Workouts for our thoughts – New Self-Help books

With this month’s titles, you will discover techniques and new insights to help you reshape your thoughts and emotions, change your habits and get to know yourself better. But we first revisit a story that will make us address our own mortality through the account of New Zealand’s recent legal battle on euthanasia.

Syndetics book coverLecretia’s choice : a story of love, death and the law
“A successful young lawyer in Wellington, Lecretia Seales met and fell in love with Matt Vickers in 2003. In Lecretia’s Choice, Matt tells the story of their life together, and how it changed when his proud, fiercely independent wife was diagnosed with a brain tumour and forced to confront her own mortality. Lecretia wanted to die with dignity, to be able to say goodbye well, and not to suffer unnecessarily—but the law denied her that choice. With her characteristic spirit, she decided to mount a challenge in New Zealand’s High Court, but as the battle raged, Lecretia’s strength faded. She died on 5 June 2015, at the age of forty-two, the day after her family learned that the court had ruled against her.  Lecretia’s Choice is not only a moving love story but compulsory reading for everyone who cares about the dignity we afford terminally ill people who want to die on their own terms.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverIsn’t this fun? : investigating the serious business of enjoying ourselves
“Michael Foley wants to understand why he doesn’t appear to be experiencing as much ‘fun’ as everyone else. So, with characteristic wit and humour, he sets out to understand what fun really means, examining its heritage, its cultural significance and the various activities we associate with fun. In fact, fun is a profoundly serious business often motivated as much by spirituality as hedonism. Also, while fun is a modern phenomenon it turns out to have recreated many of the elements of early ritual. His findings will invigorate you with insights, make you laugh at life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEmotional agility : get unstuck, embrace change, and thrive in work and life
“Drawing on her deep research, decades of international consulting, and her own experience overcoming adversity after losing her father at a young age, David shows how anyone can thrive in an uncertain world by becoming more emotionally agile. To guide us, she shares four key concepts that allow us to acknowledge uncomfortable experiences while simultaneously detaching from them, thereby allowing us to embrace our core values and adjust our actions so they can move us where we truly want to go. Emotional Agility serves as a road map for real behavioral change–a new way of acting that will help you reach your full potential.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverShrinking violets : a field guide to shyness
“We all know what it’s like to cringe in embarrassment, stand tongue-tied at the fringe of an unfamiliar group, or flush with humiliation if we suddenly become the unwelcome centre of attention. In Shrinking Violets, Joe Moran explores the hidden world of shyness, providing insights on everything from timidity in lemon sharks to the role of texting in Finnish love affairs.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe five-day course in thinking
“Based on the tenet that an error can lead to the right decision, de Bono guides the reader through a series of non-mathematical problems and puzzles, all designed to help us analyze our personal style of thinking, work out its strengths and weaknesses, and to consider the potential methods that we never use. There are three courses, each five days long and each created to focus on a different style of thinking: The Bottles Problem, The Blocks Problem, and The L-Game, and finally The End Game. A true life-changer, this book will have you thinking in ways that you never thought were possible.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverPre-suasion : a revolutionary way to influence and persuade
“Examines the art of effective persuasion to argue that its secret lies in a key moment before messages are delivered, sharing strategies for how to psychologically prepare one’s listeners to render them most receptive.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHabit changers : 81 game-changing mantras to mindfully realize your goals
“Often, the biggest obstacle to change lies in our most deeply ingrained habits: those automatic thought processes that operate outside our consciousness, and yet have a profound impact on our behavior. The good news is that we can literally rewire our mental habits for the better. In Habit Changers, executive coach M.J. Ryan shares the secret weapon that has helped her highest performing clients improve their focus, better manage under pressure, enhance their emotional intelligence, become more effective leaders, and more. Inspired by the Buddhist tradition of Lojong, or “slogan practice,” habit changers are simple, one-line aphorisms that, when recited, reprogram your brain’s automatic responses.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFish can’t climb trees : capitalize on your brain’s unique wiring to improve the way you learn and communicate
“The secret of successful communication and effective learning: We are all wired differently! And fish can’t climb trees. In your hands is everything you need in order to improve your learning and help you communicate with anyone. The Mercury Mode reveals how each of us, at any age, handles information in our own way. Use the Mercury Model to: uncover & claim your possibly hidden but authentic mental strengths; learn to converse with other people instead of just talking to yourself; resolve tensions and heal difficult relationships.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGifts differing : understanding personality type
“Written by the creators of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, this book explains the essential personality types and their practical significance in your daily life; in school, at a job, in a career, or in your personal relationships. Describing the 16 major personality types identified in the work of Briggs and Myers, this landmark book shows the profound effects–on marriage, learning and career satisfaction–of a person’s style of perception and judgment. The late Isabel Briggs Myers co-authored the most widely used personality inventory in history, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSkip the guilt trap : simple steps to help you move on with your life
“Guilt is a major underlying cause of emotional disorders such as low self-esteem, depression, OCD and other mental illnesses. This easy-to-read guide, written by one of the UK s most respected psychotherapists and now bestselling author, Gael Lindenfield explains how guilt damages our health, relationships and career prospects. It explores the many different types of guilt and provides practical exercises and advice for how to manage this emotion more effectively. An accessible and effective self-help book that can better prepare us for how to handle guilt and how to take constructive action in any situation.” (Syndetics)

A talk with author Patti Clark

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Do you long to lead an extraordinary life?

