The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream

The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream

The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream by Andrea Rock
Basic Books | 2005 | ISBN: 0786739193 | EPUB | 697.24KB

Psychologists and philosophers have long grappled with the mysteries of dreaming, and now-thanks largely to recent innovations in brain imaging -neuroscientists are starting to join the conversation. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning journalist Andrea Rock traces the brief but fascinating history of this emerging field. She then takes us into modern sleep labs across the country, asking the questions that intrigue us all: Why do we remember only a fraction of our dreams? Why are dreams usually accompanied by intense emotions? Can dreams truly spark creative thought or help solve problems? Are the universal dream interpretations of Freud and Jung valid? Accessible and engaging, The Mind at Night shines a bright light on our nocturnal journeys and tells us what the sleeping mind reveals about our waking hours.

The New Digital Age

The New Digital Age

The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen
Knopf | 2013 | ISBN: 0307957136 | EPUB | 2.05MB

In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected—a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness.

Eric Schmidt is one of Silicon Valley’s great leaders, having taken Google from a small startup to one of the world’s most influential companies. Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas and a former adviser to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. With their combined knowledge and experiences, the authors are uniquely positioned to take on some of the toughest questions about our future: Who will be more powerful in the future, the citizen or the state? Will technology make terrorism easier or harder to carry out? What is the relationship between privacy and security, and how much will we have to give up to be part of the new digital age?

In this groundbreaking book, Schmidt and Cohen combine observation and insight to outline the promise and peril awaiting us in the coming decades. At once pragmatic and inspirational, this is a forward-thinking account of where our world is headed and what this means for people, states and businesses.

With the confidence and clarity of visionaries, Schmidt and Cohen illustrate just how much we have to look forward to—and beware of—as the greatest information and technology revolution in human history continues to evolve. On individual, community and state levels, across every geographical and socioeconomic spectrum, they reveal the dramatic developments—good and bad—that will transform both our everyday lives and our understanding of self and society, as technology advances and our virtual identities become more and more fundamentally real.

As Schmidt and Cohen’s nuanced vision of the near future unfolds, an urban professional takes his driverless car to work, attends meetings via hologram and dispenses housekeeping robots by voice; a Congolese fisherwoman uses her smart phone to monitor market demand and coordinate sales (saving on costly refrigeration and preventing overfishing); the potential arises for “virtual statehood” and “Internet asylum” to liberate political dissidents and oppressed minorities, but also for tech-savvy autocracies (and perhaps democracies) to exploit their citizens’ mobile devices for ever more ubiquitous surveillance. Along the way, we meet a cadre of international figures—including Julian Assange—who explain their own visions of our technology-saturated future.

Inspiring, provocative and absorbing, The New Digital Age is a brilliant analysis of how our hyper-connected world will soon look, from two of our most prescient and informed public thinkers.

Surfaces and Essences

Surfaces and Essences

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander
Basic Books | 2013 | ISBN: 0465018475 | EPUB | 2.46MB

Analogy is the core of all thinking.

This is the simple but unorthodox premise that Pulitzer Prize–winning author Douglas Hofstadter and French psychologist Emmanuel Sander defend in their new work. Hofstadter has been grappling with the mysteries of human thought for over thirty years. Now, with his trademark wit and special talent for making complex ideas vivid, he has partnered with Sander to put forth a highly novel perspective on cognition.

We are constantly faced with a swirling and intermingling multitude of ill-defined situations. Our brain’s job is to try to make sense of this unpredictable, swarming chaos of stimuli. How does it do so? The ceaseless hail of input triggers analogies galore, helping us to pinpoint the essence of what is going on. Often this means the spontaneous evocation of words, sometimes idioms, sometimes the triggering of nameless, long-buried memories.

Why did two-year-old Camille proudly exclaim, “I undressed the banana!”? Why do people who hear a story often blurt out, “Exactly the same thing happened to me!” when it was a completely different event? How do we recognize an aggressive driver from a split-second glance in our rearview mirror? What in a friend’s remark triggers the offhand reply, “That’s just sour grapes”? What did Albert Einstein see that made him suspect that light consists of particles when a century of research had driven the final nail in the coffin of that long-dead idea?

