Home & Garden Newsletter

Find healthy and delicious recipes to choose from, a collection of timeless, elegant and easy to follow knitting patterns for you and your family. Home projects and idea to refresh your spaces, as well as books on health and wellbeing. Enjoy!

Cooking

Making and enjoying healthy meals doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming, boring or expensive. Make life easy with this collection of healthy recipes cookbooks.

Syndetics book cover Good to Glow : feel good food / Tali Shine, Steph Adams.
“This book is your guide to the world’s hippest and most delicious, healthy and organic cafes! It features unique and exclusive recipes and signature dishes from destination spots handpicked by the author, Tali Shine. You will find mouth-watering recipes for juices and smoothies, brunches, dinners, as well as sweets and treats. Good to Glow is your go-to travel and health guide that will get you on the road to a glowing lifestyle. With numerous useful health advice and tips from the real experts and a glossary for global locations in one separate chapter.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Superfoods Super Fast / by Michael van Straten & Barbara Griggs.
“This book is for anyone who wants fuel their body with superfoods and needs to do it super fast! It’s packed with 100 amazingly nutritious recipes to make in 210 minutes or less… Julie Montatagu’s vegetarian recipes are fast, simple and specially designed for busy people who love to eat deliciously healthy food.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover The Gut Makeover Recipe Book / Jeannette Hyde, nutritional therapist BSc.
“Transform your body, mind and health with the Gut Makeover now. The Gut Makeover Recipe Book makes this lifestyle easier than ever. There’s no calorie counting, you won’t go hungry and you’ll find out how to fit the Gut Makeover around family life. Packed with easy, delicious and nourishing recipes, all of which have been carefully crafted by nutritional therapist Jeannette Hyde. The Gut Makeover Recipe Book also explains the revolutionary new science that reveals that the state of our gut is central to our weight and health. This is more than another fad diet. This is a lifestyle you’ll want to adopt for life.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Super Foods & Power Juices / editorial & food director, Pamela Clark.
“Full of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, super foods help provide you with energy and nutrients to live your life to the full.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover 100 Days of Real Food : fast & fabulous : the easy and delicious way to cut out processed food / Lisa Leake.
“In her first cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food, Lisa Leake revealed how simple it is to think out of the box in the kitchen by replacing unhealthy prepackaged and processed foods with “real food”. Now, Lisa is back with 100 quick-and-easy recipes and simple cheat sheets that will work with every family’s busy lifestyle. Along with these family-friendly recipes, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous incorporates ideas for adult, big-kid, and little-kid packed lunches and new seasonal meal plans and shopping lists.” (Syndetics summary)

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Craft

Add warmth and drama to your outfit with beautiful patterns of lace and shawls, create projects the whole family will love, with tips and instructions from this collection of recently arrived books. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover Classic knit shawls : 20 timeless designs featuring lace, cables, & more / from the editors at Interweave.
“Timeless designs featuring lace, cables, and more … For this collection of classic patterns we carefully collected an array of popular styles for knitters of all levels.”– Provided by publisher.
Syndetics book cover “Stitching with Beatrix Potter / Michele Hill.
“Bring Beatrix Potter’s delightful stories to life: stitch by hand and by machine as you create projects the whole family will love; learn about the life and work of Beatrix Potter with historical vignettes; amazing appliqué tips”–Page [4] of cover.
Syndetics book cover The cross-stitch garden : over 70 cross-stitch motifs with 20 stunning projects / Kazuko Aoki ; translator, Kyoko Matthews.
“Inspired by her love of wildflowers, Kazuko Aoki has created a collection of more than 20 projects and over 100 individual cross-stitch motifs. Designs are included for all your floral favourites, such as viola, pansies, poppies and roses. These motifs are used to create traditional samplers, as well as bags, pincushions, pillows, coasters, aprons and tea towels. Instructions are presented in counted cross-stitch charts, plus step-by-step diagrams for constructing projects.”– Provided by publisher.
Syndetics book cover Sunshine spaces / Beci Orpin.
In “Sunshine Spaces”, designer Beci Orpin shows us how to make and create a range of fun homewares and other fabulous ideas for your outdoor space, including outdoor entertaining as well as how to bring a little of the outdoors inside your home! Inspired by the color and beauty of nature, projects include planter pots and hanging pots, picnic blanket and outdoor cushions, hammock and swing, sun umbrella and many more. […] Using a range of easily accessible materials, Beci shows you everything you need to know about bringing the sunshine into your life and home.– Provided by publisher.
Syndetics book cover The art of living with nature : 50 beautiful projects to bring the outside in / Willow Crossley.
“Learn how to make beautiful, nature-inspired, decorations, and arrangements with The Art of Living with Nature. Divided into five separate chapters: Woodland, Flora, Fauna, Edibles, and Beach, The Art of Living with Nature contains 50 innovative ideas to decorate your home, ranging from hellebores displayed in test tubes to wreaths made from hydrangeas. Filled with tips and useful techniques to make the most out of your blooms, there will be a project to suit every occasion.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The art of stone painting : 30 designs to spark your creativity / F. Sehnaz Bac.
“Transform ordinary stones into colorful works of art with this easy-to-follow guide. Starting with the basics — including finding and choosing stones as well as tools and materials — the guide offers a variety of techniques, including painting stones with colors or inks, painting on natural stone, and sealing the finished work. Projects range from simple to advanced and include suggestions for indoor and outdoor display, as well as instructions on how to style wearable objects such as pendants.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Come along to the Central Library Knitting Group!

On the fourth Saturday of each month our knitting group meets between 1 and 4PM on the first floor of the Central library. You can knit for charity — premature babies, foster kids, the Women’s refuge, the night shelter, the SPCA — or spend some time on your own project. It’s a casual affair – just turn up on the day you want at the time you want to knit and chat. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet we have experienced knitters to help you. A free sandwich lunch, sweets, tea and coffee are provided.

Knitting Group photo

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Gardening and DIY

It’s the perfect season to stay inside in your home and there is so much you can do, decorate, cook, organize and more. We’ve also hand picked a NZ home buyer’s book if you are interested in tips for buying a new home.

Syndetics book cover The home decluttering diet : organize your way to a clean and lean house / Jennifer Lifford.
“When Lifford got serious about organizing her home, she decided to follow the principles of a typical diet designed to lose weight. Think of every item in your house– and every item you bring in– as calories in food. To maintain weight, calories in must equal calories out. To lose weight, calories in must be less than calories out. New habits must be developed; psychological issues must be addressed; and sensible rewards must be established. This yearlong plan can help you organize your way to a clean and lean house.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Morning, noon, night : a way of living / written by Jodie Harrison, Lucy Quick and Alex Hawkins.
A Way of Living charts the Soho House journey in design, food and drink. From the perfect burger to the most inspiring art, from afternoon tea to how to light a room. Developing themes from their first book Eat, Drink, Nap, Soho House shares hints and tips to get the best out of what is around us morning, noon and night. They have included their favourite recipes for every event, tips on creating an inspiring workspace, how to dress an outdoor space and much more…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Buyer beware : a New Zealand home buyer’s guide / Maria Slade.
“Property prices going through the stratosphere, leaky buildings, P contamination, bullying body corporates – purchasing a house today can feel akin to entering a minefield. Written by a news journalist who has covered many of the horror stories, this book takes a no-holds-barred look at the challenges facing home buyers and offers savvy advice on how to navigate that minefield. It will appeal to all home buyers, from first-timers hoping for a small apartment to older people looking to downsize and everyone in between. With chapters on the search, mortgages and legal aspects, types of title, buying at auction, buying off plans, checks and warning signs, bodies corporate and the special problems to be found in Christchurch, there is plenty of information for everyone.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The art of living with nature : 50 beautiful projects to bring the outside in / Willow Crossley.
“Learn how to make beautiful, nature-inspired, decorations, and arrangements with The Art of Living with Nature. Filled with tips and useful techniques to make the most out of your blooms, there will be a project to suit every occasion–whether you need napkin rings made of sea urchins, a stunning display of spring narcissi planted in wooden wine boxes, or a stylish wall display of antlers and feathers. By combining her passions for the great outdoors and natural beauty, Willow provides instructions about how to make the most of your flower-shop purchases, beachcombing bounty, home-grown harvests, and hedgerow finds.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The creative home : inspiring ideas for beautiful living / Geraldine James.
The Creative Home brings together the best of Geraldine James’s Creative series of books and shows how to apply these ideas in your own home. There are four chapters on different areas of the house–Cook and Eat features kitchens and dining areas, Relax and Socialize covers living rooms, Work and Create includes home offices and studios, and Sleep and Bathe, of course, shows bedrooms and bathrooms. A final chapter, Store and Display, shows how your home can be used to show off your treasures and store your collections.” (adapted frpm Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The big book of makerspace projects : inspiring makers to experiment, create, and learn / Colleen Graves, Aaron Graves.
The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn offers practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers. Each project features non-technical, step-by-step instructions with photos and illustrations to ensure success and expand your imagination. You will learn recyclables hacks, smartphone tweaks, paper circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, 3-D printing, and much, much more!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Health

This month, explore different resources to transform your health and wellbeing. Take a page out of the book of a ballerina, a comedian, a spartan athlete and various scientists. Whether you are preparing for a race or implementing a training regime or wanting to map out a plan for weight loss that is tailored specifically to you, we have some new books for you! Finally, remember the importance of fun and laughter and find ways to make sure you do something that makes you laugh every day.

Syndetics book cover Big fat myths / Ruben Meerman
“This book lifts the veil on weight loss by tracing every atom you eat into and out of your body. Diet myths and wellness nonsense topple like dominoes along the way, restoring your confidence in common sense and the age-old wisdom that to lose weight, you simply need to eat less and move more. Meerman begins this diet myth-busting book by reminding us what we already know- that human beings are carbon-based, oxygen-dependent life forms.” (adapted Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Spartan fit! : 30 days. Transform your mind, transform your body, commit to grit / Joe De Sena with John Durant
“From the best-selling author of Spartan Up! Try out a complete 30-day workout and diet plan to help you reach peak performance for whatever your goal! Joe De Sena with his signature take-no-prisoners approach, has taken the endurance world by storm and inspired millions. Now in Spartan Fit!, De Sena breaks down that approach and gives readers a complete Spartan training guide that will arm them with the strength, knowledge, and grit to never question their potential again.” (adapted Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Miranda’s daily dose of such fun / Miranda Hart.
“Doing something jolly every day that you can look back on with a smile and be grateful for, knowing it has also brought kindness to others, can gently help replace old negative thought patterns with more positive ones. The tasks included in this little book are designed to be universal and free (or as cheap as possible). And all the ideas here, however silly they may seem, offer genuine and healthy ways to change the way we feel for the better!” (adapted Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

This month, take a look at different ways of thinking and managing your life, explore the importance of habits and find simple exercises for building new routines. Find ways to manage stress and anxiety with a focus on positive thinking, kindness, generosity and fun! Then perhaps consider this advice for self-improvement from an entirely different angle, rejecting the urge for self improvement by urging self acceptance.

Syndetics book cover Stand firm : resisting the self-improvement craze / Svend Brinkman ; translated by Tam McTurk.
“How can we resist today’s obsession with introspection and self-improvement?In this witty and bestselling book, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and “stand firm”. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner-self but in coming to terms with yourself. By encouraging us to stand firm and get a foothold in life, this insightful anti-self-help guide offers a sobering and realistic alternative to life-coaching, positive thinking and the need always to say yes!” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover Willpower : discover it, use it and get what you want / Ros Taylor.
“Willpower is the heartbeat of a successful, fulfilling work and personal life. But you either have willpower or you don’t, right? Regardless of what you want to achieve and where you’re starting from, Willpower shows you how to: practice the scientifically-proven skill set for enhancing you willpower; make progress immediately and have new, positive habits in just three weeks.The difference between those who get what they want and those who don’t comes down to self-control, Willpower is the way you master it and use it for personal and professional success.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

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Recent Home, Garden & DIY picks

Whether you’ve decided to roll up your sleeves or put up your feet, you’ll be interested in this month’s home, garden & DIY blog. Tips include bathroom upgrade, tasteful home and garden, and even creative DIY with industrial pipes.

