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Apple : skin to the core : a memoir in words and pictures

Apple : skin to the core : a memoir in words and pictures

Gansworth, Eric L., author, illustrator.
2020

"The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside." Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking." -- Inside front jacket flap.

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Ashtanga yoga : practice and philosophy : a comprehensive description of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga, following the traditional Vinyasa count, and an authentic explanation of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

Ashtanga yoga : practice and philosophy : a comprehensive description of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga, following the traditional Vinyasa count, and an authentic explanation of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

Maehle, Gregor, 1963-
2007

Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author Gregor Maehle, a seasoned yogi and compassionate teacher, as he guides you through the history and lineage of yoga; the fundamentals of breath, bandhas (energy locks within the body), drishti (the focal point of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement); a detailed breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, following the traditional vinyasa count; a lively and authentic rendering of the complete Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga's ancient sacred text; and a glossary of yoga terminology. In the asana section, Maehle describes each posture with clear, meticulous instructions, photographs, anatomical illustrations, and practical tips. Information on the mythological background and yogic context of specific postures brings further insight to the practice. In the philosophy section, Maehle illuminates the Yoga Sutra using the major ancient commentaries as well as his own insights. This volume makes the entire path of Ashtanga Yoga accessible to modern practitioners. Both practical guide and spiritual treatise, Ashtanga Yoga is an excellent introduction to the eight limbs of yoga and an invaluable resource for any yoga teacher or practitioner.

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Beginners : the joy and transformative power of lifelong learning

Beginners : the joy and transformative power of lifelong learning

Vanderbilt, Tom, author.
2021

"A thought-provoking, playful investigation into the transformative joys that come with starting something new, no matter your age."-- Provided by publisher.

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Breath taking : the power, fragility, and future of our extraordinary lungs

Breath taking : the power, fragility, and future of our extraordinary lungs

Stephen, Michael J., author
2021

Pulmonologist Michael Stephen takes us on a journey to shed original and much-needed light on our neglected and extraordinary lungs. He relates the history of oxygen on Earth and the evolutionary origins of breathing, and explores the healing power of breath and its spiritual potential. He explains in lay terms the links our lungs have with our immune system and with society at large. And he offers illuminating chronicles of pulmonary research and discovery and poignant human stories of resilience and recovery.

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Caste : the origins of our discontents

Caste : the origins of our discontents

Wilkerson, Isabel, author
2020

Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.

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Consequences of capitalism : manufacturing discontent and resistance

Consequences of capitalism : manufacturing discontent and resistance

Chomsky, Noam.
2021

Covid-19 has revealed glaring failures and monstrous brutalities in the current capitalist system. It represents both a crisis and an opportunity. Everything depends on the actions that people take into their own hands.' How does politics shape our world, our lives and our perceptions? How much of 'common sense' is actually driven by the ruling classes' needs and interests? And how are we to challenge the capitalist structures that now threaten all life on the planet? Consequences of Capitalism exposes the deep, often unseen connections between neoliberal 'common sense' and structural power. In making these linkages, we see how the current hegemony keeps social justice movements divided and marginalized. And, most importantly, we see how we can fight to overcome these divisions.

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Dragons in the snow : avalanche detectives and the race to beat death in the mountains

Dragons in the snow : avalanche detectives and the race to beat death in the mountains

Power, Edward, 1953- author.
2020

Journalist Power sets the reader down in the midst of a February 2017 blizzard that raked the Uinta Range as nine snowboarders made their way into the backcountry for a day of intense adventure. Meanwhile, Craig Gordon, one of the lead avalanche forecasters at the Utah Avalanche Center in. Salt Lake City, was tracking the storm and its impact, and found himself posting one of the most dire avalanche forecasts and warnings in his seventeen years of forecasting. From this fast-paced opening sequence, Power expands his focus, to include perspectives and experiences of men and women who have been caught in avalanches, the R&D of avalanche forecasting and equipment, the role of avalanche dogs, the effects of climate change on winter sports, and so much more

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A good war : mobilizing Canada for the climate emergency

