Sustainability and the environment

As climate change increases and the era of cheap energy tapers off, do we go back to living a more natural life? The way home : tales from a life without technology shows us one man’s successful off-grid living for over ten years.

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)

Practical self sufficiency : an Australian guide to sustainable living / Strawbridge, Dick
“This fully updated guide, now in a paperback edition, offers clear step-by-step information in classic DK style and offers a greater focus on the issues surrounding sustainable living for people in urbanised parts of Australia. You will find practical advice on reducing your carbon footprint; growing and using your own fruit and vegetables; keeping chickens and other animals; community gardening, design options for energy saving and retrofitting, and doing more with less.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The way home : tales from a life without technology / Boyle, Mark
“It was 11pm when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be forever. No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce. The way home is an honest and lyrical account of a remarkable life lived in nature without modern technology. Mark Boyle explores the hard won joys of building a home with his bare hands, learning to make fire, collecting water from the stream, foraging and fishing. What he finds is an elemental life, one governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons – much the same life we have lived for most of our time on earth. Revisiting it brings a deep insight into what it means to be human at a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The natural apothecary : baking soda : uses for home, health and beauty / Stanway, Penny
“With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in our homes and on our bodies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

#NoFly : walking the talk on climate change / Hendy, Shaun C.
“”Summary: What happens when a leading New Zealand scientist (and frequent traveller) rules out flying for a year? From overnight buses to epic train journeys, Shaun Hendy’s experiences speak to our desire to do something – anything – in the face of growing climate anxiety”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)”

Composting for a new generation : latest techniques for the bin and beyond / Balz, Michelle
“Composting is not just about reducing food and yard waste; it’s also about improving the health of your soil and the productivity of your garden. Compost is full of nutrients and beneficial microbes that help plants thrive Composting for a New Generation explains the complex science behind effective and efficient composting in layman’s terms and includes detailed information on tried-and-true composting methods right along with new, innovative techniques.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Re-creating nature : science, technology, and human values in the twenty-first century / Bradley, James T.
“James T. Bradley addresses emerging biotechnologies with prodigious potential to benefit humankind but that are also fraught with ethical consequences. Some actually possess the power to directly alter the evolution of life on earth including human. Specifically, these topics include stem cells, synthetic biology, GMOs in agriculture, nanotechnology, bioterrorism, CRISPR gene-editing technology, three-parent babies, robotics and roboethics, artificial intelligence, and human brain research and neurotechnologies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Sustainability made simple : small changes for big impact / Byrd, Rosaly
Sustainability Made Simple explores the relationship between everyday life and the intricate global environmental issues of today, illustrating how small changes in daily routines and mentalities can add up to a big impact.” (Catalogue)

Working with nature : saving and using the world’s wild places / Purseglove, Jeremy
“Jeremy Purseglove explains clearly and convincingly why it’s not a good idea to extract as many resources as possible, whether it’s the demand for palm oil currently denuding the forests of Borneo, cottonfield irrigation draining the Aral Sea, or monocrops spreading across Britain. The pioneer of engineering projects to preserve nature and landscape, first in Britain and then around the world, he offers fresh insights and solutions at each step.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Vegan life : cruelty-free food, fashion, beauty and home / Peters, Jo
“A plant-based diet is the foundation of a vegan lifestyle, but you can do so much more to incorporate a cruelty-free approach into everyday life. Vegan Life highlights the simple, achievable ways you can show kindness to animals – and to the environment – not just with your choice of food but with the household products, clothing and cosmetics you buy too. With tips on how to reliably spot vegan goods when shopping, DIY ideas for making your own organic cosmetic and cleaning products and, of course, essential recipes for delicious vegan food, this book makes it easy to live more ethically.” (adapted from Catalogue)

New DVDs

New titles added to our Arapaki & Branch collection so far this year include historical drama with Dame Helen Mirren, Quentin Tarantino’s Golden Globe winning tribute to Hollywood’s past, Ari Aster’s acclaimed pagan Horror ‘Midsommar’, the big screen debut of the beloved characters from Downton Abbey, Renee Zellweger’s Judy Garland Biopic, and the origin story of one of DC Comics most iconic super-villains.

