Self Help December – Cultivate your sense of adventure and independence and reclaim your creativity

These could be New Year resolutions with far reaching implications, subverting the current consensus on tidiness and connectivity. Food for thought during the festive season!

Syndetics book coverThe happiness purpose
“First published in 1977, this extraordinarily prescient book sets out de Bono’s method for achieving the ultimate 21st century goal: work-life balance. Defined in terms of life-space and self-space , de Bono invites the reader to look at their life and measure the gap between these spaces–the smaller the gap, the greater our chances at happiness; but if the life-space is vastly bigger than the self-space, our coping ability is compromised and anxiety is likely. For anyone concerned with happiness and life-fulfilment this book is essential reading, and is perhaps more resonant with readers now than ever before.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverI am right, you are wrong : from this to the new renaissance : from rock logic to water logic
“”The classic work about choice in business and in life. Most of our everyday decision-making tends to be confrontational. Whether in large meetings, one-to-one or even in our own heads, opposite view points are pitted against each other. In I Am Right – You Are Wrong, lateral-thinking guru Edward de Bono challenges this ‘rock logic’ of rigid categories and point-scoring arguments which is both destructive and exhausting. Instead he reveals how we can all be winners. Clearer perception is the key to constructive thinking and more open-minded creativity. In overturning conventional wisdom, Edward de Bono will help you to become a better thinker and decision maker. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe 2 AM principle : discover the science of adventure
“Adventures don’t happen by accident – just ask Jon Levy. Once a high school geek, he is now a world-traveling behavior scientist and the creator of the EPIC Model of Adventure, a breakthrough four-stage process for creating unforgettable experiences – from assembling the right team and the finer points of party crashing, to the science of being funny and ending the evening with style. The 2 AM principle combines outrageous triumphs, embarrassing failures, and life-changing lessons from Levy’s adventures with concrete science to show anyone how to life life more fully and adventurously.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverToo fast to think : how to reclaim your creativity in a hyper-connected work culture
“Our lives are getting faster and faster. We are too busy, too overloaded with information and too focused on analytical left-brain thinking processes to be creative. Too Fast to Think exposes how our current work practices, media culture and education systems are detrimental to innovation. The speed and noise of modern life is undermining the clarity and quiet that is essential to power individual thought. Our best ideas are often generated when we are free to think diffusely, in an uninterrupted environment, which is why moments of inspiration so often occur in places completely separate to our offices. Too Fast to Think teaches you how to retrain your brain into allowing creative ideas to emerge, before they are shut down by interruption, distraction or the self-doubt of your over-rational brain. Chris Lewis takes a holistic approach to explain the 8 crucial traits that are inherently linked to creation and innovation.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMessy : how to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world
“Messiness adds benefits to our lives, so why do we resist the concept so? Harford uses research from neuroscience, psychology and social science to explain why disorder, confusion, and disarray are actually lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other. He shows that the human inclination for tidiness can mask a deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverUnfollow : living life on your own terms
“We live in a world that floods us with expectations about everything – from what we should weigh to what we should wear to how often we should be having sex and how much money we should be making. As a consequence, we begin to feel that we need to tick all these boxes in order to have ‘the Perfect Life’. When we inevitably fall short, we feel anxious – we feel that we are failing and have the sense we are losing control. As a result, increasing numbers of young women are battling with issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem, bullying, perfectionism, toxic friendships and relationships, pressure to succeed or conform, and poor body image. At an age when life should be exciting, fun and relatively care-free, more and more young women are adrift and struggling. This book offers valuable insight and practical self-help to empower women to throw off the burden of expectation and start leading the lives they want to lead.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFear 
“In Fear, the world’s greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to try and explain what fear is, how it happens and how he’s overcome it so successfully. He examines key moments from history where fear played an important part in the outcome of a great event. He shows us how the brain perceives fear, how that manifests itself in us, and how we can transform our perceptions. With an enthralling combination of story-telling, research and personal accounts of his own struggles to overcome fear, Sir Ranulph Fiennes sheds new light on one of humanity’s strongest emotions.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBetween two worlds : lessons from the other side
“Tyler Henry discovered his gift for communicating with the departed when he was just ten years old. After experiencing a sudden, accurate premonition of his grandmother’s death–what Tyler would later describe as his first experience of “knowingness”–life would never be the same. Now in his twenties, Tyler is a renowned, practicing medium, star of the smash hit E! reality show, Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry , and go-to clairvoyant of celebrities, VIP’s, and those simply looking for closure and healing. Despite struggling to accept his rare talent, Tyler grew to embrace it, and finally found the courage to share it. For the first time, Tyler pulls back the curtain on living life as a medium in his first memoir, in which he fearlessly opens up about discovering his gift as an adolescent, what it’s truly like to communicate with those who have passed, the power of symbolism in his readings, and the lessons we can learn from our departed loved ones. Tyler discusses how readings can impact our relationships with our closest friends and family once they’re gone.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe game of life and how to play it
“Written almost a century ago, The Game of Life is a classic in the field of personal development. Louise Hay, whose books have brought inspiration, hope, and healing to millions of people around the world, credits The Game of Life and the whole body of work by Florence Scovel Shinn for guiding her at a key turning point in her life. With their clarity, simplicity, and force, Florence’s teachings have profoundly shaped the fields of personal development and spiritual growth over the decades. In this transformational classic, Florence teaches the power of positive thought. She explains how our thoughts and words affect the experience we have in our daily lives, and uses concrete examples to show how we can use them to bring more of what we want into our lives, including abundance, love, and success.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLife on Earth : understanding who we are, how we got here, and what may lie ahead
“Life on Earth takes the form of a journal in which Mike Dooley asks what’s on his mind during pivotal times in his life. As one of today’s most respected New Thought leaders and reality theorists, he offers a lofty platform for this wide-ranging dialogue that powerfully expands our perspectives on essential truths, taking on topics such as:- Why and how to see through the “illusions” of life on earth- How to make sense of natural disasters and manmade tragedies- Living deliberately, creating consciously, and finding your power- Wealth, relationships, “past lives,” and the evolution of consciousness- The ultimate reason for life on earth, and elsewhere (it’s shockingly simple). These are questions asked from the heart with a cautious, even suspicious, mind. Mike explores the subtletiesof the replies in depth and detail using his trademark wit and realism, in this intrepid explorer’s guide to the jungles of time and space.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverTools of titans : the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers 
“The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek .
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“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads. “This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.”(Syndetics)

