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June 2009
In This Issue
The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement
Not Yet: a Memoir of Living and Almost Dying
The Well-Dressed Ape: a Natural History of Myself
The Purpose of Boys: Helping our Sons
The Pursuit of Perfect:How to Stop Chasing Perfection
The Skinny: on Losing Weight Without Being Hungry
To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop & How to Stop
After the Crash: How to Guard Your Money
Dancing at the River's Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had
Grizzlyville: Adventures in Bear Country
The Horse Boy: a Father's Quest to Heal his Son
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The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement by Jean M. Twenge & W. Keith Campbell
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Publisher: Free Press
Publication Date: April 21 2009
ISBN-10: 1416575987
ISBN-13: 978-1416575986
Psychology / Social Issues
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Narcissism -- a very positive and inflated view of the self -- is everywhere. It's what you have if you're a politician and you've strayed from your wife, and it's why five times as many Americans undergo plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures today than did just ten years ago. It's the value that parents teach their children with song lyrics like "I am special. Look at me," the skill teenagers and young adults obsessively hone on Facebook and MySpace, and the reason high school students physically beat classmates and then broadcast their violence on YouTube for all to see. It's the message preached by prosperity gospel and the vacuous ethos spread by celebrity newsmakers. And it's what's making people depressed, lonely, and buried under piles of debt.

Jean M. Twenge's influential and controversial first book, Generation Me, generated a national debate with its trenchant depiction of the challenges twenty- and thirtysomethings face emotionally and professionally in today's world -- and the fallout these issues create for older generations as well as employers. Now, Dr. Twenge is on to a new incendiary topic that has repercussions for every age-group and class: the pernicious spread of narcissism in today's culture and its catastrophic effects. Dr. Twenge joins forces with W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on narcissism, for The Narcissism Epidemic, their eye-opening exposition of the alarming rise of narcissism -- and they show how to stop it.

Every day, you encounter the real costs of narcissism: in your relationships and family, in the workplace and the economy at large, in schools that fail to teach necessary skills, in culture, and in politics. Even the world economy has been damaged by risky, unrealistic overconfidence. Filled with arresting anecdotes that illustrate the hold narcissism has on us today -- from people hiring fake paparazzi in order to experience feeling famous to college students who won't leave a professor's office until their B+ becomes an A -- The Narcissism Epidemic is a riveting window into the consequences of narcissism.
Not Yet: a Memoir of Living and Almost Dying by Wayson Choy
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Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Pub Date: Mar 31 2009
ISBN-10: 0385663102
ISBN-13: 978-0385663106
Biography & Memoir
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Framed by Wayson Choy's two brushes with death, Not Yet is an intimate and insightful study of one man's reasons for living.

In 2001, Wayson Choy suffered a combined asthma-heart attack. As he lay in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, his days punctuated by the beeps of the machines that were keeping him alive, Choy heard the voices of his ancestors warning him that without a wife, he would one day die alone. And yet through his ordeal Choy was never alone; men and women, young and old, from all cultures and ethnicities, stayed by Choy's side until he was well. When his heart failed him a second time, four years later, it was the strength of his bonds with these people, forged through countless acts of kindness, that pulled Choy back to his life.

Not Yet is a passionate, sensitive, and beautiful exploration of the importance of family, which in Choy's case is constituted not through blood but through love. It is also a quiet manifesto for embracing life, not blind to our mortality, but knowing how lucky we are for each day that comes.
The Well-Dressed Ape: a Natural History of Myself by Hannah Holmes
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Publisher: Random House Canada
Publication Date: Jan 20 2009
ISBN-10: 0679314954
ISBN-13: 978-0679314950
Science & Nature / Human Behaviour

A surprising, humourous, and edifying look at our species as, essentially, animals.

Combining personal stories, cutting-edge science, and a buoyant sense of humour, Hannah Holmes offers an intriguing and fresh way to understand our place in the world.

Science journalist Hannah Holmes wryly examines the human animal, beginning with the animal she knows best: herself. What she finds is that, of course, we are indisputably animals - in some ways (smell and vision, for instance) rather inferior ones.

Yet Holmes also discovers that Homo sapiens exhibit some traits and behaviours found in no other animal on earth. Our species is among the most generous, and the most thoughtful. Not so admirably, we kill ourselves any number of ways, including by eating ourselves to death. All this in addition to a patently bizarre physical appearance, and shocking lack of defences.

Confronting the creature in the mirror, Holmes wrestles with the big questions: Are humans special at all? How different are men and women? (Very.) What is our place in the kingdom of animals - and on the planet Earth?
The Purpose of Boys: Helping our Sons Find Meaning, Significance & Direction in Their Lives by Michael Gurian
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Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: Mar 18 2009
ISBN-10: 0470243376
ISBN-13: 978-0470243374
Lifestyle & Family / Parenting
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From Michael Gurian, the groundbreaking author of the best-selling books The Wonder of Boys and The Minds of Boys, comes the final volume in his definitive trilogy.

