find technological solutions to the big challenges faced by the human race, we have all too often ignored the astonishing creativity generated when people work together and in harmony with the world around them. Drawing on an inspiring range of examples, from a temple-led water management system in Bali that dates back hundreds of years to an innovative e-bike collective in Vienna, Thackara shows that below the radar of the mainstream media there are global communities creating a replacement economy from the ground up… Ultimately optimistic, Thackara believes that through a huge variety of quiet, piecemeal changes of thought and action, we are coming to a tipping point: the end of one civilization but the beginning of another.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuilding a better nest : living lightly at home and in the world / Evelyn Searle Hess.
“For fifteen years, Evelyn Hess and her husband David lived in a tent and trailer, without electricity or running water, on twenty acres of wild land in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range. When they decided to build a house – a real house at last – they knew it would have to respect the lessons of simple living that they learned in their camping life… Green building and sustainable design are popular buzzwords, but to Hess, sustainable building is not a simple matter of buying and installing the latest recycled flooring products. It is also about cooperative work: working together in employment, in research, in activism, and in life. Hess is concerned with her local watershed, but also with the widening income gap, disappearing species, and peak resources… As Hess and her husband age, the questions of how to live responsibly arise with greater frequency and urgency. With unfailing wit and humor, she looks for answers in such places as neuroscience, Buddhism, and her ancestral legacy…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover365 nature : projects to connect you with nature every day / Anna Carlile.
365 Nature reveals the ways we can weave creativity, the environment and ‘wild’ fun into our everyday lives through 80 inspiring projects and activities, from sprouting your own seeds and building a birdhouse, to fashioning a dreamcatcher or making your own herbal teas. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions make total immersion in nature simple. Make a kite and go fly it; weave your own basket; mix natural body creams; or just be a child again – make a mess, get dirt under your fingernails, smell the rain… 365 Nature is your ticket to unhurried, unstructured, unencumbered connection with nature. So throw open the doors and let the great outdoors in!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBig world, small planet : abundance within planetary boundaries / Johan Rockström and Mattias Klum ; with Peter Miller.
Big World, Small Planet probes the urgent predicament of our times: how is it possible to create a positive future for both humanity and Earth? We have entered the Anthropocene–the era of massive human impacts on the planet–and the actions of over seven billion residents threaten to destabilize Earth’s natural systems… the authors combine the latest science with compelling storytelling and amazing photography to create a new narrative for humanity’s future. Johan Rockström and Mattias Klum… contend that we have unprecedented opportunities to navigate a “good Anthropocene.” …With eloquence and profound optimism, Rockström and Klum envision a future of abundance within planetary boundaries–a revolutionary future that is at once necessary, possible, and sustainable for coming generations.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRooftop garden design / edited by David Fletcher.
“…Green roofs – the ultimate in sustainable building practices – continue to generate enormous interest and enthusiasm among architects, landscape designers, and urban planners. This richly illustrated book provides a comprehensive guide to contemporary trends in rooftop garden design, and provides definitive theory and design industry knowledge. …The designers provide details on the benefits of their rooftop gardens, offering readers profound inspiration and informative reviews of the work, design considerations, operation and maintenance…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaising chickens for dummies / by Kimberly Willis with Rob Ludlow.
“This new edition of Raising Chickens For Dummies provides the most up-to-date, thorough information on the many aspects of keeping chickens in your backyard. Inside, you’ll find hands-on, easy-to-follow instructions on choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing for your birds, feeding your chickens for optimal health, combating laying issues, controlling pests and predators, optimizing egg production, and much more…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe thrifty forager / Alys Fowler ; photography by Simon Wheeler.
“Alys Fowler takes a fresh look at foraging, encouraging you to look closer to home, from the weeds in your garden to the trees in your street, rather than the fields and hedgerows of the countryside. Alys showcases her favourite edibles with a plant directory packed with useful information – photographic identification, plant description and tips on how to grow and how to eat it (including recipes such as fruit leathers and chutney) – that will give you the confidence to identify plants yourself. The book also features innovative ideas for eating your local landscape, from community gardens in Todmorden, UK to Edimental (edible ornamentals) gardens in Norway – this is a fastgrowing, global phenomenon that is fun, environmentally friendly and thrifty!” (Syndetics summary)

New non-fiction eAudiobooks for February

Learn something new! Overdrive has hundreds of non-fiction Audiobooks that you can enjoy from home, and here are just a few of the new books that are added every month.

