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Planet Palm: How Palm Oil Became an Ingredient in Everything--And Endangered the Earth

By Zuckerman, Jocelyn C.

2021-05 - New Press

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In the tradition of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, a groundbreaking global investigation into the industry ravaging the environment and global health--from the James Beard Award-winning journalist

Over the past few decades, palm oil has seeped into every corner of our lives. Worldwide, palm oil production has nearly doubled in just the last decade: oil-palm plantations now cover an area nearly the size of New Zealand, and some form of the commodity lurks in half the products on U.S. grocery shelves. But the palm oil revolution has been built on stolen land and slave labor; it's swept away cultures and so devastated the landscapes of Southeast Asia that iconic animals now teeter on the brink of extinction. Fires lit to clear the way for plantations spew carbon emissions to rival those of industrialized nations.

James Beard Award-winning journalist Jocelyn C. Zuckerman spent years traveling the globe, from Liberia to Indonesia, India to Brazil, reporting on the human and environmental impacts of this poorly understood plant. The result is Planet Palm, a riveting account blending history, science, politics, and food as seen through the people whose lives have been upended by this hidden ingredient.

This groundbreaking work of first-rate journalism compels us to examine the connections between the choices we make at the grocery store and a planet under siege.

Father Figure: How to Be a Feminist Dad

By Shapiro, Jordan

2021-05 - Little, Brown Spark

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A thoughtful and long-overdue exploration of fatherhood and masculinity in the 21st century that "redefines what it means to be a good father" (Adam Grant).

There are hundreds of books on parenting, and with good reason--becoming a parent is scary, difficult, and life-changing. But when it comes to books about parenting identity, rather than the nuts and bolts of raising children, nearly all are about what it's like to be a mother.

Drawing on research in sociology, economics, philosophy, gender studies, and the author's own experiences, Father Figure sets out to fill that gap. It's an exploration of the psychology of fatherhood from an archetypal perspective as well as a cultural history that challenges familiar assumptions about the origins of so-called traditional parenting roles. What paradoxes and contradictions are inherent in our common understanding of dads? Might it be time to rethink some aspects of fatherhood?

Gender norms are changing, and old economic models are facing disruption. As a result, parenthood and family life are undergoing an existential transformation. And yet, the narratives and images of dads available to us are wholly inadequate for this transition. Victorian and Industrial Age tropes about fathers not only dominate the media, but also contour most people's lived experience. Father Figure offers a badly needed update to our collective understanding of fatherhood--and masculinity in general. It teaches dads how to embrace the joys of fathering while guiding them toward an image of manliness for the modern world.

The Vegan Meat Cookbook: Simply Phenomenal Recipes for Making and Cooking with Plant-Based Proteins

By Schinner, Miyoko

2021-05 - Ten Speed Press

9781984858887 Check Our Catalog

100+ hearty, succulent, people-pleasing meals featuring vegan meat, from comfort food classics and speedy weeknight dinners to global flavors and showstoppers, plus recipes for DIY vegan meats and cheeses.

"When vegan cheese queen Miyoko Schinner pens a new cookbook, you don't walk to your nearest bookstore. You run. . . . Get ready for your weeknight dinners to never be the same."--VegNews

From the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat to MorningStar Farms, Boca Burgers, and more, plant-based meats are a growing trend for those who want to help the planet, animals, and their health but don't want to give up the meaty flavors they love. In The Vegan Meat Cookbook, bestselling author Miyoko Schinner guides you through the maze of products available on store shelves and offers straightforward guidance on how to best use them in everything from Sausage Calzones with Roasted Fennel and Preserved Lemon to Hominy and Carne Asada Enchiladas with Creamy Green Sauce. Dig in to a satisfying vegan meal of Weeknight Shepherd's Pie with Bratwurst and Buttery Potatoes or Meaty, Smoky Chili. Wow your guests with Coq au Vin, Linguine with Lemon-Garlic Scallops and Herbs, or Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Garlic Prawns.

For those interested in making their own vegan meats and cheese from scratch, there are recipes for Juicy Chicken, King Trumpet Mushroom Bacon, Easy Buffalo Mozzarella, Miyoko's famous Unturkey, and many more that you'll never find in stores. Whether you're cutting back on meat for your health, the environment, animal welfare, or affordability, The Vegan Meat Cookbook will satisfy the cravings of flexitarians, vegans, vegetarians, and even carnivores.

What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

By Perry, Bruce D.

2021-04 - Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book

9781250223180 Check Our Catalog

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

"Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives."--Oprah Winfrey

This book is going to change the way you see your life.

Have you ever wondered Why did I do that? or Why can't I just control my behavior? Others may judge our reactions and think, What's wrong with that person? When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question.

Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?"

Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the book, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It's a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it's one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future--opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

Dream First, Details Later: How to Quit Overthinking and Make It Happen!

By Bennett, Ellen

2021-04 - Portfolio

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Ellen Bennett is the platonic form of a go-getter who inspires go-getter after go-getter to become a better go-getter.--Zooey Deschanel, actor and musician

You'll never know where to start...until you start. This gutsy guidebook will help anyone who's procrastinating on a goal, career change, or business idea stop the obsessive worrying and leap into action.

As a 24-year-old line cook, Ellen Marie Bennett couldn't stand the kitchen staff's poorly designed, cheaply made aprons. So when her head chef announced he was ordering a new batch, she blurted out, "Chef, I have an apron company"--even though she had no company, no business plan--just a glimmer of a design idea and a business license. Through hustle and a willingness to leap into the unknown, time and time again, she built that first order into a multi-million-dollar company called Hedley & Bennett, making aprons and kitchen gear worn by many of the world's best chefs and home cooks everywhere.

Dream First, Details Later shares Ellen's journey and her forged-in-the-fire personal playbook for starting before you stop yourself. If you've ever imagined doing something and immediately thought, that's impossible, or I wouldn't even know where to start, or I'm not qualified to do that, in these pages, you'll learn how to shove aside your inner worrier and launch into action. This honest and bold illustrated book will be like having Ellen--your personal hype woman--there with you, all the while yelling, Don't stop You got this She'll share hard-won advice on:

- Squashing doubts and reservations about venturing outside your comfort zone. (These doubts masquerade as rational, but they're more likely coming from a place of fear.)
- Saying screw it to the perfect plan and using creative problem-solving--and heart and guts--to conquer the shit storms as they come.
- Eventually transitioning from the flying by the seat of your pants stage to the well-oiled machine stage.

You don't need to have all the answers to make your dream a reality. You just need to start before you're ready.

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

By Burke, Tarana

2021-04 - Random House

9780593243626 Check Our Catalog

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Tarana Burke and Dr. Bren� Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching: vulnerability and shame resilience.

Contributions by Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, Laverne Cox, Jason Reynolds, Austin Channing Brown, and more

It started as a text between two friends.

Tarana Burke, founder of the 'me too.' Movement, texted researcher and writer Bren� Brown to see if she was free to jump on a call. Bren� assumed that Tarana wanted to talk about wallpaper. They had been trading home decorating inspiration boards in their last text conversation so Bren� started scrolling to find her latest Pinterest pictures when the phone rang.

