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Depression- Listen… Don’t analyze…. Don’t wait for your friend to reach out to you…..
Depression- Listen… Don’t analyze…. Don’t wait for your friend to reach out to you…..


THE DEPTHS mentioned in Elizabeth Bernstein’s column in the 8/26/14 issue of the Wall Street Journal on how to be a friend to someone with depression, and Jonathan Rottenberg is quoted throughout.


THE DEPTHS: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic

By Jonathan Rottenberg

ISBN: 9780465022212



“The book’s scope and ambition are remarkable. In calling for a closer study of shallow, as opposed to deep, depression Rottenberg makes a smart point that is often ignored. To understand depression and have any hope of a cure, we need to look at the full spectrum of behavior—and the label of ‘mood’ makes such an investigation far more likely to succeed.”—New York Times Book Review (Short List)

The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic has the potential to revolutionize the way scientists study depression and therapists treat depression. It can provide hope for people with depression and understanding for their families.”—Psychology

 “Rottenberg’s practical style and talent for using real-world examples by real-world people to illustrate states of low and high mood is refreshing…the book is a wonderful first step for those who wish to better understand the illness from a scientific viewpoint. And it gives the reader hope by suggesting that depression is a common, albeit painful, human experience: that a low mood does not mean we have failed.”—PsychCentral

“[A] stimulating book that synthesizes research and memoir.”—Publishers Weekly

 “In this provocative presentation of the natural history and evolution of depression, the bottom line is, strangely, both deflating and hopeful: “Low mood is both inescapable and sometimes useful.”—Booklist

 “An important contribution to [Rottenberg’s] stated aim of promoting ‘an adult national conversation about depression.’”—Kirkus Reviews




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Where there is food, there will be laughter (and crumbs).
In more than 40 exuberant poems and “vandalized” photographs, you’ll meet a city kid who fantasizes about farming on a stoop, a girl with crumpets and crêpes in her head, and a boy with a pet cabbage. “Doctor Food” prescribes good food as medicine and “Dancing Kitchen” will have you shimmying with your skillet. From the amuse-bouche to the very last pea on the plate, A Moose Boosh celebrates food-growing it, making it, slurping it and especially sharing it with loved ones at the dinner table. Bon appétit!
Poetry is food for the soul, food is poetry for the tongue.


9780983661559Amuse-bouche (ah-MOOZE-boosh) French, noun
1 : A small complimentary appetizer offered by the chef just before dinner.
2 : The literal translation (from French): amuse (amuse) + bouche (mouth) = “amuse-mouth” or “mouth-amuser.”
3 : A tiny bite that gives an idea of the chef’s artistic approach to food.
4. An appetizing little poem about food to be read aloud before dinner or any time at all.
“Continuing the food themes from his picture-book illustration debut in Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table (2013), Larkin here makes his authorial debut. In 40-plus energetic poems, Larkin celebrates the good and decries the bad in the food world. Though individual poems might seem like amuse-bouches by themselves, they add up to a full meal, and the volume as a whole serves up a lively conversation about food. The collection takes a few jabs at the food industry. One poem laments the “small food desert in Harlem,” and another describes Ashley, who will only eat foods she can spell (and therefore can’t eat bread that contains azodicarbonamide). Grampa complains that there are “[t]oo many people touching my food” (referring to packers and shippers, processors and pickers, inspectors, store guys and baggers). It also encourages planting gardens, eating meals together and enjoying good food such as noodles: “Twirl them, whirl them, / slop them, slip them, / twist them, curl them, / whip them, flip them.” And if the poems’ rhythms don’t always roll off the tongue as easily as those noodles slide off a fork, the overall effect of the poetry and the mixed-media, graffiti-style art (inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat) is exuberant: “Where there is food, there will be laughter (and crumbs).” A kid-friendly companion to Michael Pollan’s Food Rules (2011).”
—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author-Illustrator

Eric-Shabazz Larkin always knew he was an artist. He didn’t discover there was a graffiti artist inside of him until he drew the Norfolk (VA) city skyline on the wall of his childhood home, forcing his mother to forbid the use of permanent markers in her house ever again. His need to draw on things did not lay dormant for very long as he started to vandalize his own books and photos, which is what led him to the illustration style of this book.

