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Business newsletter for Autumn

Welcome to the first business newsletter for 2017. Officially it is Autumn, schools are back and our minds are more focused on work. I hope you enjoy this selection of books.

Library News

Management

Syndetics book cover Killing it : an entrepreneur’s guide to keeping your head without losing your heart / Sheryl O’Loughlin.
“Aspiring entrepreneurs are told that to launch a business, you must go all in, devoting every resource and moment to making it work. But following this advice comes at an enormous personal cost: divorce, addiction, even suicide. It means sacrificing the intangibles that make life worth living. Sheryl O’Loughlin knows there is a better way. In Killing It, she shares the wisdom she’s gained from her successful experiences launching a company from the ground up (Plum), running two fast-growing companies (Clif Bar and REBBL), and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs (Stanford University). She tells it like it is: If you don’t invest in your wellbeing, your business will not succeed, nor will you.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Understanding digital marketing : marketing strategies for engaging the digital generation / Damian Ryan.
“The world of digital media is changing at a phenomenal pace. Constantly evolving technologies are transforming not just how we access our information but how we interact and communicate with one another on a global scale. Understanding Digital Marketing is a practical, no-nonsense guide to web-marketing, the rules of new media and researching the new generation of digital consumers. Complete with in-depth insider accounts of digital marketing successes from internationally recognised brands and digital marketing campaigns, it is essential reading for both practitioners and students alike.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover That’s not how we do it here : a story about how organizations rise and fall – and can rise again / John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber.
“What’s the worst thing you can hear when you have a good idea at work? ‘That’s not how we do it here!’ In their iconic bestseller Our Iceberg is Melting, John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber used a simple fable about penguins to explain the process of leading people through major changes. Now, ten years later, they’re back with another must-read story that will help any team or organization cope with their biggest challenges and turn them into exciting opportunities. This book distils Kotter’s decades of experience and award-winning research to reveal why organizations rise and fall, and how they can rise again in the face of adversity.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The startup checklist : 25 steps to a scalable, high-growth business / David S. Rose.
The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur’s essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You’ll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases, and how to avoid the critical missteps that threaten the foundation of your business. If you’re ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit.” (Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

All the books highlighted in this section are on the theme of harnessing your creativity in order to work better. Good luck!

Syndetics book cover I 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 cover Too 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 cover Hunting 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)

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Computing

Our collection grows constantly, our selection of computing books for this month is full of Raspberry Pi material, Windows 10, some coding and programming and even digital photo editing. Enjoy the selection!

Syndetics book cover Begin to code with C♯ / Rob Miles.
This friendly, easy, full-color book puts you in total control of your own learning, empowering you to build unique and useful programs. Begin to Code with C# is packed with innovations, from its “Snaps” prebuilt operations to its “Make Something Happen” projects. Whether you’re a total beginner or you’ve tried before, this guide will put the power in your hands! (adapted from Amazon)
Syndetics book cover Windows 10 all-in-one for dummies / by Woody Leonhard.
If you’re new to Windows 10 and want an accessible guide to the basics of the widely used operating system, Windows 10 All-in-One For Dummies is the book for you. Written by trusted Windows expert Woody Leonhard, this freshly updated guide cuts through the jargon and covers everything you need to know, including navigating the start menu, personalizing your Windows experience, maximizing Windows apps, and managing security. (adapted from Amazon)
Syndetics book cover Raspberry Pi 2 : a practical guide to the revolutionary small computer / Gray Girling ; foreword by Eben and Liz Upton.
The Raspberry Pi Manual is the perfect introduction to the affordable small computer. This new edition covers the Rasberry Pi 2 and is printed in full colour throughout. The manual introduces various aspects of computing and programming and provides a variety of recipes to demonstrate the acclaimed versatility of the Raspberry Pi’s hardware and software. (adapted from Amazon)

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New Zealand non-fiction

lways eclectic, new additions to the New Zealand Collection this month feature photography and poetry. The new book shelves of the NZ Collection have something to interest everyone.

Syndetics book cover Through the eyes of a miner : the photography of Joseph Divis / Simon Nathan ; with assistance from Les Wright and Brendon Wilshire.
“Joseph Divis (1885-1967) photographed life in New Zealand mining towns where he lived and worked between 1909 and 1935. His images provide a unique record of life in some small communities, especially the now-abandoned town of Waiuta, near Reefton.” (Introduction)
Syndetics book cover Mister Hamilton / John Dickson.
Mister Hamilton, John Dickson’s first collection in eighteen years, is an appealing, questioning mix of elements. Over a base of South Island bedrock (granite, schist, greywacke), Dickson has peopled this quietly fiery collection with day-to-day working voices and narratives, sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes charged with a political consciousness and lyrical intensity. Shot-through with veins of jazz, rock and blues, quizzical religiosity and a streak of the absurd, this book takes a fresh look at the streets and lawns and people of urban and suburban ‘Pig Island’ and offers some thoughtful, wisely pitched and immensely likeable poems.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Travel stories & Guides

This month’s offerings feature a trip to Antartica and islands (the Hebrides and the history of our New Zealand islands). There is also a fascinating book which looks into GPS and its possible consequences for us.

Syndetics book cover Islands : a New Zealand journey / Bruce Ansley and Jane Ussher.
“New Zealand is surrounded by hundreds of islands, mainly remnants of a larger land mass now beneath the sea. Some are idyllic retreats; others have poignant histories of castaways, prisons and leper colonies. Some have become sanctuaries, safe from destructive predators; some are farmed by fifth and sixth generations of the same family; others are isolated outposts, barely sustaining life at all; while some are hidden where you’d least expect…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Love of country : a Hebridean journey / Madeleine Bunting.
“An extraordinary journey deep into the history and landscape of the Hebrides, exploring their turbulent history, the spread of their influence, and how these islands shaped the nations of Britain.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Pinpoint : how GPS is changing technology, culture, and our minds / Greg Milner.
“Greg Milner takes us on a fascinating tour of a hidden system that touches almost every aspect of our modern life. While GPS has brought us breathtakingly accurate information about our planetary environment and physical space, it has also created new forms of human behavior. We have let it saturate the world’s systems so completely and so quickly that we are just beginning to confront the possible consequences.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Business newsletter for November

Welcome to the November business newsletter. I hope you enjoy the books we have highlighted today. I’ve highlighted in the Library News, PressReader. Do take the time to check out this amazing resource. Magazines such as The Listener, Cuisine, NZ Business are all there in glorious colour!

Library News

Management

Syndetics book cover Beyond measure : the big impact of small changes / Margaret Heffernan.
“In Beyond Measure, Margaret Heffernan looks back over her decades spent overseeing different organizations and comes to a counterintuitive conclusion: it’s the small shifts that have the greatest impact. Heffernan argues that building the strongest organization can be accelerated by implementing seemingly small changes, such as embracing conflict as a creative catalyst; celebrating mistakes; and encouraging time off from work. Told with wry wit and knowing humor, Heffernan proves that it’s often the small changes that make the greatest, most lasting impact.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Social selling : techniques to influence buyers and changemakers / Tim Hughes and Matt Reynolds.
“As the digital landscape has changed buyers’ habits it’s increasingly difficult to reach them early enough in their decision-making process using traditional sales methods. Developing relationships with decision-makers through social networks has become an increasingly critical skill – enabling sales professionals to engage early on and ‘hack’ the buying process. Social Selling provides a practical, step-by-step blueprint for harnessing these specific and proven techniques. This is essential reading for sales professionals, digital sales directors, and SMEs who want to embrace the power of social selling in their organisation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The innovation maze : 4 routes to a successful new business case / Gijs Van Wulfen.
“Eighty percent of all innovation projects never even reach the market. This book shows you four different routes to successful new business cases for new products or services: 1. I have an idea; 2. I discovered a new technology; 3. I identified a relevant unsolved problem; 4. I face a business challenge – now what? For each of the four innovation routes you will get practical and visual checklists to answer vital questions like: How do I know there’s a need for it? How do I know I can realize a profit? You will end up with a great format for a successful new business case for your innovative ideas.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Chapter one : you have the power to change stuff / Daniel Flynn.
Chapter One is the story of three kids from Melbourne, Australia with zero experience in business who had an idea and the crazy belief that we all have the power to change stuff. It started with the World Water Crisis (and how to end it) but has developed into an award-winning consumer goods brand that empowers millions of people to fight poverty with every munch of muesli, sip of water or pump of hand wash. This is the story of epic proportions by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn about Thankyou’s gut-wrenching decisions, wild mistakes and daring moves in business, marketing and social enterprise so far. You’ll understand that, no matter your walk of life, you too have the power to change stuff.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

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.

Syndetics book cover Emotional 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 cover The 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 cover Fish 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)

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Computing

You might not be so familiar with our ever growing collection of eBooks, especially on computing and technology. This month I’m bringing you a special edition on new computing eBooks, enjoy!

Overdrive cover Disrupted, by Dan Lyons (eBook)
“Dan Lyons was Technology Editor at Newsweek Magazine for years, a magazine writer at the top of his profession. One Friday morning he received a phone call: his job no longer existed. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the nebulous role of “marketing fellow”. What follows is a hilarious and excoriating account of Dan’s time at the start-up and a revealing window onto the dysfunctional culture that prevails in a world flush with cash and devoid of experience.” (adapted from Overdrive description)
Overdrive cover The Third Wave, by Steve Case (eBook)
“One of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs—a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life and orchestrated the largest merger in the history of business—shares a roadmap for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology. Steve Case’s career began when he cofounded America Online (AOL) in 1985. In The Third Wave, which pays homage to the work of the futurist Alvin Toffler, Case takes us behind the scenes of some of the most consequential and riveting business decisions of our time while offering illuminating insights from decades of working as an entrepreneur, an investor, a philanthropist, and an advocate for sensible bipartisan policies.” (adapted from Overdrive description)
Overdrive cover Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets, by Tero Karvinen (eBook)
“Want to build your own robots, turn your ideas into prototypes, control devices with a computer, or make your own cell phone applications? It’s a snap with this book and the Arduino open source electronic prototyping platform. Get started with six fun projects and achieve impressive results quickly. Gain the know-how and experience to invent your own cool gadgets. With Arduino, building your own embedded gadgets is easy, even for beginners.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

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New Zealand non-fiction

Always eclectic, new additions to the New Zealand Collection this month feature stories from a museum curator, a kiwi sanctuary, and poetry. The new book shelves of the NZ Collection have something to interest everyone.