But it was immediately clear to Bren� that the conversation wasn't going to be about wallpaper. Tarana's hello was serious and she hesitated for a bit before saying, "Bren�, you know your work affected me so deeply, but as a Black woman, I've sometimes had to feel like I have to contort myself to fit into some of your words. The core of it rings so true for me, but the application has been harder."

Bren� replied, "I'm so glad we're talking about this. It makes sense to me. Especially in terms of vulnerability. How do you take the armor off in a country where you're not physically or emotionally safe?"

Long pause.

"That's why I'm calling," said Tarana. "What do you think about working together on a book about the Black experience with vulnerability and shame resilience?"

There was no hesitation.

Burke and Brown are the perfect pair to usher in this stark, potent collection of essays on Black shame and healing. Along with the anthology contributors, they create a space to recognize and process the trauma of white supremacy, a space to be vulnerable and affirm the fullness of Black love and Black life.

A Woman's Garden: Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things

By Anderson, Tanya

2021-04 - Cool Springs Press

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In A Woman's Garden, the creative force behind LovelyGreens.com, Tanya Anderson, shares inspiring ways to use the power of plants for home and health--with helpful growing advice and step-by-step instructions for creating over 35 inspiring projects, edibles, and art from your garden.

Gardens grow more than just pretty flowers. They grow well-being and a deeper connection with nature. Gardens can also produce plant material for creating homemade skincare, natural dyes, artisan crafts, delicious foods and beverages, and medicines--homegrown ways to create a wholesome lifestyle.

Making things with your hands and heart, and then sharing the fruits of your labors with friends and family, is both satisfying and soul-stirring. Learn how to grow dozens of plants and then transform them into gorgeous items to nurture yourself or gift to others, including:

  • Using onion skins to dye wool
  • Alkanet root and lavender soap
  • Soapwort multipurpose cleaner
  • Rose petal facial mist
  • Edible flower frittata
  • Healing calendula skin salve
  • Paper mache leaf lanterns
  • Chamomile tincture
  • Gardening projects, including a herb spiral, strawberry pallet planter, and more
In A Woman's Garden, you'll be introduced to seven categories of useful plants. Plus, meet inspiring women gardeners from around the globe who grow and use edibles, herbs, and flowers to create natural products you can make, too. Find inspiration, healing, health, and happiness right outside your own backdoor with A Woman's Garden.

Blueberry Love: 46 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Pies, Jams, Smoothies, Sauces & More

By Graubart, Cynthia

2021-04 - Storey Publishing

9781635863109 Check Our Catalog

Prized for their taste and nutrition, blueberries are a favorite for eating by the handful and as an ingredient in cooking and baking. Blueberry Love celebrates this sweet-tart summer fruit with 46 recipes for enjoying blueberries, fresh or frozen. From breakfast treats (Blueberry Bread Pudding and Blueberry Granola) to salads (Blueberry, Watermelon, Feta, and Mint), from main courses (Skirt Steak with Blueberry Port Sauce) to desserts (Whoopie Pies with Blueberry Cream Filling), this book is brimming with classic and creative ways to put blueberries to use. It also includes tips for picking, freezing, and making staples like jam and pie.

The Healing Garden

By Soule, Deb

2021-04 - Princeton Architectural Press

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In The Healing Garden, Deb Soule, founder of Avena Botanicals, offers an inspiring guide to herb gardening and crafting herbal remedies that promote wellness of spirit and body. Soule combines her passion for plants gardens, and healing with her extensive experience working with medicinal herbs, flowers, roots, and berries. Her practical advice addresses each aspect of fostering a garden filled with helpful, healing plants: biodynamic gardening practices; gathering plants and setting up a drying room; and creating herbal teas, decoctions, tinctures, syrups, tonics, vinegars, essences, and more. A chapter outlining eighteen medicinal herbs provides detailed information on their cultivation and healing properties. Molly Haley's colorful photography showcases Avena Botanicals' lush herb gardens in all seasons. The Healing Garden is grounded in respect for the interconnectedness of all living beings and is an eloquent plea for spiritual awareness and the wholeness of individuals, communities, and our planet.

Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America's Waterways

By Kelley, Tyler J.

2021-04 - Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

9781501187049 Check Our Catalog

A revelatory work of reporting on the men and women wrestling to harness and preserve America's most vital natural resource: our rivers.

The Mississippi. The Missouri. The Ohio. America's rivers are the very lifeblood of our country. We need them for nourishing crops, for cheap bulk transportation, for hydroelectric power, for fresh drinking water. Rivers are also part of our mythology, our collective soul; they are Mark Twain, Led Zeppelin, and the Delta Blues. But as infrastructure across the nation fails and climate change pushes rivers and seas to new heights, we've arrived at a critical moment in our battle to tame these often-destructive forces of nature.

Tyler J. Kelley spent two years traveling the heartland, getting to know the men and women whose lives and livelihoods rely on these tenuously tamed streams. On the Illinois-Kentucky border, we encounter Luther Helland, master of the most important--and most decrepit--lock and dam in America. This old dam at the end of the Ohio River was scheduled to be replaced in 1998, but twenty years and $3 billion later, its replacement still isn't finished. As the old dam crumbles and commerce grinds to a halt, Helland and his team must risk their lives, using steam-powered equipment and sheer brawn, to raise and lower the dam as often as ten times a year.

In Southeast Missouri, we meet Twan Robinson, who lives in the historically Black village of Pinhook. As a super-flood rises on the Mississippi, she learns from her sister that the US Army Corps of Engineers is going to blow up the levee that stands between her home and the river. With barely enough notice to evacuate her elderly mother and pack up a few of her own belongings, Robinson escapes to safety only to begin a nightmarish years-long battle to rebuild her lost community.

Atop a floodgate in central Louisiana, we're beside Major General Richard Kaiser, the man responsible for keeping North America's greatest river under control. Kaiser stands above the spot where the Mississippi River wants to change course, abandoning Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and following the Atchafalaya River to the sea. The daily flow of water from one river to the other is carefully regulated, but something else is happening that may be out of Kaiser and the Corps' control.

America's infrastructure is old and underfunded. While our economy, society, and climate have changed, our levees, locks, and dams have not. Yet to fix what's wrong will require more than money. It will require an act of imagination. "With meticulous research and insightful analysis" (Publishers Weekly), Holding Back the River brings us into the lives of the Americans who grapple with our mighty rivers and, through their stories, suggests solutions to some of the century's greatest challenges.

The Principles of Pretty Rooms

By Howard, Phoebe

2021-04 - ABRAMS

9781419743856 Check Our Catalog

Beloved interior designer Phoebe Howard shares her style secrets for creating truly pretty rooms filled with grace and charm

The design world's favorite Mrs. is back, with tried and true d cor "rules" and classic strategies for creating pretty, charming, and timeless interiors. Celebrating warm, welcoming style, each chapter explores the color palettes, fabrics, and special little grace notes that make a room pretty. As always, Mrs. Howard delivers a range of inspiring examples, from pretty rooms in townhouses, beach houses, and country escapes to pretty-meets-grand-style in estates and manors. She also presents how-to-get-the-look advice, including favorite color combinations, fabric patterns, furnishings, and accessories that instantly transform a space. The majority of the projects have never been published, creating an irresistible guide for all who dream of having the signature Mrs. Howard look: interiors filled with light, easy elegance and pretty details.

