Feng Shui for Wealth and Prosperity in Your Home

Learn how to bring positive energy into your home with feng shui. When the spaces we live and work in are in balance with nature, it helps to create the best circumstances for prosperity and luck. How do you locate and activate the wealth area? What kind of plant is the money plant? What should you not do in feng shui? Below are some videos you can watch and books you can check out from our library books to find more tips on how to create good feng shui in your home. Remember the best feng shui results from kindness. Doing good deeds brings blessings. Videos Books (Note; Descriptions are taken from the publishers) Feng Shui for Dummies by David Kennedy Feng Shui For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how you can apply Feng Shui principles to your home (inside and out) and workplace (from window office to cubicle) in order to achieve a better life. Principles are explained in an easy-to-understand language. Feng Shui For Dummies shows you how to feel and access the energy of your environment and create harmony and happiness in your life. A Little Bit of Feng Shui : An Introduction to the Energy of the Home by Ai Matsui Johnson Your space holds the key to your health, happiness and prosperity, and A Little Bit of Feng Shui provides a useful guide to its teachings. This book will teach you how to understand and use Feng Shui—all the way from its history and basic principles to practical skills that can be used immediately. Author and Feng Shui practitioner Ai Matsui Johnson illustrates how and why to make basic changes in the layout of your home in order to promote positive energy for you, your friends, and family. Feng Shui Modern by Cliff Tan  Would changing the position of my bed help me sleep? Would shifting my desk make me more successful? Will changing my home really change my life? Does feng shui even work? The answer to all these questions is yes. In this book, Cliff Tan teaches you how to use feng shui to fix any room and optimize any space, in order to transform your home into a happy, healthy oasis. He takes you behind the mysticism to reveal the logic of this ancient practice. Fast Feng Shui : 9 Simple Principles for Transforming Your Life By Energizing Your Home by Stephanie Roberts Learn feng shui the easy way! Fast Feng Shui takes the mystery out of how to change your life by rearranging your home, with 9 simple principles that are easy for anyone to learn and apply. Working with your own feng shui style, you’ll discover how to: find your POWER SPOTS — the specific areas of your home where feng shui adjustments will be most effective for you, based on your personal issues and goals; shift your energy by getting rid of clutter; attract money, romance, and opportunities by removing obstacles and activating your power spots. Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui : Free Yourself from Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Clutter Forever by Karen Kingston In this revised and updated edition of her classic, bestselling book, Karen Kingston draws on her wealth of experience as a clutter clearing, space-clearing, and feng shui practitioner to show you how to transform your life by letting go of clutter. Her unique approach lies in understanding that clutter is stuck energy that has far-reaching physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual effects. You’ll be motivated to clutter clear as never before when you realize just how much your junk has been holding you back! Feng Shui Your Kitchen by Sharon Stasney Use the principles of feng shui to create a kitchen that reflects your personality, patterns, and relationships. Charts and a questionnaire help you pinpoint your particular “type,” and unique feng shui techniques offer area solutions, advice on where to put things, and suggestions for shifting just a few items for a more compatible design. With dozens of magnificent photos! Crafting for Good Feng Shui : 40 Projects to Bring Harmony to Your Home by Janice Eaton Kilby Using the principles of Feng Shui, it’s easy to create good energy and beauty in your home. This unique combination of interior design/crafting manual reveals the secrets of producing positive energy through use of colors, shapes, and materials. Here are luscious photos of Feng Shui makeovers to stimulate your own creative juices. Practical Feng Shui Solutions by Simon Brown Join the millions who use Feng Shui, the ancient art of living well, for better health, happier relationships, career success, and realizing their full potential. Simple, fully illustrated techniques let you transform your inner space by rearranging your living space. For centuries, the Chinese have brought harmony to their lives by changing the mood of the rooms in their homes, and now you can rearrange your furniture and add inexpensive but powerful natural features such as water and plants, as well as sights and sounds through mirrors and chimes, and new uses for particular fabrics, patterns, textures, and colors. Spirit of the Home : How to Make Your Home a Sanctuary by Jane Alexander Creating a soul-sustaining space, an intimate and emotional connection with our home, has become a pursuit of modern life. As we change our lifestyles, downshift, work at home, deal with stress, live in different communities, we look towards home as a haven for peace and tranquility. Feng Shui Symbols : A User’s Handbook by Christine M Bradler Based on the Chinese philosophy of Taoism, the feng shui system offers practical advice such as where to place furniture, how to accessorize, and what colors to paint a room in order to connect the energies of the universe and dissolve the barriers between the everyday and the sacred. Begin by analyzing your space with the “ba gua compass” to determine the types of energy present in each area. Now you are ready to work with symbols to improve your health, career, relationships, and personal