Catherine the Great.
Description: An epic and romantic drama about the power, politics, and passions of the legendary monarch Oscar winner ® Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars as one of the greatest rulers in history, the legendary mother of the Russian Empire. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, Russian empress Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren) develops a unique and devoted relationship with Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke, Windchester) as they overcome their adversaries and serve as the architects of modern-day Russia. (Mightyape.co.nz)

The name of the rose.
“Summary: Italy, 1327. The Franciscan monk, William of Baskerville (John Turturro, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and his novice Adso von Melk (Damian Hardung, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World) arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps, where they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and Melk investigate and search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui (Rupert Everett, Hysteria), who prosecutes those who criticise the Pope. Gui sets out to terminate the Franciscan Order and so, Baskerville is on the top of his list.” (Catalogue)

Once upon a time in… Hollywood
“Summary: From 1958 to 1963, American actor Rick Dalton knew the height of fame and fortune as the lead in the television series Bounty Law. Yet, Rick wasn’t satisfied with the work and used his popularity to try to become a movie star. By 1969, Rick’s career has stalled so much that he takes jobs as a guest star on various shows. He even starts wondering if the only way he can make a comeback is by acting in Italian productions. Cliff Booth, Rick’s long-time friend and stunt double, helps him see that possibilities for success still exist in the Los Angeles film industry if they work together.” (Catalogue)

Midsommar
“A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip to a Swedish festival where things quickly go awry.” (Catalogue)

Downton Abbey : the motion picture
“Summary: The beloved characters of Downton Abbey take to the big screen, and it turns out that they’ve got a major event to prepare for. After all, it’s not every day that royalty makes an appearance. Of course, it’s not long before tensions are running high. The property isn’t even close to ready when it becomes clear that Carson the butler will need to come out of retirement to help run this sinking ship before it’s too late.” (Catalogue)

Ophelia.
“Summary: The unspoken, complex heroine of Hamlet shares her own story through modern language in contemporary Denmark. As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gertrude as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet. A passionate romance kindles between the two in secret as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet’s father is murdered and the prince’s wits begin to unravel into an insatiable quest for vengeance, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark all while struggling to choose between her true love and her own life.” (Catalogue)

Judy
“It’s the winter of 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It has been 30 years since she shot to stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but though her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has grown. As she prepares for the show, fights with management, and reminisces with friends and fans, her wit and warmth shine through. She also embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.” (Catalogue)

Joker
“Summary: Failed comedian Arthur Fleck encounters violent thugs while wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown. Disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as Joker in director Todd Phillips’ thrilling origin story.” (Catalogue)

Hustlers
“Summary: Inspired by a true story, Hustlers follows Destiny, a young stripper struggling to make ends meet. That is, until she meets Ramona, the club’s savvy top earner, who shows her the way toward making big bucks. But when the 2008 economic collapse hits their Wall Street clientèle hard, Destiny and Ramona concoct a plan with their fellow strippers to turn the tables on these greedy power players in this wild, modern-day Robin Hood.” (Catalogue)

The goldfinch
“Theodore ‘Theo’ Decker was thirteen years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day, a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch.” (Catalogue)

Years and years. Season 1
“Summary: “Follow the Lyons, a busy Manchester family. Daniel’s getting married to Ralph. Stephen and Celeste worry about their kids. Rosie’s chasing a new fella. Edith has not been home for years. All presided over by Gran, the imperial Muriel. But when their lives all converge on one crucial night in 2019, the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years”–Container.” (Catalogue)

Health books

“The word I have coined in te reo Māori for autism is ‘Takiwātanga’. It is a derivation of my phrase for autism: “tōku/tōna anō takiwā” – “my/his/her own time and space”.”

– Keri Opai on Altogether Autism.

Our first book this month was written by a neurologist, as a result of his own research, after his son was diagnosed with autism.

