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From London's Natural History Museum, The What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History tells the complete story of natural history from the formation of the Earth to the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary science. With more than 1,000 pictures, this fully illustrated single timeline can either be read like a book or unfolded to 6.5 feet and stuck on a wall.
On one side you will find the 4.5 billion year timeline. It is a unique, illustrated guide to the past that cleverly links subjects together from asteroids to algae. Key themes are grouped in streams of colour including the land, sea and sky, and these provide a backdrop to all the major events of natural history.
On the reverse side there is another timeline, which identifies the people behind the science and highlights key moments in the understanding of natural science from Aristotle to the present day.
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The Brower Youth Awards honor some of the best activists in America. Not just the best young activists—but the best activists, period. They have a lot to teach us in this book!
--Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and founder, 350.org
If you ever thought about wanting to change the world, but didn’t know where to start, then buy this book. It’s an inspiring and practical guide for young people who want to take the first steps toward finding real solutions for the planet.
--Michael Brune, executive director, Sierra Club
Organizers spend decades developing tools and learning systems that Sharon Smith puts at the fingertips of young activists within a weekend.
--Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green for All
I love this book. There’s no time to wait—the world needs you now. Take these strategies and make them your own.
--Adam Werbach, chief sustainability officer, Saatchi & Saatchi
Every day I get hundreds of emails from Story of Stuff viewers, asking what they can do to make a difference in the world. Now I can simply tell them one thing: Read The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement + Changing the World. Really, everyone should read this book.
--Annie Leonard, director, The Story of Stuff Project
If you want to make a significant and sustainable impact on the health of our planet, this powerful and practical guide can help. Author and activist Sharon J. Smith (see About the Author) shares proven strategies and lessons learned from the winners of Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Awards—America’s top honor for young green leaders. Here are all the tools you need—from planning a campaign and recruiting supporters to raising money and attracting media attention—to turn your ideas into actions and make changes that matter.
Throughout The Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World, Sharon spotlights stories from youth like Jessie-Ruth Corkins, who saved her school $90,000 by greening its heating system for a science project, and Billy Parish, whose small student group became one of the most influential coalitions in America addressing climate change. These eco-heroes have made headlines for passing legislation, founding nonprofits, and raising millions of dollars for sustainability--all before their twenty-third birthdays. Eco-heroes like Jessie-Ruth Corkins, who saved her school $90,000 by greening its heating system for a science project, and Billy Parish, whose small student group became one of the most influential coalitions in America addressing climate change are just two Youth Award winners profiled in the book.
These eco-heroes have made headlines for passing legislation, founding nonprofits, and raising millions of dollars for sustainability. The Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World is filled with inspiring stories, great tips and strategic plans. If you want to get something done in your community or on your campus, this is the book to help you combine your passion with energy to make a difference and create positive change in the world. A must read for organizers and activists of any age!
All author proceeds from the sale of this book go to Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Awards to support the next generation of young activists.
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[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth.
— the Dalai Lama
Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.
— New York Times
A simplicity and directness that brings true love within reach.
— Dragonfly Review
Recommended reading for anyone who loves.
— Ascent Magazine
In this little treasure, Thich Nhat Hahn, the renowned Zen monk, offers timeless insight into the nature of real love.
With simplicity, warmth and directness, he explores the four key aspects of love as described in the Buddhist tradition: loving - kindness, compassion, joy and freedom — explaining how to experience them in our day-to-day lives.
In True Love — A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Thich Nhat Hahn also emphasizes that in order to love in a real way, we must first lean how to be fully present in our lives, and he offers simple techniques from the Buddhist tradition that anyone can use to establish the conditions of love.
As he explains, “training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice deep looking directed toward the person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love.”
In the book's concluding section, he tells how love can help us heal our pain, fear, and habitual negativity.
A gift of love and a keepsake to be cherished, True Love — A Practice for Awakening the Heart is a quintessential guide to loving, and it describes many simple and direct ways in which we can practice authentic love in our everyday lives.
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Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, is an internationally known author, poet, scholar and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr.
Sherab Chödzin Kohn has been teaching Buddhism and meditation worldwide since 1973. A close student of the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa, he has edited several of Trungpa Rinpoche’s books. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
The Beatles arrived in the United States 50 years ago this month embarking on a history-making path of pop culture dominance. Who doesn't remember where they were on February 9, 1964 when those four kids from Liverpool first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show? Over 73 million fans gathered around their television sets to witness the birth of Beatlemania in America.