The answer to all these questions, of course, is analogy-making—the meat and potatoes, the heart and soul, the fuel and fire, the gist and the crux, the lifeblood and the wellsprings of thought. Analogy-making, far from happening at rare intervals, occurs at all moments, defining thinking from top to toe, from the tiniest and most fleeting thoughts to the most creative scientific insights.

Like Gödel, Escher, Bach before it, Surfaces and Essences will profoundly enrich our understanding of our own minds. By plunging the reader into an extraordinary variety of colorful situations involving language, thought, and memory, by revealing bit by bit the constantly churning cognitive mechanisms normally completely hidden from view, and by discovering in them one central, invariant core—the incessant, unconscious quest for strong analogical links to past experiences—this book puts forth a radical and deeply surprising new vision of the act of thinking.

I Am a Strange Loop

I Am a Strange Loop

I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
Basic Books | 2008 | ISBN: 0465030793 | EPUB | 2.11 MB

Can thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, “I” arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here?

I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the “strange loop”—a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called “I.” The “I” is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse.

These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter’s first book-length journey into philosophy since Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.

The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self & Soul

The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self & Soul

The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self & Soul by Daniel C Dennett, Douglas Hofstadter
Basic Books | 2001 | ISBN: 0465030912 | PDF | 5.09MB

From some of the 20th century's greatest thinkers, essays on topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, evolution, science fiction, philosophy, reductionism, and consciousness With contributions from Jorge Luis Borges, Richard Dawkins, John Searle, and Robert Nozick, The Mind's I explores the meaning of self and consciousness through the perspectives of literature, artificial intelligence, psychology, and other disciplines. In selections that range from fiction to scientific speculations about thinking machines, artificial intelligence, and the nature of the brain, Hofstadter and Dennett present a variety of conflicting visions of the self and the soul as explored through the writings of some of the twentieth century's most renowned thinkers.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls [Audiobook]

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls [Audiobook]

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls [Audiobook] by David Sedaris
Hachette Audio | 2013 | ISBN: 1619696991 | MP3@160 kbps | 6 hrs 26 mins | 441.74MB

A new collection of essays from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who has been called "the preeminent humorist of his generation" (Entertainment Weekly).

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II [Audiobook]

Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II [Audiobook]

Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II [Audiobook] by A N Wilson
Blackstone Audio | 2010 | ISBN: 1441715177 | MP3@96 kbps | 18 hrs 25 mins | 766.5MB

When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, there were many who proclaimed that a new Elizabethan Age had begun. Few could have any inkling, however, of the stupendous changes that were going to take place, in Britain and around the world. The collapse of British power in the world and the near-evaporation of its wealth were established facts, but few people had even begun to understand them.

In this book of A. N. Wilson's acclaimed histories, Our Times follows the beginnings of modern Britain from the 1950s with the Suez crisis, immigration, the Angry Young Men, and Harold Macmillan, to the 1960s and changes in attitudes towards divorce and homosexuality, the rise of satire, and the boom in pop music and fashion. It continutes through the 1970s, with Vietnam and the Cold War looming large and the Labour government that ushered in the Winter of Discontent, to the Thatcher government of the '80s and the collapse of the Soviet Union, which signalled the end of a political era in Britain, up to the current period of, according to Wilson, unprecedented peace and prosperity.

The Big Splat: Or How Our Moon Came to Be [Audiobook]

The Big Splat: Or How Our Moon Came to Be [Audiobook]

The Big Splat: Or How Our Moon Came to Be [Audiobook] by Dana Mackenzie
Audible | 2010 | ASIN: B0044X13E6 | MP3@96 kbps | 9 hrs 47 mins | 390.76MB

It takes a certain amount of courage to step beyond one's day-to-day experiments and look at the big picture - and the origin of the Moon is a big picture question par excellence. Perhaps it makes sense that William Hartmann, one of the two scientists who unraveled the Moon's biggest mystery, is not only a scientist but also a part-time artist and science fiction writer. It took someone with an artist's eye and a fiction writer's speculative temperament to see the big picture.

