Sustainability and the environment

Our sustainability books this month are amazing and they ranging from a great variety. In Off the Grid check houses that are self-sustaining; Inconspicuous consumption : the environmental impact you don’t know you have helps the reader to make better decisions for the future of the world; you can also learn how to take better care of bees in Protecting pollinators : how to save the creatures that feed our world; and many other picks on climate change. Enjoy!

Print books


Off the grid : houses for escape / Bradbury, Dominic
“Surveying some of the world’s most innovative off-grid homes, Off the Grid reveals the creative architecture and cutting-edge technologies that are redefining where and how we live–enabling us to escape to some of the most extraordinary and secluded natural environments on the planet. Dominic Bradbury tells the story of how innovative architects have made everyday living in the most wild and remote locations of the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia not only feasible, as all of the homes featured are largely self-sustaining in terms of energy, water, and in some cases food, but also a rewarding and tempting reality.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Inconspicuous consumption : the environmental impact you don’t know you have / Schlossberg, Tatiana
“Cataloging the complexities and frustrations of our carbon-intensive society with a dry sense of humor, Schlossberg makes the climate crisis and its solutions interesting and relevant to everyone who cares, even a little, about the planet. She empowers readers to think about their stuff and the environment in a new way, helping them make more informed choices when it comes to the future of our world. Most importantly, this is a book about the power we have as voters and consumers to make sure that the fight against climate change includes all of us and all of our stuff, not just industry groups and politicians.” (adapted from Catalogue)

More from less : the surprising story of how we learned to prosper using fewer resources–and what happens next / McAfee, Andrew
“In More from Less, McAfee argues that to solve our ecological problems we don’t need to make radical changes. America–a large, high-tech country that accounts for about 25% of the global economy–is now generally using less of most resources year after year, even as its economy and population continue to grow. What has made this turnabout possible? One thing, primarily: the collaboration between technology and capitalism, although good governance and public awareness have also been critical. McAfee does warn of issues that haven’t been solved, like global warming, overfishing, and communities left behind as capitalism and tech progress race forward.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Money : myths, truths and alternatives / Mellor, Mary
“In this highly topical book, Mary Mellor, an expert on money, examines money’s social, political and commercial histories to debunk longstanding myths such as money being in short supply and needing to come from somewhere. Arguing that money’s immense social value means that its creation and circulation should be a matter of democratic choice, Mellor advocates for a system that is driven more heavily by concerns for the environment and gender equality, musing that perhaps one day, money could become the root of all good.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Protecting pollinators : how to save the creatures that feed our world / Helmer, Jodi
“We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat. Yet half of the 200,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Protecting Pollinators breaks down the latest science on environmental threats and takes readers inside the most promising conservation efforts. Along with inspiring stories of revival and lessons from failed projects, readers will find practical tips to get involved. And they will be reminded of the magic of pollinators–the iconic monarchs, dainty hummingbirds, and homely bats alike who bring food to our tables.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eBooks

What we’re fighting for now is each other : dispatches from the front lines of climate justice / Stephenson, Wen
“In What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other, Stephenson tells his own story and offers an up-close, on-the-ground look at some of the remarkable and courageous people–those he calls “new American radicals”–Who have laid everything on the line to build and inspire this fast-growing movement. He argues that the movement is less like environmentalism as we know it and more like the great human-rights and social-justice struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from abolitionism to civil rights.–From publisher description.” (adapted from Catalogue)

This is not a drill : the Extinction Rebellion handbook
“It’s time. This is our last chance to do anything about the global climate and ecological emergency. Our last chance to save the world as we know it. Extinction Rebellion is a global activist movement of ordinary people, demanding action from Governments. This is a book of truth and action. It has facts to arm you, stories to empower you, pages to fill in and pages to rip out, alongside instructions on how to rebel – from organising a roadblock to facing arrest. By the time you finish this book you will have become an Extinction Rebellion activist. Act now before it’s too late.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Treading lightly : the hidden wisdom of the world’s oldest people / Sveiby, Karl-Erik
“Australian Aboriginals taught themselves thousands of years ago how to build a sustainable society in our fragile landscape. In a unique collaboration, a Swedish knowledge management professor finds out from an Aboriginal cultural custodian how they did it, and what we can learn from them.” (Catalogue)

A family guide to waste-free living : simple ways to eliminate waste in the home, at work & out in the world / Carter, Lauren
“This is a practical and inspiring resource for anyone wanting to live more sustainably. Inside you’ll find: Simple activities for the whole family ; Instructions on building waste-free kits for around the house and out and about; A plan for creating change by advocating to government and business; Tackle our ever-growing waste problem with all the information, advice, budget-friendly recipes and projects you’ll need to start reducing waste in your life. This is a specially formatted fixed layout ebook that retains the look and feel of the print book.” (adapted from Catalogue)

New items for Cars and Transport

Our first book is an autobiography by a top young New Zealand rally driver. Our pick for this month also include Really? a collection of Jeremy Clarkson’s motoring journalism; The World’s Great Rail JourneysAutopia is the essential guide to the future of our greatest invention, the car; and Supercars which is a celebration of the Supercar in all its glory. Enjoy!

