New Releases

June 2011-New Releases

Non-Fiction:

The Boundless Circle: Caring for Creatures and Creation by Michael W. Fox.  Some of us feel a kinship with animals, seeing them as part of the same process of Creation as ourselves. Others see humans as superior and animals as "ours" to exploit by right. Both views claim divine authority. Through his probing exploration of the spiritual and philosophical roots of animal rights, Michael Fox shows that humane and compassionate treatment of the animal world is both a spiritual and a survival imperative.

Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser As You Grow Older by Sydney Eddison.  In Gardening for a Lifetime, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most. Like replacing demanding plants like delphiniums with sturdy, relatively carefree perennials like sedums, rudbeckias, and daylilies. Or taking the leap and hiring help - another pair of hands, even for a few hours a week, goes a long way toward getting a big job done. Or maybe it makes sense to get rid of high-maintenance trees, shrubs, or perennials. This edition features a new chapter in which Sydney’s struggles with hip and back problems force her to walk the walk. As a friend of hers says, "Last summer you wrote the book. Now, I’m happy to see that you’ve read it." Gentle, personable, and practical, Gardening for a Lifetime will be welcomed by all gardeners looking to transform gardening from a list of daunting chores into the rewarding, joy-filled activity it was meant to be.

Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Presentby Jeff Madrick.  Madrick makes clear that the single-minded pursuit of huge personal wealth did not start in the 2000s but has been on the rise in the United States since the 1970s. In telling the stories of these politicians, economists, and financiers--who declared a moral battle for freedom but gave rise to an age of greed--he traces the lineage of some of the nation's most pressing economic problems.

Yoga for Your Spiritual Muscles: A Complete Yoga Program to Strengthen Body and Spiritby Rachael Shaeffer.  Completely illustrated, this book features a complete yoga program including postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques; plus touching personal stories and inspiring quotes. 175 photos beautifully photographed at the famed Pleasantdale Chateau, this illustrated book features touching personal stories, inspiring quotations, and easy-to-follow instructions for traditional yoga postures as well as for creating your own postures for each muscle.

The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus by Neil Douglas-Klotz.  In "The Hidden Gospel," Douglas-Klotz employs this approach to decode the spiritual and prophetic messages hidden within key words and concepts in the sayings and stories of Jesus. We learn to our delight, for instance, that when Jesus spoke of "goodness" he used a word which in Aramaic means "ripe" and refers to actions which are in time and tune with the Sacred Unity of all life. "The Hidden Gospel "aims to bridge the gap between the historical Jesus of the scholar and the Jesus of faith of Christian believers. It will appeal to everyone looking for an alternative spiritual vision of Jesus and his message.

A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah compiled by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breiter.  Buddhist master Achaan Chah spent years meditating in a forest monastery of Thailand. This remarkable book reflects his simple and powerful message as well as the quiet, joyful Buddhist practice of dhudanga, or "everyday mindfulness," with profound insights for the West.

The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon by Gary Tillery.  A radio playlist could easily follow John Lennon's "Mind Games" with "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy." But comparing the two, it becomes obvious that Lennon had more in common with the great thinkers of any age than with the songwriters who were his contemporaries. "Cynical Idealist" reveals, for the first time, the spiritual odyssey of this extraordinary man. Out of a turbulent life, from his troubled, working-class childhood throughout his many roles -- Beatle, peace advocate, social activist, househusband -- Lennon managed to fashion a philosophy that elevates the human spirit and encourages people to work, individually and collectively, toward a better world. Like Socrates, Lennon wanted to stimulate people to think for themselves. "There ain't no guru who can see through your eyes," he sings in "I Found Out." "Cynical Idealist" beautifully articulates this and the other lessons John Lennon passed along through his songs and through the example of his life.

 

Fiction:

A Curtain Falls by Stefanie Pintoff.  Following on the heels of Pintoff's Edgar Award-winning debut "In the Shadow of Gotham, A Curtain Falls" is a moody and evocative tale of detective Simon Ziele and his partners who scour the dark streets of early-20th-century New York City in search of a true fiend. 

The careers of New York City detective Simon Ziele and his former partner, Captain Declan Mulvaney, went in remarkably different directions after the tragic death of Ziele’s fiancée in the 1904 General Slocum ferry disaster. While earmarked for bigger things, Ziele moved north of the city to escape the violence, and Mulvaney dug in deeper, heading up the precinct in the most crime-ridden part of New York.

Yet with all of the resources at Mulvaney’s disposal, a puzzling crime compels him to ask his former partner for help. A chorus girl has been found dead on a Broadway stage dressed as the lead. There is no sign of violence. The coroner would call it a suicide, but then she’d be the second actress to die that way in only days.