Overdrive cover The Pythons, by Graham Chapman (Audiobook)
“For the first time all surviving Pythons have agreed to create the official audiobook on the Monty Python’s Flying Circus. This audio edition is a complilation of unique never-before-heard interviews with the Python team conducted by Bob McCabe while he researched the Python book, plus clips from the famous Monty Python sketches, including “The Parrot Sketch”, “Nudge, Nudge, Wink Wink”, “Spam” and the “Ministry of Silly Walks.” Narration will be by Bob McCabe with Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, and featuring, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Terry Jones.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover StoryCorps: OutLoud, by Dave Isay (Audiobook)
“StoryCorps OutLoud sets out across the country to record and preserve the stories of LGBT individuals, along with their families and friends. On June 28, 2014, the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, StoryCorps inaugurated OutLoud, a three-year project to capture the experiences of L.G.B.T.Q. people. In particular, the project will seek stories from young people, minorities and those who lived before the uprising, which was a response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn and helped precipitate the gay rights movement.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Accidental Creative, by Todd Henry (Audiobook)
“It isn’t enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today’s marketplace we have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to establish effective practices that unleash your creative potential. This is a guide for staying inspired and experiencing greater creative productivity than you ever imagined possible.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Art of Profitability, by Adrian Slywotzky (Audiobook)
“What do Barbie dolls, Nokia phones, and American Express have in common? They all represent a business model called pyramid profit. How about Intel, Microsoft, and Stephen King? They all use another model called value chain position profit. The Art of Profitability reveals the principles that can mean the difference between business failure and success. With examples from today’s global marketplace, a weekly assignment, and a business reading list, Slywotzky invites anyone to engage in the exchange between mentor and protégé.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover My Name is Mahtob, by Mahtob Mahmoody (Audiobook)
“Two decades ago, readers worldwide thrilled to the story told in the international bestseller Not Without My Daughter that told of an American mother and her child’s daring escape from an abusive Iranian husband and father. Now the daughter tells the story of life after fleeing Tehran: living in fear of re-abduction, enduring recurring nightmares and panic attacks, attending school under a false name, all under the menacing shadow of her father. This is the story of a woman’s triumph over trauma to build a life of peace and forgiveness.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Yanks Are Coming!, by H. W. Crocker III (Audiobook)
“Bestselling military historian H. W. Crocker III turns his guns on the epic story of America’s involvement in the First World War with The Yanks Are Coming! A Military History of the United States in World War I. In Crocker’s sweeping, American-focused account, listeners will learn how George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall, Harry S. Truman, and many other American heroes earned their military spurs in during World War I.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover VocabuLearn® Spanish Level One, by Penton Overseas, Inc. (Audiobook)
“Level One emphasizes basic vocabulary and simple expressions. This music-enhanced edition includes a carefully selected classical background for optimal learning.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Dorito Effect, by Mark Schatzker (Audiobook)
“The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor and the underlying nutrition. Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab those very flavors. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Popular non-fiction in February, beginning with a book from Noam Chomsky.

From the survival of bees to UFOs, from whistle blowers to feminism and racism, and from Islamic State to class in Great Britain, there is diverse range of topics this month!

