New non-fiction in our eBook collection

We have all sorts of non-fiction being added to our eBook collection and here are some of the new addtions. Science, history, food, dream interpretation and more …

90-Day Geisha / Chelsea Haywood
“Millionaires, surgeons, serial killers, CEOs: I light their cigarettes, mix their drinks. We engage in conversation. I am the facilitator of good times. I am a hostess. Step into the surreal world of a Tokyo hostess club and gain an exclusive underground pass through the eyes of author Chelsea Haywood as she explores a way of life unique to the Japanese, experiencing $600 dinners, kabuki theatre, Harajuku shopping sprees and first-class trips to ‘anywhere you want to go’. This is the true story of one girl’s immersion in the world of hostessing, a late-night entertainment for wealthy Japanese men drawn from the traditional institution of the geisha. While the foreign slowly becomes familiar, Chelsea’s initial enthusiasm turns into turmoil as she struggles to maintain both her sanity and her marriage in the face of material excess and relentless temptation.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The A to Z of Dream Interpretation / Pamela Ball
“The most authoritative, comprehensive and up to date book available on dreams and dreaming, The A to Z of Dream Interpretation enables you to tap into a whole new level of knowledge and understanding. Uniquely, each entry within the extensive A to Z section offers three levels of interpretation based on the latest research—spiritual, psychological and everyday. Where appropriate, a fourth interpretation by gender helps you understand more fully the dreams of partners and friends. In addition, this book will help you to see the link between sleep and dreams, the different types of dream and how to deal with them, as well as the people and theories that have shaped dream interpretation and analysis. Written by one of the world’s foremost dream interpreters, The A to Z of Dream Interpretation gives you the opportunity to heal previous trauma, to enhance the way you live and to reach for the best within yourself.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Amanda Ursell’s Baby and Toddler Food Bible: Your Essential Guide to Feeding Your Child for Their First Four Years / Amanda Ursell
“The list of what foods to introduce to your child and when can be daunting, especially in this day and age when everything from food safety to allergy issues dictates certain rules. Written by the UK’s leading nutritionist, Amanda Ursell, while she was caring for her own baby and toddler, everything in this book has been tried and tested by a busy, working mum!” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

And Then Life Happens / Auma Obama
“A moving account about life in two cultures, and Auma Obama’s relationship with her brother, Barack. While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama’s childhood played out at the other end of the world in a remote village in Kenya, the birthplace of the siblings’ shared father. Barack and Auma met for the first time in the 1980s, and they built a lasting relationship which lead to travels together in Kenya, research into their family history and finally Auma’s support for her brother’s political career and eventual bid for the U.S. presidency. Auma spent sixteen years studying and living in Germany, moved to England for love, and gave birth to a daughter there. The tension between her original and chosen worlds and cultures was a constant challenge, and eventually Auma returned to Africa and worked to support young men and women in shaping their futures. In this candid and emotional memoir, Auma shares her own story as well as recollections of and experiences with her famous brother, who says about their first encounter: ‘I hugged her, we looked at each other, and laughed. I knew right then that I loved her.'” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War / Stephen R. Platt
“In the early 1850s, during the waning years of the Qing dynasty, word spread of a major revolution brewing in the provinces. The leader of the this movement – who called themselves the Taiping – was Hong Xiuquan, a failed civil servant who claimed to be the son of God and the brother of Jesus Christ. As the revolt grew and battles raged across the empire, all signs pointed to a Taiping victory and to the inauguration of a modern, industrialized and pro-Western china. Soon, however, Britain and the United States threw their support behind the Qing, soon quashing the Taiping and rendering ineffective the years of bloodshed the revolution had endured. In Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Stephen Platt recounts the events of the rebellion and its suppression in spellbinding detail. It is an essential and enthralling history of the rise and fall of a movement that, a century and a half ago, might have launched China into the modern world.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Bitten: Unpretentious Recipes From a Food Blogger / Sarah Graham
“Bitten is aimed at twenty- and thirty-somethings (or anyone who is young at heart). Author Sarah Graham believes that anyone can cook delicious, wholesome food, and to that end presents this collection of no-mess-no-fuss recipes, for entertaining family and friends. It is written in a blog-based style that is current, chick and sharp.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

A Brilliant Darkness / Joao Magueijo
“One of the greatest mysteries of twentieth-century science: a tormented genius discovers a key element of atomic fission, then disappears forever.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn’t Work at All Works So Well / Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards
“Why democracy is the most effective form of government despite irrational (and sometime oblivious) voters and flawed (and sometimes inept) politicians.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love / Fran Hawthorne
“In this age of social activism, pinpoint marketing, and immediate information, consumers demand everything from the coffee, computer, or toothpaste they buy: an affordable, reliable product manufactured by a company that doesn’t pollute, saves energy, treats its workers well, and doesn’t hurt animals—oh, and that makes them feel cool when they use it. All companies would love to have that kind of reputation, and a handful seem to have achieved it. But do they deserve their haloes? What does it take to become so admired? Can a company make a profit doing so? And how can consumers avoid being tricked by phony marketing? In Ethical Chic, award-winning author Fran Hawthorne takes her investigative-journalism skills–honed from more than two decades as a business journalist—to analyze six favorites: Apple, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, American Apparel, Timberland, and Tom’s of Maine.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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