Come and hear author Patti Clark talk about her book This Way Up at the Central Library on Thursday 20 October at 1pm on the ground floor. She will discuss the motivation secrets she uses to help others effect positive change in their lives.

From Patti:
“This Way Up is a self-help book aimed primarily at women, but really it’s relevant to everyone.  It’s a story of healing for people who, after spending a lot of their  life nurturing and giving to others, struggle with feeling purposeless.
The first half of the book is a story, and the second half is a workbook.  The workbook’s aim is to help readers work through personal challenges, discover new inspiration, and harness their creative power. It’s a step-by-step way out of this sense of loss and into a life filled with meaning and joy.

From a Reader:
“This Way Up heals and transforms lives. Too often women struggle to find a purpose, after spending much of their life nurturing and giving to others. It’s a story and built-in workbook that supports you through personal challenges, unlocks inspiration through visualisation and harnesses creative power. Author, Patti Clark’s easy seven tools guide you out of feeling a sense of loss and into a life filled with enthusiasm, creativity, and abundant joy.”

In the Press:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/hauraki-herald/84408297/self-help-book-this-way-up-launched-in-thames

From Vinyl to silk – New Photography books

As our new vinyl collection makes it début, this month’s photography selection features a 448 page new book dedicated to vinyl covers and the artists behind them. We also welcome back in our collection John Berger’s seminal Another Way of Telling and delve into the world of silk, taffeta and super models.

Syndetics book coverTotal records : photography and the art of the album cover
“The history of photography is teeming with portraits of musicians made iconic by their album covers: Thelonious Monk by W. Eugene Smith, Miles Davis by Irving Penn, Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude, Laurie Anderson by Robert Mapplethorpe. The history of album cover art also includes collaborations between prominent figures, such as Mick Rock and David Bowie, Annie Leibovitz and John Lennon, and Robert Frank with the Rolling Stones. Images like the Abbey Road crosswalk are deeply inscribed in our collective memory, yet few details are known about the photographer. This book is a compendium of electrifying images and the albums they grace.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWilliam Eggleston portraits
“So many people take those simple snapshots of life, but there’s something about Eggleston that no one can match.” –Sofia Coppola.
The eminent American photographer William Eggleston (b. 1939) was a pioneer in exploring the artistic potential of color photography. Eggleston made a name for himself with his eccentric, unexpected compositions of everyday life that were nonetheless rife with implied narrative, elevating the commonplace to art. This sumptuously illustrated book features Eggleston’s masterful portraits, including many familiar and beloved images as well as some previously unseen photographs from his long and productive career.” (Syndetics)

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 didn’t just bring revered faces together for the first time; it marked the beginning of a new fashion era and a new understanding of female beauty. To mark a major retrospective at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, this book gathers more than 400 images from four decades of Lindbergh’s photography to celebrate his unique and game-changing storytelling and the new romantic and narrative vision it brought to art and fashion.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFocus : the secret, sexy, sometimes sordid world of fashion photographers
“Before Instagram was an art form, fashion photographers and the models they made famous were pop culture royalty. From the postwar covers of Vogue to the triumph of the digital image, the fashion photographer sold not only clothes but ideals of beauty and visions of perfect lives. Focus probes the lives, hang-ups, and artistic triumphs of more than a dozen of fashion photography’s greatest visionaries such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn or Helmut Newtown to name but a few.  An unprecedented look at an eccentric and seductive profession and the men and women who practice it on the treacherous shifting sands of pop and fashion culture.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe importance of elsewhere : Philip Larkin’s photographs
“Philip Larkin was a keen amateur photographer and through his life he made images of the people, places and things that meant most to him. The Importance of Elsewhere gathers the best of Larkin’s photographic work, divided into short thematic chapters arranged in chronological order. The book shows how Larkin, as an individual, as a writer and indeed as a photographer, developed an acute sensitivity to all aspects of the world around him, from his love of open uninhabited landscapes and empty churches to his mixed feelings about crowds. There are also fascinating portraits of those people who were closest to Larkin, including his lovers, his mother and his literary peers.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAnother way of telling
“In one of the most eloquent accounts of photography ever devised (originally published in 1982 and unavailable for many years), the writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr set out to understand the fundamental nature of photography and how it makes its impact. Asking a range of questions – What is a photograph? What do photographs mean? How can they be used? – they give their answers in terms of a photograph as ‘a meeting place where the interests of the photographer, the photographed, the viewer and those who are using the photography are often contradictory’. A classic, now available as an ebook.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFifty Paths to Creative Photography: Style & Technique
“In keeping with the best tradition of Freeman’s writing, this isn’t a technical manual looking at camera settings, but a volume which will encourage you to explore what makes great photography. In Freeman’s own words: “There’s a long line of opinion, from Plato through Kant, that holds creativity to be unteachable, and to be the province of genius.” (Syndetics)

Cuba People: Street Photography from Cuba Street Wellington, Aotearoa-New ZealandCuba people street photography from Cuba Street Wellington “Wellington’s urban environment is rich with opportunities to observe and capture life in the city. With the black and white photographic images in the Cuba People series I aim to celebrate the everyday, the surprising, the humorous, the beautiful, and the sad aspects of people out and about in this unique street, in central Wellington.” (Syndetics)

