Mind and Body newsletter for January

Welcome to 2012! Did you make any new years resolutions? The mind and body newsletter can hopefully help with that!

This month’s selections are all about discovery, personal development and appreciating what you have – including enjoying the food of the summer season!

Library News


Stuck for ideas for Christmas? Need gluten-free or vegan options for Christmas guests? Wanting to down-size your Christmas and get away from all the commercial aspects? Your first time cooking the Christmas meal for family and friends? This selection of new cooking books is for you! Most of our selection this month is Christmassy, but we’ve thrown in a few Australian and New Zealand summer-focused cookbooks, plus some party cake books (really just because we love these, and they’re so fun to look at). Enjoy!!

Syndetics book coverGluten-free and Vegan Holidays / Jennifer Katzinger.
“Entertaining friends and family can be a challenge for those with diets that are vegan and gluten-free. Katzinger makes celebrating the holidays simple and stylish with 70 delicious, satisfying recipes that are sweet and savory, gluten-free, and vegan.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverSummer Food / Serge Dansereau.
“Summer is Australia’s favourite season, and in this collection of more than 100 easy and delicious recipes, Bathers Pavilion chef Serge Dansereau ensures your summer cooking will be a breeze. Beautifully photographed and designed, Summer Food contains a range of contemporary recipes that celebrate Australian summer produce at its peak. These simple recipes are packed full of the chef know-how that turns a good dish into a great one, and are guaranteed to make your long brunches, lazy lunches, picnics, barbecues and afternoon teas effortless and your summer parties and entertaining stylish. And because Christmas falls in our summer season, Serge has devised some wonderful Christmas menus and included all the Christmas baking classics – from fruit mince tarts to chilled eggnog, Christmas puddings to a delightful gingerbread houses, to ensure your seasonal entertaining is stress-free and successful. This lovely collection, of fresh, no-fuss recipes will be the perfect Christmas gift for summer-loving foodies.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverBarefoot Contessa Parties! / by Ina Garten.
“In ‘Parties!’ Ina Garten shares the secrets she has gleaned from her years as a caterer and a dedicated party giver. Ina’s parties are easy to prepare and fun for everyone, including the host. Packed with plans for pulling off parties like a pro, and stories and recipes from her own parties, this is a must-have guide to easy entertaining.” (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverNow is the Season / Laura Faire.
“This sophisticated cookbook reveals the key elements to good living and great honest food: seasonal cooking. Chef and gardener Laura Faire takes us back to our roots with her original recipes made from locally and seasonally sourced produce with temptations. This book of soul-warming and flavour-filled recipes made from natural wholefoods is charming, fully rounded and holistic – an inspiration for cooks and gardeners alike.” (Global Books)

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

We’ve put together our picks of the new sports and fitness books for this month, and they’re heavy on sports biographies – including tomes from Benji Marshall, Jack Ralston, Mick Foley, and more. Plus, nail-biting, suspenseful and insightful stories of mountain climbers! Have a browse.

Syndetics book coverSecond Wind : One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents / Cami Ostman.
“Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself when an old friend suggests she go for a run to distract her from the grief of her recent divorce. Excited by the clarity of mind and breathing space running offers her, she keeps it up albeit slowly and she decides to run seven marathons on seven continents…..Insightful and uplifting, Second Wind carries the reader along for the ride as Ostman runs her way out of compliance with the patriarchal rules about being a woman that long held her captive and into authenticity and self-love.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverMankind / Mick Foley.
“This intimate glimpse into the passionate personality of a World Wrestling Federation champion is updated with a bonus chapter summarizing the past 15 months–from Foley’s experience as a bestselling author to his parting thoughts before his final match.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBike Snob : / BikeSnob NYC [i.e. Eben Weiss] ; illustrations by Christopher Koelle.
Systematically and mercilessly re-aligning the world of cycling. “In this wickedly funny rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, blogger and cyclist BikeSnobNYC offers a unique look at yhe ins and outs of cycling…” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe Art of Camping : The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars / Matthew De Abaitua.
“From packing to pitching, with hikes into the deep history of the subject and encounters with the great campers and camping movements of the past, this is a witty and philosophical blend of ‘how to’, history and personal anecdotes – a must for every camper.” (Global Books)

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Religion and beliefs

Some thought-provoking questions are raised in this latest listing of recent arrivals to the library collection.