Driven / Paddon, Hayden
“Hayden Paddon was just a boy growing up in Geraldine – in love with driving and dreaming big. Starting with nothing, and determined to beat the odds, he set out on a phenomenal 20-year pathway to the World Rally Championship, where he footed it with the best rally drivers on the planet. But it didn’t come easy. In Driven, Paddon details the many highs and lows along his road to the top. Driven is a mile-a-minute autobiography that celebrates self-belief, hard work and turning dreams into reality.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Really? / Clarkson, Jeremy
“From his first job as a travelling sales rep selling Paddington Bears to his latest incarnation as gentleman farmer, Jeremy Clarkson’s love of cars has seen him through some deeply trying times. And in a world so persistently infuriating there’s sometimes nothing for it but to throw up your hands and ride full-throttle over the speed-bumps. Fuelled by hi-octane enthusiasm and irrepressible curiosity, he’s put his foot down again.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The world’s great rail journeys : 50 of the most spectacular, luxurious, unusual and exhilarating routes across the globe / Solomon, Brian
“A portrait in words and photographs of over 50 of the world’s most exciting, unusual and exotic railway journeys, including North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. The World’s Great Rail Journeys is perfect for all railway enthusiasts, whether actual or armchair travellers.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Autopia : the future of cars / Bentley, Jon
“Cars are one of the most significant human creations. They changed our cities. They changed our lives. They changed everything. But in the next thirty years, this technology will itself change enormously. If Google get their way, are we all going to be ferried around in tiny electric bubble-cars? Or will we watch robots race a bionic Lewis Hamilton? And what about the future of classic cars? Fully designed with illustrations and photographs, this will be the perfect Christmas gift for car and technology enthusiasts everywhere.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Supercars
“Supercars are the purest and most extreme expression of automotive performance there is – and no one knows their supercars more than the Top Gear Magazine team. From the stylish curves and cutting-edge technology to the absurd power and baffling price-tags, this book is a celebration of the Supercar in all its glory. With all new selections including electric supercars, the stunning full-colour photography and hair-raising visuals will take you under the hood of the fastest, and most ridiculous cars on the planet. This is Top Gear Ultimate Supercars. Buckle up. Are you ready?” (adapted from Catalogue)

Home, garden and DIY

The focus is on small things this month! Tiny interiors, Weaving with little hand-made looms and Live small, live modern.

Living with flowers : blooms & bouquets for the home / Blossom, Rowan
“This book will teach you the basics every budding florist should know, before showing how to create more than 25 of Rowan’s favorite floral masterpieces for every occasion, from tokens to the grandest of statements. Learn how to make a floral chandelier or hang a curtain of flowers, fashion a festival crown, or tie a simple bouquet. Rowan’s love of everything bohemian, vintage, and natural, and her no-nonsense approach, makes this the perfect book for first-time flower-arrangers and anyone who wants to bring flowers into their home.” (Catalogue)

Live small, live modern : the best of Beams at home
Live Small/Live Modern curates the most envy-inducing spaces pulled from Beams at Home, the interior and lifestyle series that has sold over 70,000 copies and has gained a cult-like following in Japan. Filled with infinite ideas for how to spruce up your home in hip and clever ways, this is an indispensable guide to the Japanese “art of tidying up” in small spaces. Published here for the first time in English offering readers a fountain of ideas on how to design, organize, and adorn small spaces without sacrificing personality and style.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Mend & patch : a handbook to repairing clothes and textiles / Neumüller, Kerstin
“Learn how to take care of your clothes by mending, patching, and repairing them, so you can extend the life of your most treasured garments. In the farthest corner of her clothes store in Stockholm, Sweden, Kerstin has a mending studio. When it’s quiet in the shop, she sits by her sewing machine and gives a new lease of life to people’s favorite jeans. Whatever the wear and tear, Kerstin arms you with the skills and ideas you need to mend your own clothes and promote sustainable fashion this book is perfect for sewers, crafters, and fashion lovers of all abilities.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Garden wild : meadows, prairie-style plantings, rockeries, ferneries, and other sustainable designs inpsired by nature / Baranowski, André
“The new movement in contemporary gardening is about going back to the wilderness, creatively landscaping with native plants to enrich their environments and seamlessly merge with their natural surroundings. Politely rejecting traditional manicured, hedged and pruned gardening aesthetics to invite an alternative kind of beauty: wildly bursting with indigenous plants, old-growth trees, vibrant patches of wildflowers and perennials, succulents, un-pruned bushes and ornamental grasses. New York City’s Highline is a famous example and this landscaping approach is becoming increasingly popular for private homeowners.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Less stuff : simple zero-waste steps to a joyful and clutter-free life / Miles, Lindsay
“Decluttering is great for our mental wellbeing, and when done right, it can be good for the planet too. When we rehome, repurpose or recycle the things we no longer need, we free up existing resources for others and reclaim our homes with less guilt. Less Stuff is a guide for people who find it difficult to declutter and who don’t want to see things go to waste. Step by step, you’ll explore finding your ‘enough’, learn how to let go of your old possessions without sending them to landfill, and eventually break the cycle of stuff. The end result is a planet with less strain, a home with more peace and a life with more meaning.” (Catalogue)

