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Aloft : Canadian Rockies aerial photography

Aloft : Canadian Rockies aerial photography

Zizka, Paul.
2021

An astounding, unique collection of some of the most stunning mountain landscapes in North America. There is a reason why the Canadian Rockies are some of the most photographed mountains in the world. Rugged peaks encircle glacier-fed lakes, rise up like protective walls around tree-filled valleys, and offer a stunning backdrop to open alpine meadows. They have been photographed from the valley bottoms, from the shores of famous lakes, and from the summits of prominent peaks. They are accessible by vehicle, boat, gondola, skis and hiking boots. But a lucky few have photographed the Rockies from the air. In the most comprehensive collection of aerial photos to date, Aloft: Canadian Rockies Aerial Photography by Paul Zizka gives the reader a unique bird's-eye view of this prized mountain range. From vast glaciers to winding rivers, animal overpasses to lakes that look like brilliant spills of turquoise paint on the landscape, these images provide a rare look at mountains that are as grandiose from the skies as they are from their better-known vantage points.

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Failed to return : Canada's bomber command sacrifice in the Second World War

Failed to return : Canada's bomber command sacrifice in the Second World War

2021

Royal Air Force Bomber Command was one of the most dangerous divisions for Allies serving in the Second World War. Despite the risks, the opportunity to fly was seen as exciting and glamorous, attracting a steady stream of young volunteers. This book tells the stories of fifteen Canadian flyers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Many of the stories in this book are heroic, like those of two Canadian participants in the famous Dambusters raid, while others are simply tragic, describing staggering losses where entire aircrafts and crew disappeared without a trace.

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Fuzz : when nature breaks the law

Fuzz : when nature breaks the law

Roach, Mary, author
2021

Join Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? As author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology. Roach tags along with animal attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and "danger tree" faller-blasters. She travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter's Square in the early hours before the Pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. Along the way, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature's lawbreakers. Combining little- known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and mugging macaques, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat.

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The ghost in the garden : in search of Darwin's lost garden

The ghost in the garden : in search of Darwin's lost garden

Piesse, Jude, author.
2021

Darwin never stopped thinking about the garden at his childhood home, The Mount, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. It was here, under the tutelage of his green-fingered mother and sisters, that he first examined the reproductive life of flowers, collected birds' eggs, and began the experiments that would lead to his theory of evolution. A century and a half later, with one small child in tow and another on the way, Jude Piesse finds herself living next door to this secret garden. Two acres of the original site remain, now resplendent with overgrown ashes, sycamores, and hollies. The carefully tended beds and circular flower garden are buried under suburban housing; the hothouses where the Darwins and their skillful gardeners grew pineapples are long gone. Walking the pathways with her new baby, Piesse starts to discover what impact the garden and the people who tended it had on Darwin's work. Blending biography, nature writing, and memoir, The Ghost in the Garden traces the origins of the theory of evolution and uncovers the lost histories that inspired it, ultimately evoking the interconnectedness of all things.

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The Northern Lights : the definitive guide to auroras

The Northern Lights : the definitive guide to auroras

Kerss, Tom, author.
2021

"Discover the incomparable beauty of the Northern Lights with this accessible guide for aspiring astronomers and seasoned night sky observers. Covers the essential equipment needed for observation and photography and full of stunning photographs. Tom Kerss covers the cultural and scientific context for auroras, and offers a comprehensive guide to forecasting and photography, so that readers can fuse their own technical mastery with the infinite creativity of nature. Read about the formation, properties and types of auroras . Discover the mythology and history of The Northern Lights . Find out about Aurora science from Antiquity to the modern day . Learn how to take stunning photographs of the Northern Lights. Includes a comprehensive travel and forecasting guide and a glossary of key terms. The Northern Lights will give you a complete understanding of one of the true wonders of the natural world and leave you prepared for the adventure of a lifetime."--Provided by publisher.

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Pain erasers : the complete natural medicine guide to safe, drug-free relief

Pain erasers : the complete natural medicine guide to safe, drug-free relief

Cook, Michelle Schoffro, author
2021

This long-awaited guide to drug-free pain relief offers a wide variety of natural alternatives to help you take control of your pain - and your life. Discover dozens of natural painkillers, from a little-known but highly effective resin from the rainforest, along with such standbys as ginger and turmeric. And to boost the effects of these remedies, you'll get helpful tips on how to change your diet and lifestyle for optimal health and pain and inflammation management.