Syndetics book coverDIY industrial pipe furniture & decor : creative projects for every room of your home / James Angus.
“Packed with easy-to-follow tutorials and 400 step-by-step color photos, this helpful DIY guide teaches you how to transform plumbing fixtures into all types of cool household furnishings… Author James Angus explains everything you need to know, from choosing the fittings and using the right tools to mastering the art of assembly and adding designer touches for a finished look.” (Page 4 of cover)

Syndetics book coverA touch of farmhouse charm : easy DIY projects to add a warm and rustic feel to any room / Liz Fourez, creator of Love Grows Wild.
“Opening A Touch of Farmhouse Charm is like taking a breath of fresh, clean country air. With the turn of each page, Liz Fourez leads you on a tour through her family’s house, restored to its 1940s rustic farm style, and teaches you how to make each handmade decoration yourself. …Farmhouse style is about cultivating a connection among family, home and nature; A Touch of Farmhouse Charm helps you bring the warmth and beauty of simpler times to your modern life naturally.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBathroom upgrades / editors of Fine Homebuilding.
Bathroom upgrades, from the editors of Fine Homebuilding, provides all the advice you need to remodel a bathroom of any size or shape, on any budget. Our pros take you through every step of the process with the site-tested tips and techniques that Fine Homebuilding is known for to help you create the bathroom you’ve always dreamed of.”–Back cover.

Syndetics book coverThe hinterland : cabins, love shacks and other hide-outs / [edited by Sven Ehmann and Robert Klanten].
“The cabin has become our third place, our hideaway where we can recharge our spirits and reconnect with ourselves, away from the restraints of society and the stress of the everyday. This book presents the best new cabin architecture and design. We all need to be somewhere else, just for a little while. The cabin is that somewhere else. They allow us to get into a different state of mind, one where we can just have a good time. Four walls and a roof and a weekend–these getaways free us from the distracting and unessential, and put us back in touch with nature and our own inner peace. In cabins, we can savor solitude or share experiences with friends among mountains, rivers, woods, and wildlife…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover101 organic gardening hacks : eco-friendly solutions to improve any garden / Shawna Coronado.
“The word “hack” has a multitude of meanings these days, but if you ask garden author Shawna Coronado what a hack is, she might just wave her hand toward her own back yard. She could be pointing at the garden bench she created from leftover wood posts and a few cinder blocks, or the rows of wine bottles buried soldier-style along a winding pathway, or even the garden soil itself, which is blended by hand from an organic soil recipe she devised. A hack is really just a great idea that’s come to life… Divided into a dozen different categories for easy reference, each hack is accompanied by a clear photo that shows you exactly how to complete it.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRhapsody in green : a novelist, an obsession, a laughably small excuse for a vegetable garden / Charlotte Mendelson ; illustrations by Aitch.
“Her garden may look like a drunk old man’s mini allotment, chaotic, flowerless, with weird recycling and nowhere to sit. However, it is actually a tiny jungle… where she grows a taste of perhaps a hundred kinds of delicious fruits and peculiar vegetables…” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverL’art de la simplicite = how to live more with less / Dominique Loreau.
“Dominque Loreau is the master in the art of de-cluttering and simplifying. Now her groundbreaking L’art de la Simplicite, a huge bestseller in her native France, is translated into English for the first time. Loreau’s principle of “less is more” is set to change your life forever. Living in Japan and inspired by Asian philosophy, Loreau takes you on a step-by-step journey to a clutter-free home, a calm mind and an energized body. Free yourself of possessions you don’t want or need; have more money to spend on life’s little luxuries; eat better and lose weight; and say goodbye to anxiety and negative relationships.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of hygge : how to bring Danish cosiness into your life / Jonny Jackson & Elias Larsen.
“Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-ga’) is a Danish word that describes the feeling of being cosy, comfortable and at peace with the world. It’s almost impossible to translate into English, but this concept might explain why Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world. The Art of Hygge is packed with delicious recipes to share with friends, craft ideas for decorating your home, and inspirational suggestions for enjoying the magic of everyday pleasures.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuild a better vegetable garden : 30 DIY projects to improve your harvest / Joyce Russell ; photography by Ben Russell.
“Following on from the hugely successful Polytunnel Book, Joyce and Ben Russell have devised 30 kitchen garden projects that anyone can make and enjoy. Not only do the projects add decorative detail to the garden, each project is devised to either extend the season, protect crops from pests or improve yields. Apart from the obvious cost-savings benefits from growing or making your own, the desire to work with craft fulfils the need to keep improving your patch of land.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverShe sheds : a room of your own / Erika Kotite.
“Create your very own hideaway right at home with She Sheds. They’ve got their man caves, and it’s time for you to have a space of your own. She Sheds shows you how to create cozy getaways with inspiration from across the country. Start by defining the goal and purpose of your space. Will you use it for entertaining, crafting, or alone time? Then, use the gallery of over 100 photos as inspiration for your decor, paint colors, and landscaping. You’ll even find fun upcycling ideas to personalize your space…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Home & Garden Newsletter for May

This month’s book selection features some of the latest library arrivals including fabulous food recipes and cooking tips, delightful ideas and patterns to make party costumes, soft toys and gifts for your loved ones as well as some splendid ideas and tips how to retrain your mind to optimize performance at work and in everyday life. Enjoy reading!

Library News

Cooking

If you think nutritional meals mean boring and tasteless, this selection will give you food for thought.

Syndetics book cover The Food Lover’s Cleanse : 140 delicious, nourishing recipes that will tempt you back into healthful eating / Sara Dickerman ; nutritional advisor, Marissa Lippert, MA, RD ; foreword by Adam Rapoport ; photographs by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott.
“Savor the seasons! The Food Lover’s Cleanse will help you reboot your eating habits with wholesome food that family and friends will enjoy, too. These 140 recipes show you how to coax maximum flavor from fresh produce, fiber-rich grains, and healthy proteins….You won’t even miss pasta.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Supercharged Food : Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian / Lee Holmes.
“This book will inspire you to create meals that are thoroughly delicious and loaded with health-promoting properties to supercharge your health. Wellness warrior Lee Holmes presents over 100 exciting vegetable dishes that your meat-loving family members will also enjoy. Each recipe features options for veganizing your meal, and is accompanied by an icon indicating whether it is wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, or vegan.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The healthy Mind Cookbook : big-flavor recipes to enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity / Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson ; photography by Maren Caruso.
“Between digital overload, sleep deprivation, and the stress of modern life, most people’s brains are constantly in flight-or-fight mode, with levels of cortisol and other hormones and neurotransmitters out of whack … [In her book], Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on brain functioning to identify how the foods we consume can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function–all of which dictate memory, mood, and motion.” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover The Paleo Chef : quick, flavorful paleo meals for eating well / Pete Evans ; photography by Mark Roper.
“In The Paleo Chef, Pete Evans, one of Australia’s leading chefs and food personalities, shows readers how to prepare gorgeous food that is satisfying, flavor-forward, and good for you….The Paleo Chef is his breakout book, a visually rich collection of more than 100 of his most inspired, no-sacrifice recipes for every meal of the day.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover 5:2 Good Food Kitchen : more healthy and delicious recipes for everyone, every day / Kate Harrison.
“Bestselling 5:2 author Kate Harrison shares more of her favourite easy, healthy recipes with inspiring tips, life-changing stories from 5:2 dieters, and down-to-earth advice on achieving a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Like Kate’s previous books, every ingredient is calorie counted and the focus is on fresh, full-flavoured meals that can be easily adapted to suit anyone – with variations for fast and no-fast days. THE 5:2 GOOD FOOD KITCHEN offers fresh, balanced meals that put healthy food at the heart of your life.” (Syndetics summary)

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Craft

Refresh your sewing skills or learn from scratch with some easy and fun projects with lots of ideas and inspiration. Discover ways how to make fun costumes for your kids in no time with step by step instructions. Children love to dress up!

Syndetics book cover Sewing dress-up : 35 cute and easy costumes for kids / Emma Hardy.
“35 simple costumes to make for parties and dress-up games, with pull-out full-size pattern sheets. Whether you have a little princess or a superhero in your family, or your children favor the traditional roles of cowboy, pirate or nurse, there are ideas here that are easy to make and much more effective than shop-bought outfits. All the favorites are included, such as animals–a lion, a ladybug, a dinosaur–and fairy-tale characters from Red Riding Hood to the Gingerbread Man. Two pull-out sheets are included with all the full-size patterns you will need, and there’s a techniques section so you can brush up on your sewing skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The sewing workshop : learn to sew with 30+ easy, pattern-free projects / Linda Lee.
“Welcome to The Sewing Workshop , filled cover-to-cover with projects from three of our most popular sewing box sets. These 30+ stylish patterns for sewing small- to medium-size accessories, like drawstring pouches, mini totes, and backpacks, will surprise and delight even the most seasoned crafter. Inside you’ll also find in-depth informative tutorials, tips, and troubleshooting techniques, as well as a robust materials list.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Sunday sews : 20 inspired weekend projects / Theresa Gonzalez ; photographs by Nicole Hill Gerulat.
Sunday Sews presents 20 irresistible designs that can be sewn on a weekend and enjoyed for a lifetime. Featuring minimalist style and unfussy lightweight fabrics, they are as functional as they are chic. Think drapey shift dresses, flattering tunics and skirts, tanks and tops perfect for layering, pretty aprons, go-anywhere tote bags, and gifts for children and loved ones. Step-by-step instructions and technical illustrations make construction a breeze, whatever the reader’s skill level; and lush photographs showcase the finished projects in clean, uncluttered settings. Sleekly packaged and brimming with atmosphere,Sunday Sews evokes everything we love about the most relaxing day of the week.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Tilda’s toy box / Tone Finnanger.
“Latest must-have collection from bestselling craft designer Tone Finnanger aka Tilda who brings her talents to soft toys, gifts and home accessories for children. Tilda’s new book will show you how to make a wide range of beautiful soft toys and gifts for kids, plus amazing accessories for their bedrooms. Discover simple sewing patterns for adorably plump dolls with a range of outfits and accessories, cute jungle creatures like monkeys, and sea-themed creations – pirates, whales and fish–all reproduced at full-size to trace from the page. ” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Mad about buttons : fifty creative craft projects using buttons / Alice Vinten.
“Enjoy the art of button craft with 50 creative projects in this step-by-step guide. The book includes a wide variety of crafting skills and techniques that range from simple projects for kids to impressive home accessories for the craft enthusiast. Chapters including Gifts, Kids, Wall Art, Accessories and Home encourage crafters to get creative and experiment with their button collection. These ‘bright as a button’ projects are sure to provide a calming and therapeutic pastime with wonderful decorative results.” (Syndetics summary)

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Health

Health and happiness cannot be separated and influence one another deeply. A holistic approach to wellbeing is now widely accepted and this month’s health titles are a testament to this. Find out how increasing your flexibility and strength can impact on mental health and how eating powerful nutrients can improve your guts and as a result your happiness.

Syndetics book cover Healthy food, healthy gut, happy child : the real dirt on raising healthy kids in a processed world
“Dr Maya Shetreat-Klein encountered the limits of conventional medicine when her son suffered a severe episode of asthma on his first birthday and began a backward slide in his development. Treatments failed to reverse his condition, so Dr Shetreat-Klein embarked on a scientific investigation, discovering that food was at the root of her son’s illness, affecting his digestive system, immune system and brain. The solution was shockingly simple: heal the food, heal the gut, heal the brain …and heal the child. Dr Shetreat-Klein shifted the focus of her practice and has since successfully helped chronically ill patients from around the world. The book explains how food is constantly changing kids’ bodies, brains and even genes.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The micronutrient miracle : the 28-day plan to lose weight, increase your energy, and reverse disease
“The Caltons fell in love, got married and embarked on a six-year tour of over 135 countries to learn more about micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids). They returned to the U.S. with a conclusion: one’s specific diet or country of residence is less important to one’s health than the amount of micronutrients in one’s food. According to the authors, there is a “silent global pandemic” of deficiency in these elements, the lack of which can contribute to such diseases as cancer and osteoporosis.The authors offer a 28-day strategy for restoring the body with a comprehensive plan for choosing locally grown, “rich” foods that provide a healthful “micronutrient bang for every delicious bite”.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The telomerase revolution : the breakthrough that holds the key to slowing the aging process
“Dramatic life extension – even age reversal – has moved from science fiction to real possibility. The Telomerase Revolution reveals the latest research on human ageing and the enzyme telomerase which is starting to be used to slow the rate at which our cells and we age.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Yoga gym : the revolutionary 28 day plan for strength, flexibility and fat loss
“If you want to start a fitness plan that will get you strong and flexible, then Yoga Gym is the choice for you. This effective 28-day yoga training program will build strength, improve mobility, and burn fat. Yoga Gym gives you 150 poses and exercises to mix and match, as well as a specific program with the training, nutrition, and motivational tools to sculpt a strong body. This book also blends together traditional yoga poses with dynamic body-weight strength training techniques that appeal to both men and women.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Mindful walking : walk your way to mental and physical well-being
“Bringing together the concept of mindfulness in movement along with the three paths of change for a better life – talking, meditation and walking – Mindful Walking shows us how we can better manage the internal and external distractions that clog our path to mental happiness while also improving our physical health.” (Back cover)

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Personal Development

According to the psychology of colour, some of the traits that the colour yellow encourages are optimism, cheerfulness, enthusiasm, confidence, originality, creativity, academic and analytical capacity, wisdom and logic. But should we judge a book by its cover? Here are some reviews to help you decide.