Perfect pots for small spaces : 20 creative container gardening projects / Carter, George
“Combining inspiration with practicality, Perfect Pots for Small Spaces offers 20 exciting projects, each simple enough to complete in a weekend. Among the imaginative projects are painted pots, a wirework hanging basket, a rustic window box, a trough with trellis screen, a wooden obelisk, and a painted galvanized washtub. The projects are complemented by a plant directory, information on care and maintenance of containers and plants, and an extensive list of resources.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Vern Yip’s vacation at home : design ideas for creating your everyday getaway / Yip, Vern
“The veteran interior designer from Trading Spaces and HGTV–and author of the New York Times bestseller Vern Yip’s Design Wise–is back to reveal the design tricks and practices that will give any home a serene, luxury retreat-like feel.” (Catalogue)

Tiny interiors : compact living spaces / Baker, Lisa
“The desire for as much space as possible on as little room as necessary is neither automatically connected to an alternative lifestyle nor is it a protest against our luxury-oriented society. Sometimes it simply makes life easier, more comfortable, and more economical. This title presents contemporary projects from around the world that take on the simple yet challenging task to develop enthralling room concepts and spatial solutions for the efficient use of the smallest living spaces. The furnishings need to be carefully designed and compact to make the most of the available space. These mini interiors investigate the possibility of providing a better setting for everyday living based on what is necessary, what is desired and what is possible.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Weaving with little handmade looms : make your own mini looms & weave 25 exquisite projects / Kageyama, Harumi
“Learn how to make your own portable weaving loom with everyday materials like cardboard, paper, pins, tacks, wood, and nails. Step-by-step instructions illustrate how to construct four handcrafted loom designs with ordinary tools. Featuring 25 cute projects like bags, jewelry, table-mats, and pouches, all projects are friendly for weaving with both traditional and unconventional fibers. You can try different materials, from classic yarn to more novel materials like ribbon, suede and pipe cleaners -change it up for a whole different look! These do-it-yourself looms are perfect for crafting on the go. They are small enough to take with you as a portable travel craft or outside pastime.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The story of gardening / Hobhouse, Penelope
“From the cooling fountains of the Alhambra to the imposing palace grounds of Chinese emperors and the clean lines of the formal French parterre, this inspiring history charts the fascinating evolution of gardening over thousands of years, bringing to life the world’s most beautiful and magnificent gardens. The Story of Gardening explains the origins of the most influential gardening styles. Acclaimed garden designer and plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse draws on her extensive experience and shows you how an appreciation of style and techniques from all over the world helps us to understand how modern gardens have developed.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Learning English as a second language

More IELTs texts for the learners of English as a second language, for both general and academic users. Also more Outcomes, and another in the Perspectives series, for you to improve your English skills!

Barron’s TOEFL iBT : internet-based test / Sharpe, Pamela J
“Barron’s newest edition of TOEFL iBT provides flexible study options to help you prepare for the test. This edition includes: Eight online full-length TOEFL iBT model tests with answer explanations: A review of required academic and language skills with four video lessons and a grammar review that supports the Speaking and Writing Sections: An online pronunciation guide that features over 200 campus flash cards with vocabulary terms and example sentences: MP3 audio files for all prompts: A general overview of the TOEFL iBT: PowerPoint review presentations with handouts, video lessons; and resources for tutors and teachers” (Catalogue)

Complete English All-in-one for ESL Learners / Swick, Ed
“Get seven times the language-learning expertise for the price of one book. More than two million students have turned to the Practice Makes Perfect series for a trusted guide to help build their language-learning skills. And, now this bestselling brand offers you all of the tools you need to improve your English in one value-packed workbook. Featuring seven titles in one volume, Practice Makes Perfect: Complete English All-in-One for ESL Learners provides a solid foundation of verbs, vocabulary and grammar, and conversational structures.” (adapted from catalogue)

IELTS 5 practice tests. (tests No. 16-20) / General set 4 : / Braverman, Simone
“General Set 4 from ‘High Scorer’s Choice’ series contains 5 full length IELTS practice tests (no. 16-20) and is a must-have study tool to achieve a high band score in IELTS. These tests feel as authentic as the real IELTS papers, and doing them at home is a great way to estimate your real IELTS score. Being a demanding test, IELTS requires a thorough preparation and these tests will help you master exam strategies, polish your techniques and raise your confidence.” (adapted from Catalogue)

IELTS 5 practice tests. (tests No. 21-25) / General set 5 : / Braverman, Simone
“Being a demanding test, IELTS requires a thorough preparation and these tests will help you master exam strategies, polish your techniques and raise your confidence. * 5 full-length General Training IELTS practice tests with answers. All writing tasks have model answers provided.” (adapted from Catalogue)

IELTS 5 practice tests. (tests No. 26-30) / General set 6 : / Braverman, Simone
“General Set 6 from ‘High Scorer’s Choice’ series contains 5 full length IELTS practice tests (no. 26-30) and is a must-have study tool to achieve a high band score in IELTS. All writing tasks have model answers provided.” (adapted from Catalogue)

