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  • ALL THE SINGLE LADIES : Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
    ALL THE SINGLE LADIES : Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
    TRAISTER REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781476716572
    Title: ALL THE SINGLE LADIES : Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
    Author: TRAISTER REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2009, the award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies—a book she thought would be a work of contemporary journalism—about the twenty-first century phenomenon of the American single woman. It was the year the proportion of American women who were married dropped below fifty percent; and the median age of first marriages, which had remained between twenty and twenty-two years old for nearly a century (1890–1980), had risen dramatically to twenty-seven.

    But over the course of her vast research and more than a hundred interviews with academics and social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered a startling truth: the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one. And historically, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the results were massive social change—temperance, abolition, secondary education, and more.

    Today, only twenty percent of Americans are wed by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960. The Population Reference Bureau calls it a “dramatic reversal.” All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman. Covering class, race, sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, All the Single Ladies is destined to be a classic work of social history and journalism. Exhaustively researched, brilliantly balanced, and told with Traister’s signature wit and insight, this book should be shelved alongside Gail Collins’s When Everything Changed.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMATEUR : A True Story About What Makes a Man
    AMATEUR : A True Story About What Makes a Man
    MCBEE THOMAS PAGE
    ISBN: 9781786890979
    Title: AMATEUR : A True Story About What Makes a Man
    Author: MCBEE THOMAS PAGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of modern masculinity by the first transgender man to box at Madison Square Garden.

    In this ground-breaking new book, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence.

    Through his experience of boxing - learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body - McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a way forward: a new masculinity, inside the ring and out of it.

    A graceful and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting and healing, in Amateur we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANATOMY OF EVIL
    ANATOMY OF EVIL
    STONE MICHAEL H
    ISBN: 9781633883352
    Title: ANATOMY OF EVIL
    Author: STONE MICHAEL H
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this groundbreaking book, renowned psychiatrist Michael H. Stone explores the concept and reality of evil from a new perspective. In an in-depth discussion of the personality traits and behaviors that constitute evil across a wide spectrum, Dr. Stone takes a clarifying scientific approach to a topic that for centuries has been inadequately explained by religious doctrines.

    Basing his analysis on the detailed biographies of more than 600 violent criminals, Stone has created a 22-level hierarchy of evil behavior, which loosely reflects the structure of Dante's Inferno. He traces two salient personality traits that run the gamut from those who commit crimes of passion to perpetrators of sadistic torture and murder. One trait is narcissism, as exhibited in people who are so self-centered that they have little or no ability to care about their victims. The other is aggression, the use of power over another person to inflict humiliation, suffering, and death.

    What do psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience tell us about the minds of those whose actions could be described as evil? And what will that mean for the rest of us? Stone discusses how an increased understanding of the causes of evil will affect the justice system. He predicts a day when certain persons can safely be declared salvageable and restored to society and when early signs of violence in children may be corrected before potentially dangerous patterns become entrenched.

    Imprint: PROMETHEUS BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY
    ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY
    BURTON ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780141192284
    Title: ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY
    Author: BURTON ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    The Anatomy of Melancholy is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the seventeenth-century English priest and scholar. It 'opens and cuts up' the condition of melancholy, or depression, as we know it today, and in doing so explores a dizzying range of additional topics including goblins, beauty, the geography of America, digestion, the passions, alcohol and kissing. Burton believed that reading was a cure for melancholy, and so the book itself - one of the most unique and uncategorizable works of all time - can be seen as a tonic for the very condition it describes.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
    ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
    SACKS OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780330523608
    Title: ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS
    Author: SACKS OLIVER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As with The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks uses case studies to illustrate the myriad ways in which neurological conditions can affect our sense of self, our experience of the world, and how we relate to those around us. Writing with his trademark blend of scientific rigour and human compassion, he describes patients such as the colour-blind painter or the surgeon with compulsive tics that disappear in the operating theatre; patients for whom disorientation and alienation – but also adaptation – are inescapable facts of life.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9780143795551
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arsonist takes readers inside the hunt for a fire-lighter. After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the Latrobe Valley, where Victoria's electricity is generated, and the rates of unemployment, crime and domestic abuse are the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist tells a remarkable detective story, as the police close in on someone they believe to be a cunning offender; and a puzzling psychological story, as defence lawyers seek to understand the motives of a man who, they claimed, was a na'f that had accidentally dropped a cigarette.

    It is the story not only of this fire - how it happened, the people who died, the aftermath for the community - but of fire in this country. What it has done, what it has meant, what it might yet do. Bushfire is one of Australia's deepest anxieties, never more so than when deliberately lit. Arson, wrote Henry Lawson, expresses a malice 'terrifying to those who have seen what it is capable of. You never know when you are safe.'