This is a book about that big picture: the origin of the Moon, as interpreted by Hartmann and Alastair Cameron, the second patriarch of The Big Splat. It is also about a doomed planet called Theia, and a familiar one called Earth that used to look vastly different from today's Earth. But, most of all, it is about a long lineage of intellectual voyagers who began exploring the Moon long before Neil Armstrong planted his boot into the lunar dust.

Mastermind [Audiobook]

Mastermind [Audiobook]

Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed [Audiobook] by Richard Miniter
Tantor Media | 2011 | ISBN: 1452650551 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 01 min | 292.38MB

The bestselling author of Shadow War and Losing Bin Laden exposes the sinister Al Qaeda mastermind behind 9/11.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, has carried out many of the biggest terrorist plots of the past twenty years, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Millennium Plots, and the beheading of Daniel Pearl. As the world awaits his trial, bestselling author and investigative journalist Richard Miniter brings to life his shocking true story.

Based on more than one hundred interviews with government officials, generals, diplomats and spies-from the United States, Europe, the Arab world, and Afghanistan-and on the ground reporting from Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Guantánamo Bay, Miniter reveals never-before-reported Al Qaeda plots and surprising new details about the 9/11 attacks.

He also shows how Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was radicalized in America and takes us inside terrorist safe houses, CIA war rooms, and the cages of Guantánamo Bay.

While thoroughly reported and strongly sourced, this is a pounding narrative that reads like a thriller.



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Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius [Audiobook]

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius [Audiobook]

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius [Audiobook] by Sylvia Nasar
Simon & Schuster Audio | 2011 | ISBN: 1442340142 | MP3@96 kbps | 18 hrs 58 mins | 784.11MB

In a sweeping narrative, the author of the mega-bestseller A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. It’s the epic story of the making of modern economics, and of how it rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands rather than in Fate.

Nasar’s account begins with Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew observing and publishing the condition of the poor majority in mid nineteenth-century London, the richest and most glittering place in the world. This was a new pursuit. She then describes the efforts of Marx, Engels, Alfred Marshal, Beatrice and Sydney Webb, and Irving Fisher to put those insights into action—with revolutionary consequences for the world.

From the great John Maynard Keynes to Schumpeter, Hayek, Keynes’s disciple Joan Robinson, the influential American economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Freedman, and India’s Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, she shows how the insights of these activist thinkers transformed the world—from one city, London, to the developed nations in Europe and America, and now to the entire world.

In Nasar’s dramatic account of these discoverers we witness men and women responding to personal crises, world wars, revolutions, economic upheavals, and each other’s ideas to turn back Malthus and transform the dismal science into a triumph over mankind’s hitherto age-old destiny of misery and early death.

This idea, unimaginable less than 200 years ago, is a story of trial and error, and ultimately transcendent, rendered here in stunning narrative.

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Simon & Schuster | 2011 | ISBN: 1451628420 | EPUB | 1.27MB

“HOW COULD YOU, A MATHEMATICIAN, BELIEVE THAT EXTRATERRESTRIALS WERE SENDING YOU MESSAGES?” the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. “Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did,” came the answer. “So I took them seriously.”

Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who—thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community—emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the game theory revolution. The inspiration for an Academy Award–winning movie, Sylvia Nasar’s now-classic biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over adversity, and the healing power of love.

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption [Audiobook] by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton, Erin Torneo
Tantor Media | 2009 | ISBN: 1400161525 | MP3@96 kbps | 324.74MB

Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.

In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.

The Murder Room [Audiobook]

The Murder Room [Audiobook]

The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases [Audiobook] by Michael Capuzzo
Simon & Schuster Audio | 2010 | ISBN: 0743532643 | MP3@96 kbps | 15 hrs 01 min | 620.42MB

Thrilling, true tales from the Vidocq Society, a team of the world’s finest forensic investigators whose monthly gourmet lunches lead to justice in ice-cold murders.