Syndetics book cover The wisest one in the room : how you can benefit from social psychology’s most powerful insights
“When people get together, there is often one stand-out individual who others turn to for answers. This person has the best advice on everything from raising children to running a business, and offers the most penetrating insights into world events. Their understanding of people, and why we act as we do, makes them the wisest one in the room. From conflict resolution to overcoming social shyness, and from winning a tennis match to encouraging people to recycle, the authors demonstrate how even small changes in social context, feedback or presentation can achieve dramatic results.” (Back cover)
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)
Syndetics book cover Organize tomorrow today : 8 ways to retrain your mind to optimize performance at work and in life
“How do both elite athletes and business leaders climb to the top? Contrary to what you might think, it’s effective habits rather than innate talent that are their keys to success. Dr. Jason Selk and star business coach Tom Bartow combine the most effective elements of both their disciplines to offer an organizational improvement plan that anyone can learn and apply immediately. They outline eight fundamental ways to get organized, including the “time paradox,” which allows precision to set your schedule free, and a two-minute mental training drill that will start your day with focus, confidence, and energy. ” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Psychology for dummies
Psychology For Dummies is a fun, user-friendly guide to the basics of human behavior and mental processes. In plain English and using lots of everyday examples, psychologist Dr. Adam Cash cuts through the jargon to explain what psychology is all about and what it tells you about why you do the things you do.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The now habit : a strategic program for overcoming procrastination and enjoying guilt-free play
“Originally published by Tarcher in 1988, The Now Habit has sold more than 58,000 copies, and is as relevant as ever! Author Neil Fiore offers the first comprehensive strategy to overcome the causes of procrastination and to eliminate its deleterious effects. His techniques will help any busy person get more things done more quickly, without the anxiety and stress brought on by failure to meet the workplace’s pressing deadlines. This revised, redesigned edition includes a new introduction and a section that provides strategies to understand and deal with the complex role technology plays in procrastination today.” (Syndetics)

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We will be at the Better Home & Living Show

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Come along to the Westpac Stadium on 6-8 May from 10-5pm and meet the library team. Learn about how we can help with free ideas for your DIY projects, renovations, interior design and garden makeovers. Don’t forget that the library is your place for inspiration. We’ll also be sharing about eMagazine titles which have been added to our Zinio range, such as Country Living, plus the new features on the Zinio for Libraries app, e.g. direct links to check out new magazines.

Home & Garden Newsletter for March

This month’s book selection features fabulous food guides and recipes, smart knitting and crafting projects for you and your loved ones and more…

Read about smart gardening techniques to transform your backyard and effective ways to improve your health and energy. A perfect range of topics to offer you lots of ideas and instant inspiration.

Library News

Cooking

If you think nutritional meals mean boring and tasteless, this selection will give you food for thought.

Syndetics book cover The Food Lover’s Cleanse : 140 delicious, nourishing recipes that will tempt you back into healthful eating / Sara Dickerman ; nutritional advisor, Marissa Lippert, MA, RD ; foreword by Adam Rapoport ; photographs by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott.
“Savor the seasons! The Food Lover’s Cleanse will help you reboot your eating habits with wholesome food that family and friends will enjoy, too. These 140 recipes show you how to coax maximum flavor from fresh produce, fiber-rich grains, and healthy proteins….You won’t even miss pasta.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Supercharged Food : Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian / Lee Holmes.
“This book will inspire you to create meals that are thoroughly delicious and loaded with health-promoting properties to supercharge your health. Wellness warrior Lee Holmes presents over 100 exciting vegetable dishes that your meat-loving family members will also enjoy. Each recipe features options for veganizing your meal, and is accompanied by an icon indicating whether it is wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, or vegan.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The healthy Mind Cookbook : big-flavor recipes to enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity / Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson ; photography by Maren Caruso.
“Between digital overload, sleep deprivation, and the stress of modern life, most people’s brains are constantly in flight-or-fight mode, with levels of cortisol and other hormones and neurotransmitters out of whack … [In her book], Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on brain functioning to identify how the foods we consume can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function–all of which dictate memory, mood, and motion.” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover The Paleo Chef : quick, flavorful paleo meals for eating well / Pete Evans ; photography by Mark Roper.
“In The Paleo Chef, Pete Evans, one of Australia’s leading chefs and food personalities, shows readers how to prepare gorgeous food that is satisfying, flavor-forward, and good for you….The Paleo Chef is his breakout book, a visually rich collection of more than 100 of his most inspired, no-sacrifice recipes for every meal of the day.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Pure Food : eat clean with seasonal, plant-based recipes / Veronica Bosgraaf.
“A busy mother of three who was frustrated with trying to find healthy, organic snacks for her kids, Veronica Bosgraaf decided to make one herself, the Pure Bar. Now nationally available and widely beloved, the bar kick started a nutrition overhaul in Veronica’s home. Clean foods and a new, simple way of cooking and eating replaced anything overly processed and loaded with sugar. With tips for “cleaning” your kitchen and lifestyle -from drying your own herbs to getting rid of chemical cleaners – Pure Food shows the simple steps you can take to make your cooking and living more healthful.” (Book Jacket)

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Craft

Find inspiration and have fun browsing through this collection of newly arrived craft books we have selected for you.

For those of you who are interested in joining the library knitting group, you are welcome to join us at the Central Library to share your ideas and enthusiasm, with our devoted “Knit and chat” library knitters. A delicious morning tea is provided, and the latest craft books and magazines are offered for inspiration. The group meets on the last Saturday of every month on the first floor behind the escalator from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will take place at Easter Saturday, 28th March – contact Sue Dale if you have any questions (phone 801 4146 or email sue.dale@wcc.govt.nz)

Syndetics book cover Knit scarves and shawls now.
“Discover over 40 fresh new designs for scarves, shawls, capelets, wraps and cowls that will add excitement to any wardrobe. Scarves and shawls are extremely versatile and are perfect for adding colour and character to an outfit. These designs range in style and shape and, depending on the yarn you choose, can be light & airy, thick & bulky, or elegantly lacy. There are plenty of projects to suit every knitter’s taste and experience level.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Ten adorable teddy bears to knit : plus all their clothes and accessories / Rachel Borello.
“In Ten Adorable Teddy Bears to Knit, knitting enthusiasts will find: 10 bears to handcraft from detailed patterns, with suggested yarn to use, needle size, finished measurements, and more. A collection of 15 accessory patterns to knit for the bears that can be mixed-and-matched, including a hat, scarf, cardigan, and more accessories such as a cable knit sweater and a seed stitch bear-sized backpack introduce new skills to beginners and more challenges to advanced knitters.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Banners, buntings, garlands & pennants : 40 creative ideas using paper, fabric & more / Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio.
“Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands, and pennants add visual fun to almost any type of celebration or space. These 40 quick and easy projects–made of paper, fabric, felt, and more–make beautiful displays. Use them for special events, for holidays, when entertaining, or even just to spice up a room. A basics section gives beginners a primer on the materials and techniques they need.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Adventures in Pompom Land : 25 cute projects made from handmade pompoms / Myko Diann Bocek.
“Enter the wonderful land of pompoms, where cute critters and creative adventures await you. All the projects in this unique collection begin with handmade, not pre-purchased, pompoms, and every step is beautifully laid out with easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of images. Crafters can then create 25 charming creatures–from a sweet little bluebird to a lop-eared bunny–out of wool yarn, roving, and felt. It’s fun to do and every project is off-the-charts adorable!” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The farmer’s wife sampler quilt : letters from 1920s farm wives and the 111 blocks they inspired / Laurie Aaron Hird.
“In 1922, The Farmer’s Wife magazine posed this question to their readers: “If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?” The magazine at the time had 750,000 subscribers, and received over 7,000 letters. The best answers to this question are included in this book, along with the traditional quilt blocks they inspired. Laurie Aaron Hird provides everything you need to be inspired and create your own sampler quilt, and 42 letters from the 1922 Farmer’s Wife contest to give you a priceless glimpse into the country’s past.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Gardening and DIY

Get some inspiration for practical garden and home projects, transforming older pieces of furniture in an innovative and contemporary way.

Image from Fishpond DIY garden projects : step-by-step activities for edible gardening and backyard fun / Mat Pember and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon.
“Practical projects for small-space edible gardening and backyard fun from the much-loved Little Veggie Patch co. The book has 6 chapters – Kids, Recycled/Upcyled, X-Factor, Vertical Gardening, Gardening basics and Kitchen. There are 38 projects, and each chapter includes a break-out patch favourite feature project.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Gardens in France / edited by Angelika Taschen.
“From stylized Zen gardens in Provence to cactus displays on the Cote d’Azur, from classical palace gardens to quaint domestic beds, travel round the most beautiful gardens in France, home to some of the most elegant, charming, and inspiring horticulture in the world. The typical plants of each climatic region are represented–delphiniums, roses and irises in the North, and Californian poppies, santolinas, and lavender in the Midi. With pictures through every season, celebrate the particular beauty of spring, summer, fall, and winter, and discover plenty of inspiring ideas for your own garden.” (Library catalogue)
Syndetics book cover Life spaces : 120 award-winning interiors from the 2014 IDEA Awards.
“Since its inception in 2003, IDEA (Interior Design of Excellence Awards) has been celebrating the very best of an industry full of remarkable people and projects. This year, for the first time, we are publishing a book to celebrate the high quality of projects of the past year, the ones that have continually risen above the crowd to surprise and delight us.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Upcycled chic and modern hacks : thrifty ways for stylish homes / Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell ; photography by Simon Brown.
“In an age when we can buy the same bookcase in Sweden, Singapore, and San Francisco, adding individuality to our surroundings is increasingly important. It creates a sense of place, a feel of home. Upcycling sums up today’s approach to interiors. It means re-using or re-styling things in an innovative and contemporary way, transforming an older piece of furniture from junk to fabulous.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover All new backyard idea book / Sandra S. Soria.
“This completely revised and updated edition of the best-selling Backyard Idea Books brings together hundreds of fresh ideas and unique solutions for making the most of all garden outdoor spaces. The previous editions of Backyard Idea Book have sold over 165,000 copies combined. Lushly illustrated with 275 photos, All New Backyard Idea Book provides design options for patios and decks, structures like pergolas, arbours, and sheds, beds, borders, and other landscaping, and dining and entertaining.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Health

We are more than the sum of our parts but we need to give each part the attention and care it deserves to ensure the smooth running of our being as a whole. Here are some books to help.

