From the meaningful to the delightful: Cool new stuff from our selectors

In the field of philosophy, psychology and religion there are interesting titles coming along soon.

Cover of David and Goliath

Gary Quinn’s The Yes frequency deals with the much vaunted idea of mindfulness and encourages the reader to break habits that lock them into self-defeating behaviours.

Eldon Taylor’s Choices and illusions mixes science and spirituality while Douglas T. Kenrick’s Rational animal looks at our decision-making processes and finds that many are entirely irrational and proposes a new alternative based on evolutionary science.

Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestsellers Blink and The tipping point,  has a new book, likely to be a big seller, named David and Goliath,  which sets out to challenge how we deal with obstacles, disadvantages and disabilities.

Reza Aslan’s book Zealot- the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth has had a lot of advance publicity and its attempt to balance the Jesus of the Gospels with the historical records of the time should give food for thought.

Moving into the area of children’s books,  Judith Kerr, famous for The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the iconic Mog books, has written Judith Kerr’s creatures  It is a lavishly illustrated retrospective. Our selector loved seeing the very early drawings Kerr did as a child. She tells the story of her life from war torn Europe up until the celebration of her 90th birthday.
Cover of Judith Kerr's creaturesCover of Maurice Sendak

Another great big fabulous tome to drool over is Maurice Sendak:  A Celebration of the Artist and His Work. Described in the book as the pre-eminent Children’s book artist of the twentieth century, we certainly have no argument with that!  Celebrate his 60 year career with this full colour catalogue of more than two hundred images exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York in June and August 2013.

National Geographic goes electric

I always wanted to be a vet when I was a kid so  I loved National Geographic magazine. Then I grew up and met biochemistry and dissections at university and my dreams changed.  National Geographic continues to produce amazing material through the National Geographic Digital Archive which includes:

National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-Current

  • online access to all articles, maps and images.

National Geographic People, Animals and the World

  • Full-text books on travel, science, history, animals and cultures;
  • Full-text National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 onwards;
  • Videos, maps, atlases and downloadable images.

National Geographic Kids

You can search this as a standalone product or through the National Geographic Archive. Geared toward 6-14 year olds it includes:

  • National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present;
  • National Geographic Kids books;
  • Downloadable images perfect for homework.

You can find these through the catalogue or at the Source 24/7.
All you need is your card number, PIN and a sense of wonder!
Who doesn’t want to know that bolts of lightning can shoot out of an erupting volcano?

Fancy Nancy has landed

Fancy Nancy Super Sleuth is available for download as an ebook or an audiobook right now. No waiting.

Fancy Nancy Super Sleuth

Until September 30th this book is available as part of a ‘global book club’ which allows parents and children to read together. Big Library Read sees 6500 libraries around the world offer the chance for thousands to read the same book at the same time!

Jane O’Connor’s Nancy Clancy titles are great for young readers who are learning how to read.