Syndetics book cover The unburnt egg : more stories of a museum curator / Brian Gill.
“Museum natural history collections have been called libraries of life. In The Unburnt Egg Brian Gill continues his spellbinding stories from more than thirty years as a curator. Some tales are so bizarre they read like fiction: a population of ship rats decimating the entire wildlife of an island and then collapsing; birds leaving their young to be raised by other birds; frogs and lizards living in trees and flying. Others reveal the painstaking detective work involved in solving mysteries presented by police, biosecurity agencies, government departments and members of the public. Frogs’ legs on sale as chicken, a feather hidden in a bag of sugar, a live boa constrictor on a street in snake-free New Zealand–it’s all in a day’s work.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Project Kiwi : how one man’s passion for the land hatched New Zealand’s first community kiwi sanctuary/ Sue Hoffart.
Project Kiwi is New Zealand’s first community-led kiwi conservation project, on the Coromandel Peninsula.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Nothing for it but to sing : poems / Michael Harlow.
“Michael Harlow’s poems are small detonations that release deeply complex stories of psychological separations and attractions, of memory and desire. Frequently they slip into the alluring spaces just at the edges of language, dream and gesture, as they carefully lower, like measuring gauges, into the ineffable: intimations of mortality, the slippery nature of identity, longing, fear … This is a beautifully honed new collection.” (Syndetics summary)

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Travel stories & Guides

Let this month’s travel picks take you on a stroll. Take a meander through a damp and ephemeral landscape in Rain, test walking upside down in But What If We’re Wrong? all while being careful to not drop off the ‘edge of the Earth’ in Maps That Changed the World.

Syndetics book cover Maps that changed the world / edited by O. E. Clark ; introduction by Professor Jeremy Black.
“From beautifully engraved sixteenth-century Dutch maps to sinister Nazi maps, this stunning compendium features some of the most famous cartography ever created. Stretching back to when explorers feared dropping off the “edge of the world.” Organized chronologically, the collection shows the evolution of map-making from all corners of the globe.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Rain : four walks in English weather / Melissa Harrison.
“An evocative meditation on the English landscape in wet weather by the acclaimed novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison. Whenever rain falls, our countryside changes. Fields, farms, hills and hedgerows appear altered, the wildlife behaves differently, and over time the terrain itself is transformed. Blending her expeditions with reading, research, memory and imagination, Harrison reveals how rain is not just an essential element of the world around us, but a key part of our own identity too.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover But what if we’re wrong? : thinking about the present as if it were the past / Chuck Klosterman.
“But What If We’re Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who’ll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? […] It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then”.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Business e-newsletter for September 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of the Business e-newsletter . We have some great books for you.

News: We will be participating with the region’s other public libraries in the Wellington Region Business Expo 2016 at Westpac Stadium on 20th September. Please come along and say hello to us at Stands 77 and 78. While there, ask us to demonstrate the new and improved PressReader. And, if you don’t already use Lynda.com for free via your Wellington City Libraries card, ask us to show you this wonderful e-learning tool.

Library News

Management

There are some great new books on management this month, covering making a difference, determination and diversity.

Syndetics book cover A world of difference : leading in global markets with cultural intelligence / Felicity Menzies.
“Having a diverse workforce makes “A World of Difference”. Companies and organisations that have a diverse workforce benefit from increased innovation, creativity, performance and a better bottom line. However, not everyone has the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) to work with people from other countries and cultures. Cultural Intelligence develops through education, training, and experience. A good place to start to find out more about CQ is Felicity Menzies’ new book. Filled with a mix of anecdotes drawn for the author’s personal experiences and research on this topic, Menzies helps leaders to understand Cultural Intelligence and how it can give them an enviable competitive advantage.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Instant networking : the simple way to build your business network and see results in just 6 months / Stefan Thomas.
“Networking is something that many of us dread and try to avoid at all costs. But no longer the sole remit of sales people, it has become a vital business skill for us all. Many experts believe that you need to be super confident or a brilliant presenter in order to network to the best of your ability but networking has changed. Let Stefan Thomas show you how to take a fresh look at Networking 2.0 and teach you how networking is no longer just something we do with other people and it’s no longer an activity, it’s a new way of thinking and acting. Instant Networking will show you how to build networking into all that you do, whether you’re self-employed, fresh out of education and ready to take on the world or just ready to make your presence known.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Grit to great : how perseverance, passion, and pluck take you from ordinary to extraordinary / by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval.
“We are all dazzled by the notion that there are some people who get ahead, who reach the corner office because they are simply gifted, or well-connected, or both. But research shows that we far overvalue talent and intellectual ability in our culture. The fact is, so many people get ahead–even the gifted ones–because they worked incredibly hard, put in the thousands of hours of practice and extra sweat equity, and made their own luck. And Linda and Robin should know–they are two girls from the Bronx who had no special advantages or privileges and rose up through their own hard work and relentless drive to succeed to the top of their highly competitive profession.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Difference makers : a leader’s guide to championing diversity on boards / Dr Nicola Howe, Alicia Curtis.
“Outstanding insight into how to effectively embrace diversity – a roadmap for creating better organisations, better companies and a better society. Includes practical tools, checklists and activities for both the aspiring and experienced director. If you seriously want to make a difference – you must read Difference Makers. A sound rationale highlighting the importance of diversity in achieving good governance … a nuanced and thoughtful resource designed to help meet the challenge. Together Nicky and Alicia founded the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards governance program, and as a consequence they were driven to share their findings and experiences in this fascinating book.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Computing

Different themes are coming through our new computer books this month. Raspberry Pi continues to be popular, Linux apparently will always have new books explaining its multiple uses together with books like Macs for dummies. Come with me and let’s explore our brand new collection.

Syndetics book cover Raspberry Pi cookbook / Dr. Simon Monk.
“With millions of new users and several new models, the Raspberry Pi ecosystem continues to expand. The second edition of this popular cookbook provides more than 240 hands-on recipes for running this tiny low-cost computer with Linux, programming it with Python, and hooking up sensors, motors, and other hardware–including Arduino and the Internet of Things.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Big data : does size matter? / Timandra Harkness.
“From the first tally, scratched on a wolf bone over thirty thousand years ago, to the Large Hadron Collider, which produces forty million megabytes of data per second, data is big, and getting bigger.
Nobody needs a degree in computer science to follow Harkness’s exploration of what mega data can do for us–and what it can’t or shouldn’t. BIG DATA asks you to decide: Are you a data point, or a human being?” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Learn & use Linux made easy / Maxwell Cooter and David Cartwright.
“This is a highly accessible guide to the complex and highly customisable operating system Linux. Featuring step-by-step guides on a variety of topics, including how to choose and set up your distro, informative guides to many different distros including Ubuntu, Fedora and Red Hat, as well as advice on Linux firewalls and setting up your wireless network.” (adapted from Goodreads summary)
Syndetics book cover Embed with games : a year on the couch with game developers / Cara Ellison.
“In January of 2014 Cara wasn’t quite making rent but her cultural criticism on games for places like The Guardian seemed pretty popular. On a whim she pledged to her Twitter followers that she would do gonzo journalism and travel each month to stay with game creators she found across the world, if they put a bit of money towards it. Cara put a page up on Patreon and said if it got to $1000 that would be enough for her first flight. She thought it would never get there… Within an hour this ‘cyberpunk hair-dyed Attenborough’ had kicked herself out of her home and sent herself hurtling across a year of four continents, living on gamemakers’ couches, writing about their cities and creations. Six hundred readers funded her round-the-world trip, from London to Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne. This is a collected work of all the essays Cara wrote along the way, a map of independent game creation as she found it.” (Book jacket)

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Travel stories & Guides

Trail enthusiasts should check out The 50 Greatest Walks in the World. Alternately, if reading about travel is more your thing, then the novelist Russell Banks has written Voyager : travel writing.

Syndetics book cover The 50 greatest walks of the world / Barry Stone.
“With walks that will appeal to everyone regardless of ability, The 50 Greatest Walks of the World includes American classics such as the Appalachian Trail, Buckskin Gulch, and the Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch, as well as personal favourites such as Italy’s Cinque Terre Classic and the Isle of Skye’s Trotternish Ridge, one of Britain’s finest ridge traverses with almost 2,500m of ascents. Whether it’s a climb, a stroll, or a life-changing slog, this book has the walk for you.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover A boy of China : in search of Mao’s lost son / Richard Loseby.
“The author’s search for a son of Chinese leader Chairman Mao, who was abandoned by Mao in 1934 during the famous Long March. The search takes the author all over China, from Shanghai west to Tibet and Sichuan then to Jiangxi in the southeast. He describes the places he visits, his discoveries and his meetings with fascinating characters along the way.” (Syndetics summary)

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Business e-newsletter June 2016

Welcome to the June business e-newsletter. The shortest day of the year has just passed us by. I hope you enjoy our selection of books which cover the gamut from leadership, using Windows 10 and reflection on New Zealand childhoods to how to achieve happiness.

I was lucky enough to be present at Lightning Lab’s demo day for companies with female founders. Inspiring women, great ideas. The event was really well supported and I hope that all the teams got the funding they so richly deserve.

Library News

Management

Syndetics book cover Breaking through bias : communication techniques for women to succeed at work / Andrea S. Kramer, Alton B. Harris.
“More than fifty years after the beginning of the Women’s Movement and forty years after passage of Title IX, women are still not “making it” in traditionally male careers. Women start their careers on parity with men but generally end them far earlier, having achieved less status, lower compensation, and less satisfaction than men. Breaking Through Bias explains that it is the stereotypes about women, men, work, leadership, and family that hold women back, and it presents an integrated set of communication techniques that women can use to avoid the discriminatory consequences of these stereotypes.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Big-hearted leadership : five keys to create success through compassion / Donn Sorensen with Vaughn Kohler.
Honesty, vulnerability, humor. These are just a few of the values that make a leader. But above all of these is compassion. Putting your compassion for people first is key to being someone worthy of following. In Big-hearted leadership, longtime medical management executive Donn Sorensen shares why compassion goes hand-in-hand with your competancy as a leader. Donn shows how compassion trickles down into every decision you make as a leader, right down to organizational structure, human resources, production, and all the way to your organization’s bottom line.
Syndetics book cover Creating competitive advantage : how to be strategically ahead in changing markets / Kevin Uphill.
“The economic environment is global, highly sophisticated and in continuous fast flux. The challenge for business leaders, executives and strategists is to read and respond agilely to trends and underlying movements to stay ahead of dynamic market flow and change. Creating Competitive Advantage sets out a compelling case for the business benefits of better market anticipation, and provides tools and approaches to develop a forward-looking strategy that will deliver these. Through theory, case studies and practical insights, the book demonstrates how better analysis of market trends and scanning of the environment combined with business model change and confident leadership can gain and maintain competitive advantage.With the right approach, game-changing strategy can be highly accessible for all business strategists and owners, rather than as today, the almost exclusive reserve of a few brave and instinctive entrepreneurs. With tools, assessments and models to get more value out of the business data you already have and take your strategy to the next level through analytically-supported intuition, Creating Competitive Advantage gives business leaders and strategists the toolkit to move from a responsive mindset to a leading one.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Experiential marketing : secrets, strategies, and success stories from the world’s greatest brands / Kerry Smith, Dan Hanover. The most researched, documented, and comprehensive manifesto on experiential marketing. As customers take control over what, when, why, and how they buy products and services, brands face the complete breakdown and utter failure of passive marketing strategies designed more than a half-century ago. To connect with a new generation of customers, companies must embrace and deploy a new marketing mix, powered by a more effective discipline: experiences.