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Peak mind : find your focus, own your attention, invest 12 minutes a day

Peak mind : find your focus, own your attention, invest 12 minutes a day

Jha, Amishi, 1970- author.
2021

From the constant buzz of your phone to your unrelenting, all-encompassing, and ever growing mental to do list - the demands on your attention have never been so severe. Neuroscientist Amishi P. Jha's mission has been to scientifically determine how we can harness the full power of our attention to better meet all that life demands. Dr. Jha reveals remarkably easy-to-adapt flexible 12 minute-a-day exercises to lift the mental fog, declutter the mind, and strengthen focus so that you can experience more of your life.

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Poet warrior : a memoir

Poet warrior : a memoir

Harjo, Joy, author.
2021

In the second memoir from the first Native American to serve as US poet laureate, Joy Harjo invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her "poet-warrior" road. A musical, kaleidoscopic meditation, Poet Warrior reveals how Harjo came to write poetry of compassion and healing, poetry with the power to unearth the truth and demand justice. Weaving together the voices that shaped her, Harjo listens to stories of ancestors and family, the poetry and music that she first encountered as a child, the teachings of a changing earth, and the poets who paved her way. She explores her grief at the loss of her mother and sheds light on the rituals that nourish her as an artist, mother, wife, and community member.

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The power of geography : ten maps that reveal the future of our world

The power of geography : ten maps that reveal the future of our world

Marshall, Tim, 1959- author.
2021

In this revelatory new book, Tim Marshall takes us into ten regions that are set to shape global politics and power. In ten chapters covering Australia, The Sahel, Greece, Turkey, the UK, Iran, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Space, Marshall explains how a region's geography and physical characteristics affect the decisions made by its leaders.

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Solar home heating basics

Solar home heating basics

Chiras, Daniel D.
2012


Teaching yoga with intention : the essential guide to skillful hands-on assists and verbal communication

Teaching yoga with intention : the essential guide to skillful hands-on assists and verbal communication

Lasater, Judith.
2021

"Drawing from her nearly fifty years of yoga experience, and her background in Non-Violent Communication (NVC), a compassion-based practice, Lasater trains yoga teachers to effectively communicate not only technique, but also the more subtle lessons of respect, empathy, and compassion toward individuals, and to the group as a whole. She also shines an unflinching light on the use of touch in yoga. Teachers often use touch to stimulate understanding and awareness in the poses--but this is a subtle art: How often to touch? Where to touch? Where not to touch the student? Is a strong touch ever indicated? Lasater gives clear guidance on this important and timely subject. Lasater also empowers students, encouraging them to take ownership of, and responsibility for their practice. She covers myriad topics that can be difficult for students at any level to navigate, such as how and when to say "no" to an adjustment; keeping boundaries; when to leave a class; helping your teacher understand your needs; how to communicate your appreciation and/or thanks to your yoga teacher; and if and when to report a teacher's behavior to the yoga studio staff. The skills that Lasater offers in this book help create a safe environment for students to "own" their learning process, and to progress technically at their own speed"-- Provided by publisher.

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Unreconciled : family, truth, and Indigenous resistance

Unreconciled : family, truth, and Indigenous resistance

Wente, Jesse, author
2021

Jesse Wente remembers the exact moment he realized that he was a certain kind of Indian--a stereotypical cartoon Indian. As the child of an American father and an Anishinaabe mother, Wente grew up in Toronto with frequent visits to the reserve where his maternal relations lived. By exploring his family's history, including his grandmother's experience in residential school, and citing his own frequent incidents of racial profiling by police who'd stop him on the streets, Wente unpacks the discrepancies between his personal identity and how non-Indigenous people view him.

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The WEIRDest people in the world : how the West became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperous

The WEIRDest people in the world : how the West became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperous

Henrich, Joseph Patrick.
2021

"Harvard University's Joseph Henrich, Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, delivers a bold, epic investigation into the development of the Western mind, global psychological diversity, and its impact on the world"-- Provided by publisher.

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Women, food, and hormones : a four-week plan to achieve hormonal balance, lose weight, and feel like yourself again

Women, food, and hormones : a four-week plan to achieve hormonal balance, lose weight, and feel like yourself again

Gottfried, Sara, author
2021

Dr. Sara Gottfried shares a new, female-friendly Keto diet that addresses women's unique hormonal needs, so readers can shed pounds fast and keep them off forever.

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The world of PostSecret

The world of PostSecret

Warren, Frank (Frank C.), 1964- author.
2014

A ton of secrets, one postcard at a time. Warren started inviting people to anonymously mail artful secrets in 2004. Here he shares some that he has received in the last five years, and shares his favorite stories.

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