Syndetics book coverMasters of mankind : essays and lectures, 1969-2013 / Noam Chomsky.
“In this collection of essays from 1969 to 2013, many in book form for the first time, Noam Chomsky exposes the real nature of state power. With unrelenting logic, he holds the arguments of empire up to critical examination and shatters the myths of those who protect the power and privilege of the few against the interests and needs of the many.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMore than honey : the survival of bees and the future of our world / Markus Imhoof & Claus-Peter Lieckfeld ; photographs by Hans-Jürgen Koch & Heidi Reschke-Koch.
“”If 70 percent of all cattle or 30 percent of all chickens were to die annually, states of emergency would be declared everywhere. The death of bees is at least that dramatic and with even more far-reaching consequences.” More Than Honey, the book based on the award-winning documentary of the same name, takes us on a global tour of the world of bees, introducing us along the way to “killer bees,” Frankenbees, beekeepers, and human pollinators. Markus Imhoof and Claus-Peter Lieckfeld examine both the history and current status of our relationship to and reliance on bees, and expose the human behaviors that are contributing to the decline of the bee population–a decline that could ultimately contribute directly to a world food problem…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScream : chilling adventures in the science of fear / Margee Kerr.
“No one studies fear quite like Margee Kerr. A sociologist who moonlights at one of America’s scariest and most popular haunted houses, she has seen grown men laugh, cry, and push their loved ones aside as they run away in terror. And she’s kept careful notes on what triggers these responses and why. Fear is a universal human experience, but do we really understand it? If we’re so terrified of monsters and serial killers, why do we flock to the theaters to see them? Why do people avoid thinking about death, but jump out of planes and swim with sharks? For Kerr, there was only one way to find out…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe future of the professions : how technology will transform the work of human experts / Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind.
The Future of the Professions explains how ‘increasingly capable systems’ – from telepresence to artificial intelligence – will bring fundamental change in the way that the ‘practical expertise’ of specialists is made available in society. The authors challenge the ‘grand bargain’ – the arrangement that grants various monopolies to today’s professionals. They argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSocial class in the 21st century / Mike Savage [and eight others].
“A fresh take on social class from the experts behind the BBC’s ‘Great British Class Survey’…In this book Mike Savage and the team of sociologists responsible for the ‘Great British Class Survey’ look beyond the labels to explore how and why our society is changing and what this means for the people who find themselves in the margins as well as in the centre. Their new conceptualization of class is based on the distribution of three kinds of capital – economic (inequalities in income and wealth), social (the different kinds of people we know) and cultural (the ways in which our leisure and cultural preferences are exclusive)…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe rise of Islamic state : ISIS and the new Sunni revolution / Patrick Cockburn.
“…Born of the Iraqi and Syrian civil wars, the Islamic State astonished the world in 2014 by creating a powerful new force in the Middle East. By combining religious fanaticism and military prowess, the new self-declared caliphate poses a threat to the political status quo of the whole region. In The Rise of Islamic State, Patrick Cockburn describes the conflicts behind a dramatic unraveling of US foreign policy. He shows how the West created the conditions for ISIS’s explosive success by stoking the war in Syria. The West–the US and NATO in particular–underestimated the militants’ potential until it was too late and failed to act against jihadi sponsors in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Pakistan.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe whistleblower’s dilemma : Snowden, Silkwood and their quest for the truth / Richard Rashke.
“The author weaves between the lives of these two controversial figures and creates a narrative context for a discussion of what constitutes a citizen’s duty to reveal or not to reveal. He asks the question: can our government regulators, our politicians, our military-intelligence and our profit-oriented corporations be trusted to protect us from harm as well as safeguard our privacy?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSeparate and dominate : feminism and racism after the War on Terror / by Christine Delphy ; translated by David Broder.
“… Feminist Christine Delphy co-founded the journal ‘Nouvelles questions féministes’ with Simone de Beauvoir in the 1970s and became one of the most influential figures in French feminism. Today, Delphy remains a prominent and controversial feminist thinker, a rare public voice denouncing the racist motivations of the government’s 2011 ban of the Muslim veil. Castigating humanitarian liberals for demanding the cultural assimilation of the women they are purporting to “save,” Delphy shows how criminalizing Islam in the name of feminism is fundamentally paradoxical. Separate and Dominate is Delphy’s manifesto, lambasting liberal hypocrisy and calling for a fluid understanding of political identity that does not place different political struggles in a false opposition…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe UFO dossier : 100 years for government secrets, conspiracies and cover-ups / Kevin D. Randle.
“Does the American government know more about UFO and alien life than it admits? Are eyewitnesses telling the truth? What does the historical record say? Former intelligence officer and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Kevin Randle takes an objective look at evidence for alien life and UFOs and presents his findings in The UFO Dossier. The author reviews the documents, scours government databases, and interviews witnesses, unearthing details on UFOs, mysterious crashes, sightings, encounters and related phenomena.” (Syndetics summary)