A good night’s sleep for everyone! Health in December

This month, develop both strength and flexibility for a healthier you and understand the underestimated link between body, brain and wellbeing.  Find strategies during the day for a better night sleep (for adults and babies). Finally, we explore the world of psychology & psychiatry through the ages.

Syndetics book coverRelax into yoga for seniors : a six-week program for strength, balance, flexibility, and pain relief
Relax Into Yoga for Seniors provides a step-by-step guide that combines the best of modern, evidence-based medicine with the ancient wisdom, experience, and tradition of yogic teachings. Seniors face a number of age-related issues, such as chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and anxiety and depression. 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.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Women’s Health big book of exercises : four weeks to a leaner, sexier, healthier you!
The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever create, it’s a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and fitness buffs alike. And with this updated and revised edition provides 80 all-new pages of exercises and workouts. From start to finish, this makeover manual bulges with thousands of ways to tone your abs, arms, and legs, and sculpt the body you’ve always wanted.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIntelligence in the flesh : why your mind needs your body much more than it thinks
“Most people consider the brain to be the seat of intelligence that directs the functioning of lower organs and bodily systems. In contrast to this popular view is the new science of embodied cognition, which posits that intelligence arises from the brain and body functioning together as a single unit. One learns how the body contributes to decision-making, language, mathematical reasoning, and creativity; and how educational, political, and medical systems could change if the science of embodied cognition were put into daily practice. This is the first book on human embodied cognition that is accessible to beginning students and casual readers.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe pill that steals lives : one woman’s terrifying journey to discover the truth about antidepressants
“While going through a divorce, documentary filmmaker Katinka Blackford Newman took an antidepressant. Not unusual except that things didn’t turn out quite as she expected. She went into a four-day toxic psychosis with violent hallucinations, imagining she had killed her children, and in fact attacking herself with a knife. Treated at another hospital, she was taken off all the medication and made a miraculous recovery within weeks. By publicizing her story, Katinka went on to make some startling discoveries. Could there really be thousands around the world who kill themselves and others from these drugs? What of the billions of dollars in settlements paid out by drug companies? And how come so many people are taking these drugs when experts say they are no more effective than a sugar-coated pill for people like Katinka, who are distressed rather than depressed?” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverMadness in civilization : a cultural history of insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the madhouse to modern medicine
“Today, mental disturbance is most commonly viewed through a medical lens, but societies have also sought to make sense of it through religion or the supernatural, or by constructing psychological or social explanations in an effort to tame the demons of unreason. Madness in Civilization traces the long and complex history of this affliction and our attempts to treat it. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Madness in Civilization takes readers from antiquity to today, painting a vivid and often harrowing portrait of the different ways that cultures around the world have interpreted and responded to the seemingly irrational, psychotic, and insane.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEvolve your brain : the science of changing your mind
“Combining science and psychology, an empowering guide helps individuals break away from the cycle of negative behaviors by revealing how new thinking and new beliefs can change one’s behaviour, emotional reactions, and habit-forming patterns.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFast asleep, wide awake : discover the secrets of restorative sleep and vibrant energy
“Sleep problems aren’t created when you put your head on the pillow. Everything you do during the day – every thought, every behaviour, every choice you make – can impact on how you sleep at night. Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a physiologist and renowned sleep and energy expert shares her view that sleep problems are not just about sleep but rather about how we deal with life and its inevitable challenges. Fast Asleep Wide Awake shares a unique and highly practical process for accessing deep and restorative sleep and shifting your energy from survival energy to a more sustainable and vibrant source of energy that we all have access to.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe no-cry sleep solution : gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night
“There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby “cry it out,” or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don’t believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley’s sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Pantley’s successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night’s sleep.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe autoimmune wellness handbook : a DIY guide to living well with chronic illness
“Autoimmune diseases sufferers Trescott (The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook) and Alt (The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook) searched online for answers and became guinea pigs for paleo diet pioneer Loren Cordain’s autoimmune protocol, a prescriptive eating plan that sets out foods to avoid and include, and provides detailed shopping lists for four weeks of menus using the recipes provided. Recipes are paleo-level protein-rich; merely reading a suggested Tuesday breakfast-lunch-dinner lineup of double-pork pesto patties, hidden liver chili, and curried chicken salad will be enough to make some swoon.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverA vegan ethic : embracing a life of compassion toward all
“If veganism is about doing your best to not harm any sentient life, we must logically extend that circle of compassion to human animals as well, writes Mark Hawthorne in this practical, engaging guide to veganism and animal rights. Along with proven advice for going and staying vegan, an overview of animal exploitation, and answers to common questions about ethical eating (such as “Isn’t ‘humane meat’ a good option?” and “Don’t plants feel pain?”), A Vegan Ethic draws on the work and experiences of intersectional activists to examine how all forms of oppression – including racism, sexism, ableism, and speciesism – are connected by privilege, control, and economic power.” (Syndetics)