Syndetics book coverSocrates in the city : conversations on life, God and other small topics, by Eric Metaxas, editor.
“The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living.’ Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas founded a speaking series that encouraged busy and successful professionals to attend forums and think actively about the bigger questions in life. … This book is for the seeker in all of us, the collector of wisdom, and the person who asks ‘What if?’ … Luminaries such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Charles Colson, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, and Jean Bethke Elshatin have written about extraordinary topics vital to both secular and Christian thinking, such as ‘Making Sense Out of Suffering,’ ‘How Good Confronts Evil,’ and ‘Belief in God in an Age of Science.’ …” (drawn from www.amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe power and the pain : transforming spiritual hardship into joy, by Andrew Holecek.
“We all encounter obstacles on a daily basis-from small inconveniences and nuisances to the really big hardships wreaking havoc with our lives. Sometimes just the small things are enough to set us reeling. Andrew Holecek offers us a progressive path, beginning with common, easily understood hardships, and moving on to more subtle and challenging ones that commonly arise on our spiritual journeys. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover25 books every Christian should read : a guide to the essential spiritual classics / edited by Julia L. Roller ; selected by Gayle Beebe…[et al.]
There’s no denying that in the Christian life, spiritual formation is hugely influenced by devotional reading. The selection here ranges from St Augustine to Henri Nouwen, Julian of Norwich to John Calvin, Brother Lawrence to C.S. Lewis in acknowledging that books greatly shape our beliefs and actions. The list is compiled from polls of leaders and thinkers in the field. Each entry presents something of the book’s context and historical background, why they made the cut, how to read them, together with an excerpt.

Syndetics book coverWiccapedia : a modern-day white witch’s guide, by Shawn Robbins & Leanna Greenaway.
Wiccapedia provides a fresh, innovative, and thoroughly up-to-date look at witchcraft – and gives readers a prescription for happiness. “Spiritual life coaches” and celebrity witches Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway unlock the secrets of the Wicca universe, explaining what it means to become a “simply fabulous” 21st-century Witch. Newfound Witches will learn how to tap into magic, re-empower themselves, and realize their dreams through a little witchy know how. (publisher’s description courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe joy of secularism : 11 essays for how we live now / edited by George Levine.
“Editor Levine joins ten other distinguished professors and researchers in philosophy, science, political theory, and English who explore and discuss ideas for valuing secular humanism apart from the morality and assumptions of traditional religion. All the essays maintain that the world can and should be explained naturalistically according to Darwin, and scientific principles and laws. Levine intended that contributors show “how we live now”–how it feels to be a secularist today. … Much of this material will be familiar to specialists interested in Darwin, Freud, Nietzsche, and/or Weber. This book will be useful if needed and for balance in religion collections. (Drawn from Choice , courtesy of Syndetics)

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In our latest selection of new health books: discover how you can positively impact the way you age; read about Sir Edmund Hillary’s legacy of hospitals in Nepal; learn how you can overcome shoulder pain with New Zealand’s pioneering Robin McKenzie; and read memoirs on healing from anxiety and panic attacks, a life spent nursing, as well as overcoming breast cancer. Plus, get fit while having fun, develop mindfulness strategies to reduce stress in the workplace, and read an updated history of health reform in New Zealand. Enjoy – and we wish you a healthful New Year!