Eric-Shabazz is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and poet. The first children’s book he illustrated, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, was named an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist. A Moose Boosh marks his debut as author and illustrator. He lives in Long Island City, New York. Learn more about him at

A Moose Boosh
Trade Paper, Picture Book
US $18.951409152674311


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Alice Waters and the Trip To Delicious from Readers to Eaters

“This picture book biography takes on Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse 9780983661566in Berkeley and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Using an enthusiastic, conversational tone and a free verse form (“In her travels, Alice learned/wonderful food was like a symphony/that woke people up, made them happier”), Martin shows how Waters’s fascination and love for fresh foods started young: at age three, the future chef won a costume contest, dressed up in a lettuce skirt, strawberry necklace, and crown made of asparagus. While in college, Waters studied cooking in France and brought home what she learned about selecting and preparing fresh foods. Before long, she opened Chez Panisse, a huge success. Finding fresh foods was not always easy, but as her reputation grew, growers began to come to her, and, eventually, her love and passion for fresh, locally grown food led her to organize the Edible Schoolyard Project, in which students plant and cultivate their own fruits and vegetables. Rendered with brush and black ink and enhanced digitally, the illustrations are colorful and simple. The book includes an afterword by Waters and an author’s note elaborating on the subject’s contributions to the local foods movement. A fine introduction to units on nutrition, healthy eating, and creative people making positive change.”–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CAStarred Review School Library Journal

“[A] lively biography… chronicling the life of one contemporary foodie who has worked to make a difference in children’s nutritional lives… The art greatly enhances the text, with its varied multitude of cheerful people growing, preparing and enjoying food, as well as the use of different framing techniques and vantage points… An obvious choice in communities that have active Edible Schoolyards, it may spark some interest in communities that do not—yet.”Kirkus Reviews

Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $18.95
AFTERWORD by Alice Waters:

Dear Reader and Eater,

I hope you have liked hearing my story! Here are some things I have learned about food and cooking from my time at Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard—and from my daughter Fanny:

1) Grow your own food. If you grow it and cook it yourself, you’re going to want to eat it—even kale!
2) Taste and taste again. Who knows what you are going to like? Always have a taste of everything—and remember that ripeness is all! You never forget the taste of a perfectly ripe peach.
3) Always eat in season. I promise you that those supermarket tomatoes in the middle of winter are not going to taste good! You don’t want to eat the same second-rate foods all year round that aren’t delicious—you want to wait for the juicy tomatoes and sweet corn in the heat of summer. They will be all the better for your wait.
4) If your plate is too full, it is hard to taste. If something is truly delicious, you don’t need to eat so much to be satisfied. It’s when things don’t have flavor that you eat more and more and more, searching for flavor that isn’t there.
5) Cook with your friends! You can talk about things when you’re shelling fresh peas or washing lettuce, and will have so much fun making food together. When you come together at the table and share a meal, you never know what you are going to learn.

I can’t wait to see you all in the garden and the kitchen!

With hopefulness,
Alice Waters

Alice Waters founded Chez Panisse in 1971 and The Edible Schoolyard in 1995. She was the first woman to win the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award. This year she was named among Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.Foreword source: Readers to Eaters

About the Author and the Illustrator
Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott winner Snowflake Bentley, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal, and Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, tells how one child’s search for delicious led to a dream for all children to share the joy of tasty food — the same joy we get from a beautiful song or a starry sky.
Jackie has taught creative writing at Hamline College and University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She grew up on a farm in Maine and now lives in Mt. Vernon, IA. Learn more about Jacqueline at
Hayelin Choi Hayelin Choi is an illustrator and textile designer. This is her first picture book. She is a graduate of School of Visual Arts and lives in Queens, New York. Learn more about Hayelin at
about_alicewaters                                      Photo courtesy of:

Events:  Alice Waters will be coming to the book launch at the Edible Schoolyard on 9/17. 2pm welcome and introduction, then the group can tour the grounds and sample from the classroom kitchen afterward. RSVP required to attend due to limited space.


The Ecology Center will be handling the book sales at the event as well as at the Berkeley Farmers Market on 9/18.

Author Jackie Martin will also be signing at Book Passage-Ferry Building on Sat, 9/20, during the Farmers Market hour.

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Sgt. Reckless receives a PW starred review!