You will definitely want to TUNE IN — The Beatles: All These Years!
“The biggest, deepest Beatles book ever.”
— Rolling Stone
I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives The Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve….gripping.
— Financial Times
The story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it…Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle.
— The Guardian (UK)
Unlikely to be surpassed as factual record…Once anointed ‘Beatle Brain of Britain’ while working in accounts at BBC Radio, Lewisohn amasses and investigates facts without sacrificing an iota of the excitement.
— Telegraph (UK)
Lewisohn treats his subjects seriously, as historical, if ultimately remarkable, figures, and eschews the myriad myths that have grown up around the band in favor of the sorts of details and minutiae, wrapped in a serious but breezy narrative, that give us the fullest picture of who John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and, eventually, Ringo Starr were.
The Beatles are the foundation of everything we do.
— The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl on the 2014 Grammys red carpet
TUNE IN: The Beatles: All These Years is the first volume of All These Years, a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn (see About the Author below) uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962—when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. TUNE IN: The Beatles: All These Years is the lesser-known Beatles story, the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg—and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all.
Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years and their infatuation with American music, here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.
Even though these may have been the least known years in the lives of the Beatles, TUNE IN: The Beatles: All These Years provides some of the richest material for a Beatle fan of any age.
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First published in 1964 and 1965, John Lennon's In His Own Write & A Spaniard in the Works are an offbeat collection of his stories, drawings and poems. With an introduction by Sir Paul McCartney which begins, "At Woolton village fete I met him. I was a fat schoolboy and as he leaned an arm on my shoulder, I realised that he was drunk. We were twelve then, but, in spite of his sideboards, we went on to become teenage pals...". The rest, as they say, is history.
Lovers of the Beatles, John Lennon and music, in general, will welcome this classic book as an integral part of their music book library. As Sir Paul goes on to write, "While you might try to find a hidden meaning behind some of these stories, most of them are simply written as absurd and fun stories."
Forever tagged as "the smart Beatle", John Lennon was a remarkably gifted writer. He was clever, funny, hilarious and brilliantly inventive. As Paul says, P.S. I like the drawings, too."
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“I purchased this book as a gift for my husband. It helped me express romantic sentiments and memories, which was extremely helpful as I am not a mushy gushy kind of girl. It made me think about my love and our relationship in ways I hadn’t in a while. His face as he was reading it was well worth every minute spent writing the answers.”
“This book expressed everything I’ve been feeling for the past 7 years with my significant other, and I very, very highly recommend it. Of all the sentimental gifts I’ve given, this one got the biggest (positive) reaction, and is my absolute favorite.”
“It means a lot when someone takes the time to write things down since many handwritten activities have been replaced by electronic emails, text messages, etc. This is a wonderful gift to give someone who holds a special place in your heart.”
“I got this for my boyfriend of 4 years, and to say the least he is not the most sentimental guy. I got this gift to go along with a bigger gift, however he barely even cared about the bigger one when he got his hands on this. I was very surprised when he said it was his favorite present he ever received. “
“My wife is deployed and I am constantly looking for cool things to send her. This book hit the spot! This book helped ME by making me dig deep and put my thoughts into words for her. It helped HER because…well, it’s better than a dozen roses every week for the rest of her life.”
“This book is amazing because sometimes you don’t know how to express your love for your partner and this book makes it so easy. It is a great gift for any day of the year.”
“As a lack-luster communicator on the topic of emotions this book allowed me to loosen my proverbial lips and own every word. Give yourself plenty of time to pen your thoughts and dig up those memories. Guaranteed to be a gift that lasts.“
What I Love About You offers a fresh way to say "I love you."
This fill-in-the-blank book prompts you to say what is in your heart, but may not always be at the tip of your tongue.
Tell the most important person in your life just how much they mean to you by completing the unique, evocative checklists, short answers, and phrases in this attractive gift book.
How would you answer the following:
Playful, tender, and personal, What I Love About You is the perfect gift for the person in your life who makes your pulse race, whether it is Valentine's Day, an anniversary or birthday or just because the spirit moves you. It is equally good for couples in passionate love as well as those looking for ways to rekindle the sparks.
Expressing love is always the answer!