Winter Musical Storytime

Musical Storytime returns tomorrow! Every Tuesday in January starting at 4 P.M., come by our Program Room to enjoy a magnificent medley of music and storytelling: songs, picture books, puppet shows, dance parties, multimedia presentations, drum circles, egg-shaker jams, and so much more! This program is intended for children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers, and no registration is required. Here is a preview of some of the books you can expect to see and hear this month. (Note: Descriptions are taken from the publishers) Music Is… written by Brandon Stosuy, illustrated by Amy Martin From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles–because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the sense of hearing is transformed into a visual experience. A pitch-perfect board book that is sure to strike a chord with readers of all ages. Kat Writes a Song by Greg Foley Kat writes a song to make things better on a gray and rainy day. After perfecting her magic song, she sings it out loud, and to her surprise, the rainy clouds go away! Kat is so pleased that she goes around her neighborhood singing her magic song. Will her song be able to help her friends too? A great read-aloud for parents and little ones to share, this sweet story proves that music has the power to bring friends together and let the sun shine through. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow A New York Times best-selling masterpiece featuring a sing-song rhyming text and humorous energetic illustrations about a spirited child and outside-the-box, creative thinking. When the child gets caught painting everything from the ceiling to the floor, Mama says “Ya ain’t a-gonna paint no more!” But nothing will keep this artist from painting! Written to the familiar tune “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” the text bounces alongside vibrant stylized pen-and-ink drawings, while page-turns offer up a fun read-aloud guessing game in which kids will delightfully participate. What will the child paint next? “So I take some red and I paint my . . . HEAD!” Silliness paired with the ruckus read-aloud appeal will have every reader begging for repeat reads.  Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera Read, row, and roar along – a newly imagined favorite will have everyone singing. In this vibrantly-painted rain forest, squeak, bark, and chatter along with a kitten and puppy rowing their way down the stream. Uncover one delightful animal surprise after another. Sheet music with guitar chords, along with Cabrera’s jaunty new verses, is included. Today is Monday by Eric Carle Learn the days of the week with bestselling author/illustrator Eric Carle through song! String beans, spaghetti, ZOOOOP, roast beef, fresh fish, chicken and ice cream are the delicious fare during the week in this popular children’s song. Until Sunday. Then, all the world’s children are invited to come together and share in the meal. Celebrated artist Eric Carle brings new energy to these much-loved verses as lively animals parade across the page, munching on favorite dishes, and introducing young readers to the names of the days of the week. Both art and song invite children to join in the procession and sing along. — Joe, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Message From the Director: New Year, New Possibilities at the Livingston Library!

Livingston Library Community,  Are you looking to make some healthy changes in the New Year, learn something new, or make connections in your local community? The Livingston Public Library is here to support you and your New Year’s resolutions for 2023. Those looking to maintain healthy eating habits in 2023 will enjoy not only the Library’s fabulous cookbook collection, but also the Library’s access to the New York Times Cooking subscription. With New York Times Cooking, you have digital access to an inspiring cooking guide, innovative and interactive kitchen tool, and diverse recipe collection to help you discover, save, and organize recipes from around the world.  Are you looking to learn a new skill or take a course in the new year? Livingston Public Library cardholders also have access to Universal Class and Gale Courses. Universal Class includes access to over 500 video based courses and Gale Courses access to instructor-led 6 week courses. Topics include Creative Writing, Finance, Real Estate, and so much more! Those looking to learn a new language will also enjoy the Library’s digital language learning subscriptions. Livingston cardholders have access to Mango and Rosetta Stone (for adults) and Little Pim (for children). Are you looking for ways to connect with the Livingston community? The Library also has countless in-person programs for all ages including lectures, art workshops, movie nights, musical performances, book clubs, and more! On Monday, January 9th at 7pm, we invite you to join us in the Library’s program room for a workshop on Tapping into Your Intuition. During this workshop, you’ll learn what intuition is, the benefits of tapping into it, and practical ways to use intuition to make life decisions. It is a wonderful new skill to start off the new year with! Visit our Library’s event calendar to find out what other fun events are happening this month! Happy New Year! Amy Babcock, Director  

