New popular non-fiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New year, new books on Health

The greatest threat to our health is climate change. Bosh! How to live Vegan: Save the planet and feel amazing shows how to live a more sustainable life by following the vegan lifestyle. Our other picks talk about being close to animals and the health benefits of doing so; how to live with a degenerative disorder and find opportunities in it; tips on how to beat depression and much more. Enjoy!

Bosh! : how to live vegan : save the planet and feel amazing / Firth, Henry
“Do you want to go vegan but have no idea where to start? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of information out there and how difficult it seems to stay on track? BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, easy and delicious plant-based cooking, are here to help and make a sustainable and ethical lifestyle accessible to everyone.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Our wild calling : how connecting with animals can transform our lives–and save theirs / Louv, Richard
“Louv interviews researchers, theologians, wildlife experts, indigenous healers, psychologists, and others to show how people are communicating with animals in ancient and new ways; how dogs can teach children ethical behavior; how animal-assisted therapy may yet transform the mental health field; and what role the human-animal relationship plays in our spiritual health. Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures–not out of fear, but out of love.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Living with Crohn’s disease : turning adversity into opportunities / Hamilton, Nichola
Living with Crohn’s Disease highlights one woman’s turbulent journey while living with the disease. Nichola has endured over 25 surgeries and many near-fatal incidences, yet she continues to smile and feel blessed to be alive. The book was written to assist other sufferers and their carers in all areas of living with inflammatory bowel disease, both from a conventional/allied health perspective but also through a holistic approach, showing them how to improve life while enduring this illness.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The depression cure : the six-step programme to beat depression without drugs / Ilardi, Stephen S.
“Based on extensive research with an amazing success rate, The Depression Cure outlines a step-by-step plan for recovery from depression, which focuses on six key lifestyle elements that have largely disappeared in healthy doses from modern life- – physical exercise – omega-3 fatty acids – natural sunlight exposure – restorative sleep – social connectedness – meaningful, engaging activity. The Depression Cure is an essential guide for anyone seeking an alternative approach to depression treatment.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Fentanyl, Inc. : how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid epidemic / Westhoff, Ben
“In Fentanyl, Inc., award-winning journalist Ben Westhoff goes undercover to investigate the shadowy world of synthetic drugs – becoming, in the process, the first journalist to infiltrate a Chinese fentanyl lab. He tracks down the drug baron in New Zealand who unintentionally helped to start the synthetic-drug revolution; prowls St. Louis streets with a former fentanyl dealer to understand how the epidemic started; and chronicles the lives of addicts and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug-awareness organisers in the US and Europe.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The brain : what it does, how it works & how it affects behavior / Loveday, Catherine
The Brain delves into how we use our brains in everyday life and uncovers the crucial workings of this vital organ in an accessible way for the general reader. From revealing how the brain controls our basic functions such as speech, vision and movement to how it determines our perceptions, contributes to our personalities and affects our emotions, this beautifully illustrated book unlocks the key questions about the brain.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Beating my breast : a diary of life and connection / Cramond, Kate
“If there are any perks from breast cancer, Changing Your Life should be one of them. Yeah, right. Nearly a year out from my diagnosis – just when everyone expects me to dust myself off and move on – I’m dull and dreary and utterly bogged. So I start a diary – hoping to sift through the quagmire in my head, and make sense of what’s been going on in my body. Over time, I describe my treatments – a horror show that mutilates my boob, kills my reproductive cycles and flattens me with side effects. But surprisingly, it is my stories that carry me through. The contrast between young me and older me.” (Catalogue)

8 steps to reverse your PCOS : a proven program to reset your hormones, repair your metabolism and restore your fertility / McCulloch, Fiona
“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal condition in women. It afflicts ten to fifteen percent of women worldwide, causing various symptoms, including hair loss, acne, hirsutism, irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, and infertility. Dr. McCulloch introduces the key health factors that must be addressed to reverse PCOS. Through quizzes, symptom checklists, and lab tests, she’ll guide you in identifying which of the factors are present and what you can do to treat them.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The selfish ape : human nature and our path to extinction / Money, Nicholas P
“Weaving together stories of science and sociology, The Selfish Ape offers a refreshing response to common fantasies about the ascent of humanity. Rather than imagining modern humans as a species with godlike powers, or Homo deus, Nicholas P. Money recasts us as Homo narcissus, paragons of self-absorption. The Selfish Ape is a book about human biology, the intertwined characteristics of our greatness and failure, and the way that we have plundered the biosphere. (adapted from Catalogue)

