Monday, September 10, 2012

Top 5 most requested nonfiction titles for August 2012

"To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company."
- Andre Gide

The meaning of life, a food truck, a woman a would-be-king abdicated the throne for, rushing to and fro, and a cafe (or two, rather) with the most amazeballs food - what do they all have in common? Our top 5 most requested nonfiction titles list for August 2012, of course. Like, what else, right? Happy reading. (I know, I'm getting better and better at this 'short intro' thing. WIN!).

The ant and the Ferrari : lifting the hood on truth, society and the universe / Kerry Spackman
The Ant and the Ferrari is a magical tour-de-force that takes on the big questions in life and answers them in Dr Kerry Spackman′s easily accessible writing style. This is one of those rare books that will change your beliefs - and in doing so will change your life. The Ant the Ferrari offers readers a clear, navigable path through the big questions that confront us all today. What is the meaning of life? Can we be ethical beings in today′s world? Can we know if there is life after death? Is there such a thing as absolute truth? What caused the Big Bang and why should you care?

The Food truck cookbook / Michael Van de Elzen and photos by Babiche Martens
Over 80 tasty, healthy recipes from series one and two of the hit television show, The Food truck. From burgers and pies to chicken pieces and pizza, chips and curries, New Zealanders love their takeaways. In this fabulous book, chef Michael Van de Elzen, of TV's wildly popular Food truck fame, shows you how to make your favourite fast foods at home.

That woman : the life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor / Anne Sebba
Born in 1895 [or 1896] in Baltimore, Bessie Wallis Warfield endured an impoverished and comparatively obscure childhood which inflamed a burning desire to rise above her circumstances. Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she nevertheless became one of the most talked about women of her generation, and inspired such deep love and adoration in Edward VIII that even giving up a throne and an empire for her was not enough to prove his total devotion. Wallis lived by her wit and her wits, while both her apparent and alleged moral transgressions added to her aura and dazzle. Accused of Fascist sympathies, having Nazi lovers and learning bizarre sexual techniques in China, she remains the subject of gossip and fascination. In death, the Duchess became a symbol of empowerment and a style icon, a woman whose unequivocal aim was to win in the game of life.

Rushing woman's syndrome : the impact of a never ending to-do list on your health / Libby Weaver
Rushing Woman's Syndrome describes the biochemical and emotional effects of constantly being in a rush and the health consequences that urgency elicits. It doesn't seem to matter if a woman has two things to do in her day or two hundred, she is in a pressing rush to do it all. She is often wound up like a top, running herself ragged in a daily battle to keep up. There is always so much to do, and she very rarely feels like she wins, is in control and gets on top of things. In fact her deep desire to control even the smaller details of life can leave her feeling out of control, even of herself.

Treats from Little and Friday / Kim Evans and photography by Rene Vaile
You know you're on to something when the queue for a cafe stretches out to the pavement most weekends. So it is at Little and Friday's two Auckland locations. Those in the know flock to the Little and Friday stores in Takapuna and Newmarket for addictive cream-filled donuts, buttery brioche, melt-in-the-mouth sweet tarts, and moreish savoury pastries. In this delightful cookbook owner Kim Evans, a self-taught baker, shares the recipes for her most popular tarts, biscuits, savouries and cakes. Adapted for the home cook, Kim's approachable recipes and helpful hints allow even the novice baker to master the delights of her delicious café treats.

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