Syndetics book cover The complete guide to stretching
“The definitive practical handbook for those eager to achieve a level of flexibility that will enhance performance, sports coaches and fitness instructors who are seeking a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of this often neglected component of physical fitness and sport and exercise therapists who use stretching as an important part of a balanced rehabilitation programme. A reasonable level of flexibility is essential to the healthy functioning of joints and muscles, which in turn facilitates performance and reduces the risk of injury. An accessible overview of the scientific principles that underpin this form of training and offers more than 70 exercises designed to safely increase range of motion right across the body.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover 10% human : how your body’s microbes hold the key to health and happiness
“You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual, but a colony of microbes. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body. Even aspects that you think of entirely as ‘you’ turn out to be run by ‘them’ – like your immune system. In this riveting, shocking and beautifully-written book Alanna Collen explores the modern epidemics of ‘Western’ diseases – obesity, autism, mental health problems, gut disorders, allergies, auto-immunity, and even cancer – and argues that most have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes. Antibiotics, antibacterial cleaners, rapidly changing diets and our obsession with hygiene alter the microbe community we carry.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Finding your emotional balance : a guide for women
“Women are twice as likely as men to become depressed. While they seek help for mental disorders more often than men, they also seek to help others, trying to keep everyone happy while taking care of parents, spouses, and children. Sometimes, doing it all is doing too much. In Finding Your Emotional Balance , Dr. Merry Noel Miller offers women of all ages advice for coping with life’s challenges while increasing its joys. Drawing on her three decades of experience as a psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health-as well as her own personal struggles with depression and grief-she explains the special vulnerabilities and strengths of women during adolescence, the childbearing years, menopause, and late in life.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Beth Shaw’s yogafit
“Whether you are searching for a new physical challenge or a way to incorporate yoga into your exercise routine, “Beth Shaw’s YogaFit” will help you reach your physical potential. With “YogaFit” you’ll have not only increased overall health, energy, and vitality but also a stronger and leaner body, reduced stress, better posture, improved concentration, and a higher level of fitness. This book presents more than 100 YogaFit poses organized into workout routines that you can use every day. The text includes information on using YogaFit as a training tool for sports and creating personalized routines to meet your own needs. The full-color photo sequences and step-by-step instruction make it more accessible than ever.” (Syndetics)

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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 How to think like Einstein : simple ways to break the rules and discover your hidden genius
How to Think Like Einstein provides the tools for the everyday challenges at the home and in the office. Innovator and author Scott Thorpe guides you step-by-step through the process of freeing yourself from your “rule ruts” so you can dream up amazing (and doable) solutions to the seemingly impossible. With brand-new material for today’s readers, this new edition will reveal how you can solve problems in astonishing ways.” (Syndetics)
51dsOYwCtxL Vital signs : the environmental trends that are shaping our future
Vital Signs is about what inspires passion and what defeats it. How we lose it and how we get it back. And ultimately it’s about the endless yet endlessly fruitful tug-of-war between freedom and domestication, the wild in us and the tame, our natural selves and our conditioned selves. Each chapter in Vital Signs will contain a core sample, an intimate biography of one of the strategies we employ to gain or regain our passion. The book also affirms the importance of courageous inquiry into dispassion—where we’re numb, depressed, stuck, bored—so the reader can recognize and change these tendencies in themselves.” (From amazon.com)

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Christmas gifts & meals – Home & Garden November Newsletter

Welcome! We have a selection of new library books featuring fabulous ideas on making Christmas cards and gifts, easy and healthy meals, as well as exploring gardening projects that can be fun. Read about ways to address children’s health problems by both medical and natural methods, and challenge preconceived ideas about meditation. Enjoy!

Cooking

This collection of cookbooks will inspire you to create wholesome, healthy meals easily and without stress.

Syndetics book cover Salads in a Jar / Courtney Roulston.
“In our busy lives, we are always looking for nutritious, delicious, satisfying meals that are fast and simple to prepare. Salads in a Jar will show you how you can take it to another level, layering jars with salads to create lunches or breakfasts on the go….the salads are portable, the packaging is environmentally friendly and the recipes are delicious. Because the salads can last for several days in the fridge, you can always have yummy breakfasts and lunches ready to go.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover From Venice to Istanbul / Rick Stein.
“From the mythical heart of Greece to the fruits of the Black Sea coast; from Croatian and Albanian flavors to the spices and aromas of Turkey and beyond–the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean is a vibrant melting pot brimming with character. This book includes more than 100 spectacular recipes discovered by Rick during his travels. this collection of inspiring recipes evokes the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean at home.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Janella’s Super Natural Foods / Janella Purcell.
“With more than 150 fantastic recipes for healthy and delicious meals, desserts, snacks, drinks, and dressings,…Janella’s philosophy of using “food as medicine” is simple and easy to follow. Many of the recipes have been influenced by Janella’s travels to Italy, Japan, India, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Clearly marked with relevant codes–gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, raw, soy free, nut free, or grain free–each recipe also contains a few alternative ingredient suggestions to please all of the friends and family seated around your table. ” (Syndetics summary)
Overdrive cover 天天吃海魚, 陳紀臨 (eBook)
“每菜一魚,標有其特徵、別名和烹調方法,還兼附魚相片,方便確認。作者是飲食世家出身,博學多聞,游走四方,全書挑選40多道魚菜,深入考究每種魚的資料,運用不同的烹調技巧,突顯菜式。篇末還附加海魚概說,增加閱讀興趣和常識。” (Overdrive description)

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Craft

There’s nothing more satisfying than making Christmas cards and gifts for your family and friends and you will find lots of new library books, packed with magical ideas and inspiration to help you make this season special.

Syndetics book cover Half yard Christmas : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric / Debbie Shore.
“Are you craving a crafty, creative Christmas? Let Debbie Shore show you how to create all the accessories you’ll need in the latest addition to her best-selling Half Yard series. Featuring six themed chapters – rustic, traditional, contemporary, monochrome, Scandinavian and kids – there’s something for everyone: you can select your favourite Christmas style or mix and match throughout your home. With over 30 simple, stylish projects requiring only half yards of fabric, this book will have you feeling festive in no time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The artful year : celebrating the seasons and holidays with family arts and crafts / Jean Van’t Hul.
“Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a wonderful opportunity to embrace creativity together as a family. It’s also a fun way to decorate, prepare for, and learn about the holidays we celebrate. In The Artful Year, you’ll find art activites, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. By doing so, your family will create memories and mementos, you’ll develop creative growth in your children and yourself, and you’ll have lots of fun!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Sew many dresses, sew little time : the ultimate dressmaking guide : interchangeable patterns to create 200+ unique dresses / Tanya Whelan.
“Tanya Whelan believes that dressmaking is easier than most people realize but that most sewing books are more complicated than they need to be. With her “choose-your-own-adventure” approach to sewing, Tanya offers an invaluable collection of patterns that empowers sewers to become designers. The trick is a set of patterns for 6 skirts and 8 bodices that line up perfectly at the waist, plus an additional 4 sleeve styles and 4 necklines. Tanya Whelan gives readers clear instructions and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams that allow them to use the enclosed pattern pieces to create up to 219 fitted dresses, including simple strapless designs, sheaths, and halter gowns. The book covers basic dress construction and altering techniques for women of all shapes and sizes.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Sew fab : sewing and style for young fashionistas / Lesley Ware.
Sew Fab is a style and sewing workbook for any girl aged 8-13 who loves fashion. It will teach you not just to sew, but how to wear your creations with flair. Start by finding your style tribe, learning to accessorize, identifying the best colors for you, and more. Now get ready to sew. Make yourself a mini studio, stock your sewing basket, and try out some hand stitching. There’s a mix of easy step-by-step projects to sew by hand or using simple machining, from a hair bow to a little black dress (but in the color that suits you best!). Packed with gorgeous illustrations, step-by-step projects, tips, and fun activities, you will be creating unique clothes and accessories in no time.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Handmade interiors / project editor, Laura Palosuo.
Handmade Interiors is the most comprehensive guide to soft furnishings and home sewing projects on the market. Handmade Interiors leads you through sewing projects such as how to sew curtains, a cushion cover or a Roman blind using step-by-step instructions and images. Compiled by experts in home design who offer advice on fabrics and variations to tailor to your specific home decoration needs. The easy to follow format makes this the perfect guide for novices and experts alike, covering the whole process of creating professional looking furnishings, from measuring, all the way through to installing your finished project.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Gardening and DIY

Spring is slowly on its way. This month’s gardening books highlight inspirational ideas across the world and DIY projects that are fun and practical.

Image from Fishpond DIY garden projects : step-by-step activities for edible gardening and backyard fun / Mat Pember and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon.
“Practical projects for small-space edible gardening and backyard fun from the much-loved Little Veggie Patch co. The book has 6 chapters – Kids, Recycled/Upcyled, X-Factor, Vertical Gardening, Gardening basics and Kitchen. There are 38 projects, and each chapter includes a break-out patch favourite feature project.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Gardens in France / edited by Angelika Taschen.
“From stylized Zen gardens in Provence to cactus displays on the Cote d’Azur, from classical palace gardens to quaint domestic beds, travel round the most beautiful gardens in France, home to some of the most elegant, charming, and inspiring horticulture in the world. The typical plants of each climatic region are represented–delphiniums, roses and irises in the North, and Californian poppies, santolinas, and lavender in the Midi. With pictures through every season, celebrate the particular beauty of spring, summer, fall, and winter, and discover plenty of inspiring ideas for your own garden.” (Library catalogue)
Syndetics book cover Kyoto gardens : masterworks of the Japanese gardener’s art / text by Judith Clancy ; photography by Ben Simmons.
Kyoto Gardens is a labor of love from master photographer Ben Simmons and Kyoto-based writer Judith Clancy. Simmons’ photographs present a fresh and contemporary look at Kyoto’s most important gardens. Their beauty is enhanced and humanized by gardeners tending the grounds using the tools of their art. Clancy’s graceful text provides historic, aesthetic and cultural context to the gardens. Combining wonder and rigor, she describes how Kyoto’s most beloved gardens remain faithful to their founders’ creative spirit and conception.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Life spaces : 120 award-winning interiors from the 2014 IDEA Awards.
“Since its inception in 2003, IDEA (Interior Design of Excellence Awards) has been celebrating the very best of an industry full of remarkable people and projects. This year, for the first time, we are publishing a book to celebrate the high quality of projects of the past year, the ones that have continually risen above the crowd to surprise and delight us.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Gracious rooms / Barbara Westbrook ; written with Heather MacIsaac.
“In her first book, the South’s most inviting designer explores her principles for creating a beautiful home rich with comfort and warmth. Barbara Westbrook has been designing classically inspired homes full of Southern charm and a European touch for more than twenty years.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Health

This month we read about running, children’s health through a combination of conventional and alternative medicine, diabetics management and how to develop healthy habits to give us the best chances to fight cancer and stay generally healthy.

Syndetics book cover Children’s health A to Z for New Zealand parents : help your child get better and stay well naturally
“Paediatrician Dr Leila Masson is well-known to many Auckland parents through her work in children’s health. She combines a traditional medical with complementary treatments in what is known as a `biomedical approach to children’s health. Her book is a practical guide to caring for your children using a mixture of traditional medicine alongside natural remedies, and the tried-and-true know-how of our mothers and grandmothers. Organised by symptoms, it is an essential guide for parents caring for children with sore tummies, bumps and bruises, skin irritations, ear infections, fevers and colds.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Thriving with diabetes : learn how to take charge of your body to balance your sugars and improve your lifelong health
“This book empowers you to take charge of your diabetes, so you don’t just deal with your symptoms, but change the way you think to improve your health, happiness, and quality of life. Through a simple four-step process, you’ll learn how to intuitively understand your blood sugars and what causes both good and bad numbers. This proactive approach results in the ability to manage diabetes personally, not just by a set of notes from the doctor. The result is immediate and satisfying improvements to total health, both physically and mentally!” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Can food be medicine against cancer?
“Does eating certain foods make any difference against cancer? How do I know which foods to eat? Can I trust what I read? In answering these questions, surgical oncologist Dr David Wilkinson, points out that nearly all cancers are not primarily genetic, but are influenced by factors under our control, including what we eat. You will be taken on a tour of the top foods that protect against cancer, and learn the scientific reasons why these foods are effective. Discover how cancer cells work and what turns them off. This book will change the way you look at food forever, and point you in the right direction to achieving cancer-resistant health for life.” (Syndetics summmary)
Syndetics book cover Light on yoga
The seminal yoga sourcebook for generations of yoga students around the world, first published in 1966, was republished in 2015.
“This definitive work features photo-illustrated, step-by-step guide to every yoga routine, and includes a week-by-week development plan, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy and spirituality for beginners and experienced teachers alike. B.K.S. Iyengar was the world’s most respected yoga teacher, widely credited as the person who brought yoga to the West. One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Infulential People in the World, his teaching practice has been hugely impactful over the years. He died in 2014, aged 95.” (Book cover)
Syndetics book cover Attacking anxiety : a step-by-step guide to an engaging approach to treating anxiety and phobias in children with autism and other developmental disabilities
“Drawing on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), this book sets out a clear, enjoyable, step-by-step approach for addressing the sorts of anxieties, fears and phobias that are so common in children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related challenges. Using this easy-to-follow model, parents and professionals will have the tools they need to help children and teens cope with and sometimes overcome anxieties caused by everyday occurrences. This book is an excellent resource for successfully alleviating many of the anxieties and phobias that interfere with life enjoyment, not only for the child but for the entire family.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

This month we read books that challenge many preconceived ideas about the benefits of meditation, listening to our feelings and the trappings of the pursuit of happiness. Intrigued? Read on.