Outsmart your smartphone : conscious tech habits for finding happiness, balance & connection IRL / Davis, Tchiki
“Do you spend hours each day on your smartphone or tablet? Reading the news, shopping, compulsively checking email, or immersed in social media? Do you text friends while waiting in line at the grocery store, avoiding any chance of face-to-face interactions with actual human beings? This refreshingly honest how-to guide will help you find the balance you seek. You’ll learn how to stop letting your phone run your life and instead dial in real peace, fulfillment, and joy. You’ll also find tons of tips to help you make more meaningful connections, rediscover what truly matters to you, and feel less addicted to your phone! Book jacket.” (adapted from Catalogue)

When we’re 64 : your guide to a great later life / Ansari, Louise
“This book includes all the essentials on working longer, how to fund retirement, volunteering, where to live and what kind of house you’ll need. It covers how to stay healthy–and still live a full life if you develop a health condition–and reveals how your attitude towards aging could actually increase your lifespan. Filled with expert advice and new evidence and tips on how to age well, When We’re 64 is an eminently readable light-hearted look at how to plan and prepare for what could be the best years of your life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Conscious Fashion and Plant-based Beauty: our latest fashion and beauty books

Our latest fashion and beauty books make it easier to do good and to reduce your impact on the environment, with titles such as Fashionopolis and Plant-based Beauty. We also have Megan Hess’s latest book full of beautiful fashion illustrations and two new men’s fashion titles. Also new on our shelves is Supreme Models, the first-ever book celebrating black models. Find a comfy chair and enjoy!

Syndetics book coverPlant-based beauty : the essential guide to detoxing your beauty routine / Jess Arnaudin.
“The essential guide to detoxing your beauty routine. Plant-Based Beauty is a practical companion to your daily routine, helping you to truly understand the ingredients you are putting on your skin and replacing them with self-care rituals to look forward to. Jess Arnaudin helps to de-code the language, myths and science surrounding natural ingredients and shares recipes and her favourite beauty foods as part of her philosophy of ‘Inside Out Beauty’.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe conscious closet : the revolutionary guide to looking good while doing good / Elizabeth L. Cline.The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good
“With her landmark investigation Overdressed, Elizabeth Cline was the first to reveal fast fashion’s hidden toll on garment workers, the environment, and even our own satisfaction with our clothes. The Conscious Closet shows exactly what we can do about it. Based on her personal experiences getting off the fast-fashion treadmill and figuring out a common-sense, affordable approach to style, Elizabeth shares how to pare down your closet; swap, resell, or recycle what you don’t love; care for and repair what you do; and how to affordably buy, thrift, or rent the ethical wardrobe of your dreams.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashionopolis : the price of fast fashion & the future of clothes / Dana Thomas.
“An investigation into the damage wrought by the colossal clothing industry – and the grassroots, high tech, international movement fighting to reform it. In Fashionopolis , Thomas sees renewal in a host of developments, including printing 3-D clothes, clean denim processing, smart manufacturing, hyperlocalism, fabric recycling – even lab-grown materials. From small-town makers and Silicon Valley whizzes to household names such as Stella McCartney, Levi’s and Selfridges, Thomas highlights the companies big and small that are leading the crusade.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSupreme Models : Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion
“The first-ever book celebrating black models, filled with revealing essays, interviews, and stunning photographs. Written by celebrity stylist and journalist Marcellas Reynolds, Supreme Models features more than 70 women from the last 60 years. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs of the women, and details their most memorable covers, campaigns, runway shows, and editorials. Black models have been influencing fashion and pop culture for decades, reshaping the standards and boundaries of beauty. Supreme Models is a celebration of their monumental impact.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverElegance : the beauty of French fashion / Megan Hess.
“Join internationally renowned fashion illustrator Megan Hess as she explores the timeless beauty and glamour of ten of France’s best-loved designers in a stylish celebration of one of the world’s favourite fashion destinations. In these pages, Megan Hess unspools the threads of ten legendary designers – Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Givenchy, Chloé, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Celine – to discover the origins of haute couture, prêt-à-porter and everything chic. Accompanied by Megan’s exquisite illustrations of current and archival collections, Elegance: The Beauty of French Fashion tells the story of how France’s iconic fashion houses have influenced the very fabric of design.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGarçon style : New York, London, Milano, Paris / Jonathan Daniel Pryce ; foreword by Sir Paul Smith.
“Delve into New York, London, Milan and Paris with close to 300 street-style images by the award-winning photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce. From impeccable tailoring to vintage finds, these evocative images capture the myriad ways men in the fashion capitals express themselves sartorially. Featuring a foreword by Paul Smith and interviews with a selection of each city’s most stylish men, Garçon Style is a stunning showcase of menswear today.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe sartorial travel guide / Simon Crompton.
“An indispensable, informative, and portable insider’s companion to the most fashion-forward cities for well-dressed and worldly men. This essential travel guide distills a decade of style expert Simon Crompton’s experiences traveling the world to meet and advise the finest menswear producers and artisans–providing everything the modern man needs to know to travel in style and explaining what to buy and where to buy it. The Sartorial Travel Guide includes maps to assist trip planning and practical advice on how and what to pack, readers will be prepared for any occasion. Whether on vacation or looking to fill a few spare hours on a business trip, this is the ideal guide for any sartorial adventure.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