A Toast to the New Year: Books and Magazines on Wine

What better way to celebrate the New Year than with a delicious sip of indulgent wine? Also whatever the time of year, a glass of your favorite wine and a good book go hand in hand perfectly. Here are some newish books on wine available to borrow with your Livingston Library card–including wine guides and memoirs by wine writers. (Note: Descriptions provided by the publishers) Cheese, Wine, And Bread : Discovering The Magic Of Fermentation In England, Italy, and France by Katie Quinn Delicious staples of a great meal, bread, cheese, and wine develop their complex flavors through a process known as fermentation. Quinn spent months as an apprentice with some of Europe’s most acclaimed experts to study the art and science of fermentation. Visiting grain fields, vineyards, and dairies, Katie brings the stories and science of these foods to the table, explains the process of each craft, and introduces the people behind them. Crushed : How A Changing Climate Is Altering The Way We Drink by Brian Freedman Climate change is altering how wines and spirits are produced around the world. From unimaginably destructive fires in California to historically unprecedented deep-freezes in Texas and rising temperatures that are lifting England to the forefront of the world of sparkling wine, these are the stories of eight regions confronting it all head on. Drink The Northeast : The Ultimate Guide To Breweries, Distilleries, And Wineries In The Northeast by Carlo DeVito This guide is perfect for anyone who appreciates enjoying a carefully crafted drink in the rolling hills or bustling cities of the Northeast. Home Winemaking : The Simple Way To Make Delicious Wine by Jack B. Keller The book begins with an introduction to winemaking, including basic principles, equipment needed, and exactly what to do. You are then  introduced to a variety of tested, proven, delicious recipes. More than just grape wines, you’ll learn how to make wine out of everything from juices and concentrates to foraged ingredients such as berries and roots. There are even recipes that utilize dandelions and other unexpected ingredients. To Fall In Love, Drink This : A Wine Writer’s Memoir by Alice Feiring From veteran wine writer and James Beard Award winner, an insightful and entertaining memoir of wine, love, heartbreak, and the never-ending process of coming-of-age.  In a series of candid, wise, and humorous personal essays, Feiring serves up a memoir in vignettes.  Each essay is “accompanied” by a no-nonsense wine take-away designed to answer the questions everyday wine lovers have about wine–age, price, grapes, vineyards, and vintners. The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the regions and climates that produce the best vintages.  From the countries of Southeast Europe to the Eastern Mediterranean, each page is packed with information on flavor notes, vineyard profiles, tasting room guides, grape know-how, and special information on unique varietals. Vino : The Essential Guide To Real Italian Wine The Italian wine bible for a new generation that explores the dynamic world of contemporary Italian wine, from a superstar sommelier. he tells the thrilling story of the dynamic landscape of Italian wine today: how a new generation of winemakers are embracing the land in every way by eschewing popular international styles, championing long-forgotten native grapes, and adopting sustainable approaches best suited for their local climates. Welcome To Wine : An Illustrated Guide To All You Really Need To Know by Madelyne Meyer An illustrated wine guide covering everything from food pairings and the art of wine tasting, to serving temperature, to wine regions and winemaking-and more. The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil Discusses the history of wine, grape varieties, wine-making techniques, vintages, and more. Wine Style : Discover The Wines You Will Love Through 50 Simple Recipes by Kate Leahy Discover your new favorite wines with this fun read covering the essential varieties wine lovers need to know, featuring more than 40 simple and delicious recipes for perfect pairings. Wine Wars II : The Global Battle For The Soul Of Wine by Michael Veseth Wine is an art, a craft, a science, and a delicious part of life enjoyed by millions of people. But it is a global industry, too. Economist Veseth shows how globalization, commodification, and the “revenge of the terrorists” help determine what’s in your wine glass – and how wine’s triple crisis threatens the soul of wine. We also have several wine themed magazines available to borrow via Libby. — Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Wintry Reads

