This is Caversham Booksellers fourteenth 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.  Reviews of the new Oliver Sacks and Gehl's Claiming Anishinaabe
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Pumpkin spice lives!  Hello there.  So when I walk to work at a brisk pace there is a short, blissful, period when the layers of clothing I have chosen for the day work perfectly.  That darn brisk pace, however, eventually jacks up my body temperature so that, by the time I get to Caversham, I think "gosh it's hot" only to find out that the temperature is fine and I have a sabotaged perspective.  Here's to layers eh? 
          November doesn't actually begin today.  It began the day after Halloween.  Once again we have been delayed by the hectic nature of various happenings.  The fact is that the newsletter is created with love and one simply cannot impose a schedule on love.  Not convinced?  Special request: please be convinced.
          Last month Sharon Ramsay wrote a superb review of a book for us.  I thought I should give her special mention because she deserves it.  Well done Sharon and thank you very much.  This month we have Karl's review of Oliver Sacks' River of Consciousness as well as my own review of Lynn Gehl's Claiming Anishinaabe.  We are also putting our magic carpet to work, as usual, to make appearances at events with Gabor Maté, Natalie Zlodre, Galit Atlas & Lewis Aron, and many more (see below you rascals!).

The eleventh month. It is a good month. Why wouldn't it be? Many reasons I suppose. Let's make it good. Pretty good. No need to aim high and risk crippling disappointment. We breath in and out and move forward if possible. If I made magnificent goals at the beginning of every month I would never reach them and then I would be bummed out. How do I know this would happen? It often does.  Unrealistic expectations I tell you! So instead of travelling to space by December 1st (something I have done NOTHING to prepare for) I am downgrading the goal! In fact I am simply going to say this month is good and then move on. Mission accomplished! Goal reached. How do you like them apples! I'm so pleased I have accomplished so much already. What was I doing? Writing the November newsletter. Ok. Onward. . .

We are at the end of our series of monthly staff spotlights. Not everyone was featured as not everyone wants to be featured. Now that I think about it, it is just as appealing to be quiet and cozy as it is to have a feature in a newsletter. Perhaps it is more appealing? Flourishing in the shadows!  Well, we have lovely people here at the store and one in particular is absolutely integral to our mental health book machine. They know who they are. Yes indeed.

News and Announcements
1. November Event Announcements:

DBT with Lyndsey Davies @ SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH): - November 9th & 10th

Ellen and Stephen Levine Book Launch  November 10th

Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Maté @ Leading Edge- November 13th & 14th

Trauma Counselling for Front Line Workers with Natalie Zlodre @ CCMH - November 13th to December 5th

Sex Made Simple with Barry McCarthy @ Leading Edge - November 16th & 17th

OAMFT Annual Conference with Dr. Kenneth Hardy - November 18th

HSJCC 2017 Provincial Conference - November 20th - 22nd

Future Psychotherapy Today with Michael Decaire @ Leading Edge - November 23rd

Love and Hate in Contemporary Clinical Practice with Lewis Aron & Galit Atlas @ TICP - November 25th

Treatment of Victims of Interpersonal Violence  with Don Meichenbaum @ Leading Edge - November 27th

Emotion Focused Therapy: The Transforming Power of Affect with Les Greenberg @CCMH - November 30th

Dynamics and Skills of Supervision with Lawrence Shulman @ Leading Edge - December 4th & 5th

CBT for Insomnia with Colleen Carney @ Leading Edge - December 7th

Understanding and Helping Students with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Challenges with Ross Greene @ CCMH - November 11th & 12th

2. Textbooks

We are currently accepting requests for the winter '18 season. If you or your school need books to be made available for students, please let us know as soon as you can.
We carry textbooks for the following schools: TIRP, OISE (Counselling Programs), U of T (some classes), TICP, ATPPP, CTP, and OPC. Come on by to pick them up, or feel free to call or email us and we'll help you get sorted out.

3. Invitation to Submit Reviews

Have you read a book from Caversham that you loved?  Would you like to submit a 150-word review of it?  How about this:  If we use your review in our newsletter we will give you 20% off any regular priced book!  Then, conceivably, you would love that book, then you would write a review, then you would get another deal on your next book, then you would write a review, etc. What came first? The the book or the egg? The book. The book came first. No egg Neil. No one mentioned an egg.
Please send reviews to
Hot Off The Press!
Lots of new arrivals this month! Here is just a sample but please click here to view the complete list of new titles.
Evolutionary Love and the Ravages of Greed by Adam Crabtree
The widespread turmoil in the human community today is a symptom of the dominance of unchecked desire, or Greed. This book distinguishes two ancient concepts of love (the Greek ideas of agape and eros) and explores how agape, the driver of evolution, when put into play through the harmonious action of eros, displays the true essence of love – Evolutionary Love– that alone is the antidote to the ravages of Greed.
CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Over 220 Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism by Lisa Phifer et al
The CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents gives you the resources to help the children in your life handle their daily obstacles with ease.
Inside this workbook you’ll find hundreds of worksheets, exercises, and activities to help treat: Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression & Conduct disorders
Written by clinicians and teachers with decades of experience working with kids, these practical and easy-to-use therapy tools are vital to teaching children how to cope with and overcome their deepest struggles. Step-by-step, you’ll see how the best strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy are adapted for children.
The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science
Seppälä, Emma M., Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Stephanie L. Brown, Monica C. Worline, C. Daryl Cameron, and James R. Doty (Eds)

