|A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada by John Ralston Saul
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Pub Date: Sep 16, 2008
Politics & GovernmentCheck Availability
In this startlingly original vision of Canada, thinker John Ralston Saul unveils 3
founding myths. Saul argues that the famous "peace, order, and good
government" that supposedly defines Canada is a distortion of the country's
Every single document before the BNA Act, he points out, used the phrase
"peace, welfare, and good government," demonstrating that the well-being of
its citizenry was paramount. He also argues that Canada is a Métis nation, heavily
influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas: egalitarianism, a proper balance between
individual and group, and a penchant for negotiation over violence are all aboriginal
values that Canada absorbed.
Saul's "truths about Canada" include a damning exposition of our
postcolonial shackles, a detailed historical case for the reversion of
our national credo to "peace, welfare and good government," and a
condemnation of Canadian business as mediocre, uninspired and wanting.
All of these arguments are derived from the core idea of A Fair Country,
which is that Canada is a polity fashioned in neither the European nor
the American mould. Consequently, Saul argues, we should not be
imagining ourselves in the tradition of either, but instead recognize
the country's distinct nature, born of this land, and the integration,
not just interaction, of settler and aboriginal life.
|Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life by Dr Phil McGraw
Publisher: Free Press
September 16, 2008
What if you could see around the corners of your life? Wouldn't it help to know what the most challenging days of your life would be like BEFORE they hit?There
are certain days in life that stand out because they are among the
toughest that you or someone you love will experience. Your quality of
life and your experience on the journey through this world are a
function of how you handle these days when they arrive. Will you be
ready? Will you be strong? Will you survive and be better for it, or
will you cave?
In Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life,
bestselling author and talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw is here to help
you prepare to confront what he believes are the seven most common
critical days that you or a loved one are likely to face. This book
helps make it possible for you to be there for yourself or to be the
calm in the middle of the storm for someone you love when any of these
difficult days arrive.
|My Natural History: the Evolution of a Gardener by Liz Primeau
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: November 1, 2008
Home & Garden / Memoir
Written with the author's trademark blend of enthusiasm and insight, My Natural History
describes how gardening has always been Liz Primeau's therapy,
obsession, and reward. Full of fascinating gardening lore, personal
history, and practical insight (including what to do when you notice
your son is growing funny tomatoes among your seedlings), this
wonderful memoir of life at ground level is sure to be savored by
readers who share Primeau's passion for the earth and all the good
things that come from it.
|Distracted: the Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age
by Maggie Jackson
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: June 4, 2008
Sociology / Popular Culture
We have vast oceans of information at our disposal, yet increasingly
we seek knowledge with brief glimpses at online headlines while
juggling other tasks. We are networked as never before, but we
communicate even with our most intimate friends and family via instant
messaging, email, and fleeting face-to-face moments that are
rescheduled a dozen times, then punctuated when they do occur with
electronic interruptions and a lack of focus.
our wondrous technologies and scientific advances, we are nurturing a
culture of diffusion, fragmentation, and detachment. In this new world,
something crucial is missing--attention. Attention is the key to
recapturing our ability to reconnect, reflect, and relax; the secret to
coping with a mobile, multitasking, virtual world that isn't going to
slow down or get simpler. Attention can keep us grounded and
focused--not diffused and fragmented.
Distracted offers the cutting-edge solutions we need to cure--not just live with--an epidemic of inattention.
How did we get to the point where we keep one eye on our Blackberry and
one eye on our spouse--in bed? At a time when we can contact millions
of people worldwide, why is it hard to schedule a simple family supper?
Most importantly, what can we do about it?
|The Mother Factor: How Your Mother's Emotional Legacy Impacts Your Life by Stephan B. Poulter
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: March 18, 2008
Lifestyle & Family / Psychology
Whether we acknowledge it or not, our mothers leave an indelible
impression on the persons we become. Our ability to function
emotionally in relationships--both personal and professional--is based
on our mothers' deep influence. In
a book full of insights and wisdom based on a career of helping others,
acclaimed psychologist Stephan B. Poulter shows how the mother factor
can work either for or against us. The key to allowing this important
legacy to work for us, says Dr. Poulter, depends on understanding our
mother's pervasive influence on our life. He shows that the way we
connect emotionally in adult relationships is based on the "style" of
most mothers are a combination of the above, many fit more into one
category than others. Even though as adults, we tend to dismiss our
past as the past, we do so at risk to ourselves. Only by understanding
how our mother's legacy affects us today can we transcend the
mysterious anger, anxiety, depression, and shame that we feel, and
achieve the kind of relationships we deserve.
demonstrates how the internalized "rulebook" we inherit from our
mothers is a very powerful force. These unspoken rules govern work,
relationships, emotions, separation, and independence. Unless we become
aware of the rules that guide our behavior, thoughts, and beliefs, we
won't have the ability to make our own choices.
enlightening book will help readers connect with their past to correct
self-defeating behaviors, reach their full emotional potentials, and
live happier, more fulfilling lives.
|The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances
by Julie Gabriel
Publication Date: September 8, 2008
The promise of beauty is as close as the drugstore aisle-shampoo
that gives your hair more body, lotions that smooth away wrinkles,
makeup that makes your skin look flawless, and potions that take it all
off again. But while conventional products say they'll make
you more beautiful, they contain toxins and preservatives that are both
bad for the environment and bad for your body-including synthetic
fragrances, petrochemicals, and even formaldehyde. In the end, they damage your natural vitality and good looks.