View Newtown Forever by MARY HUTCHINSONNewtown forever : street photography festival series 2016
“My photography collection Newtown Forever (Main Series) captures some of the human moments that contribute to present day Newtown’s well-recognised cultural diversity – be they facial expressions, clothing styles, architectural features or everyday activities. These combine with the myriad detail of urban visual patterns, and other graphic elements, in making my black and white street photographs. My images emphasise the diversity, universality, poignancy and fragility of human connectedness.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet’s guide to travel photography
“The best-selling Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography is written by internationally renowned travel photographer Richard I’Anson. He shares his wealth of experience and knowledge about travel photography in this jargon-free guide to taking better photographs. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and refreshed with up-to-the minute advice, information and instructions on how to take amazing travel photographs using the latest digital cameras. It also includes tips on how to get great results from smartphones, DSLR cameras, drones and GoPro action cameras.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe five-minute fix : 200 tips for improving your photography and growing your business
“Unlike many books for “beginners”, Dale takes photographers from the beginning stages and continues nurturing them into starting a business and becoming a professional. His approach of providing a lot of bite-sized chunks of information on photography techniques, business, and marketing in one book is truly unique. For the photographer who wants both business and photography knowledge, this single book takes the place of two! Plus, with Dale’s accessible, conversational voice, you’ll not only find the book informative-but fun and engaging, too.” (Syndetics)

Finding a better way – Latest Self-help books

This month’s books will help you evaluate your life and tackle its challenges with an open mind and free yourself from outdated preconceptions. To start with, find a comfortable spot to sit in and discover the concept of Hygge.

Syndetics book coverThe book of hygge : the Danish art of living well
“The most beautiful guide to the Danish custom of hygge, the everyday life philosophy for better living. Hygge is a feeling of belonging and warmth, a moment of comfort and contentment. This beautiful little book will help you to find hygge and embrace it every day. Make a pot of coffee, relax in your favourite chair and discover for yourself how life is better with hygge.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverA field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age 
“We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process, especially in election season. It’s raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them.” (Syndetics)

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Game On is a book designed to give women a toolkit they need to build a life and career they want. Bianca and Leigh reveal strategies developed from their combined 30+ years of working with people in high performance environments, developing leadership programs and 1:1 coaching sessions for many women. Game On speaks frankly on many challenges the modern day woman encounters in her career, including building personal brand, confidence & resilience, working with fear, and dealing with the inner critic as examples. Easy to read and visually appealing, with quotes and anecdotes throughout, Game On will quickly become the go-to personal mentor for every woman in their career and life.” (From amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverIntegral meditation : mindfulness as a way to grow up, wake up, and show up in your life
“With practical teachings and detailed instructions, Ken Wilber introduces Integral Mindfulness, a new way of practicing the widely popular meditation. In addition to all the benefits to body, mind, and spirit that standard mindfulness meditation confers, practicing Integral Mindfulness promises a more powerful approach to personal transformation and brings within reach the fullest experience of Enlightenment possible. Beginning with as little as fifteen to thirty minutes of daily sessions, the meditator can gradually expand from there by slowly and easily adding significant aspects of the practice.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe code of the extraordinary mind : ten unconventional laws to redefine your life & succeed on your own terms
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, a New York Times bestseller, is a blueprint of laws to break us free from the shackles of an ordinary life. It makes a case that everything we know about the world is shaped by conditioning and habit. And thus, most people live their lives based on limiting rules and outdated beliefs about pretty much everything–love, work, money, parenting, sex, health, and more–which they inherit and pass on from generation to generation. But what if you could remove these outdated ideas and start anew? What would your life look like if you could forget the rules of the past, and redefine what happiness, purpose, and success mean for you?” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMetamorphosis : how and why we change
“What makes a violinist become a policeman, or a monk fall in love? Most of us would like to change something about ourselves, although all too often we feel that we can’t. Yet as this book shows, change is not an event-it is a process at which we are more skilled than we realise, a story we are already good at telling. Exploring how some people harness the change that governs all our lives and then succeed in shaping it, like master storytellers, toward the happy ending of their choosing. Appealing to that part of anyone that is stuck in a rut, Metamorphosis is about how and why real people change, and how the imagination can become the engine of our transformation too.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSelf-reg : how to help your child (and you) break the stress cycle and successfully engage with life
Self-Reg is a ground-breaking book that presents an entirely new understanding of your child’s emotions and behavior that serves as a practical guide for parents to help their kids engage calmly and successfully in learning and life. Self-regulation is the nervous system’s way of responding to stress. Shanker translates decades of his findings from working with children into practical, prescriptive advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop their self-regulation skills and teach their children how to do the same for optimal learning, social, and emotional growth as well as for overall well-being.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverRise : surviving and thriving after trauma
“A week after my 50th birthday and just as our family was about to move home, something happened that changed the way I looked at life. I spoke to others about how they rebuilt their shattered worlds after very different personal traumas, emerging stronger than before. I hope our experiences, together with the latest science on resilience, will help guide all those going through tough times. This book says that it’s possible not just to survive them, but to thrive. To rise.’ RISE is a deeply researched exploration of trauma, grief and illness, and most importantly resilience in the darkest of days. It is an inspiring and powerful piece of work, full of honesty, warmth and wisdom.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe agile mind : how your brain makes creativity happen
The Agile Mind is about the most precious mental talent we have: the ability to imagine things which have never existed and to create new ideas. This book demystifies the preconceptions we often have about how our brains function to show how creativity really works, and how we can make it work even better. We can all become more creative if we use the right methods and techniques to stimulate our brains and broaden our minds.” (Syndetics)

 

 

 

There is a buzz at the Central Library

September is Bee Aware Month and Wellington City Libraries is excited to announce a very special project that will bring a buzz to Civic Square. We wanted to do our bit to help the bee population and the invaluable work those little insects do to  contribute to our food chain. The large empty space on our rooftop seemed like an obvious place to set up some beehives.

