On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation

Scribner Book Company. From the author of the #1 new york times bestseller inside of a Dog, this “elegant and entertaining” The Boston Globe explanation of how humans perceive their environments “does more than open our eyes. Opens our hearts and minds, too, gently awakening us to a world—in fact, many worlds—we’ve been missing” USA TODAY.

Alexandra horowitz shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary—to practice, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put it, “the observation of trifles. Structured around a series of eleven walks the author takes, including an urban sociologist, the well-known artist Maira Kalman, a geologist, mostly in her Manhattan neighborhood, a physician, On Looking features experts on a diverse range of subjects, and a sound designer.

Horowitz also walks with a child and a dog to see the world as they perceive it. Page by page, horowitz shows how much more there is to see—if only we would really look. So turn off the phone and other electronic devices and be in the real world—where strangers communicate by geometry as they walk toward one another, where sounds reveal shadows, where posture can display humility, indeed, and the underside of a leaf unveils a Lilliputian universe—where, there are worlds within worlds within worlds.

What they see, how they see it, and why most of us do not see the same things reveal the startling power of human attention and the cognitive aspects of what it means to be an expert observer. Trained as a cognitive scientist, she discovers a feast of fascinating detail, all explained with her generous humor and self-deprecating tone.


Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, and social meaning, aesthetic, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. A passionate, of treadmills and labyrinths, from the author of men explain Things to Me Drawing together many histories--of anatomical evolution and city design, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, of walking clubs and sexual mores--Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking.

Penguin Group USA. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction--from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja--finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.


A Philosophy of Walking

Penguin Group USA. Verso. It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth. Nietzsche in a philosophy of walking, a bestseller in france,  the promenade, the protest march, leading thinker Frédéric Gros charts the many different ways we get from A to B – the pilgrimage, the nature ramble – and reveals what they say about us.

Gros draws attention to other thinkers who also saw walking as something central to their practice. On his travels he ponders thoreau’s eager seclusion in Walden Woods; the reason Rimbaud walked in a fury, while Nerval rambled to cure his melancholy. He shows us how rousseau walked in order to think, while Nietzsche wandered the mountainside to write.

In contrast,  kant marched through his hometown every day, exactly at the same hour, to escape the compulsion of thought. Brilliant and erudite, a philosophy of Walking is an entertaining and insightful manifesto for putting one foot in front of the other. From the Hardcover edition.

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation's most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. Verso. A passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate.

There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it. When mitch landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. His father, as state legislator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 19070s.

Equal parts unblinking memoir, in the shadow of statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, and prescription for finally confronting America's most painful legacy, history, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.

In his first book, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, tackles the broader history of slavery, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, and traces his personal relationship to this history.

Penguin Group USA. An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal.

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

Index supreme. The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, each other, a cognitive scientist, and that other quirky animal, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, the human. Interview by the author appendix. Penguin Group USA. Although not a formal training guide, Inside of a Dog has practical application for dog lovers interested in understanding why their dogs do what they do.

The answers can be surprising—once we set aside our natural inclination to anthropomorphize dogs. Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs’ perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. With a light touch and the weight of science behind her, Alexandra Horowitz examines the animal we think we know best but may actually understand the least.

1 new york times best seller. Inside of a dog also contains up-to-the-minute research—on dogs’ detection of disease, the secrets of their tails, and their skill at reading our attention—that Horowitz puts into useful context. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself.

What’s it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog manage to play successfully with a Great Dane? What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? What’s it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees? Inside of a Dog explains these things and much more.



Verso. Index supreme. Interview by the author appendix. 1 new york times best seller. Used book in Good Condition. Now being a chief text in the environmental movement, rivers, Thoreau's "Walking" places man not separate from Nature and Wildness but within it and lyrically describes the ever beckoning call that draws us to explore and find ourselves lost in the beauty of the forests, and fields.

Originally given as part of a lecture in 1851, "Walking" was later published posthumously as an essay in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862. Penguin Group USA.

