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By Deborah Fallows. 2010
Fallows has spent much of her life learning languages and travelling around the world, but nothing prepared her for the… surprises of learning Mandarin, China's most common language. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs with Mandarin provided clues to deciphering the behaviour and habits of its people. As her knowledge increased, bits of the language became windows into understanding romance, humour, protocol, relationships, and the overflowing humanity of modern China. c2010.
By Karen Bakker. 2007
As the sustainability of our natural resources is increasingly questioned, Canadians remain stubbornly convinced of the unassailability of our water.… The country's top water experts were assembled to discuss our most pressing issues, from a broad range of perspectives. Arguing that weak governance is at the heart of the problem, key failings are identified and solutions are presented for protecting out most important resource. 2007.
By David T Suzuki. 1998
Suzuki illustrates the continuing need for the preservation of nature through a collection of his newspaper articles and essays. He… covers topics such as the economy, globalization, political shortsightedness, local initiatives and children. He points the way towards a slower way of life that keeps us in tune with the Earth and its riches. 1998.
By Isaac Asimov. 1974
By Ian Kerner. 2006
Introduces us to the DSI team, a top-secret unit within the FBI (that's the Federal Bureau of Intimacy) whose sole… mission is to investigate dating dilemmas and equip you with the skills you need so you're never again a dating victim. Through humorous and engaging case studies, you'll read about boyfriends who might be gay, gamers who won't step up to the plate, and wimps who won't go down for the count. 2006.
By Emily Urquhart. 2015
Like any new mother, Emily Urquhart is thrilled when her first child, a daughter, is born. Sadie is healthy and… stunningly beautiful, with snow white hair and fair skin. Even the doctors and nurses can’t help a second look at this magical child. But soon a darker current begins to emerge - something is amiss. After three months of testing, Sadie is diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, albinism. Part memoir, part cultural critique, and part genetic travelogue, "Beyond the Pale" is a brave, intimate investigation into the secret histories that each of us carries in our genes and an inspiring memoir about parenting a child with a disability - and building a better future for that child. 2015.
By Harold Andrew Horwood. 1987
Beginning with a natural history of the Annapolis Basin in Nova Scotia and an account of its earliest inhabitants, the… author describes his seasonal observations and uses them to reflect on the natural world and man's place in it. c1987.
By Rebecca Lerner. 2013
Forager-journalist Becky Lerner sets out on a quest to find her inner hunter-gatherer in the city of Portland, Oregon. After… a disheartening week trying to live off wild plants from the streets and parks near her home, she learns the ways of the first people who lived there and, along with a quirky cast of characters, discovers an array of useful wild plants hiding in plain sight. As she harvests them for food, medicine, and just-in-case apocalypse insurance, Lerner delves into anthropology, urban ecology and sustainability, and finds herself looking at Nature in a very different way. 2013.
By Philip Smith. 2001
An overview of contemporary cultural theory, covering the major thinkers - like Foucault, Bourdieu, Habermas and Giddens - and key… concepts of the last century - including symbolic interactionism, structuralism and psychoanalysis. An ideal guide for any student with an interest in the theoretical study of culture and society. 2001.
By Delia Owens, Mark Owens. 1984
Adventurous story of two young American zoologists who come to study the wildlife in Kalahari in 1974 and stay for… seven years. The immediate area, a fossil riverbed, is their home from which they watch lions, hyenas, wild dogs, and antelopes. The Owenses' main purpose is to document how species adapt to the harsh terrain and how the drought affects ecosystems. 1984.
By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.
By Paul Auster, Pierre Clastres. 1998
A study of surviving members of a dwindling population in the forests of Paraguay, originally published in 1972. Written by… a French anthropologist who lived with this small group in 1963 and 1964, it portrays rituals surrounding birth, initiation, and death, as well as social customs involving food and cannibalism.1998. Uniform title: Chronique des Indiens Guayaki.
By Maude Barlow. 2007
Barlow wants nations to define the world's fresh water as a human right rather than a commercial product, as she… notes that a handful of multinational water companies, abetted by World Bank monetary policies and United Nations political timidity, are bidding for the complete commodification of formerly public water resources. Barlow calls for private citizens and nongovernmental organizations to challenge corporate control of water delivery, agitate for equitable access to clean water, and confront the reality that freshwater supplies are dwindling. Sequel to "Blue gold". 2007.
By Jared M Diamond. 2005
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel" presents a comparative study of societies that have collapsed from ecological problems.… Studies ancient civilizations including the Maya and the Anasazi as well as modern countries like Haiti and Rwanda and proposes global solutions. Bestseller. 2005.
By Heather Mallick. 2007
Heather Mallick is sorely disappointed - the world has not turned out quite the way she had hoped it would.… But rather than retreat from it, she takes the world head on in her columns, cataloguing the many situations and items in our daily lives that we are told we should fear, teaching us how to cope with people we just can't stand, or writing about the valuable life lesson to be learned from one of her childhood heroes: Mrs. Tittlemouse, the original domestic goddess. 2007.
By Michael Wex. 2006
A Yiddish-speaking professor and translator examines the features of Jewish life and faith that contributed to the development of Yiddish… over the past thousand years. Covers subjects such as food, sex, death, kvetching (complaining), and humour to provide the context for understanding colourful Yiddish words, idioms, expressions, and metaphors. 2005.
By Marq De Villiers. 2015
Water is a renewable resource, but what are its limits? Between drawing down our resources of fresh water at ever-increasing… rates and continuing to pollute water that should have been cleaned up decades ago, are we entering upon a global crisis? Is water a human right? Who owns water? Who is responsible for keeping it clean and ensuring it gets to the people who need it most? Is privatization of ownership and supply networks an unmitigated evil? Assesses the state of water on Earth today and looks at the ways its use and abuse encompasses intersections between our daily personal water use, agriculture, energy policy, climate change, national security, and global conflicts. Follow-up to de Villiers' book "Water". 2015.
By Jan Wong. 2017
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking… in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the locals teach them how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who are part of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting--and occasionally clashing--over their mutual love of cooking. 2017.
By R. D Lawrence. 1996
R. D. Lawrence recalls some of his most fascinating encounters with the wild as he writes about his more than… forty years as a field biologist. Along with tales of outrunning a herd of bison and saving an orphan bear cub, he writes about unfair hunting practices and how best to learn about nature. 1996.
By Ernest George Schwiebert. 1988