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 The Buddha pill : can meditation actually change you?
“In this new book, psychologists Dr. Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm explore the human ambition for personal change and its possible illusions, with a focus on yoga and meditation. They examine the psychological and biological evidence, from early research on Transcendental Meditation to recent brain-imaging studies on mindfulness. Controversially, The Buddha Pill argues that personal change effected by these spiritual practices can vary widely from one individual to another, and that peace and compassion may not always be the end result. Combining insights from decades of scientific research with fascinating accounts from gurus and prisoners, The Buddha Pill weaves together a unique story about the science and the delusions of personal change.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The happiness trap : how to stop struggling and start living
“Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.” (Adapted from 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)

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Home & Garden Newsletter for August

Finding ways to grow all the ingredients for an entire dish in your garden would be the dream of many and this month’s selection of cooking books offer lots of ideas and inspiration. Take a look at the latest in sewing, knitting and crochet and find new ways to maintaining good health and mindfulness, preventing mental disorders and addictions. Check out the newest books at your local Wellington library and enjoy.

Cooking

This month’s selection of cookbooks feature seasonal foods with emphasis on local produce and growing your own food. Other books include ‘how to’ books like Dudefood, The First Foods Book and Cooking for Geeks.

Syndetics book cover DudeFood. Volume # 1 / [by Daniel Churchill].
“Are you a guy who has wanted to cook but doesn’t know where to start? The Dude Food book is here to educate, motivate and inspire men of all ages. With its colloquial dude language and easy to read recipes, dudes no longer have an excuse to avoid the kitchen bench. Dude Food incorporates the many scenarios guys find themselves in each day – what to have around the gym, how to impress a girl, what to feed your mates. This book will turn a standard TV dinner guy into an appealing kitchen master.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The First Foods Book : 130 yummy recipes from weaning to the big table.
“Covering every step of the weaning journey, from six months to a year, The First Foods Book includes more than 130 recipes – from single-veg purees to exciting combinations and full meals. Every one has been rigorously tested to ensure it meets with Ella’s Kitchen nutritional standards. There is also lots of practical advice to give every parent confidence at this key stage of their baby’s development…making weaning easy and stress-free – introducing solids becomes as much of an adventure for parents as it is for the little one whose taste exploration has only just begun.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Cooking for Geeks : Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food / Jeff Potter.
“More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks inspires you to be inventive in the kitchen and piques your curiosity about food. Presents recipes ranging in difficulty with the science and technology-minded cook in mind, providing the science behind cooking, the physiology of taste, and the techniques of molecular gastronomy.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover A Table in the Orchard : my delicious life / Michelle Crawford.
“I dreamed of a rambling old farmhouse where I could grow my own food, learn how to bake cakes and make jam. I wanted to wear gumboots. Every day.” Organizing cocktail parties at the Sydney Opera House sounds perfectly glamorous, and for a while it was for Michelle Crawford. But once she became a mother, the yearning to find her own little slice of heaven in the country could no longer be ignored….A Table in the Orchard is breathtaking proof of how seductive a taste of slow living in one of the most beautiful valleys in Tasmania might be. Like Michelle, you might be tempted to make your own crumpets or run away to the Apple Isle.” (Syndetics summary)

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Crafts

Draw creative energy from this delightful collection of new library books including knitting designs for every season, clever sewing projects and fresh ideas for lace work, including how to make beautiful buttons. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover Sew organized for the busy girl : tips to make the most of your time & space : 23 quick and clever sewing projects you’ll love / Heidi Staples.
“Fit sewing into your busy lifestyle with practical tips that will help you put hours back on the clock Heidi Staples, a creative mom of three, will help you organize your sewing space and works-in-progress so they are ready to roll at a moment s notice. Revive your creative life and make the most of your time with easy-to-implement advice. Stitch up 23 projects, ranging from handcrafted quilts to home decor, children’s gifts, and attractive storage cases. With an arsenal of time-savers, you ll finally finish those projects while enjoying a little “you” time at the sewing machine.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Warm days, cool knits : lighter designs for every season / Corrina Ferguson.
“Knitting is not just for cold and snowy climates! For anyone who has ever stopped to wonder what knitters in the South are wearing–and knitting–for the changing seasons, Florida designer Corrina Ferguson has set out to show us in Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season. Cardigans and hoodies stand in for winter coats, knitted tees and short-sleeve cardigans are perfect for spring, tanks and cropped cardis are comfortable on warm summer nights, and pullovers and shawls are just right in fall. Through her choice of lightweight yarns and bold colors, Corrina has set these pieces apart from the crowd of everyday knitted garments and shown them off as a versatile knitted southern wardrobe.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover How to make beautiful buttons / Beate Schmitz.
“Make buttons out of fabric, clay, beads and more! There are 25 designs to make with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs accompanying every project. Buttons are not only practical additions to bags, jackets and other garments but they also make great fashion accessories all on their own. Starting with a detailed explanation for making each button, the projects span an incredible array of crafts including crochet, embroidery, knotting, felt and paint for embellishing yourhandmade beautiful buttons.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Learn to crochet, love to crochet / Anna Wilkinson ; photography by Laura Edwards.
Anna Wilkinson encouraged a new generation of crafters to take up knitting with her debut book, Learn to Knit, Love to Knit. Anna is now set to popularise the creative craft of crochet in the same way with the companion book, Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet. The book is made up of a collection of twenty garments and accessories that will add ‘wow’ to your wardrobe but also, through making each project, you will learn the fundamentals of crochet. While the ten Learn to Crochet projects guide you through the most basic crochet techniques, the ten Love to Crochet garments provide all the inspiration and know-how you need to really master this highly versatile craft. By making your way through the book you’ll have an enviable wardrobe of handmade garments.” (Syndetics summary)

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Health

This month we take a holistic view of health, from preventative to curative, from yoga to mindfulness. We read about mental disorders, addictions and Alzheimer’s and improve our knowledge of medical terms.

Syndetics book cover Yoga for life : a journey to inner peace and freedom
“From a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to ‘First Lady of Yoga’ (The New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power of yoga–and then inspired others to do the same.” (Library catalogue)
Syndetics book cover Fight Alzheimer’s with vitamins and antioxidants
“In this practical scientific guide, leading researcher in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes prevention Kedar N. Prasad, Ph.D., reveals the latest revolutionary discoveries on the use of antioxidants to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. He details how the proper combinations of vitamin and antioxidant supplements can greatly increase the effectiveness of standard medical treatments for Alzheimer’s as well as delay or even prevent onset despite a family history of the disease. This guide provides a truly holistic approach to Alzheimer’s prevention, treatment, and care.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The gut balance revolution : boost your metabolism, restore your inner ecology, and lose the weight for good!
“Recent cutting-edge research shows that human intestinal microbiota influences metabolism, appetite, energy, hormones, inflammation, and insulin resistance. Because gut microflora plays a central role in weight management, losing weight is much more than cutting calories, fat, or carbs. When the trillions of live bacteria in our digestive tract-the gut microbiome-are balanced, excess pounds melt away and we feel revitalized. A leading authority on digestive health and the gut microbiome, Dr. Gerard E. Mullin reveals how to stifle the fat-forming, disease-promoting gut bacteria, reseed your gut with good fat-burning ones, and fertilize those friendly flora with just the right foods to reboot, rebalance, and renew your health–and lose weight for good.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Headspace guide to… a mindful pregnancy
“Mindfulness in Pregnancy is the concise and practical guide to achieving and maintaining mindfulness throughout every stage of having a baby. With helpful exercises for both mother to be and her partner, Andy shows how to live mindfully and get the most from pregnancy and the early days of parenthood. From creating the right conditions for conception and reducing anxiety around pregnancy and birth, to managing pain in labour and promoting well being for mother and baby in the first hours, days and weeks after birth, Andy’s simple and empowering exercises have been created to give both mother and baby a gentle, happy and positive experience.” (Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

This month’s selection delves into the workings of co-dependent relationships and offers tools to free yourself from them, cultivating intimacy, yet separateness, creativity and inner peace.

Syndetics book cover How to predict the unpredictable : the art of outsmarting almost everyone
“We are hard-wired to believe that the world is more predictable than it is. We chase ‘winning streaks’ that are often just illusions, and we are all too predictable exactly when we try hardest not to be. In the 1970s, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky coined the phrase ‘representativeness’ to describe the psychology of this behaviour. Poundstone makes these techniques fun, easy, and profitable for everyone, in the everyday situations that matter. You’ll learn how to tackle multiple choice tests, what internet passwords to avoid, how to up your odds of winning the office Premier League sweepstakes, and the best ways to invest your money.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Calm : calm the mind, change the world
“Join the Calm revolution. Modern life is hectic and relentless. There has never been a more important time to rediscover your pause button. Calm is the book that will show you how to take back a little bit of peace, space and all-important calm. It is a practical and pleasurable guide to twenty-first century mindfulness. Regular meditation is medically proven to be good for you. Calm is about simple, achievable habits that work with the demands of your busy life instead of pretending those demands don’t exist. Calm does not require specialist training: it uses abilities that every single one of us is born with, like creativity, spontaneity and simply noticing the world around you. Calm demystifies mindfulness and shows you the many simple ways to be mindful while carrying on with your life.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The upside of stress : why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it
“The author of The Willpower Instinct delivers a controversial and groundbreaking new book that overturns long-held beliefs about stress. More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t bad. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier–if we learn how to embrace it. McGonigal combines science, stories, and exercises into an engaging and practical book that is both entertaining and life-changing. McGonigal’s TED talk on the subject has already received more than 7 million views.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Lessons of lifelong intimacy : building a stronger marriage without losing yourself–the 9 principles of a balanced and happy relationship
“Michael Gurian offers a groundbreaking plan for couples seeking to build a healthy relationship, work through past hurts, and create greater intimacy. Recent university studies show that the most frequent reason relationships dissolve is not abuse, alcoholism, money, or even infidelity, but rather a lack of emotional fulfillment. Most books on love and marriage focus on teaching communication and conflict skills, but neglect to help couples with the “other half” of intimacy–separateness. In this practical yet personal guide to love, Gurian details the benefits of creating a lifelong balance of closeness and separateness. Rich with examples and case studies, this book presents strategies for communication and conflict that build more emotional balance, while showing how intimate separateness can be the key to lifelong happiness.”(Syndetics)

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Home & Garden Newsletter for May

Welcome to a delightful selection of new library books featuring delicious and easy to prepare food, including gluten free, sugar free and detoxing recipes. Choose from a fabulous selection of DIY craft and gardening projects or read about the pros and cons of vitamins, how to address digestive health issues and more… Happy reading!

Cooking

Enjoy our eclectic selection for this month.