“Animals have been used in war for thousands of years, but few U.S. military animals attained the notoriety of Reckless, a sorrel mare small for her size that joined the Marines during the Korean War, and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Employed to help move heavy recoilless rifles and ammunition across steep and treacherous terrain, Reckless proved a quick learner, knowing when to take cover and when to proceed. Her true value and dedication was made apparent in the field, where she proved she could do the work of 10 marines. Reckless regularly proved her bravery and endurance, making precarious trips hauling ammunition to soldiers in need, often during heavy fire. Once home, news of her promotion to Staff Sergeant quickly spread, though that notoriety has since faded. Author Hutton aims to correct that, having spent over eight years researching the remarkable story of Reckless and gathering many of the photos shared here; stories of fellow soldiers litter the book, backing up claims of her bravery and playful personality (not to mention her love of food and beer). Hutton’s passion and admiration for her subject (she also heads an effort to create a monument to Reckless) shines through in this sparkling and engaging portrait of a most remarkable and courageous animal.”

-PublishersWeekly, posted 8/18/2014


From the racetrack to the battlefield-dauntless, fearless, and exemplar of Semper Fi-she was Reckless, “pride of the Marines.”

A Mongolian mare who was bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a young boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. In order to pay for a prosthetic leg for his sister, Kim made the difficult decision to sell his beloved companion. Lieutenant Eric Pedersen purchased the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she’d be joining.

The four-legged equine braved minefields and hailing shrapnel to deliver ammunition to her division on the frontlines. In one day alone, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering a distance of over thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless demonstrated her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had become her herd.

Despite only measuring about thirteen hands high, this pint-sized equine became an American hero. Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and was officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since.

Author Robin Hutton has reignited excitement about this nearly forgotten legend, realizing the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, completed in July 2013, and now spurring the creation of a second memorial at Camp Pendleton, California, where Reckless lived out the rest of her days.

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Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse
Trade Cloth, $27.99
Regnery History
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Gabi, A Girl In Pieces Earns Three Starred Reviews!
Gabi, A Girl In Pieces Earns Three Starred Reviews!

The pre-publicity is pouring in for Isabel Quintero’s debut novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, which hits bookshelves next month! This new YA novel from Cinco Puntos Press follows Gabi Hernandez’s diary entries as she navigates senior year: Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, the food she craves, and best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Digital review copies are available on Edelweiss. Please make sure to download your copy of the book KirkusSchool Library Journal, and Booklist are all raving about! Please consider adding Gabi, A Girl in Pieces to any Diverse Books collections you might be developing!

Check out the rave reviews about Gabi:

“With this first novel, Quintero excels at presenting a life that is simultaneously messy and hopeful. Readers won’t soon forget Gabi, a young woman coming into her own in the face of intense pressure from her family, culture and society to fit someone else’s idea of what it means to be a ‘good’ girl. A fresh, authentic and honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity.”—Kirkus Reviews, July 16, 2015, starred review

“A refreshing take on slut- and fat-shaming, Quintero’s work ranks with Meg Medina’s Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick, 2013) and Junot Diaz’s Drown (Riverhead, 1996) as a coming-of-age novel with Latino protagonists.”—School Library Journal, August 1, 2014, starred review

“Reading Quintero’s debut is like attending a large family fiesta: it’s overpopulated with people, noise, and emotion, but the overall effect is joyous. . . . Quintero [is] utterly confident, gifting us with a messy, complicated protagonist who isn’t defined by ethnicity, class, weight, or lifestyle. Gabi is purely herself—and that’s what makes her universal.”—Booklist, September 2014, starred review

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FERGUSON, MO – In Wake of Clashes, Calls to Demilitarize Police
FERGUSON, MO – In Wake of Clashes, Calls to Demilitarize Police

Reading this morning’s paper (NYT) about the protest in Ferguson MO, I was relieved to read the news that the Missouri governor changed tactics by bringing in the state highway patrol.

If you are at all curious as to how we got to the point of declaring war on ourselves or how the lines have blurred between cop and soldier, Rise of the Warrior Cop is a must read.  Radley Balko’s book is a major part of the conversations surrounding the police shootings and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.  Journalists have dubbed the book “authoritative,” “seminal,” and “the best and most comprehensive account of the dangers of police militarization.”

The paperback edition of this authoritative book goes on sale August 26th.

Balko will be a guest on Pacifica’s Democracy Now! tomorrow morning (Friday 8/15).