New Sport & Fitness books

Sporting enthusiasts and armchair sports people alike will find something to inspire them in this month’s picks.

Syndetics book coverThe Surf Girl Guide to Surf Fitness : an inspirational guide to fitness & well-being for girls who surf / editor, Louise Searle.
“Wish you could catch more waves when you go surfing? Wish you could surf for 90 minutes or more each session? Wish you could improve the power of your manoeuvres and really throw some spray? The Surf Girl Guide To Surf Fitness is a new book aimed at girl surfers of all ages and abilities, from beginner to pro. Illustrated with step-by-step exercises and packed with tips and advice, the book offers a complete training program which will increase your fitness, power and endurance for surfing” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOut of the Rough / Steve Williams with Michael Donaldson.
“One of the most successful caddies of the modern era, having amassed 150 wins, Kiwi Steve Williams has worked with some of the golfing world’s best, including 13 years on the bag of Tiger Woods. Together, Woods and Williams won more than 80 tournaments – with 13 major championships among them.
In this candid reflection on his years caddying for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Terry Gale, Ian Baker-Finch and Adam Scott, Williams shares the highs and lows of their careers, explains the critical role of a caddy and offers a rare insider’s view of the professional golfing world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe World’s Toughest Races : from the most extreme to the downright weird / Ali Clarke.
“What do canal jumping, swimming among sharks and running 251 kiometres in the Sahara Desert have in common? They’re some of the wackiest, toughest and most extreme manpower races and challenges ever dreamt up. This fact-packed miscellany is bursting with all the details, statistics and anecdotes of the world’s most unusual competitions and intense endurance contests. Whether you’re an armchair thrill seeker or determined to push your limit, this book will entertain and inspire.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Illustrated Handbook of Kayaking, Canoeing & Sailing : includes invaluable advice, guidelines and information covering every aspect of each sport, with over 1500 images including step-by-step instructional sequences / Bill Mattos and Jeremy Evans.
“Kayaking, canoeing and sailing are exhilarating, demanding and hugely enjoyable outdoor pursuits. This practical guide offers a comprehensive introduction to all three sports, for those at all levels of experience and ability. All aspects of each sport are covered, from basic information on equipment and where best to sail or paddle, to expert tuition on the core skills and techniques you will need – such as launching, rigging, tacking, paddling, capsizing and rescue. Packed with expert advice, professional hints and tips and illustrated with more than 1500 photographs and diagrams, this book contains everything you need to know about these thrilling aquatic sports.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Beginner’s Guide to Adventure Sport in New Zealand / Steve Gurney.
“A highly illustrated book for beginners in the rapidly growing world of adventure sport… Instructional and highly illustrated, this is a beginner’s book of adventure sport for all ages. It features pursuits to make the most out of New Zealand’s great outdoors and get you all set up for a lifetime of adventure. …this book has important information on the right gear you’ll need for the right pursuit and the essentials of survival in unpredictable environments”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverSkate the World : photographing one world of skateboarding / Jonathan Mehring ; foreword by Tony Hawk.
