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  • FREE WOMEN FREE MEN : Sex Gender Feminism
    FREE WOMEN FREE MEN : Sex Gender Feminism
    PAGLIA CAMILLE
    ISBN: 9781786892188
    Title: FREE WOMEN FREE MEN : Sex Gender Feminism
    Author: PAGLIA CAMILLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the fiery intellectual provocateur - and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality - a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women and strong men.

    Ever since the release of her seminal first book, Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has remained one of feminism's most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. Whether she's asking if all men are obsolete, championing a more discerning standard of beauty that goes beyond plastic surgery's quest for eternal youth, lauding the liberating force of rock and roll, or demanding free and unfettered speech on university campuses and beyond, Paglia can always be counted on to get a discussion started.

    At once illuminating, witty, and inspiring, these essays are essential reading that affirm the power of men and women and what we can accomplish together.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FRENCH ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
    FRENCH ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
    MIDAL FABRICE
    ISBN: 9781760529185
    Title: FRENCH ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
    Author: MIDAL FABRICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    It's time to stop giving a f*ck!

    Be calm... Stop stressing... Embrace the universe... Try yoga... Be fulfilled... and that's an order!

    We hear these commands everywhere, and we often torture ourselves to 'try harder', yet somehow we never feel we've done quite enough. It's about time we stopped feeling guilty for not being perfect, and instead simply allowed ourselves to be angry, be tired, be silly, be passionate - to stop giving a f*ck, and just be.

    This international bestseller explains why the key to true mindfulness is freeing ourselves from social and often self-imposed stresses-and highlights how we can embrace life more fully by giving ourselves a break.

    One of the world's leading teachers of meditation and mindfulness, Midal offers us a new solution to the perennial problem of our too-much, too-fast modern life. It's OK, he urges us, to say no to the things that don't fulfill us. It's necessary, in fact, to give ourselves a break and say, simply, 'F*ck it! C'est la vie'.

    The French Art of Not Giving a F*ck grants each of us permission to stop doing the things that don't make us happy. So we have room in our lives for the things that do.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • FREUD
    FREUD
    MANNONI OCTAVE
    ISBN: 9781781688946
    Title: FREUD
    Author: MANNONI OCTAVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Octave Mannoni worked in France, Madagascar, and Africa throughout the twentieth century to develop Lacanian psychoanalytic methods in the field of ethnology. He is best known for his research on the psychic affects of colonization: domination of a mass by a minority, economic exploitation, paternalism, and racialism. Positioning his perspectives within the Freudian framework, Mannoni's book Freud: The Theory of the Unconscious is a well-crafted and concise introduction to the Austrian neurologist's life, work and theories. The major part of this book consists of an intellectual biography of Freud which traces the various crucial Freudian concepts which are key to understanding his work. Along with an introduction, the book also provides a critical account of the various shortcomings in Freud's work.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FREUD READER
    FREUD READER
    GAY PETER [ED]
    ISBN: 9780099577119
    Title: FREUD READER
    Author: GAY PETER [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Freudian thought permeates virtually every aspect of 20th century life. To understand Freud is to explore not only his scientific papers but also his vivid writings on art, literature, politics, religion and culture.
    THE FREUD READER is the first single-volume work to bring together in accessible form Freud's ideas as a scientist, humanist, doctor and philosopher. It contains fifty-one key texts, spanning Freud's entire career from early case histories through his work on dreams, essays on sexuality, and on to his late writings, including CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FROM BOYS TO MEN : Guiding our teen boys to grow into happy, healthy men
    FROM BOYS TO MEN : Guiding our teen boys to grow into happy, healthy men
    DENT MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781760787776
    Title: FROM BOYS TO MEN : Guiding our teen boys to grow into happy, healthy men
    Author: DENT MAGGIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For boys, adolescence can be a confusing minefield and parents can be bewildered as how to best guide their precious sons.