A small blue thing : life on the spectrum
“Julie Hanify has felt different for as long as she can remember, suffering from anxiety, depression, obsession and an inability to prioritise or slow her life down. A teacher, musician and mother, she was burnt out by the time she reached her forties, and her marriage was on the rocks. When one of her children was diagnosed with ADHD, a light went on. It turned out Julie had the same disorder and was on the autism spectrum too. This revelation changed her life, and made her want to change the lives of others like her, especially the children she teaches.” (Syndetics)

 

Photographing ethereal beauty – New Photography books

Here is a diverse selection for the end of year, from fashion to astrophotography, food to travel photography. And while photography books tend to be heavy to carry, our online photography magazines won’t weigh you down on your holiday!

Syndetics book coverDiverse beauty
“New York-based photographer Alexi Lubomirski has become an established name within the fashion industry, shooting for such publications as Harper’s Bazaar , Vogue and GQ. It was after shooting Lupita Nyong’o that Lubomirski was struck by the homogeneity of the subjects he’d been hired to shoot professionally. Often when he submitted a list of models he was interested in shooting, responses would range along the lines of “we love her, but…,” “her hair is a problem,” “she is too dark” or “she is too light to make a statement.” In Diverse Beauty, Lubomirski aims to move beyond the underrepresentation of women from a range of ethnicities in fashion media. This handsome volume of cinematic fashion portraiture is also a small step in the direction of changing societal norms.” (Syndetics)

C51iJshvZCqL__SX385_BO1,204,203,200_apturing the world : the art and practice of travel photography
“Having been a professional photographer for the last 30 years, the author has taken every genre of travel photo, from people and architecture, to landscapes and nature. He takes you through the process of taking a successful travel photo from beginning to end, using his own spectacular images as examples. These examples demonstrate how it’s not just about technical skill; the best photographers put huge effort into getting themselves into a position where the potential for great images is maximized. This gloriously illustrated book will show you how to take your best travel photos.” (From Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverAstrophotography : the most spectacular astronomical images of the Universe / Rhodri Evans.
“Our enduring fascination in our solar system and the wonders of the universe is now being fed by images of breathtaking detail. The very best images captured by the new generation of terrestrial telescopes, orbiting telescopes and deep-space probes and landers have been collected in this magnificent volume. Detailed captions explain the equipment and techicalities of producing such images, which are not only mesmerising but also provide a huge amount of information about the geology and atmospheres of celestial bodies, and the formation of distant galaxies.” (From Amazon.com)