In this remarkable work, Gurian presents a tool kit for parents who want to discover how to inspire the ultimate fulfillment of their son's life. As he explains, purpose is vital for the success and happiness of every boy. Throughout the book, Gurian shows how parents can help boys build motivation, character, selflessness, meaningful and intimate relationships, a sense of responsibility to family and community, pride in their own good work, and mental and physical health.

Based on the latest scientific research regarding how boys develop neurologically, The Purpose of Boys reveals what it takes to best support boys and address their unique needs, weaknesses, and strengths. The book offers an understanding of what is happening inside a boy's brain as he grows up, from birth through early adulthood. The author also explores the roles of the nuclear and extended family, communities, and neighborhoods; the best schools for boys; and specific rite-of-passage experiences and how they influence a young man's personal growth.
Here is a map parents can use to help their own sons wrestle with everyday life events and growth.
The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life by Tal Ben-Shahar
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Publication Date: Mar 11 2009
ISBN-10: 0071608826
ISBN-13: 978-0071608824
Mind & Body / Self Improvement
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We're all laboring under our own and society's expectations to be perfect in every way-to look younger, to make more money, to be happy all the time. But according to Tal Ben-Shahar, the New York Times bestselling author of Happier, the pursuit of perfect may actually be the number-one internal obstacle to finding happiness.

Applying cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology - the scientific principles taught in his wildly popular course at Harvard University - Ben-Shahar takes us off the impossible pursuit of perfection and directs us to the way to happiness, richness, and true fulfillment. He shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us.

In The Pursuit of Perfect, Tal Ben-Shahar offers an optimal way of thinking about failure and success--and the very way we live. He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and "Time-Ins" to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.
The Skinny: on Losing Weight Without Being Hungry - the Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss Success by Louis J. Aronne and Alisa Bowman
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Publisher: Broadway
Publication Date: Mar 24 2009
ISBN-10: 0767930398
ISBN-13: 978-0767930390
Mindy & Body / Diet & Nutrition
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Tried diet after diet and still can't lose weight? It's time to call the expert. In The Skinny, Dr. Louis Aronne, America's top weight-loss specialist, shares the plan that has worked so well for his many patients. Through his friendly guidance, you'll finally learn how to:

- stop the weight-loss, weight-gain cycle
- learn the strategy for feeling full with fewer calories
- teach your brain to stop craving food
- learn to put down your fork and automatically push away from the table
- learn what common medications & medical conditions can make you gain weight
- lose the weight-even if nothing else has worked

In The Skinny, Dr. Aronne shows you how to fix your internal biology by adjusting your eating and activity one step at a time. Including comprehensive menus, restaurant options for every type of food, a do-it-at-home strength plan and exercise plans, more than fifty low-calorie, high-satisfaction recipes, and extensive advice that helps you put the plan into practice, this is the only book you'll need to learn how to defeat your hunger and cravings, and make the changes to your biochemistry that will keep the weight off for good.

Are you tired of yo-yo dieting? Tired of the pain and discomfort of being overweight? Do you finally want to feel good about the body you're in? Is long-term weight loss as important to you as initial short-term loss? Then you're ready to commit to The Skinny.
To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop & How to Stop by April Benson
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      Publisher: Trumpeter
      Publication Date: Dec 30 2008
      ISBN-10: 159030599X
      ISBN-13: 978-1590305997
      Consumerism / Self-Improvement
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Are you a shopaholic? Do you use shopping as a quick fix for the blues? Do you often buy things that you don't need or can't afford? Do your buying binges leave you feeling anxious or guilty? Is your shopping behavior hurting your relationships? Have you tried to stop but been unable to?

If so, you are not alone. Nearly 18 million Americans are problem shoppers, unable to break the buying habits that lead them into debt, damaged relationships, and depression. If this describes you, or someone you care about, the help you need is here.

Drawing on recent research and on decades of working with overshoppers, Dr. April Benson brings together key insights with practical strategies in a powerful program to help you stop overshopping. As you progress through this book, you'll take back control of your shopping and spending and create a richer, more meaningful and satisfying life.
After the Crash: How to Guard Your Money in These Turbulent Times by Garth Turner
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Publisher: Key Porter Books
Publication Date: Jan 19 2009
ISBN-10: 1554701821
ISBN-13: 978-1554701827
Personal Finance
 

The news has been a disaster: stock markets have tanked; losses in pensions, RRSPs and savings mount. Choked-up credit markets have made bank loans and mortgages more expensive. A recession is costing jobs and sideswiping family finances. House values are plunging across Canada. How did we get into this mess? What does the future look like? What can I do to protect myself? To protect my investments and my family?