The secret of developing confidence – ‘Self Help’ new books for November

Confidence is not something we either have or don’t have – it can be built with self-belief. Reach your full potential and follow your path to confidence, with various ideas and tips you ‘ll find in the selection of new ‘Self-Help’ books we have chosen for you. Happy reading!

Be calm : proven techniques to stop anxiety now / Weber, Jill P.
“Stop anxiety wherever and whenever it starts. If you suffer from anxiety, you’re not alone – like forty million Americans, you know symptoms can strike anytime, anywhere. Relief is here. Be Calm targets symptoms wherever they strike with cutting-edge techniques that help you reduce anxiety on the spot. This book is both a handy resource for stress management and a close look into the causes of anxiety.” (adapted from Catalogue)

10% happier : how I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works : a true story / Harris, Dan
“Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable. After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.” (adapted from Catalogue)

You’re crushing it : positivity for living your real life / Croucher, Lex
“Sometimes life can be pretty amazing. But other times… No, Instagram filters won’t make it look any better. And, yes, we all feel this way. An honest, thoughtful and hilarious survival guide for young people by social media sensation, Lex Croucher. Learn that you can face whatever today throws at you, because it has terrible aim anyway. And realise that only you scrutinise your flaws – seriously, no one else is paying attention, there’s far too much interesting stuff on Netflix. A must-read for anyone who wants to embrace their actual, real, unedited life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Mentors : how to help and be helped / Brand, Russell
“Russell Brand explores the idea of mentoring and shares what he’s learned from the guidance of his own helpers, heroes and mentors. Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself? Mentors – the follow up to Sunday Times number one bestseller, Recovery – describes the benefits of seeking and offering help. It explores how we all – consciously and unconsciously – choose guides, mentors and heroes throughout our lives and examines the new perspectives they can bring.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Brave New Girl, Chloe Brotheridge (Audiobook)
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Brave New Girl, written and read by Chloe Brotheridge. Be the most confident version of yourself. How would you act if you didn’t care what people thought? Who would you be, if you knew for sure that you were worthy, loved and accepted? What would you do if you knew failure was just a stepping stone, not a final resting place? Brave New Girl is a straightforward guide to building more self-belief and reducing the need to people-please. Chloe will help you feel more confident, show you how you can reach your full potential, and teach you how to assertively set boundaries for a happier, healthier you. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Taming the black dog / Aisbett, Bev
“First published in 2000, Bev Aisbett’s classic, simple and easy-to-follow guide to overcoming depression Taming the Black Dog has sold over 220,000 copies and helped thousands of people manage their depression. Now expanded and fully revised, this updated edition of Taming the Black Dog features Bev Aisbett’s unique blend of information, humour and clear, simple and practical advice. It is an invaluable guide and source of information for both chronic sufferers of depression as well as anyone with a fit of ‘the blues’. Over 1 in 5 people will suffer some form of depression at some point in their lives, so Taming the Black Dog is a more important resource than ever before.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The baby loss guide : Practical and compassionate support with a day-by-day resource to navigate the path of grief / Clark-Coates, Zoë
“Zoë Clark-Coates and her husband Andy have personally faced the loss of five babies. Out of their experiences came the charity, The Mariposa Trust, which offers support to thousands of grieving parents and relatives around the world each week. In this book Zoë draws on her own experiences and expertise to help you through your darkest days and navigate this complex path.” (Catalogue)

A cloud a day – October 2019 science books

Sometimes we all need encouragement to look up from our lives and work, and really enjoy the natural world around us. This month, our favourite pick is a book that encourages you to do just that, and for extra enjoyment and to make you smile, is a product of the “Cloud Appreciation Society” — A Cloud a Day.