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Personal Development

Happiness strategist, happiness expert, the science of happiness? Reading with caution is suggested this month if you don’t want to run the risk of becoming obsessive and over anxious in the pursuit of happiness… and miss out altogether!

Syndetics book cover Love like salt : a memoir
Love Like Salt is a memoir about mothers and daughters, music and illness, genes and inheritance, writing and story-telling. It is about creating joy from the hand you’ve been dealt and following its lead – in this case to rural France, where the author and her family lived for seven years. ‘I had always written, and until the birth of Clara I wrote for a living. Once I knew the Cystic Fibrosis gene had unfolded itself in our daughter’s body, like a paper flower meeting water, I felt that to write, even if I had had time, or been able, would have been to squander a kind of power which was needed for tending and nurturing. Every moment became a moment in which I protected my baby. Some of it I did in secret, like a madwoman muttering spells.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Beyond happiness : the trap of ‘happiness’ and how to find deeper meaning and joy
“As Britain’s best-known headmaster, Sir Anthony famously introduced happiness, or well-being, lessons at his school, Wellington College. The pursuit of happiness can all too easily become a trap which seduces us into thinking there is no more to life than being happy. In fact, we need to reach beyond this if we are to access the deepest levels of human experience open to us, and find our own unique path in life. The author offers a further 5 steps, which point the way to accessing these deeper levels of experience, which alone result in the joyful life which is our birthright. Paradoxically, as this book demonstrates, stepping off the happiness treadmill will ultimately make for a happier and more fulfilled life.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Mind hacking : how to change your mind for good in 21 days
“Inspired by the experience of reprogramming his mind to achieve sobriety, Hargrave sets out methods that include careful observation of the mind’s workings, “Jedi training” for improved concentration, and isolating and retooling loops of negative thinking. A thought experiment encourages readers to imagine their ideal lives and Hargrave gives examples of positive thought loops that may nudge the ideal into reality. Various “mind hacks” help this process along, such as writing down ideas and goals, harnessing the power of repetition, running mental simulations, and carrying out collaborations along the lines of Wikipedia’s open-source editing.” (Syndetics)

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Computing

With the New Year it’s good to see books about the new 2016 version of some of the most popular software together with Windows 10 and some other useful pieces of info. Come with me to find out more of what you need to know in 2016.

Syndetics book cover Windows 10 / Paul McFedries.
“Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 10 is the visual learner’s guide to the latest Windows upgrade. Using full color screen shots and clear instruction, you’ll learn your way around the interface, set up user accounts, and much more. If you want to get the most out of the latest Windows offering, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 10 is the guide you need.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Excel 2016 / by Paul McFedries.
“If you’re always hearing about the cool things Excel can do, here’s your chance to see how to do them! Teach Yourself Visually Excel is packed with visually rich tutorials and step-by-step instructions that will help you take your Excel skills to new heights, this friendly and approachable guide will have you creating, editing, and manipulating Excel spreadsheets in no time!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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New Zealand non-fiction

This month the New Zealand Collection features a cross section of New Zealand life, Opera, the Wearable Art Awards and the All Blacks.

Syndetics book cover Taking my mother to the opera / Diane Brown.
“Many readers will recognise the New Zealand so vividly portrayed here, as Brown marshals deeply personal events and childhood memories in a delightfully astute, understated personal memoir.” (Abridged back cover)
Syndetics book cover World of WearableArt : 30 designers tell their stories / text by Naomi Arnold.
“First book from the World of WearableArt with a serious text that focuses on the designers and their stories. Unprecedented interest in WOW, now in its 27th year, with an annual audience of over 45,000 attending the Awards Show in Wellington. Very appealing as an inspirational book for artists, designers, students and craftspeople.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Legends in black : New Zealand rugby greats on why we win / Tom Johnson with Andy Martin, Geoff Watson and Margot Butcher.
“In the world of rugby, the All Blacks have an unsurpassed legacy of success. We are the best of the best. Legends in Black comprises frank, no-holds-barred interviews with New Zealand rugby greats, each sharing their thoughts on every aspect of what it means to be an All Black: first selection, the haka, international and provincial rugby, professionalism, team culture, camaraderie, technical advances, coaching and leadership. A one-of-a-kind account of New Zealand rugby, Legends in Black draws on unprecedented access to some of the biggest names in the game – revealing the secrets to why we win.” (Abridged Syndetics summary)

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Travel stories & Guides

Spring seems to be the theme this month. Whether it be the season Spring, or the Arab Spring. .

Syndetics book cover Walking through spring : an English journey / Graham Hoyland.
Walking Through Spring follows Graham Hoylands journey as he creates a new national trail, walking with the Spring from the south coast in March up to the border with Scotland, which he reaches on the longest day: the twenty-first of June. He connects a labyrinth of ancient footpaths, marking each mile by planting an acorn and drawing a path of oak trees that stretch through the English countryside. Hoyland draws inspiration from the vast literary landscape as he watches the season unfold across the country. What does Spring mean? Is it really getting earlier every year?” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The fires of spring : a post-Arab Spring journey through the turbulent new Middle East / Shelly Culbertson.
“The ‘Arab Spring’ all started when a young Tunisian fruit-seller set himself on fire in protest of a government official confiscating his apples without cause and slapping his face. The aftermath of that one personal protest grew to become the Middle East movement known as the Arab Spring — a wave of disparate events that included revolutions, protests, government overthrows, hopeful reform movements, and bloody civil wars. This book will be the first to bring the post Arab Spring world to light in a holistic context (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Better than fiction 2 / edited by Don George and Samantha Forge.
“Whether on a plane en route to your own travel adventure, or at home settling in for a vicarious experience of world adventures, embark on this literary journey around the world and explore your passion for travel now! Well-known authors include Dave Eggers, Alexander McCall Smith, Jane Smiley, David Shafer and Francine Prose.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Business Newsletter for March

Welcome to the first Business newsletter for 2016. After the drop in temperature last week, it seems that we are definitely on the countdown to winter. The books highlighted here hopefully will inspire, educate and entertain you through winter.

Library News

Management

Syndetics book cover How to lead a quest : a handbook for pioneering executives / Dr Jason Fox.
“Unlock progress through doubt and uncertainty. The biggest threat facing modern business is the sheer complexity of an uncertain future. That, and the fact that everyone is too busy for progress. We favour quick fixes, easy templates and familiar approaches, developing robust plans’ that do little to mitigate strategic risk or generate new value. The result? The future comes, and businesses die. But no longer! *cue trumpets* How to Lead a Quest is a book for pioneering leaders – folks who know that enterprise strategy is far too important to condemn to ‘smart goals’, ‘a clear vision for the future’ and other such rubbish. Not for the faint of heart or short-of-wit, this uniquely refreshing book bravely tackles the paradox that is pioneering leadership. You’ll discover how to lead meaningful progress – even if you don’t know what the goal or destination looks like.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The conquer kit : a creative business planner for women entrepreneurs / Natalie MacNeil.
“Business plans are one of the last remaining spaces in publishing where intimidating lingo, dry writing, and overly long verbiage are still the norm. You know what these books look like–big and manual-like, there’s usually a middle-aged man standing with his arms crossed (or pointing!) on the cover, making promises in all caps about the money you’ll make. The Conquer Kit is an interactive journal experience that brings business planning into the realm of play. Readers are invited to sketch, scribble, glue, dream, and write on the pages. all while developing an airtight business plan with proven money-making methods and strategies. Author and entrepreneur Natalie MacNeil encourages readers to create heart-centric products and bring their dream business to life.” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover Disrupt yourself : putting the power of disruptive innovation to work / Whitney Johnson.
“Becoming a “disruptor,” whether by changing positions within a company or industry or entering an entirely new field, is vital to career and personal growth, she states. As someone who has made the leap herself, Johnson sees disruptive innovation as a pathway to new levels of success. She recommends “understanding the job-to-be-done” and “identifying the job you want done,” thereby determining the “right risks” to take. Johnson astutely highlights the value of constraints, the dangers of entitlement, and the necessity of changing plans when circumstances call for it. Savvy and often counterintuitive, this superb book offers the tools, mind-set guidance, and rationale for avoiding complacency and embracing a new career path.” (Publisher Weekly)
Syndetics book cover Collaboration begins with you : be a silo buster / Ken Blanchard, Jane Ripley, Eunice Parisi-Carew.
“Everyone knows that collaboration creates high-performing teams and organizations. Yet it often doesn’t happen, because people and groups typically believe that they are doing what’s needed – the problem is always outside: the other team member, the other department. So people stay in their silos and the creative energy collaboration generates is lost. This book shows that collaboration begins with you. It is an inside-out process that starts with your heart (who you are) and head (what you know and believe), then moves to your hands (what you do). When people recognize and change erroneous beliefs and actions regarding collaboration, failures can be turned into successes and breakthrough results achieved at every level.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

What if our life was the biggest and greatest creative project of all? This month’s selected titles books can help you pave the way to a meaningful, fulfilled and creative life, one step at a time. Do not forget to enjoy every step of the way.

Syndetics book cover The creative fight : create your best work and live the life you imagine
“Creativity is not a gift for a select few, but an ongoing process of growth and self-realization available to anyone who puts in the effort to pursue the spark. In this book, Chris Orwig, author, teacher, photographer and creator of 96 courses at Lynda.com (free access with Wellington City Libraries card), offers a unique perspective on the creative process, showing you how to find meaning in your work, be inspired, and discover the life for which you were designed. For more resources and inspiration, check out the book’s companion site, thecreativefight.com.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The art of living
The Art of Living presents transcripts from legendary business speaker and mentor Bob Proctor’s most popular workshop—Matrixx—and brings this wisdom to a wider audience. Readers will marvel at Proctor’s miraculous way of disseminating his decades of business wisdom into easy-to-understand parables and learn lessons on what our creative faculties are and how to use them, why we need to unlearn most of the false beliefs we’ve been indoctrinated with our whole lives, and how our intellects have the ability not only to put us ahead in life, but also to be our biggest detriment.” (Back cover)
Syndetics book cover Coach your own life : break down the barriers to success
“This updated new edition of a dynamic and motivating guide will give you the resources and toolkit to coach yourself to an improved and enhanced performance in all areas of your life. Covering everything from career development to personal relationships, appearance and money management, it offers a program of change and progress for each area, while encouraging you to examine your own beliefs, confidence and motivation to ensure that change is for the better and for the long-term. This new edition also contains plenty of tools and advice to help you overcome blockages and obstacles, develop resilience, and become more mindful.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Primary greatness : the 12 levers of success
“Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s teachings are beloved and have inspired countless readers and leaders. Primary Greatness once again delivers classic Covey wisdom in a compact and digestible form. In this posthumous work, Covey lays out clearly the 12 levers of success that will lead to a life of primary greatness: Integrity, Contribution, Priority, Sacrifice, Service, Responsibility, Loyalty, Reciprocity, Diversity, Learning, Teaching, and Renewal. For the first time, Covey defines each of these twelve qualities and how they provide the leverage to make your daily life truly “great”.” (From Amazon.com)

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Computing

We have plenty of books about the new 2016 versions of some of the most popular software together with Windows 10 and some other useful pieces of info. Come and find out more of what you need to know in 2016.