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

By Bourdain, Anthony

2021-04 - Ecco Press

9780062802798 Check Our Catalog

A guide to some of the world's most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania's utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman's Empty Quarter--and many places beyond.

In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places--in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.

Supplementing Bourdain's words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Christopher; a guide to Chicago's best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook.

For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.


Come On Over: 111 Fantastic Recipes for the Family That Cooks, Eats, and Laughs Together

By Mauro, Jeff

2021-04 - William Morrow & Company

9780062997081 Check Our Catalog

Bursting with personality and mouthwatering dishes, a cookbook for family and friendly gatherings from celebrity chef Jeff Mauro, co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen.

When Jeff Mauro was growing up in his big Italian American family in Chicago, his mother would often be on the phone talking to cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and family friends. Her favorite phrase? Come on over! When Jeff heard those three words, he and his siblings knew company was coming and there would be good food to accompany their visit. A boy who loved to eat and make people laugh, Jeff was in heaven.

Now the host of the Emmy-nominated The Kitchen on Food Network, Jeff still loves entertaining with his family. For Jeff, there’s no better way to create shared memories than over a good meal. In Come on Over he invites everyone to share in the fun, providing delicious recipes for all occasions, from game day to birthdays to brunch, along with fun stories from his life. Whatever the get-together, Jeff has the perfect food to make it memorable-and make everyone feel like family.

Jungalow: Decorate Wild

By Blakeney, Justina

2021-04 - Harry N. Abrams

9781419747052 Check Our Catalog

From Justina Blakeney, the ultimate guide to designing wildly creative interiors that are free-spirited, layered, and deeply personal

Justina Blakeney's new book is her biggest, boldest, and most beautiful volume yet, filled with irresistible style, original patterns, and artwork--lushly photographed by Dabito. In each chapter, Justina shares her distinctive point of view on everything design fans want to know--how to make bold choices with color and pattern, how to take cues from nature, how to authentically glean inspiration from their heritage and travels, how to break rules, and all the other paths to truly begin to decorate wild. Along the way, Justina also shares personal narratives, practical advice, and nuanced insight into how she lives in her own space--how she reconnects with nature, how she plays and stays inspired, how she gives herself permission to feel free and wild, and how readers can do the same.
Jungalow is the term coined by Justina for the brand that embodies her wild, but cozy and homey, style. Copycats abound, but there is no other book like this one--offering Justina's authentic, encouraging voice and approachable, signature style.

Being a Ballerina: The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life

By Larsen, Gavin

2021-04 - University Press of Florida

9780813066899 Check Our Catalog

A look inside a dancer's world

Inspiring, revealing, and deeply relatable, Being a Ballerina is a firsthand look at the realities of life as a professional ballet dancer. Through episodes from her own career, Gavin Larsen describes the forces that drive a person to study dance; the daily balance that dancers navigate between hardship and joy; and the dancer's continual quest to discover who they are as a person and as an artist.

Starting with her arrival as a young beginner at a class too advanced for her, Larsen tells how the embarrassing mistake ended up helping her learn quickly and advance rapidly. In other stories of her early teachers, training, and auditions, she explains how she gradually came to understand and achieve what she and her body were capable of.

Larsen then re-creates scenes from her experiences in dance companies, from unglamorous roles to exhilarating performances. Working as a ballerina was shocking and scary at first, she says, recalling unexpected injuries, leaps of faith, and her constant struggle to operate at the level she wanted--but full of enormously rewarding moments. Larsen also reflects candidly on her difficult decision to retire at age 35.

An ideal read for aspiring dancers, Larsen's memoir will also delight experienced dance professionals and fascinate anyone who wonders what it takes to live a life dedicated to the perfection of the art form.

Finding Freedom

By French, Erin

2021-04 - Celadon Books

9781250312341 Check Our Catalog

**New York Times Bestseller**
From Erin French, owner of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, a TIME world dining destination, a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up

Long before The Lost Kitchen became a world dining destination with every seating filled the day the reservation book opens each spring, Erin French was a girl roaming barefoot on a 25-acre farm, a teenager falling in love with food while working the line at her dad's diner and a young woman finding her calling as a professional chef at her tiny restaurant tucked into a 19th century mill. This singular memoir--a classic American story--invites readers to Erin's corner of her beloved Maine to share the real person behind the "girl from Freedom" fairytale, and the not-so-picture-perfect struggles that have taken every ounce of her strength to overcome, and that make Erin's life triumphant.

In Finding Freedom, Erin opens up to the challenges, stumbles, and victories that have led her to the exact place she was ever meant to be, telling stories of multiple rock-bottoms, of darkness and anxiety, of survival as a jobless single mother, of pills that promised release but delivered addiction, of a man who seemed to offer salvation but in the end ripped away her very sense of self. And of the beautiful son who was her guiding light as she slowly rebuilt her personal and culinary life around the solace she found in food--as a source of comfort, a sense of place, as a way of bringing goodness into the world. Erin's experiences with deep loss and abiding hope, told with both honesty and humor, will resonate with women everywhere who are determined to find their voices, create community, grow stronger and discover their best-selves despite seemingly impossible odds. Set against the backdrop of rural Maine and its lushly intense, bountiful seasons, Erin reveals the passion and courage needed to invent oneself anew, and the poignant, timeless connections between food and generosity, renewal and freedom.

Charlotte Moss Flowers

By Moss, Charlotte

2021-04 - Rizzoli International Publications

9780847870141 Check Our Catalog

Renowned interior designer and tastemaker Charlotte Moss celebrates flowers and offers endless inspiration in their use as glorious additions to decorating, entertaining, and everyday living.

Charlotte Moss encourages readers to bring the garden indoors--with ideas for arranging flowers, selecting containers, and placing blossoms around the house. An inviting cluster of blooms on a guest room's bedside table, lavish floral displays for parties and holidays, single stems adding life to any corner of a room--Moss has been photographing her flower arrangements for over a decade. This book is a celebration of her artistry and a testament to flowers as part of day-to-day life.

From Moss's grander displays in the city to her more informal and breezy creations at her home in the country, as well as in the refined interiors of her clients, the visual result is a chronicle of the myriad ways flowers provide inspiration--indoors and out. Readers will be further motivated as Moss describes the contributions of past tastemakers: Gloria Vanderbilt for her ingenious use of floral patterns in her licensed products, Pauline de Rothschild for her fantastic tablescapes, Bunny Mellon for her profusive use of topiaries, Constance Spry for the use of inventive containers and for her groundbreaking artistry, and Lady Bird Johnson for her embrace of the simple, exquisite wildflower. With nature as her muse, Moss implores us to create the backdrop for a life well lived, imbuing every day with flair, beauty, and elegance.

Imagine It!: A Handbook for a Happier Planet

By David, Laurie

2021-04 - Rodale Books

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An inspirational, accessible, and actionable guide for empowering and inspiring you to take concrete steps towards living more sustainably.

"An excellent how-to guide and] a great read for everyone from the socially conscious family to the most ardent climate activist."--Former Vice President Al Gore

Imagine It is a handbook for those who want to begin or advance a journey toward living in better balance with our planet. It inspires, supports, and offers easy ways to replace old, planet-hurting habits with new healthy ones.