Also featured this month, a slightly older (from mid 2019) but very popular title at the moment — Invisible women : exposing data bias in a world designed for men (also available as an eBook and eAudiobook). Plus, bestselling author of The Secret Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben, lets us in on the quintessentials of his forestry knowledge and everything you need to make a woodland walk. Enjoy!

A cloud a day / Pretor-Pinney, Gavin
“The stresses of the digital world mean that it’s no more important than ever to engage with the natural world.  A Cloud A Day is a beautifully illustrated book containing 365 skies selected by the Cloud Appreciation Society. There are photographs by sky enthusiasts around the world, satellite images and photographs of clouds in space, as well as skies depicted by great artists over the centuries. The clouds are accompanied by enlightening explanations, fascinating snippets of cloud science, poetry and uplifting quotations.  The perfect dip-in-and-out book for anyone who wants to de-stress and reconnect with nature, A Cloud A Day will inspire you to open your eyes to the everyday beauty above and to spend a moment each day with your head in the clouds. ” (Catalogue)

Invisible women : exposing data bias in a world designed for men / Criado-Perez, Caroline
“Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman. Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives. From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, urban planning and the media, Invisible Women reveals the biased data that excludes women.” (Catalogue)

The maths of life and death : why maths is (almost) everything / Yates, Kit
“Few of us really appreciate the full power of maths – the extent to which its influence is not only in every office and every home, but also in every courtroom and hospital ward. In this eye-opening and extraordinary book, Yates explores the true stories of life-changing events in which the application – or misapplication – of mathematics has played a critical role: patients crippled by faulty genes and entrepreneurs bankrupted by faulty algorithms; innocent victims of miscarriages of justice and the unwitting victims of software glitches. You will discover why it’s always sensible to question a statistic, often vital to ask for a second opinion and sometimes surprisingly handy to stick to the 37% rule…” (Catalogue)

Walks in the wild : a guide through the forest with Peter Wohlleben / Wohlleben, Peter
“Bestselling author of The Hidden Life of trees, Peter Wohlleben, lets you in on the quintessentials of his forestry knowledge. He invites you on an atmospheric journey of discovery. Learn to find your way around the woods without a compass or GPS, which berries and mushrooms are good to eat, how to read animal tracks and what it’s like to spend a night alone in a forest. Walks in the Wild has everything you need to make a woodland walk – be it spring, summer, autumn or winter – into a very special experience.” (Catalogue)

The selfish ape : human nature and our path to extinction / Money, Nicholas P
“Weaving together stories of science and sociology, The Selfish Ape offers a refreshing response to common fantasies about the ascent of humanity. Rather than imagining modern humans as a species with godlike powers, or Homo deus, Nicholas P. Money recasts us as Homo narcissus, paragons of self-absorption. This exhilarating story takes in an immense sweep of modern biology, leading readers from earth’s unexceptional location in the cosmos, to the story of our microbial origins, and the workings of the human body. Written in a highly accessible style, it is a perfect read for those interested in science, human history, sociology, and the environment.” (Catalogue)

2020 guide to the night sky : southern hemisphere / Dunlop, Storm
“A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the southern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January-December 2020. Diagrams drawn for the latitude of southern Australia, but including events visible from New Zealand and South Africa.” (Catalogue)

Memory, menopause & more – November 2019 health books

Life rarely goes to plan, and even when it does, nothing stands still — change is our only constant. This month in our recent health picks you’ll find stories of health journeys (which are life journeys — sometimes we find ourselves places we don’t expect to), and memoirs, plus lots of useful information. Have a browse — sometimes someone else’s story is exactly what we need to situate ourselves and find our way.