Good friends and sometime rivals William Fleisher, Frank Bender, and Richard Walter—a renowned FBI agent turned private eye, a sculptor lothario who speaks to the dead, and an eccentric profiler known as “the living Sherlock Holmes”—were heartsick over the growing tide of unsolved murders of innocents. They decided one day over lunch that something had to be done, and pledged themselves to a grand quest for justice. The three men invited the greatest collection of forensic investigators ever assembled, drawn from five continents, to the Downtown Club in Philadelphia to begin an audacious quest: to bring the coldest killers in the world to an accounting. Named for the first modern detective, the Parisian EugÈne FranÇois Vidocq—the flamboyant Napoleonic real-life sleuth who inspired Sherlock Holmes—the Vidocq Society meets monthly in its secretive chambers to solve a cold murder over a gourmet lunch.

The Murder Room draws the listener into a chilling, darkly humorous, awe-inspiring world as the three partners travel far from their Victorian dining room to hunt the ruthless killers of a millionaire’s son, a serial killer who carves off faces, and a child killer enjoying fifty years of freedom and dark fantasy.

Michael Capuzzo’s brilliant storytelling gifts bring true crime to life more realistically and vividly than it has ever been portrayed before. It is a world of dazzlingly bright forensic science; true evil as old as the Bible and dark as the pages of Dostoevsky; and a group of flawed, passionate men and women, inspired by their own wounded hearts to make a stand for truth, goodness, and justice in a world gone mad.

Fire in the Ashes [Audiobook]

Fire in the Ashes [Audiobook]

Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America [Audiobook] by Jonathan Kozol
Random House Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 044901259X | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 57 mins | 453.1MB

In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood.

For nearly fifty years Jonathan has pricked the conscience of his readers by laying bare the savage inequalities inflicted upon children for no reason but the accident of being born to poverty within a wealthy nation. A winner of the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and countless other honors, he has persistently crossed the lines of class and race, first as a teacher, then as the author of tender and heart-breaking books about the children he has called “the outcasts of our nation’s ingenuity.” But Jonathan is not a distant and detached reporter. His own life has been radically transformed by the children who have trusted and befriended him.

Never has this intimate acquaintance with his subjects been more apparent, or more stirring, than in Fire in the Ashes, as Jonathan tells the stories of young men and women who have come of age in one of the most destitute communities of the United States. Some of them never do recover from the battering they undergo in their early years, but many more battle back with fierce and, often, jubilant determination to overcome the formidable obstacles they face. As we watch these glorious children grow into the fullness of a healthy and contributive maturity, they ignite a flame of hope, not only for themselves, but for our society.

The urgent issues that confront our urban schools – a devastating race-gap, a pathological regime of obsessive testing and drilling students for exams instead of giving them the rich curriculum that excites a love of learning – are interwoven through these stories. Why certain children rise above it all, graduate from high school and do well in college, while others are defeated by the time they enter adolescence, lies at the essence of this work.

Jonathan Kozol is the author of Death at an Early Age, Savage Inequalities, and other books on children and their education. He has been called “today’s most eloquent spokesman for America’s disenfranchised.” But he believes young people speak most eloquently for themselves; and in this book, so full of the vitality and spontaneity of youth, we hear their testimony.



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Fun with Folded Fabric Boxes

Fun with Folded Fabric Boxes

Fun with Folded Fabric Boxes: All No-Sew Projects Fat-Quarter Friendly Elegance in Minutes by Crystal Mills, Arnold Tubis
C&T Publishing | 2007 | ISBN: 1571203990 | PDF | 38.06MB

Inspired by traditional Japanese maku, the elegant wooden boxes used for measuring rice or beans, the boxes featured in Fun with Folded Fabric Boxes are simple and appealing. But these boxes are made using origami techniques and real fabric and paper, and they’re perfect for storing small items, for holding gifts, for giving as party favors, for serving as decorative accents, and for so many more uses. Funky or functional, lavish or spare, these folded fabric boxes can be made with fat quarters or special papers and embellished for a wide range of effects.