In Imagine It , the documentary filmmakers behind Writing on the Wall, Fed Up, The Biggest Little Farm, The Social Dilemma, and the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth highlight the need to change some of our food, clothing, and transportation habits and meaningfully lower our use of plastic, paper, water, and harmful chemicals. They call the changes in these areas lifestyle shifts, and there is a chapter devoted to each one of them in the book. Each begins with a short story on the shift being explored, and then provides clear steps for replacing old habits with new ones to create lasting change.

Laurie David and Heather Reisman are no strangers to exposing hard truths and helping audiences understand their part in bringing about change. They know a cleaner, healthier world is ours for the taking--and to start, we just have to Imagine It

Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet

By Wald, Chelsea

2021-04 - Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

9781982116217 Check Our Catalog

From an award-winning science journalist, a "deeply researched, entertaining, and impassioned exploration of sanitation" (Nature) and the future of the toilet--for fans of popular science bestsellers by Mary Roach.

Most of us do not give much thought to the centerpiece of our bathrooms, but the toilet is an unexpected paradox. On the one hand, it is a modern miracle: a ubiquitous fixture in a vast sanitation system that has helped add decades to the human life span by reducing disease. On the other hand, the toilet is also a tragic failure: less than half of the world's population can access a toilet that safely manages body waste, including many right here in the United States. And it is inefficient, squandering clean water as well as the nutrients, energy, and information contained in the stuff we flush away. While we see radical technological change in almost every other aspect of our lives, we remain stuck in a sanitation status quo--in part because the topic of toilets is taboo.

Fortunately, there's hope--and Pipe Dreams daringly profiles the growing army of sewage-savvy scientists, engineers, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and activists worldwide who are overcoming their aversions and focusing their formidable skills on making toilets accessible and healthier for all.

This potential revolution in sanitation has many benefits, including reducing inequalities, mitigating climate change and water scarcity, improving agriculture, and optimizing health. Author Chelsea Wald takes us on a wild world tour from a compost toilet project in Haiti, to a plant in the Netherlands that salvages used toilet paper from sewage, and shows us a toilet seat that can watch users' poop for signs of illness, among many other fascinating developments.

"Toilet humor is one thing, but toilet fact, as digested by skilled science writer Wald, is quite another...[Pipe Dreams is] a highly informative, well-reasoned call to rethink the throne" (Kirkus Reviews).

Ashkenazi Herbalism: Rediscovering the Herbal Traditions of Eastern European Jews

By Cohen, Deatra

2021-04 - North Atlantic Books

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The definitive guide to the medicinal plant knowledge of Ashkenazi herbal healers--from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Until now, the herbal traditions of the Ashkenazi people have remained unexplored and shrouded in mystery. Ashkenazi Herbalism rediscovers the forgotten legacy of the Jewish medicinal plant healers who thrived in Eastern Europe's Pale of Settlement, from their beginnings in the Middle Ages through the modern era.

Including the first materia medica of 26 plants and herbs essential to Ashkenazi folk medicine, Ashkenazi Herbalism sheds light on the preparations, medicinal profiles, and applications of a rich but previously unknown herbal tradition--one hidden by language barriers, obscured by cultural misunderstandings, and nearly lost to history. Written for new and established practitioners, it offers illustrations, provides information on comparative medicinal practices, and illuminates the important historical and cultural contexts that gave rise to Eastern European Jewish herbalism.

Part I introduces a brief history of the Ashkenazim and provides an overview of traditional medicine among Eastern European Jews. Part II offers a comparative overview of healing customs among Jews of the Pale of Settlement, their many native plants, and the remedies applied by local healers to treat a range of illnesses. This materia medica names each plant in Yiddish, English, Latin, and other relevant languages, and the book also details a brief history of medicine; the roles of the ba'alei shem, feldshers, opshprekherins, midwives, and brewers; and the remedy books used by Jewish healers.

Simply Sustainable: Moving Toward Plastic-Free, Low-Waste Living

By Cameron, Lily

2021-03 - Ten Speed Press

9781984859136 Check Our Catalog

Break your plastic habit with simple, actionable steps and jumpstart your journey toward a minimal, beautiful, low-waste home.

"Simply Sustainable guides you through the why and how of zero-waste, while emphasizing the importance of finding the sweet spot between sustainability and self-care."--Julia Watkins, author of Simply Living Well

Transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle means eliminating unnecessary clutter from your home and reducing your dependence on disposable goods, but it also comes with practical challenges that can seem daunting. In Simply Sustainable, perfection is not required. Whether you are looking for easy changes to get you started, or more advanced, high-impact tips for your low-waste home, these simple, effective steps will forever change your relationship to disposable plastic products.

Lily Cameron shows readers how to gradually transition away from plastic and curate a minimal, beautiful home in the process. Her approach teaches you how to make plastic-free living work for you, savor your progress and celebrate that with each small change, you are making a positive impact on the environment, your health and your family's well being.

Simply Sustainable proves that zero-waste living can be easy and deeply satisfying, whether shopping at the farmers market, throwing a dinner party, or packing for a getaway weekend. With practical, manageable strategies organized by room, and inspiring photographs of plastic-free homes, you can begin your journey toward intentional, low-waste living.

What to Eat When You Want to Get Pregnant: A Science-Based 4-Week Program to Boost Your Fertility with Nutrition

By Avena, Nicole

2021-03 - Citadel Press

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Making a healthy baby begins with healthy ingredients.

Dr. Nicole Avena--nutrition expert and author of What to Eat When You're Pregnant--presents the preface to that guide, new revolutionary research on how nutrition impacts the ability to conceive and offers a 4-week plan to get readers on the path to parenthood.

Joining the ranks with pregnancy experts such as Heidi Murkoff, Dr. Avena is back and here to help. Making a healthy baby begins with healthy ingredients. Learn how to hack your diet to increase fertility--getting your body into the best baby-making shape--in only four weeks

The latest research reveals that by optimizing nutrition, you can boost your chances of conceiving and having a safe, healthy pregnancy and baby. But with so much information out there, how can you make sure you're getting the nutrients you need to maximize fertility and avoiding the seemingly healthy foods that could be interfering with fertility? In this comprehensive guide, diet and nutrition expert and research neuroscientist Dr. Nicole Avena offers revolutionary science-based advice for women and men who are either thinking about having a baby, already trying, or dealing with fertility issues. Dr. Avena pares down the research so that you can apply the new science to your real life, including valuable information such as:


- What nutrients are specifically tied to fertility and pregnancy, how much of each you need, why you need it, and which food sources are best
- Which plant-based protein sources promote pregnancy without disrupting hormone levels
- Why men's fertility is just as important as women's, and which foods can increase sperm motility and health
- How to add pregnancy-friendly fats to your diet
- The truth about the link between body weight and fertility

...and much more, including a 4-week plan to get you started on the path to parenthood. A psychologist and mother herself, Dr. Avena also offers practical advice, as well as 40 delicious, simple recipes that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle to create the best environment for your baby-to-be--one that will positively impact the whole family, all while feeling better than you've ever felt.

Visions of Home: Timeless Design, Modern Sensibility

By Cogar, Andrew

2021-03 - Rizzoli International Publications

9780847867608 Check Our Catalog

A new volume from the esteemed architecture firm Historical Concepts features extraordinary homes rooted in tradition and enriched with a modern sensibility.