Fortunately, fashion writer, nutritionist, and beauty maven Julie Gabriel helps you find the true path to natural, healthy, green
beauty. She helps you decipher labels on every cosmetic product you
pick up and avoid toxic and damaging chemicals with her detailed Toxic
Ingredients List. You'll learn valuable tips on what your skin really
needs to be healthy, glowing, and youthful.
Julie goes one-step
further-and shows you how to make your own beauty products that feed
your skin, save your bank account, and are healthy for your body and
|Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology
by Tim Birkhead
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: September 8, 2008
A gorgeously rendered and
comprehensive history of ornithology, from folklore to facts. Leading
ornithologist Tim Birkhead takes readers on a journey through the
wonderful world of birds: conception and egg, territory and song,
breeding and migration. In the process, he reveals how birders have
overcome centuries-old superstitions and untested truths to achieve a
firmer understanding of birds. He also details when and how this
knowledge was first acquired, detailing the various myths and
misconceptions that were believed to be true throughout the ages and
when they were finally corrected.
Conceived for a general
audience, and illustrated throughout with more than one hundred
exquisitely beautiful illustrations, many of them rarely if ever seen
before, The Wisdom of Birds is a book full of stories,
knowledge, and unexpected revelations. Engaging and accessible, it is
an illustrated history of birds-and all they have taught us.
|Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds by Jenny McCarthy|
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Publication Date: September 23, 2008
Stories of hope and recovery from a nation of parents of autistic children.
When Jenny McCarthy published Louder Than Words, the story of her successful efforts to save her son, Evan, from autism, the response was tremendous. It hit #3 on the New York Times bestseller list; and Jenny and Evan were featured on the covers of several magazines, including People.
But what she hadn't anticipated was the overwhelming response from
other parents of autistic children, who sought her out to share their
No two autistic children heal in exactly the same way.
And in her new book, Jenny expands her message to share recovery
stories from parents across the country. Mother Warriors, shows
how each parent fought to find her own child's perfect "remedy of
interventions" and teaches parents how to navigate safely through the
many autism therapies.
Along the way, Jenny shares her own
journey as an autism advocate and mother as well as the progress of her
son, Evan. Emotional and genuinely practical, Mother Warriors will inspire a generation of parents with hope.
The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008
by Bob Woodward
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 8, 2008
As violence in Iraq reaches unnerving levels in 2006, a second front
in the war rages at the highest levels of the Bush administration. In
his fourth book on President George W. Bush, Bob Woodward takes readers
deep inside the tensions, secret debates, unofficial backchannels,
distrust and determination within the White House, the Pentagon, the
State Department, the intelligence agencies and the U.S. military
headquarters in Iraq. With unparalleled intimacy and detail, this
gripping account of a president at war describes a period of distress
and uncertainty within the U.S. government from 2006 through mid-2008.
interviewed key players, obtained dozens of never-before-published
documents, and had nearly three hours of exclusive interviews with
President Bush. The result is a stunning, firsthand history of the
years from mid-2006, when the White House realizes the Iraq strategy is
not working, through the decision to surge another 30,000 U.S. troops
in 2007, and into mid-2008, when the war becomes a fault line in the
|A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 29, 2008
Biography / MemoirCheck Availability
When Augusten Burroughs was small, his father was a shadowy presence
in his life: a form on the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent
figure smoking a cigarette in the dark. As Augusten grew older,
something sinister within his father began to unfurl. Something dark
and secretive that could not be named.
Betrayal after shocking
betrayal ensued, and Augusten's childhood was over. The kind of father
he wanted didn't exist for him. This father was distant, aloof,
uninterested. And then the "games" began.
With A Wolf at the Table,
Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum leap into untapped emotional
terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the
unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. Told with
scorching honesty and penetrating insight, it is a story for anyone who
has ever longed for unconditional love from a parent. Though harrowing
and brutal, A Wolf at the Table will ultimately leave you
buoyed with the profound joy of simply being alive. It's a memoir of
stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.
The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner by Michael Stone
Publication Date: August 12, 2008
There is more to the tradition of yoga than toning and strengthening.
At the root, there is a vast and intriguing philosophy that teaches the
ethics of nonviolence, patience, honesty, and respect. Michael Stone
provides an in-depth explanation of ancient Indian yogic philosophy
along with teachings on how to bring our understanding of yoga theory
to deeper levels through our practice on the mat-and through our
relationships with others.
Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days by Dr. Kevin Leman
Publication Date: March 1, 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0800719029Lifestyle & Family
Anyone who has dealt with a strong-willed child knows that it is no
easy task to turn bad behavior around. But the popularity of TV
programs like Supernanny and Nanny 911 shows that parents have had it
up to here and are ready to try anything to get their children to
Bestselling author and psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman is here to
help. Have a New Kid by Friday shows parents how to reverse negative
behavior in their children--fast! With his signature wit and
encouragement, Dr. Leman offers hope and real, practical, doable
strategies for regaining control and becoming the parents they always
wanted to be. Focusing on changing a child's attitude, behavior, and
character, it contains chapters for each day of the week and a special
section with advice on everything from rolling eyes to sibling rivalry
to talking back to punching walls and much, much more. This large
section of more than 100 specific topics is indexed, allowing parents
to flip immediately to any areas of concern for witty, straightforward,
and gutsy plans of action.