An Attitude of Gratitude By Kate Marshall
When was the last time you told your loved one how much they mean to you? I frequently feel gratitude, but don’t express it often or fully enough. Surely my husband already knows I love him, right? Complaining is easy and sometimes feels more urgent, but ultimately there is nothing more important than saying “I love you,” and nothing more rewarding. I’m determined to do a better job of giving David heartfelt affirmations such as “I love how playful you are with the kids. Thank you for reminding me how fun it is to be silly.” He deserves it.
For me, writing what is in my heart is easier than saying it out loud, so I started penning a little journal for David. Once I got going, it felt good. Letting go of everyday grievances freed me to remind him of the many ways he makes my world better, from little things like foot rubs and delicious grilled veggies, to big things like teaching me how to take risks. I thanked him for the many experiences and people that knowing him have blessed me with.
Writing this journal made me feel more in love, more connected and more grateful to my husband. It turned out to be quite easy to sing his praises. Now I’m working on maintaining an attitude of gratitude, but I’m also glad David has a written keepsake of how much richer he has made my life.
Receiving and Giving By David Marshall
On our 20th anniversary Kate gave me a version of this book she had filled out for me. Wow! It really knocked me over. We’d collaborated on books before, but this one affected me differently. Here was a whole book applauding my greatness—from the love of my life. It felt fantastic. I flipped through quickly to make sure there wasn’t a What Bugs Me About You section. There wasn’t.
As I settled down in my armchair to read each page, a warm glow came over me—directed toward Kate. After reading it, a little misty-eyed, I hugged Kate tight and told her how much I loved her. I even learned some things she appreciates about me that I never knew before, such as my faithful kisses goodnight and my ambitious kitchen experiments.
This is the best gift I have ever received from my wife, not counting our two wonderful children. For Kate’s birthday, I knew what her present would be. As I started to fill out the book, describing all the ways I admire her, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude that she had come into my life.
After two decades of marriage, it warmed me to remember what attracted us to each other in the first place—and continue to bind us together each day. When I saw her eyes light up as she removed the wrapping, I knew I had chosen the perfect present. It felt wonderful to prepare and give this gift of love to my wife. We decided to share our love journal experience by creating a fill-in version to help other couples organize their thoughts of praise and love as well.
We offer you What I Love About You to sing the praises of someone you love. We hope you and your loved ones feel as rewarded by it as we did.
"A gorgeous, graphic tome. . . It’s a book to return to again and again." – Saveur
"Novice bakers, rejoice! This photo‐packed guide to home baking showcases easy treats that still manage to impress. If you’re ready to shed your identity as a hopeless non‐baker, then What to Bake & How to Bake It is your book." – Epicurious.com
"What to Bake and How to Bake It is an exhaustively – and attractively – illustrated guide to baking, aimed at beginners." – The New York Times Book Review
Whether you are a beginner or seasoned baker, What to Bake and How to Bake It by Jane Hornby is considered the ultimate step-by-step cookbook for amateur and seasoned bakers alike.
From Salted Caramel Shortbread Bites to Malted Milk Chocolate Birthday Cake, Skinny Blueberry Muffins to One Crust Apple and Blackberry Pie, and Sticky Pear and Pecan Toffee Cake to Vanilla Fruit Scones, there is a homemade treat here for everyone.
With 10 photos per recipe and easy to follow steps for fifty go‐to desserts, What to Bake and How to Bake It offers plenty of inspiration for more experienced home cooks as it is destined to be the novice baker's newest favorite cookbook.
What to Cook and How to Cook It is the ultimate cookbook for beginners. UK food writer and recipe editor Jane Hornby takes 100 easy and delicious recipes back to basics, pairing straightforward instructions with step‐by‐step photographs illustrating ingredients, process, and techniques.
Learn to make meals ranging from simple to spectacular, with tasty recipes for every occasion, including Breakfast Muffins and Spaghetti Carbonara, to Mushroom Risotto and classic Lemon Tart. Hornby’s careful explanations will turn even the most timid beginner into a confdient cook with a solid recipe repertoire.
Hornby's by-the-book approach to everyday eating is a terrific resource for those with a taste for tradition. Each dish is accompanied by step-by-step photos, ensuring those cooking along with the author will be able to pull off Cinnamon Rolls, a Chocolate Truffle Cake, or Shrimp Pad Thai with confidence.