Syndetics book cover Windows 10 plain & simple / Nancy Muir Boysen.
“Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Windows 10. Follow easy steps and screenshots to see exactly what to do. Get handy tips for new techniques and shortcuts and exercises to apply what you learn right away” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Office 2016 / Elaine Marmel.
“Quickly and efficiently learn the latest version of Office. Teach Yourself Visually Office offers you a straightforward, visual approach to making your work life more efficient and productive using the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite. Whether you′re looking to discover what′s new in the latest release of Microsoft Office or don′t know Access from Word, this visual guide makes learning easy!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Teach yourself visually iPhone 6s / by Guy Hart-Davis.
“A visual guide to the iPhone 6s now fully updated. Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPhone, 3rd Edition is the book for you with 500 full-color screenshots that clearly illustrate all the features your iPhone has to offer.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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New Zealand non-fiction

This month the New Zealand Collection takes a look into the lives of conservation stalwart Alan Mark, filmmaker Geoff Murphy, and writer Martin Edomond.

Syndetics book cover The dreaming land / Martin Edmond.
“In the evocative prose that makes him one of our finest writers, Martin Edmond recalls his experiences of growing up in rural New Zealand in the 1950s and 60s. The son of schoolteachers, Edmond’s early life was shaped by his father’s developing career and the moves it dictated: from Ohakune, to Greytown, to Huntly, to Heretaunga. The Dreaming Land shows us the making of a thinker and a writer. Edmond documents the people, locations, and events that made a lasting impression on him, and maps the development of his mental landscape, a landscape marked by curiosity, empathy and the capacity for acute observation.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover A life on film / Geoff Murphy.
“‘I’m taking this bloody car to Invercargill!’ It was the line that had cinema audiences cheering. Goodbye Pork Pie became an instant classic, and announced the arrival of a major new talent in director Geoff Murphy. With his next two films, Utu and The Quiet Earth, he cemented his reputation as a pioneer of New Zealand cinema. He’d come a long way from his days as a struggling school teacher, and then a member of a madcap band of merry pranksters known as Blerta, founded by his great friend and collaborator Bruno Lawrence. But it was the same sense of adventure – with a healthy dose of Kiwi ingenuity – that defined every stage of his career. In this candid and funny memoir, Geoff Murphy looks back on a life in (and on) film – from do-it-yourself shoots in the 1960s to epic work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Standing my ground : a voice for nature conservation / Alan F. Mark
“For more than five decades, Alan Mark has been a voice for conservation in New Zealand. From his call in the 1960s for the establishment of tussock-grassland reserves in the South Island high country to his involvement in the 2011–13 campaign to save the Denniston Plateau from mining, he has been a passionate and effective advocate for the preservation of areas of ecological importance. In Standing My Ground, Alan describes the challenges and achievements, the frustrations and successes that have made up his remarkable life, now in its ninth decade. As well as providing an important record of New Zealand’s conservation battles and documenting the life of an outstanding New Zealander, Standing My Ground is an inspiring reminder of the power of individuals to make a difference.” (Syndetics summary)

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Travel stories & Guides

With this month comes a crop of new inside guides to Australia, such as the clean design and broad scope of Friday Saturday Sunday, or browse through the CITIx60 guide to Melbourne, along with the rest of this fresh yet modest global series which gives candid and practical advice on treasures easily missed from the street. Another excellent addition to the “nature/natural environment” genre is The Moor by William Atkins.

Syndetics book cover Friday Saturday Sunday : 52 perfect weekends in Australia / editor, Brooke Clark.
Get ready for the weekend with Friday Saturday Sunday: 52 Perfect Weekends in Australia, a curated guide to the best weekend getaways you can have anywhere in Australia. Written by checked in and clued up travel writers, this brand new travel guide from Explore Australia will show you how to have the best time at the best destinations in Australia. (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Melbourne : 60 local creatives bring you the best of the city : art & design, architecture, food, entertainment, shopping.
“CITIX60 are guides to some of the world’s most renowned design hubs – cities that lead the world in all forms of visual culture and aesthetic innovation. Curated by a select group of local artists, designers, chefs, architects, musicians, photographers and filmmakers, CITIX60 guides provide an insiders’ view of what makes a trip to his or her town memorable.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The moor : a journey into the English wilderness / William Atkins.
“In this journey across England’s most forbidding and mysterious terrain, William Atkins takes the reader from south to north, exploring moorland’s uniquely captivating position in our history, literature and psyche. […] He shows us that, while the fierce terrains we associate with Wuthering Heights and The Hound of the Baskervilles are very human landscapes, the moors remain daunting and defiant, standing steadfast against the passage of time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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October business e-newsletter

Welcome to the Spring/October issue of the e-business newsletter. This month our books cover disruption, storytelling and mobile mind shift – read on!

Don’t forget that I can undertake an hour’s free research for anyone with a Wellington City Libraries’ card. Phone Marilyn on 801-4059 or email prosearch@wcc.govt.nz to discuss your research.

Library News

Management

Syndetics book cover Disrupt you! : master personal transformation, seize opportunity, and thrive in the era of endless innovation / Jay Samit.
“Excellent book, a must read… Whether you are an entrepreneur on the verge of building your first business, or a business owner needing to change directions because your industry is changing or just a guy trying to get ahead within a company you work at, this is the book for you. Not only is it chocked full of interesting information, useful tools and solid insight but it’s also a very enjoyable read.” (Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover Whoever tells the best story wins : how to use your own stories to communicate with power and impact / Annette Simmons.
“Stories have tremendous power. They can persuade, promote empathy, and provoke action. Better than any other communication tool, stories explain who you are, what you want…and why it matters. In presentations, department meetings, over lunch–any place you make a case for new customers, more business, or your next big idea–you’ll have greater impact if you have a compelling story to relate. Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins will teach you to narrate personal experiences as well as borrowed stories in a way that demonstrates authenticity, builds emotional connections, inspires perseverance, and stimulates the imagination.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The mobile mind shift : engineer your business to win in the mobile moment / Ted Schadler, Josh Bernoff, Julie Ask, Forrester Research.
“An essential guide for those needing to grow business in a mobile world….We have grown accustomed to going to our mobile devices whenever we need assistance, and it is in these mobile moments that brands have the ability succeed, or fail, at building customer loyalty and engagement. The authors of this fantastic book point out that businesses must succeed at winning these mobile moments, or they risk being disrupted by more progressive and entrepreneurial companies. So how do the rest of us catch up and shift our business processes (and personal skills) to meet the needs of a mobile first world? Start by reading this book. The authors have experienced what works and what does not, and the resulting advice is applicable to both big and small businesses.” (Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover Strategic planning for nonprofit organizations : a practical guide for dynamic times / Michael Allison, Jude Kaye.
“The roadmap you need on a long, hard journey….I recently joined my organization after spending nearly 10 years in another industry. The role that I took on, overseeing strategy and partnerships was new for me as well as for the organization. I came into an organization that capitalized on growth opportunities in a very organic fashion. With increased capacity to take on strategy development, and the need to do so, we set out on the organization’s first ever strategic planning process. Finding myself in the position of project lead, I was desperate to find information about what to expect from the process, elements that contribute to a good process, how to prepare the organization for change, and how to keep external consultants accountable. This book was all that and more – the ideal roadmap, showing the path, but also highlighting bumps along the way.” (Amazon.com)

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Personal Development

This month we read books that challenge look at the different approaches to using your intelligence and thinking to succeed.

Syndetics book cover The outside edge : how outsiders can succeed in a world made by insiders.
“Our culture celebrates outsiders while in reality slamming the door in their face. The modern world encourages creativity while shutting-out all but a privileged few from individualistic expression. The Outside Edge is all about learning to harness the unique vantage point you possess in order to give yourself the edge required to succeed. It will show you when to embrace your outsider status and go against convention, and when to play the game, do as the insiders do and make sure you can get progress. Think of The Outside Edge as a manual for positively directing your insecurity, awkwardness and role-confusion towards a meaningful future, shaped and pursued on your own terms.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Whole body intelligence : get out of your head and into your body to achieve greater wisdom, confidence, and success
“Executive coach Steve Sisgold, knows that the body–not the mind–is the most reliable and effective pathway to realizing your innermost desires and achieving success. His unique, body-centric approach will show you how to get out of your head and take charge of every area of your life with increased awareness, clarity, and confidence. Whole Body Intelligence teaches you how to become aware of subtle body sensations–such as gripping the phone or clenching your jaw during a tense conversation–and how to interpret their meanings, linking them to negative thoughts and behaviors that are impeding your success and happiness.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Mindware : tools for smart thinking
“Scientific and philosophical concepts can change the way we solve problems by helping us to think more effectively about our behavior and our world. Surprisingly, despite their utility, many of these tools remain unknown to most of us. In Mindware, psychologist Richard E. Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail. In this groundbreaking book, Nisbett shows us how to frame common problems in such a way that scientific and statistical principles can be applied to them. The result is an enlightening and practical guide to the most essential tools of reasoning ever developed-tools that can easily be used to make better professional, business, and personal decisions.” (Syndetics)

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Computing

Our computer books are always diverse and for this month we have a great eBook about HTML5 Game Development and books on Android tablets, to mention just a couple.