“Hit the streets with 200 exhilarating photographs of the world’s greatest professional skateboarders in action. In this dynamic collection, award-winning photographer Jonathan Mehring takes us from New York to Hong Kong to Istanbul and beyond as he sets out to capture the heart and soul of skate culture on six continents.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTo Hell on a Bike : riding Paris-Roubaix : the toughest race in cycling / Iain MacGregor.
“Paris-Roubaix is the best race in the world and knocks spots off the Tour de France.’ Sir Bradley Wiggins. Paris-Roubaix. The Hell of the North. The ultimate monument in cycling’s Classics. More than 150 miles across dusty or muddy roads, much of it puncture-inducing and bone-breaking cobblestones. Even professional riders blanche at the very mention of it. With insights from legends of the sport, trainers, mechanics and fellow writers, as well as those who have maintained the traditions of Paris-Roubaix since its inception over a century ago, it is the ultimate story of the ultimate cycling challenge.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWarriors on Horseback : the inside story of the professional jockey / John Carter.
“A remarkable and riveting insight into the lives of jockeys. This book celebrates these warriors on horseback, both the old and the new, highlighting the headline performers for jump racing and flat racing in the last five centuries as well as taking the reader on a behind-the-scenes look at the lifestyle of professional jockeys in the 21st century.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStrictly ballroom : tales from the dancefloor / Diana Melly.
“Two years ago, at the age of 72, Diana Melly took up ballroom dancing. She was suffering from bereavement, having recently lost her husband George to dementia, and was told that dancing might help. It has done much more than that, opening up a whole new chapter in her life. Ballroom dancing turns out to be incredibly good for you — a complex activity which not only flexes unexpected muscles but rewires the brain, increasing serotonin levels and reducing stress. A recent study in America found that the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. In this delightful and gently humorous book, Diana Melly takes us on an eye-opening tour of dance halls up and down the country, introducing us to everything from tango to swing.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBecoming a Mountain : Himalayan journeys in search of the sacred and the sublime / Stephen Alter.
“Stephen Alter was raised by American missionary parents in the hill station of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he and his wife, Ameeta, now live. Their idyllic existence was brutally interrupted when four armed intruders invaded their house and viciously attacked them, leaving them for dead. This book is his account of a series of treks he took in the high Himalayas following his convalescence-to Bandar Punch (the monkey’s tail), Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, and Mt. Kailash in Tibet….Undertaken out of sorrow, the treks become a moving soul journey, a way to rediscover mountains in his inner landscape.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Minecraft Guide for Parents : down-to-earth advice for parents of children playing Minecraft / Cori Dusmann.
“This book helps you understand exactly what Minecraft® is, why kids love it, and why it may offer much more than what you’ve come to expect from a game. A Parent’s Guidebook to Minecraft® is written for parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone else who has kids swept up in the Minecraft® phenomenon. This handbook explains how to install, set up, and play the game, so that even adults with minimum computer literacy can step in and help their children-and play alongside them…With a simple, friendly, and open style, A Parent’s Guidebook to Minecraft® offers practical help and new ways to connect with children who play this exciting and creative game.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