Winter is a season of many moods: joyous, festive, playful, nostalgic, lonely, dark, bone-chilling. These novels capture the season’s many moods– all of which you can check out using your Livingston Library card. (Note: descriptions are taken from the publishers) The Shining by Stephen King (available as an ebook) Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino (Also available as an ebook and audiobook) Italo Calvino’s masterpiece combines a love story and a detective story into an exhilarating allegory of reading, in which the reader of the book becomes the book’s central character. Based on a witty analogy between the reader’s desire to finish the story and the lover’s desire to consummate his or her passion, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler is the tale of two bemused readers whose attempts to reach the end of the same book–If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler, by Italo Calvino, of course–are constantly and comically frustrated. In between chasing missing chapters of the book, the hapless readers tangle with an international conspiracy, a rogue translator, an elusive novelist, a disintegrating publishing house, and several oppressive governments. The result is a literary labyrinth of storylines that interrupt one another–an Arabian Nights of the postmodern age. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (also available as an ebook or e-audiobook) In Ursula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking work of science fiction (and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards), a lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants’ gender is fluid. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the strange, intriguing culture he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction. The Terror by Dan Simmons (available as an ebook or e-audiobook) The men on board the HMS Terror — part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage — are entering a second year in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, they struggle to survive with poisonous rations, a dwindling coal supply, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is even more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror clawing to get in. Snow by Orhan Pamuk Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother’s funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school. An apparent thaw of his writer’s curiosity–a frozen sea these many years–leads him to Kars, a far-off town near the Russian border and the epicenter of the suicides. As a snowstorm, the fiercest in memory, descends on the town and seals it off from the modern, westernized world that has always been Ka’s frame of reference, he finds himself drawn in unexpected directions.  Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah (also available as an ebook) Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time–and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.  Beartown by Fredrik Backman (also available as an ebook and e-audiobook) People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. The semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the