IMG_7933After months of preparation, there was a hive of activity on the Central Library’s rooftop recently when Sarah Adams, Urban Agriculture Advisor for Wellington City Council and Cenna Lloyd, professional beekeeper from Local Flavour Urban Honey Company joined us to make space for bees that will be calling our vast roof space home in the next few weeks.

It was an exercise in preparing a welcoming and safe home for the bees that will be introduced to their new home later this Spring, once the weather is warmer and more settled.

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The hives will be sitting on a pallet that was carried up the stairs and secured to the railings. Cenna arrived with a whole bunch of bee friendly plants which we placed in a few planters around the beehive space to provide a local source of pollen.

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We are now ready for the bees and the good weather!

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If you are thinking of setting up a beehive of your own in your backyard or rooftop, here are a few titles to get you started.

Syndetics book coverThe rooftop beekeeper : a scrappy guide to keeping urban honeybees
“The number of urban beekeepers has escalated with more than 25 percent increases year over year in the United States and the United Kingdom. From a go-to authority on beekeeping and backyard farming the Rooftop Beekeeper is the first handbook to explore the ease and charm of keeping bees in an urban environment. Covering all aspects of urban beekeeping, this book also provides readers with plenty of sweet recipes for delicious treats, tonics, and beauty products to make with home-harvested honey.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBetter beekeeping : the ultimate guide to keeping stronger colonies and healthier, more productive bees
“This book takes serious beekeepers past the beginning stages and learning curves and offers solutions and rewards for keeping bees a better way. Better queens, better winters, better food, and better bees await any beekeeper willing to take on the challenge of having the right number of bees, of the right age, in the right place, in the right condition, at the right time.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverVictory gardens for bees : a DIY guide to saving the bees
“This book investigates the growing problem of bee mortality and offers practical measures we can all take to help. In ecological terms, bees play a critical role in the survival of many plant communities and the continuation of life on this planet. Now that bees are facing unprecedented levels of die-off caused by a toxic mixture of environmental stresses, a community-based effort is needed to make gardens, fields and landscapes healthy sanctuaries for bees. Victory Gardens for Bees is also buzzing with DIY projects that will provide nesting sites and essential supplies for precious pollinators.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSave the bees with natural backyard hives : the easy and treatment-free way to attract and keep healthy bees
“The husband-and-wife team behind the nonprofit HoneyLove make the case that beekeeping ought to be treated as more than a hobby or money-making enterprise. It is an entrance into a complex and sometimes fierce world that must be engaged and understood on its own terms.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverKeeping bees and making honey / Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum.
“You don’t need acres of secluded gardens to be able to keep bees–hives can be found on many an urban rooftop, inner-city balcony or mounted on walls in the strangest of places. Keeping Bees and Making Honey covers everything you need to consider before you set up your colony. Packed with images, information, practical advice, recipes and gardening tips, Keeping Bees and Making Honey is the ideal companion for every aspiring beekeeper.” (Syndetics)

Remember to breathe – New Health books in September

When life throws at us its daily challenges, plus the bigger issues such as climate change and other worldly woes, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless, retreating to comfort eating and anxiety. This month’s books will equip you will knowledge and strategies to make the most of life, no matter what.

Syndetics book coverThe right bite : smart food choices for eating on the go
“It’s easy to follow a healthy diet when you’re in control of your shopping list, but as soon as you step out the front door it gets complicated. Walk into any coffee shop, bar, or cinema, and making the right decision becomes a challenge. The right bite is here to help, with accessible, practical advice for all those everyday occassions, you can make the smart choice even when healthy options are limited. Each chapter focuses on a different eating environment – from breakfast on the go to a family barbecue.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBreathe : simple breathing techniques for a calmer, happier life
“Breathing is essential to life and we do automatically, naturally but it is also something we can consciously control. However, most of us spend our lives breathing the wrong way and not harnessing the true power of our breath. This book will teach you some of the simplest methods to increase awareness, mindfulness and help you regain mental and physical focus. Breath training has been essential to the practice of yoga for years and has become the new must-do exercise in wellness circles. With these easy-to-follow techniques and inspirational quotes improve the way you breathe and open yourself up to feelings of renewed energy, sense of calmness and clarity of the mind.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen breath becomes air
“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPandemic : tracking contagions, from cholera to ebola and beyond
“From the author of The Fever, a wide-ranging inquiry into the origins of pandemics interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera-one of history’s most disruptive and deadly pathogens-and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like-and what we can do to prevent it.” (Syndetics)

infectiousInfectious : a doctor’s eye-opening insights into infectious diseases
“A woman’s innocuous cold symptoms mask a debilitating rare tick infection. A young man develops shingles, then suffers blinding head pain later in life. After years of frustration, a family eradicates head lice forever. Leading infectious diseases specialist Frank Bowden sheds light the everyday illnesses that affect most of us (colds, sore throats), and the more serious issues that keep us awake at night (antibiotic resistance, Ebola).” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCracking the aging code : the new science of growing old– and what it means for staying young
“A revolutionary examination of why we age, what it means for our health, and how we just might be able to fight it. This book makes the case that aging is not something that “just happens”. Rather, aging has a fascinating evolutionary purpose: to stabilize populations and ecosystems, which are ever-threatened by cyclic swings that can lead to extinction. When a population grows too fast it can put itself at risk of a wholesale wipeout. Aging has evolved to help us adjust our growth in a sustainable fashion as well as prevent an ecological crisis from starvation, predation, pollution, or infection.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSleep : 50 mindfulness and relaxation exercises for a restful night
“Everyone wants to be able to switch off at the end of a busy day and sleep well, but few of us manage it. The truth is that we are just not equipped for the twenty-first century – it is too fast, too crowded, too 24/7. And the more stressed we become, the harder it is to relax and give our bodies the sleep they need.  This book of effective mindfulness, EBT and CBT exercises can aid you in getting to sleep, staying asleep – as well as feeling refreshed wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Designed as a tool to keep close by, and to turn at any point in a busy day.” (Syndetics)