Known for designing welcoming Southern homes, Historical Concepts, one of today's leading traditional architecture firms, is now working on diverse projects across America and in exotic locales, such as the Caribbean and Patagonia. A multigenerational team of architects is extending the firm's founding philosophy--expressing both timeless and inventive perspectives on design. Showcased are beautifully photographed country estates, coastal retreats, and pastoral properties, all weaving the classical principles of symmetry, scale, and proportion with vernacular motifs and artisanal craftsmanship to create stylish and comfortable backdrops for contemporary living. Sophisticated interior decoration and stunning landscapes accompany the architecture, creating a harmonious sense of place. Through engaging stories that inform, Andrew Cogar shows how to reimagine the traditional home--whether an elegant Greek Revival pavilion, a chic Hamptons summer house, or a reinterpretation of a historic Charleston single house--to capture one's unique point of view. Visions of Home is an invaluable resource for those who enjoy the warmth and charm of traditional architecture.

Dream Rooms for Children: Inspiring Spaces for Sleep, Study, and Play

By Salk, Susanna

2021-03 - Rizzoli International Publications

9780847867080 Check Our Catalog

Dream Rooms for Children presents excellent designs for kids' rooms, featuring stylish spaces created by well-known designers, parents, and even the kids themselves.

Dream Rooms for Children takes children's spaces with creative seriousness. Whether for a newborn, toddler, first grader, or teenager, the rooms shown here enrich the experience of childhood and, much like a child's imagination, offer endless possibilities. Full of design ideas, these interiors show us how we can make the most of all our current time at home by creating spaces that are functional and multipurpose while remaining stylish and livable.

Showcasing work by top-notch designers, including Kelly Wearstler, Charlotte Moss, Alessandra Branca, and Nate Berkus, among many others, these inspiring rooms offer a diversity of styles, from modern to formal to whimsical. Whether for a single child or for several children, whether it's a high-energy space for hanging out with friends or a soothing dreamy escape from the world, each room creates a vision of childhood at its best. In addition to nurseries and bedrooms, the book explores playrooms and studies, illustrating clever solutions to typical design problems and showing how to integrate sleep, study, and play into one space.

With stunning photography and imaginative rooms for every taste and budget, Dream Rooms for Children is full of practical tips and ideas, as well as quotes by the designers themselves, empowering you to create stylish, functional, and fun children's rooms of your own.

A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Misinformed

By Hakakian, Roya

2021-03 - Knopf Publishing Group

9780525656067 Check Our Catalog

A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Also, a mirror held up to America.

Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a guide for the newly arrived, and providing practical information and advice, Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner's Guide to America is Hakakian's candid love letter to America.

Bookstores

By Friedrichs, Horst A.

2021-03 - Prestel Publishing

9783791385815 Check Our Catalog

Explore the magic of independent bookstores in this beautiful photographic journey across the world.

Bookstores are treasure troves of knowledge and ideas, invaluable for the imagination, and often reflect their owners' personalities in ways internet behemoths could never re-create. In this book, photographer Horst A. Friedrichs opens the door to the world of bricks-and-mortar bookstores, showcasing their variety, quirkiness, and vitality with lavish photography. It celebrates the passion and commitment of the owners with interviews and anecdotes. Explore William Stout Books, a specialty store for architecture and art books in San Francisco, and Baldwin's Book Barn in Pennsylvania, a 5-story bookstore housed in a dairy barn open since the mid-1940s. Discover Gay's the Word, the UK's first and only dedicated LGBTQI bookshop and Livraria Lello, whose Art Deco interior is a temple to reading in the middle of Porto, Portugal. Some of the featured bookstores specialize in a certain genre, some are massive with vaulted ceilings, some are tiny and filled to the brim with books, some are in historic buildings that evoke a different time and place, and some are brand new, hightech, architect-designed spaces. What all the bookstores have in common is that they are all dedicated to spreading the written word to their communities. This is an ideal book for anyone who loves to read, browse, or simply linger in the analog world of books and bookstores.

American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage

By Pucci, Dan

2021-03 - Ballantine Books

9781984820891 Check Our Catalog

"Not just a thorough guide to the history of apples and cider in this country but also an inspiring survey of the orchardists and cidermakers devoting their lives to sustainable agriculture through apples."--Alice Waters

"Pucci and Cavallo are thorough and enthusiastic chroniclers, who celebrate cider's pomologists and pioneers with infectious curiosity and passion."--Bianca Bosker, New York Times bestselling author of Cork Dork

Cider today runs the gamut from sweet to dry, smooth to funky, made from apples and sometimes joined by other fruits--and even hopped like beer. In American Cider, aficionados Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo give a new wave of consumers the tools to taste, talk about, and choose their ciders, along with stories of the many local heroes saving apple culture and producing new varieties. Like wine made from well-known grapes, ciders differ based on the apples they're made from and where and how those apples were grown. Combining the tasting tools of wine and beer, the authors illuminate the possibilities of this light, flavorful, naturally gluten-free beverage.

And cider is more than just its taste--it's also historic, as the nation's first popular alcoholic beverage, made from apples brought across the Atlantic from England. Pucci and Cavallo use a region-by-region approach to illustrate how cider and the apples that make it came to be, from the well-known tale of Johnny Appleseed--which isn't quite what we thought--to the more surprising effects of industrial development and government policies that benefited white men. American Cider is a guide to enjoying cider, but even more so, it is a guide to being part of a community of consumers, farmers, and fermenters making the nation's oldest beverage its newest must-try drink.

The Big Book of Plant-Based Baby Food: 300 Healthy, Plant-Based Recipes Perfect for Your Baby or Toddler

By Gardner, Tamika L.

2021-03 - Adams Media Corporation

9781507214497 Check Our Catalog

Baby food finally goes plant-based in this cookbook featuring 300 easy, delicious recipes that any parent can make to ensure their babies and toddlers get all the nutrients they need...without any of the ingredients they don't.

Every parent wants to make sure their baby is eating the freshest, healthiest food possible, whether their baby is eating mashes and purees or simple finger foods. The Big Book of Plant-Based Baby Food makes preparing baby food easier than ever with these 300 simple, plant-forward recipes that give your children the nutrients they need, all while being delicious to eat

Focused entirely on whole, natural foods from plant-based sources, this book includes recipes like:
-Basic baby-approved purees that feature a wide range of fruits and veggies, from the simplest applesauce to a tasty garden vegetable and lentil mash
-Functional snacks like teething biscuits for babies to chew or homemade puffed treats that toddlers will love to pick up for improved motor skills
-And finger foods that sound so delicious you'll want to try them yourself, like sweet potato fries, strawberry raspberry muffins, and whole wheat mac 'n' cheese

These easy, appetizing recipes will ensure that your kids are getting all the nutrients they need with ingredients you love

Start Your Own Consulting Business: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success

By The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc

2021-03 - Entrepreneur Press

9781599186658 Check Our Catalog

Use What You Know and the Profits Will Flow

Whether you're a graphic designer, an accounting expert, or an advertising guru, your special skills are in high demand. Let the experts at Entrepreneur show you how to capitalize on your talents and help others achieve their business goals.

