New shopping: Some people grow their own veggies and collect rainwater in a barrel. The Virtuous Consumer (New World Library) by Leslie Garrett is for the rest of us. Each chapter tells us how a particular sector (such as building products or appliances) impacts the planet and its people. This book is sprinkled with trivia, personality profiles and tips to live a greener, cleaner life.
New on raw food: Carol Alt looks as vivacious and gorgeous today as she did in 1982, when she appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. When she announced to the world that she had gone raw-in her book Eating in the Raw-people listened. Since then, Carol has heard from thousands of people wanting more tips, inspiration and guidance on the raw lifestyle. The Raw 50: 10 Amazing Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks and Drinks for Your Raw Food Lifestyle (Clarkson Potter) is the essential handbook for evolving as a raw eater. Filled with recipes, it also serves as a link to a community of people who have embarked on the same journey to a healthier life. This is a cookbook and a guide for the raw way of life.
New on secret societies: Mark Stavish, an active Freemason under the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, divulges the philosophy of Masonry and the moral code that all Masons share in his book, Freemasonry: Rituals, Symbols & History of the Secret Society (Llewellyn Worldwide). How is Masonry linked to King Solomon, Gothic architecture, magic practice and the Kaballah? How are Masonic temples talismans of virtue? What is the significance of the Pentagram symbol, magic writing and amulets within Masonic practice? The author answers these questions and sheds light on other mysteries, including initiation, the degrees of Masonry, Masonic clothing and the secret Masonic word.
New spiritual guide: Niles Elliot Goldstein, founding rabbi of The New Shul in Greenwich Village, NYC, brings us a message of particular relevance today, namely, that a journey through the wilderness – be it emotional, existential or geographical – is a transformative and strengthening process. His book Craving the Divine (Paulist Press) chronicles the stories of survivors who have traveled through perilous and at times unexplored territory, and he shows us not only how to face the challenges of being human, but delivers a promise of hope in our lives. Visit www.paulistpress.com.
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