Savages Adore life
Salad Boys Metalmania
Outkast Original album classics

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Stretching, bacteria and madness – February health picks

We are more than the sum of our parts but we need to give each part the attention and care it deserves to ensure the smooth running of our being as a whole. Here are some books to help.

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to stretching
“The definitive practical handbook for those eager to achieve a level of flexibility that will enhance performance, sports coaches and fitness instructors who are seeking a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of this often neglected component of physical fitness and sport and exercise therapists who use stretching as an important part of a balanced rehabilitation programme. A reasonable level of flexibility is essential to the healthy functioning of joints and muscles, which in turn facilitates performance and reduces the risk of injury. An accessible overview of the scientific principles that underpin this form of training and offers more than 70 exercises designed to safely increase range of motion right across the body.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book cover10% human : how your body’s microbes hold the key to health and happiness
“You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual, but a colony of microbes. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body. Even aspects that you think of entirely as ‘you’ turn out to be run by ‘them’ – like your immune system. In this riveting, shocking and beautifully-written book Alanna Collen explores the modern epidemics of ‘Western’ diseases – obesity, autism, mental health problems, gut disorders, allergies, auto-immunity, and even cancer – and argues that most have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes. Antibiotics, antibacterial cleaners, rapidly changing diets and our obsession with hygiene alter the microbe community we carry.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFinding your emotional balance : a guide for women
“Women are twice as likely as men to become depressed. While they seek help for mental disorders more often than men, they also seek to help others, trying to keep everyone happy while taking care of parents, spouses, and children. Sometimes, doing it all is doing too much. In Finding Your Emotional Balance , Dr. Merry Noel Miller offers women of all ages advice for coping with life’s challenges while increasing its joys. Drawing on her three decades of experience as a psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health-as well as her own personal struggles with depression and grief-she explains the special vulnerabilities and strengths of women during adolescence, the childbearing years, menopause, and late in life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe laws of medicine : field notes from an uncertain science
“Is medicine a “science”? Sciences must have laws–statements of truth based on repeated experiments that describe some universal attribute of nature. But does medicine have laws like other sciences?  In this important treatise, he investigates the most perplexing and illuminating cases of his career that ultimately led him to identify the three key principles that govern medicine. Written with Dr. Mukherjee’s signature eloquence and passionate prose, The Laws of Medicine is a critical read, not just for those in the medical profession, but for everyone who is moved to better understand how their health and well-being is being treated.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCultured food for health : a guide to healing yourself with probiotic foods
“Explores the science behind the benefits of cultured foods and shows how incorporating “The Trilogy”–kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables–into our diet creates more powerful healing effects than any one of these foods alone, as the different types of probiotic bacteria work together to create a healthy gut and a truly healthy life. Donna explains how cultured foods can be used to address specific ailments–from IBS and diabetes to allergies, colds, and flu–and teaches us, step by step, how to prepare these probiotic foods and easily incorporate them into a daily routine.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNine dimensions of madness : redefining mental health
“Gallon explains the history of psychiatry and how it came to develop a medical model that codifies mental disorders in the psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), now in its fifth edition. He demonstrates how, in 1950s and 1960s when the miracle psychiatric drugs came on the market, it was to the great economic advantage of both pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists to describe people’s problems in the language of medicine. His alternative to this disease model suggests descriptive types that we can construct to discuss the kinds and severities of problems people experience.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBeth Shaw’s yogafit
“Whether you are searching for a new physical challenge or a way to incorporate yoga into your exercise routine, “Beth Shaw’s YogaFit” will help you reach your physical potential. With “YogaFit” you’ll have not only increased overall health, energy, and vitality but also a stronger and leaner body, reduced stress, better posture, improved concentration, and a higher level of fitness. This book presents more than 100 YogaFit poses organized into workout routines that you can use every day. The text includes information on using YogaFit as a training tool for sports and creating personalized routines to meet your own needs. The full-color photo sequences and step-by-step instruction make it more accessible than ever.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe naked surgeon : the power and peril of transparency in medicine
“We are not meant to touch hearts. We all have one, but most of us will never see one. The heart surgeon now has that privilege but, for centuries, the heart was out of reach even for surgeons. So when a surgeon nowadays opens up a ribcage and mends a heart, it remains something of a miracle, even if, to some, it is merely plumbing. In The Naked Surgeon, Samer Nashef unclothes his own profession to demonstrate to his reader (and prospective patient) many revelations, such as the paradox at the heart of the cardiac surgeon’s craft: the more an operation is likely to kill you, the better it is for you. And he does so with absolute clarity, fluency and not a little wit.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverOvercoming mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussion symptoms : a self-help guide using evidence-based techniques
“Up to 10% of people will suffer a mild head injury (or ‘mild traumatic brain injury’) in their lifetime and up to 50% of those people will also find they have lingering post-concussion symptoms in the months or years afterwards. These symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbance, reduced day-to-day memory, poor concentration, taking longer to think, ‘muzzy’ headedness, depression, anxiety, tinnitus, blurred or double vision, sensitivity to light or noise, frustration, nausea, restlessness and sensitivity to alcohol. In such circumstances the ‘mild’ head injury may feel anything but mild. This book clarifies some of the complex issues for those who suffer with prolonged problems and provides practical, science-based self-help guidance for managing TBI difficulties.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe happy vegan : a guide to living a long, healthy, and successful life
“Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and three-time New York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons offers an inspiring guide to the benefits of conscious eating and veganism.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Cancer prevention manual : simple rules to reduce the risks / Ian Olver, Fred Stephens.
“Stories in the media about the cancer-causing risks present in everyday life can cause alarm and confusion, and make it difficult to know how to alter one’s lifestyle. The Cancer Prevention Manual is a handy guide to all key issues in cancer prevention, presenting medical and scientific information in a plain, accessible style. Written by authors with distinguished careers studying the illness, and based on a solid scientific grounding, this book provides the facts about how our lifestyles pose cancer risks, and what we can do to change them.” (Syndetics)