A good war : mobilizing Canada for the climate emergency

Klein, Seth, 1968- author.
2020

"A bold blueprint to retool our economy and transform our politics for a zero-carbon future. The IPCC's 2018 report told us in no uncertain terms that the world has just ten years to at least halve our greenhouse gas emissions if we are to have a hope of holding global warming to a 1.5°C increase. Canada is not on a path to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets, and radical change to the way we live and work must happen at high speed, but how are we ever to do this? Well, we've actually done it before. During the Second World War, Canadians and their government completely remade the economy -- retooling factories, transforming the workforce, and creating common cause among Canadians for the war effort. In A Good War, author and activist Seth Klein looks at the Second World War strategies and shows how they can be repurposed today for a rapid transition. He demonstrates that this change can create jobs and reduce inequality while tackling our climate obligations. From enlisting broad public support to new economic models, and new job creation to investment in green infrastructure, Klein shows us a bold, practical policy plan for a zero-carbon Canada. In a coincidence almost too uncanny, COVID-19 has brought change upon our world that would have been unthinkable a few months ago, change very like what Klein presciently proposes in these pages. It turns out the world can turn on a dime if necessary. Now is the time to use the billions of dollars governments are spending to support their economies to invest in climate change and social infrastructure for a better future. And the blueprint is in your hands."-- Provided by publisher.

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Hello, habits : a minimalist's guide to a better life

Hello, habits : a minimalist's guide to a better life

Sasaki, Fumio, 1979- author
2021

Fumio Sasaki changed his life when he became a minimalist. But before minimalism could really stick, he had to make it a habit. All of us live our lives based on the habits we've formed, from when we get up in the morning, to what we eat and drink, to how likely we are to actually make it to the gym. In Hello, Habits, Sasaki explains how we can acquire the new habits that we want-and get rid of the ones that don't do us any good. Bringing together leading theories and tips from cognitive psychology, along with examples from his own life, he unravels common misperceptions about "willpower" and "talent," and offers a step-by-step guide to success. Ultimately, Sasaki shows how ordinary people like himself can use his principles of good habit-making to improve themselves and change their lives.

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Himalaya : a human history

Himalaya : a human history

Douglas, Ed, 1966- author.
2021

A magisterial history of the Himalaya: an epic story of peoples, cultures, and adventures among the world's highest mountains. For many years, the unique and astonishing geography of the Himalaya has attracted those in search of spiritual and literal elevation: pilgrims, adventurers, and mountaineers seeking to test themselves among the world's most spectacular and challenging peaks. But far from being wild and barren, the Himalaya has been home to an astonishing diversity of indigenous and local cultures, as well as a crossroads for trade, and a meeting point and conflict zone for the world's superpowers. Here Jesuit missionaries exchanged technologies with Tibetan Lamas, Mongol Khans employed Nepali craftsmen, the East India Company grappled for dominance with China's emperors, and independent India confronts Mao's Communists and their successors. Spanning millennia, from its earliest inhabitants to the present conflicts over Tibet and Everest, and populated by a cast of colorful characters, Himalaya explores the history, culture, climate, geography, and politics of the Himalaya for a soaring account of life at the "roof of the world."

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In wildness is the preservation of the world

In wildness is the preservation of the world

Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
2020

A presentation of one of America's leading photographers and artistic pioneers, this is Eliot Porter's pictorial interpretation of the works of Henry Thoreau.

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Land : how the hunger for ownership shaped the modern world

Land : how the hunger for ownership shaped the modern world

Winchester, Simon, author
2021

Explores the concept of land ownership and how it has shaped history, examining how people fight over, steward, and occasionally share land, and what humanity's proprietary relationship with land means for the future.

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Let me tell you what I mean

Let me tell you what I mean

Didion, Joan, author
2021

Mostly drawn from the earliest part of her astonishing five-decade career, the wide-ranging pieces in this collection include Joan Didion writing about a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, a visit to San Simeon, and a reunion of WWII veterans in Las Vegas, and about topics ranging from Nancy Reagan to Robert Mapplethorpe to Martha Stewart. These are twelve early pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of Joan Didion.

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A little book of Japanese contentments : ikigai, forest bathing, wabi-sabi, and more

A little book of Japanese contentments : ikigai, forest bathing, wabi-sabi, and more

Longhurst, Erin Niimi.
2018

"This beautifully illustrated book distills Japanese ways of living and practices, providing easy-to-follow exercises to inspire those who want to live a more balanced life. Divided into three sections: Kokoro (heart and mind), Karada (body), and Shukanka (how to form good habits), the book includes entries on ten Japanese philosophies for well-being."-- Provided by publisher.

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Long time coming : reckoning with race in America

Long time coming : reckoning with race in America

Dyson, Michael Eric, author
2020

This book grapples with the cultural and social forces that have shaped our nation in the brutal crucible of race. In five beautifully argued chapters - each addressed to a black martyr from Breonna Taylor to Rev. Clementa Pinckney-Dyson traces the genealogy of anti-blackness from the slave ship to the street corner where Floyd lost his life - and where America gained its will to confront the ugly truth of systemic racism.