With new and revised chapters, consulting and coaching expert Terry Rice presents his tested, repeatable framework to creating a steady stream of referrals--and so much more. Dive in and learn how to:

  • Craft a business name and brand that stands out
  • Find the right niche that fits your business model
  • Set the right price for your services and prove you deserve it
  • Set up your business with minimal startup investment
  • Ask for referrals, the right way and at the right time
  • Hire team members that support you and your business No matter what your area of expertise, this hands-on guide will tell you everything you need to know to start your own successful consulting business.
  • Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide

    By Pakroo, Peri

    2021-02 - NOLO

    9781413328387 Check Our Catalog

    Build a great nonprofit

    More people than ever are committing themselves to serving their communities and changing the world. Whether you're aiming to protect the environment, support the arts, or help people in need, understanding how to set up a solid nonprofit organization is a great foundation for being as effective as you can be.

    With practical advice, legal information, tips, and step-by-step instructions, this essential guide will help you get your nonprofit up and running--and keep it going! It explains how to:

    • develop a strategic plan and budget
    • recruit and manage board members, volunteers, and staff
    • market your organization to your target audience
    • raise money including traditional methods and crowdfunding
    • build a website, use social media strategically, and avoid copyright troubles
    • adopt policies that are legally sound
    • and much more

    Whether you are dreaming of starting a nonprofit or are already in the trenches, Starting and Building a Nonprofit will help your organization make a real difference in the world. The fully updated ninth edition contains new material on developing and implementing meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion policies within your organization. It also covers recent changes to the law, including new incentives for donors under the CARES Act.

    With Downloadable Forms

    Download and customize essential forms, including Contractor Work-for-Hire Agreement, Volunteer Assignment Agreement, and sample budget forms. (details inside).

    Business Writing for Dummies

    By Canavor, Natalie

    2021-02 - For Dummies

    9781119696698 Check Our Catalog

    Learn how to write for the results you want every time, in every medium

    Do you wish you could write better? In today's business world, good writing is key to success in just about every endeavor. Writing is how you connect with colleagues, supervisors, clients, partners, employees, and people you've never met. No wonder strong writers win the jobs, promotions and contracts. Business Writing For Dummies shows you, from the ground up, how to create persuasive messages with the right content and language every time--messages your readers will understand and act on.

    This friendly guide equips you with a step-by-step method for planning what to say and how to say it in writing. This sytem empowers you to handle every writing challenge with confidence, from emails to proposals, reports to resumes, presentations to video scripts, blogs to social posts, websites to books. Discover down-to-earth techniques for sharpening your language and correcting your own writing problems. Learn how to adapt content, tone and style for each medium and audience. And learn to use every message you write to build better relationships and solve problems, while getting to the "yes" you want.

    Whether you're aiming to land your first job or are an experienced specialist in your field, Business Writing For Dummies helps you build your communication confidence and stand out.

    • Present yourself with authority and credibility
    • Understand and use the tools of persuasion
    • Communicate as a remote worker, freelancer, consultant or entrepreneur
    • Strategize your online presence to support your goals
    • Bring out the best in people and foster team spirit as a leader
    • Prepare to ace interviews, pitches and confrontations

    Good communication skills, particularly writing, are in high demand across all industries. Use this book to gain the edge you need to promote your own success, now and down the line as your career goals evolve.

    Simplicity at Home: Japanese Rituals, Recipes, and Arrangements for Thoughtful Living

    By Sekine, Yumiko

    2021-02 - Chronicle Books

    9781797202952 Check Our Catalog

    A gorgeous guide to creating a beautiful, comfortable home based on Japanese traditions from the founder of the beloved lifestyle brand Fog Linen Work.

    For anyone who dreams of a home filled with well-organized closets, eye-catching flower arrangements, perfectly draped blankets, and thoughtfully curated shelves, here is a guide to cultivating an elegant home.

    Yumiko Sekine, founder of the internationally celebrated lifestyle brand Fog Linen Work, shares lovely rituals and simple techniques based on Japanese traditions, including practices for decorating, organizing, preparing food, and more. From the kitchen to the bedroom and every space in between, here are tips for refreshing a home each season--arranging and displaying fresh flowers in spring, choosing the right sheets and linens for summer, taking warm herbal baths in autumn, and draping blankets and layering rugs to cozy up a space for winter. Brimming with easy-to-follow tips for elevating any space and packed with hundreds of photographs showcasing gorgeous interiors, this book is an invitation to create a home that nourishes, rejuvenates, and inspires--all year long.

    - CELEBRATED AUTHOR: Yumiko Sekine is the founder of Fog Linen Work, a Japanese home goods brand sold throughout the world and beloved by home cooks, interior decorators, and design enthusiasts. Her products are known for their simplicity, beauty, and ability to elevate any space. In this book, Sekine distills all her secrets to creating a home that exudes simple elegance.
    - ORGANIZATION MADE EASY: This book gives readers easy, elegant ways to declutter their homes and organize their belongings, whether they live in an apartment or house, and includes simple tips for tidying and curating objects to bring order and simplicity to every room.
    - JAPANESE TRADITIONS: Yumiko presents Japanese traditions for preparing food, arranging flowers, entertaining, organizing, and more. The combination of ancient practices and modern techniques makes this the perfect companion for anyone curious about Japanese culture and aesthetics.
    - GIFT WORTHY: Presented in a linen-wrapped case and brimming with hundreds of gorgeous photographs and inspired advice for every home, this book is a perfect addition to any bookshelf and a lovely gift for new homeowners, newlyweds, and fans of organization and interior design.

    Perfect for:

    - Interior designers, minimalists, and fans of sustainability
    - People who are into organizing their space
    - Fans of Fog Linen Work

    The Chicken Bible: Say Goodbye to Boring Chicken with 500 Recipes for Easy Dinners, Braises, Wings, Stir-Fries, and So Much More

    By America's Test Kitchen

    2021-02 - America's Test Kitchen

    9781948703543 Check Our Catalog

    Poultry enthusiasts unite

    ATK has you covered from the basic to the spectacular with 500 recipes that deliver low-key dinners, game-day favorites, simple sandwiches, special-occasion showstoppers, and beyond.

    You can call chicken a lot of things. Blank canvas, weeknight go-to, lean protein, we've heard it all. But boring? That's where we draw the line. Sure, it might have started to feel a bit redundant. But that's not the chicken's fault. ATK is here with the inspiration you need. It's time those chicken pieces in your freezer got the respect they deserve.

    Chicken is the go-anywhere, eat-with-anything, highly transformable crowd favorite that always fills the bill. Find exactly what you're looking for (and more ) with a wide breadth of themed chapters, including Easy Dinners, Classic Braises, Breaded and Fried, Pasta and Noodles, Savory Pies and Casseroles, and appliance-specific recipes. There's even a dedicated chapter of recipes for cooking for two. And with an introduction detailing how to prep any chicken part, from pounding breasts and preparing cutlets, to whole bird skills like butterflying or breaking down a chicken, you'll be a poultry pro in no time. Cozy up to succulent roast chickens with sauces made from pan drippings, sink your teeth into the crispiest, crunchiest fried chicken you've ever had, try your hand at sous vide for unbelievably moist chicken, or fire up the grill for anything from kebabs to beer can chicken. Feel like wingin' it? Us too. Our favorite is our game-changing Korean Fried Chicken Wings, double-fried so they stay extra-crispy under their blanket of spicy, salty, slightly-sweet sauce. With over 500 recipes, you could eat chicken every night and never tire of it. (And yes, that's a challenge.)