    As she did in The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper takes us to a part of the country seldom explored, and reveals something buried but essential in our national psyche. The bush, summertime, a smouldering cigarette - none of these will feel the same again.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF HAPPINESS   -   20th Anniversary Edition
    ART OF HAPPINESS - 20th Anniversary Edition
    DALAI LAMA
    ISBN: 9780733639814
    Title: ART OF HAPPINESS - 20th Anniversary Edition
    Author: DALAI LAMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The 20th anniversary edition of the beloved guide to happiness from one of the world's great spiritual leaders.

    The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living is a practical, inspirational guide that combines the wisdom of the Dalai Lama's eastern spiritual tradition with human happiness expert Dr Howard C. Cutler's western perspective.

    From health, self-esteem, family and relationships to anger, stress, anxiety and jealousy, they apply the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems and reveal how we can find balance and achieve lasting happiness in our lives.

    Mental wellbeing and the power of positive psychology have never been so important, and, more than ever, people are turning to the world's great spiritual leaders in their search for meaning. The Art of Happiness is a landmark book that will continue to uplift spirits around the world for decades to come.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART OF LOVING - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    ART OF LOVING - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    FROMM ERICH
    ISBN: 9780061129735
    Title: ART OF LOVING - 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    Author: FROMM ERICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The fiftieth Anniversary Edition of the groundbreaking international bestseller that has shown millions of readers how to achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love

    Most people are unable to love on the only level that truly matters: love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. As with every art, love demands practice and concentration, as well as genuine insight and understanding.

    In his classic work, The Art of Loving, renowned psychoanalyst and social philosopher Erich Fromm explores love in all its aspects--not only romantic love, steeped in false conceptions and lofty expectations, but also brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, the love of God, and the love of parents for their children.


    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $28.99

    Price: $28.99
  • ART OF MEDITATION
    ART OF MEDITATION
    RICARD MATTHIEU
    ISBN: 9781782395393
    Title: ART OF MEDITATION
    Author: RICARD MATTHIEU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wherever he goes, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is asked to explain what meditation is, how it is done and what it can achieve. In this authoritative and inspiring book, he sets out to answer these questions. Matthieu Ricard shows that practising meditation can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. He talks us through its theory, spirituality and practical aspects of deep contemplation and illustrates each stage of his teaching with examples. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard reveals the significant benefits that meditation - based on selfless love and compassion - can bring to each of us.


    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ART OF MINDFUL BIRDWATCHING : Reflections on Freedom & Being
    ART OF MINDFUL BIRDWATCHING : Reflections on Freedom & Being
    THOMPSON CLAIRE
    ISBN: 9781782404286
    Title: ART OF MINDFUL BIRDWATCHING : Reflections on Freedom & Being
    Author: THOMPSON CLAIRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who has never stopped to gaze enviously at a bird soaring effortlessly through the sky? Or delight in a sudden burst of birdsong through an office window? Bird flight and song are symbols of freedom and inspiration for the practice of mindful awareness, which in turn offers us greater freedom in our own experience of our minds and lives. The Art of Mindful Birdwatching explores how cultivating a deeper awareness of nature's songsters is a natural focus for practicing mindfulness meditation every day.

    Through personal anecdote and expert insight, Claire Thompson takes us on a journey through the natural world. She reveals how, through noticing bird life in habitats from the city to the coast, we connect with nature and appreciate the beauty, freedom, and complexity all around us.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • ART OF MINDFUL GARDENING : Sowing the Seeds of Meditation
    ART OF MINDFUL GARDENING : Sowing the Seeds of Meditation
    REDWOOD, ARK
    ISBN: 9781782405832
    Title: ART OF MINDFUL GARDENING : Sowing the Seeds of Meditation
    Author: REDWOOD, ARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2014 NEW RELEASE

    The Art of Mindful Gardening explores how mindfulness can bring a new dimension to gardening. Ark Redwood guides you through the changing seasons, expanding your knowledge of how to be conscious of the present and providing expert insights on meditating into your natural environment.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $16.99
    Price: $16.99
  • ART OF NOT FALLING APART
    ART OF NOT FALLING APART
    PATTERSON CHRISTINA
    ISBN: 9781786492746
    Title: ART OF NOT FALLING APART
    Author: PATTERSON CHRISTINA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What do you do when you feel you've messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine?

    If you want to make God laugh, Woody Allen once said, tell God your plans. But most of us don't find it all that funny when things go wrong. Most of us want love. Most of us want a nice job, healthy children and a comfortable home. Many of us grew up with parents who made these things look relatively easy and assumed we would manage it, too. So what do you do if you don't? Or if you had some of these things and lost them? What do you do when you feel you've messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine?