nzcamera-newNew Zealand camera : a showcase of outstanding photographic images from members of the Photographic Society of New Zealand
“New Zealand Camera is the flagship publication showcasing a collection of outstanding photographic images from members of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. From landscapes to wildlife, plants to people, sports and creative imagery, New Zealand Camera is compiled yearly by a dedicated editorial team of photographers and PSNZ members.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPeter Lindbergh : a different vision on fashion photography
“When German photographer Peter Lindbergh shot five young models in downtown New York City in 1989, he produced not only the iconic British Vogue January 1990 cover but also the birth certificate of the supermodels. The image marked the beginning of a new fashion era and a new understanding of female beauty. This book gathers more than 400 images from four decades of Lindbergh’s photography. Raw and seductive at once, we see how Lindbergh’s trademark monochrome pictures redefined standards of beauty by emphasizing spirit and personality as much as looks, celebrating the elegance and sensuality of older women, and privileging natural and authentic beauty in an era of pervasive retouching.” (From Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverLittle tables : anytime breakfasts from around the world
“From congee to kedgeree to rösti, Little Tables brings together 72 kids’ breakfast recipes from 32 countries on six continents. It makes it easy for parents to bring a world of taste into their family’s mealtimes, helping to create shared memories of culinary and cultural discovery and fun. Little Tables is a collaboration initiated by photographer Vanessa Lewis, and features portraits put together by international fashion, food and hair stylists, and fun tidbits of information about each country. A delightful feast for the eyes!” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverFocus in Photography: Master the Advanced Techniques That Will Change Your Photography Forever
“Focus is an often overlooked but powerful creative tool for photographers, made all the more powerful and accessible in the digital era. In his latest book John Neel takes you into an exploration of advanced focus that will greatly enhance your skill as a photographer. These pages will show you everything, from high-end techniques to create infinite focus, through to using it as an artistic tool, directing your viewer’s eye around your photographic composition. This book will be a valuable asset for any student, enthusiast looking for a new creative angle, commercial product photographer, or online traders.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Photoshop darkroom 2 : creative digital transformations / Harold Davis, Phyllis Davis.
“Picking up where the authors’ best-selling first book left off, The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Advanced Digital Post-Processing will show you everything you need to know to take your digital imaging skills to the next level. Great photographers know that the best images begin well before the shutter clicks, and certainly well before Photoshop boots up. Harold takes a step back, and shares his helpful tips for capturing the most compelling images possible. You’ll also find complete coverage of important topics such as compositing, working with layers, and HDR.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverComplete Photography : Understand Cameras to Take, Edit and Share Better Photos
“This is the book for everyone who wants to take great photos but doesn’t know where to begin. This fresh, accessible guide to photography covers everything from types of camera and photographic techniques to digital processing. With it, you’ll learn how to compose a shot for visual impact, focus it to attract the viewer’s eye, and expose it so every detail is captured. Over 500 images and illustrations include not only inspiring aspirational pictures, but images that aren’t ideal (and why), helping the reader to improve fast. With clear explanations in everyday language, and carefully selected examples and masterclasses to illustrate every point, Gatcum brings a fantastic photography within everyone’s grasp. There’s even a section on creating a retro-style film darkroom at home.” (Syndetics)

Beyond books, another source of photographic information is the Press. You will find below a sample of titles your can read FREE with your library card on PressReader.

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Here are two articles recently published in Professional Photography magazine on Peter Lindbergh’s latest retrospective exhibition and accompanying book and in the Guardian, on the LagosPhoto festival, two of the many titles available on PressReader.


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Learn more about publishing your masterpiece at Central Library on Friday 9th Dec

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UPDATE: We are happy to announce that we will now be hosting this event at Central Library on FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER at 1PM. Thank you for your patience!

For all of us who are curious about the process of writing and want to know more about what comes next for writers and sometimes takes many years before we can find those labours of love on our library shelves, we have invited author and 2017 Burns Fellow Craig Cliff together with Mākaro Press publisher and author Mary McCallum to join us at the Central Library. They will be discussing how the editing and publishing process works drawing on their own experiences.

indexindexCraig Cliff, author of A Man Melting: Short stories and The Mannequin Makers will be the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University in 2017. He hopes to be as prolific as he was in 2008, when he set himself the goal of writing a million words in a year (and blogged about it at www.yearofamillionwords.blogspot.com). He only wrote 800,767 words in the end, some of which can be found in his short story collection, A Man Melting, which won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. His novel, The Mannequin Makers (2013), has been translated into Romanian and will come out in the U.S. next year.

index3index2Mary McCallum is an author turned publisher. She started up Mākaro Press in Wellington over three years ago and has already published 50 titles, mainly poetry and fiction, and some non-fiction including memoirs. Six titles have already been shortlisted for major awards. Mary is also the author of the award-winning, The Blue (Penguin 2007), a children’s novel Dappled Annie and the Tigrish (Gecko 2014) and a chapbook of poetry The Tenderness of Light. Mary has reviewed books on National Radio for nearly 15 years, and has worked as a bookseller, creative writing tutor, broadcast journalist and TV presenter.

index4Eastbourne: 100 years was published in 2006 and includes one of McCallum’s essays.

