RaveLibrary JournalThis engaging natural history will draw in fans of Mark Kurlansky\'s Cod and Vince Beiser\'s The World in a Grain. It does a fantastic job of elevating humble wood to its rightful place alongside stone, bronze, and iron as a key resource in leading humanity to its dazzling achievements.
PositiveLibrary JournalA wide-ranging work with many poignant assertions that will appeal to those wishing to learn about more about the spiritual aspects of practicing mindfulness.
PositiveLibrary Journal... a compelling portrait of the religious leader whose life has been a continuous struggle to maintain spiritual goals while dealing with temporal matters ... The Dalai Lama himself insists that much of his life is dedicated to spiritual concerns. What remains, he has committed to causes such as freeing his homeland. This balance between spiritual and worldly goals is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of his life and this definitive book, which is sure to attract anyone seeking more insight into this enduring leader.
RaveLibrary Journal... we see Doyle at his most mundane and profound ... Doyle imparts a sense of breathless curiosity and joy in this blend of spirituality and philosophy; probing readers will find surprises and solace.
PositiveLibrary JournalThe sense of discovery, of finding forgotten objects, is captured superbly in Maiklem’s debut ... From long discarded oyster shells to 18th-century police uniform buttons, the items she finds encourage her to research the people behind the artifacts. For example, finding a well-preserved bottle near where prison hulks were once moored leads Maiklem to learn that one of her ancestors was a prisoner on one of the ships bound for the penal colony in Australia ... Maiklem positions the River Thames as a narrator, which only offers up some of its stories in a piecemeal fashion. The parts that are revealed, however, make for a captivating read.
PositiveLibrary JournalDrawing from a variety of anthropological, historical, and religious works, Sagan’s chapters are devoted to the essential characteristics of being human: rituals and celebrations relating to birth and death, people and relationships ... A potentially transformative read for anyone looking to embrace its invocation to lead a more connected life.
PositiveLibrary JournalA masterly effort with an intriguing thesis put forward to explain key factors contributing to human history. Highly recommended.
PositiveLibrary JournalLessard...crafts an attentive book ... Intriguing examples explore how landscapes are viewed by different groups of people ... Lessard\'s journey through the American landscape provides an insightful glimpse into how the changing of landscape aesthetics reflects concurrent changes in society. For readers interested in a unique blend of geography, sociology, and travel.