|Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Publisher: Random House
Pub Date: Sep 23 2008
Biography & MemoirCheck Availability
For a world of devoted readers, a much-awaited new volume of absorbing
stories and inspirational wisdom from one of our best-loved writers.
Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter
reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with
meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres
and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight.
in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that
led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her
lessons in compassion and fortitude: how she was brought up by her
indomitable grandmother in segregated Arkansas, taken in at thirteen by
her more worldly and less religious mother, and grew to be an awkward,
six-foot-tall teenager whose first experience of loveless sex
paradoxically left her with her greatest gift, a son.
Like the rest of her remarkable work, Letter to My Daughter entertains and teaches; it is a book to cherish, savor, re-read, and share.
|Hot, Flat & Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution & How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Publication Date: Sep 8 2008
Economics / Environment
Thomas L. Friedman's phenomenal number-one bestseller The World Is Flat has
helped millions of readers to see the world in a new way. In his
brilliant, essential new book, Friedman takes a fresh and provocative
look at two of the biggest challenges we face today: America's
surprising loss of focus and national purpose since 9/11; and the
global environmental crisis, which is affecting everything from food to
fuel to forests. In this groundbreaking account of where we stand now,
he shows us how the solutions to these two big problems are linked--how
we can restore the world and revive America at the same time.
explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the
astonishing expansion of the world's middle class through globalization
have produced a planet that is "hot, flat, and crowded." Already the
earth is being affected in ways that threaten to make it dangerously
unstable. In just a few years, it will be too late to fix
things--unless the United States steps up now and takes the lead in a
worldwide effort to replace our wasteful, inefficient energy practices
with a strategy for clean energy, energy efficiency, and conservation
that Friedman calls Code Green.
|The Secret Pleasures of Menopause by Christiane Northrup
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: Sep 17 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1401922375Health & Wellness
The Secret Pleasures of Menopause
is a groundbreaking book that is long overdue. Christiane Northrup, M.D.,
delivers a breakthrough message that will help millions and millions of
perimenopausal and menopausal women understand that at
menopause: life has just begun! It is the beginning of a very exciting and fulfilling time, full of pleasure beyond your wildest dreams.
Northrup believes that it's time for you to step forward and learn to
enjoy the best years of your life. Even though studies show that
menopause doesn't decrease libido or sexual
satisfaction, the majority of menopausal women aren't experiencing the
pleasure and satisfaction that is their birthright. It is a
long-held misconception that menopause signals "the beginning of the
end," and nothing could be further from the truth.
this fascinating book, Dr. Northrup candidly guides you toward
experiencing life after 50 as the most pleasurable time of your life!
|Planet Google: One Company's Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know by Randall Stross
Publisher: Free Press
Publication Date: Sep 23 2008
Business / Computers
Based on unprecedented access he received to the highly secretive "Googleplex," acclaimed New York Times
columnist Randall Stross takes readers deep inside Google, the most
important, most innovative, and most ambitious company of the Internet
Age. His revelations demystify the strategy behind the company's recent
flurry of bold moves, all driven by the pursuit of a business plan
unlike any other: to become the indispensable gatekeeper of all the
world's information, the one-stop destination for all our information
needs. Will Google succeed? And what are the implications of a single
company commanding so much information and knowing so much about us?
more offerings Google adds, and the more ubiquitous a presence it
becomes, the more dependent its users become on its services and the
more information they contribute to its uniquely comprehensive
collection of data. Will Google stay true to its famous "Don't Be Evil"
mantra, using its power in its customers' best interests?
access to those who have spearheaded so many of Google's new
initiatives, his penetrating research into the company's strategy, and
his gift for lively storytelling produce an entertaining, deeply
informed, and provocative examination of the company's audacious vision
for the future and the consequences not only for the business world,
but for our culture at large.
|The Fighting Canadians by David J. Bercuson
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada (Sep 29 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0002007344War History / Canada
One of Canada's top military experts takes a fresh look at our proud
regimental heritage--a must-have book for all Canadians with a
connection to the armed forces.
Regimental fighting units, suggests
historian David J. Bercuson, do something that no other group can: they
nurture their members as they proceed into the unnatural world of war,
putting their lives on the line for the lives of others. Regiments are
constructed clans, with proud histories and traditions that are
impenetrable to outsiders but essential to the morale of those who are
a part of their ranks.
This comprehensive regimental
history is a lively, fascinating chronicle of tradition, achievement
and sometimes catastrophe. Through the eyes of many prominent
regiments, Bercuson looks at the broader culture of bonding and loyalty
that is underappreciated outside of the military, yet second nature
within it. Anyone with an interest in Canada's rich military history or
a personal connection to the soldiers who have fought for this
country--past or present--will appreciate this stirring account of
Canada's frontline forces.
|Called Out of Darkness: a Spiritual Confession by Anne Rice
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Publication Date: Oct 7 2008
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An intimate memoir of Anne Rice's Catholic girlhood, her unmaking as a
devout believer, and her return to the Church - what she calls a
decision of the heart.
from her New Orleans childhood in the 1940s and '50s, with all its
religious devotions, through how she slowly lost her belief in God, Called Out of Darkness
also recounts Anne's years in radical Berkeley, where she wrote Interview with the Vampire
(a lament for her lost faith) and where she came to admire the
principles of secular humanists. She writes about loss and alienation
(her mother's drinking, the deaths of her young daughter and later, her
husband); about the birth of her son, Christopher; and about how, after
38 years as an atheist, she once again came to believe in Christ. Anne
Rice makes a spiritual confession that is a celebration: a brilliant,
subtle exploration of the journey through life that allows one to
answer the call out of darkness.
|The Worrywart's Companion: 21 Ways to Soothe Yourself & Worry Smart by Beverly Potter
Publication Date: Aug 14 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0071602136Health & Wellness
Worry smarter and reclaim the joy in your life!
lie awake at night agonizing over things that could happen? Do you
automatically expect the worst? Have you worried obsessively about
things only to have everything turn out okay? Instead of worrying
yourself sick, let the The Worrywart's Companion
show you how
to worry smart and soothe yourself so that you can think more clearly,
deal with the worry at hand, and then let it go.
these simple ideas and start worrying smarter right now:
- Talk to
yourself the way a friend would.