IELTS 5 practice tests. (tests no. 21-25) / Academic set 5 : / Braverman, Simone
“Academic Set 5 from ‘High Scorer’s Choice’ series contains 5 full length IELTS practice tests (no.21-25) and is a must-have study tool to achieve a high band score in IELTS. These tests feel as authentic as the real IELTS papers, and doing them at home is a great way to estimate your real IELTS score. All writing tasks have model answers provided.” (adapted from Catalogue)

IELTS 5 practice tests. (tests No. 26-30) / Academic set 6 : / Braverman, Simone
“Academic Set 6 from ‘High Scorer’s Choice’ series contains 5 full length IELTS practice tests (no.26-30). Being a demanding test, IELTS requires a thorough preparation and these tests will help you master exam strategies, polish your techniques and raise your confidence. All writing tasks have model answers provided.” (Catalogue)

Perspectives. 4, Workbook
“Perspectives teaches learners to think critically and to develop the language skills they need to find their own voice in English. The carefully guided language lessons, real-world stories, and TED Talks motivate learners to think creatively and communicate effectively. In Perspectives, learners develop an open mind, a critical eye, and a clear voice in English.” (Catalogue)

Outcomes. Elementary student’s book / Dellar, Hugh
“This lexically rich course emphasises students’ need to have the conversations in English that they would in their own language. This new edition contains more contemporary and global content, reflecting English as it is used in the world and is visible via rewritten texts and new National Geographic photos and videos. There is a strong emphasis on real and natural English usage so students can develop the English language skills necessary for the real world.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Outcomes. Advanced student’s book / Dellar, Hugh
“Real situations, real language, real outcomes. The second edition of Outcomes is the only course that is consistently focused on helping students achieve the real world communicative outcomes they want and need.” (Catalogue)

New year, new books on Health

The greatest threat to our health is climate change. Bosh! How to live Vegan: Save the planet and feel amazing shows how to live a more sustainable life by following the vegan lifestyle. Our other picks talk about being close to animals and the health benefits of doing so; how to live with a degenerative disorder and find opportunities in it; tips on how to beat depression and much more. Enjoy!

Bosh! : how to live vegan : save the planet and feel amazing / Firth, Henry
“Do you want to go vegan but have no idea where to start? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of information out there and how difficult it seems to stay on track? BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, easy and delicious plant-based cooking, are here to help and make a sustainable and ethical lifestyle accessible to everyone.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Our wild calling : how connecting with animals can transform our lives–and save theirs / Louv, Richard
“Louv interviews researchers, theologians, wildlife experts, indigenous healers, psychologists, and others to show how people are communicating with animals in ancient and new ways; how dogs can teach children ethical behavior; how animal-assisted therapy may yet transform the mental health field; and what role the human-animal relationship plays in our spiritual health. Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures–not out of fear, but out of love.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Living with Crohn’s disease : turning adversity into opportunities / Hamilton, Nichola
Living with Crohn’s Disease highlights one woman’s turbulent journey while living with the disease. Nichola has endured over 25 surgeries and many near-fatal incidences, yet she continues to smile and feel blessed to be alive. The book was written to assist other sufferers and their carers in all areas of living with inflammatory bowel disease, both from a conventional/allied health perspective but also through a holistic approach, showing them how to improve life while enduring this illness.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The depression cure : the six-step programme to beat depression without drugs / Ilardi, Stephen S.
“Based on extensive research with an amazing success rate, The Depression Cure outlines a step-by-step plan for recovery from depression, which focuses on six key lifestyle elements that have largely disappeared in healthy doses from modern life- – physical exercise – omega-3 fatty acids – natural sunlight exposure – restorative sleep – social connectedness – meaningful, engaging activity. The Depression Cure is an essential guide for anyone seeking an alternative approach to depression treatment.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Fentanyl, Inc. : how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid epidemic / Westhoff, Ben
“In Fentanyl, Inc., award-winning journalist Ben Westhoff goes undercover to investigate the shadowy world of synthetic drugs – becoming, in the process, the first journalist to infiltrate a Chinese fentanyl lab. He tracks down the drug baron in New Zealand who unintentionally helped to start the synthetic-drug revolution; prowls St. Louis streets with a former fentanyl dealer to understand how the epidemic started; and chronicles the lives of addicts and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug-awareness organisers in the US and Europe.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The brain : what it does, how it works & how it affects behavior / Loveday, Catherine
The Brain delves into how we use our brains in everyday life and uncovers the crucial workings of this vital organ in an accessible way for the general reader. From revealing how the brain controls our basic functions such as speech, vision and movement to how it determines our perceptions, contributes to our personalities and affects our emotions, this beautifully illustrated book unlocks the key questions about the brain.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Beating my breast : a diary of life and connection / Cramond, Kate
“If there are any perks from breast cancer, Changing Your Life should be one of them. Yeah, right. Nearly a year out from my diagnosis – just when everyone expects me to dust myself off and move on – I’m dull and dreary and utterly bogged. So I start a diary – hoping to sift through the quagmire in my head, and make sense of what’s been going on in my body. Over time, I describe my treatments – a horror show that mutilates my boob, kills my reproductive cycles and flattens me with side effects. But surprisingly, it is my stories that carry me through. The contrast between young me and older me.” (Catalogue)

