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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
by Naomi Klein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a story, 5 Dec. 2014
Totally gripping. For me, the best thing about the book is that Klein tells a wonderful story. Having been dimly aware of the godawful Heartland Institute, geoengineering, Richard Branson's Earth Prize, anti-fracking struggles etc Klein just knits them all together into a rich, gripping narrative. Not to mention the very moving story about her own struggles with fertility echoing those of the earth, as the earth and humanity are undivided. She shines a light on true heroism - not the Richard Branson kind, when those who own far too much wealth give a tiny proportion away, but those who risk everything for what they love. One sees humanity at its worst and best. May we rise to the challenge.


Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy
by Joanna Macy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book has helped me enormously, 19 Nov. 2012
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I can't recommend Active Hope highly enough. As someone who constantly felt depressed, frightened or in numb denial about the multiple crises facing humanity and life on earth, this book helped me reengage and reconnect with nature and other people, and draw from them a sense of joy and enthusiasm. Active Hope is about knowing you've done the best you can, no matter what the eventual outcome. It encourages you to be part of the Great Turning, from a consumerist to a sustainable way of life for us all. Published in 2012, this book is incredibly timely. Thank goodness for Joanna Macy!


A Gathering Light
A Gathering Light
by Jennifer Donnelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Moving relationship between teenager and teacher, 26 Nov. 2010
This review is from: A Gathering Light (Paperback)
I found most moving about this book the relationship between Mattie and her teacher, Miss Wilcox/Emily Baxter. For me this was more gripping than her crush on Royal Loomis, when was a bit conventional. The depiction of Miss Wilcox's loneliness, description of her poetry, her reaction when Mattie says she isn't going to college... Gripping!


Land of No Buddha: Reflections of a Sceptical Buddhist
Land of No Buddha: Reflections of a Sceptical Buddhist
by Richard P. Hayes
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unusual, if rather opinionated, 3 May 2010
The most interesting thing about this book for me was the author's own spiritual journey and his changing views as he struggles with Buddhism's cultural baggage and the spiritual barrenness of America. Most of the essays in the book express the author's ideal of a very spartan form of Zen Buddhism - no karma, no rituals, celibacy and cold showers. He equates it with Socratic wisdom and the ideals of Jefferson, and contrasts it with the New Age spirituality (which he treats with utmost scorn) and hedonistic materialism of America.
Unlike other polemical books however Hayes is capable of laughing at himself (proof if anything of how meditation can open one's mind). There's a great line where he tells himself "Look here, you arrogant and condescending Sanskrit scholar, doing a few prostrations might be just what you need to help yourself down to a more humble vantage point". At one point he says he is no more capable of attaining wisdom than a gargoyle is of wiping the silly grin off its face, and he freely admits that he found himself with a "cramped and pinched mentality" from his intolerance of ritual and myth. The book also has some very moving moments such as during his visit to Japan, Hayes observes one of the professors showing deep care for his students by binding all their books; when asked what motivates this compassion he is told "Professor Uno has known suffering." The fact that Hayes seems like a man naturally motivated to righteous indignation and anger makes his devotion to Buddhism all the more impressive.
I'd definitely recommend it, but taken with a pinch of salt!


Landscapes Creatures
Landscapes Creatures
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Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm very glad I bought this, 27 April 2010
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This review is from: Landscapes Creatures (Audio CD)
My personal favourite on this CD is Geography Songs by Paul Stanhope, which I heard on Radio 3 a while back. Aled Jones broadcast movement 2, Explorer's Journal. Just one listen of it brought me into the realm of "diamond-bleak waters" and "an elegance of stars mantling the hills" - the words of the 1960s Australian poet Stanhope sets, although at the time I didn't catch them, and inspired me to buy the CD. Something of the wildness and openness of Australia seems to come through in this music, which feels heartwarming and spiritual when much contemporary music doesn't seem rooted in a culture, country or geography. Definitely good music for someone in my situation, a gap year student about to set off on travels!
And Sydney Chamber Choir do all the pieces justice.


RUSH! The Making of a Climate Activist
RUSH! The Making of a Climate Activist
by Tamsin Omond
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both a moving personal account and a great handbook, 5 Nov. 2009
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Moving and unpretentious account of how Omomd became a climate activist - in fact enough to turn anyone into a climate activist. I thoroughly recommend it.


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