Print books

Adventures in memory : the science and secrets of remembering and forgetting / Østby, Hilde
“What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory? With playfulness and intelligence, Adventures in Memory answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties. The authors–two Norwegian sisters, one a neuropsychologist and the other an acclaimed writer–skillfully interweave history, research, and exceptional personal stories, taking readers on a captivating exploration of the evolving understanding of the science of memory from the Renaissance discovery of the hippocampus–named after the seahorse it resembles — up to the present day” (adapted from Catalogue)

Flash count diary : a new story about the menopause / Steinke, Darcey
“Menopause hit Darcey Steinke hard. First came hot flushes. Then insomnia. Then depression. As she struggled to understand what was happening to her, she slammed up against a culture of silence and sexism. Flash Count Diary is a powerful exploration into aspects of menopause that have rarely been written about, including the changing gender landscape that reduced levels of hormones brings, the actualities of transforming desires, and the realities of prejudice against older women” (adapted from Catalogue)

Lifespan : why we age – and why we don’t have to / Sinclair, David
“…Dr. David Sinclair reveals that everything we think we know about ageing is wrong, and shares the surprising, scientifically-proven methods that can help readers live younger, longer. For decades, the medical community has looked to a variety of reasons for why we age, and the consensus is that no one dies of old age; they die of age-related diseases. That’s because ageing is not a disease – it is inevitable. But what if everything you think you know about ageing is wrong? What if ageing is a disease? And that disease is curable…” (adapted from Catalogue)

A mild touch of the cancer / Downs, David
“An amazing account of Davids battle with terminal cancer, as documented in a highly successful blog, with over 100,000 followers. (Spoiler alert he lived.) With guest sections by some of NZ’s most well-known comedians, including Jeremy Corbett, Michele A’Court and Paul Ego, and an introduction by The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan. Written with joy, curiosity and humour, this isn’t a story about cancer, it’s a story about living with optimism.” (Catalogue)

eBooks

Second lives, second chances : a surgeon’s stories of transformation / Laub, Donald R.
Second Lives, Second Chances is more than just a memoir; it’s a testament to how the determination of one person can bring others together to make a lasting difference in the world. Through his work in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Donald Laub changed the lives of thousands of people who had been shunned by society. Dr. Laub’s influence fostered the development of three key areas in the surgical profession: pioneering and influencing international humanitarian medical missions in the developing world, being at the forefront of gender affirmation surgery for transgender people since 1968, and the education and training of over 50 plastic and reconstructive surgeons. His unstinting efforts to surgically correct cleft palates gave new lives to thousands of children in developing countries…” (adapted from Catalogue)

Am I dreaming? : the new science of consciousness and how altered states reboot the brain / Kingsland, James
“When a computer goes wrong, we are told to turn it off and on again. In Am I Dreaming?, science journalist James Kingsland reveals how the human brain is remarkably similar. By rebooting our hard-wired patterns of thinking – through so-called ‘altered states of consciousness’ – we can gain new perspectives into ourselves and the world around us. From shamans in Peru to tech workers in Silicon Valley, Kingsland provides a fascinating tour through lucid dreams, mindfulness, hypnotic trances, virtual reality and drug-induced hallucinations. An eye-opening insight into perception and consciousness, this is also a provocative argument for how altered states can significantly boost our mental health.” (Catalogue)

Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family’s genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them / Kolata, Gina Bari
“In Mercies in Disguise, …Gina Kolata tells the story of the Baxleys, an almost archetypal family in a small town in South Carolina. A proud and determined clan, many of them doctors, they are struck one by one with an inscrutable illness. They finally discover the cause of the disease after a remarkable sequence of events that many saw as providential. Meanwhile, science, progressing for a half a century along a parallel track, had handed the Baxleys a resolution not a cure, but a blood test that would reveal who had the gene for the disease and who did not. And science would offer another dilemma; fertility specialists had created a way to spare the children through an expensive process…” (adapted from Catalogue)

New Books on Films/TV Shows

Check out some of these newly catalogued books on Film and TV Shows. They include the amazing looking movie companion book to Elton John’s biopic Rocketman and Game of thrones : the storyboards which definitely impresses all fans of this groundbreaking series.