8 steps to reverse your PCOS : a proven program to reset your hormones, repair your metabolism and restore your fertility / McCulloch, Fiona
“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal condition in women. It afflicts ten to fifteen percent of women worldwide, causing various symptoms, including hair loss, acne, hirsutism, irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, and infertility. Dr. McCulloch introduces the key health factors that must be addressed to reverse PCOS. Through quizzes, symptom checklists, and lab tests, she’ll guide you in identifying which of the factors are present and what you can do to treat them.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The selfish ape : human nature and our path to extinction / Money, Nicholas P
“Weaving together stories of science and sociology, The Selfish Ape offers a refreshing response to common fantasies about the ascent of humanity. Rather than imagining modern humans as a species with godlike powers, or Homo deus, Nicholas P. Money recasts us as Homo narcissus, paragons of self-absorption. The Selfish Ape is a book about human biology, the intertwined characteristics of our greatness and failure, and the way that we have plundered the biosphere. (adapted from Catalogue)

Outsmart your smartphone : conscious tech habits for finding happiness, balance & connection IRL / Davis, Tchiki
“Do you spend hours each day on your smartphone or tablet? Reading the news, shopping, compulsively checking email, or immersed in social media? Do you text friends while waiting in line at the grocery store, avoiding any chance of face-to-face interactions with actual human beings? This refreshingly honest how-to guide will help you find the balance you seek. You’ll learn how to stop letting your phone run your life and instead dial in real peace, fulfillment, and joy. You’ll also find tons of tips to help you make more meaningful connections, rediscover what truly matters to you, and feel less addicted to your phone! Book jacket.” (adapted from Catalogue)

When we’re 64 : your guide to a great later life / Ansari, Louise
“This book includes all the essentials on working longer, how to fund retirement, volunteering, where to live and what kind of house you’ll need. It covers how to stay healthy–and still live a full life if you develop a health condition–and reveals how your attitude towards aging could actually increase your lifespan. Filled with expert advice and new evidence and tips on how to age well, When We’re 64 is an eminently readable light-hearted look at how to plan and prepare for what could be the best years of your life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Non-fiction books and eBooks new to us

A very highly recommended book heads up our list for this time: How to walk a dog. This is followed by books about Christmas, just in time for Christmas.

Print books

How to walk a dog / White, Mike
“Mike White began walking his SPCA-rescue huntaway, Cooper, at Wellington’s dog parks ten years ago, and since then has become part of a remarkable community of people and their pets. Written with wit, wisdom and heartbreaking poignancy, How to Walk a Dog is a story anyone who has ever owned or loved a dog, will relate to. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will learn some of the secrets of living with a dog. Illustrated with line drawings from acclaimed cartoonist Sharon Murdoch.” (Summary, from Catalogue)

Last Christmas : memories of Christmases past and hopes for future ones
“When you think back to Christmases past, what (if anything) made it magical? Looking towards the future, what would your perfect Christmas be? What would you change? This is a beautiful, funny and soulful collection of personal essays about the meaning of Christmas. This gem of a book (is) introduced and curated by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise (and) celebrates the importance of kindness and generosity, acceptance and tolerance – and shows us that these values are not just for Christmas.” (Catalogue)

Christmas is coming! : celebrate the holiday with art, stories, poems, songs, and recipes.
“From The Metropolitan Museum, this Christmas treasury of stories, poems, recipes, and songs is sure to light up the holiday season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and this richly illustrated treasury celebrates everything there is to love about the holiday season! All the artwork is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The government of no one : the theory and practice of anarchism / Kinna, Ruth
“Anarchism routinely gets a bad press. It’s usually seen as meaning chaos and disorder — or even nothing at all. And yet, from Occupy Wall Street to Pussy Riot, Noam Chomsky to David Graeber, this philosophical and political movement is as relevant as ever. Contrary to popular perception, different strands of anarchism — from individualism to collectivism — do follow certain structures and a shared sense of purpose: a belief in freedom and working towards collective good without the interference of the state.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Money : myths, truths and alternatives / Mellor, Mary
“In this highly topical book, Mary Mellor, an expert on money, examines money’s social, political and commercial histories to debunk longstanding myths such as money being in short supply and needing to come from somewhere. Arguing that money’s immense social value means that its creation and circulation should be a matter of democratic choice, she sets out a new finance system, based on green and feminist concerns, to bring radical change for social good.” (Catalogue)

The compatriots : the brutal and chaotic history of Russia’s exiles, emigrés, and agents abroad / Soldatov, Andreĭ
“The history of Russian espionage is soaked in blood, from a spontaneous pistol shot that killed a secret policeman in Romania in 1924 to the attempt to poison an exiled KGB colonel in Salisbury, England, in 2017. Russians began leaving the country in big numbers in the late nineteenth century creating the third-largest diaspora in the world. The exodus created a rare opportunity for the Kremlin. Moscow’s masters and spymasters fostered networks of spies, many of whom were emigrants driven from Russia.”(adapted from Catalogue)