Syndetics book coverTreat your own shoulder / Robin McKenzie with Grant Watson and Robert Lindsay.
“This easy-to-read patient handbook provides the reader with an active self-treatment plan to effectively treat and prevent the return of shoulder pain and other related pain. Wellington-born Robin McKenzie is a world renowned spinal expert and is recognized internationally as an authority on the diagnosis and treatment of lower back pain and neck pain.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverLearning to breathe : my yearlong quest to bring calm to my life / Priscilla Warner.
“Priscilla Warner has had a great life: a supportive husband, a flourishing marriage, two loving sons, and a bestselling book, The Faith Club. Despite all her good fortune and success, she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks so debilitating that they leave her unable to breathe. She tried self-medicating in high school, with a hidden flask of vodka, and later, with prescription medication daily doses of Klonopin with a dark-chocolate chaser. After forty years of hyperventilating, and an overwhelming panic attack thats the ultimate wake-up call, Warners mantra becomes ‘Heal Thyself’. A spirited New Yorker, she sets out to find her inner Tibetan monk by meditating every day, aiming to rewire her brain and her body and mend her frayed nerves. On this winding path from panic to peace, with its hairpin emotional curves and breathtaking drops, she also delves into a wide range of spiritual and alternative health practices, some serious and some.. not so much. […] Written with lively wit and humor, Learning to Breathe is a serious attempt to heal from a painful condition. It’s also a life raft of compassion and hope for people similarly adrift or secretly fearful, as well as an entertaining and inspiring guidebook for anyone facing daily challenges large and small, anyone who is also longing for a sense of peace, self-acceptance, and understanding.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverNo-fuss fitness / Lee-Anne Wann.
“This book is for real people who simply want the opportunity to be healthy, have fun and live life the way they choose to live it. In No-Fuss Fitness, TV fitness guru Lee-Anne Wann shows you how easy it can be to include fitness in everyday activities so you see results. With a realistic, achievable approach, Lee-Anne offers solutions for sustainable health benefits. And for those who have tried and failed in the past to achieve health and weight-loss goals, Lee-Anne also demonstrates how important it is to understand your own body before you can reach your goals. Also included are quick tips to see instant changes that will help you stay on track for life – how to make yourself taller in just 2 minutes, hit stubborn belly fat, curb hunger and get great looking arms. Whether you find yourself at a park or on a beach, or even at your desk or in a car, No-Fuss Fitness includes just the workout for you without interrupting your daily life.” (Global Books in Print)

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Personal Development

December/January is traditionally the time for New Year’s resolutions, and here are a few books to help you better understand some of the factors that can undermine – or help you succeed – with these. Find out why successful and capable people often still suffer from imposter syndrome, understand the magic behind those moments when everything just seems to ‘click’, discover what it is about human nature that makes us prone to wilful blindness, and find out how the believing brain works. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverClick : the magic of instant connections – and how they can transform our work and relationships / Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman.
“In a book that combines psychology and sociology with an insightful understanding of human interactions, Ori and Rom Brafman have written a compelling narrative that helps us to understand the magic behind those moments when we form an incredible connection with other people, or which cause us to become fully engaged in whatever we are doing. In a page-turning narrative in the fashion of their previous book, Sway, the co-authors explore those peak moments in our lives when people or hobbies or activities fully engage our attention – when they ‘click’ with us. Drawing from recent research in psychology and sociology, and told through the same kinds of engaging stories that made Sway a New York Times bestseller, Click takes us on a roller coaster journey of discovery into those moments in our lives when we are ‘in the zone’ – when the rest of the world drops away and everything seems to fall into place.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverWilful blindness : why we ignore the obvious at our peril / Margaret Heffernan.
“In this book, distinguished business woman and writer, Margaret Heffernan, examines the phenomenon of wilful blindness. Drawing on a wide array of sources from psychological studies and social statistics to interviews with the relevant protagonists she examines what it is about human nature which makes us so prone to wilful blindness. Taught from infancy to obey authority, and absorbing the importance of selective vision as a key social skill, humans exacerbate their tendency to become institutionalised by joining organisations which are run by like-minded people. She looks at how hard-work and the information overload of the modern workplace add to the problem. And she examines why whistleblowers and Cassandras are so very rare. Ranging freely through history and from business to science, government to the family, this engaging and anecdotal book will explain why wilful blindness is so dangerous in the globalised, interconnected world in which we live, before suggesting ways in which institutions and individuals can start to combat it. In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell and Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Margaret Heffernan’s thought provoking book will force open our eyes.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book cover30-second psychology : the 50 most thought-provoking psychology theories, each explained in half a minute / editor, Christian Jarrett
“30-Second Psychology takes the top 50 strands of thinking in this fascinating field, and explains them to the general reader in half a minute, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and one picture. While unravelling the inner workings of the human mind it also introduces many of the luminaries in the field along the way, including William James, Aaron Beck and (of course) Sigmund Freud. From Behaviourism to Cognitivism, what better way to get a handle on your inner demons?” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverHow to win friends and influence people in the digital age / Dale Carnegie & Associates ; with Brent Cole.
“Since its initial publication, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold a total of 15 million copies. The book continues to sell briskly today, but Carnegie never anticipated the ways in which the digital age would provide new tools and challenges for winning friends and influencing people. The advent of social networking sites, the dominance of email, and the ways in which the Internet has supplanted face-to-face interactions have made Carnegie’s precepts all the more immediate and vital. Brent Cole, working in tandem with Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc., has re-imagined the original book for the digital age, updating and reframing Carnegie’s insights about communication, self expression, and leadership.” (Global Books in Print)

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