Hardwiring happiness : the new brain science of contentment, calm, and confidence
Apr 23, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014
"Our brains are evolved to be highly focused on threats and setbacks and less focused on the good things in life. . . In a beautifully written and accessible way, with many personal anecdotes, Rick Hanson offers us an inspiring gift of wise insights and compassionate and uplifting practices that will be of enormous benefit." (Paul Gilbert)
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night--dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows her. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q. "Green's prose is astounding -- from hilarious, hyperintellectual trash talk and shtick, to complex philosophizing, to devastating observation and truths." (SLJ)
Jeff Bauman was an ordinary twenty-seven year old, with a job, a girlfriend and a love of sports, when a bomb took both his legs near the Boston Marathon finish line. A famous photograph taken at the scene, and his vital role in identifying the bomber from his intensive care hospital bed, made him the face of the tragedy, but it is his determination, humor and positive attitude that has inspired millions.
"Brian Kimberling's debut novel is a loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who, as the book opens, is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive crush on redheaded dream girl Lola." (NPR)
Pogrebin has distilled collective stories and opinions into this wide-ranging compendium of pragmatic guidance in interacting with sick friends. Her advice is always infused with sensitivity, warmth, and humor.
Tracy DiSabato-Aust is an award-winning designer and a nationally recognized horticultural author, professional speaker, and consultant who lives in central Ohio. All 50 plants she selected for this book have passed Tracy's test for toughness, beauty, and durability. These are Tracy's personal favorites, chosen after years of studying how to make beautiful outdoor spaces with a minimum of maintenance.
Twenty-four step-by-step exercises tutor students in methods for finding inspiration, developing techniques to sharpen their observational skills, and in creating fashion drawings in color and black-and-white media. Separate sections coach students in getting started, and on understanding figure proportions, planning and designing garments, and creating and assessing flat specification drawings.
Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.
Bringing up bébé : one American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting
Apr 11, 2014 - Apr 13, 2014
Druckerman sets out to discover the correlation between the well-behaved children she encounters in France and the way in which they are raised. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. And she realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don't just need a different parenting philosophy. You need a very different view of what a child actually is.
A collection of award-winning stories about loneliness, quick violence, and the wrong kinds of love."Her characters -- stoical, hardheaded, yet willing to be ravaged by the closest available passion whenever the chance presents itself -- crackle and cavort on the page. Served up a full array of life's wayward ecstasies and gut-twisting losses, they resign themselves, in true Proulx fashion, to the damage that loss and ecstasy do....Amen to that, and amen to this book." (Michael Upchurch)
In this stunning counting book, illustrations and rhyming text follow 10 caterpillars as one wriggles up a flower stem, another sails across a garden pool, and one reaches an apple leaf, where something amazing happens." Equal parts counting book, nature book and ideal read-aloud fodder, this is a beauty of an offering from a familiar team. " (Kirkus Reviews)
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, Cashore creates a mesmerizing medieval world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance. "Here's a WOW of a book! Seeing half-wild Katsa learn humanity as she battles soldiers, storms, and her own obsessive nature--I HAD to know how it ended!" (Tamora Pierce)