    How to Unf*ck the Planet a Little Bit Each Day

    By Stewart, Jo

    2021-02 - Smith Street Books

    9781922417077 Check Our Catalog

    In this climate crisis, it's easy to feel helpless. This book offers practical choices and changes we can make to start unf*cking the climate.

    Global warming, plastic pollution, deforestation, species loss, and rising inequality got you down? Then take your very valid concerns and channel them into action with this proactive guide to saving the planet, one day at a time.

    Small changes in the way we eat, shop, recycle, and commute really can change the world. From planting bee-friendly blooms in your backyard, to making your own body scrub from coffee grounds, and investing your spare cash into clean energy programs, there are many ways to lessen your impact on the planet.

    By incorporating small changes into your daily life, you - yes you - can, and will, make the world a better place.

    The (Almost) Zero Waste Guide: 100 Tips for Reducing Your Waste Without Changing Your Life

    By Mannarino, Melanie

    2021-01 - Tiller Press

    9781982142230 Check Our Catalog

    Cut back on waste, reduce your carbon footprint, and live more sustainably with these 100 (almost) zero-waste tips

    In a perfect world, we would all be able to fit a year's worth of waste in a mason jar. But for most of us​,​ doing so can be immensely intimidating or simply not feasible.

    But even if you can't be perfectly zero waste, you can still have a profound impact on our environment, climate, and health by making some simple changes to your lifestyle and habits. Author Melanie Mannarino shares 100 simple tips for being less wasteful in a variety of contexts:
    -At Home, with advice not only for the kitchen and food, but also for cleaning and home organization
    -Travel, from commuting to vacations
    -Fashion, including finding sustainable brands and caring for your clothing
    -Community, helping you identify ways to make a broader impact beyond your home

    Beyond limiting your personal waste, learn about how you can reduce your "unseen" waste by making more eco-friendly choices, such as purchasing clothes with more sustainable fabrics and adopting a "Meatless Monday" regimen to help decrease your carbon footprint.

    If you're someone who wants to reduce waste in your daily life and make a positive impact on the planet ​without​ making​​ drastic changes in your habits, then look no further. This highly accessible and practical guide will have you living a greener, more sustainable life that is (almost) zero waste in no time

    The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired

    By Siegel, Daniel J.

    2020-01 - Ballantine Books

    9781524797713 Check Our Catalog

    Parenting isn't easy. Showing up is. Your greatest impact begins right where you are. Now the bestselling authors of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline explain what this means over the course of childhood.

    "There is parenting magic in this book."--Michael Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of the New York Times bestselling classic Raising Cain

    One of the very best scientific predictors for how any child turns out--in terms of happiness, academic success, leadership skills, and meaningful relationships--is whether at least one adult in their life has consistently shown up for them. In an age of scheduling demands and digital distractions, showing up for your child might sound like a tall order. But as bestselling authors Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson reassuringly explain, it doesn't take a lot of time, energy, or money. Instead, showing up means offering a quality of presence. And it's simple to provide once you understand the four building blocks of a child's healthy development. Every child needs to feel what Siegel and Bryson call the Four S's:

    - Safe: We can't always insulate a child from injury or avoid doing something that leads to hurt feelings. But when we give a child a sense of safe harbor, she will be able to take the needed risks for growth and change.
    - Seen: Truly seeing a child means we pay attention to his emotions--both positive and negative--and strive to attune to what's happening in his mind beneath his behavior.
    - Soothed: Soothing isn't about providing a life of ease; it's about teaching your child how to cope when life gets hard, and showing him that you'll be there with him along the way. A soothed child knows that he'll never have to suffer alone.
    - Secure: When a child knows she can count on you, time and again, to show up--when you reliably provide safety, focus on seeing her, and soothe her in times of need, she will trust in a feeling of secure attachment. And thrive

    Based on the latest brain and attachment research, The Power of Showing Up shares stories, scripts, simple strategies, illustrations, and tips for honoring the Four S's effectively in all kinds of situations--when our kids are struggling or when they are enjoying success; when we are consoling, disciplining, or arguing with them; and even when we are apologizing for the times we don't show up for them. Demonstrating that mistakes and missteps are repairable and that it's never too late to mend broken trust, this book is a powerful guide to cultivating your child's healthy emotional landscape.

    Is It Really Green?: Everyday Eco Dilemmas Answered

    By Wilson-Powell, Georgina

    2021-01 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)

    9780744024319 Check Our Catalog

    Find clarity on everyday green-living dilemmas to maximize your sustainability

    Are paper bags always more environmentally friendly than plastic? How much better for the planet are electric cars? What saves more water - using the dishwasher or washing up by hand?

    We all want to do the right thing for the planet, but with so many factors at play, it can be difficult to work out which is the greenest way. With answers to more than 140 everyday green-living questions, Is It Really Green? cuts through the confusion and gives you the facts.

    Get to the heart of each eco-conundrum, interrogate your instincts, and make informed decisions to reduce your ecological footprint.

    Baby Food in an Instant: Healthy Organic Purees from Your Multi-Cooker

    By Sanders, Ella

    2020-11 - Castle Point Books

    9781250270467 Check Our Catalog

    All-Natural, Prep-Ahead Recipes for a Happy, Healthy Baby

    It's a great feeling to know exactly what's in every spoonful you feed your baby. If you don't think you have the time or money to make baby food at home, Baby Food in an Instant and a multi-cooker will give you all the magic you need You can whip up fresh flavors and just-right textures that you and your baby will both love--from nutrient-packed purees, to satisfy those toothless smiles, to first finger foods as your baby grows. In just minutes and on a budget, Baby Food in an Instant guides you to great meals ready to satisfy and help your baby explore all kinds of amazing tastes.

    - More than 80 baby food recipes for every stage are designed with make-ahead prep and simple refrigerator and freezer storage in mind--so you spend your time snuggling, not stuck in the kitchen.
    - A variety of puree flavors--from classic pea and carrot to more adventurous zucchini and bell pepper--help your baby take in a range of nutrients and develop taste buds that love to try new foods.
    - Parent-to-parent tips help you buy the best fresh ingredients on a budget and adapt recipes for your family's needs.

    Nothing compares to the fresh taste of meals we make at home, including our little one's purees and finger foods. And now, with Tabitha Blue's Baby Food in an Instant, it's easier than ever to give your baby the best

    Living Without Plastic: More Than 100 Easy Swaps for Home, Travel, Dining, Holidays, and Beyond

    By Allen, Brigette

    2020-11 - Artisan Publishers

    9781579659400 Check Our Catalog

    "An eye-opening guide on how to lessen one's dependence on plastics. . . . This is a clarion, convincing wake-up call to the scope of the global plastic problem and what readers can do about it. --Publishers Weekly

    Embrace a plastic-free lifestyle with more than 100 simple, stylish swaps for everything from pens and toothbrushes to disposable bottles and the 5 trillion plastic bags we use--and throw out--every year.