 

 

 

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Health picks for November – Health from strength

Fight pain and regain health through a blend of strength and flexibility with this month’s selection. Get the latest edition of the New Zealand First Aid handbook, just in case… and reflect on the history and scope of modern medicine with the definitive illustrated doorstopper.

Syndetics book coverEnd everyday pain for 50+ : a 10-minute-a-day program of stretching, strengthening and movement to break the grip of pain“You’ve probably heard that as you get older, you are guaranteed to have more muscle and joint pain. That’s simply not true. These chronic ailments arise from years of decreased activity and poor posture—not aging. End Everyday Pain for 50+ presents a complete 10-minute-a-day program to correct previous damage, develop healthier joints, and stay pain free at any age. This book’s step-by-step approach provides quick relief and lasting solutions by fixing your body’s alignment through simple stretching and movement. No matter what part of your body is hurting, End Everyday Pain for 50+ offers a treatment to heal it.” (From Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverStrong is the new beautiful : embrace your natural beauty, eat clean, and harness your power
“Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about “losing weight fast,” and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Lindsey lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world, tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out, and kicks readers into high-gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image, with the tips and tricks she’s learned as a pro.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe New Zealand first aid handbook.
“This completely new edition of The New Zealand First Aid Handbook has been revised and updated by St John in 2016. Accidents and emergencies can occur at any time and in any place – and the action of people first on the scene often determines the outcome. The information in this comprehensive guide is essential for a wide variety of situations, from road accidents to bush walks, from the workplace to the home.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMedicine : the definitive illustrated history
“Follow the greatest stories of medicine and its breakthroughs, with incredible coverage of disease, drugs, treatment, and cures. Medicine covers the gory pitfalls and miraculous breakthroughs of medical history from trepanning, bloodletting, and body snatching to brand new developments in IVF and gene therapy with compelling stories and stunning illustrations. Clear diagrams explain major diseases such as cancer, and trace the progression of medical treatment through the centuries, from ancient healers and herbalists to scurvy and smallpox, and the World Wars to modern psychiatry.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPeripheral neuropathy : what it is and what you can do to feel better
“Dr. Janice F. Wiesman, a neurologist with twenty years of experience helping people who have neuropathy find relief, shares her special insights into this painful and debilitating condition. With exceptional clarity, Dr. Wiesman begins by outlining the basics of nerve anatomy and function. She explains how peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed and treated, describes neuropathy’s disparate causes, and offers readers lifestyle changes that can help keep nerves healthy. Concentrating on the most common types of neuropathy, Dr. Wiesman provides hope, help, and comfort to patients, families, and caregivers.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverRunning like China : a memoir
“Most of the time, we don’t notice the darkness . . . not until we’re in the thick of it. It was like that for Sophie Hardcastle, as the joy she’d always known disappeared. She was constantly tired, with no energy, no motivation and no sense of enjoyment for anything. Her hours became empty. And then, the month before she turned seventeen, that emptiness filled with an intense, unbearable sadness that made her scream and tear at her skin. Sophie lays bare her story of mental illness, of a teenage girl using drugs, alcohol and sex in an attempt to fix herself. This is a courageous and hopeful story of adaptation, learning to accept and of ultimately realising that no matter how deep you have sunk, the surface is always within reach.”(Syndetics)

