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The Paper Garden

The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 by Molly Peacock. McClelland & Stewart 2010. The eighteenth century was an amazing time. It saw the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and of the American Revolution. It was … Continue reading

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté. Alfred A. Knopf Canada 2008. Maté’s title springs from the Buddhist Wheel of Life, which revolves through six realms, each of which represents aspects of human existence. … Continue reading

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The Daily Coyote

The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming by Shreve Stockton. Simon & Schuster 2008. After a couple of years in San Francisco, the time had come when Shreve Stockton was ready to … Continue reading

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The End of Growth

The End of Growth by Jeff Rubin. Random House Canada 2012. Jeff Rubin has good news and bad news. The bad news is that the cheap oil that once came gushing out of the ground like a geyser is mostly … Continue reading

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Living Downstream

Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber. Da Capo Press 2010 (Second Edition)(First Edition 1997). There was once a village along a river. The people who lived there were very kind. These residents, … Continue reading

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The Leap

The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy by Chris Turner. Random House Canada 2011. Around Ottawa, and no doubt across the country, new housing tracts continue to spring up like mushrooms. Many feature McMansions complete with … Continue reading

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Managing Without Growth: Slower by Design, Not Disaster

Managing Without Growth: Slower by Design, Not Disaster by Peter A. Victor. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd 2008. Since the 1940s, gross domestic product (GDP) has become a widely-used concept for measuring the state of the economy of nations. Wikipedia defines … Continue reading

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The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality by Richard Heinberg. New Society Publishers 2011. Since World War II, economic thought has been dominated by Keynesian theory, developed by John Maynard Keynes, and neoliberal theory as espoused by … Continue reading

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Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, & Aid

Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid by Samantha Nutt, M.D. McClelland & Stewart 2011. I often see bumper stickers on cars that read “Support Our Troops!” or “If you don’t stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in … Continue reading

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More Money Than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap & Idiots Think They’re Right

More Money than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap & Idiots Think They’re Right by Laura Penny. McClelland & Stewart 2010. Penny’s basic premise is that the people she labels nerds, particularly those who aspire to higher education, are … Continue reading

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