The Master Bladesmith: Advanced Studies In Steel

The Master Bladesmith: Advanced Studies In Steel

The Master Bladesmith: Advanced Studies In Steel by Jim Hrisoulas
Paladin Press | 1991 | ISBN: 0873646126 | PDF | 44.64MB

This advanced study of steel reveals forging secrets that for centuries have been protected by guilds. Never-before-seen instructions, diagrams and photos explain the tricks behind using Japanese mokume gane, differential heat treating, power hammers, and other techniques to make kukris, wavy blades, spears and swords that bear the master's mark.

Manual of First and Second Fixing Carpentry

Manual of First and Second Fixing Carpentry

Manual of First and Second Fixing Carpentry by Les Goring
Taylor & Francis | 2010 | ISBN: 1856177688 | PDF | 7.6MB

Beginning with the fundamentals of carpentry work within a domestic construction setting, this book goes on to cover a wide range of first-fixing operations prior to plastering and second-fixing operations after plastering. Each chapter covers the subject in great detail with step-by-step illustrations and text.

Now in full colour, this edition has been updated throughout to take recent changes to the Building Regulations into account. The book is fully up to date with current industry best practice and technological developments, and a new chapter has been incorporated to address Sharpening Traditional Saws.

The breadth of coverage and easily accessible ‘how-to’ approach makes this text an ideal resource for the 2000 apprentices per year taking NVQs and 1500 following Construction Awards within the Wood Occupations (City & Guilds / Construction skills). The technical detail and practical focus ensures that this book will be a vital purchase for these students, and an essential reference for any experienced carpenter or joiner.

Japanese Gardens: Tranquility, Simplicity, Harmony

Japanese Gardens: Tranquility, Simplicity, Harmony

Japanese Gardens: Tranquility, Simplicity, Harmony by Geeta Mehta, Kimie Tada, Murata Noboru
Tuttle Publishing | 2008 | ISBN: 4805309423 | EPUB | 46.4MB

At the heart of a Japanese garden is harmony with nature. More than simply a landscape of trees and flowering shrubs, a Japanese garden provides a place of serenity and rest, filled with peaceful spots that lend themselves to meditation and contemplation. Japanese Gardens celebrates and illustrates this ideal, showcasing the exquisite natural beauty of more than 20 quintessentially Japanese gardens-big and small, urban and rural, traditional and contemporary.

The expert author-and-photographer team behind this book excels at capturing and explaining the essential elements and techniques that distinguish Japanese gardens from those of other countries. The featured sites range from large feudal period gardens, temple gardens and private and countryside gardens to mountain flower gardens, tea gardens and gardens devoted to miniature bonsai.

The Beautiful Edible Garden

The Beautiful Edible Garden

The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs by Leslie Bennett, Stefani Bittner
Ten Speed Press | 2013 | ISBN: 1607742330 | MOBI | 8.72MB

From the founders of landscape design firm Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area comes a stylish, beautifully-photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.

We’ve all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it’s possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces—from large yards to tiny patios—this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.

Indoor Gardening

Indoor Gardening

Indoor Gardening: How To Grow Gorgeous Gardens Indoors With Ease by Will Cook
Vertical Gardening Group | 2012 | EPUB | 939.46KB

How To Grow An Indoor Garden For Food, Flowers and Fun

I Believe Every Person On This Planet Can Grow A Beautiful Garden At Home Using These Proven Indoor Gardening Techniques

You could be just a few days away from enjoying your beautiful new indoor garden. Learn how to:

Reduce Your Stress Overnight

Study after study has shown that people who garden cope better with stress and are healthier overall. Not only that, but your kids experience the same benefits too! Your entire family will be healthier and happier as will your wonderful plants.

Grow Flowers Indoors All Year Round!

Even if you live in the frigid North where temperatures drop below zero in Winter, you can still have flowers blooming all year round with ease! Gorgeous plants like Christmas Cactus can bloom even in the Winter and maintaining them is easier than you might think.

Included is a list of the top 10 most beautiful indoor flowering plants and detailed instructions on their care and nourishment.

Grow Vegetables And Fresh Food With An Indoor Garden

Even if you only have a window sill to work with or just a small area by a window, you can build or buy a window garden to grow at least 20 food plants like tomatoes, lettuce and kale.