Best Music Reads of 2022

Amplify your appreciation of great music with these magnificent reads from the past year… (Note: All descriptions are taken from the publishers) Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius by Nick Hornby (also available as an ebook) Every so often, a pairing comes along that seems completely unlikely–until it’s not. Peanut butter and jelly, Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un, ducks and puppies, and now: Dickens and Prince. Equipped with a fan’s admiration and his trademark humor and wit, Nick Hornby invites us into his latest obsession: the cosmic link between two unlikely artists, geniuses in their own rights, spanning race, class, and centuries–each of whom electrified their different disciplines and whose legacy resounded far beyond their own time. Examining the two artists’ personal tragedies, social statuses, boundless productivity, and other parallels, both humorous and haunting, Hornby shows how these two unlikely men from different centuries “lit up the world.” In the process, he creates a lively, stimulating rumination on the creativity, flamboyance, discipline, and soul it takes to produce great art. The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-Topping Hits That Reveal the History of Pop Music by Tom Breihan Tom Breihan writes about twenty pivotal #1s throughout chart history, revealing a remarkably fluid and connected story of music that is as entertaining as it is enlightening.The Numbers Ones features the greatest pop artists of all time, from the Brill Building songwriters to the Beatles and the Beach Boys; from Motown to Michael Jackson, Prince, and Mariah Carey; and from the digital revolution to the K-pop system. Breihan also ponders great artists who have never hit the top spot, like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and James Brown. Breihan illuminates what makes indelible ear candy across the decades–including dance crazes, recording innovations, television phenomena, disco, AOR, MTV, rap, compact discs, mp3s, social media, memes, and much more–leaving readers to wonder what could possibly happen next. This is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You by Susan Rogers Legendary record producer-turned-brain scientist Susan Rogers explains why you fall in love with music. She explains that we each possess a unique “listener profile” based on our brain’s natural response to seven key dimensions of any song. Are you someone who prefers lyrics or melody? Do you like music “above the neck” (intellectually stimulating), or “below the neck” (instinctual and rhythmic)? Whether your taste is esoteric or mainstream, Rogers guides readers to recognize their musical personality, and offers language to describe one’s own unique taste. Rogers also takes us behind the scenes of record-making, using her insider’s ear to illuminate the music of Prince, Frank Sinatra, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, and many others. This Is What It Sounds Like will refresh your playlists, deepen your connection to your favorite artists, and change the way you listen to music. This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music edited by Sinead Gleeson and Kim Gordon This powerful collection of award-winning female creators shares their writing about the female artists that matter most to them, including: Anne Enright on Laurie Anderson; Megan Jasper on her ground-breaking work with Sub Pop; Margo Jefferson on Bud Powell and Ella Fitzgerald; and Fatima Bhutto on music and dictatorship. This Woman’s Work also features writing on the experimentalists, women who blended music and activism, the genre-breakers, the vocal auteurs; stories of lost homelands and friends; of propaganda and dictatorships, the women of folk and country, the racialized tropes of jazz, the music of Trap and Carriacou; of mixtapes and violin lessons. Isn’t Her Grace Amazing! : The Women Who Changed Gospel Music by Cheryl Wills Nothing in the world soothes the soul better than Gospel music. From the foot-stomping, hand-clapping melodies of yesterday to the head-bobbing, bass-thumping hits of today, Gospel music ignites the spirit and delivers the inspiration that takes us from the rough side of the mountain to the peak of God’s love and grace. That feeling of joy, peace, love, and contentment is amplified when it’s ringing through the voice of a sister who can SANG, Cheryl Wills reminds us. The remedy for a tough day at work can be alleviated with Mary Mary’s uplifting jam “Shackles,” the answer to your heart’s desires can be found in the harmonies of The Clark Sisters’ “Name It, Claim It,” and if you need a reminder of God’s love, there is nothing more timeless that Aretha Franklin’s stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Conversations by Steve Reich Steve Reich is a living legend in the world of contemporary classical music. As a leader of the minimalist movement in the 1960s, his works have become central to the musical landscape worldwide, influencing generations of younger musicians, choreographers and visual artists. He has explored non-Western music and American vernacular music from jazz to rock, as well as groundbreaking music and video pieces. He toured the world with his own ensemble and his compositions are performed internationally by major orchestras and ensembles. Now Reich sits down with past collaborators, fellow composers and musicians as well as visual artists influenced by his work to reflect on his prolific career as a composer as well as the music that inspired him and that has been inspired by him. The Ink in the Grooves: Conversations on Literature and Rock N’ Roll edited by Florence Dore What is the relation between rock and literature? Compiled by ‘rock novel’ lit professor and indie musician Florence Dore, The Ink in the Grooves is a collection of essays and interviews about rock and literature from some of the most renowned novelists and musicians of our day-a backstage pass to musings on this topic from Richard Thompson, Colson Whitehead, Steve Earle, Michael Chabon, Rhiannon Giddens, Lucinda Williams, and others. Springsteen: Live in the Heartland photographs by Janet Macoska, text by Peter Chakerian Five decades of blue-jeans, down-to-earth rock ‘n’ roll. Five decades of poetic, authentic performances, political commentary, global tours and even a Broadway show. Bruce Springsteen hasn’t just left an impact on the surface of modern music, he helped shape its foundations. His truly timeless appeal is captured here by