    For the journalist Christina Patterson, it was her work as a writer and columnist on a national newspaper that kept her going through the ups and downs of life, health and mid-life dating. And then she lost that, too. Dreaming of revenge and irritated by self-help books, she decided to do the kind of interviews she'd never done before. After years of talking to famous people about their successes, she started to talk to people about their losses and disappointments and try to find out what had got them through.

    The resulting conversations are surprising, touching and often funny. There's Ken, the first person to be publicly fired from the board of a FTSE-100 company. There's Winston, who fell through a ceiling and on to a purple coffin. There's Louise, whose baby died, but who still worried about being fat. And through it all, there's Christina, eating far too many crisps as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life.

    The Art of Not Falling Apart is a joyous, moving and sometimes shockingly honest celebration of life as an adventure, one where you ditch your expectations, raise a glass and prepare for a rocky ride.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF THE GOOD LIFE : Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life
    ART OF THE GOOD LIFE : Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life
    DOBELLI ROLF
    ISBN: 9781473667488
    Title: ART OF THE GOOD LIFE : Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life
    Author: DOBELLI ROLF
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Since antiquity, i.e. for at least 2,500 years and probably much longer, people have been asking themselves what it means to live a good life. How should I live? What constitutes a good life? What's the role of fate? What's the role of money? Is leading a good life a question of mindset, or is it more about reaching your goals? Is it better to actively seek happiness or to avoid unhappiness? Each generation poses these questions anew, and somehow the answers are always fundamentally disappointing. Why? Because we're constantly searching for a single principle, a single tenet, a single rule. Yet this holy grail - a single, simple path - doesn't exist.

    Over the past few decades, a silent revolution has taken place within various fields of thought. Within science, politics, medicine and many other areas, scholars have come to realise that the world is far too complicated to summarise in one big idea or handful of principles. We need a toolkit of mental models in order to understand the world. It's high time somebody compiled a similar toolkit designed for practical living. Voila. Here you'll find fifty-two such intellectual tools - they may not guarantee you a good life, but they'll give you a better chance.

    Imprint: SCEPTRE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AS YOU ARE : A Guide to Letting go of Comparison and Seeing the Good Stuff Inside
    AS YOU ARE : A Guide to Letting go of Comparison and Seeing the Good Stuff Inside
    DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND
    ISBN: 9781912023677
    Title: AS YOU ARE : A Guide to Letting go of Comparison and Seeing the Good Stuff Inside
    Author: DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    AS YOU ARE is shameless celebration of our uniqueness. Finding and fixing our inner problems often isn't inviting. There is another way to be a happier lighter being. Flip the focus on to finding out what energises you, makes you tick and puts you in that place where you feel "I was born to here". Hear stories and discover habits that tempt you towards playing to your personal strengths every day.

    Chapters include:

    As You Are

    Character Strengths

    Thinking Tricks

    Laughter Lines

    Fuel

    My Way

    It's Me

    As They Are

    Imprint: OCTOPUS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    SELIGMAN MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781864713022
    Title: AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS
    Author: SELIGMAN MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS is the first book to examine the mechanisms by which mentally healthy people become happy, and how happy people become very happy. Martin E. Seligman is the international leader of the Positive Psychology Movement. His first trade book, the international bestseller LEARNED OPTIMISM, greatly influenced the way people thought about mental health by bringing the concepts of cognitive psychology to a mass audience. AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS is an even bigger ground-breaker. It represents the first time any scientist has placed value in the study not only of mental illness, but of 'mental wellness'. It's not about curing one's ills, but about exercising one's strengths and virtues in order to achieve what Seligman terms 'authentic happiness'. The life-changing lesson of AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS is that, by assessing the very best in ourselves, we can improve the world around us and achieve new and lasting levels of genuine contentment and joy.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AWAKENINGS
    AWAKENINGS
    SACKS OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780330523677
    Title: AWAKENINGS
    Author: SACKS OLIVER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The story of a disease that plunged its victims into a prison of viscous time, and the drug that catapulted them out of it' Guardian

    Hailed as a medical classic, and the subject of a major feature film as well as radio and stage plays and various TV documentaries, Awakenings is the extraordinary account of a group of twenty patients.

    Rendered catatonic by the sleeping-sickness epidemic that swept the world just after the First World War, all twenty had spent forty years in hospital: motionless and speechless; aware of the world around them, but exhibiting no interest in it -- until Dr Sacks administered the then-new drug, L-DOPA, which caused them, temporarily, to awake from their decades-long slumber.


    'Not only a collection of astonishing case histories, Awakenings is also a memoir, a moral essay and a romance. It is a work of genius' Washington Post

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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