    Many parents wake one day to find that their beautiful little boys have grown into silent, withdrawn, sometimes angry and often unmotivated tweens and teens.

    Well-known Australian author, parenting and resilience educator, and 'boy champion' Maggie Dent, offers parents and guardians a compassionate and practical guidebook, packed with advice and ground-breaking techniques on how to stay calm and:

    - Communicate effectively and defuse conflict
    - 'Unstick' an unmotivated son
    - Teach them to cope with loss and failure, and how to recover
    - Help them foster healthy friendships and intimate relationships
    - Navigate technology and the digital world.

    From Boys to Menempowers parents with insight, tips and a common-sense approach to help all boys - and their families - thrive as they progress through adolescence, offering hope for their bright futures as happy, healthy men.

    Featuring a Foreword by Michael Gurian

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING : HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS PAIN AND ILLNESS USING MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
    FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING : HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS PAIN AND ILLNESS USING MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
    KABAT-ZINN JON
    ISBN: 9780749958411
    Title: FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING : HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS PAIN AND ILLNESS USING MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
    Author: KABAT-ZINN JON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING is a manual for developing your own personal meditation practice and learning how to use mindfulness to promote improved health and healing in your own life. It is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's highly acclaimed stress reduction programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, where he uses mindfulness to help thousands of people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. This book will enable you to develop your own stress management programme. It provides easy-to-follow meditation techniques, a detailed eight-week practice schedule, dozens of success stories, plus the latest research findings.

    This new edition has been revised and updated to include the latest research in support of mindfulness-based programmes and their effectiveness for stress reduction, symptom regulation and emotional balance. It is a practical guide for anyone, well or ill, who seeks to transcend their limitations and move towards greater levels of health and well being.

    Imprint: PIATKUS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • GASLIGHTING
    GASLIGHTING
    SARKIS STEPHANIE
    ISBN: 9781409187875
    Title: GASLIGHTING
    Author: SARKIS STEPHANIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Gaslighting.

    What it is, how you can spot it - and how you can break free

    He's the charmer - the witty, confident, but overly controlling date. She's the woman on your team who always manages to take credit for your good work. He's the neighbour who swears you've been putting your rubbish into his bins, or the politician who can never admit to a mistake. Gaslighters are master controllers and manipulators, often challenging your very sense of reality. Whether it's a spouse, parent, co-worker, or friend, gaslighters distort the truth - by lying, withholding, triangulation, and more - making their victims question their own reality and sanity. Dr Stephanie Sarkis delves into this hidden manipulation technique, covering gaslighting in every life scenario, sharing:

    Why gaslighters seem so 'normal' at first

    Warning signs and examples

    Gaslighter 'red flags' on a first date

    Practical strategies for coping

    How to co-parent with a gaslighter

    How to protect yourself from a gaslighter at work

    How to walk away and rebuild your life

    With clear-eyed wisdom and empathy, Dr Sarkis not only helps you determine if you are being victimized by a gaslighter - she gives you the tools to break free and heal.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • GENDER TROUBLE
    GENDER TROUBLE
    BUTLER JUDITH
    ISBN: 9780415389556
    Title: GENDER TROUBLE
    Author: BUTLER JUDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, this book questions the category 'woman' and continues in this vein with examinations of 'the masculine' and 'the feminine'. It considers gender as a reiterated social "performance" rather than the expression of a prior reality.

    Imprint: Routledge
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • GEOGRAPHY OF THOUGHT : How Asians and Westerners Think Differently - and Why
    GEOGRAPHY OF THOUGHT : How Asians and Westerners Think Differently - and Why
    NISBETT RICHARD E
    ISBN: 9781529309416
    Title: GEOGRAPHY OF THOUGHT : How Asians and Westerners Think Differently - and Why
    Author: NISBETT RICHARD E
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The most influential thinker, in my life, has been the psychologist Richard Nisbett. He basically gave me my view of the world.' - Malcolm Gladwell

    "One of the world's leading thinkers" Daily Telegraph

    When Richard Nisbett showed an animated underwater scene to his American students, they zeroed in on a big fish swimming among smaller fish. Japanese subjects, on the other hand, made observations about the background environment...and the different "seeings" are a clue to profound underlying cognitive differences between Westerners and East Asians.