Syndetics book cover A Bird in the Hand : chicken recipes for every day and every mood / Diana Henry.
“In A Bird in the Hand , Diana Henry o­ffers a host of new, easy and not-so-very-well-known dishes, starring the bird we all love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Kenkō Kitchen / Kate Bradley ; photography by Elisa Watson.
“In Kenko Kitchen, Kate Bradley shares a range of healthy and delicious foods that are easy to prepare, with ingredients available from the local store. Featuring a host of vegan recipes that are also gluten- and sugar-free for those with fructose and gluten intolerances, and delicious raw food, detoxifying, and macrobiotic recipes, Kenko Kitchen is perfect for everyone from whole foods newcomers to long time whole-foods devotees, health-conscious food lovers, vegans, and those with dietary intolerances.”(Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia : 100 fantastic recipes based on extensive, in-depth research / Margaret Rayman, Katie Sharpe, Vanessa Ridland & Patsy Westcott ; photography by Will Heap.
“Dementia affects nearly 36 million people worldwide, with 7.7 million new cases every year, and has a dramatic impact on sufferers and their families. There is evidence, however, that a healthy lifestyle and diet, especially in mid-life, can help to reduce the risk of developing dementia. In this much-needed book, Margaret Rayman and her team of nutritional experts give clear and effective guidelines on how to adapt your diet and lifestyle to help protect you against this condition.”(Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The 52 new foods challenge : a family cooking adventure for each week of the year / Jennifer Tyler Lee.
“In this book, and the Crunch a Color game that complements it, we meet a mom, advocate, and inspiration who helps families move from bland to bountiful plates from the freezer section to the farmers market. Through an ingenious and simple game, The 52 New Foods Challenge inspires kids, their parents, friends, and families to get into the kitchen to cook, taste, and eat healthy, unprocessed foods together.This book may actually help families save the health of our children, our nation, and perhaps our planet as well!” (Books in Print)

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Crafts

Express your own unique style and colour with inspiration drawn from this compilation of new craft books featuring knitting, crochet, printmaking and a plethora of fabulous DIY projects. Find a wealth of beautiful ideas on how to match colours and patterns to reflect your personality. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover Bright young things : modern baby and children’s knitting patterns / MillaMia ; [writing, Katarina Rosén ; design, Helena Rosén ; photography, Emma Norén.].
“Bright Young Things celebrates colour with a vibrant collection of baby and children’s knitting patterns, inspired by clashing patterns and playful, quirky designs. Featuring patterns for dresses, jumpers, cardigans, outerwear, accessories, babygrows and blankets, for babies and toddlers up to age 5. With patterns suitable for beginners and the more experienced knitter.” (Publisher’s description)
Syndetics book cover Garden crafts : 30 beautiful and practical projects for patio, porch, deck, garden, or yard / Elizabeth C. Letcavage.
“The perfect do-it-yourself guide for outdoor living accessories. Learn how to make 30 practical and decorative projects for use in the garden, courtyard, patio, deck, or porch. Step-by-step photos and instructions for creating candleholders, bird feeders, pocket planters, outdoor mirrors and wall hangings, wind chimes, natural fencing, and more Make projects using simple crafting, woodworking, painting, mosaic, and sewing techniques Features 875 helpful, instructive color photos” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Printmaking : 20 projects for friends to make / Super+Super [text by Claire Culley & Amy Phipps].
“What could be better than getting together with friends and getting creative? If you fancy stamping some personality on anything from napkins to canvas shoes then this book of print making from the new Super+Super series is for you. With 20 projects to get your creative teeth into, this quirky step-by-step guide to print making is full of fun. Projects include invitations, napkins, tea towel and wrapping paper.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Materially crafted : a DIY primer for the design-obsessed / Victoria Hudgins ; photography by Jocelyn Noel.
“Design enthusiasts are bombarded with beautiful inspiration at every turn, but many lack the foundation necessary to re-create their dream projects. “Materially Crafted” is a must-have guide for design mavens seeking to develop their DIY chops, even if they’re embracing their crafty side for the first time. Victoria Hudgins, creator of the popular design blog “A Subtle Revelry,” uncovers the best and least intimidating ways to work with the most popular crafting materials–from spray paint and concrete to thread, wax, and paper–and presents more than 30 easy projects to get everyone started.” (Syndetics summary)

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Gardening DIY

This month’s recent picks feature a compilation of award winning interiors, upcycling tips and ideas for outdoor living. A change of season brings a time to think about your surroundings – upcycling is a great way to use what you have to create a feel of home. You will find an array of books to help you create outdoor rooms which is the hot new thing in design.

Syndetics book cover Life spaces : 120 award-winning interiors from the 2014 IDEA Awards.
“Since its inception in 2003, IDEA (Interior Design of Excellence Awards) has been celebrating the very best of an industry full of remarkable people and projects. This year, for the first time, we are publishing a book to celebrate the high quality of projects of the past year, the ones that have continually risen above the crowd to surprise and delight us.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover A designer’s life : an archive of inspired design and décor / Nicky Haslam.
“The enduring appeal of English-style interiors from the current master of the genre. Nicholas “Nicky” Haslam is one of the world’s most distinguished interior designers, and this career-crowning monograph explores his signature style. Haslam began designing in 1972 and has become known for opulent, original, and timeless interiors.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Gracious rooms / Barbara Westbrook ; written with Heather MacIsaac.
“In her first book, the South’s most inviting designer explores her principles for creating a beautiful home rich with comfort and warmth. Barbara Westbrook has been designing classically inspired homes full of Southern charm and a European touch for more than twenty years.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Outdoor living : an inspirational guide to making the most of your outdoor spaces / Selina Lake ; with photography by Debi Treloar.
“Selina brings her trademark fresh, pretty, vintage style to outdoor spaces small and large, public and private. Selina provides ample inspiration and practical suggestions for transforming a yard, courtyard, deck, porch, or even just a balcony into a lush outdoor room that’s perfect for lounging, relaxing, and entertaining. She also goes further afield, with dozens of ideas for simple yet stylish picnics, beach BBQs, barn dances, and block parties. Selina showcases her inspirations in the form of flowers, lighting, fabrics, and decorations. ” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

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Health

Are our genes killing us? Is there anything we can do about it? Are vitamins supplements really essential to our health or just another commercial ploy? Can we heal through yoga? These questions are some of the many that are the subject of this month’s titles.

Syndetics book cover Pandora’s DNA : tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree
“Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA, a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora’s DNA , Stark uses her family’s experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations, from the troubling history of prophylactic surgery and the storied origins of the boob job to the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Vitamania : our obsessive quest for nutritional perfection
“Health-conscious Australians seek out vitamins any way they can, whether in a morning glass of orange juice, a piece of vitamin-enriched bread, or a daily multivitamin. We believe that vitamins are always beneficial and that the more we can get, the better –and yet despite this familiarity, few of us could explain what vitamins actually are. Instead, we outsource our questions to experts and interpret ‘vitamin’ as shorthand for ‘health. The one thing that experts do agree upon is that the best way to get our nutrients is in the foods that naturally contain them. Vitamania reveals the surprising story of how our embrace of vitamins led to today’s Wild West of dietary supplements and investigates the complicated psychological relationship we’ve developed with these thirteen mysterious chemicals.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The digestive health solution : your personalized five-step plan for inside – out digestive wellness
“This interactive book enables you to have better digestive health for life! When your insides are working properly, all of you is so much healthier. Under the guidance of expert naturopath and communicator Ben Brown, you will explore the mind-body connection, food intolerances and the keys to a healthy digestive system before learning how to address your health issues and quality-of-life needs with a five-step plan that is uniquely yours. The author is a passionate communicator and knows that it doesn’t take a lot to help people dramatically reduce digestive discomfort. ” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Healing yoga : proven postures to treat twenty common ailments- from backache to bone loss, shoulder pain to bunions, and more
“Healing Yoga unites medical knowledge with the practice of yoga to help treat twenty common conditions, including headache, weight gain, the common cold, scoliosis, PMS, stress, depression, and eight different types of back pain. Dr. Fishman shares techniques he has invented, refined, and validated with thousands of patients, including detailed pose instructions and accompanying photographs. He walks readers through not only healing but also diagnosis of specific medical conditions, especially back pain, when there is more than one source of trouble. Suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis, this book is an at-home guide to a renowned doctor’s expertise.” (Syndetics)

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Personal Development

Lessons from this month’s selection include:

Syndetics book cover Scary close : dropping the act and finding true intimacy
“In a conversational tone, Miller discloses thoughts about intimacy and how to find it: taking off the masks worn to hide the true self. The personality we show to the world often is that of a performer, created to hide who we are while trying to win approval and get attention, he says. Miller’s contemplations come as the result of courting his wife, Betsy, who changed his thinking when it came to relationships with women. Short chapters tackle topics that range from personal memories and experiences to practical advice about factors that affect people as they develop relationships.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Mindful work : how meditation is changing business from the inside out
“Big business often seems the reserve of ruthless money-grubbers desperately looking for a way to make their next buck. But a quiet revolution is reshaping the corporate world, as the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs and businesspeople are starting to change how a successful business is run. A new breed of mindful managers are using meditation, yoga and other Zen techniques to focus on feeling good while making money – and using the money to do good too. Materialism is out and mindfulness is in. Featuring insights from high-level managers at Fortune 500 companies through to Google employees and the Dalai Lama himself, Mindful Work is an inspirational guide to mindfulness based in the realities of running a successful business.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Tame your inner critic : find peace & contentment to live your life on purpose
“This book takes you on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the energy of your thoughts and turning the negative into positive. Discover how to use your innate intuitive abilities to heal these energies and discard judgments and criticisms that have built up over the years. Find your true north – your own internal wisdom that is connected to the divine and gives you guidance. With specialised exercises and meditations, this book shows you how to banish negativity, improve your relationships and realise new ways to share your gifts with the world around you.” (Book cover)
Syndetics book cover Beyond willpower : the secret principle to achieving success in life, love, and happiness
“Based on more than twenty-five years of clinical experience, and rooted in science, ancient wisdom and proven therapeutic techniques, this programme will help you remove any personal obstacles so that you can achieve health, wealth, and relationship success beyond your dreams.” (Syndetics)

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Home & Garden Newsletter for March

Welcome to this month’s newsletter featuring fabulous recipes and cooking tips, lots of craft ideas and projects, as well as a selection of health and wellness books to help you understanding an illness and developing a sense of better control. Read about the concept of success and some useful insights. Enjoy reading!

Library News

Cooking

Here are some cookbooks which may help keep you on track with your new year’s resolution to stay healthy.

Syndetics book cover 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks : Easy recipes for natural energy and weight control the healthy way / Emily von Euw.
“Juices and smoothies are packed with the vitamins and nutrients you need to nourish your body. And Emily von Euw, creator of thisrawsomeveganlife.com has recipes that are so delicious you’ll be drinking to your health every day.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Gluten-free & Easy : Over 80 Simple Recipes for the Gluten Intolerant / Sara Lewis.
Gluten-free & Easy can make adapting to a gluten-free diet easy. There are 100 recipes and step-by-step guides to making gluten-free pastries, breads, cakes and more, and a glossary of gluten-free ingredients such as flour mixes and xanthan gum, it is the only book you need to change your diet for ever. A wide range of dishes is included. There are bakes, such as cakes, breads, tarts and pies, as well as other treats that are conventionally gluten-based, such as dumplings, pancakes, pasta and Chinese sauces.” (Books in Print)
Syndetics book cover The Wild Wisdom of Weeds : 13 essential plants for human survival / Katrina Blair ; foreword by Sandor Ellix Katz.
“When you encounter a weed, do you pull it, spray it-or consume it? Blair, a holistic health and sustainable living educator, recommends the latter. In the first few chapters of this title, she emphasizes the importance of wild plants as food and medicine. The remaining chapters profile 13 edible weeds commonly found worldwide near human habitations: amaranth, chickweed, clover, dandelion, dock, grass, knotweed, lambsquarter, mallow, mustard, plantain, purslane, and thistle. Many are frequently classified as noxious or invasive, but Blair encourages us to see them not as enemies to be eradicated but as allies to nourish body and spirit.” (Library Journal)
Syndetics book cover The Healthy Cook / Dan Churchill ; art director, Jay Beaumont ; photography, Michael Marchment ; styling, Madi Coppock.
The Healthy Cook is set to revolutionise the way you look at healthy cooking, being one of the first cookbooks to provide the macronutrient (Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates ) information for each meal, all in a simple table. Readers will learn about what they are actually digesting just from a quick glance. An efficient and easy way to understand how balanced your days really are. Wanting to know what to cook for dinner but are sick of reading whole recipes? Using the innovative Slider Bar The Healthy Cook will help you find the perfect dish for the occasion as it assesses time, skill set and how healthy the meal is.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Grain-free Family Table : 125 delicious recipes for fresh, healthy eating every day / Carrie Vitt.
“Offers organic, family-friendly, and grain-free recipes that satisfy a paleo lifestyle, including blackberry apple crisp, zucchini fritters, creamy chicken, vegetable, and tomato soup, and pecan pie.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Happy Pear : Recipes and stories from the first ten years / David & Stephen Flynn ; photography by Alistair Richardson.
“After ten glorious years in which David and Stephen Flynn of the Happy Pear Cafe’ have made healthy eating exciting, they now share their formula – make the cooking easy and fun and pack the dishes with mind-blowing flavour, texture and colour. Simple!” (Book Jacket)