The boy who felt too much : how a renowned neuroscientist and his son changed our view of autism forever / Wagner, Lorenz
“Raising Kai made Henry Markram question all that he thought he knew about neuroscience, and then inspired his groundbreaking research that would upend the conventional wisdom about autism, expressed in his now-famous theory of the Intense World Syndrome. Bringing his world-class research to bear on the problem, he devised a radical new theory of the disorder: People like Kai don’t feel too little; they feel too much.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Current medical diagnosis & treatment 2020
CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment is the most comprehensive, reliable, and timely reference available to answer common questions that arise in everyday clinical practice. Written by clinicians renowned in their respective fields, this trusted classic offers expert advice on all aspects of outpatient and inpatient medical care.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Restore, refresh, relax : a companion for every day self-care.
Restore Refresh Relax is like no other resource in your journey towards self-care. Through mindfulness, gentle yoga practice, nourishing foods, homemade skincare products and other healthful ideas, this book explores the building blocks for optimising lifelong wellbeing using natural remedies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The joy of movement : how exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage / McGonigal, Kelly
“Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers. She shows how movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery–and why it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Why we eat (too much) : the new science of appetite / Jenkinson, Andrew
“For over two decades, weight loss surgeon Dr Andrew Jenkinson has treated thousands of people who have become trapped in the endless cycle of dieting. Why We Eat (Too Much), combines case studies from his practice and the new science of metabolism to illuminate how our appetite really works.” (adapted from Catalogue)

15-minute Pilates : four 15-minute workouts for strength, stretch, and control / Ungaro, Alycea
“Fit exercise into your busy life with these short but effective Pilates programs. Practice Pilates for just 15 minutes regularly-anytime, anywhere-to make a difference. Clear, step-by-step photographs paired with easy-to-follow instructions explain exactly what to do. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

Anti-diet : reclaim your time, money, well-being and happiness through intuitive eating / Harrison, Christy
“In Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-pound industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health and happiness. Anti-Diet will turn what you think you know about health and wellness upside down, as Harrison explores the history of diet culture, how it’s infiltrated the health and wellness world, how to recognise it in all its sneaky forms, and how letting go of efforts to lose weight or eat ‘perfectly’ actually helps to improve people’s health – no matter their size.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Breathe Well: Easy and Effective Techniques to Boost Energy, Feel Calmer, More Focused and Productive [paperback] / Hartley, Aimee
“Introducing breath basics and detailing why breathing properly is so important for health and wellbeing, Aimee shows you how to build up to a daily 20-minute breathing practice, divided into manageable chunks that you can easily fit into a busy da. ‘Conscious breathing activates the body’s relaxation response, which in turn reduces blood pressure, which in turn lowers the risk of stroke and improves cardiovascular health. It’s also good for digestion and general immunity, both of which are impaired by stress.’ – Guardian” (adapted from Catalogue)

Anxiety: practical about panic : a practical guide to understanding and overcoming anxiety disorder / Fletcher, Joshua
“Do you suffer from anxiety and panic? So did Joshua Fletcher, the author of the self-published bestseller Anxiety: panicking about panic – but he treated his own condition successfully, went back to school, became a counsellor and emerged as one of the country’s leading experts. Anxiety: panicking about panic is a complete, easy to read and hugely practical book about anxiety from someone who knows how to recover and live life to the full – and will show you how.” (Catalogue)

Beating osteoporosis : the facts, the treatments, the exercises / Moran, Diana
“Written in association with the National Osteoporosis Society, this practical book is a must-have for anybody affected by osteoporosis. As a sufferer of osteopenia herself (an early form of osteoporosis) Diana Moran is a strong advocate for exercise, early diagnosis, weight bearing exercise, vitamin D and other measures that can be taken to tackle osteoporosis.” (adapted from Catalogue)

New popular non-fiction

Our recent pick for popular new books this month is as diverse as having books on detective work, the ISIS attack on Charlie Hebdo, an analysis on the use of bad words in the English language, the detrimental side of beauty and, of course, the hot topic of climate change and how to try and slow it down.

