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This is Caversham Booksellers' seventeenth monthly e-newsletter. Each month, we will let you know about happenings at the store and some of the many conferences where we set up book tables, as well as some new titles we hope you'll be interested in. Thanks for subscribing!

Table of Contents
1.  Greetings from Neil
2.  News and Announcements
3.  Hot Off The Press!
4.  Karl's review of Five Constraints on Predicting BehaviorSam's review of Bellevue Square
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Books in the above photo: The Red Book, The Art of Mindful Singing, Freudian Slippers (not a book), Mind Over Mood, Little Book of GratitudeShadow of the Object (30th Anniversary edition).
So the most important thing I should tell you is that, by the time this newsletter comes out, I will have had beard trimmed at Mi Hermano here on Harbord street. As of the time of this typing my appointment is tomorrow. I am very excited to have my wild beard tamed by a professional.  
            Please check out this neat bookRobert BurnsHaggis.
            I just can't tell you enough about our upcoming inventory count. Where my wife works they have professional inventory counters come in and the regular employees verify those counts. At Caversham we do everything in house. Much in the spirit of how Harbord House grind their own beef. Also we are a smaller operation than where my better half punches in. The main reason I mention inventory is that it means we will be closed on Sunday, February 11th. If that didn't do the trick then I mention it again later on (see below). We'll have a sign on the door and a reminder on the website as well. Just trying to avoid the horror story of someone driving in from Cambridge for the day only to find us closed and unable to be part of their one-time-only errands.  
            We also have Joe at two events (see below) and we continue to forge ahead at HQ. I'd like to take a moment to thank all the students who have bought their textbooks from us as well as the professors that had us stock the books and then sent their students here. I am often reminded of that very flawed film where the humans of Naboo and the Gungans must recognize that they are part of a symbiotic circle that takes much mutually beneficial teamwork to be maintained. Anyway, thank you students and teachers.  
            I may change my discussion of beard trimming by the time Karl hits "send" on this masterpiece. It is January 23rd now.  January 24th includes the beard trim. February 2nd is when you'll read this. Which Neil will win? At the moment it is Future Neil vs. Present Neil. Present Neil obviously wins because Future Neil has not used his chance at life yet. Come February we will have the Future Neil in question. What will he decide? What did he decide? At that point he will be Present Neil and will be evaluating whether or not to go with the Neil of the past. It does not help that I am Future Neil to the Neil of the past that began this little hello blurb.  I'm actually Present Neil now. Or I was. . .before I became Future Neil again. . .now I'm. . . .(ed. note: the river I step in is not the river I stand in) I wish you all a beautifully imperfect February. 

News and Announcements
1.  Our annual inventory:

Every year we count all our stuff.  It takes all day.  This year we are doing it on Sunday, February 11th.  We will be closed.  One of us counts some stuff and then someone else counts the same stuff to make sure the first count was ok.  We do this all day and have a nice lunch in the middle.  We will be closed on February 11th.

2. February Events:

February 11th - We are closed for our annual inventory (see point #1)
February 20th - Reclaiming Disability Studies featuring Rod Michalko, Dan Goodley, & Rebecca Lawthom — 6:00-8:30 pm, OISE Library
February 22nd - Art of Medicine Lecture Series: Dr. Danielle Martin “BETTER NOW: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians” — 6:00-7:30 pm , U of T Medical School Building, Room 2170


3. Featured book category!:

We have so many different sections at Caversham.  Subjects and whatnot. I would like to tell you about one of them. Forensic Psychiatry! Anything to do with forensics, and the law, that includes mental health, you will find here. The photo below is only a snippet. There are two and a half more shelves below what is pictured. It is at the back of the store to the left of the office.  

Hot Off The Press!
Lots of new arrivals this month! Here is just a sample but please click here to view a (long) list of highlights.
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The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders, Second Edition
by W Stewart Agras & Athena Robinson
The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders provides current insights from established experts into the phenomenology, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders. Fully revised to reflect new DSM-5 classification and diagnostic criteria, each chapter of the Second Edition has been 
updated to feature the latest clinical research findings, applications, and approaches to understanding eating disorders. An additional chapter on emerging issues explores critical questions pertaining to ethics and the use of technology in treating eating disorders. 
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Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation 
by Elkhonon Goldberg
    
Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation is about creativity, one of the most cherished and mysterious manifestations of the human mind, and what it is in the human brain and its interaction with culture, that allows us to expand how we think about things, generate new knowledge, and to explore unchartered territories.  Elkhonon Goldberg discusses the brain mechanisms of deciding what is important and what is not; of confronting cognitive novelty; and the marshalling of previously acquired knowledge to generate new insights culminating in a creative product.

 
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Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism
by Camille Paglia     
    