Rocketman : inside the world of the movie
Rocketman: The Official Movie Companion contains a wealth of amazing photographs from throughout the development and shooting of the movie as well as quotes and interviews from the cast and crew. The book will provide a fascinating insight into how the film was made, including locations, choreography, costumes and – of course – the music. In May 2019, audiences are invited to discover the fantastical story of Sir Elton John’s life, from his yers as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, to global superstar, through his influential and enduring partnership with his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin.” (Catalogue)

Becoming Superman : my journey from poverty to Hollywood with stops along the way at murder, madness, mayhem, movie stars, cults, slums, sociopaths, and war crimes / Straczynski, J. Michael. (eBook)
“In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, and Marvel’s Thor reveals how the powers of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth in a dysfunctional family haunted by a terrible secret to become one of the most successful writers in Hollywood. For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has told hundreds of stories and forged multiple careers in movies, television, and comics. Yet there’s one story he’s never told before: his own.” (Catalogue)

Game of thrones : the storyboards / Simpson, Will
“Go behind the scenes of HBO’s global television phenomenon with Game of Thrones: The Storyboards – an official collection featuring striking storyboard art. In this deluxe art collection, Game of Thrones storyboard artist William Simpson shares the brilliant and painstaking work that is an integral part of assembling each episode of the award-winning series. This unique collection is housed in a finely crafted, deluxe slipcase and is a must-have for all fans of this breathtaking show.” (Catalogue)

I like to watch : arguing my way through the TV revolution / Nussbaum, Emily
(eBook)(eAudiobook)
“A collection of new and previously published essays from The New Yorker‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic.” (Catalogue)

The nice and accurate Good omens TV companion / Whyman, Matt
“The ultimate TV companion book to Good Omens, a massive new television launch on Amazon Prime Video and the BBC for 2019, written and show-run by Neil Gaiman and adapted from the internationally beloved novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Based on the cult classic novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens is one of the most hotly anticipated TV shows of 2019.” (Catalogue)

The art of Solo, a Star Wars story / Szostak, Phil
“Examines the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures of “Solo” through concept art, costume sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers.” (Catalogue)

Best.movie.year.ever. : how 1999 blew up the big screen / Raftery, Brian. (eBook)
“From a veteran culture writer and modern movie expert, a celebration and analysis of the movies of 1999–“a terrifically fun snapshot of American film culture on the brink of the Millennium….An absolute must for any movie-lover or pop-culture nut” (Gillian Flynn). In 1999, Hollywood as we know it exploded: Fight Club. The Matrix. Office Space. Election. The Sixth Sense. Being John Malkovich. American Beauty. The Virgin Suicides. Boys Don’t Cry. The Best Man. Three Kings. Magnolia. Those are just some of the landmark titles released in a dizzying movie year. It’s “the complete portrait of what it was like to spend a year inside a movie theater at the best possible moment in time” (Chuck Klosterman).” (Catalogue)

Quilting with love! New craft books in your library

Love to create? Find inspiration, original ideas and designs in this collection of newly arrived books we have chosen for you! Happy quilting!

Quilted with love : patchwork projects inspired by a passion for quilting / Fielke, Sarah
“Share in Sarah Fielke’s addiction to quilting with these 16 breathtaking projects. For over 20 years, through her blog, her stunning quilt books, her fun classes, and her fabric, Sarah Fielke has been inspiring quilters worldwide to step outside their comfort zone with her vibrant and contemporary designs.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Organic appliqué : creative hand-stitching ideas and techniques / Doughty, Kathy
“With its organic lines, hand appliqué is the perfect medium for artistic expression. Come into the studio with Kathy Doughty as she shares her passion for quilt design, needle-turn appliqué, and fabric selection. Draw inspiration from eight projects with full-size patterns and build your skill set with simple, step-by-step instructions for Broderie Perse, Boro-style appliqué, paper piecing, and hand quilting.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Sarah Payne’s Quilt School : New Ways to Start Patchwork and Quilting / Payne, Sarah/ Ottosson, Mats
“Step into Sarah Payne’s world of sewing and learn from the expert the basics of quilting and patchwork. Filled with guidance and helpful tips and tricks, this book will equip you with all you need to know to get started on your quilting adventure. Put your skills into practice and at the same time create beautiful projects to keep or give as gifts.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Kaffe Fassett’s sew simple quilts & patchworks : 17 designs using Kaffe Fassett’s artisan fabrics / Fassett, Kaffe
“Heralded as the King of Color, fabric designer and quilter Kaffe Fassett showcases his glorious range of Artisan fabrics in Kaffe Fassett’s Sew Simple. A gallery of the stunning pieces is followed by step-by-step instructions and piecing diagrams, ensuring success for quilters and sewists of all skill levels.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Quilting on the move : with English paper piecing / Macdonald, Alistair
“18 beautiful, quick and easy portable hand-sewn patchwork gifts to make using English paper piecing. English paper piecing is a popular and easy method of creating handsewn patchwork designs. Following in the style of the highly successful Love to Sew series, author Alistair Macdonald provides 20 fabulous projects, including a baby’s playmat, a scarf, a scatter cushion, a hobby bag, a tea cosy, a tote bag and a make-up purse. All are hand-sewn using the English paper-piecing method.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Creating art quilts with panels / Hughes, Joyce
“Discover how to transform premade fabric panels and thread into one-of-a-kind art quilts. Award-winning quilter and fiber artist Joyce Hughes shows how to use a variety of decorating and customizing techniques to make seasonal panels, beautiful florals, holiday designs, and gorgeous landscapes. Sure to please both traditional and contemporary artists alike, Creating Art Quilts with Panels also features a photographic gallery of inspirational art quilt masterpieces.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Life, death and everything in between – new health books