A roundup of this week’s publicity is below—


  • Democracy Now, 8/15
  • MSNBC “All In with Chris Hayes” 8/12


  • KUER (Salt Lake NPR) rebroadcast of 2013 interview, 8/14
  • WTOP (Washington, DC news/talk) 8/13


  • Dallas Morning News, Sunday “Points” section opinion column, mention 8/17 print, 8/14 online



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Kirkus reviews Made By Raffi from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

9781847804334_54330We love this inspirational story about a shy little boy who uses his knitting skills to win over the hearts of his classmates. 

“A boy with a flair for fashion finds affirmation.

Raffi wonders why he is different from all the other boys in school; he would rather sit quietly than play rough games. When his teacher shows him how to knit, he is excited and soon starts a scarf for his father with skeins of yarn in rainbow colors. The project grows and grows and grows as Raffi ignores the laughter from the children on their school bus.  He asks his very supportive parents if maybe he is “strange or weird” or “girly” or a “Tomgirl.” No, they answer; he is wonderful. The next project is a cape for a classmate playing a prince in a school play. Step by step (illustrated on a doublepage spread), Raffi designs and sews it together. After some initial teasing, the other kids are enthusiastic and ask him to create clothes for them. Acceptance and support envelop the future fashion designer. Chamberlain’s pencil, ink and digital art is colorful, comic and lively. Raffi is surely fortunate to be in such a positive setting, and hopefully he can be a model for all Tomgirls. “Mum” and “metre” are the only two Briticisms in this import.”

A solid support for all children who don’t fit an accepted mode of behavior.”

Kirkus Review Posted Online: June 25th, 2014 | Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2014

Made by Raffi is a must read that portrays being different as positive and shows that being creative is cool and highlights classic issues of teasing and bullying.  The book includes step-by-step instructions for making the scarf and cape in the book.

Internationally known singer and actor Craig Pomranz lives in New York City. Margaret Chamberlain is the illustrator of Has Anyone Seen Jack?, Look Out He’s Behind You, Tales from Grimm, My Two Grannies, and My Two Grandads. She lives in Lyme Regis, U.K.

Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $17.99
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Fall 2014
Made By Raffi Illustrations
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The Great Glass Sea from Grove Press

9780802122155_6bcc2From celebrated storyteller Josh Weil comes a sui generis epic swathed in all the magic of Russian folklore and set against the dystopian backdrop of an all too real alternate present.

Twins Yarik and Dima have been inseparable since childhood. Living on their uncle’s farm after the death of their father, the boys once spent their days helping farmers in fields, their nights spellbound by their uncle’s tales. Years later, they labor together at the Oranzheria, a sea of glass erected over acres of cropland and lit by space mirrors that ensnare the denizens of Petroplavilsk in perpetual daylight. Now the twins have only work in common-stalwart Yarik married with children, oppressed by the burden of responsibility; dreamer Dima living alone with his mother, wistfully planning the brothers’ return to their uncle’s land.

But an encounter with the Oranzerhia’s billionaire owner changes their lives forever and soon both men find themselves poster boys for opposing ideologies that threaten to destroy not only the lives of those they love but the love that has bonded them since birth.

A breathtakingly ambitious novel of love, loss, and light, set amid a bold vision of an alternative present-day Russia.

“[A] fascinating debut novel… The Great Glass Sea is not an alternative history, …but a fantastical vision inspired by bits and pieces of Russian language history, and culture. It is beautifully baffled by the mysterious Russian soul.”-New York Times Book Review

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“Evocative of Russian classics…an ambitious analysis of the fallout of that one single moment, how the drive to work and amass impacts our happiness, and conversely how listlessness or a lack of ambition do the same…The Great Glass Sea is a joy to reflect on…Josh Weil proves himself a storyteller with the ability to deliver the kind of complex literature (with room for interpretation that lends itself to discussion and debate) in a time where fast, easy and digestible are far more common place.”-Examiner

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Josh Weil was the recipient of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for his debut novella collection, The New Valley. He has been named a National Book Award “5 Under 35″ author, a Fulbright scholar, and was a Jersey Fellow at Columbia University. His fiction has appeared in Granta, StoryQuarterly, and New England Review, among others. Weil divides his time between New York City and Southwestern Virginia.












