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Paperback Non-Fiction

These are our bestselling Paperback Non-Fiction in Winnipeg for May 7 to 17.

The 2017 Prairie Garden

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by PRAIRIE GARDEN - $17.95 - Add to Cart

It has been fifteen years since the last herb-themed edition of the Prairie Garden appeared and a whole new generation of gardeners is discovering the diverse joys of growing herbs. These days herb gardens are less often single spaces, but instead intermingle among flowers, vegetables, pots, raised beds and any other gardening concept imaginable. Edible plants are an easy entry point for budding gardeners: everyone can appreciate herbs and they are so well suited to gardens big or small. As one gains experience and grows into a green thumb, herbs continue to offer endless possibilities and rich engagement. The Prairie Garden 2017: Herbs & Spices, with guest editor Dave Hanson, explores the extent to which the opportunities for growing your own herbs, from organics to year-round cultivation, has changed. It also recommends herbs and spices that once seemed unlikely candidates for the local prairie scene.

An Army of Problem Solvers

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by Shaun Loney - $20.00 - Add to Cart

First Nations reconciliation has to include rebuilding local economies. Problem solvers such as the social enterprises, social entrepreneurs and the small farm movement are demonstrating that we can tackle society's most stubborn problems affordably. How do we get out of our own way to make space for local economies to flourish? How do we reinvent government to make it all happen? An Army of Problem Solvers examines the solutions to these questions, and takes an inside look into some of the people who are already paving the way for reconciliation and the solutions economy.

Sacred Feminine

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by Jackie Traverse - $20.00 - Add to Cart

Sacred Feminine is a colouring book by Anishinaabe artist Jackie Traverse. The beautiful and intricate works of art within depict images of strength, resilience and empowerment. With each image, the artist explains the symbolism and meaning represented. The first of its kind, Sacred Feminine is intended to educate, heal and educate readers and colourers of all ages.

White Trash

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by Nancy Isenberg - $23.00 - Add to Cart

The New York Times Bestseller, with a new preface from the author"This estimable book rides into the summer doldrums like rural electrification. . . . It deals in the truths that matter."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times"This eye-opening investigation into our country's entrenched social hierarchy is acutely relevant."--O, The Oprah Magazine "White Trash will change the way we think about our past and present." --T. J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Custer's Trials In her groundbreaking  bestselling history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg, #4 on the 2016 Politico 50 list, takes on our comforting myths about equality, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing--if occasionally entertaining--poor white trash.   "When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there's always a chance that the dancing bear will win," says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. And we recognize how right she is today. Yet the voters that put Trump in the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg. The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to today's hillbillies. They were alternately known as "waste people," "offals," "rubbish," "lazy lubbers," and "crackers." By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called "clay eaters" and "sandhillers," known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds.   Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society--where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics--a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity.   We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation's history. With Isenberg's landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well.

The Genius of Birds

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by Jennifer Ackerman - $23.00 - Add to Cart

An award-winning science writer tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess  Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.