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This is Caversham Booksellers twentieth 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 The Consciousness Instinct
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As mid-April presented us with an ice storm I'm sure many of you took that weekend to curl up with a good book. Cozy reading is a pastime we approve of here at Caversham Booksellers. That one was quite a weekend of wind, cold, and, moisture. We have earned our sunshine methinks. Last month one of our featured new titles was Things We haven't Said. One of this book's contributors is Janet Goldblatt-Holmes. She will be at Ben McNally Books on May 23rd to chat about it. If you have never been to Ben McNally Books then I strongly urge you to pay them a visit. It is a beautiful bookstore. As I type this it is 17 degrees outside and our door is propped open. Isn't amazing what a Canadian two weeks can do? This month we are all over the place. some Temple Grandin, some Oren Gozlan, some Mindful Society, and much more. It's a bit like Adventures in Babysitting only with books and conferences and very little misbehaving. My hat goes off to you for being you. Please be careful when swimming.
Check out the list of titles that are featured in our 2018 Catalogue!

Our friends at Sunnybrook have two events that we cannot go to though we wish we could. You should go! Read below!

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre presents:
Out of Darkness Film Premiere
Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:00 p.m.
&
What's New in Hoarding?
A conference aimed at individuals with hoarding difficulties, their loved ones, and service providers to share emerging knowledge.
June 1st @ McLaughlin Auditorium,
News and Announcements

1. My shoulders have been tense. I have been doing a bit of yoga and listening to some meditations in the morning. This new habit has helped a great deal.

 

2. May Events:

3. Caversham's featured section:

The Autism Spectrum section! Here you find both professional and self-help books on autism. Yes indeed. It is located about a meter south-west of my desk.

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.

The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life
Goldman, Brian, M.D.

As a veteran emergency room physician, Dr. Brian Goldman has a successful career setting broken bones, curing pneumonia, and otherwise pulling people back from the brink of medical emergency. He always believed that caring came naturally to physicians. But time, stress, errors, and heavy expectations left him wondering if he might not be the same caring doctor he thought he was at the beginning of his career. He wondered what kindness truly looks like—in himself and in others.

Meaning and Melancholia : Life in the Age of Bewilderment
Christopher Bollas 

Meaning and Melancholia: Life in the Age of Bewilderment sees Christopher Bollas apply his creative and innovative psychoanalytic thinking to various contemporary social, cultural and political themes.

The ASD Independence Workbook: Transition Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Autism
Francis Tabone& Judith Newman

The ASD Independence Workbook offers powerful skills to help teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) successfully navigate the skills required for daily living and integration into their communities.

 

Narcissism and Its Discontents
Glen Gabbard and Holly Crisp-Han

Because of the multifaceted nature of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), treating it presents clinicians with a range of wholly unique challenges.This book recognizes the variable nature of NPD and provides a template for adjusting treatment to the patient rather than shoehorning the patient into a manualized treatment that may prove to be less effectual.

Intrinsic Hope
Kate Davies

Climate disruption. Growing social inequality. Pollution. We are living in an era of unprecedented crises, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task.

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Memoir About Anxiety
Sarah Wilson

The New York Times bestselling author of I Quit Sugar transforms cultural perceptions of the mental health issue of our age—anxiety—viewing this widespread condition not as a burdensome affliction but as a powerful spiritual teacher that can deepen our lives.

The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age
Gordon Marino

While offering readers a useful primer on Existentialism as an animating body of thought, Marino distills and delivers the life-altering and, in some cases, life-saving insights Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, and other Existentialists articulate for becoming more emotionally attuned human beings.

Chaos and Control: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Unfolding Creative Minds
Desy Safan-Gerard

This book explores the role of chaos and control in the creative process as well as the difference between talent and creativity. 
Book Review

The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind by Michael Gazzaniga

I am obsessed with accounts of consciousness - I came to Caversham from the philosophy of mind and cognitive science side of the family. Gazzaniga’s new book, The Consciousness Instinct is a fun and exciting addition to the field. Consciousness is the mystery (the so-called ‘hard problem’) precisely because it represents the interface between the subjective experience and the objective world. Many folks who are hard-core materialists, who think that all things have straight-forward scientific explanations, get weak in the knees when it comes to explaining consciousness. Not so with Mr. Gazzaniga, he dives right in and embraces the mystery. The scope of this book is, frankly, epic. He goes back to the dawn of life itself, to show how physical systems can be both self-determining and deterministic. Even more interesting are his arguments about the modularity of consciousness (and indeed all brain systems). Rather than thinking of consciousness as hard to define, he thinks it’s actually harder to kill off - consciousness seems to persist even when everything else in the brain and body has failed, such as in dementia. And although he initially seems to be dismissive of top-down views (rather than bio-mechanical), his arguments about the mind’s semantic and symbolic processing seem to leave more than enough room for psychoanalysis and other interpretive disciplines. Overall, a great read! -karl
We have a plant here at the store. It has survived despite having to wait for water once in a while. It's name is Shannon.It is in the picture above.
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