    • Use a natural loofah, not a synthetic sponge
    • Buy milk in glass bottles or make homemade nut milk
    • Opt for a waste-free shampoo bar
    • Skip the printed receipt and opt for an email instead
    • Wrap gifts beautifully with cloth
    Organized into five sections--At Home, Food & Drink, Health & Beauty, On the Go, and Special Occasions--Living Without Plastic is a cover-to-cover collection of doable, differencemaking solutions, including a 30-Day Plastic Detox Program.

    Tequila & Tacos: A Guide to Spirited Pairings

    By Cobbs, Katherine

    2020-10 - Tiller Press

    9781982137595 Check Our Catalog

    Sample the country's most tantalizing tacos paired with equally inventive tequila-inspired cocktails--from seasoned food writer and libation enthusiast Katherine Cobbs.

    Tacos have been trending for years, and finally tequila is having its taco moment. While a crunchy, savory beef taco washed down with a frozen margarita is always acceptable, today the inspired options for what can be stuffed in an edible wrapper or blended with agave spirits are infinite.

    Behind the bar, the burgeoning array of top-shelf tequilas and mezcals available hold their own--and even outshine--liquor mainstays like vodka, gin, and bourbon. The ubiquitous tequila shot with requisite salt and lime chaser can't compete with the complex, nuanced flavors of the finely crafted blanco, reposado, and a ejo tequilas and smoky mezcals that deserve sipping and savoring.

    Featuring authentic classics like Tacos Al Pastor and Baja-style fish tacos, Tequila & Tacos also includes entirely new spins on the taco--such as fried Brussels sprout tacos, spicy cauliflower tacos in Indian paratha shells, or tempura-battered seaweed tacos cradling ahi tuna--paired with uncannily delicious cocktails crafted with the finest agave spirits, like a traditional tart Paloma cocktail rimmed with spiced salt or an eye-opening Mezcal Manhattan. Curated from bars and taco stands around the country, this book is a must-have for the taco and tequila aficionado.

    Busy Toddler's Guide to Actual Parenting: From Their First "no" to Their First Day of School (and Everything in Between)

    By Allison, Susie

    2020-09 - Innovation Press

    9781943147854 Check Our Catalog

    You don't need to feel alone in parenting. You don't need to feel like you're failing. And you definitely don't need another parenting book filled with theoretical advice about theoretical children. You need actual parenting help from an actual parent. It's time to feel confident in your parenting.

    Susie Allison, creator of the massive online community Busy Toddler, is a breath of fresh air. With her humor and engaging personality, she helps parents find their footing, shift their perspective on childhood, and laugh at the twists and turns of parenting we all face. (Yes, it's ok that your child licked a shopping cart - they pretty much all do that.)

    In Busy Toddler's Guide to Actual Parenting, Susie gives the achievable advice she's known for around the world, from daily life and #beingtwoisfine to tantrums and tattling and teaching the ABCs. The book also includes 50+ of her famous activities that have helped thousands of parents make it to nap time-FYI, the popsicle bath is a game-changer.

    Susie shares real moments raising her three kids as well as her professional knowledge from eight years as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. Her simple and doable approach to parenting will leave you feeling so much better

    Let Susie give you the actual parenting advice you need.

    What to Expect: Eating Well When You're Expecting, 2nd Edition

    By Murkoff, Heidi

    2020-08 - Workman Publishing

    9781523501397 Check Our Catalog

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    In addition to 150 dazzling, healthy recipes that acknowledge the time constraints on working women, chapters in this revised edition are devoted to nutrition, weight gain, food safety, the postpartum diet, and how to eat when trying to conceive again.

    Native Plant Gardening for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Upper Midwest

    By Daniels, Jaret C.

    2020-05 - Adventure Publications

    9781591939412 Check Our Catalog

    Plan Your Landscape or Garden to Help Beloved Backyard Visitors

    The presence of birds, bees, and butterflies suggests a healthy, earth-friendly place. These most welcome guests also bring joy to those who appreciate watching them. Now, you can turn your yard into a perfect habitat that attracts them and, more importantly, helps them thrive. Acclaimed author and expert entomologist Jaret C. Daniels provides all the information you need in this must-have guide for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. You can learn how to landscape and create pollinator gardens with native plants.

    The book begins with an in-depth introduction to native pollinators and to birds. It's followed by a "field guide" section to 109 native plants that are widely available to utilize, are easy to care for, and provide great benefit to birds, bees, and butterflies. The species are organized by level of sunlight needed and then by plant types. Each species includes full-color photographs and information about hardiness zones, what they are most likely to attract, soil requirements, light levels, and Jaret's notes. As an added bonus, you'll make use of blooming charts, tips on attracting specific species, and more Plus, the invaluable garden plans and projects show you just what to do and can be customized to suit your own specific interests.

    Plan, plant, and grow your own beautiful garden, with native plants that benefit your favorite creatures to watch and enjoy.

    The New Baby Blueprint: Caring for You and Your Little One

    By Casares, Whitney

    2020-03 - American Academy of Pediatrics

    9781610023757 Check Our Catalog

    Pediatrician and mother of two young daughters, Dr. Whitney Casares, delivers a modern, empathetic guide to preparing for a baby and those first few days, weeks, and months of being a parent. From basic newborn care to breastfeeding success and from childcare choices to the emotional ups and downs of new motherhood, Dr. Casares's advice combines important health and safety information from the American Academy of Pediatrics with honest insights from her own parenting experiences. A dual approach to baby and self-care supports new and expecting moms through the challenges of meeting their own needs while getting ready for and caring for a new baby and includes important information on baby blues and postpartum depression. Dr. Casares's message is especially relatable for fellow working moms, struggling to win at parenting without losing themselves.

    Right from the Start: A Practical Guide for Helping Young Children with Autism

    By Donahue, Karin

    2019-11 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

    9781475844405 Check Our Catalog

    Right from the Start: A Practical Guide for Helping Young Children with Autism asserts that autistic children can be successful when parents and teachers understand key principles of autism and have the tools to help these children expand their social and emotional skills. This book explains the importance of self-regulation, the ability to moderate our feelings and reactions. In prioritizing this essential skill, Right from the Start is an indispensable resource for parents, professionals, and educators. It describes practical strategies to help children manage their emotions and behavior, learn social and play skills, and cope with challenging sensory experiences. With these techniques, we can lay a positive foundation that enables autistic children to be confident and successful in any environment.

    The Little Book of Baby Massage: The Power of Touch to Calm Your Baby

    By Kellett, Jo

    2020-02 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)

    9781465491077 Check Our Catalog

    Easy massage routines to soothe your baby and communicate love.

    To a baby, touch is talk, and with these soothing techniques, you and your child can share some of your most fulfilling communicative moments.

    Calm and comfort your baby from head to toe with a step-by-step full-body massage; discover ways to incorporate massage into your baby's day-to-day routine; and ease common ailments such as colic, teething, and constipation.

    With expert guidance from a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, explore the physical and emotional benefits of baby massage and enjoy this most intimate way to relax, soothe, and nurture.

    Classic Cottages: Style & Comfort at Home from Traditional to Modern

    By Cooper

    2020-06 - 83 Press

    9781940772738 Check Our Catalog

    Find inspiration in this collection of new and renovated cottages, from the heart of the rural countryside to a quiet suburb or city dwelling.

    Country Cottages is filled with unique interior styles in comfortable settings spanning the United States. This book includes a selection of modern to traditional home styles from some of the finest architects and interior designers in the country.