Photograph by Jilan Carroll Glorfield


The Great Glass Sea
Author: Josh Weil
$27.00 USD
Grove Press



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The London Jungle Book from Tara Books

9788192317120This new and fully re-designed edition of the now-classic book marks the tenth anniversary of Bhajju Shyam’s momentous journey to London, U.K. Bhajju Shyam, a celebrated and award-winning artist from the Gond tribe in central India, was commissioned to paint the walls of an Indian restaurant in London. He spent two months in the city, and it was the first time he encountered a western metropolis. The book that emerged from his journey is a visual travelogue that both mimics and subverts the typical colonial encounter. With radical innocence and great sophistication, Bhajju brings the signs of the Gond forest to bear on the city, turning London into an exotic jungle, a clever beastiary. The London Underground becomes a sinuous snake, Big Ben transforms into a rooster crowing the time, and an airplane – the first Bhajju ever encountered – is compared to an elephant miraculously flying through the air. It is rare to encounter a truly original vision that is capable of startling us into reexamining familiar sights.

“In addition to the gorgeous art and pause giving perspective, the book has a layer of historical poignancy: A century earlier, Shyam’s tribe had been studied by the pioneering British anthropologist Verrier Elwin, who married a Gond woman, lived with the community, and wrote several books about the tribe. Shyam’s grandfather had been Elwin’s servant, so the boy had grown up with the writer’s stories. To deepen the synchronicity even further, Elwin had written in the preface to one of his books on the Gonds that he considered it a counterpart to Kipling’s Jungle Book. How beautiful, then, that Shyam got to return not only Kipling’s cultural volley but also to become an anthropologist in Elwin’s world a century later. …The London Jungle Book is immeasurably wonderful and layered in its entirety.” ~ Brainpickings 06/20/2014

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Bhajju Shyam is hailed as the finest living Gond tribal artist in India. His intricate and colorful work is well-known throughout India and abroad, and has been exhibited in the U.K., United States, Germany, Holland, France, Russia, Italy, and Reunion Island. His other works include The Night Life of Trees, Flight of the Mermaid, That’s How I See Things, Signature: Patterns in Gond Art, and Alone in the Forest. From the walls of his tribal village home to international acclaim, the evolution of his work has been an incredible creative journey.

The London Jungle Book
Author: Shyam, Bhajju, Trade Cloth, ISBN 9788192317120, US $19.95, Spring 20149788192317120_IL_4_252f9


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Is it safer to fly or take the train?
Is it safer to fly or take the train?

……. How dangerous is skydiving? And is eating that extra link of breakfast sausage going to kill you? We’ve all heard the statistics for risky activities, but what do those numbers actually mean in the real world?

In The Norm Chronicles, journalist Michael Blastland and risk expert David Spiegelhalter answer these questions—and far more—in a commonsense (and wildly entertaining) guide to personal risk.

The authors illustrate that chance and risk aren’t just about numbers—they’re as much about what we believe, who we trust, and how we feel about the world around us. What we do, or don’t do, has as much do with gut instinct as hard facts, with enjoyment as understanding.


“They teach us how math helps us sensibly assess and manage risk. Just remember: You can crunch the numbers as much as you like, but when it comes down to any given individual, chance always plays a part.”  — The New York Times Book Review

“Amidst the numbers and stories on topics as diverse as infant mortality, travel, extreme sports, and crime, the authors examine just how all of this affects non-theoretical humans….The whole is seasoned with a dash of humor to create a work that should satisfy anyone curious about just how and when this mortal coil might be shuffled off.” — PublishersWeekly

“Tackling a factor in matters ranging from personal choices to public policy, this book’s British authors — a journalist and a Cambridge statistician, respectively — make risk easy to understand without omitting its mathematical basis.” — PittsburghTribune-Review

“You can read this stuff in a prosecutorial tone of voice, if you like, as many writers on perception of risk have: Look how irrational and wrong everyone is! But the authors take a different tack—a better one. They argue ably that mathematical computations should be a buttress to our judgment but concede that computations will never, and should never, replace our judgment entirely. Of their risk-buffeted characters, they conclude: ‘We don’t know how to use data to tell them how to live.’ If they don’t, no one does.” — The Wall Street Journal

“General readers will appreciate this engaging exploration of statistics and their relevance to daily life.” — Library Journal

“Commendable for its wide compilation of facts and figures—but perhaps even more so for the authors’ “deep sense of uncertainties around data, statistics, and evidence.” — Kirkus Reviews

David Spiegelhalter has blogged on his site about the actual vs. perceived risk of plane crashes in light of the three crashes in the past week.

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