anxietyAnxiety for beginners : a personal investigation
Anxiety for Beginners offers a vivid insight into the crippling impact of anxiety disorder, a condition that is often invisible and frequently misunderstood. Eleanor Morgan’s first-person account of her own struggles with anxiety was published as part of ‘The Vice Guide to Mental Health’ and was read by five million people within four days. Combining her own experiences  with extensive research with experts Morgan explores not just the roots of her own anxiety, but also investigates what might be contributing to so many of us suffering around the world. Anxiety for Beginners is, at its heart, a book about acceptance.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWoman : an intimate geography 
“With the clarity, insight, and sheer joy of language that has secured her reputation as one of the New York Times’ premier stylists, Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body, exploring the essence of what it means to be a woman. Angier’s thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm evince her famously playful originality, yet stand their ground in scientific fact. She also dives into hot topics such as menopause and evolutionary psychologists’ views of “female nature,” creating a sparkling, fresh vision of womanhood.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe obesity code : unlocking the secrets of weight loss
“Flying in the face of the weight-loss recommendations that have failed in the past, this book reveals that obesity is a hormonal, not a caloric imbalance. As he explores the latest in nutritional science, Dr. Fung provides practical, effective advice on weight loss and the treatment of Type 2 diabetes based on sound scientific principles.” (Syndetics)

Strength and peace within – New Self-Help books in August

Live one week at your best and discover what you are capable of for the rest of your life. This is one of the principles you will explore with this month’s selection.

Syndetics book coverHell week : seven days to be your best self
“Veteran paratrooper, successful entrepreneur and critically acclaimed performance consultant Erik Bertrand Larssen has helped catapult the success of countless high-achievers, including Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group, and Statoil ASA executives and Olympic medalist Martin Johnsrud Sundby and top golfer Suzann Pettersen. His life-altering and revered method improves performance by getting people to push themselves past the brink of self-imposed limitations. Central to his technique is the commitment to live and experience just one week as your best self. It’s this week that will be the catalyst to making the most of the rest of your life.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe human magnet syndrome : why we love people who hurt us 
“This book provides answers to why patient, giving and selfless individuals (codependents) are predictably attracted to self-centered, selfish and controlling partners (emotional manipulators). This new, fresh and innovative relationship model will explore the traits, symptoms and origins of codependency, dysfunctional relationships, and emotional manipulation disorders.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe persuaders : the hidden industry that wants to change your mind
“The way human beings persuade one another is changing. Every day people will try to change your mind but they won’t reason with you. Instead you’ll be nudged, anchored, incentivised and manipulated in barely noticeable ways. It’s a profound shift in the way we interact with each other. Philosopher James Garvey explores the hidden story of persuasion and the men and women in the business of changing our minds. From the covert PR used to start the first Gulf War to the neuromarketing of products to appeal to our unconscious minds, he reveals the dark arts practiced by professional persuaders. The Persuaders is a call to think about how we think now.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPathways to possibility : transforming our relationship with ourselves, each other, and the world
“Family systems therapist and executive coach Rosamund Stone Zander invites readers to shed the childhood stories that hold us back, and enter a realm of true maturity and fulfillment, where limitless growth becomes possible.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHold me tight : seven conversations for a lifetime of love
“Dr. Johnson teaches that the way to enhance or save a relationship is to be open, attuned, and responsive to each other and to reestablish emotional connection. With this in mind, she focuses on key moments in a relationship and uses them as touch points for seven healing conversations. These conversations give you insight into the defining moments in your relationship and guide you in reshaping these moments to create a secure and lasting bond.” (Syndetics)

wellbeingThe philosophy of well-being : an introduction
“Recent studies into the science and psychology of well-being have propelled the topic to centre stage, and governments spend millions on promoting it. We are encouraged to adopt modes of thinking and behaviour that support individual well-being or ‘wellness’. What is well-being? Which theories of well-being are most plausible? In this rigorous and comprehensive introduction to the topic, Guy Fletcher unpacks and assesses these questions and many more.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe inner fix : be stronger, happier and braver
“With our lives being overrun by social media and celebrity culture, being twenty-something has become pretty complicated. Wanting things we can’t afford, finding ourselves stuck in a job we don’t enjoy, or still living at home with mum and dad, we reach for things to try to perk us up (sex, booze and drugs) – but eventually, they turn out to be the very things that bring us down. Having been caught in a cycle of self-destructive behaviour and come out the other side, Persia and Joey colourfully chart their lives from childhood insecurities to adolescent obsessions. This book teaches you how to stop worrying and start living. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverJoy on demand : the art of discovering the happiness within
“The path to joy on demand is through mindfulness, but it doesn’t have to be a lot of work, take a lot of time, or require you to abandon all your possessions and live in a hut on a remote island. In Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan reveals the innate contentment that we all possess, and how to tap into this natural, infinite capacity for joy. The best part is that the benefits extend to every aspect of life–our brains work better, our bodies function better, we achieve greater success at work, and we find ourselves highly attractive to the people around us.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSoulfulness : deepening the mindful life
“The beauty of mindfulness is that it’s incredibly simple both to ‘get’ and to practice. And the results – increasingly backed by neuro-scientific evidence — are priceless: calmness and reduced stress, more creativity, greater awareness, compassion. . . And yet there’s a danger that mindfulness can be used in a purely consumerist and self-serving way to help people to become better adapted cogs in a still-toxic model of work and life. Brian Draper challenges us to live not just mindfully but soul fully.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe voices within : the history and science of how we talk to ourselves
“In The Voices Within, psychologist Charles Fernyhough draws on extensive original research and a wealth of cultural touchpoints to reveal the workings of our inner voices, and how those voices link to creativity and development. From Virginia Woolf to the modern Hearing Voices Movement, Fernyhough also transforms our understanding of voice-hearers past and present. Building on the latest theories, including the new ‘dialogic thinking’ model, and employing state-of-the-art neuroimaging and other ground-breaking research techniques, Fernyhough has written an authoritative and engaging guide to the voices in our heads.” (Syndetics)

