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Reading Reduces Stress

"Reading was proved:

• 68% better at reducing stress levels than listening to music;
• 100% more effective than drinking a cup of tea;
• 300% better than going for a walk and
• 700% more than playing video games.
• Reading for as little as 6 minutes is sufficient to reduce stress levels by 60%, slowing heart beat, easing muscle tension and altering the state of mind."

— Dr. David Lewis 'Galaxy Stress Research,' Mindlab International, Sussex University (2009)


Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

July 14, 2015 | 420 pages
Lenin's political and organizational ideas confront the reality of the labor movement and the revolutionary process.  More Info

Simon's New Bed

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 25, 2015 | 32 pages
Simon’s new dog bed has been claimed by…a cat?! Laughter, scheming, and cuddles ensue in this fun naptime tale you’ll want to share, from debut author Christian Trimmer and illustrator Melissa van der Paardt. Simon’s been looking forward to trying out his brand-new dog bed all day. He may... More Info

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Riverhead Books | August 28, 2015 | 688 pages
"From the acclaimed writer of The Book of Night Women comes a masterful novel framed as a fictional oral history that explores the events and characters surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley during the political turmoil on Jamaica in the late 1970s"--  More Info

The United Nations in the 21st Century: Grappling with the World's Most Challenging Issues: Militarism, the Environment, Human Rights, Inequality

James Lorimer | September 1, 2015 | 96 pages
A short, pointed, informative overview of 'the world's best hope' for humanity in this century  More Info

Why I Am a Salafi

Soft Skull Press | July 14, 2015 | 320 pages
The Salafi are a conservative Muslim sect misunderstood by most Americans, and even many Muslims. The New York Times' first reference to Salafis as a distinct group appears in 1979 after a band of armed men seized control of the Great Mosque in Mecca. After 1979, there is not another mention of... More Info

The Orpheus Clock

Scribner | August 25, 2015 | 368 pages
The passionate, gripping, true story of one man’s single-minded quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family, their beloved art collection, and to restore their legacy. Simon Goodman’s grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. And... More Info

The Afterlife of Birds

Freehand Books | September 30, 2015 | 320 pages
Henry Jett’s life is slowly going nowhere. His girlfriend recently left, and his job in a local garage is uninspiring, considering that he doesn’t particularly like cars. Henry finds solace in his eccentric passion, rebuilding the skeletons of birds and animals. Meanwhile Henry’s brother,... More Info

Indie Next Pick

Pulitzer prizewinner Chris Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate society...

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2015 16 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good Book Launch with Joel Westheimer

How can schools teach the skills required for a strong democracy to flourish? What Kind of Citizen? asks readers to imagine the kind of society they would like to live in - and then shows the ways in which schools can be used to make that vision a reality.

2015 17 Sep
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Canada in Africa: 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation, Author Yves Engler In Conversation with Kristen Shane, Associate Editor of Embassy - Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly

Yves Engler continues his groundbreaking analyses of past and present Canadian foreign policy.

2015 23 Sep
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Octopus Book Club: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future.

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