Overdrive cover HTML5 Game Development by Example, by Makzan (eBook)
“This book is for web designers who have a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and want to create Canvas or DOM-based games that run on browsers.” (Overdrive description)
Syndetics book cover Android tablets for seniors / Nick Vandome.
Android Tablets for Seniors in easy steps is the perfect guide to Android devices, their specifications and functionality, and explains the operating system and how to use it on your tablet. This book details the Android settings so that you can personalize your tablet to look and work in exactly the way that you want. The book features the Google Nexus but is applicable to all tablets running the Android operating system.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover iPad at work for dummies / by Galen Gruman.
iPad at Work For Dummies provides essential and in-depth coverage for a variety of productivity-related tasks made possible on the iPad. From basics such as setting up and starting out with an iPad to tips on the best practices for enterprise-level word processing, spreadsheet creation, presenting, task management, project management, graphic design, and communication. If you′re considering integrating the use of an iPad at work, or have recently begun and want to grasp the full spectrum of its capabilities in the workplace, iPad at Work For Dummies has you covered.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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New Zealand non-fiction

The theme this month could be “looking back”

Syndetics book cover Our stories : the way we used to be : the New Zealand that time forgot… / edited by Ian Wishart.
Every day, thousands of news stories are published in New Zealand, chronicling the big events and the small. Most of these stories are long forgotten by the time historians get around to compiling the ‘official record’ of our country. Discover the heroes and villains of our past through long forgotten news stories, and find out how life really was in pioneer New Zealand. (Adapted from back cover)
Syndetics book cover Working lives c. 1900 : a photographic essay / Erik Olssen.
For the men and women of the skilled trades in the early 20th century, the skills and knowledge of their respective crafts were a source of identity and pride. Together with the so-called unskilled, who built the infrastructure for the new society, these workers laid the cultural and social foundations of a new and fairer society. This book uses photographs to show two processes fundamental to creating a new society: the transformation of swamp into farmland then city-scape, and the transplantation of the knowledge and skill required in the Old World that were essential to building a new world. (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Vertical living : the Architectural Centre and the remaking of Wellington / Julia Gatley and Paul Walker.
“… we of this Architectural Centre in Wellington are a group of architects and draughtsmen and wood engravers and other people whose greatest claim to affiliation is an overriding enthusiasm for good design” – Design Review, 1948. In 1946, just as the Group was being established in Auckland, Wellington established the Architectural Centre. Members of both were young and idealistic, and they shared common beliefs – in the transformative potential of modern architecture, in need for urban development to be carefully controlled, in the desirability of planning for a better future. This book recovers the powerful history, politics and architecture of the Architectural Centre to return us to a vision of a modernist city, partially realised in Wellington New Zealand. Gatley and Walker begin writing the city back into the history of architecture in this country. (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Travel stories & Guides

Check out lushly illustrated Hemingway’s Paris and Safari for vivid escapes into the wild ecosystems of both city and savannah. Also keep an eye out for the slick debut of Monocle travel guides, starting here with Hong Kong and London, perfect for the discerning traveller with an eye for design.

Syndetics book cover Hemingway’s Paris : a writer’s city in words and images / Robert Wheeler.
“Walk through the streets of Paris with Ernest Hemingway. In gorgeous black and white images, Hemingway’s Paris depicts a story of remarkable passion–for a city, a woman, and a time. […] Through his journal and photographs, Wheeler portrays the intimate connection Hemingway had with the woman he never stopped loving, Hadley, and with the city he loved most, Paris.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Safari : a memoir of a worldwide travel pioneer / Geoffrey Kent with Kristine Gasbarre.
“It’s here, in nature, that we are completely unified with all of life.” Geoffrey Kent had nothing but an East African shilling and an old Land Rover when he launched a safari business in 1962 with his parents in Nairobi. Today he is the chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, a pioneering internationally renowned luxury travel company that takes thousands of trekkers to the planet’s wildest frontiers. […] Packed with gorgeous photographs and unbelievable memories from the larger-than-life explorer, Safari lets readers indulge their spirit of adventure.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Hong Kong.
“The definitive travel guides that make you feel like a local wherever you go. […] Aimed at people who do not want to be tourists but rather feel like locals when they travel, these are books for those who want to mix the classic with the contemporary, want to get beyond the cliches, and know they can get a feel for a city even if they only have a few days…” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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July 2015 business e-newsletter

Hi, here we are – the shortest day done and dusted… the downward slide to summer. Enjoy the range of books we have on offer for you this July.

Library News

Management

Syndetics book cover The simplicity cycle : a field guide to making things better without making them worse / Dan Ward.
“Humans make things every day, whether it’s composing an e-mail, cooking a meal, or constructing the Mars Rover. While complexity is often necessary in the development process, unnecessary complexity adds complications. The Simplicity Cycle provides the secret to striking the proper balance. The problem comes when the complexity starts getting in the way–but often we don’t know where that point is until we pass it. He suggests a number of techniques for identifying the problem and fixing it, including how to overcome several types of wrongheaded thinking–such as the idea that complexity and quality are the same. Ideal for business leaders and technologists, The Simplicity Cycle is helpful for anyone looking to simplify and improve everything we do, whether we work in an office, at home, or at the Pentagon.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Real women, real leaders : surviving and succeeding in the business world / Kathleen Hurley and Priscilla Shumway, editors.
“In Real Women, Real Leadership, twenty-four women leaders describe their personal journeys to the top, providing deep insight and a fascinating perspective on “making it” as a woman in the male-dominated business environment. They discuss their experiences and offer guidance on topics such as balancing family and career, building alliances, mentoring and being mentored, and overcoming obstacles in the business world which is still dominated by men in the senior levels of management. Drawn from a range of industries including higher education, technology, law, the military, politics, the media, and more, these stories provide the details that every ambitious woman needs to know. Each story sheds light on women’s unique leadership attributes, and provides guidance for professional women charting their own professional advancement.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Humanise : why human-centred leadership is the key to the 21st century / Anthony Howard.
Humanise is a comprehensive look at human-centred leadership, providing insight and guidance for those who want to change the world. A deep examination of the concept of moral leadership, this book examines what it is, how it’s acquired, and how it can be applied in business, government, and society. Readers will gain insight into predominant leadership styles exemplified in governments and organizations around the world, and discover the missing pieces that come together to more effectively guide people through challenges and transitions. With a focus on building a solid foundation, a strong moral compass, and deep empathy for others, this book shows you how to be a leader wherever you are, build your leadership capability, and make a positive impact on the world.” (Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

In this month’s selection, we discover insight from scientists, researchers but also real-life accounts showing us how we can truly maximize our potential. With an appreciation of our entire psychological toolkit, we enable ourselves to climb the highest mountains and handle the deepest valleys.

Syndetics book cover Rejection proof : how I beat fear and became invincible through 100 days of rejection
“Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. But despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. He realized he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him. Thus was born his “100 days of rejection” experiment, during which he willfully sought rejection on a daily basis. Jia learned that even the most preposterous wish may be granted if you ask in the right way, and shares the secret of successful asking, how to pick targets, and how to tell when an initial no can be converted into something positive. Filled with great stories and valuable insight, Rejection Proof is a fun and thoughtful examination of how to overcome fear and dare to live more boldly.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Resilience : hard-won wisdom for living a better life
“Two years ago, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadn’t seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war, he’d been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, and Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives. Eric’s letters–drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers–are now gathered and edited into a timeless handbook. They explain how we can build purpose, confront the pain in our lives, practice compassion, develop our vocations, find a mentor, create happiness, follow a role model, think about the story of our lives, and much more.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover I want to be calm : how to de-stress
“With the stress and strains of modern life, it is increasingly difficult to be the peaceful and serene spirit that we all wish to be. In I Want to Be Calm, Harriet Griffey explores the issues we may face in our day-to-day lives that make us feel stressed, anxious, depressed or overwhelmed, and shares practical advice on how to overcome them. Covering topics such as the worry cycle, managing emotions and mindful meditation, Harriet shows how to implement easy but effective approaches to find calm. She looks at how we can practice mindfulness at home and work, how to pursue better relationships and making mindful decisions like choosing peace and living in the moment, plus more.” (Syndetics summary)

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Computing

This month’s selection of computer books is very diverse. For the Office crowd, there are new books on Excel and Office for iPad and Mac; for the more games-oriented, there are books on Minecraft and HTML5 gaming. For those after general information on the interaction of technology in society, there are books on libraries’ role in the digital future and the mass surveillance society cultivated by public participation in sites such as Google and Facebook. Happy reading!

Syndetics book cover Office for iPad and Mac for dummies / by Peter Weverka.
“…Are you a Mac user who isn’t accustomed to working with Microsoft Office? Consider this friendly guide your go-to reference! Written in plain English and packed with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, Office for iPad and Mac For Dummies walks you through every facet of Office, from installing the software and opening files to working with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and beyond. Plus, you’ll discover how to manage files, share content and collaborate online through social media, and find help when you need it… If you’re an Apple enthusiast who wants to get the most out of Microsoft Office, Office for iPad and Mac For Dummies shows you how simplifying and organizing your work or personal life is just a click away.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Coding for dummies / by Nikhil Abraham.
“…No coding experience is required for Coding For Dummies, your one-stop guide to building a foundation of knowledge in writing computer code for web, application, and software development… Using foundational web development languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, it explains in plain English how coding works and why it′s needed. Online exercises developed by Codecademy, a leading online code training site, help hone coding skills and demonstrate results as you practice. The site provides an environment where you can try out tutorials built into the text and see the actual output from your coding… If you′re a student looking for an introduction to the basic concepts of coding or a professional looking to add new skills, Coding For Dummies has you covered.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Build an HTML5 game : a developer’s guide with CSS and JavaScript / by Karl Bunyan.
“If you already have even basic familiarity with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you’re ready to learn how to build a browser-based game. In Build an HTML5 Game, you’ll use your skills to create a truly cross-platform bubble-shooter game – playable in both desktop and mobile browsers… You’ll learn how to: send sprites zooming around the screen with JavaScript animations, make things explode with a jQuery plug-in, use hitboxes and geometry to detect collisions, implement game logic to display levels and respond to player input… Exercises at the end of each chapter challenge you to dig in to the bubble shooter’s code and modify the game… Learn to create a complete HTML5 game right now and then use your newfound skills to build your own mega-popular, addictive game.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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New Zealand non-fiction

A mixture of books this month – exploration, jewellery and the geographical expanse of NZ cover some of the variety of topics of the recent arrivals in the New Zealand Collection this month.