Also available as an eBook

Syndetics book coverADHD nation : the disorder, the drugs, the inside story
“ADHD, a problem once thought to affect a small percentage of children, has exploded into one of the most over-diagnosed conditions. Now, in the US doctors and Big Pharma are targeting adults and young people to believe they have ADHD and take medications that will ‘transform their lives’. In ADHD Nation, Alan Schwarz takes readers behind the scenes to tell the full story of this billion-dollar industry. An investigation of how Big Pharma, medical professionals and the education system are complicit in the creation, maintenance and continuing expansion of the ADHD industry, this book sounds the alarm and demands we wake-up to the problem that we too could face in the future.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverExploring depression, and beating the blues : a CBT self-help guide to understanding and coping with depression in Asperger’s syndrome
“For people with ASDs, depression is common, and has particular features and causes. This outstanding book provides a comprehensive review of these aspects, and an effective self-help guide for anyone with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affected by depression. The authors draw on the latest thinking and research to suggest strategies for coping with the effects of depression and provide a complete step-by-step CBT self-help programme which helps increase self-awareness, including identifying personal triggers, and provides the tools to combat depression.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPolymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis : a survival guide
“Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) and Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) are linked rheumatic inflammatory illnesses that affect older people – generally, people over 50. This book is written to give people who have polymyalgia rheumatica, or giant cell arteritis (sometimes known as temporal arteritis), and their friends and carers, information about these illnesses, drawing on recent research. It also aims to give insights into what it is like to have these conditions, and how sufferers and those close to them can help themselves in the self-management of their condition towards recovery.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSpilt milk yoga : a guided self-inquiry to finding your own wisdom, joy, and purpose through motherhood
“Spilt Milk Yoga draws on spiritual teachings and practices from a range of disciplines and applies them to motherhood. By connecting mothers to the value of their journey, this guidebook allows mothers to tap into their own growing wisdom. For all the mothers thinking ‘I can’t stop to meditate, there’s too much to do!’ artist and educator Cathryn Monro introduces a variety of topics for self-reflection: How do I make motherhood work for me? Is an ordinary life good enough? Work and worth-what is success? By approaching motherhood consciously, mothers can find a place of greater love, ease, tolerance, understanding, and joy.”(Syndetics)

Self-Help recent picks – Learning to relax and thrive in a time of uncertainty

Times of crisis trigger stress and fear in the face of events we have no control over. This month’s books will inspire to find the power AND emotional agility within to help you not only cope with life’s trials but to thrive.

Syndetics book coverHappy : why more or less everything is absolutely fine
” Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness, and come up with all sorts of different definitions and ideas for how we might live a happier life. This book explores the history of happiness from classical times until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. His aim is to reclaim happiness for us all, and enable us to appreciate the really good things in life for what they are. Fascinating, entertaining and revelatory, this is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if there must be more to life.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHappiness and other small things of absolute importance / Haim Shapira ; translated from the Hebrew by Baruch Gefen.
“Join Haim Shapira as he navigates the terrain of happiness exploring and contemplating an eclectic range of theories and insights into the conflicts we face as we interpret and consider our lives on our journey to creating our own happiness.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe universe has your back : transform fear to faith
“In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHunting the killer idea : capturing the creative process
“Hunting the Killer Idea takes the intrepid reader through the jungle of the mind as the creative process is brought to life in vivid detail. Examining what it is that makes great ideas stand the test of time as we attempt to capture the essence of creativity. Along the way we talk to those who have hunted down their own Killer Idea and lived to tell the tale. An artist, Ad-legend, anarchist, rock-star, philosopher and many other heros and villains relive the thrill of the chase and pass on their unconventional and original advice. Whether you’re the creative type or not, starting a business, studying, making art or just mucking around. This book is essential reading for anyone who knows they’ve got a Killer Idea hiding somewhere deep inside.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhat if this is heaven? : how our cultural myths prevent us from experiencing heaven on earth
“Following her near-death experience as shared in the New York Times bestseller Dying to Be Me , Anita Moorjani knows well the truths that exist beyond common knowledge and acceptance. The clarity she has gained has led her to further understand who she was born to be. Part of that truth has involved contemplating the cultural myths infused into our everyday lives. Moorjani asserts it is now time for questioning in order to help us reach our fully informed, authentic selves.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverTalent is overrated : what really separates world-class performers from everybody else 
“Fortune magazine editor Geoff Colvin offers new evidence that top performers in any field are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness, he argues, does not come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades. The key to this is how successful people practice, how the results of practice are analysed and how they learn from their mistakes. This new mindset will change the way reader’s think about their jobs and careers, and will inspire them to achieve more in all they do.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverOne plus one equals three : a masterclass in creative thinking
“How do you make something out of nothing? This book goes straight to the heart of the creative impulse. Combining Dave Trott’s distinctive, almost Zen-like storytelling, humor and practical advice, its collection of provocative anecdotes and thought experiments are designed to light a fire under your own creative ambitions. From tales of 18th century Japanese samurai to classic battles between “creatives” and “suits” in the boardroom, these stories act as a rallying cry for individuals and businesses who want to think differently, stand out and challenge convention.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverOrganize your emotions, optimize your life : decode your emotional DNA–and thrive
“Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life combines the worlds of self-help, psychology, and medical science to guide you to a place of self-management and control. This insightful, approachable book will teach you how to identify, decode, and assess the nine most basic emotions that rule your brain and to recognize each of these voices and act accordingly to achieve a wide range of goals–from weight loss to career management. Coach your brain to gain deeper insight of your individual needs and live life to your maximum potential.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHighly sensitive people : in an insensitive world : how to create a happy life
“In today’s fast-paced, increasingly public society, we are expected to be resilient, to have the energy to manage a packed work schedule, social calendar, and a large network of friends, both online and offline, day and night. Written for highly sensitive people, the book explains the characteristics of being highly sensitive and how to overcome common difficulties, such as low self-esteem and the exhausting effects of socialising. Ilse Sand also encourages you to explore and appreciate the advantages of high sensitivity, including your aptitude for depth, intensity and presence, and suggests activities to calm and inspire.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEmotional agility : get unstuck, embrace change, and thrive in work and life
“The path to personal and professional fulfillment is rarely straight. Ask anyone who has achieved his or her biggest goals or whose relationships thrive and you’ll hear stories of many unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who master these challenges and those who get derailed? The answer is emotional agility. Emotionally agile people are not immune to stresses and setbacks. The key difference is that they know how to adapt, aligning their actions with their values and making small but powerful changes that lead to a lifetime of growth. Emotional agility is not about ignoring difficult emotions and thoughts; it’s about holding them loosely, facing them courageously and compassionately, and then moving past them to bring the best of yourself forward. Emotional Agility serves as a road map for a new way of acting that will help you reach your full potential.” (Syndetics)