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Crafts

Welcome to this eclectic mix of new craft books, featuring many clever and creative ideas! Experiment with different types of wool and learn how to embellish old fabrics transforming them into beautiful scarves, soft toys and more. Read about fantastic ways how to make beautiful things that work for you and your family. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover Felt so good : 70+ felted and plain wool designs for you and your home / by Tone Rørseth ; translated from the Norwegian by Margaret Berge Hartge.
“A wonderful collection of designs for clothing, accessories, and items for your home from Norwegian designer Tone Rørseth. Wool is a wonderfully versatile material, which makes these designs easily accessible for crafters of all levels. The book presents instructions for felting wool, as well as a guide to purchasing different types of ready-made felt. Included are several projects made from upcycled wool sweaters, mittens, and hats, including handbags, dog sweaters, and wrist warmers. Rørseth’s designs are whimsical and fun, and most can be made in an evening or a week-end. She has even included a section dedicated to holiday decorations such as garlands, tree ornaments, and table decor.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Wrapping with fabric : your complete guide to furoshiki : the Japanese art of wrapping / Etsuko Yamada ; photos by Kanji Okamoto.
“Wrap anything from a wine bottle to a yoga mat with this practical Japanese fabric-wrapping book. Long before today’s eco-friendly philosophy of “reduce, reuse, recycle” entered America’s collective consciousness, furoshiki–the Japanese method of wrapping things with fabric–flourished as a time-honored and practical art form. In Wrapping With Fabric , Etsuko Yamada–born into a long-line of furoshiki makers in Kyoto–explains the “one cloth, many uses” ideology behind the craft, the etiquette of color and the craft’s fascinating history. From there, she shares the myriad ways in which a few basic techniques can transform a simple square of cloth into an elegant wrapper.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Beautiful wreaths & garlands : 35 projects to decorate your home for all seasons & occasions / Cathering Woram.
“Get inspired to decorate your home with these charming wreaths and garlands. Whether you are looking for something to make from all of the plants you gather in your garden or to use scraps of paper and fabric you have collected, you will be sure to find a project for every occasion and celebration innbsp;Beautiful Wreaths and Garlands.nbsp;In five chapters on natural, fabric, paper, mixed-media, and holiday wreaths and garlands, Catherine Woram shows you how to make a succulent wreath so you can bring nature indoors, a scented herb garland to hang in the kitchen, a wreath made of paper leaves cut out of vintage books, a delicate pine wreath to hang above your table at Christmas, and many more simple ways to make your home look really special.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Craft a creative business / Fiona Pullen.
“A complete must-read guide for anyone wanting to turn their hobby, craft or art skills into a successful business. Covering everything you ever wanted to know, Fiona gives clear, simple advice on the importance of identifying markets, focusing on a USP, assessing the competition, making sure the price is right and setting goals. The book includes sections on product photography, branding. and legal matters. The book has particular emphasis on online selling, with detailed information onmarkets, blogging, using social media and the importance of analytics and SEO (search engine optimisation). Information on offline selling is included too, with notes on on selling at craft fairs, trade fairs and markets, selling through retail outlets, running courses and workshops, and featuring work in the media.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Chunky knits : 31 projects for you & your home knit with bulky yarn / Ashley Little.
“Here’s the secret of bulky yarns – they knit up quickly. This attractive book features more than 25 patterns that use bulky- or superbulky-weight yarn, and the great thing about them is that they are not the usual suspects. Yes, there are hats, mittens, and scarves and shawls, but there are also a delicate-looking lace capelet, a scalloped necklace, and even a lacy lampshade covering. Knitters looking for instant gratification will find it in smaller projects: braided wall art, jewelry, and round, cabled sachets.” (Booklist)

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Health

Understanding an illness gives sufferers a sense of better control over it. Understanding how vaccines work and what they actually prevent may convince the reader in favour of immunisation. Knowing about the benefits of certain plants and foods can help make better decision regarding our daily dietary decisions. Here are many informative and fascinating books on cancer, depression, vaccines, gender differences, LSD and more!

Syndetics book cover So it’s cancer : now what?
So It’s Cancer: Now What? is a guide to what to do when you receive a diagnosis of cancer, by medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava. ‘You have cancer.’ These three small words have the power to dramatically change the rest of your life. The words can set in motion a chain of events that render you – the patient – passenger, feeling out of control of your own body and circumstance. And while cancer connotes mystery, its reputation should not discourage you from understanding the illness. With her trademark wisdom and warmth, Ranjana Srivastava demystifies the labyrinthine world of the illness. She equips you with the knowledge to make informed decisions on the perennial issues, such as finding the right oncologist, and to ask the bigger questions, such as how to break it to the kids.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Haldol and hyacinths : a bipolar life
“With candor and humor, a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity. At 18, she began battling a severe physical illness, and her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies and hyacinths. But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and anti-psychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret–by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment. Refusing to be ashamed or silenced, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The mood repair toolkit : proven strategies to prevent the blues from turning into depression
“While many books deliver remedies for depression, Clark (psychology, Univ. of New Brunswick) offers preventative steps that people can take to reverse a slide from periods of sadness into full-blown depression. He presents more than 80 cognitive strategies to cut the depressed mood “off at the pass,” such as silencing the inner critic, making connections with others, and facing one’s demons. The author speaks with understanding of the depressive personality type and presents tangible exercises and concrete examples of actions to correct faulty thinking and actions.” (Library Journal)
Syndetics book cover On immunity : an inoculation
“Eula Biss advocates eloquently for childhood immunization, making her case as an anxious new mother intent on protecting her son-and understanding the consequences. Her son’s birth coincided with an outbreak of the H1N1 flu (popularly known as “swine flu”), triggering an inquiry that involved her doctor father, other mothers, researchers, and her own copious research. Biss’s study ranges from the beginnings of vaccination-a “precursor to modern medicine”-in the 1700s, through Andrew Wakefield’s disastrous, and later retracted, 1998 study that proposed the MMR vaccine might be linked to autism. Biss frankly and optimistically looks at our “unkempt” world and our shared mission to protect one another.” (Publisher Weekly)
Syndetics book cover Why can’t a man be more like a woman? : the evolution of sex and gender
Why Can’t a Man Be More Like a Woman? is an exercise in critical and unbiased thinking. From fertilization and evolution to aggressive men and emotional women, Wolpert explores the whole gamut of sexual development and gender differentiation. With some surprising discoveries along the way, he explains how men are fundamentally “modified females,” as well as takes a close look at evolution’s effect on our differing brain chemistry—giving women an advantage in verbal tasks and episodic memory, men the advantage in spatial perception and orientation, and couples virtually no chance at understanding one another.” (From amazon.com)

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Personal Development

Success is a very subjective concept and can take many forms. What is success for one person might not be for the next. Is financial wealth a real success if your heart is not content? Can you reach fulfillment without money? What are your goals in life? Professional success, academic or sporting achievement, a happy romantic relationship, having a lot of friends or having only a few very close ones, fighting for a worthy cause? Does change make you anxious or do your thrive for novelty and adventures? Everyone will have a different answer to these questions. Whatever your life’s quest, this month’s selection should give you some useful insight on the way to a content life.

Syndetics book cover The millionaire mystique : how working women become wealthy– and how you can, too!
“Business psychologist Jude Miller Burke looks at today’s self-made female millionaires and how they successfully manage career and family life. What can struggling women learn from them? Miller Burke backs up her findings using results from a ground breaking study of millionaire women. In this book will you’ll learn: the surprising number of millionaire women who were successful in their careers in spite of difficult, even abusive childhoods; why starting “at the bottom” isn’t a disadvantage and how you can build on your childhood and early career circumstances, whatever they are; what personality factors wealthy working women have in common and how to foster them for yourself; how to develop the two most critical traits for overcoming obstacles to success. Jude Miller Burke is a business psychologist, executive coach, and a millionaire.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Rewire your anxious brain : how to use the neuroscience of fear to end anxiety, panic, & worry
“Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison, the cortex is the centre of “worry.” The author offers specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping into both of these pathways in the brain. As you read, you’ll gain a greater understanding how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result, you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Managing for change : how to make your future brighter, today
“The world around us is constantly changing – and at a faster and faster rate. These changes have an impact on our lives at many different levels. It’s possible that the things we are doing now will not work in the future. So how do we alter our current trajectory? And to where should we set our new course? And if change is inevitable, why not plan for it? And why not go one step further – and actually manage for it? Letting change happen to us is no guarantee of a happy and successful life. Reaching that goal for now and tomorrow means constantly assessing the future and developing skills in predicting and managing the forces of change. Managing for Change is your guide to doing just that.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover You can be happy : 101 ways to smile
Imagine you have been told that this is the last day of your life and you have twelve hours to live .. ..are you really going to worry about the report you haven’t finished for work, the negative comment you received from a friend a year ago or how you will manage Christmas at your place this year? Probably not! This book will help you to place all life issues into perspective, recognise your strengths, become more assertive and in doing so increase significantly your happiness level for the rest of your life. This book provides useful strategies for you to focus on breaking through the roadblocks to smile and step back onto the happiness path. Smiling is contagious. People around you will be smiling too.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Improving your memory : how to remember what you’re starting to forget
This book provides readers with tools for understanding and improving memory, including sixteen helpful exercises. Simple techniques like writing information down, creating a catch word or phrase, altering something in your environment, and reviewing details in advance can put you actively in charge of retrieving information more easily. As in previous editions, Improving Your Memory reinforces memory techniques through real-life examples. This accessible handbook also discusses how memory works; how it changes with age, stress, illness, and depression; and why people remember what they do. Many readers will see immediate improvement in their memory after reading the book.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Imagine this : creating the work you love
“Life coach and poet Clair (Rattlebone) advocates the New Age mission of self-realization with this succinct, easy-to-follow workbook. A survivor of domestic abuse, Clair earned two advanced degrees; after a long career as a medical technologist, she became an English professor at George Washington University and an award-winning writer. Setting the example for how self-realization improved her life, she outlines the journey to empowerment that worked for her in nine steps: for example, the first step toward “pursuing a greater sense of wakefulness” is simply to keep a journal. For those who may be floundering, she advises looking for inspiration in “places that hold your idea of beauty” or simply chilling by watching “wall paper dry”.” (Syndetics)

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Home & Garden Newsletter for November

It’s all about eating less meat these days and this month’s book selection of cookbooks features superb ideas and versatile recipes to create tasty and beautifully prepared vegetarian dishes for you and your family. Inspire yourself with ideas from our craft collection on how to create stunning jewellery pieces, and read about practical tips for gardening. Plus, learn more about human behaviour and new laws of psychology. Also included this month: some views on holistic medicine and its role in all aspects of our health.

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Cooking

‘More vegetables, less meat, eat smart, live long’ is the new approach to healthy eating without sacrificing on flavour or versatility. This month’s selection of cookbooks is full of recipes that are healthy, nourishing, truly tasty and satisfying, and simple to make.