    As Professor Nisbett shows in THE GEOGRAPHY OF THOUGHT people actually think - and even see - the world differently, because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China, and that have survived into the modern world. As a result, East Asian thought is "holistic" - drawn to the perceptual field as a whole, and to relations among objects and events within that field.
    By comparison to Western modes of reasoning, East Asian thought relies far less on categories, or on formal logic; it is fundamentally dialectic, seeking a "middle way" between opposing thoughts. By contrast, Westerners focus on salient objects or people, use attributes to assign them to categories, and apply rules of formal logic to understand their behaviour.

    Imprint: NICHOLAS BREALEY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER : How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do
    GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER : How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do
    KNIGHT SARAH
    ISBN: 9781786484109
    Title: GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER : How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do
    Author: KNIGHT SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The much-anticipated follow up to the bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

    Sarah Knight's first book, internationally bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k may have transformed your life. Now it's time to take one further step along the road to mental declutterment; to stop whining and to start winning. In short, it's time to GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER!

    As someone who quit her job in corporate America, built a house in the Caribbean and moved there, Knight seriously has her sh*t together. Here, in her frank, forthright and down-right hilarious fashion, she shares her tried-and-tested methods so that you can apply them to your own hopes and dreams. Once you've identified your goal, laid out your strategy and narrowed your focus, you're ready to commit. Seriously, get your shit together!

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GIFT OF THERAPY : AN OPEN LETTER TO A NEW GENERATION OF THERAPISTS AND THEIR PARENTS
    GIFT OF THERAPY : AN OPEN LETTER TO A NEW GENERATION OF THERAPISTS AND THEIR PARENTS
    YALOM IRVIN
    ISBN: 9780749923730
    Title: GIFT OF THERAPY : AN OPEN LETTER TO A NEW GENERATION OF THERAPISTS AND THEIR PARENTS
    Author: YALOM IRVIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr Irvin Yalom's forty-five years' work as a therapist, this book illustrates through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy.
    Presented as eighty-five 'tips' for 'beginner therapists', Yalom shares his own fresh approach and the insights he has gained while treating his patients. Personal, and sometimes provocative, Yalom includes some unorthodox suggestions: Let the patient matter to you; Acknowledge your errors; Create a new therapy for each patient; Three kinds of therapist self-disclosure; Revealing the therapist's personal life: use caution; Full interpretation of a dream? Forget it!; Freud was not always wrong.

    This is an entertaining, informative and insightful read for both beginner (and experienced) therapists, patients, students and everyone with an interest in the subject.

    Imprint: PIATKUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION
    GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9781785043543
    Title: GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In hardback for the first time, this 10th anniversary edition of the game-changing #1 New York Times bestseller features a new creative journal and a new foreword.

    For over a decade, Brene Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveller. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what's now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection, which has sold over two million copies in thirty-five different languages across the globe.

    What transforms this book from words on a page to effective daily practices are the ten guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way.

    Brene writes, "This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, 'My story matters because I matter.' Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance."

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • GOOD ANCESTOR
    GOOD ANCESTOR
    KRZNARIC ROMAN
    ISBN: 9780753554517
    Title: GOOD ANCESTOR
    Author: KRZNARIC ROMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2021 New Release