Financial expert Garth Turner answers each and every question you might have in this up-to-the-minute guide to everything you will need to know to deal with the fallout. This isn't crystal ball incantation or eye-glazing academic mumbo jumbo. It's straight talk from an expert on what you can do to safeguard your investments...and your future. After the Crash is essential reading for everyone looking for a guide through our troubled times.
Dancing at the River's Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness by Alida Brill & Michael D. Lockshin
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Publisher: Schaffner Press
Publication Date: Jan 1 2009
ISBN-10: 0980139406
ISBN-13: 978-0980139402
Biography & Memoir / Medicine
An invaluable resource for medical professionals, victims of chronic illnesses, and their loved ones, this dual memoir by a doctor and his longtime patient traces the growth of their unique friendship over a span of decades.

By exploring the bond between caregiver and sufferer, this sensitive account evokes not only the constant day to day frustrations and emotional toll suffered by the chronically ill, but also an understanding of the mental struggles and conflicts that a conscientious doctor must face in deciding how best to treat a patient without compromising personal freedoms. In alternating chapters, the narrative explores the frustration, joy, despair, grief, and pain on both sides of the doctor-patient relationship.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
by Vicki Myron & Bret Witter
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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: Sep 24 2008
ISBN-10: 0446407410
ISBN-13: 978-0446407410
Pets / Biography & Memoir

How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.
Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry by Lenore Skenazy
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Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: Mar 30 2009
ISBN-10: 0470471948
ISBN-13: 978-0470471944
Lifestyle & Family / Parenting
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How come we had so much more freedom when we were kids? How can we give our kids that freedom now? When Lenore Skenazy wrote a newspaper column about letting her nine-year-old ride the subway alone in New York City, little did she realize that the response would spark a national movement. Her outspoken, commonsense approach to parenting galvanized a huge wave of supporters-and a counterstorm of protest from others who dubbed her "America's Worst Mom."
In this funny, fed-up book, Lenore encourages parents to let their kids be kids. She's all for helmets and car seats but insists children do not need a security detail every time they go outside. Armed with stories, wisecracks, and a battery of facts, she gleefully punctures modern-day myths about rampant kidnapping, marauding germs, and poisoned Halloween candy.

After exposing where these worries come from, she gives tips on how to break free. Her Fourteen Free-Range Commandments include:

- KNOW WHEN TO WORRY: Play Dates and Axe Murderers: How to Tell the Difference
- BOYCOTT BABY KNEE PADS: And the Rest of the Kiddie Safety-Industrial Complex
- RELAX: Not Every Little Thing You Do Has That Much Impact on Your Child's Development

The book reads like a conversation with your funniest, most honest friend. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud while shedding their fears. For anyone who remembers the days of walking to school, playing outside, or eating a kernel of unwrapped candy corn-and longs to bring them back to childhood - this book is a must-read.
Grizzlyville: Adventures in Bear Country by Jake Macdonald
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Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: April 3 2009
ISBN-10: 155468370X
ISBN-13: 978-1554683703
Biography & Memoir / Science & Nature
Jake MacDonald had his first experience with bears when, as a 20-year-old travelling through the wilderness of British Columbia, he lay awake in his tent at night, simultaneously eager and terrified at the prospect of encountering a grizzly. Although he saw no bears on that trip, he has seen plenty since.

Part memoir, part natural history, Grizzlyville is MacDonald's fascinating meditation on North America's largest predators and on the people who deal with them, sometimes on a daily basis. More than ever before, bears and human beings are living closer together as climate change, deforestation and community encroachment diminish bear territory. In some places, like the mountainside suburbs of Vancouver and the cities of Northern Ontario, bears are almost as common as raccoons. In Churchill, Manitoba, they're a tourist attraction. Some experts believe that the animals should be left entirely alone; others argue that responsible hunting will best serve both bears and human beings. MacDonald gives weight to both sides as he examines the history and behaviour of the three species of bears in North America's grizzlies, black bears and polar bears.

Thought-provoking and often frightening, Grizzlyville draws on the personal experiences of MacDonald and others, recounting an absorbing story about the place bears occupy in our world and the place we occupy in theirs.
The Horse Boy: a Father's Quest to Heal his Son by Rupert Isaacson
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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: April 14 2009
ISBN-10: 0316008230
ISBN-13: 978-0316008235
Biography & Memoir / Alternative Health
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When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

The Horse Boy is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. In Mongolia, the family found undreamed of landscapes and people, unbearable setbacks, and advances beyond their wildest dreams. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story--of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.

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