Syndetics book cover Kobi Bosshard : goldsmith / Damian Skinner.
“A survey of the work and ideas of a leading New Zealand jeweller who has been critical to the development of studio craft in Aotearoa. Born in Switzerland, Kobi Bosshard came to New Zealand in 1961. His expertise as a traditionally trained goldsmith is centre stage in this beautifully illustrated book, which is published as part of Objectspace’s Masters of Craft series. Written by art historian Damian Skinner, it provides a perceptive and informative discussion of Bosshard’s life and work, describing over five decades of contemporary jewellery that explores the possibilities of the craftsperson’s role in creating sophisticated and unique objects for people to wear and own.” (Inside front cover)
Syndetics book cover Dumont d’Urville : explorer & polymath / Edward Duyker.
“Explorer Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d’Urville (1790-1842) is sometimes called France’s Captain Cook. Born less than a year after the beginning of the French Revolution, he lived through turbulent times. He was an erudite polymath: a maritime explorer fascinated by botany, entomology, ethnography and the diverse languages of the world.” (Dust jacket)
Syndetics book cover Zealandia : our continent revealed / Hamish Campbell & Nick Mortimer.
“Imagine a typical continent with seemingly endless land in all directions. There are broad valleys and uplands, wide-open vistas across undulating plains, and upstanding mountain ranges far in the distance. There may be prominent features that command attention and draw the eye, such as odd-shaped hills, peaks, pinnacles, mesas and volcanoes. And there may be canyons, valleys, gorges, large depressions and basins. Now imagine this same continent under the sea, and largely drowned.Welcome to Zealandia. A big book full of big ideas, and brought to you by renowned GNS scientists Hamish Campbell (co-author of In Search of Ancient New Zealand) and Nick Mortimer, Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed is in every respect a landmark publication – thought-provoking, visually stunning and eminently readable.” (abridged Syndetics summary)

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Travel stories & Guides

A walking journeys in New Orleans, the marvellous Robert McFarlane’s book on place names and living in the real Middle East – just a few of our travel books

Syndetics book cover Walking New Orleans : 30 tours exploring historic neighborhoods, waterfront districts, culinary and music corridors, and recreational wonderlands / Barri Bronston.
“From neighborhoods such as Lakeview and Mid-City to landmarks including the Saenger Theater and Mercedes Benz Superdome, from its restaurants and music clubs to its parks and museums, the Big Easy has regained the title of one of the world’s most fascinating cities. In Walking New Orleans , lifelong resident and writer Barri Bronston shares the love of her hometown through 30 self-guided tours that range from majestic St. Charles Avenue and funky Magazine Street to Bywater and Faubourg Marigny, two of the city’s “it” neighborhoods. Within each tour, she offers tips on where to eat, drink, dance, and play, for in addition to all the history, culture, and charm that New Orleans has to offer…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Postcards from the Middle East / Chris Naylor.
“An easy, engaging, and often funny introduction to Arab culture–its richness, humanity, and challenges–through the experiences of an English family. The Middle East features regularly on our television screens, in ways that often lead to a simplistic and stereotyped view of the land and the people that live there. Having moved to the Middle East, Chris Naylor and his wife set up a pioneering branch of the environmental agency A Rocha in Lebanon. Over the years they found their prejudices and assumptions utterly overthrown. Their story is an insightful and informed introduction to Arab culture through the experience of an English family. Engaging and often funny, it explores themes of cross-cultural communication and environmental vision.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Landmarks / Robert Macfarlane.
“Haze-fire, smeuse, tarn, ghyll, hoarhusk, gruffy ground, af’rug… for years now, Robert Macfarlane has been collecting place-words: terms for aspects of landscape, nature and weather, drawn from dozens of languages and dialects of Britain and Ireland… In this, his fifth book, Macfarlane brilliantly explores the linguistic and literary terrain of our archipelago, from the Shetlands to Cornwall, and from Cumbria to Suffolk. Landmarks is a book about the power of language – ‘strong style, single words’ – to shape our sense of place…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Business e-newsletter for Winter (June 2015)

Welcome to the Business e-newsletter for Winter 2015. Winter came in rather a rush, and whilst the desire to hibernate might be strong, winter can be a time to catch up on all that work related reading, or escape to warmer climes, or just take time out to do something literary.

Library News

Management

Syndetics book cover Extraordinary leadership in Australia & New Zealand : the five practices that create great workplaces / James Kouzes, Barry Posner with Michael Bunting.
“The research-driven guide to the leadership behaviours which create more engaged workplaces and higher performance, Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand is a guidebook for what it takes, at any level of an organisation, to bring out the best in people. Interviews with more than 100 leaders and their teams provide real examples and practical applications within the grasp of every reader who aspires to make a difference. Case studies are balanced across gender, function, and industry providing a broad perspective, identifying why leadership matters, and offering keen insights into how you lead others to greatness. Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand presents a data-driven framework for being an effective leader, with expert guidance toward the actions that you can take to improve the performance of your team and organisation.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover New rules of the game : 10 strategies for women in the workplace / Susan Packard.
“Where would your career be if you could understand how your colleagues–especially men–succeed and win at work? And if, in understanding and applying the rules, you could win, too? In New Rules of the Game, business leader Susan Packard shows you how to cultivate gamesmanship –a strategic way of thinking regularly seen in the video game and sports worlds, and most often among men–that develops creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork, and competitiveness. Packard shares her career story with humor and candor, including the successes and the mistakes, the triumphs and some personal and career setbacks, and presents them as teachable moments for you… providing you with the insight and inspiration to play the business game smarter, stronger, and more successfully.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The creator’s code : the six essential skills of extraordinary entrepreneurs / Amy Wilkinson.
“Kevin Plank was relatively small for an American footballer, and when he weighed the cotton T-shirt he wore under his team uniform, he found it weighed three pounds because it was so drenched in sweat. Going to a local fabric shop, he soon learned that synthetic materials would not take in as much sweat, so he had a shirt made and found it added just four ounces over the course of a game. He began to produce the shirts commercially, and now Under Armour is a $2 billion global brand used by people from every sport. Packed with fascinating and inspirational tales of success, Amy Wilkinson’s brilliant book explains the six essential skills required by entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams. Based on in-depth interviews with the founders of numerous global brands, from eBay to Spanx, from LinkedIn to PayPal, she shows just what they did and what set them apart. These stories show how – if you follow the right steps – anyone can become a successful entrepreneur.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

Every month when we see all these amazing titles we may be tempted to think, “Wow, if only I could read all these books, my life would be so much better!”. But the task seems impossible and we give up before we start. What if instead, we chose only one of these books, every month, but actually took on one of the messages and actively put it into practice? This would actually change our lives, incrementally, for the better.

Syndetics book cover The world beyond your head : on becoming an individual in an age of distraction
“In this book, the author takes a unique look at attention, positing that it is a commodity. He sets out to establish that in a world of increasingly pervasive distractions, individualism can only be attained through focus. Crawford uses examples of skilled labor and craftsmanship to explain how people can gain back some of their lost autonomy (a word he works over quite thoroughly) through concentration. He explains his theories well, with strong writing and citations, and the resulting argument is fresh and extremely enlightening. What is most satisfying is that technology is not blamed for the modern deluge of distractions-it is discussed as the cumulative effect of a number of influences found within Western culture. ” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives
“Bestseller Rubin (The Happiness Project) returns with this fun and informative self-help tome on the ways we unthinkingly shape our lives with habits. As she shows, habits affect our lives in both positive and negative ways. By acquiring positive habits and eliminating negative ones, we can increase our overall happiness. “How we schedule our days is how we spend our lives,” Rubin asserts. The subtitle calls to mind Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suggesting a goal similar to Child’s: to collect all the available information on the subject and break it down into components for readers to apply to their own lives. Writing that “we can build our habits only on the foundation of our own nature,” Rubin goes on to identify four tendencies, or personality types, in relation to habit-formation: upholder, questioner, obliger, and rebel.” (Syndetics summary)

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Computing

In this month’s new computing books, there are a range of topics covered. Starting with the fundamentals of how computers work, this month’s picks also highlights how to create your own android apps and a beginners guide to WordPress. With the variety on offer, there should be something technological to sink your teeth into!

Syndetics book cover How computers work : the evolution of technology / Ron White ; illustrated by Timothy Edward Downs.
“This full-color, fully illustrated guide to the world of technology assumes nothing and explains everything. In addition to all the content you’ve come to expect from prior editions, this newly revised edition includes all new coverage of topics such as: how smartphones and tablet PCs put the power of a desktop computer in your hands– literally; how advances such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, eBay, and smartphones are expanding our universe of friends, knowledge, and opportunity; how increased miniaturization leads to new products, such as smartphone, smartwatches, and Google Glass; and, how computing technology takes advantages of quantum physics and innovations no one even imagined a few years ago.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Building Android apps in easy steps / Mike McGrath.
“…begins by explaining how to create a development environment on a computer in which to develop and test Android Apps. It then takes the reader through installing Java and the App Inventor 2, alongside each required key function of creating the app itself. Covering areas such as designing the interface, controlling progress, calling functions and deploying the app, this book shows how together technical knowledge and creativity can produce Android Apps to be proud of…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover WordPress : absolute beginner’s guide / Tris Hussey.
“…Whether you’re new to WordPress or not, this practical, approachable book will show you how to do exactly what you want, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time – all explained with full-color illustrations. Leading WordPress instructor Tris Hussey provides step-by-step instructions for every task requiring more than one step. Screenshots and illustrations guide you through complex processes, so you’ll never get lost or confused…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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New Zealand non-fiction

Roses are red, violets are blue, here’s some New Zealand poetry and some other topics too! A mixture of poetry, caravans, horses, New Zealand Women, exploration, jewellery and murder cover some of the variety of topics of the recent arrivals in the New Zealand Collection this month.

Syndetics book cover Being here : selected poems / Vincent O’Sullivan.
“BEING HERE is the first book to survey the entire span of Vincent O’Sullivan’s poetry, from Bearings (1973) to new poems first published in this volume. On display is the full range of the wit, intellectual agility and arresting beauty of one of New Zealand literature’s finest poets. Hardback, Cover painting by Karl Maughan Vincent O’Sullivan is one of New Zealand’s leading writers, author of the biography of John Mulgan, Long Journey to the Border, the novels Let the River Stand and Believers to the Bright Coast, and many plays and collections of short stories and poems. He is joint editor of the five-volume Letters of Katherine Mansfield and has edited a number of major anthologies. He lives in Dunedin.” (Abridged Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover A great indoors for the great outdoors : the story of Liteweight caravans / Don Jessen.
“In 1946, a practical-minded New Zealander became interested in caravans as a way of holidaying and decided to build one for his family in his garage. From this humble beginning a story of Kiwi ingenuity emerged, with Liteweight Caravans growing to become an iconic New Zealand brand, which for over four decades led the country, and sometimes the world, in technical design and innovation. Liteweight produced more caravans than any other caravan manufacturer in New Zealand and, today, more than 25 years after the factory closed, the majority of its caravans are still in use. This is a story as much about people as it is of caravans, and the person at the heart of the story is Tek Jessen, Liteweight¿s founder.” (Syndetics summary)

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Travel stories & Guides

Top of our picks this month is James A. Michener’s 1968 classic “Iberia”, recently reprinted, with an introduction by Steve Berry. And a couple of books for light reading are “What I was doing while you were breeding”, and “Vagabonding through Retirement”.

Syndetics book cover Iberia : Spanish travels and reflections / James A. Michener ; photographs by Robert Vavra ; introduction by Steve Berry.
“Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. Iberia is Michener’s enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Findings / Kathleen Jamie.
“It’s surprising what you can find by simply stepping out to look. Award-winning poet Kathleen Jamie has an eye and an ease with the nature and landscapes of Scotland as well as an incisive sense of our domestic realities. In Findings she draws together these themes to describe travels like no other contemporary writer. Whether she is following the call of a peregrine in the hills above her home in Fife, sailing into a dark winter solstice on the Orkney islands, or pacing around the carcass of a whale on a rain-swept Hebridean beach, she creates a subtle and modern narrative, peculiarly alive to her connections and surroundings.” (Syndetics summary)

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Business e-newsletter December 2014

Welcome to the last business e-newsletter for 2014. I’d like to take this opportunity of wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. One which recharges you for the ongoing business challenges next year.