- Take a warm bath.
- Practice underreacting.
- Imagine a happy ending.
- Do a good deed.
- Watch a
With these tips and many more, you will be able
to release yourself from worry and learn to enjoy every moment--no
matter where your life takes you.
|The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry and What We Must Do to Stop It by Antonia Juhasz|
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
Publication Date: Sep 29 2008
As oil prices-and public outrage-skyrocket, Antonia Juhasz, a
leading industry critic and expert on corporations and globalization,
gives us the hardest-hitting exposé of the oil industry in decades. In The Tyranny of Oil
she investigates the true state of the U.S. oil industry-uncovering its
virtually unparalleled global power.
Drawing on considerable historical
research, Juhasz explores the parallels between today's companies and
Standard Oil, the most powerful corporation of the early twentieth
century, whose stranglehold on the economy and government was broken
only by the vision and persistence of activists and like-minded
politicians. We are in a similar position today, she argues, with
powerful opportunities available for ordinary Americans to come
together, reclaim their voices, and shore up our nation's crumbling
A tool for meaningful change that
blends history, original investigative research and reporting, candid
interviews with key insiders, and a unique focus on activism.
Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook by Martha Stewart
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Publication Date: Oct 21 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0307396440Food & Drink
Imagine having Martha Stewart at your side in the kitchen, teaching you
how to hold a chef's knife, select the very best ingredients, truss a
chicken, make a perfect pot roast, prepare every vegetable, bake a
flawless pie crust, and much more.
before has Martha written a book quite like this one. Arranged by
cooking technique, it's aimed at teaching you how to cook, not simply
what to cook. Delve in and soon you'll be roasting, broiling, braising,
stewing, sautéing, steaming, and poaching with confidence and
competence. In addition to the techniques, you'll find more than 200
sumptuous, all-new recipes that put the lessons to work, along with
invaluable step-by-step photographs to take the guesswork out of
cooking. You'll also gain valuable insight into equipment, ingredients,
and every other aspect of the kitchen to round out your culinary
Featuring more than 500 gorgeous color photographs, Martha Stewart's Cooking School
is the new gold standard for everyone who truly wants to know his or her way around the kitchen.
|Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks & a Writer's Life by Kathleen Norris
Publication Date: Sep 16 2008
Biography / MemoirCheck Availability
In this penetrating theological memoir, Norris (The Cloister Walk
details her relationship with acedia, a slothful, soul-weary
indifference long recognized by monastics. Norris is careful to
distinguish acedia from its cousin, depression, noting that acedia is a
failure of the will and can be dispelled by embracing faith and life,
whereas depression is not a choice and often requires medical
treatment. This is tricky ground, but Norris treads gingerly, reserving
her acerbic crankiness for a section where she convincingly argues that
despite Americans' apparently unslothful lives, acedia is the
undiagnosed neurasthenia of our busy age.
Much of the book is taken up
with Norris's account of her complicated but successful marriage, which
ended with her husband's death in 2003. The energy poured into this
marriage, Norris argues, was as much a defiant strike against acedia as
her spiritual discipline of praying the Psalms. Filled with gorgeous
prose, generous quotations from Christian thinkers across the centuries
and fascinating etymological detours, this discomfiting book provides
not just spiritual hope but a much-needed kick in the rear. --- Publisher's Weekly
Magic When You Need It: 150 Spells You Can't Live Without
by Judika Illes
Publisher: Weiser Books
Publication Date: Sep 1 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1578634194New Age & Occult
Many spells and charms can take days or even weeks to complete. In
Magic When You Need It
, Judika Illes offers a collection of
super-powered magic to help you right now. Is your career in a slump?
Are you being visited by ghosts? Short on cash? This book can help with these problems and more. Divided into four sections:
Money and Career; Love, Sex, Marriage, and Children; Home; and Trouble,
Magic When You Need It
offers 150 spells to help you fi nd a job, meet
your soul mate, protect your home, and many more common (and not so
common) predicaments. Using simple instructions and ingredients that
can be found in your pantry, combined with easy to find magical oils
and botanicals, Illes blends Old World and modern magic to provide the
reader with safe, effective magical remedies for many of life's
troubles. Carry this book in your purse, your car, or keep it on your
kitchen counter for accessible magic year round.
The Hungry Scientist
Handbook: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY
Projects for Techies, Tinkerers, and Foodies by Patrick Buckley & Lily Binns
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date: Sep 15 2008
Food & Drink / Science
Check Availability The Hungry Scientist Handbook
brings DIY technology into the
kitchen and onto the plate. It compiles the most mouthwatering projects
created by mechanical engineer Patrick Buckley and his band of intrepid
techie friends, whose collaboration on contraptions started at a
memorable 2005 Bay Area dinner party and resulted in the formation of
the Hungry Scientist Society-a loose confederation of creative minds
dedicated to the pursuit of projects possessing varying degrees of
whimsy and utility.
Featuring twenty projects ranging from
edible origami to glowing lollipops, cryogenic martinis to Tupperware
boom boxes, the book draws from the expertise of programmers,
professors, and garden-variety geeks and offers something to delight
DIYers of all skill levels.