Our final book this month is one written about an “…account of the author’s experiment with microdoses of LSD…”
Interesting?
Yes!

eBooks

Overdrive cover An Elegant Defense, Matt Richtel (ebook)
“A magnificently reported and soulfully crafted exploration of the human immune system–the key to health and wellness, life and death. An epic, first-of-its-kind book, entwining leading-edge scientific discovery with the intimate stories of four individual lives, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist. It is a fascinating and engrossing account of the latest, and quite astonishing, discoveries involving the human immune system and how it works.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Heartland, Nathan Filer (ebook)
“Schizophrenia: whether it’s the associations it conjures or the people it brings to mind, it is a word we all have a view on. How we perceive it – and how we treat people living with it – is at the core of how we understand mental health. But what do we really know? How much time do we spend listening? Do we truly comprehend this complex and often contradictory diagnosis?” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover How Death Becomes Life, Joshua Mezrich (ebook)
“Gripping and evocative, How Death Becomes Life takes us inside the operating room and presents the stark dilemmas that transplant surgeons must face daily: how much risk should a healthy person be allowed to take to save someone she loves? Should a patient suffering from alcoholism receive a healthy liver? The human story behind the most exceptional medicine of our time and it is a poignant reminder that a life lost can also offer the hope of a new beginning.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Seven Signs of Life, Aoife Abbey (ebook)
“Grief. Anger. Joy. Fear. Distraction. Disgust. Hope. All emotions we expect to encounter over our lifetime. But what if this was every day? For a doctor in Intensive Care this is part of the job. Dr Aoife Abbey shows us what a doctor sees of humanity as it comes through the revolving door of the hospital and takes us beyond a purely medical perspective. Told through seven emotions, Seven Signs of Life is about what it means to be alive and how it feels to care for a living.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Books

Living & caring : a guide for carers and people with Parkinson’s / Andrews, Ann
“This book is for people with Parkinson’s and the people who care for them: husbands, wives, civil union partners, children, friends and neighbours. By covering the care partnership from both sides of the caring coin, readers can be sympathetic to each other’s perspectives and work together on solutions for each unique relationship and situation.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Loving someone who has dementia : how to find hope while coping with stress and grief / Boss, Pauline
“It′s not about the usual techniques, but about how to manage on-going stress and grief. The book is for caregivers, family members, friends, as well as educators and professionals, anyone touched by the epidemic of dementia. Dr. Boss helps caregivers find hope in “ambiguous loss” having a loved one both here and not here, physically present but psychologically absent.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Recovery Mama guide to your eating disorder recovery in pregnancy and postpartum / McCabe, Linda Shanti
“This book supports pregnant women and new mothers struggling with changing body image, eating disorders, postpartum depression or perinatal anxiety. Many of the emotional challenges of recovering from an eating disorder – isolation, perfectionism and identity issues – are compounded during pregnancy or early motherhood, when women also have to tackle hormone fluctuations, food cravings and perceived pressures to lose baby weight.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Walking : one step at a time / Kagge, Erling
“Placing one foot in front of the other, the journey of discovery, and the joy of exploration, are intrinsic to our nature. Our ancestors travelled long distance on foot, gained new experiences, and learned from them, but as universal as walking is, each of us will experience it differently. Walking is the antidote to the speed at which we conduct our lives–our insistence on rushing, on doing everything in a precipitous manner.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eAudioBooks