Library News

Management

Syndetics book cover The frugal innovator : creating change on a shoestring budget / Charles Leadbeater.
“Successful bottom of the pyramid entrepreneurship requires more than just low-cost innovation. Though using limited resources and cheap materials is necessary for developing products that consumers can afford, the real challenge of such entrepreneurship is to create products under these limitations that consumers really want. Leadbeater, former industrial editor of Financial Times, argues that frugal innovation is critical to the future. As the world cannot long sustain seven billion people consuming resources at the rate of the world’s top 5 percent consumers, there is an urgent need for innovations that appeal to the bottom of the pyramid while preserving resources and materials.” (Adapted from CHOICE)
Syndetics book cover Business networking, the survival guide : how to make networking less about stress and more about success / Will Kintish.
“If you only buy one book on networking…Buy this one. The two big areas where people mess up most when networking – how and who to approach when networking, and talking to complete strangers are covered better than anywhere else I’ve seen. I first met Will Kintish nearly 10 years ago and I’ve been using his tips ever since. They are absolutely sound and seem to work everywhere and on anyone. No nasty NLP or slimy sales stuff, just how to get on with people like a regular person and get loads of business off the back of it. The book itself is nicely laid out and easy to dip in and out of. It’s a must for every business persons skills armoury.” (Amazon UK reviewer)
Syndetics book cover Business models for the social mobile cloud : transform your business using social media, mobile Internet, and cloud computing / Ted Shelton.
“The combined impact of social technologies, the mobile Internet, and cloud computing are creating incredible new business opportunities. They are also destroying unprepared companies, transforming industries, and leaving behind workers who are unwilling or unable to adapt. Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud reveals a compelling view from PwC of how the social mobile cloud and a combination of new technology changes are key players in a digital transformation in business and society that is moving more quickly and cutting more deeply than any technology transformation ever seen.” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover Business reimagined : why work isn’t working and what you can do about it / Dave Coplin.
“In the last 5 years there has been a big change in the way people work. I have often remarked that technology is leaving us behind but I have never thought to look any further. Dave Coplin opened my eyes, I love this book! I have experienced this change in the workplace first hand recently, finding a job is harder than ever. I even began to question my own skills and qualifications, it never occurred to me that there might be an underlying issue that was the problem. I encourage EVERYONE to read this book.” (Amazon UK reviewer)

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Personal Development

This month’s books seem to agree on one thing – it is all in our mind! But there are many ways of interpreting and understanding what we are thinking, how we are feeling and why (sometimes looking at our genetic make-up for clues on our modern psyche), how we decide what to focus on, whether positive psychology is what we need or if it is OK to dwell on negative thoughts.

Syndetics book cover Think like a freak : how to think smarter about almost everything
“The Freakonomics books have come to stand for something: challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions; and learning to unravel the world’s secret codes. Now Levitt and Dubner have gathered up what they have learned and turned it into a readable and practical toolkit for thinking differently – thinking, that is, like a Freak. Whether you are interested in the best way to improve your odds in penalty kicks, or in major global reforms, here is a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems.” (Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover When happiness is not enough : balancing pleasure and achievement in your life
“Everybody wants to be happy. But do we really know what happiness is and how it contributes to fulfilling life? In considering these questions, psychologist Chris Skellett proposes that “In order to live a truly fulfilling life, we need to strike a balance between Pleasure and Achievement”. This simple truth, known as the the Pleasure/Achievement Principle, lies at the heart of this entertaining, yet thought-provoking book.” (Book cover)
Syndetics book cover Risk savvy : how to make good decisions / Gerd Gigerenzer.
Posits that “most of us, including doctors, lawyers, financial advisers, and elected officials, misunderstand statistics much more often than we think, leaving us not only misinformed, but vulnerable to exploitation. Yet there is hope. Anyone can learn to make better decisions for their health, finances, family, and business without needing to consult an expert or a super computer, and Gigerenzer shows us how”. (Syndetics)

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Computing

This round up of new Computing books features books with a design focus, as well as just how much impact apps are really having on the world.

Syndetics book cover No kidding! : why our kids know more about technology than us and what we can do about it / Yvette Adams.
“Your kids know way more about technology than you, and it’s time you did something about it. Today’s kids are intuitively able to use every device, app, game and social network handed to them. Just give a tablet or a smartphone to a toddler and watch what happens. But as life speeds up, and we are busier than ever being good parents the technological gap between parents and kids seems to grow exponentially. …kids desperately need their parents to understand the technology they are using and to embrace the technology themselves.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Introduction to game design, prototyping, and development : from concept to playable game-with Unity® and C# / Jeremy Gibson.
“Learn Game Design, Prototyping, and Programming with Today’s Leading Tools: Unity(tm) and C# Award-winning game designer and professor Jeremy Gibson has spent the last decade teaching game design and working as an independent game developer. Over the years, his most successful students have always been those who effectively combined game design theory, concrete rapid-prototyping practices, and programming skills. Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development is the first time that all three of these disciplines have been brought together into a single book.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover How apps are changing the world / Stephen Molloy.
“There are 7 billion people in the world, 6 billion cell phone subscriptions and 1 App bible. So why isn’t everyone bored? Why are some companies focusing everything on mobile devices and making millions? In this book we explore the ideas, theories, strategies and technologies behind apps, with interviews and insights from the very best in the industry. Armed with this information, you will be able to improve your clients’ apps, your company’s apps, your own personal app project, and the app idea you’ve always wanted to make a reality.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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New Zealand non-fiction

Continuing this month a focus on the great war, as well as a book which looks at New Zealand’s wildlife sanctuaries.

Syndetics book cover No better death : the great war diaries and letters of William G. Malone / edited by John Crawford with Peter Cooke.
“This is an updated and corrected edition of a work published by Reed Publishing in 2005. In association with the New Zealand Defence Force to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.”
Syndetics book cover Paradise saved : the remarkable story of New Zealand’s wildlife sanctuaries and how they are stemming the tide of extinction / David Buter, Tony Lindsay & Janet Hunt.
“Tells the gripping story of how we are turning back the tide of extinction. It is a celebration of pioneering science and a national survey of the sanctuaries, little and big, that are protecting native species and reintroducing them to areas where they had once been extinct. It covers over 130 sanctuaries, with up to date information on where to find them, how to visit and how to do your part.” (Back cover)

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Travel stories & Guides

The story of the youngest sailor to ever circumnavigate the globe is the first in our travel books this month, an amazing story. Also the route known as “Via Francigena”, as well as a trip up State Highway one in NZ

Syndetics book cover One girl, one dream / Laura Dekker.
“The amazing autobiographical account of the youngest ever solo circumnavigation of the Earth. Aged just 14, New Zealand-born Laura Dekker defied the authorities and braved the open oceans to realise her dream of becoming the youngest ever sailor to circumnavigate the Earth. When she finished the journey she was still only 16, the youngest ever person to achieve this feat. Her extraordinary story is both a real-life adventure for all ages, and an inspirational account of how a free spirit and will to succeed can accomplish anything.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover View from the road / photography by Arno Gasteiger ; text by Kennedy Warne.
“At 2047 kilometres long and stretching from the southernmost tip of the South Island to Cape Reinga, State Highway 1 links this country’s five main cities, and countless towns and blink-of-an-eye settlements in between. It’s also the perfect route from which to explore this country’s geographical diversity, traversing expansive plains and a so-called desert, meandering around rugged coastlines, crossing rivers and harbours, and skirting the country’s largest lake. In View from the Road, photographer Arno Gasteiger travels from Bluff to the Far North capturing the people, places and landmarks to be discovered along New Zealand’s most important highway, while Kennedy Warne reflects on the organic evolution and quirks of this often travelled, but perhaps little known, stretch of road.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Like a tramp, like a pilgrim : on foot, across Europe to Rome / Harry Bucknall.
“…Harry Bucknall’s book concerns a long journey on foot from St Paul’s to St Peter’s in Rome (1,300 miles). … this route, known as the Via Francigena, has been celebrated for centuries. In the tradition of Hilaire Belloc’s “The Path to Rome,” Bucknall’s writing resembles that of Christopher Howse – it is witty, erudite, spiritual and packed with incident. Unlike Belloc, who was portly and bibulous, Bucknall is young, athletic, ascetic and a former officer in the Coldstream Guards (having served in Bosnia). His journey takes him through Southwark, Canterbury, Calais, Agincourt, Reims, Lake Geneva, Valle d’Aosta, Lucca, La Foce, and the Via Cassia to Rome and the Vatican.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Business Newsletter – October 2014

Welcome to the Spring/Summer business enewsletter and the time of daylight saving. We have a great selection of books for you this time.

Library News

Management

Syndetics book cover Hearing our calling : rethinking work and the workplace / Gill Coombs.
“This book is for people who are dissatisfied with their jobs, and would like to find their vocation. Coombs questions many unquestioned assumptions about the workplace, putting our work into the larger context of where we are as a society today, and the environmental crisis. I think this book will also appeal to people — like me — who feel a deep unease with ‘business as usual’ and believe that there are alternatives out there to many conventional modes of work. The book begins by exploring a general sense of unhappiness in the workplace, suggesting that our large institutions have inadvertently created a situation where people’s best talents are underutilized or ignored. She then explores the history of work, and the underlying assumption — or insistence — that there’s no alternative to how we live now. The most useful chapters, for me, were those that looked at finding your vocation. Coombs looks at the human community ecologically, suggesting that each of us has a natural role or purpose to play. The bottom line, Coombs suggests, is that business as usual is no longer possible, and that a general, society-wide rethinking is required about how we live. And there seems no better place to start this process than in the workplace. Recommended”. (Amazon UK)
Syndetics book cover The freaks shall inherit the earth : entrepreneurship for weirdos, misfits, and world dominators / Chris Brogan.
“Do you ever wonder where you fit in? Do you sometimes get that feeling that you have something much bigger to offer the universe, but then it fills you with fear and anxiety, so you think maybe I’ll just pay it safe? But what is safe? The factory job? The cubicle job? Factories all over have been converted to open spaces for startups. Skyscrapers have entire floors open for lease because the “same as everyone else” class of jobs have dried up. Many of us were raised to seek out a job that required us to fit in, to conform, to adapt until we fit the mold. The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth is a guide for the kind of person who wouldn’t normally pick up a business book. The personal business revolution is upon us. Here’s your recipe book for starting your revolutionary business, including some of what you will learn: How to be as weird as you want while providing a viable business structure to support it What most people are missing from the basic frameworks of doing business How to turn passions into businesses How to build out the Digital Channel What Kickstarter and Square mean for the future of business) Take the plunge. Learn to fail and then win. Dare to do something that “everyone else” doesn’t. The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth will help. Bestselling author and successful entrepreneur Chris Brogan explains step-by-step how to build your business from the ground up, all without compromising the unique mindset and personal values that make you a freak in the first place”– Provided by publisher.
Syndetics book cover The hard thing about hard things : building a business when there are no easy answers / Ben Horowitz.
“*Starred Review* It’s fairly evident that this is a collection of blogs, loosely strung together, united in their varied perspectives on start-ups, CEO-dom, and business in general. Though Horowitz is a cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and his credentials reside mainly in Silicon Valley, he’s imparted some valuable insight on hard lessons learned that apply to any manager, whether in the executive suite or not. As with most experiential books, it is all about him but it’s written in such an engaging and universally acceptable manner that no one could object. Leave aside his background, for the moment. Who would realize, for instance, that executives worry about things like initiating layoffs, hiring the right people, training, and minimizing politics, among others? It’s a refreshingly honest take, and his colorful (and, yes, profanity-laced) language breaks down any other misperceptions about the role and the person. Plus, his imagination is compelling, such as the comparisons between peacetime and wartime CEOs: Peacetime CEO always has a contingency plan. Wartime CEO knows that sometimes you gotta roll a hard six. After all, the success equation is easy: the hard thing is getting it done.–Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2014 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

