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Get Outside With a Falcon Guide

With winter finally out of the picture, and spring officially here, we can all turn our thoughts towards going outside without fear of, say, being run over by a dog sled or mauled by a yeti. And, if we are venturing outside anyways, why not head out prepared with a Falcon Guide? falcon guide

To be clear, I am not talking about a guide that happens to be a falcon, though that would be cool, but rather an outdoor instructional book from, the publishing house FalconGuides. FalconGuides has manuals for almost every outdoor enthusiast’s favourite pastime. Do you like slack lining? There’s a guide for that! How about fishing? There’s a guide for that! Kayaking? You guessed it, there’s a guide for that too!

Each one of these handbooks is filled with full-colour illustrations that make picking up any new outdoor hobby as simple as possible. Trust me, one of these books will provide you with the expertise needed for your chosen activity in what will seem like no time at all!


Also, some of these guide are location specific; not only can you become an expert on camping, but you can become an expert on camping in Washington, Pennsylvania, or a host of other locations. And when it comes time to make dinner on one of your camping trips you’ll be fully equipped with a copy of FalconGuides’ Cooking the One Burner Way at your finger tips.

And after your delicious meal, you and your friends can work off the lethargy by taking a hike. During which you can wow your companions (or put them to sleep) with your knowledge of the local trees. The fact that you got all of your info from Trees: A Falcon Guide can be our little secret!

Of course, if your camping buddies are less than enthralled by you explaining the intricate differences between a Balsam Fir and a Fraser Fir, you can always win back their love with a few spooky stories courtesy of Haunted Trail Tales, once again from FalconGuides.


So the next time you are planning an outdoor expedition, whether it’s a day trip or a week long camping excursion, let FalconGuides help you along the way. You won’t be disappointed!

Terrific Reviews for Alan Weisman's COUNTDOWN

“Spirited descriptions, a firm grasp of complex material, and a bomb defuser’s steady precision make for a riveting read….Weisman’s cogent and forthright global inquiry, a major work, delineates how education, women’s equality, and family planning can curb poverty, thirst, hunger, and environmental destruction. Rigorous and provoking.” Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

“In Countdown, Alan Weisman, a journalist probing whether a sustainable balance between nature and the human population can be achieved, offers a key message to guide future action. He says that no matter what environmental, environmental, ecological, or social problem we face, it will be easier to solve with fewer people….Weisman’s book…offers hope.” Hania Zlotnik, Nature

“Countdown is [Weisman’s] bold, troubling, and often inspiring search for ways to save ourselves.” Julia Holmes, Men’s Journal

“This is not a jeremiad but a realistic, vividly detailed exploration of the greatest problem facing our species.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Provocative and sobering, this vividly reported book raises profound concerns about our future.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)


COUNTDOWN: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

By Alan Weisman

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Price: $31.00 CAN

Pages: 528

Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"

ISBN-13: 9780316097758

On Sale Date: 09/24/2013




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ECO House Book

“I have always been optimistic about the role design can play in improving the quality of people’s lives. Today, more than ever before, good intelligent design and green design are one and the same.”   Terence Conran

Ahhhhhh, summer.  We’re all anxious for warmer weather and longer days but nobody more so than those folks planning home renovations.  ‘Tis the season for new windows and saw dust and have we got the book for you...

Eco House Book is the complete guide to home improvement the environmentally friendly way. Whether you want to redecorate or redesign your home, Terence Conran explains just how you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint with practical solutions that are both possible and pleasing.  And when we say pleasing, what we really mean is jaw drop stunning.

The average household could save hundreds of dollars and 1.5 tons of CO2 a year by being more energy efficient, and in the current economic climate, it’s important to ensure the running costs of your home are as low as possible. What is more effective, a rooftop wind turbine or solar panels? What type of water-saving fixtures and fittings are available and how efficient are they? Eco House Book provides you with the information you need to make effective choices that will help cut your bills, your carbon footprint and water consumption and will directly improve your quality of life.

Eco House Book by Terence Conran | Conran Octopus, July 2012, $27.99 | ISBN:  97818409160916027


This Crazy Time - Tzeporah Berman

We should all be thankful for Tzeporah Berman, and we should all know her name.  Tzeporah is one of the world's leading environmental activists and Greenpeace lead on their attack against governments and industry fighting desparately to control climate change around the world.  She has written an important memoir of her time thus far as an environmental activist, and along the way discusses and offers prescriptive advice on how to make a difference, and the urgency that is required to fight climate change in particular. For me, one of the more interesting parts of the book is the disection of the radical ways in which she has managed to bring industry and goverment to the table with Greenpeace to reach common goals through negotiation.  However, one of the more depressing reminders from the book is the Canadian government's lack of leadership and responsiblity on environmental issues, and the reminder that Canada has become an International environmental pariah.  As a proud Canadian, this is a source of serious embarrasment.

The work she is doing is crucial and thankless, so I hope that somehow this praise gets to Tzeporah to remind her that there are loads of people who are eternally grateful for her leadership, passion and uncompromising committment to combat climate change.  I would recommend that anyone who has an interest in environmental issues and celebrating an amazing Canadian woman should read this book and talk about her work everyday and to everyone. 

(This book is not sold by Canadian Manda, so this is simply unadulterated praise for Tzeporah Berman and her book, This Crazy Time.)




Ten years ago Dan Pearson found an extremely rare, large city plot and set out to design and create a garden space within the neglected urban oasis. His own personal garden amongst the city objects and beings. Home Ground records a year in the life of Dan’s experiences, whose beautifully crafted words reveal his personal thoughts as he watches the garden mature and develop over the course of a year.  Inspiring!

From the book:

Central, was the idea of the oasis, as I wanted to create a place that was an antidote to the hustle and bustle, the hard edges and the sheer number of people competing for space. It has been a demanding brief for the garden to be all of the things that I need it to be whilst retaining serenity and as an environment, it has to offer up considerably more than mere aesthetics. I need to be able to experiment and to continue to learn about my raw materials and because a garden is never static or finished, there has to be room for it to shift and change. I want nature, or a version of it, to be present here too and I want the seasons to be mapped in the changes."

Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City by Dan Pearson, photographs by Howard Sooley, Conran Octopus, September 2011, $35.99 CAN; ISBN: 9781840915372



Hailed by Wanderlust Magazine as a 'David & Goliath-style victory', independent publisher Bradt Travel Guides has come out tops in the annual Wanderlust Awards. Wanderlust further described Bradt as 'the small publisher whose engaging, well-written and highly detailed guides to exotic places continue to set a benchmark for quality.' Bradt's Managing Director, Donald Greig, commented 'We're thrilled to receive this award. Wanderlust readers are an adventurous and knowledgeable crowd having visited almost every single country in the world in the past year, so it means a lot to us to get such a strong seal of approval from them.'