Lessons in Balance
By Scout, star of Stuff on Scout¿s Head
Now consider what Scout has to say about whatever concerns you. Scout, a rescued pit bull, has an uncanny ability to balance anything on his head. Whether it's a sombrero or a single strawberry or a baseball, this patient pooch knows not to get overwhelmed by the challenges life throws at him. Once neglected, mistreated, and underfed, he now lives with a loving owner and there's nothing he can't balance. Based on the popular Tumblr Stuff on Scout's Head," Lessons in Balance shares Scout's pithy and humorous wisdom about navigating life's highs and lows to achieve balance and mindfulness.
Local is Lovely
By Sophie Hansen, Sophie Hansen
LOCAL IS LOVELY is a seasonal guide to the fruit, vegetables and meat that Australian farmers produce. Beautiful recipes, tips for the home and family, and stories and interviews with and about local producers - because local is lovely.Follow Sophie Hansen as she takes us on a journey with the farmers and producers she loves to cook with. From delicious, ripe stonefruit through to wholesome freshly milled flour, you'll learn everything you need to know about eating local, direct form the source.A gorgeously illustrated celebration of Australian rural life with a focus on fresh, local food and mouth-watering recipes.
Letters to My Grandson
By P.D. Goldsmith
A charming, wise and idiosyncratic series of twelve letters which give advice to the author's grandson on what it means to become a man. The letters cover fundamental, sensitive and profound matters such as the body and the physical world; smoking, alcohol and drugs; healing the body; character; culture; the role in society; the nature of men and women; relationships; sex; family and fatherhood; and religion. The book also reflects on why the unexamined life is not worth living, with the final substantial letter offering a radical approach to the philosophical and spiritual questions that all of us are likely to ask at some point in our lives.Although the book primarily addresses the needs of young men moving towards adulthood, much of its content would be of equal interest to young women. In addition, the book contains a generous appendix with suggested reading, film and music lists.Grandfathers will find this a useful handbook for discussions with grandchildren; parents will get a wider perspective of the problems their children are likely to face and what they are feeling; and if you are a young man, you are lucky indeed to have this book as a companion.
Love Is The Best Medicine
By Nick Trout
British vet, Nick Trout, a modern day James Herriot working in Boston, USA, returns with a completely captivating true story.After exposing the fascinating life of a vet in his previous book, Trout now delves into rich emotional territory with the story of two dogs who have had a big impact in his career. Helen was found abandoned in a restaurant parking lot one rainy night, and despite her mangy condition, a couple falls in love with her. But just as she is rescued from the streets, a tumor is discovered and she's given a devastating prognosis. Cleo is suffering from chronic leg fractures which devastate her owner. Enter Dr Trout, who presides over what should be routine surgeries, until the unthinkable happens.LOVE IS THE BEST MEDICINE immerses readers in the true life drama of saving dearly loved pets, and underscores the incredible responsibility Nick carries as their healer. Fresh, charming, and intensely affecting, it's a one of a kind story.
Leading from the Center
By Gil Troy
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy-most would agree their presidencies were among the most successful in American history. But what made these very different men such effective leaders? According to presidential historian Gil Troy, these presidents succeeded not because of their bold political visions, but because of their moderation. Although many of the presidential hopefuls for 2008 will claim to be moderates, the word cannot conceal a political climate defined by extreme rhetoric and virulent partisanship. In Leading From the centre , Gil Troy argues that this is a distinctly un -American state of affairs. The great presidents of American history have always sought a golden mean-from Washington, who brilliantly mediated between the competing visions of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, to Lincoln, who rescued the Union with his principled pragmatism, to the two Roosevelts, who united millions of Americans with their powerful, affirmative, nationalist visions. As America lines up to select a president for the future, Gil Troy astutely reminds us of the finest traditions of presidential leadership from our nation's past.
The Life And Death Of Planet Earth
By Don Brownlee, Peter Ward
"This is the first real biography of the Earth - not only a brilliant portrait of the emergence and evolution of life on this planet, but a vivid and frightening look at Earth's remote future. Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee combine storytelling power with extreme scientific care, and their narrative is as transfixing as any of H.G. Wells's fantasies, but more enthralling, for Ward and Brownlee have real power to prognosticate. This is a book that makes one shiver, but also inspires one to wonder how humanity (if we survive in the short term) will fare in the distant future." Oliver Sachs Peter Ward and Don Brownlee, a geologist and an astronomer respectively, are in the vanguard of the new field of astrobiology. Combining their knowledge of the evolution of life on our planet with their understanding of the life cycles of stars and solar systems, the authors tell the awe-inspiring story of the second half of Earth's life. The process of planetary evolution will essentially reverse itself; life as we know it will subside until only the simplest forms remain. The oceans will evaporate, and as the sun slowly expands, Earth itself will eventually meet a fiery end.