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Personal Development

Books about brain power are popular this month…

Syndetics book cover Smarter : the new science of building brain power / Dan Hurley.
“With vivid stories of lives transformed, science journalist Dan Hurley delivers practical findings for people of every age and ability. Along the way, he narrates with acid-tongued wit his experiences as a human guinea pig, road-testing commercial brain-training programs, learning to play the Renaissance lute, getting physically fit, even undergoing transcranial direct current stimulation.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Hardwiring happiness : the new brain science of contentment, calm, and confidence / Rick Hanson, Ph. D.
Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? Your brain was wired this way when it evolved, primed to learn quickly from bad experiences, but not so much from the good ones. It’s an ancient survival mechanism that turned the brain into Velcro for the negative, but Teflon for the positive. Life isn’t easy, and having a brain wired to take in the bad and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated and stressed, instead of confident, secure and happy. Every day is filled with opportunities to build these strengths inside, but the brain is designed to ignore and waste them. This makes you come down harder on yourself than you do other people, feel inadequate even though you get a hundred things done, and lonely even when support is all around. Dr. Rick Hanson, an acclaimed neuropsychologist and internationally bestselling author, shows us what we can do to override the brain’s default programming. Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures that stick to happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build a brain strong enough to withstand its ancient negativity bias, allowing contentment and a powerful sense of well-being to become the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into oases of calm and happiness. We can hardwire in happiness.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Focus : the hidden driver of excellence / Daniel Goleman.
“The ubiquitous reality of technological tools and gadgets in contemporary society can seem to impede the development of a conscious awareness of the world. Goleman, author of several works, including the acclaimed Emotional Intelligence (1995) and Social Intelligence (CH, Oct’07, 45-0941), explores here the issues this loss of awareness can create on an individual and global scale. He looks at the physiology of the brain and the way in which information, experiences, and emotions are tracked and processed. A storyteller at heart, Goleman makes complex scientific material accessible and captivating. He moves from personal to organizational to global in evaluating the need to strengthen “systems awareness” through three kinds of focus–inner, other, and outer–all of which are required for “a well-lived life.” Drawing on work with children and adults in multinational corporations and small inner-city schools, Goleman explores the dynamics of attention training. He draws the reader into a dialogue with critical long- and short-term dilemmas that will require a new type of systems focus if they are to be resolved. Realism is tempered by a positive optimism in this engaging work.” (Syndetics summary)

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Computing

New books on computing, an absolute beginner’s guide to fixing your own computer, web usability and website building.

Syndetics book cover Don’t make me think, revisited : a common sense approach to Web usability / Steve Krug.
“Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject. Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Don’t Make Me Think a classic-with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. And it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and best of all-fun to read.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Fixing your computer : absolute beginner’s guide / Paul McFedries.
“Fix your own computer – without becoming a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to save money on computer repairs, avoid unnecessary frustration, and keep using perfectly good equipment instead of throwing it away! Even if you’re completely non-technical, you’ll learn how to get the job done, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The creative person’s website builder : how to make a pro website yourself using WordPress and other easy tools / Alannah Moore.
“Whether it is used as an online shop, a marketing tool, or a portfolio, a good website is an essential for artists, photographers, designers and makers from all creative backgrounds and disciplines. This community of people, in particular, needs
the design and function of their sites to reflect their individuality and style.” (Book jacket)

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New Zealand non-fiction

A chance discovery of some long forgotten photographic plates and a public appeal via a television news program led to us being able to meet the Berry Boys. They were first noted in a documentary screened in August on TV1 which is still available at TV1 On Demand at the moment. They are now in our featured new arrivals to the New Zealand Collection. The Berry Boys are some of the 130 ordinary World War One servicemen in uniforms whose photographs were amongst those photographic plates. The book and documentary are about these soldiers and their families. Also featured are books which focus on Wellington’s mid-century architecture heroes and the early history of working people.

Syndetics book cover Berry boys : portraits of First World War soldiers and families / Michael Fitzgerald and Claire Regnault.
Berry and Co, established in 1897 by William Berry, was a Wellington photographic studio producing commissioned portraits for the first decades of the twentieth century. In the 1990s, a tenant of 147 Cuba Street, Wellington, discovered around 3,000 glass plate negatives in a cupboard. This transpired to be the remarkable Berry and Co Collection. Amongst the studio portraits in the collection are around 130 showing ordinary World War One servicemen in uniforms, sometimes posing with families and friends. Many of these would have been taken before the men left to fight, or while on leave from the European theatres of war. Together, they offer a potent snapshot of the New Zealand of the time and the changing face of the war itself. But who were they? What happened to them in the war? Do they have any descendants still alive? If so, Te Papa wanted to make contact to learn more about their lives. On 29 September 2013, TVNZ’s Sunday programme spread the word, and a remarkable public response helped reunite many soldiers with their identities. A new TVNZ documentary, Berry Boys: The Speakers for the Dead, about the Berry soldiers’ stories will screen later in 2014
Syndetics book cover Holding on to home : New Zealand stories and objects of the First World War / Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross.
“An illustrated social history about New Zealand’s experience in the First World War”–Publisher information. The Great War seeped and stormed into every aspect of New Zealanders’ lives, from the frontline to the family home. The things that survived – a crumpled theatre ticket, an engraved cigarette case, a knitting pattern, a crucifix made from rifle cartridges – are emotional touchstones that bring this distant event back into our hands. Historians Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross have scoured museums and archives across the country to uncover these personal possessions and the stories they tell.
Syndetics book cover Frank Worsley : Shackleton’s fearless captain / John Thomson : [edited by Judith Watson].
“This book is a biography of Frank Worsley, without doubt one of New Zealand’s greatest, but largely unsung adventuring heroes. Born in Akaroa… the greatest adventure of his life began when he became the captain of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, which was trapped in pack ice on the 1914-1916 Antarctic expedition and slowly crushed. The crew of 28 spent over a year camped on the Antarctic ice before Shackleton, Worsley and four others sailed a tiny lifeboat across the wild Southern Ocean to South Georgia to summon help for the rest of the men, who were all eventually rescued. This 17-day journey remains one of the greatest ever feats of seamanship and relied totally on Worsley’s brilliant navigation. For the rest of his life he continued to seek adventures in a manner contemporaries described as ‘fearless’.” (Adapted from publisher’s description.)
Syndetics book cover Working lives c. 1900 : a photographic essay / Erik Olssen.
For the men and women of the skilled trades in the early 20th century, the skills and knowledge of their respective crafts were a source of identity and pride. Together with the so-called unskilled, who built the infrastructure for the new society, these workers laid the cultural and social foundations of a new and fairer society. This book uses photographs to show two processes fundamental to creating a new society: the transformation of swamp into farmland then city-scape, and the transplantation of the knowledge and skill required in the Old World that were essential to building a new world. (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Vertical living : the Architectural Centre and the remaking of Wellington / Julia Gatley and Paul Walker.
“… we of this Architectural Centre in Wellington are a group of architects and draughtsmen and wood engravers and other people whose greatest claim to affiliation is an overriding enthusiasm for good design” – Design Review, 1948. In 1946, just as the Group was being established in Auckland, Wellington established the Architectural Centre. Members of both were young and idealistic, and they shared common beliefs – in the transformative potential of modern architecture, in need for urban development to be carefully controlled, in the desirability of planning for a better future. This book recovers the powerful history, politics and architecture of the Architectural Centre to return us to a vision of a modernist city, partially realised in Wellington New Zealand. Gatley and Walker begin writing the city back into the history of architecture in this country. (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Travel stories & Guides

Travel from your armchair with new popular Travel books for August. In this month’s recent picks you’ll go to Jerusalem and Buenos Aires to New York City, all from the comfort of your own home. If you really want to get out and do something, check out Microadventures which teaches you to explore the place you already live in.

Syndetics book cover Microadventures : local discoveries for great escapes / Alastair Humphreys.
“Adventure is a loose word, a spirit of trying something new, trying something difficult. Going somewhere different, leaving your comfort zone. Above all, adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity. Adventure is all around us, at all times. Even during hard financial times such as these. Times when getting out into the wild is more enjoyable, invigorating and important than ever. It is in this inspirational spirit that Alastair Humphreys introduces us to the exciting world of microadventures — adventures that are close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The light of Jerusalem / Jean-Michel Berts ; introduction from A beggar in Jerusalem by Elie Wiesel.
“Moving, dreamlike excerpts from Nobel Prize#150; winning writer and humanitarian Elie Wiesel’s acclaimed 1968 novel “A Beggar in Jerusalem” introduce this latest volume in Assouline’s The Light of collection. Showcasing Jean-Michel Berts’s textural black-and-white photographs taken on the cusp of daybreak, The Light of Jerusalem captures the poignancy and the poetry of this ancient crossroads. Modern Jerusalem is a multicultural metropolis, a complex layering of the historic and the timeless; this marvelous volume expresses the power and mystery of Jerusalem’s monuments, gardens, and panoramas. Introduction excerpted from “A Beggar in Jerusalem” by Elie Wiesel.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Southern Cross to Pole Star : Tschiffely’s ride : 10,000 miles in the saddle from Argentina to Washington D.C. / Aimé Tschiffely.
“Aimé Tschiffely had an unlikely dream: to ride 10,000 miles from Buenos Aires to New York City. On 23 April 1925 this quiet, unassuming schoolteacher, with little equestrian experience, set out on his epic journey. His only companions were two native Argentine horses called Mancha and Gato. Together the trio traversed the Pampas, scaled the Andes and swam across the crocodile-infested rivers of Colombia. Along the way they were assailed by vampire bats, mistaken for gods and stalked by hostile revolutionaries. After two harrowing years, the man who had originally been labelled ‘a lunatic’ by the press was accorded a ticker-tape parade when he rode triumphantly through the streets of New York. Southern Cross to Pole Star is a classic of the travelwriting genre, ready to reawaken the spirit of adventure in all those who dare to dream big.” (Syndetics summary)

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