THE REDUCETARIAN SOLUTION: How the Surprisingly Simple Act of Reducing the Amount of Meat in Your Diet Can Transform Your Health and the Planet
By Brian Kateman
$16.00 Tarcher Penguin
If you are concerned about Global Warming and want to reduce your carbon footprint there are many steps you can take in your daily life. Of course, you can recycle, drive a fuel efficient car and eat locally produced food. But did you know that, according to a study by the University of Minnesota, if you ate more plant-based proteins you could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 55%? Educator and TEDx speaker, Brian Kateman, has made it his mission in life to inform the public about this fact and in so doing, he’s coined the phrase “Reducetarian” which refers to a person who reduces the amount of meat he or she consumes on a daily basis. And in his new book, THE REDUCETARIAN SOLUTION Kateman presents a collection of more than 70 essays written by some of the most creative and outspoken advocates of the “Reducetarian” strategy which will both entertain and inform you.
Luminaries such as Seth Godin, Jeffrey Sachs, Susan Page, Pete Singer and Pete Wedderburn lend their wonderful voices to this simple-yet-effective strategy which suggests that rather than giving up animal protein entirely, we choose to eat meat on a part-time basis, making not only ourselves but our planet much, much healthier. And featuring what he calls “The Reducetarian Toolbox” Kateman tells how to stock the Reducetarian pantry, equip the Reducetarian kitchen and arms us with a plethora of Reducetarian recipes that will make your new part-time plant-based diet both easy to prepare and scrumptious.
A book whose time has definitely come, this is one you’ll want to share with everyone you know. Kateman, an instructor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute for Environmental Studies is a revolutionary thinker wrapped in the guise of a witty and informed raconteur which makes the information here not only palatable and inviting but it will change your life without turning your lifestyle upside down.
SISI EMPRESS ON HER OWN A Novel
By Allison Pataki
$17.00 Random House
From New York Times Bestselling author Allison Pataki comes the sequel to her wildly successful novel, The Accidental Empress. This new novel, SISI, EMPRESS ON HER OWN continues the epic story of Princess Elisabeth, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, who reigned in mid-19th century Austria-Hungary.
Picking up where the first novel left off, we find Sisi, as she was fondly known, living in Budapest, far from the opulence and intrigue of the Viennese court. Here, the Empress spends her days in blissful contentment, riding her beloved horses, raising her infant daughter and occasionally entertaining her secret lover Count Andrássy. But when circumstances beyond her control call her back to Vienna she finds herself pulled into the pomp, circumstance and destructive intrigues at the Hapsburg Court which are utterly distasteful to her. Despite the fact that she is torn between her allegiance to her own happiness and that of the Austrian-Hungarian people, Sisi finds she has no choice but to embrace the latter and so, she sets out to make the most of it.
Known as the most beautiful woman in the world, Sisi captures the imagination of her people who dub her their “Fairy Queen” which is ironic considering the fact that her private life is anything but magical. Her husband’s infidelities and her children’s disregard for her make Sisi’s daily life a constant emotional whirlwind. But she’s a woman well ahead of her time, and she knows it’s of utmost importance to put aside her private desires in order to help her husband navigate through the epic events he cannot face alone such as the opening of the Suez Canal, Vienna’s World Exhibition and the lead-up to the First World War. And as she finds her footing amidst the cacophony of the maligning press and wagging tongues at court, Sisi learns how to assert her power and fight for the life that is rightfully hers.
Impeccably researched and dazzling in its scope, this compelling novel, that’s impossible to put down, will transport readers to one of the most lushly- romantic periods in European history. Despite the fact that this is a sequel, the book stands brilliantly on its own which is a testament to Pataki’s beautiful writing and the fact that she has found in Sisi a heroine for the ages who will capture your heart as well as your imagination.
ORDINARY GOODNESS The Surprisingly Effortless Path to Creating a Life of Meaning and Beauty
By Edward Viljoen
$16.00 Tarcher Perigee
Edward Viljoen, Senior Minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rose, CA and author of The Power of Meditation delivers an inspirational message of hope for a kinder, better way of living in his wonderful new book ORDINARY GOODNESS.
Divided into five distinct sections, this marvelous book can serve as a guide for those who want to improve their sense of wellbeing in their everyday lives. Beginning with Part One, Ordinary Goodness, we are shown how to recognize and care about the good things that come our way, whether they are introduced by random strangers or people we hold dear. Part Two, Ordinary Kindness, explores how kindness can guide us in our life choices simply by the ways in which we treat others. In the Third Part, Ordinary Compassion, we explore what it means to be empathetically present for others and how much empathy can teach us about our strengths and our weaknesses. Part Four, Ordinary Faith is a testament to the fact that faith is a matter of believing in the intangible and allowing ourselves to simply be OK with that. And finally, Part Five, Finding Faith, explores the principle that no matter where we hail from, our spirituality is linked in common beliefs which, when harnessed, can change the course of our daily lives the lives of those around us.
With tips on meditation practice and a wealth of resources that can lead you to further study, this little tome is easy to read and full of practical advice which just might help make to everyday a little bit more rich and rewarding.