Overdrive cover A Really Good Day, Ayelet Waldman (Audiobook)
“A revealing, courageous, fascinating, and funny account of the author’s experiment with microdoses of LSD in an effort to treat a debilitating mood disorder, of her quest to understand a misunderstood drug, and of her search for a really good day. Drawing on her experience as a federal public defender, and as the mother of teenagers, and her research into the therapeutic value of psychedelics, Waldman has produced a book that is eye-opening, often hilarious, and utterly enthralling.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Corpses, Castles, Cannibals: New Mystery Fiction

This month’s new mystery titles feature the work of Japanese writer Keigo Higashino. Winner of the Edogawa Rampo Prize for his debut novel After School, Higashino’s body of work has grown to include several award-winning detective series and short story collections (as well as a picture book!). His latest work, Newcomer, weaves together nine self-contained stories, and has been called “a genre-splicing masterclass in crime fiction.”

We’ve also got a range of other great works, from Peter James’ Dead at First Sight to Simon Beaufort’s Watchers of the Dead. And for some extra insight into David Hewson’s new mystery set on the remote Faroe Islands, check out this excellent Behind the Book feature. Enjoy!

Newcomer / Higashino, Keigo
“Detective Kyoichiro Kaga has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. Buried somewhere in the woman’s past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer.” (Adapted from the catalogue)

Dead at first sight / James, Peter (print), (eBook)
“Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to investigate the suicide of a woman in Brighton, that is clearly not what it seems. As his investigations continue, a handsome Brighton motivational speaker comes forward. He’d discovered his identity is being used to scam 11 different women, online. Roy Grace realizes he is looking at the tip of an iceberg. A global empire built on clever, cruel internet scams and the murder of anyone who threatens to expose them.” (Catalogue)

The body in the castle well / Walker, Martin
“A rich American art student, Claudia, is found dead at the bottom of a deep well in an ancient hilltop castle. Claudia’s grieving mother arrives, her family’s White House connections get the US Embassy and the FBI involved. Bruno tries to trace the people and events that led to her death. This takes Bruno down a trail that leads him from the ruins of Berlin in 1945, to France’s colonial war in Algeria. The long arm of French history has reached out to find a new victim.” (Adapted from the catalogue)

Women of the dunes / Maine, Sarah
“In AD 800 there is Ulla, lost in a foreign country after her lover is brutally killed. Ellen, a servant-girl in the 1800s, catches the unwanted attentions of the master of the house’s lascivious son. And, in the present day, there is Libby – an archaeologist who is determined to uncover an age-old mystery. The fates of these three women become ever more tightly bound around the legend of Ulla.” (Adapted from the catalogue)

 Devil’s Fjord / Hewson, David (print), (eBook)
“Newly-appointed District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen and his wife Elsebeth are looking forward to a peaceful semi-retirement in the remote fishing village of Djevulsfjord on the stunningly beautiful island of Vagar. But when two boys go missing during the first whale hunt of the season, the repercussions strike at the heart of the isolated coastal community. As he pursues his investigations, Tristan discovers that the Mikkelsen brothers aren’t the first young men to have vanished on Vagar. . .” (Adapted from the catalogue)

Watchers of the dead / Beaufort, Simon
“December 1882. Attending the opening of the new Natural History Museum, reporter Alec Lonsdale and his colleague Hulda Friederichs are shocked to discover a body in the basement, hacked to death. Suspicion immediately falls on a trio of cannibals, brought over from the Congo as museum exhibits. Alec however has his doubts–especially when he discovers that three other influential London men have been similarly murdered.” (Adapted from the catalogue)

Cruel acts / Casey, Jane (print), (eBook)
“How can you spot a murderer? Leo Stone is a ruthless killer–or the victim of a miscarriage of justice. A year ago, he was convicted of the murder of two women and sentenced to life in prison. But now he’s free, and according to him, he’s innocent. DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve finds out, the less convinced she is of his guilt. Have they been wrong about Stone from the start?” (Adapted from the catalogue)

A beautiful corpse / Daugherty, Christi (print), (eBook)
“With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?” (Adapted from the catalogue)