The adventures of Maud West, lady detective : secrets and lies in the golden age of crime / Stapleton, Susannah
“Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having starting sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And – as Susannah Stapleton reveals – she was a most unreliable witness to her own life. Interweaving tales from Maud West’s own ‘casebook’ with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Disturbance / Lançon, Philippe
“Paris, January 7, 2015. Two terrorists who claim allegiance to ISIS attack the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The event causes untold pain to the victims and their families, prompts a global solidarity movement, and ignites a fierce debate over press freedoms and the role of satire today. Philippe Lançon, a journalist, author, and a weekly contributor to Charlie Hebdo is gravely wounded in the attack. This intense life experience upends his relationship to the world, to writing, to reading, to love and to friendship. Disturbance is a book about survival, resilience, and reconstruction, about transformation, about one man’s shifting relationship to time, to writing and journalism, to truth, and to his own body.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Bad words and what they tell us / Gooden, Philip
“Philip Gooden shows how and why taboo words and contentious expressions, including those four-letter ones, were first used in English. He discusses the ways such words have changed over the years and explores how a single syllable or two may possess an almost magical power to offend, distress or infuriate. Bad Words investigates the most controversial and provocative words in the English language in a way that is both anecdotal and analytical.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Beauty / Lee, Bri
“In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed. In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical ‘perfection’ has become so crucial to so many. What happens if you try to reach that impossible goal? Bri did try, and Beauty is what she learned from that battle: a gripping and intelligent rejection of an ideal that diminishes us all.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Cows on ice & owls in the bog : the weird and wonderful world of Scandinavian sayings / Montnémery, Katarina
“Scandinavians are cooler, sexier, and more stylish than the rest of us. They have a higher standard of living, greater economic opportunity and equality, the world’s best restaurants, and moody TV dramas involving murders and sweaters. But did you know, amidst the obsession with hygge, IKEA, and lagom, that Scandinavian sayings are absolutely BIZARRE? Take the Swedish ‘Skita i det bl a sk pet’, which roughly translates as ‘You’ve done a poop in the blue locker’.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Good economics for hard times : better answers to our biggest problems / Banerjee, Abhijit V.
“Figuring out how to deal with today’s critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change–these are sources of great anxiety across the world. The resources to address these challenges are there–what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude; if we fail, the potential losses are incalculable.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Ghostland : in search of a haunted country / Parnell, Edward
“In his late thirties, Edward Parnell found himself trapped in the recurring nightmare of a family tragedy. For comfort, he turned to his bookshelves, back to the ghost stories that obsessed him as a boy, and to the writers through the ages who have attempted to confront what comes after death. Ghostland is Parnell’s moving exploration of what has haunted our writers and artists – and what is haunting him. It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and of the redemptive power of stories and nature.” (adapted from Catalogue)

After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, And Restoration [hardback] / Buck, Holly Jean
“As the human species hurtles ever faster towards its own extinction geoengineering as a temporary fix to buy time for carbon removal, is a seductive idea. Can these technologies and practices be used as technologies of repair, to bring carbon levels back down to pre-industrial levels? Rejecting the idea that geoengineering is some kind of easy work-around, Holly Buck outlines the kind of social transformation that would be necessary to enact a programme of geoengineering in the first place.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Is there still sex in the city? / Bushnell, Candace
“The New York Times-bestselling author of Sex and the City takes a wry look at sex, dating, and friendship after age 50, with a smart, lively satirical story of marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, and the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all.” (Catalogue)

Losing Earth : a recent history / Rich, Nathaniel
“The most urgent story of our times, brilliantly reframed, beautifully told: how we had the chance to stop climate change, and failed. By 1979, we knew all that we know now about the science of climate change–what was happening, why it was happening, and how to stop it. Over the next ten years, we had the very real opportunity to stop it. Obviously, we failed. It is not just an agonizing revelation of historical missed opportunities, but a clear-eyed and eloquent assessment of how we got to now, and what we can and must do before it’s truly too late.” (adapted from Catalogue)

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)