Out of sync – New Health books in August

Most of us can describe ourselves as out of sync in one way or another, at some point in our lives, be it through chronic illness, allergies, depression, anxiety, alzheimer’s or autism (the list is not exhaustive). There may not be a miracle cure but we can all learn how to become “ordinarily well”. Here are some guides:

Syndetics book coverYoung, sick, and invisible : a skeptic’s journey with chronic illness
“Drawing on her own deeply personal experiences, Ania Bula explores what it is like to live with unseen chronic disabilities. She paints a vibrant picture of what it is like to be diagnosed with two life-long debilitating conditions as a young adult and relates the challenges and frustrations of dealing with predatory alternative medicine practitioners, arrogant doctors, indifferent bureaucracies, and well-meaning friends and family who always seem to say either the wrong thing–or nothing at all. With honesty and humor, she shares her journey of pain, suffering, and, ultimately, coping, both to help others gain some understanding about what it is like to live with chronic illness.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEat complete : the 21 nutrients that fuel brainpower, boost weight loss, and transform your health
“From psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a collection of 100 simple, delicious, and affordable recipes to help you get the core nutrients your brain and body need to stay happy and healthy. Your brain burns more of the food you eat than any other organ. It determines if you gain or lose weight, if you’re feeling energetic or fatigued, if you’re upbeat or depressed. In this essential guide and cookbook, Drew Ramsey, explores the role the human brain plays in every part of your life, including mood, health, focus, memory, and appetite, and reveals what foods you need to eat to keep your brain properly fueled.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGluten exposed : the science behind the hype and how to navigate to a healthy, symptom-free life
“Green and Jones, authors of Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, cut through the misinformation, false claims, and widespread confusion over gluten. They examine the connections between the gut, brain, and what you ingest (not just gluten) to reveal what’s really going on in your body and your brain. While the diet is a lifesaver for those with celiac disease, for others it may injure health, rob the body of essential nutrients, and mask real problems. Gluten Exposed offers clear, welcome guidance and a practical road map that can help anyone achieve a healthier, symptom-free life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen someone you know has depression : words to say and things to do
“In When Someone You Know Has Depression, Dr. Susan Noonan draws on first-hand experience of the illness and evidence-based medical information. As a physician she has treated, supported, and educated those living with-and those caring for-a person who has a mood disorder. She also has lived through the depths of her own mood disorder. This compassionate book offers specific suggestions for what to say, how to encourage, and how to act around a loved one-as well as when to back off.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe out-of-sync child grows up : coping with sensory processing disorder in the adolescent and young adult years 
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up will be the new bible for the vast audience of parents whose children, already diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, are entering the adolescent, tween, and teen years, as well as those who do not yet have a diagnosis and are struggling to meet the challenges of daily life. This book offers practical advice on living with SPD, covering everyday challenges as well as the social and emotional issues that many young people with SPD face. Carol Kranowitz’s insights are supplemented by first-person accounts of adolescents and teens with SPD, sharing their experiences and hard-won lessons with readers.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverOrdinarily well : the case for antidepressants
“In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author Peter D. Kramer examines the growing controversy about antidepressants. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers in psychopharmacology, Kramer combines moving accounts of his patients’ dilemmas with an eye-opening history of drug research to cast antidepressants in a new light. Crucially, he shows how antidepressants act in practice: less often as miracle cures than as useful, and welcome, tools for helping troubled people achieve an underrated goal–becoming ordinarily well.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen someone you love has dementia
“Worldwide, there are more than 44 million people with dementia today, the vast majority of whom are looked after by unpaid carers. Figures of those affected are predicted to rise to 135 million by 2050. This new edition considers practical and emotional issues of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen Fraser met Billy
“Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter. Billy purred, laid his paws across Fraser and they have been inseparable ever since. Slowly but surely Billy has transformed Fraser’s life.  Fraser’s mother Louise has watched her son move from being a child prone to anxiety, tantrums and sudden emotional meltdowns to now a much calmer, less moody four-year-old whose future looks a lot brighter. Their profound bond has immeasurably improved their lives and the family’s. Like A Street Cat Named Bob, this story will touch the hearts of all.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCheer up love : adventures in depresssion with the crab of hate
“The reaction to stand up  comedian Susan Calman’s BBC Radio4 show about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on it and write a more detailed account of surviving when you’re the world’s most negative person. The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman’s depression and her version of the notorious Black Dog. This is a very personal memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, she has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you’ll ever meet.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEat to cheat dementia : what you eat helps you avoid it or live better with it
“As we live longer it’s essential we understand how best to maintain both body and brain so they can help us achieve all we wish for in life. This book is a companion to Ngaire’s ground-breaking book “Eat To Cheat Ageing”. It addresses the complexities of neuroscience and how what we eat can help or hinder our brains, whether you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s and looking ahead to your later years, currently in your 60s or beyond, wishing to make the most of life; whether you live with a dementia diagnosis or not, or care about someone who does.” (Syndetics)