Syndetics book cover Through the Seasons : The Free Range Cook / Annabel Langbein.
“Annabel Langbein is back with her most exciting book yet, inspired by a year of fresh seasonal harvests, many of which just happen to be gluten-free or vegetarian, with menus for every occasion, plus hundreds of Annabel’s trademark clever tips and tricks, this is more than just a cookbook – it’s a toolkit for a good life.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Superfoods : 7 Essential Ingredients for Living Well / Rena Patten.
“A superfood is a food that is packed with highly powerful and lots of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other nutrients that are not only supposed to keep you healthy from the inside out but may also help to ward off diseases…The 7 essential ingredients for living well are, Broccoli, Kale, Amaranth, Chia, Seaweed, Quinoa, Raw Cacao….Each chapter has recipes that are easy to follow and cook with details of the health benefits on why this ingredient is good for you. Beautiful photographs with recipes for all occasions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover A Modern Way to Eat : Over 200 Satisfying, Everyday Vegetarian Recipes (that will make you feel amazing) / Anna Jones.
“A modern, stylish vegetarian cookbook packed with quick, healthy and fresh recipes – endorsed by Jamie Oliver!.. Anna Jones is a brilliant young cook and food writer, who worked with Jamie Oliver for many years. Her first cookbook is a totally modern take on vegetarian eating – recipes that are healthy, nourishing, truly tasty and satisfying, and simple to make.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Forks Over Knives Plan : How to Transition to the Life-saving, Whole-food, Plant-based Diet / Alona Pulde, M.D. and Matt Lederman, M.D. ; with Marah Stets and Brian Wendel ; recipes by Darshana Thacker and Del Sroufe.
The Forks Over Knives Plan is easy. Easy to understand, easy to follow, and easy to cure yourself of common health problems. – John McDougall, author of The Starch Solution
“Plant-based nutrition is now the most powerful medication I prescribe for my patients. The Forks Over Knives Plan is a much needed resource that will help them transition to a whole-food, plant-based diet and truly retake control of their health.” – James f. Loomis, MD, director of Prevention and Wellness, St. Luke’s Hospital. (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Green Kitchen Travels / David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl.
“After the enormous international success of their first book The Green Kitchen, authors David and Luise are back with another stunning collection of health conscious and delicious recipes – with inspiration taken from all over the world. The leaders of the current health and vegetarian food trend sweeping the world, David and Luise are the real deal… With stunning photography and food styling, as well as personal anecdotes and images from the authors’ travels, Green Kitchen Travels shares modern and inspiring vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Simple Recipes for Joy :/ Sharon Gannon ; foreword by Kris Carr.
“More than 200 delicious vegan recipes from the world-renowned founder of the Jivamukti yoga method and the New York City Jivamuktea Café. In 2006, Sharon Gannon and David Life opened the Jivamuktea Café to complement their yoga school as a living expression of how compassionate spiritual activism can be put to practical use. The peaceful ambiance, the camaraderie, and, most of all, the delicious, hearty fare struck a chord with patrons who were thrilled to eliminate meat and dairy from their diet without sacrificing taste….Now, for the first time, Gannon presents the secrets behind the café’s acclaimed menu.” (Syndetics summary)

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Crafts

Get inspiration and teach yourself how to make the most delightful jewellery pieces. Find out about advanced techniques used by crafters and express your own unique style. I hope you find this book selection a source of inspiration and fun!

Syndetics book cover Earringology : how to make dangles, drops, chandeliers & more / Candie Cooper.
“In her stunning follow up to Necklaceology, Candie Cooper creates 50 beautiful beaded earring projects that are fun for both beginners and seasoned beaders. Stylish and feminine, they work for the office, a night on the town, or a casual weekend. In addition to beads and wire, these lovely pieces of jewelry include leather, clay, charms, found objects, and other fun materials. Cooper’s accessible instructions on tools and techniques, plus plenty of detailed photos, guide you every step of the way.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The beader’s guide to jewelry design : a beautiful exploration of unity, balance, color & more / Margie Deeb.
“Once beaders have mastered the basics and enjoyed bringing others’ patterns to life, they’re ready and eager to take the next step: creating their own original pieces. Here, finally, is their must-have guidebook to the fundamental principles of visual design. Focusing on jewelry, it helps beaders explore concepts such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, volume, shape, pattern, texture, movement, drape, and color in their work. Exercises, reader challenges, and lavish photos enhance understanding and assure design success.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Steampunk jewelry / Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe.
“No artform has been more influenced in recent years by steampunk than that of the jeweler. Initially just an arcane collection of clocks and gears, the art has developed into an astounding hotbed of craftsmanship and creativity, blurring the lines between man and nature, and achieving a handmade intricacy which never ceases to fascinate. In the vanguard were the aficionados of steampunk who needed to accessorize their costumes. More recently, serious silversmiths, goldsmiths, and metal workers, as well as sculptors in miniature, have entered the fray. The best from around the world are featured here, with astonishing photography and insights from each artist.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Costume jewelry : identification and price guide / Pamela Y. Wiggins ; photography by Jay B. Siegel.
“From disposable bauble to collectible art form! Stylish and beautiful, vintage costume jewelry ignites the passions of collectors and fashionistas alike. Originally created as an inexpensive accessory to be worn and then discarded, costume jewelry is now considered an art form worth many times its original purchase price! Warman’s Costume Jewelry sparkles with wearable art creating during the past 100 years, spanning the Victorian era through the early part of the 21st century.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Kiln-formed glass : beyond the basics / Brenda Griffith.
“With this comprehensive workbench guide, acclaimed artist Brenda Griffith takes kiln-formed glass to the next level. From cast glassing and cold working to adapting unusual tools and materials, she covers a range of advanced techniques that glass crafters need to know. In addition to beautiful projects and stunning gallery images, information on best studio practices and a “beyond the kiln” section make this indispensible.” (Syndetics summary)

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Gardening DIY

This September’s recent picks features inspirational and innovative ideas for your home and garden with plenty of photographs and illustrations along with practical tips.

Syndetics book cover House & Garden fifties house/Catriona Gray.
“The post-war consumer boom of the 1950s, coupled with a desire for new, innovative design resulted in one of the most exciting decades in the history of interiors – a visual revolution that was captured on the pages of British House & Garden. Catriona Gray curates the best illustrations and photographs to show how the use of colour, pattern, homewares and furniture evolved through the decade. The homes of key tastemakers are featured including Le Corbusier, Giò Ponti, Terence Conran and Hans and Florence Knoll.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Plants with benefits : an uninhibited guide to the aphrodisiac herbs, fruits, flowers & veggies in your garden / Helen Yoest.
“Garden expert Helen Yoest takes us on an aphrodisiac adventure through the history, lore and science around 45 common (and not-so-common) plants that have “something special” to offer us. Plants with Benefits is filled with lush photography and tasty, sensual recipes and more – for your pleasure.” (Book cover)
Syndetics book cover Bartlett book of garden elements: a practical compendium of inspired designs for the working gardener/Michael V. Bartlett.
“No matter the design challenges your garden presents, the authors have seen it and solved it. In this book, they lay out possibilities from around the world, each chapter preceded by an insightful essay on the history and evolution of the structure in question and the best way to approach the challenges of choice and location.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Outdoor living : an inspirational guide to making the most of your outdoor spaces / Selina Lake ; with photography by Debi Treloar.
“Selina brings her trademark fresh, pretty, vintage style to outdoor spaces small and large, public and private. Selina provides ample inspiration and practical suggestions for transforming a yard, courtyard, deck, porch, or even just a balcony into a lush outdoor room that’s perfect for lounging, relaxing, and entertaining. She also goes further afield, with dozens of ideas for simple yet stylish picnics, beach BBQs, barn dances, and block parties. Selina showcases her inspirations in the form of flowers, lighting, fabrics, and decorations. ” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The new vegetable & herb expert / by D.G. Hessayon.
“Britain’s best-selling book on growing vegetables, updated and enlarged. Topics covered include: standard vegetables, salad leaves, herbs, oriental vegetables, grafted vegetables, non-stardard vegetables, novelty varieties.” (Library catalogue)

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Health

This month’s selection leans heavily on the subject of the brain which gets a look in from several perspectives, from neuroscience, psychology and evolutionary biology. We also delves into the fascinating science of gut health and its crucial role in our overall health. Environmental factors affecting our health are also discussed and what we can do to mitigate them.

Syndetics book cover The wandering mind : what the brain does when you’re not looking
“Rooted in neuroscience, psychology and evolutionary biology … The Wandering Mind takes us into the world of the ‘default-mode network’ to tackle the big questions. What do rats dream about? What’s with our fiction addiction? Is the hippocampus where free will takes a holiday? And does mind-wandering drive creativity? In Pieces of Mind,Michael Corballis took 21 short walks around the human brain. In The Wandering Mind he stretches out for a longer hike into those murky regions of the brain where dreams and religion, fiction and fantasy lurk.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The answer to the riddle is me : a tale of amnesia
“Imagine waking up in a crowded train station in India with no idea who you are or how you got there… At 28, David Stuart McLean woke up in a foreign land with his memory wiped clean. No money, no passport, no identity.
The Answer to the Riddle is Me confronts and celebrates the dark, mysterious depths of our psyches and a myriad ways we are all unknowable…especially ourselves.” (Back cover)
The new laws of psychology
“This controversial new book describes how human behaviour can be largely explained if we understand how people make sense of their world and how that framework of understanding has been learned. The author challenges notions such as ‘mental illness’ and ‘abnormal psychology’ as old-fashioned, demeaning and invalid, and argues that diagnoses such as ‘depression’ and ‘schizophrenia’ are unhelpful. Kinderman argues that one consequence of our current obsession with a medical approach to human well-being and distress, is that human problems are too often merely diagnosed and treated, rather than understood. Written by an expert in his field, and accessible to all those interested in and affected by mental health issues, The New Laws of Psychology will change the way we define mental illness forever.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Healthy bowel healthy body
“You Can Overcome Your Bowel problems with Holistic Medicine. Hippocrates the father of medicine said that all diseases begin in the gut. Well we have come a long way since Hippocrates, but it is still true today, that if your digestive tract is unhealthy you will not be a healthy individual. New research has found that gut health plays a crucial role in all aspects of our health and has a profound influence on mental health, energy levels, risk of cancer, allergies and more. This book presents the latest research and holistic strategies to overcome common bowel problems including excess gas and bloating, bad breath, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and much more.” (adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Toxic world, toxic people : the essential guide to health, happiness, parenting and conscious living
“Two of the most pressing yet often ignored issues of today are: toxicity induced disease, depression and illness and toxic parenting. Both of these are detrimentally affecting society in countless ways. Dangerous, untested chemicals are destroying our health and we aren’t raising happy and healthy children. What can we do to beat these silent epidemics?” (Back cover)
Syndetics book cover Moving into meditation : a 12-week mindfulness program for yoga practitioners
“Moving into Meditation is a practical yet fresh guide to integrating mindful yoga and embodied meditation, in a 12-week format. One week at a time, Moving into Meditation lays out a plan for exploring body-based practices to get you more in tune with not only your limbs and core but your mind and heart. The book is presented in a systematic, week-by-week format for ease of use and accessibility, and because the author is also developing an online course for which the book will be a central text. The program progresses through the Buddha’s four foundations of mindfulness as well as the koshas”. (Syndetics)

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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 Nothing changes until you do : a guide to self-compassion and getting out of your own way
“After three years of living his dream as a professional baseball pitcher, Mike Robbins had an arm injury that benched him for good, and when this happened, he had to figure out who he was without the identity of “baseball player”. He quickly realized that the self-criticism and self-doubt he was feeling are epidemic in our culture. In these 40 inspiring stories, Mike shows you how to get out of your own way and make peace with yourself. With humour, authenticity and ease, you’ll learn to have more compassion, more acceptance and more love for yourself – thus giving you access to more for the people (and everything else) in your life.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Snakes, sunrises, and Shakespeare : how evolution shapes our loves and fears
“Our breath catches and we jump in fear at the sight of a snake. We pause and marvel at the sublime beauty of a sunrise. These reactions are no accident; in fact, many of our human responses to nature are steeped in our deep evolutionary past — we fear snakes because of the danger of venom or constriction, and we welcome the assurances of the sunrise as the predatory dangers of the dark night disappear. Many of our aesthetic preferences are the lingering result of natural selection. By applying biological perspectives ranging from Darwin to current neuroscience, Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare transforms how we view our experience of the natural world and how we relate to each other.” (Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover The complete A to Z dictionary of dreams : be your own dream expert
“Why do you dream about missing a train or teeth falling out? How did you wake up thinking of a tiger at your door? When you dream you unconciously reveal who you are, what you need and what you truly believe. In this book, bestselling dream psychologist Ian Wallace explains the true meaning of over 12,000 dream symbols – newly defined for the 21st century – and teaches you how to become your own dream expert. A dream is just a dream until you put it into action. Understand yours and change the reality of your waking life.” (Book cover)
Syndetics book cover Mindfulness at work for dummies
“Learn to: master your mind by making time for mindfulness in your daily routine; use mindfulness to improve your resilience and wellbeing; improve team performance through mindfulness practice.” (Book cover)
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)

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