Father’s Day is this Sunday—-and now is a great time to order some fine reading material for the fathers in your life. All books are 25% off as part of this special Father’s Day sale. Dad is sure to appreciate one of these books from among our best sellers! Here are some book suggestions for eight different kinds of fathers:
The Passive Solar House is the perfect gift for anyone who loves building andusing their hands. James Kachadorian has written a practical guide with proven techniques for building homes that heat and cool themselves, using readily available materials and methods familiar to all building contractors and many do-it-yourself homeowners, whether Dad is a hobbyist shed builder or a professional architect looking to learn more about ecological construction methods. (Available in hardcover.)
Roundwood Timber Framing is for those dads who have ever thought of building and have an eye on sustainability. With over 400 colour photographs and step-by-step instructions to guide you through the building of anything from a garden shed to your own woodland house, this practical ‘how to’ book will unquestionably be a benchmark for sustainable building using renewable local resources and evolving traditional skills to create durable, ecological and beautiful buildings. (Available in hardcover.)
Donella Meadow’s groundbreaking book Thinking in Systems is becoming more and more popular among leading business strategy thinkers. Get it this year for the businessman in your life who is interested in proactive solutions to large-scale problems.
Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, by Woody Tasch describes an unusual and compelling way of thinking about money, introducing concepts like soil fertility as a return-on-investment, and building capital systems that are based on community, preservation and restoration.
In Get Up, Stand Up, a rallying call for activists everywhere, psychologist Bruce Levine explains how major institutions have instilled a sense of helplessness and fatalism in average Americans, and how we can regain a collective will to create change from the bottom-up.
For a personal, inspiring story of one activist’s rise from small-town fishing captain to full-time thorn in the side of multinational corporations, check out Diane Wilson’s memoir Diary of an Eco-Outlaw. Wilson tells how she took her activism from local to global, protesting companies like Union Carbide and BP, and co-founding the women’s anti-war group Code Pink.
Sex and the River Styx, Edward Hoagland’s newest collection of gripping essays, tells a poignant, often beautiful story about the process of growing older. Named by Amazon.com as a “Best Book of the Month” for February 2011, this book has been getting rave reviews. Paul Theroux called it “a superb collection—-and more than that, a powerful narrative of the life—- of the man himself.” Men of every age will appreciate his take on love, sex, aging, travel, and the wilderness.
For cooks who want to use the freshest, most sustainable ingredients to create delicious, eco-friendly meals, Cooking Close to Home is full of inspiring recipes and information about seasonal ingredients. The author team of Diane Imrie, a registered dietician, and executive chef Richard Jarmusz, created 150 original recipes for home cooks to try with food from their own back yards or the farmer’s market down the street. (Available in hardcover.)
Slightly more adventurous cooks might want to try something new, so how about Sandor “Sandorkraut” Ellix Katz’ book Wild Fermentation. Learn to make your own kimchi, tempeh, yogurt, beer, pickles, and dozens of other fermented foods—including, of course, sauerkraut!
If Dad enjoys growing food more than cooking it, check out The Winter Harvest Handbook, by Maine’s organic farming legend Eliot Coleman, called “one of America’s most innovative farmers” by writer Michael Pollan. Learn deep organic farming techniques that will keep you producing fresh vegetables all year long, even through cold northern winters!
Just off the presses Slow Gardening offers practical yet philosophical approach to gardening—-one that will help you slow down, take stock of your yard, and follow your own creative whimsy in the garden.Slow Gardening will inspire you slip into the rhythm of the seasons, take it easy, and get more enjoyment out of your garden, all at the same time.
In parts travelogue, climate change manifesto, and gastronomic ethnography, Chasing Chilies will appeal to anyone with an interest in where food comes from, why we eat what we eat, and how our effects on the planet are rapidly changing the foods we grow and consume. Written by an interdisciplinary team of self-described “gastronauts,” and spanning a year of travel throughout the chile-growing regions of North and Central America, Chasing Chiles might change not only your ideas that hot sauce in the cabinet, but also the way you understand and talk about climate change.
Metamorphosis has captivated our imagination for thousands of years. Yet it remains, largely, a mystery. In The Mystery of Metamorphosis, Frank Ryan delves into that mystery with the keen eye of a scientist, the skill of an expert storyteller, and the tenacity of a detective tracking down one of science’s least-understood phenomena. Nowhere else will readers find such a sweeping account of this strange and wonderful mystery—-or such a thoughtful, balanced presentation of why metamorphosis has landed center stage in debates over evolution itself. (Available in hardcover.)
Marijuana is Safer compares and contrasts the relative harms and legal status of the two most popular recreational substances in the world—-marijuana and alcohol. Through an objective examination of the two drugs and the laws and social practices that steer people toward alcohol, the authors pose a simple yet rarely considered question: Why do we punish adults who make the rational, safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol? For the dad that may appreciate detailed information on the background and marijuana laws.