How to Walk Mindfulness Essentials

1 new york times best seller. Used book in Good Condition. Parallax Press. There is no need to arrive somewhere—each step is the arrival to concentration, insight, joy, and the momentary enlightenment of aliveness. Pocket-sized, how to walk k is a unique gift for all ages, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, sharing a simple practice that can have a profound effect on practitioners.

Slow, concentrated walking while focusing on in- and out-breaths allows for a unique opportunity to be in the present. Interview by the author appendix. How to walk is the fourth title in parallax’s popular Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice.

Verso. Index supreme. When your foot touches the earth with awareness, you make yourself alive and the Earth real, and you forget for one minute the searching, rushing, and longing that rob our daily lives of awareness and cause us to "sleepwalk" through life. Thich nhat hanh shares amusing stories of the impact mindful walking has on both the walker and those who notice him, and shows how mindful walking can be a technique for diminishing depression, recapturing wonder, and expressing gratitude.

Penguin Group USA.

Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell

1 new york times best seller. Used book in Good Condition. And, as the boston globe says about being a Dog, “becoming more doglike, not surprisingly, can make anyone’s life a little more vivid. Penguin Group USA. As we come to understand how rich, complex, and exciting the world around us is to the canine nose, Horowitz changes our perspective on dogs forever.

Index supreme. Guided by her own dogs, finnegan and Upton, Horowitz sets off on a quest through the cutting-edge science behind the olfactory abilities of the dog. Readers will finish this book feeling that they have broken free of their human constraints and understanding smell as never before; that they have, for however fleetingly, been a dog.

In addition to speaking to cognitive researchers and smell experts, Horowitz visits detection-dog trainers and training centers; she meets researchers working with dogs to detect cancerous cells and anticipate epileptic seizure or diabetic shock; and she even attempts to smell-train her own nose. Interview by the author appendix.

. Verso. From the #1 bestselling author of inside of a dog—“an incredible journey into the olfactory world of man’s best friend” O, The Oprah Magazine, Alexandra Horowitz’s follow-up to her New York Times bestseller explains how dogs experience the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose.

In her “fascinating book…horowitz combines the expertise of a scientist with an easy, lively writing style” The New York Times Book Review as she imagines what it is like to be a dog. Parallax Press.

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

Penguin Group USA. Index supreme. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to contend with, let alone thrive in, a complex world. He shows why high-performers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, the arts, education, and business.

Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls smart practice that helps them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence. Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers. Interview by the author appendix.

1 new york times best seller. Used book in Good Condition. Parallax Press. Goleman analyzes attention research as a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. In focus, psychologist and journalist daniel Goleman delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long-overdue discussion of this little-noticed and underrated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life.

Attention works much like a muscle: use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows. Harper Paperbacks.

Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention

Verso. Interview by the author appendix. Index supreme. Harper Paperbacks. Parallax Press. Na penguin Group USA. HarperOne. 1 new york times best seller. Used book in Good Condition.

The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction

Verso. But it is more than that: listening is a way of life. Our lives are qualitatively different―indeed, better―when we become listeners. HarperOne. Parallax Press. People talk past each other, eager to be heard but somehow deaf to what is being said. Adam mchugh places listening at the heart of our spirituality, our relationships and our mission in the world.

Penguin Group USA. Listening shapes us and equips us to be more attuned to people in pain and more able to minister to those in distress. Index supreme. Heed the call to the listening life, and hear what God is doing in you and the world. Interview by the author appendix. God himself is the god who hears, through Scripture, and we too can learn to hear what God may be saying through creation, through people.

Listening is an essential skill for healthy relationships, both with God and with other people. 1 new york times best seller. Used book in Good Condition. Harper Paperbacks. By cultivating a posture of listening, we become more attentive and engaged with those around us. Christianity today's 2017 book of the year award - Spiritual Formation Logos Association Bookstore Award, Best Christian Living Book for 2016 Bookwi.