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The new great depression : winners and losers in a post-pandemic world

The new great depression : winners and losers in a post-pandemic world

Rickards, James.
2021

"The current crisis is not like 2008 or even 1929. The New Depression that has emerged from the COVID pandemic is the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. Most fired employees will remain redundant. Bankruptcies will be common, and banks will buckle under the weight of bad debts. Deflation, debt, and demography will wreck any chance of recovery, and social disorder will follow closely on the heels of market chaos. The happy talk from Wall Street and the White House is an illusion. The worst is yet to come."--Amazon.

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A promised land

A promised land

Obama, Barack, author
2020

In this anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

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The response of weeds : a misplacement of black poetry on the Prairies

The response of weeds : a misplacement of black poetry on the Prairies

Bickersteth, Bertrand, 1969- author.
2020

"Bertrand Bickersteth's debut poetry collection explores what it means to be black and Albertan through a variety of prisms: historical, biographical, and essentially, geographical. The Response of Weeds offers a much-needed window on often overlooked contributions to the province's character and provides personal perspectives on the question of black identity on the prairies. Through these rousing and evocative poems, Bickersteth uses language to call up the contours of the land itself, land that is at once mesmerizing as it is dismissively effacing. Such is black identity here on this paradoxical land, too."-- Provided by publisher.

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Revolt : the worldwide uprising against globalization

Revolt : the worldwide uprising against globalization

Eyal, Nadav, 1979- author.
2021

Journalist Nadav Eyal illustrates how modern globalization is not sustainable. Eyal illuminates the benign and malignant forces that have so rapidly transformed our economic, political, and cultural realities, shedding light not only on the economic and cultural revolution that has come to define our time but also on the counterrevolution waged by those it has marginalized and exploited. Eyal shows that the revolts' roots have always been deep and strong, and that rather than seeing current uprisings as part of a passing phenomenon, we should recognize that revolt is the new status quo. Print run 75,000.

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Shame and prejudice : a story of resilience = Honte et prejuges : une histoire de resilience

Shame and prejudice : a story of resilience = Honte et prejuges : une histoire de resilience

Monkman, Kent, artist, writer of additional text
2020

Artist Kent Monkman's all-encompassing project takes viewers on a journey through Canada's history, starting in the present and going back to before Canadian confederation. This collection challenges predominant narratives of Canadian history and honours the resilience of First Nations peoples. This book accompanies Monkman's largest solo exhibition to date, which is currently travelling across Canada.

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Uncomfortable conversations with a black man

Uncomfortable conversations with a black man

Acho, Emmanuel, author
2020

Emmanuel Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to - which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and "racism". In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both.

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The veggie Chinese takeout cookbook : wok, no meat? : over 70 vegan and vegetarian takeout classics

The veggie Chinese takeout cookbook : wok, no meat? : over 70 vegan and vegetarian takeout classics

Wan, Kwoklyn, author.
2020

Being vegan or vegetarian, or wanting to reduce your meat intake, doesn't mean missing out on fantastic takeout favourites. The Veggie Chinese Takeout Cookbook offers over 70 amazing meat-free recipes, most of which can easily be made vegan. Kwoklyn Wan has spent his life cooking in Chinese restaurants and knows how to make your home recipes taste just like takeout. Chinese food is ideal for a veggie diet as it makes the most of fresh vegetables and meat substitutes, and uses very little dairy - but at the same time packs fantastic flavour into everything. From tom yum soup to spring rolls, fried tofu with chilli and black beans or aubergine with sesame seeds, to Hong Kong crispy noodles and sticky rice parcels, you can re-create the tastes of your favourite restaurant quicker than the time it takes to pick up the phone and order.

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Weaving : a modern guide to creating 17 woven accessories for your handmade home

Weaving : a modern guide to creating 17 woven accessories for your handmade home

Maddocks, Mary, author.
2020

Weaving is an incredibly gentle, slow craft and a very meditative activity that provides people with an opportunity to escape the everyday grind and spend a couple of hours absorbed in making something with their hands. Mary Maddocks brings the ancient art of weaving to the modern day in this sumptuous new book, packed with step-by-step tutorials and stunning lifestyle photography. Inspired by natural materials and stunning landscapes, she will show you how this can translate into your own work. Learn the basics of this simple but beautiful craft with valuable information on basic stitches, tools needed and how to create your own designs. Create your own stylish selection of 17 projects including wall hangings, bags, cushion covers, lampshades, and jewelry for you and your home as Mary give this a traditional craft a fresh twist.

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