24/6 : the power of unplugging one day a week / Shlain, Tiffany
“Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on an entertaining journey into a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for 24 hours each week. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.” This weekly practice, which they’ve done for nearly a decade with their kids (16 & 10), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Childfree by choice : the movement redefining family and creating a new age of independence / Blackstone, Amy
“Amy Blackstone, a professor of sociology, has been studying the childfree choice since 2008, a choice she and her husband had already confidently and happily made. Using her own and others’ research as well as her personal experience, Blackstone delves into the childfree movement from its conception to today, as she strips away the misconceptions surrounding non-parents and reveals the still radical notion that support of the childfree can lead to better lives and societies for all.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Famous cold cases : more than 50 major crimes from murders and assassinations, to kidnappings, robberies and fraud / Wright, John D.
“Jack the Ripper and the Zodiac Killer. The kidnapping of little Madeleine McCann. The 22 million robbery of the British Bank in Beirut. What all these have in common is they’re cold cases: investigators have closed the file because they’re out of leads. Famous Cold Cases presents more than 50 of these unsolved or recently solved crimes in a dossier format.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eBooks

What we’re fighting for now is each other : dispatches from the front lines of climate justice / Stephenson, Wen
“In 2010, journalist Wen Stephenson woke up to the true scale and urgency of the catastrophe bearing down on humanity, starting with the poorest and most vulnerable everywhere, and confronted what he calls “the spiritual crisis at the heart of the climate crisis.” Inspired by others who refused to retreat into various forms of denial and fatalism, he walked away from his career in mainstream media and became an activist, joining those working to build a transformative movement for climate justice in America.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Doing justice : a prosecutor’s thoughts on crime, punishment, and the rule of law / Bharara, Preet
“By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.” (adapted from Catalogue)

New DVDs for December

New DVDs for December include the new Fast & furious spin off; the true life story of famed Manchester United goalkeeper Bert Trautmann; a hit Amazon Prime show starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, based on the Book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; a remake of the classic Lion King story; and the critically acclaimed mini-series Chernobyl.

Fast & furious. Hobbs & Shaw
“Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs, a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw, a former British military elite operative, first faced off, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when anarchist Brixton gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever, these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.” (Summary, Catalogue)

The keeper
“While visiting a PoW camp near Manchester at the end of WWII, Margaret Friar, the daughter of the manager of the local football team, notices young German soldier Bert Trautmann. Her father is so taken by Bert’s prowess as a goal-keeper that he gets him out of the camp to play for his local team. Margaret and Bert’s love blossoms despite local hostility and resentment of the German PoWs. In the meantime, Bert’s heroics in goal are noticed by Manchester’s City Football Club. Rather than going back to Germany like nearly all the other camp inmates, Bert marries Margaret and signs for Man City.” (adapted Summary from Catalogue)

Good omens
“Aziraphale is a fussy angel. Crowley is a loose-living demon. They’ve both been on Earth for over 6,000 years. During that time they’ve grown quite fond of it, and, against all odds, each other. But there’s a problem – the Antichrist has arrived here on Earth, which means the world they have become too fond of will end in flames, if they don’t manage to save it. This wildly imaginative and gloriously funny drama follows Aziraphale and Crowley as they join forces in an attempt to find an 11-year-old Antichrist (and his dog) and avert the Apocalypse. Armageddon is coming – but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

Late night
“After almost 30 years, legendary talk-show host Katherine Newbury suspects she may soon be losing her spot on late-night television unless she makes a game-changing transformation. Making gender equality her goal, she impulsively hires Molly Patel, a chemical plant efficiency expert, as the first and only female on her writing staff. Molly urges her to make the show more contemporary, authentic, and personal, a move that could make Molly’s career or send her back to the chemical plant for good.” (summary from Catalogue)

Garage sale mystery. Murder in D minor.
“Jennifer Shannon has a gift for finding rare treasures hidden in garage sales that she can resell at her consignment store, Rags to Riches. But her keen eye for finding valuables also gets her involved in the criminal investigations that happen at the very second-hand sales she frequents. In “Murder in D Minor”, Jennifer wins the bid on a vintage self-playing piano at an estate auction. The piano was owned by the late Carl Deats and Jennifer discovers that this wealthy philanthropist has a dark history.” (Catalogue)

The lion king
“After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.” (Catalogue)

Chernobyl : a 5-part miniseries.
“Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men), Stellan Skarsgård (Breaking the Waves, Good Will Hunting) and Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Apple Tree Yard) star in Chernobyl, the critically acclaimed five-part mini-series. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukrainian SSR suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and Western Europe. Dramatising the true story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, Chernobyl shines a light on the brave men and women who fought an unprecedented war against an invisible enemy, and who suffered and sacrificed, saving millions of lives, often at the cost of their own.” (Product Description, Amazon.co.uk)

Little Woods
“Ollie is barely getting by in Little Woods, an economically depressed fracking boomtown in North Dakota. She has left her days of illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border behind, eying a potential new job that would finally break her out of the small town. But when her mother dies, she is reunited with her estranged sister Deb, who faces a mounting crisis: the combined effect of an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex.” (Catalogue)

High life
“Monte and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew, death row inmates led by a doctor with sinister motives, has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.” (Summary from Catalogue)

Game of thrones. Season 8.
“The final season depicts the culmination of the series’ two primary conflicts: the great battle at Winterfell against the Army of the Dead, and the final battle in King’s Landing for control of the Iron Throne.” (Mightyape.co.nz)

The farewell.
“In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding.” (adapted from Description, mightyape.co.nz)

Health books new in our collection

Books and eBooks to help those suffering from insomnia, about neuroplasticity, and a guide to medical cannabis for New Zealanders feature this month!