From sharks to flowers, Paris to London – New Photography books

This month’s selection will please nature lovers and fashion trendsetters alike, architecture photography enthusiasts as much as children discovering the thrill and techniques of this art for everyone.

Syndetics book coverSharks : face-to-face with the ocean’s endangered predator
“Michael Muller’s quest is to document sharks with an unprecedented proximity and precision, bringing the Hollywood portrait session he is famed for, to the ocean predator. In ocean depths around the world, he approaches the sharks with a patented seven-bulb, 1200-watt plexi-encased strobe lighting rig, developed with NASA engineering, and no cage. To compliment Muller’s work for advocacy organizations such as WildAid and EarthEcho, the images are contextualized with essays from Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and marine biologist Alison Kock, who discuss exploration and conservation of our oceanic kingdom.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverStreet style : an ethnography of fashion blogging
“Street style blogging has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity over the last decade. Amateur photographers, often with no formal training in fashion, have become critical arbiters of taste and trends, influencing the representations that appear in magazines and on runways, and putting new cities on the fashion world map. Chronicling author and anthropologist Brent Luvaas’ experience over three years of blogging through vivid street imagery and rich ethnographic detail, this book turns the lens of street style photography back onto anthropology itself, arguing that the phenomenon is a powerful mode of amateur ethnography. Bloggers blur the distinction between professional and amateur, insider and outsider, self and brand.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAdvanced style : older & wiser
“This follow up to bestselling Advanced Style features more senior street style and inspiration from all over the globe. In this new edition Ari Seth Cohen shares his work from the past few years, which now includes photographs of some of the world’s best-dressed older gentlemen as well as ladies. Advanced Style: Older And Wiser is similar in format to the original with dozens of images from cities all over the world.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLondon rising : illicit photos from the city’s heights
“In this book, an intrepid crew of city explorers share dizzying photos and stories collected while journeying up, over, and into the London skyline. Over the course of seven years, a well-respected team of adventurers has embarked on scores of not-quite-legal investigations inside, below, and above the city’s hidden infrastructures. Their first book published by Prestel, Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital , took readers under the city. Now, they reveal the results of their expeditions scaling the city’s heights. Jaw-dropping photographs offer extraordinary views from vantage points that most of us will never reach.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverParis changing : revisiting Eugène Atget’s Paris
“Between 1888 and 1927 Eugène Atget meticulously photographed Paris, capturing in thousands of photographs the city’s parks, streets, buildings, and diverse inhabitants. His images preserved the vanishing architecture of the ancient régime as Paris grew into a modern capital, and established Atget as one of the twentieth century’s greatest photographers. Christopher Rauschenberg spent a year in the late 1990s rephotographing many of Atget’s locations. By meticulously replicating the emotional and aesthetic qualities of Atget’s images, Rauschenberg vividly captures the changes the city has undergone and its enduring beauty.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe flowers
“In this beautifully illustrated flower arranging book, Dr Lisa Cooper gives us an insight into the philosophy and practices of someone who works with flowers daily as a leading floral designer and artist. Through anecdote, gentler instruction, and photographic essays, The Flowers takes us from Cooper’s studio workspace and to the growers’ farms, to see flowers in their natural form as well as their display arrangements. There are 17 formal floral designs as well as a collection of stories from the people, family, friends, growers, artists, gardeners, and florists who have influenced and inspired her work.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDomes : flowers of Garden by the Bay
“In collaboration with Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Man Cheung presents a photographic gallery of the most exquisite flowers found inside the Gardens’ two conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Domes illuminates in loving detail the intricate beauty of some 100 flowers, pushing the boundaries of how we view them. For those interested to learn more about the featured flowers, there is also an index appended, listing their botanical names and classification.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFeathers : displays of brilliant plumage
“Exquisite images from award-winningNational Geographic photographer Robert Clark offer a captivating perspective on the vast beauty and myriad functions of a seemingly simple thing: the bird feather. Each detailed close-up is paired with informative text about the utility and evolution of the feather it depicts, making this handsome marriage of art and science the ideal read for bird lovers, natural history buffs, and photography enthusiasts.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGo photo! : an activity book for kids
Go Photo! features twenty-five hands-on and creative activities inspired by photography. Aimed at children between eight and twelve years old, this playful and fun collection of projects encourages young readers to experiment with their imaginations, get messy with materials, and engage with the world in new and exciting ways. Indoors or outdoors, from a half-hour to a whole day, and whether alone or with friends, family, or an unsuspecting pet, there is a photo activity for all occasions. Some don’t even require a camera!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSelfie : the changing face of self-portraits
“Selfies are everywhere – from Kim Kardashian, queen of the selfie, to the Queen of England photobombing the Australian hockey team’s selfie in 2014, you can’t open a newspaper, or visit a news website, without seeing one. Selfie charts the progress and the development of the self portrait, from Indonesian caves, through famous self-portrait artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso and the invention of the camera, to iconic modern selfies such as the 2014 Oscar photograph. It looks at trends, techniques and the tales behind some famous self portraits, such as those of Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Feed your heart and brain – New Health books

We now have knowledge to extend both our lifespan and our mindspan, by preventing and reversing cognitive decline and heart disease with the help from natural everyday ingredients. This month, we also explore medication based and natural approaches to managing autism and how to avoid malnutrition during chemotherapy.