Chinese New Year Festival 2016

Chinese new year Festival 2016 flyer

Xin Nian Kuai Le (Happy New Year). Wellington City Libraries is participating the Chinese New Year Festival in the year of Monkey. Find the WCL stall at the Asian Market in Shed 6 at TSB Bank Arena, on 14 February 2016 between 10:30am to 5:00pm.

For more information on Chinese New Year Festival, please visit the website.

New Classical Music for February

Two new albums featuring Antonio Pappano have come in recently, which we highlight this week, together with a two-disc compilation of the piano works of Maurice Ravel.

ClassicalrecentFeb16a1Complete Works for Solo Piano, Ravel. Performed by Bertrand Chamayou.
“From Sérénade Grotesque to Le Tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel’s piano works span nearly a quarter of a century of creative endeavour. To listen to this recording of all of them is to go on a journey, to immerse oneself in the heart of the magical world of the composer… Each piece is a unique gem, a curious mixture of discipline and delight which seems to sketch out a portrait of the composer and alchemist embodied in Ravel.” (Cover)

ClassicalrecentFeb16a2Violin Concerto, Brahms and Violin Concerto No. 1, Bartók. Performed by Janine Jansen and the London Symphony Orchestra (Antonio Pappano conducting).
“In a powerful partnership with Antonio Pappano, Janine Jansen once again offers an unusual coupling of concertos. ‘To me they seem a natural pairing. They may speak a different kind of musical language, yet they not only share a Hungarian connection but also a profound combination of symphonic power and chamber-scale intimacy’.” (Cover)

ClassicalrecentFeb16a3Schumann. Performed by Jan Lisiecki with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Antonio Pappano conducting again).
“Jan Lisiecki has dreamt of recording Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Antonio Pappano and his Rome orchestra ever since they first played the piece together in 2012. Their shared experience creates an interpretation of chamber-music-like intimacy. Schumann’s concerto is here presented in a rare pairing with his only other completed works for piano and orchestra.” (Cover)

Coming soon: Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 to 5, The Best of Placido Domingo.

The Power of the human face – Photography Picks for February

The human face is an eternal subject of fascination which has consumed photographers since the advent of the medium. This month, we start with two books of two diametrically opposed photographers and their take on portraits: a diminutive version of August Sander’s 1920′s black and white portraits in Face of our Time and a larger than life compilation of some of Mario Testino’s garish images in In Your Face. We also marvel at the diversity and intensity of human relations and finish with the wonders of the Australian and New Zealand wilderness.