Print books

The first cell : and the human costs of pursuing cancer to the last / Raza, Azra
“In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again. The First Cell is no ordinary book of medicine, but a book of wisdom and grace by an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Healing practices in the South Pacific
“This collection represents a valuable reference work for specialists on Oceania and, because of strong relationships between the two cultural areas, for specialists on traditional medical systems of southeast Asia who are interested in broadening their own comparative analyses.” (adapted from “R. Provencher, Northern Illinois University. Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.” (Catalogue)

The pelvic floor bible : everything you need to know to prevent and cure problems at every stage in your life / Simpson, Jane
“Have you ever laughed so much you wet yourself – just a little bit? Or found yourself crossing your legs on the doorstep frantically searching for your keys? Do you get up at night to go to the toilet more than once? Incontinence is both preventable and curable through pelvic floor exercises and rehabilitation but too many people assume nothing can be done, follow incorrect advice or are ashamed to seek help. We need to end the taboo now. Jane Simpson will show you how to incorporate pelvic floor exercises as part of your daily routine in order to prevent issues in later life and cure existing problems now.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Up the duff : the real guide to pregnancy / Cooke, Kaz
“First published in 1999, Kaz Cooke’s best-selling Up the Duff is firmly established as the most loved and trusted book for Australian and New Zealand women on pregnancy.
This 20th-anniversary edition has been fully revised and updated. Australia’s most trusted advisor on women’s health delivers the lowdown on pregnancy, birth and how to best prepare for life with a baby.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The ultimate guide to eating for longevity : the macrobiotic way to live a long, healthy, and happy life / Waxman, Denny
“The ultimate guide on how to build and integrate healthy habits into your diet and lifestyle, revealing a more positive, balanced, and invigorating approach to long lasting health. Readers will find healthy living easier than ever by learning how to apply these principles into a broad range of modern lifestyles and having the ability to go at their own pace. The Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity is not a diet fad but based on the world’s long-standing civilizations that have changed very little over time and make it clear that it is possible to live a long healthy life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Medical cannabis : a brief guide for New Zealanders / Holt, Shaun
“An easy-to-read guide to the potential benefits and risks of using cannabis as a medicine. It gives the reader a good understanding of what medical cannabis is, an overview of its history, and importantly, a summary of what the latest research shows about the use of cannabis as a medicine, and its potential benefits and risks.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eBooks

Relax into yoga for seniors : a six-week program for strength, balance, flexibility, and pain relief / Carson, Kimberly
“With this book, you’ll explore what yoga is and how to do it safely, including important movement considerations like how to get up and down from the floor with care, and how to stand and sit with healthy postural alignment. With this popular program, you’ll be able to create a safe and effective individualized practice that will address your needs, take personal limitations into consideration, and help you relieve pain, become more flexible and active, and connect more deeply with your inner experience.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Healthy brain, happy life : a personal program to activate your brain and do everything better / Suzuki, Wendy
“A neuroscientist transforms the way we think about our brain, our health and our personal happiness in this clear, informative and inspiring guide – a blend of personal memoir, science narrative and practical advice that bring the human brain into focus as never before, revealing the powerful connection between exercise, learning, memory and cognitive abilities. Taking us on an amazing journey inside the brain as never before, Suzuki helps us unlock the keys to neuroplasticity that can change our brains or bodies and, ultimately, our lives.” (Catalogue)

Mindfulness for insomnia / Polan Orzech, Catherine
“Break the cycle of anxious thinking and rumination that keeps you up at night. With this much-needed guide, you’ll learn to quiet your mind, relax your body, feel less tense, and finally get the sleep you need. There is nothing we can do to “make” ourselves fall asleep. In many ways, this is why insomnia can be so maddening. But what we can do is help create the conditions necessary for healthy slumber.” (adapted from Catalogue)

New DVDs for November

New DVDs for November include the latest entry in the action packed ‘John Wick’ series; moody Crime with the return of ‘True Detective’; a brilliant re-imagining of the classic novel ‘The haunting of Hill House’; uplifting music drama with ‘Wild Rose’; and a biopic on the formative years of the renowned creator of Middle Earth.