Syndetics book coverThe human advantage : a new understanding of how our brain became remarkable
“Humans have developed cognitive abilities that outstrip those of all other animals. Herculano-Houzel shows that it is not the size of our brain that matters but the fact that we have more neurons in the cerebral cortex than any other animal, thanks to our ancestors’ invention, some 1.5 million years ago: cooking. Ingesting more calories in less time made possible the rapid acquisition of a huge number of neurons in the still fairly small cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for finding patterns, reasoning, developing technology, and passing it on through culture. The Human Advantage is an engaging and original look at how we became remarkable without ever being special.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe end of heart disease : the eat to live plan to prevent and reverse heart disease
“An expert in the science of food, Dr. Fuhrman speaks directly to readers who want to take control of their health and avoid taking medication or undergoing complicated, expensive surgery, the two standard treatments prescribed today. Following the model of his previous programs, Dr. Fuhrman’s plan begins with the food we eat. He focuses on a high nutrient per calorie ratio, with a range of options for different needs and conditions. He shows us what to remove and what to add to our diets for optimum heart health, provides menu plans and recipes for heart-healthy meals and snacks, and includes helpful questions for doctors and patients.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStay healthy during chemo : the five essential steps
“According to the National Cancer Institute, an astounding 20% – 40% of cancer patients die from causes related to malnutrition, not from the cancer itself, and 80% of cancer patients develop some form of clinical malnutrition. With Stay Healthy During Chemo , Mike Herbert and Joseph Dispenza are here to help change these alarming statistics. Chemotherapy kills cancer cells (and other fast-growing and weak cells in the body, like hair). It doesn’t make you healthy. Stay Healthy During Chemo offers nutritional and other therapeutic advice to help your body stay (or get) healthy while it undergoes aggressive chemo treatments.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStraight talk about psychiatric medications for kids
“Is medication the right choice for treating your child’s emotional or behavioral problems? From leading child psychiatrists Timothy Wilens and Paul Hammerness, this book has already empowered many tens of thousands of parents to make tough decisions and become active, informed managers of their children’s care. With clarity and compassion, it explains how medications work; their impact on kids’ emotions, personality, school performance, and health; the pros and cons of specific treatment options; and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe un-prescription for Autism : a natural approach for a calmer, happier, and more focused child 
“As every autism parent knows, a diagnosis is just the beginning. Next step is to make sense of the bewildering array of challenges and conflicting opinions about what to do. ‘The un-prescription for autism’ is a parent’s lifeline. The detailed diagnostic tools, clear explanations, simple protocols, and Online Action Plan support vibrant health on the autism spectrum with safe, natural, over-the-counter supplements. Once the invisible health challenges are tamed, these kids can calm down and break out of their fog, get more out of school and therapy, and become the children you’ve always known they were meant to be.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAutism adulthood : strategies and insights for a fulfilling life
Autism Adulthood features thirty interviews with autistic adults, their parents, caregivers, researchers, and professionals. Each vignette reveals firsthand a family’s challenge, their circumstances, their thought processes, and their unique solutions, and plans of action. Sharing the wisdom that emerges from parents’ and self-advocates’ experiences, Senator adds her own observations and conclusions based on her long-term experience with autism. A unique book where real families share their stories and their creative solutions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeyond schizophrenia : living and working with a serious mental illness
“The experience of living and working with schizophrenia is often fraught with challenges and setbacks. This book is a comprehensive attempt to explain why, in spite of near-miraculous advances in medication and treatment, persons with mental illness fare worse than almost any other disadvantaged group in the labor market. As a researcher of economics and disability and the mother of a son with schizophrenia, the author speaks from both professional and personal experience. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThink and eat yourself smart : a neuroscientific approach to a sharper mind and healthier life 
“Our thoughts before, during, and after eating impact our food choices, our digestive health, our brain health, and more. Leaf gives to information to help you make decisions on changing your eating and thinking habits for the better. By eschewing fads and discovering your unique nutritional needs, you’ll put yourself on the path toward health.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe memory diet : more than 150 healthy recipes for the proper care and feeding of your brain
“Is there anything we can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Do we have to accept that memory loss is just part of the natural progression of aging? The Memory Diet introduces a powerful, plant-based diet of leafy greens, vegetables, berries, nuts, beans, and whole grains that can slow down or even eliminate cognitive decline with more than 150 healthy recipes based on the Mediterranean Intervention Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) Diet, a diet plan that may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe mindspan diet : reduce Alzheimer’s risk, minimize memory loss, and keep your brain young
“All around the world people are living longer than ever, but record numbers of us are experiencing cognitive decline and other brain disorders later in life. New studies show that Alzheimer’s disease is the number three cause of death in developed countries, behind heart disease and cancer. Dr. Preston Estep explains how the recent slew of popular brains-and-aging books have steered us down the wrong dietary path. Shattering myths about which foods are (and are not) beneficial to our brains, The Mindspan Diet reveals a simple plan to slow cognitive decline.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)