Being Practical Fires, dyes, bedbugs and clones!

New practical non-fiction books on our shelves!

Syndetics book coverHow to build a fire : and other handy things your grandfather knew / Erin Bried. “As members of the Greatest Generation, our grandfathers were not only defined by the Depression but also by their heroic service to the country in World War II. Courageous, responsible, and involved, they understand sacrifice, hard work, and how to do whatever is necessary to take care of their loved ones. They also know how to have a rollicking good time. Sensible, fun, and inspiring, How to Build a Fire offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of grandfathers near and far by sharing their practical skills and sweet stories on how to be stronger, smarter, richer, and happier.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDyes from kitchen produce : easy projects to make at home / Setsuko Ishii ; photographs by Makoto Shimomura
“This book will make you stop and think before you throw away that old sweater – it could become your new favorite accessory. Step-by-step instructions and photos guide you through the process of making environmentally friendly dyes from ingredients including onion skin, a variety of teas, coffee, tumeric, lavender, mandarins, cloves, cinnamon, and many other herbs and spices that you probably have in your kitchen.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy time : how to make the rest of life the best of life / Joan Baker & Mandy Fealy. “The babyboomers – the largest demographic in New Zealand society, are mostly on the brink of some form of retirement, and many of them have not made any real plans for their future. Many people have vague plans involving spending more time with their family, overseas travel, meaningful part-time work, but without laying the groundwork early, these things are often just not possible.
My Time will help readers live the rest of life as the best of life. (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe bed bug book : the complete guide to prevention and extermination / Ralph H. Maestre.
“Bed bugs were believed to have been eradicated by DDT and organophosphates in the 1950s, but they are now reaching epidemic levels. Some cities have seen a 1000% increase in bed bug infestations in the last year. Exterminators were unprepared for the resurgence of these tiny pests and the public is now scrambling for information on how they spread and how to get rid of them. The Bed Bug Book has the answers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe city homesteader : self-sufficiency on any square footage / by Scott Meyer.
“”The City Homesteader” is the handbook for the world of self-sufficient living. It’s about being resourceful, saving money, reducing consumption, and increasing self-reliance. Join the many who are raising backyard chickens in the city and tilling their side yards: tapping into natural energy, managing homes more efficiently, and getting back to the earth. Explore the homesteading arts: gardening on small and large scales, raising dwarf fruit trees, sprouting grains, smoking meats and fish, grinding grains for flour, making cheese, making wine, cellaring, heating without fossil fuel, harvesting rainwater, composting, and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to defeat your own clone : and other tips for surviving the biotech revolution / Kyle Kurpinski and Terry D. Johnson.
“….two bioengineering experts (who) show you how to survive-and thrive-in a new age of truly weird science. Here you will find indispensable cautionary advice on topics such as bioenhancements: They’re not just for cyborgs anymore. DNA sequencing and fingerprinting: What’s scarier than the government having your DNA on file? Try having it posted on the Internet. Human clones: Just like you, only stronger, smarter, and more attractive….. Our future may be populated by designer babies, genetically enhanced supersoldiers, and one (or more!) of your genetic duplicates, but all is not lost…. Just remember the first rule of engagement: Don’t ever let your clone read this book! Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)