Book Reviews December 2016
GET CROSS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Keeping calm for the holidays just got a little easier with the release of The New York Times Keep Merry and Crossword On. St. Martin’s Press, home to the classic New York Times Crosswords and Sudoku collections, doesn’t disappoint its dedicated followers. For the last 16 years, St. Martin’s has published literally hundreds of puzzle books for millions of insatiable puzzle-addicts. They are the perfect gift for family, friends and coworkers. The editor of the ongoing series is internationally treasured puzzle creator Will Shortz.
WILD STORIES OF WILD PLANTS
In Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine, herbalist and organic farmer Tammi Hartung tells 125 little-known and captivating stories of how humans have relied on wild plants for millenia to nourish, shelter, heal, clothe and even entertain us. She includes plants that span the continent, from the familiar sunflower to the exotic Mexican cacao tree, and the small cranberry to the towering oak. Beautiful illustrations and photography showcase the creative ways people are using these plants today. This book will captivate plant lovers, foodies, foragers and naturalists.
MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Unlikely Friendships: Dogs: 37 Stories of Canine Compassion and Courage, by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer S. Holland, is an irresistible reminder of the affection and bravery of all breeds great and small. Bringing together 28 stories of canine kindness, plus a handful of classic tales involving dogs from Unlikely Friendships, Unlikely Loves, and Unlikely Heroes, these heartwarming stories will have you falling in love with man’s best friend all over again. Filled with beautiful full-color photographs and Holland’s favorite true stories of camaraderie, affection and remarkable bravery, this book celebrates one of the world’s most beloved creatures: the dog.
THE MYTH OF POSITIVE THINKING
In his book Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life…But This Book Will! life coach and teacher David Essel boldly flings open a hidden door of wisdom – a different perspective on the “positive” that is the keystone to living one’s greatest self. Essel’s 30 years of work in the field of personal growth, along with stories from some of today’s top authors and success experts, shatter the myth of the power of positive thinking. He reveals that the real “Secret to Success” requires much more than affirmations or vision boards, and that no one ever made a million dollars, got the perfect body or found a soulmate through positive thinking alone. Essel’s book will take readers beyond wishful thinking into reality.
OK TO EAT WHEAT?
Has gluten been found guilty without a fair trial? Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP addresses this timely topic of food intolerances in his new book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back Into Your Diet. The book presents readers the science on the other side of the gluten-free aisle and explains how a breakdown in digestion has damaged the intestinal wall, creating leaks into the body’s lymphatic system and causing food allergies. He provides research to prove that humans are actually genetically better equipped to eat wheat than meat and that the true Paleo diet clearly included glutinous grains like wheat and barley.
BRING THE OUTDOORS INSIDE
Whether or not you have a garden, with only a handful of materials and a little bit of time, even apartment dwellers can bring the beauty of nature into their home. Plant Craft, by professional photographer and stylist Caitlin Atkinson, matches chic taste with nature’s handiwork and helps readers discover their own natural style with step-by-step projects. Atkinson offers decorating tips and 30 unique projects that include a three-fern kokedama, a hanging rock garden and a whimsical mobile. Most projects can be completed in an hour or two. Great for crafters and DIYers.