Syndetics book coverIn your face
“Often imitated and never equaled, Testino is graced with a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. This unorthodox collection of various images chosen by Testino from the span of his 30-year career reflects the diversity of his work.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFace of our time : sixty portraits of twentieth-century Germans 
“One of the legendary classics among German photography books, August Sander’s Face of Our Time, is now available again. Compiled by August Sander himself, the book was first published in 1929, with a foreword by German writer Alfred Dublin. The sixty shots of twentieth-century Germans represent only a small selection drawn from August Sander’s major work, which he began in 1910. He has approached his task as a photographer from his own immediate observations of human nature and human appearances, of the human environment, and with an infallible instinct for what is genuine and essential.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe lovers
“Inspired by the love letters her grandfather wrote to her grandmother during World War II, Fleishman began recording the love stories of other couples who have been together for more than 50 years. Finding the letters set her off on a long journey of research, starting with couples in New York, where she then lived, and continuing throughout the United States and Europe. Couples from diverse backgrounds provide a candid, and often moving, look at the experience of enduring love.” (Back cover)

Mary Ellen Mark died on May 25, 2015. Shortly before her death, she completed all the work on what would sadly become the last two books conceived and realised by her: Tiny: Streetwise Revisited and Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment as featured here. Both books were printed just before she died.

Syndetics book coverTiny: Streetwise Revisited
“When first published in 1988, Mary Ellen Mark’s Streetwise received critical acclaim for its honest portrayal of life on the streets and introduced us to Tiny, a thirteen-year-old prostitute with dreams of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. Since meeting Tiny thirty years ago, Mark has continued to photograph her, creating what has become one of Mark’s most significant and long-term projects. Here the iconic work of the first edition is presented along with Mark’s moving and intimate body of work on Tiny, most of which is previously unpublished.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMary Ellen Mark on the portrait and the moment
“In The Photography Workshop Series, Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photography— offering the workshop experience in a book. Each volume is introduced by a well-known student of the featured photographer. In this book, Mary Ellen Mark offers her insight on observing the world and capturing dramatic moments that reveal more than the reality at hand.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverJacob A. Riis : revealing New York’s other half : a complete catalogue of his photographs
“Danish-born Jacob A. Riis (1849-1914) found success in America as a reporter for the New York Tribune, first documenting crime and later turning his eye to housing reform. As tenement living conditions became unbearable in the wake of massive immigration, Riis and his camera captured some of the earliest, most powerful images of American urban poverty. This important publication is the first comprehensive study and complete catalogue of Riis’s world-famous images.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverProcess
A photographic record of The New Zealand Dance Company at work in the studio on projects including the company’s debut season Language of Living and Shona McCullagh’s Rotunda. 90 images of dancers in the rehearsal hall showcase the creative process of dance through photography. John McDermott’s images are complemented by an introductory essay from leading New Zealand dancer and choreographer Michael Parmenter.

Syndetics book coverPhotography exposure
Photography Exposure is a comprehensive guide to the theory of exposure, explaining the fundamental relationship between the photographic image and the effects of light intensity and duration. It describes the use of lens aperture and depth of field in relation to exposure and outlines the principles of in-camera and hand-held light meters: their strengths, limitations and correct use in a wide variety of lighting situations. Offering a detailed guide to using exposure for expressive purposes, this is an invaluable reference tool.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAperture magazine anthology : the Minor White years, 1952-1976
“Published on the occasion of Aperture magazines sixtieth anniversary, this is the first anthology of Aperture magazine ever published. Aperture was established in 1952 by a group of photographers, including Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, and historian-curators Beaumont and Nancy Newhall. Their intention was to provide a forum in which photographers can talk straight to each other, discuss the problems that face photography as profession an art, share their experiences, comment on what goes on, descry the new potentials.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

5Australasian nature photography
“The bioregion that encompasses Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea possesses a unique natural heritage stretching back more than 80 million years, to the break-up of the great southern continent of Gondwana. The South Australian Museum and Australian Geographic focus on enhancing a general knowledge of this extraordinary legacy by encouraging photography of the region’s nature and landscapes, and promoting it in an annual competition to find the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year. Australian Nature Photography is a collection of ANZANG award-winning and shortlisted images from the 2015 competition.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

The Fall – The unutterable
Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl
Cage the Elephant – Tell me I’m pretty
Jeremih – Late nights : the album
Babyface – Return of the tender lover
Miguel – Wildheart

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