Bees at the Library!

They are here! You probably read about our new resident bees up on the rooftop of the Central Library.

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Here are a few “behind the scenes” photos we took as we brought the bees in. The bees arrived in the boot of a car, tightly strapped and wrapped, making their way up the library rooftop on library trolleys… They are library bees after all!
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The hives were secured to pallets we had installed some weeks before. Their little doorways were opened.

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It was very exciting to watch the first bee come out of the mysterious wooden boxes we had been peering at!

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As Cenna was watching her brood anxiously, more or more bees came out and discovered their new environment.

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Some bees landed on our shoulders as if to say hi.

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The weather wasn’t great but everything went well and we came back to very active and happy bees a few days later.  After months of preparations, we could finally celebrate the arrival of our new residents!
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Learn more about Publishing your Masterpiece at the Central Library, 16 November 6pm – EVENT CANCELLED

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Due to the recent earthquakes that have affected the region, this event is now cancelled.

An alternative date will be announced in the next few days. Please keep checking our website for updated information. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope you can join us in a few weeks time. Thank you for your understanding.

To celebrate the art of writing during this Novel Writing Month and to inspire those of us who are taking part in this year’s Nanowrimo challenge, but also all of us who are curious about the process of writing and want to know more about what comes next for writers and sometimes takes many years before we can find those labours of love on our library shelves, we have invited author and 2017 Burns Fellow Craig Cliff together with Mākaro Press publisher and author Mary McCallum to join us on Wednesday 16 November at 6pm at the Central Library. They will be discussing how the editing and publishing process works drawing on their own experiences.

indexindexCraig Cliff, author of A Man Melting: Short stories and The Mannequin Makers  will be the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University in 2017. He hopes to be as prolific as he was in 2008, when he set himself the goal of writing a million words in a year (and blogged about it at www.yearofamillionwords.blogspot.com). He only wrote 800,767 words in the end, some of which can be found in his short story collection, A Man Melting, which won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. His novel, The Mannequin Makers (2013), has been translated into Romanian and will come out in the U.S. next year.

index3index2Mary McCallum is an author turned publisher. She started up Mākaro Press in Wellington over three years ago and has already published 50 titles, mainly poetry and fiction, and some non-fiction including memoirs. Six titles have already been shortlisted for major awards. Mary is also the author of the award-winning, The Blue (Penguin 2007), a children’s novel Dappled Annie and the Tigrish (Gecko 2014) and a chapbook of poetry The Tenderness of Light. Mary has reviewed books on National Radio for nearly 15 years, and has worked as a bookseller, creative writing tutor, broadcast journalist and TV presenter.

index4Eastbourne: 100 years was published in 2006 and includes one of McCallum’s essays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LitCrawl 2016 at the Central Library

LitCrawl 2016 Cenral Library

A literary injection straight to the heart of the city

LITCRAWL is a celebration of new works of literature by over 100 writers; local, national and international. It’s held in twenty of Wellington’s best loved venues, from tiny book stores to the large space of the Central Library. Intimate. Real. Anything goes. The writers step across the threshold and go unscripted and unsupported by notes, lecterns or audio-visual equipment. This is storytelling at its unabashed best. Come and witness unique stories on the theme of ‘metamorphosis’ as they are shaped in the moment.

Featuring Mayor Justin Lester, Paula Morris, Emily Perkins, Khalid Warsame and Anahera Gildea. In partnership with the New Zealand Book Council.