    'This is the book our children's children will thank us for reading' - The Edge, U2How can we be good ancestors?From the first seeds sown thousands of years ago, to the construction of the cities we still inhabit, to the scientific discoveries that have ensured our survival, we are the inheritors of countless gifts from the past. Today, in an age driven by the tyranny of the now, with 24/7 news, the latest tweet, and the buy-now button commanding our attention, we rarely stop to consider how our actions will affect future generations. With such frenetic short-termism at the root of contemporary crises, the call for long-term thinking grows every day - but what is it, has it ever worked, and can we even do it?In The Good Ancestor, leading public philosopher Roman Krznaric argues that there is still hope. From the pyramids to the NHS, humankind has always had the innate ability to plan for posterity and take action that will resonate for decades, centuries, even millennia to come. If we want to become good ancestors, now is the time to recover and enrich this imaginative skill.The Good Ancestor reveals six profound ways in which we can all learn to think long-term, exploring how we can reawaken oft-neglected but uniquely human talents like 'cathedral thinking' that expand our time horizons and sharpen our foresight. Drawing on radical solutions from around the world, Krznaric celebrates the innovators who are reinventing democracy, culture and economics so that we all have the chance to become good ancestors and create a better tomorrow.

    Imprint: W H ALLEN
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • GOOD LIFE : WHAT MAKES A LIFE WORTH LIVING
    GOOD LIFE : WHAT MAKES A LIFE WORTH LIVING
    MACKAY HUGH
    ISBN: 9781743538937
    Title: GOOD LIFE : WHAT MAKES A LIFE WORTH LIVING
    Author: MACKAY HUGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "No one can promise you that a life lived for others will bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it's certain that nothing else will."

    Hugh Mackay has spent his entire working life asking Australians about their values, motivations, ambitions, hopes and fears. Now, in <b><i>The Good Life</i></b>, he addresses the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living?

    His conclusion is provocative. The good life is not the sum of our security, wealth, status, postcode, career success and levels of happiness. The good life is one defined by our capacity for selflessness, the quality of our relationships and our willingness to connect with others in a useful way.

    Mackay examines what is known as the Golden Rule through the prisms of religion, philosophy, politics, business and family life. And he explores the numerous and often painful ways we distract ourselves from this central principle: our pursuit of pleasure, our attempts to perfect ourselves and our children, and our conviction that we can have our lives under control.

    Argued with all the passion and intelligence we have come to expect from one of Australia's most prolific and insightful authors, <b><i>The Good Life</i></b> is a book that will start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly even change the way we live our lives.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GOOD REASONS FOR BAD FEELINGS : Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry
    GOOD REASONS FOR BAD FEELINGS : Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry
    NESSE RANDOLPH
    ISBN: 9780141984919
    Title: GOOD REASONS FOR BAD FEELINGS : Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry
    Author: NESSE RANDOLPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    With his classic book Why We Get Sick, Randolph Nesse established the field of evolutionary medicine. Now he returns with a book that transforms our understanding of mental disorders by exploring a fundamentally new question. Instead of asking why certain people suffer from mental illness, Nesse asks why natural selection has left us all with fragile minds.

    Drawing on revealing stories from his own clinical practice and insights from evolutionary biology, Nesse shows how negative emotions are useful in certain situations, yet can become excessive. Anxiety protects us from harm in the face of danger, but false alarms are inevitable. Low mood prevents us from wasting effort in pursuit of unreachable goals, but it often escalates into pathological depression. Taken together, these insights and many more help to explain the pervasiveness of human suffering, and show us new paths for relieving it.

    Good Reasons for Bad Feelings will fascinate anyone who wonders how our minds can be so powerful, yet so fragile, and how love and goodness came to exist in organisms shaped to maximize Darwinian fitness.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • GRACE IN DYING : A MESSAGE OF HOPE COMFORT AND SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION
    GRACE IN DYING : A MESSAGE OF HOPE COMFORT AND SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION
    SINGH KATHLEEN DOWLING
    ISBN: 9780062515650
    Title: GRACE IN DYING : A MESSAGE OF HOPE COMFORT AND SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION
    Author: SINGH KATHLEEN DOWLING
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A moving illumination of the final transition of our lives.

    Imprint: Harper U.S.A
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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