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Notable New Nonfiction: December 2017

Here are some highlights from the new nonfiction titles added to the catalog recently.

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The Healing Power of Smudging: Cleansing Rituals to Purify Your Home, Attract Positive Energy and Bring Peace into Your Life by Rodika Tchi

An inspiring guide to cleansing your home of negative energy using the ancient tradition of space clearing with sacred smoke. This comprehensive introduction to smudging teaches you how to empower your life, your home, and your heart. With step-by-step tutorials, colorful photos, and expert advice, this book makes it easy to: * Smudge your home, yourself, and others * Craft your own smudge stick and fan * Choose sacred herbs, oils, and resins * Select the ideal day and time to smudge * Add crystals to your smudging alter * Perform rituals for all occasions

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Activating Happiness: A Jump Start Guide to Overcoming Low Motivation, Depression, or Just Feeling Stuck by Rachel Hershenberg

Activating Happiness offers powerful, evidence-based strategies to help you conquer low motivation, nix negative moods, and defeat depression by actively making positive choices in small, everyday moments. If you have depression or just suffer from low mood and lack of motivation, you know that your life isn t going to change with one grand, sweeping gesture. But you can make important decisions every day whether it s getting off the couch and going for a walk, signing up for a course in pottery or screenwriting, or just setting aside some time to meet and chat with a good friend over coffee. These little things won t change your life all at once. But over time, they will shape the way you live and see the world and keep you on a path to wellness.

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Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship With Food by Rachel Herz

In Why You Eat What You Eat neuroscientist Rachel Herz presents our relationship to food as a complicated recipe, whose ingredients--taste, personality, and emotions--combine to make eating a potent and pleasurable experience. Herz weaves curious findings and compelling facts into a narrative that tackles important questions, revealing how psychology, neurology, and physiology shape our relationship with food, and how food alters the relationship we have with ourselves and each other. She uncovers the fascinating and surprising facts that influence food consumption--such as why bringing reusable bags to the grocery store encourages us to buy more treats, how our beliefs can affect how many calories we burn, why TV influences how much we eat, and how what we see and hear changes how food tastes--and reveals useful techniques for improving our experience of food, such as how aromas can help curb cravings and tips on how to resist repeated trips to the buffet table.

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The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien

Maude Julien's parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor - raising her in isolation, tyrannizing her childhood and subjecting her to endless drills designed to "eliminate weakness." Maude learned to hold an electric fence for minutes without flinching, and to sit perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar all night long (her mother sewed bells onto her clothes that would give her away if she moved). She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment. But Maude's parents could not rule her inner life. Befriending the animals on the lonely estate as well as the characters in the novels she read in secret, young Maude nurtured in herself the compassion and love that her parents forbid as weak. And when, after more than a decade, an outsider managed to penetrate her family's paranoid world, Maude seized her opportunity to attempt an escape.

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Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More by Courtney Carver

We are often on a quest for more--we give in to pressure every day to work more, own more, and do more. For Carver, this constant striving had to come to a stop when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Stress was like gasoline on the fire of symptoms, and it became clear that she needed to root out the physical and psychological clutter that were the source of her debt and discontent. In this book, she shows us how to pursue practical minimalism so we can create more with less--more space, more time, and even more love. Carver invites us to look at the big picture, discover what's most important to us, and reclaim lightness and ease by getting rid of all the excess things.

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Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical by Johnny Ball

Johnny Ball tells one of the most important stories in world history - the story of mathematics. By introducing us to the major characters and leading us through many historical twists and turns, Ball slowly unravels the tale of how humanity built up a knowledge and understanding of shapes, numbers and patterns from ancient times, a story that leads directly to the technological wonderland we live in today. As Galileo said, 'Everything in the universe is written in the language of mathematics', and Wonders Beyond Numbers is your guide to this language. Enriched with tales of colourful personalities and remarkable discoveries, and written in Johnny Ball's characteristically light-hearted and engaging style, this book is packed with historical insight and mathematical marvels; join Johnny and uncover the wonders found beyond the numbers.

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The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Gregar

Dr. Michael Greger's bestselling book, How Not to Die, presented the scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of premature death and disability. Now,The How Not to Die Cookbook puts that science into action. From Superfood Breakfast Bites to Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca to Two-Berry Pie with Pecan-Sunflower Crust, every recipe inThe How Not to Die Cookbook offers a delectable, easy-to-prepare, plant-based dish to help anyone eat their way to better health.

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Beethoven's Eroica: The First Great Romantic Symphony by James Hamilton-Paterson

In 1805, the world of music was startled by an avant-garde and explosive new work. Intellectually and emotionally, Beethoven's Third Symphony, the "Eroica," rudely broke the mold of the Viennese Classical symphony and revealed a powerful new expressiveness, both personal and societal. Even the whiff of actual political revolution was woven into the work-it was originally inscribed to Napoleon Bonaparte, a dangerous hero for a composer dependent on conservative royal patronage. With the first two stunning chords of the "Eroica," classical music was transformed. This is Hamilton-Paterson's ode to Beethoven's revolutionary masterpiece, his Third Symphony.

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No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she's in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice--sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical--shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula's online writing, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her unceasing wonder at it.

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Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy by Elaine Tyler May

For the last sixty years, fear has seeped into every area of American life: Americans own more guns than citizens of any other country, sequester themselves in gated communities, and retreat from public spaces. And yet, crime rates have plummeted, making life in America safer than ever. Why, then, are Americans so afraid-and where does this fear lead to? In this remarkable work of social history, Elaine Tyler May demonstrates how our obsession with security has made citizens fear each other and distrust the government, making America less safe and less democratic. Fortress America charts the rise of a muscular national culture, undercutting the common good. Instead of a thriving democracy of engaged citizens, we have become a paranoid, bunkered, militarized, and divided vigilante nation.

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Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Sex, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World by Tobias Churton

In 1914 occultist, magician, poet, painter, and writer AleisterCrowley traveled to the U.S. and stayed for five turbulent years that changed him and the face of occultism forever. Using previously unpublished diaries and letters, Tobias Churton traces Crowley's quest to implant a new magical and spiritual consciousness in the United States. In this account of his stay we meet artists, writers, spies, and government agents as Thurton uncovers Crowley's complex work for British and U.S. intelligence agencies; his involvement with the birth of the Greenwich Village radical art scene; his relations with writers Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser; his role in the sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania, his making of the "Elixir of Life" in 1915, his psychedelic experimentation, and his run-in with Detroit Freemasonry. We also witness Crowley's influence on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and learn why J. Edgar Hoover wouldn't let Crowley back in the country and why the FBI raided Crowley's organization in LA.

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Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time by Simon Garfield

Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. How have we come to be dominated by something so arbitrary? Timekeepers is a vivid exploration of the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the last 250 years, narrated in the highly inventive and entertaining style that bestselling author Simon Garfield is fast making his own. As managing time becomes the greatest challenge we face in our lives, this multi-layered history helps us tackle it in a sparkling new light.