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View the full 2016 programme here

Emotional and physical pains – New Health books in October

Combatting or understanding? Which way is most effective to overcome our pains, anxieties and ailments? Here are some titles that will give you insight into  our complex bodies and minds.

Syndetics book coverThe anxiety book : a true story of phobias, flashbacks and freak-outs and how I overcame them
“Elisa Black is one of the 10 percent of Australians who live with an anxiety disorder. Weaving science with a memoir, in The Anxiety Book she explains why ‘just stop worrying’ doesn’t work and explores the various treatments that do, as well as including the latest in research and science about anxiety and its causes. With great honesty, Elisa uses the stages of her own life to explore the different types of anxiety that many of us face.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAnxiety rebalance : all the answers you need to overcome anxiety & depression
Anxiety Rebalance is Carl Vernon’s personal experience of overcoming 15 years of crippling anxiety. In this online best-seller, Carl combines a compelling account of his experience with the answers he found, including the 10 key actions that helped him achieve balance. The response from his readers has been extraordinary, and his solutions will become as much as a life manual as Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Sane New World .” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFestivals : a survival guide : cope with everything – tents, toilets, torrential rain, too much booze, and more
“Every year when summer rolls around, millions of us sacrifice the joys of a comfortable bed and warm running water in favour of a weekend of debauchery in a field in the middle of nowhere. Whether you’re planning a weekend hobnobbing with the A-listers at Coachella, trading goods in the desert at Burning Man, raving through the night at one of Croatia’s beachside parties or seeing the biggest bands in the world at Glastonbury, the pull of a music festival is undeniable, but it can all be a bit daunting.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverA smell of burning : the story of epilepsy
A Smell of Burning tells the remarkable story of the strange and misunderstood disorder. How certain people, at a particular moment in their life, start to suffer seizures, often preceded by an aura, of which a smell of burning is one of the most common. For many years epilepsy was associated with mental illness or even possession by devils. People with epilepsy were forbidden to marry or have children. Many became victims of Nazi eugenics programmes. To this day many of the sixty million sufferers worldwide still live in fear of exposure. This book traces the history of the condition and the pioneering doctors whose extraordinary breakthroughs finally helped gain an understanding of how the brain works.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe permanent pain cure : the breakthrough way to heal your muscle and joint pain for good
“The Ming Method for pain relief has worked wonders for New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd, New YorkYankees’ Jason Giambi, movie star Matt Dillon, andother celebrities. Now, licensed physical therapist MingChew shares his world-famous program in this illustrated home guide, filled with innovative stretchingtechniques, hydration and supplementation tips, and prevention strategies. His method doesn’t just manage the pain, it cures it for good.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDr Libby’s women’s wellness wisdom : what every woman needs to know
“In this unique approach to wellness, designed to specifically address the issues that women of all ages face, readers gain a deep understanding of their body and what it needs in order to not just survive but to thrive. Illuminating how women can thrive in today’s fast-paced modern world, and filled from front to back with Dr Libby’s unique blend of nutrition, biochemical science and emotional care, this beautifully illustrated book is truly the definitive guide for women about looking after their bodies, minds and hearts.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHolistic nutrition : eat well, train smart and be kind to your body
“For many years we have been led to believe that the best way to lose weight is just to ‘eat less and exercise more’. However, for many women, this just does not work and, in fact, can actually restrict weight loss and facilitate weight gain. Worse than this is the damage it can do to women’s hormonal health in the long term; creating thyroid issues, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, heart conditions and menstrual disruption. The author completely demystifies the science behind female hormones and how they are affected by diet, exercise and stress. She covers vital points for women of all ages and lifestyles, from the athletes to the new mums, from the hard-charging cross-fitters to those just wanting to sleep better and have more energy.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGlow kids : how screen addiction is hijacking our kids–and how to break the trance
“A growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression,and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can. Kardaras dives into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids. Glow Kids also includes an opt-out letter and a “quiz” for parents in the back of the book.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLiar : a memoir
“When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to record the most formative moments of his life. But the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception really are. As Liar twists and turns through Roberge’s life, it turns the familiar story of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll on its head. Roberge is forced to acknowledge the increasingly blurred line between the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWheat belly total health : the ultimate grain-free health and weight-loss life plan
“Join the millions of people worldwide who have lost 30, 50,or 100+ pounds and reversed chronic health problems by embracing the Wheat Belly message. In Wheat Belly Total Health, you will learn not only how and why you must say no to grains, but also how you can achieve a level of radiant health and well being you never thought possible. Wheat Belly Total Health is about regaining full metabolic well being, reflected in blood sugar and other measures that may require additional steps beyond grain elimination.” (Syndetics)