Featuring one of the best-loved and most successful children’s characters of all time, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic is a timeless treasure sure to bring out the child in every parent or individual who loves imagination.
Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this book explores the fascinating story behind the development of BooWinnie-the-Pooh and friends through the creative collaboration between author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard.
Vividly bringing to life the adventures of everyone's favorite teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic is beautifully illustrated with original drawings from the first editions accompanied by extracts from the manuscripts and the published books.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic is a testament to the bear’s enduring popularity and a must have for the child in all of us.
"We all love a good story but most of us struggle to write them. Lisa Cron enlightens us as to how to get the job done in a savvy and engaging way."
— Michael Gazzaniga, neuroscientist and director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Story guru Lisa Cron unlocked my last novel for me over lunch, but if you can’t have her by your side when you’re wrestling your manuscript, the next best thing is this smart, funny, genius book about the myths, realities, and brass tacks of story. Packed with innovative tips and techniques, it's as essential to any writer as a laptop, and much more fun"
— Caroline Leavitt, author of New York Times best seller Pictures of You
"Wired for Story reveals that stories are not only a metaphor for human striving and survival, but they are also the means by which the brain ensures that we survive. Lisa Cron translates the latest neuroscience into a master guidebook for how to write engaging, meaningful, and moving stories."
— Elizabeth Lyon, author of Manuscript Makeover
"As a story consultant for business executives as well as artists, I am always searching for ways to convey the skill set involved in constructing a story. Wired for Story presents basic principles for harnessing the natural power of the brain to recognize and create stories in a way that is inspiring and entirely helpful."
— Murray Nossel, PhD, founder of Narativ Inc.
"Remember when Luke has to drop the bomb into the small vent on the Death Star? The story writer faces a similar challenge of penetrating the brain of the reader. This book gives the blueprints."
— David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brian Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence reveals how writers can utilize cognitive storytelling strategies to craft stories that ignite readers’ brains and captivate them through each plot element. Strategies that will be a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper.
The vast majority of writing advice focuses on “writing well” as if it were the same as telling a great story. This is exactly where many aspiring writers fail as they strive for beautiful metaphors, authentic dialogue, and interesting characters. Writers tend to losing sight of the one thing that every engaging story must do: ignite the brain’s hardwired desire to learn what happens next.
When writers tap into the evolutionary purpose of story and electrify our curiosity, it triggers a delicious dopamine rush that tells us to pay attention. Without it, even the most perfect prose won’t hold anyone’s interest.
Backed by recent breakthroughs in neuroscience as well as examples from novels, screenplays, and short stories, Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brian Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence offers a revolutionary look at story as the brain experiences it. Each chapter zeroes in on an aspect of the brain, its corresponding revelation about story, and the way to apply it to your storytelling right now.
Whether you're a writer, a teacher, a non-profiteer, an entrepreneur, or a CEO, with Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brian Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence, you'll learn:
How – and why – story and the brain developed in tandem.
Why we use story, and not facts, to make sense of the world.
What it is that gives story it’s unparalleled power.
What the brain craves in every story it hears.
How to create stories that hook readers from the very first sentence.
How to create stories capable of moving people to action.
Story is the living, breathing cornerstone of evolution. Wired for Story will help you understand that Story isn’t “a” way we make sense of the world. It’s THE way.
Lisa Cron is a story coach and the author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence and Story Genius: How To Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages that Go Nowhere). And, her video tutorial Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story can be found at Lynda.com.
Lisa has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, as a producer on shows for Showtime and CourtTV, and as a story consultant for Warner Brothers and the William Morris Agency.
Since 2006, she's been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA program in visual narrative in New York City.
Lisa works with writers, nonprofits, educators and organizations, helping them master the unparalleled power of story, so they can move people to action – whether that action is turning the pages of a compelling novel, trying a new product, or taking to the streets to change the world for the better.
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You Can Draw Anything, Kim Gamble's popular picture-book shows kids how they can draw anything they want. Kids will learn that if they can write numbers and the letters A-Z, they can draw anything.
Considered one of Australia's best illustrators for children, Gamble provides step-by-step guidance, helpful tips, and flip pictures, showing how to draw animals, faces, bodies, people in action, buildings, machines, and anything else kids can think of. Topics covered include giving pictures depth, using perspective, and using light and shade.
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