How do we define compassion? Is it an emotional state, a motivation, a dispositional trait, or a cultivated attitude? How does it compare to altruism and empathy? Chapters in this Handbook present critical scientific evidence about compassion in numerous conceptions. All of these approaches to thinking about compassion are valid and contribute importantly to understanding how we respond to others who are suffering.
With contributions from well-established scholars as well as young rising stars in the field, this Handbook bridges a wide variety of diverse perspectives, research methodologies, and theory, and provides a foundation for this new and rapidly growing field. It should be of great value to the new generation of basic and applied researchers examining compassion, and serve as a catalyst for academic researchers and students to support and develop the modern world.

I am Not a Brain: Philosophy of Mind for the 21st Century by Markus Gabriel

Many consider the nature of human consciousness to be one of the last great unsolved mysteries. Why should the light turn on, so to speak, in human beings at all? And how is the electrical storm of neurons under our skull connected with our consciousness? Is the self only our brain's user interface, a kind of stage on which a show is performed that we cannot freely direct? [. . .]a timely introduction to philosophical thought about the self - all with verve, humor, and surprising insights. Gabriel criticizes the scientific image of the world and takes us on an eclectic journey of self-reflection by way of such concepts as self, consciousness, and freedom, with the aid of Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nagel but also Dr. Who, The Walking Dead, and Fargo.
A Teen's Guide to Getting Stuff Done: Discover Your Procrastination Type, Stop Putting Things Off, and Reach Your Goals by Shannon, Jennifer, LMFT

Do you procrastinate? And if so, what's your procrastination type ? In this fun and illustrated guide, author Jennifer Shannon blends acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral strategies to help you recognize your procrastination habits, discover the strengths of your unique procrastination type, and find the motivation you need to meet important deadlines and reach your highest goals.

The Resilience workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi

What is resilience, and how can you build it? In The Resilience Workbook, Glenn Schiraldi-author of The Self-Esteem Workbook -offers invaluable insight and outlines essential skills to help you bounce back from setbacks and cultivate a growth mindset.
Combining evidence-based approaches including positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and relaxation, The Resilience Workbook will show you how to bounce back and thrive in any difficult situation. 
Book Reviews

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

It is a little bit haunting to think about reading one more Oliver Sacks book but it is also comforting to think that we get to spend a little more time with an old friend. I was worried that, this being a series of almost finished essays he was working on before his passing, there would not be so much continuity between the papers. Instead though, there is Sacks' love of science blended perfectly with his overwhelming compassion for his subjects. He also has an amazing ability to pick new ways to look at old topics. His section on Freud is fascinating in that it looks at the 20 years before he started writing about psychoanalysis and instead was quite a good neurologist, both as a clinician and as a researcher. Sacks writes about Freud's struggles to find anatomical loci of psychological issues, showing when and how he learned to depart from descriptive neurology and plunge into a mind-only explanatory framework. Sacks always surprises me with his insights and connections and I found this book to be no different. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read!

Claiming Anishinaabe by Lynn Gehl
Gehl divides her book into four sections.  She lays this out in the very beginning - a helpful gesture that proves of increasing worth as one reads through the depths of each part.  She maps it out well and does not deviate from course.  Once you start reading you can trust this author until there is nothing left to read.
Throughout the book is Gehl's thoughtful discussion of Indigenous knowledge and how it differs from "western scientific laboratory methodology".  It is a tale of when one approach overwhelms, must work in harmony with, or be informed by, the other.  
Denied her Indian status registration in 1994, due to "unknown or unstated paternity", she was left to her own devices to claim her roots and her identity amidst much sexist and racist red tape.  The forces she lists that variously attempt to oppress indigenous knowledge are quite something.  She emerges, in spite of those forces, while providing a detailed narrative and analysis of where oppression, and its layers, can be found, fought, and/or bypassed.  This book is vital, personal, and an essential schooling in status Ashinaabe, non-status Anishinaabe, trans-generational trauma, and, Lynne Gehl's unrelenting voice. Her voice is as detailed, determined, and, at the forefront of the topic as one could ever need.  Here's to reading more from Lynn Gehl. --Neil

Neil, the newsletter chief, overseeing his fiefdom with an iron(-ish) fist!
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