Our World Explained: Illuminating Science & Nature Reads Of 2022

A great variety of  interesting science and nature books were published in 2022 that helped to feed our curious brains, helped us understand the workings of life in and around us, and reinforced our sense of wonder and awe in our natural and material worlds. Here are some noteworthy and engaging titles to end the year with, available with your Livingston Library card. (Note: Descriptions are taken from the publishers) The Biggest Ideas In The Universe : Space, Time, And Motion by Sean Carroll Carroll, with his genius for making complex notions entertaining, presents in his uniquely lucid voice the fundamental ideas informing the modern physics of reality.  Carroll shows that equations in physics are really like meaningful poems that can help us fly over sierras to discover a miraculous multidimensional landscape alive with radiant giants, warped space-time, and bewilderingly powerful forces. Breathless : The Scientific Race To Defeat A Deadly Virus by Daniel Quammen (also available as an ebook and audiobook) Breathless is the story of SARS-CoV-2 and its fierce journey through the human population, as seen by the scientists who study its origin, its ever-changing nature, and its capacity to kill us. David Quammen expertly shows how strange new viruses emerge from animals into humans as we disrupt wild ecosystems, and how those viruses adapt to their human hosts, sometimes causing global catastrophe. He explains why this coronavirus will probably be a “forever virus,” destined to circulate among humans and bedevil us endlessly, in one variant form or another. As scientists labor to catch it, comprehend it, and control it, with their high-tech tools and methods, the virus finds ways of escape. Dancing Cockatoos And The Dead Man Test : How Behavior Evolves And Why It Matters by Marlene Zuk A lively exploration of animal behavior in all its glorious complexity, from tiny wasps to lumbering elephants-and humans.  Drawing from a wealth of research, including her own on insects, Zuk explores how genes and the environment work together to produce cockatoos that dance to rock music and ants that heal their injured companions.  She shows how neither our behavior nor that of other animals is dictated solely by genes, and that animal behavior can be remarkably similar to human behavior and wonderfully complicated in its own right. Endless Forms : The Secret World Of Wasps by Seirian Sumner In this eye-opening and entertaining work of popular science, a leading behavioral ecologist transforms our understanding of wasps, exploring these much-maligned insects’ secret world, their incredible diversity and complex social lives, and revealing how they hold our fragile ecosystem in balance. Existential Physics : A Scientist’s Guide To Life’s Biggest Questions by Sabine Hossenfelder (also available as an ebook) In this lively, thought-provoking book, Hossenfelder takes on the biggest questions in physics: Does the past still exist? Do particles think? Was the universe made for us? Has physics ruled out free will? Will we ever have a theory of everything? She lays out how far physicists are on the way to answering these questions, where the current limits are, and what questions might well remain unanswerable forever. The Hidden Kingdom Of Fungi : Exploring The Microscopic World In Our Forests, Homes, And Bodies by Keith Seifert Seifert traces the intricate connections between fungi and all life on Earth to show how these remarkable microbes enrich our lives: from releasing the carbon in plants for the benefit of all organisms to transmitting information between trees, to producing life-changing medicine, to adding umami flavor and B vitamins to our food. Divided into sections, each one exploring an environment where fungi live, this enthralling, science-backed book ventures into our homes, bodies, farms, and forests to profile the fungi that inhabit these environments, most of them invisible to the naked eye. Horizons : The Global Origins Of Modern Science by James Poskett Poskett presents a history of science that focuses on the contributions from non-Western cultures in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region and how they influenced and guided great minds such as Copernicus, Newton, Darwin and Einstein. How The World Really Works : The Science Behind How We Got Here And Where We’re Going by Vaclav Smil An essential analysis of the modern science and technology that makes our twenty-first century lives possible–a scientist’s investigation into what science really does, and does not, accomplish. This book explains seven of the most fundamental realities governing our survival and prosperity. From energy and food production, through our material world and its globalization, to risks, our environment and its future, it offers a much-needed reality check–because before we can tackle problems effectively, we must understand the facts. How To Speak Whale : A Voyage Into The Future Of Animal Communication by Tom Mustill From seventeenth-century Dutch inventors, to the whaling industry of the nineteenth century, to the cutting edge of Silicon Valley, this book looks at how scientists and start-ups around the world are decoding animal languages. Whales, with their giant mammalian brains, offer one of the most realistic opportunities for this to happen. If Nietzsche Were A Narwhal : What Animal Intelligence Reveals About Human Stupidity by Justin Gregg This book overturns everything we thought we knew about human intelligence, and asks the question: would humans be better off as narwhals? Or some other, less brainy species? Gregg persuasively argues, there’s an evolutionary reason why human intelligence isn’t more prevalent in the animal kingdom. Simply put, non-human animals don’t need it to be successful. And, miraculously, their success arrives without the added baggage of destroying themselves and the planet in the process. An Immense World : How Animal Senses Reveal The Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong This book welcomes us into a previously unfathomable dimension-the world as it is truly perceived by other animals. We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires (and fireworks), songbirds that can see the Earth’s magnetic fields, and brainless jellyfish that nonetheless have complex eyes. We discover that a crocodile’s scaly face is as sensitive as a lover’s