John Wick. 3, Parabellum
“Super assassin John Wick has a fourteen million dollar price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline-fuelled action series.” (Catalogue)

MIB. International
“The team has always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe, but in this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the organization.” (Catalogue)

Spider-Man. Far from home
“Still in mourning for his mentor, Peter Parker decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation as a way to reset. However, when Nick Fury hunts him down for help defeating Elemental creatures from the future, he has to keep the appearance of being a regular student while fighting alongside a new superhero from the future: Mysterio.” (Catalogue)

Tolkien
“Explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage, and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including the author’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. All of these experiences would later inspire him to write his famous Middle-earth novels.” (Catalogue)

True detective. The complete third season
“In the heart of the Ozarks, the mystery surrounding a chilling crime deepens over three decades. Wayne Hays, a retired detective, who’s been tormented for 35 years by a case involving the 1980 disappearance of two children in West Finger, Arkansas. As the ageing Hays ruminates on the investigation with the producer of a true-crime documentary, details are revealed about the case and Hay’s haunted past.” (Catalogue)

Aladdin
“A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes fixated on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.” (Catalogue)

Kings. The complete series.
“A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David. King Silas Benjamin rules the kingdom of Gilboa with steely determination unmatched by any rival. During a tense battle with the neighbouring nation of Gath, David Shepherd, an idealistic young soldier from the countryside, heroically crosses over dangerous enemy lines and rescues a coveted prisoner of war, the son of the king.” Catalogue)

Wild Rose
“Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma, and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn’s Nashville nonsense. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house.” (Catalogue)

The haunting of Hill House.
“Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.” (Catalogue)

Vera. Series eight.
“Vera and her team are drawn into four more compelling mysteries, including the body of a police officer discovered in an abattoir incinerator, a mysterious car crash, a suburban back-garden murder and the suspicious death of a teenage boy. Set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside, Vera features complex and intriguing cases, atmospherically-shot landscapes and captivating performances, led by BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope.” (Catalogue)

New items in our Learning English collection

Our amazing Learning English collection have new titles that focus on the English language skills necessary for the real world with Outcomes, a six-level integrated-skills series with grammar and vocabulary for young adult and adult in Life and engaging stories for all reader levels. Enjoy!

TEXTBOOKS

Outcomes Pre-intermediate student’s book / Dellar, Hugh
“The second edition of Outcomes is the only course that is consistently focused on helping students achieve the real world communicative outcomes they want and need.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Outcomes. Intermediate student’s book / Dellar, Hugh
“This lexically rich course emphasises students’ need to have the conversations in English that they would in their own language. This new edition contains more contemporary and global content, reflecting English as it is used in the world and is visible via rewritten texts and new National Geographic photos and videos. There is a strong emphasis on real and natural English usage so students can develop the English language skills necessary for the real world.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Life. Beginner student’s book / Stephenson, Helen
“Now in a new edition, National Geographic Learning brings the world to your classroom with Life, a six-level integrated-skills series with grammar and vocabulary for young adult and adult English language learners.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Life. Intermediate student’s book / Stephenson, Helen
“Through stunning National Geographic content, video, and engaging topics, Life inspires a generation of informed decision-makers. With Life, learners develop their ability to think critically and communicate effectively in the global community.” (Catalogue)

Common English mistakes explained with examples : over 300 mistakes almost students make and how to avoid them in less than 5 minutes a day / Mitchell, Rachel
“Do you usually make mistakes in English? – Do you feel tired of making the same mistakes in English again and again? – Would you like to learn how to avoid and correct those typical mistakes so you are error-free? – Do you expect to get the score you wished in academic exams like FCE, CAE, CPE, and IELTS?” (adapted from Catalogue)

Idioms for IELTS speaking / Mitchell, Rachel
“Master 500+ idioms in use, explained in 10 minutes a day.” (Summary from Catalogue)

Shortcut to English collocations. master 400+ English collocations in use, explained under 20 minutes a day / Book 3 : / Mitchell, Rachel
“As the author of this book, I believe that this book will be an indispensable reference and trusted guide for you who may want to use English words in a correct but natural way. Once you read this book, I guarantee you that you will have learned an extraordinarily wide range of useful, and practical English Collocations that will help you become a successful English learner, particularly in examinations such as Cambridge FCE, CAE, CPE, and IELTS; as well as you will even become a successful English user in work and in life within a short period of time only.” (adapted from Catalogue)

READERS

Samurai : the story of a warrior / Phillips, Dee
“These graphic and colorful 48-page books meet Common Core genre requirements and feature a fictional story, two pages of nonfiction, and two pages of activities, giving students some background knowledge necessary to understanding historical events. Using fiction to amplify history also allows students to think critically about the past and piques curiosity, leading to further exploration and discovery.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Fault lines / Perritano, John
“Why does the earth move? What makes us feel the shake? Where is the largest fault line? How many faults are there? Why are faults helpful?”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

King Tut’s curse, amazing athletic feats, monster or myth?– and more! / Greene, Janice
“A collection of true stories about incredible and mysterious phenomena.” (Catalogue)

Cold cases / Thomas, T. R
“Bursting with facts, these books will truly enthrall struggling readers. Nonfiction titles cover high-interest topics both creepy and utterly terrifying. Each title is thoroughly researched and includes an introduction, five chapters, an epilogue, glossary, and index. On-the-scene photography captures students imagination and spurs further reading. These are books that struggling readers will not put down!” (Catalogue)