From the fiery intellectual provocateur: a brilliant essay collection that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism—from motherhood to Madonna, football to Friedan, stilettos to Steinem.
When Camille Paglia first burst onto the scene with her best-selling Sexual Personae, she established herself as a smart, fearless, and often dissenting voice among feminists. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. Whether she’s declaring Madonna the future of feminism, asking if men are obsolete, calling for equal opportunity for American women years before the founding of N.O.W., or urging all women to love football, Paglia can always be counted on to get a discussion started. The rock-solid intellectual foundation beneath her fiery words assures her timeless relevance.
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Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life, Second Edition
by Jonathan Abramowitz
Tens of thousands of readers are living freer, happier lives thanks to the clinically proven strategies in this book. Now thoroughly updated based on the latest science, the workbook helps OCD sufferers use the powerful techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)--the most effective treatment for the disorder--to achieve lasting recovery. Examples and stories of people with a wide range of obsessional thoughts and compulsive behaviors illustrate the 10 steps of the program and assure readers they are not alone. Numerous worksheets and other practical tools can be downloaded and printed for repeated use. The second edition is revised throughout with cutting-edge strategies for coping with unwanted thoughts that can't be eliminated completely, plus new learning techniques drawn from brain research.
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Clinical Applications for Psychiatric Practice
Edited by Richard A. Bermudes,  M.D., Karl Lanocha, M.D., and Philip G. Janicak, M.D.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Clinical Applications for Psychiatric Practice offers everything the mental health practitioner needs to know about this innovative and well-established treatment. It is increasingly clear that different combinations of biological, neurobehavioral, and symptomatic factors contribute to the problem of "treatment resistance" in psychiatric disorders. Fortunately, a number of neuromodulation approaches, including TMS, are providing more options for clinicians to combat psychiatric problems. However, guidance about how to identify patients who are good candidates for TMS and how to comanage them during treatment is scarce because instruction on this modality has yet to be integrated into most psychiatry residencies. Thus, this text fills a great need, providing clinicians with an evidence-based foundation for the efficacy and safety of TMS.
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How Sprinkle the Pig Escaped the River of Tears: A Story About Being Apart From Loved Ones
by Anne Westcott and C.C. Alicia Hu | Introduced by Pat Ogden; Illustrated by Ching-Pang Kuo    
    
Sprinkle the pig has moved to a new house, with a new family, but he misses his old family. On his first day at school his classmate yells at him, and everything gets too much. He cries and cries, and soon the tears become a river and carry him away! Wise monkey spots Sprinkle, but he is too far away. Can he help Sprinkle to find hidden strengths to survive the river of tears?

This therapeutic picture book is written to help children aged 4-10 and adults to talk about being separated from or losing loved ones, and explores how difficult experiences can affect how your body feels and reacts to things. It is followed by easy to read advice for adults on how to help your child.

Also see the other titles in this series!
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What It Takes to Thrive: Techniques For Severe Trauma and Stress Recovery 
by John Henden    
    
This book deals with all aspects of severe trauma and stress recovery. It offers tools and techniques to manage triggers, flashbacks or intrusive thoughts, helping survivors of severe trauma and stress to regain control of their lives.

The techniques and advice described here are organised into six sections: Triggers; Flashbacks; Unwelcome Thoughts; Dealing with the Lows; Disturbed Sleep; and Living Life to the Full: Meaning and Purpose in Life. Readers can refer to each section and experiment with methods that work best for them.

This is a useful guide for survivors of severe trauma and stress, psychotherapists, social workers, counsellors, welfare workers and volunteers in the field.
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The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World 
by Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen    
    
Most of us will freely admit that we are obsessed with our devices. We pride ourselves on our ability to multitask -- read work email, reply to a text, check Facebook, watch a video clip. Talk on the phone, send a text, drive a car. Enjoy family dinner with a glowing smartphone next to our plates. We can do it all, 24/7! Never mind the errors in the email, the near-miss on the road, and the unheard conversation at the table. InThe Distracted Mind, Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen -- a neuroscientist and a psychologist -- explain why our brains aren't built for multitasking, and suggest better ways to live in a high-tech world without giving up our modern technology.

 
Book Reviews

Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior
by Jerome Kagan

This is a book chock full of fascinating insights and research and Kagan is a great writer. It is a little difficult to explain what it's about, in that almost every paragraph contains insights and revelations from a dozen different sources. If I had to summarize, I would say that he is trying to show the extent and limitations of the current research in psychology and neuroscience, as in both what the research actually shows, but also, the dubious conclusions that have been drawn. Kagan shows structural problems with the way social science research is interpreted, where results have more to do with context than the thing reportedly studied. He argues that how we deliver mental health and the history of psychotherapy more reflects our society and our changing beliefs and assumptions than any absolute facts about psychology. He also comes back again and again to the fact that the psychological sciences overuse vocabulary to mean completely different processes. For example, agression can mean "gossip, rejection, dishonesty, stealing, hitting, biting, killing, sexual attack or arson" and each of these has a different psychological profile. Anyway, I could go on. This was a rather tough book to read but it's really interesting and I'm sure any and every reader will get something different out of it. 
--Karl 

Bellevue Square: a Novel
by Michael Redhill

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner, 2017

There’s always something very appealing about a book set in your hometown, and even more so when the neighbourhood is part of your extended stomping ground. Bellevue Square is one of those, taking place largely on the streets of our own Kensington Market in 2017. Michael Redhill won the Giller Prize for it in the fall. 
The prose is lovely, and he captures the nuances of the diverse population of the market park (before it was reduced to its current rubble by contractors over the fall). The cast of characters includes addicts, miscreants, market stall workers and circus performers; all daily visitors to the square that is the heart of Kensington.
Jean is a bookseller (how meta), recently moved to the city from Dundas, who one day is told she has a doppelganger trundling around the market. People swear up and down that they are the same person, though they both deny it. There are even pictures of this other woman, eerily similar to Jean, but out of focus in the shot. It’s just enough to send Jean down the rabbit hole, progressively spending more and more of her time in the park as the summer wears on. The book follows Jean’s obsessive nearly year-long quest to find the mysterious other woman; catalogues the lies to her husband (and police), missed days at work, a couple deaths, encounters at CAMH, and the ups and downs of what Jean, her family, and the reader, all hope is recovery.
Bellevue Square also made me doubt my own sanity—just a little. Any truly affective book has the power to do so, to a greater or lesser degree, and Redhill nailed it. This may have factored into that Giller win I mentioned above. For anyone who has ever grappled with mental illness, Bellevue Square can strike very close to the mark with the question of how true to reality our perceptions of the world are. 
One line that gave me chills? ‘If you go in [to the woods] far enough, you might come upon the way things aren’t.’ 
--Sam

Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarl's kitty!
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