The Lives Of Strangers
By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Divakaruni is well known for her highly acclaimed novel THE MISTRESS OF SPICES and her award winning short story collection ARRANGED MARRIAGE. In this new collection she weaves tales of India and of new settlers in America with touching perception and colour. A young girl protects her small brother from the wrath of her father and the stain of poverty, but when he flees the house to escape, she catches the bright white of his shirt flashing past the foliage of the Indian trees and finds she has to keep the greatest secret of them all: his fight for liberty; a widowed grandmother arrives in America to stay with her only son and his children, looking forward to a new life among those who love her most but soon discovers a world of materialism, familial strife and the loss of family ties.In this exquisite collection of stories, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni paints the realities of solitude, expectation, love and betrayal and deftly embroiders a colourful tapestry of life in the East and West.
The Lesbian Parenting Book
By D.Merilee Clunis, G. Dorsey Green
Written by two experienced lesbian therapists and parents, this second edition of Lesbian Parenting has been updated to reflect the contemporary cultural and political landscape, as well as current trends in parenting. Drawing on the real-life experiences of lesbian families and the latest information from family specialists, the authors present detailed, chapter-by-chapter information on each stage of parenthood and child development. New material includes information on circumcision, Internet safety, legal hoops for non-custodial parents, the facts about late-in-life pregnancies, moms working inside and outside of the home, and more. An essential text for every lesbian who is involved in,or considering,raising a family.
By Francis Davis
Modern jazz and rock'n' roll, both of which were once identified with youthful insurrection, have reached middle age. So have many longtime listeners -including Francis Davis. Now, in these thirty-one articles, the revered jazz critic considers music young and old, examining performers from Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday to Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. But what makes this Davis's most surprising book is the inclusion of such pop icons as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, and Lou Reed. Using himself as an example, Davis pinpoints our collective longing for a time when we (and our music) were younger-and more inclined to take risks. Lively, opinionated, gracefully written, and often very funny, Like Young is a book for those who have long savoured Davis's writing, as well as for those just now discovering him.
By Arthur Liman
During nearly half a century of practicing law, Arthur L. Liman represented the very best ideals of his profession. He was renowned both for his brilliance as a corporate lawyer and for his commitment to public service and pro bono work. Vanity Fair called him a "big trouble" lawyer,i.e., the lawyer you call when you're in it. In this candid memoir, written in the months before his death, Liman discusses his life in the law from the moment Roy Cohn's performance at the McCarthy hearings inspired him to become a lawyer (in order to stand against lawyers like Cohn) to his influential investigation of the Attica prison uprising, through his role as chief counsel in the Iran-Contra hearings, with looks at many fascinating cases, clients, and controversies along the way. Full of lively portraits of the moguls, financiers, politicians and criminals with whom Liman worked, and grounded in his insightful, provocative opinions on the practice of law and on today's legal issues, Lawyer is an absorbing read.
By Ned Rorem
This latest installment of Ned Rorem's diary opens in 1986, when the author is sixty-two, and closes in 1999, when he is seventy-five. Though Rorem remains as energetic as ever during these years,new books written, new music composed,the tone of this volume is autumnal: His life and his world are winding down. He mourns the passing of dear friends, endures the indignities of growing old, and notes with bitterness the collapse of the taste and standards that once defined his artistic circle. As AIDS becomes an epidemic, he traces its grim course through the gay community and through the discourse of the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years. Lies is an anthology of forms, each entry a carefully chosen, brightly coloured tile in a literary mosaic, with all that readers have come to expect from Rorem: erotic fantasies, gratuitous slights, aphorisms, indiscretions, program notes, puns, punditry, and beauty.
Listen To The Stories
By Nat Hentoff
Here is Nat Hentoff's deeply felt exploration of jazz, blues, country, and gospel,and the musicians who bring the music to life. Hentoff has not only loved music all his life, he has lived it by being friends with many of the musicians he writes about in this collection. Hentoff poignantly describes the early days of Roy Eldridge and the last years of Billie Holiday and Bird. He tells amazing stories of the Count, Duke, and Dizzy. "Full of insightful behind-the-scenes encounters" ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Listen to the Stories covers new recordings and old legends, remarkable lives and unforgettable music.
The Later Diaries Of Ned Rorem
By Ned Rorem
Ned Rorem is celebrated as one of America's greatest living composers. His diary of his early years, The Paris Diary and the New York Diary , was widely acclaimed. The Later Diaries continues one of the most sustained efforts in the intimate journal form ever undertaken and offers candid insights into his astonishing life, career, art, friendships, and love. In these years, Lions, Miss Julie, and Poems of Love and the Rain were composed and most of his books written he also continued to meet the famous and infamous and to write of them with the charm that Janet Flanner characterized as "worldly, intelligent, licentious, highly indiscreet."
By John Ross
From cholesterol to cancer, asteroids to AIDS, we face more risks than our grandparents ever dreamed of. But most of us are 200 years behind the curve when it comes to making intelligent risk-based decisions: We refuse to fly, but don't wear seat belts in our far more dangerous cars. We panic about toxic waste dumps, but collectively smoke a billion cigarettes a year. In this entertaining and enlightening look at risk in the modern age, John Ross argues that the burgeoning science of risk assessment has given us powerful new tools to cope in a complex world, if we could only learn how to speak the language. Ross examines the building blocks of this new language, and helps us identify and relinquish long-held, often pre-set, biological and psychological responses to risk. Through vivid stories and compelling science, Ross empowers us to take control of our lives and to exercise our most basic democratic freedom,the power to make our own decisions,both as individuals and as a society.