You don't need fancy equipment or expensive gear to start an indoor urban garden - just a little bit of creativity and the plans and step by step instructions included in this book.

The Top 10 Indoor Plants For Cleaning The Air

Also included is a list of the 10 best indoor plants for cleaning, purifying and removing toxins from polluted city air. Even in the heart of Manhattan you can breath fresh, pure air thanks to these incredible plants that have been studied by NASA and proven to remove pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde and Volatice Orcanic Compounds (VOCs). NASA studies have shown these plants can remove as much as 87% of the toxins in the air in just 24 hours! You could be one day away from the cleanest, freshest air your home has ever seen.

Advanced Indoor Aeroponics Systems

Learn about new, state-of-the-art home aeroponics gardening systems that you can use to grow fresh food, greens, tomatoes, and much more all year round. No more weeding, messy containers or even daily watering with the system that does all the work for you! Just 15 minutes of maintenance a week is all that's required.

How To Start A Garden For Beginners

Whether you're a complete beginner or just want to learn more, this gardening guidebook will teach you everything you need to know to enjoy the fruits of your own special garden. Every section includes action steps, pictures and step by step tutorials so you will know what to do and how to do it to create your perfect garden.

If you're looking for gardening books on kindle and you're ready to start an urban garden, this is the book for you!

Ready to start gardening? Let's go!

It doesn't take a lot of time, skill, energy or effort for you to enjoy all the amazing benefits of an indoor garden. All it takes is a little bit of love and the guidance provided in this book.

Container Gardening for All Seasons

Container Gardening for All Seasons

Container Gardening for All Seasons: Enjoy Year-Round Color with 101 Designs by Barbara Wise
Cool Springs Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1591865263 | EPUB | 34.74MB

More than a collection of inspiring container gardening photographs, Container Gardening for All Seasons provides a shopping list of materials and a helpful planting diagram for each of the more than 100 container options. Designed like a recipe book, the book offers even the most novice gardeners a no-fail, easy-to-follow instruction format for each container. Gardeners can choose the recipes by season that fit the sun and shade conditions of their landscape. Author Barbara Wise includes all you need to know to plan, plant, grow and maintain a container garden. Fabulous colorful fall and winter container choices are also included.

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, 10th Anniversary

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, 10th Anniversary

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, 10th Anniversary by Edward C Smith
Storey Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 1603422366 | EPUB | 27.25MB

The invaluable resource for home food gardeners! Ed Smith's W-O-R-D system has helped countless gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs. And those tomatoes and zucchini and basil and cucumbers have nourished countless families, neighbors, and friends with delicious, fresh produce. The Vegetable Gardener's Bible is essential reading for locavores in every corner of North America!

Everything you loved about the first edition of The Vegetable Gardener's Bible is still here: friendly, accessible language; full-color photography; comprehensive vegetable specific information in the A-to-Z section; ahead-of-its-time commitment to organic methods; and much more.

Now, Ed Smith is back with a 10th Anniversary Edition for the next generation of vegetable gardeners. New to this edition is coverage of 15 additional vegetables, including an expanded section on salad greens and more European and Asian vegetables. Readers will also find growing information on more fruits and herbs, new cultivar photographs in many vegetable entries, and a much-requested section on extending the season into the winter months. No matter how cold the climate, growers can bring herbs indoors and keep hardy greens alive in cold frames or hoop houses.

The impulse to grow vegetables is even stronger in 2009 than it was in 2000, when Storey published The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible. The financial and environmental costs of fossil fuels raise urgent questions: How far should we be shipping food? What are the health costs of petroleum-based pesticides and herbicides? Do we have to rely on megafarms that use gasoline-powered machinery to grow and harvest crops? With every difficult question, more people think, "Maybe I should grow a few vegetables of my own." This book will continue to answer all their vegetable gardening questions.

The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible

The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible

The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible: How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs, and Other Containers by Edward C Smith
Storey Publishing | 2011 | ISBN: 1603429751 | EPUB | 23.21MB

By growing vegetables in containers, even novice gardeners can reap a bounty of organic food in very small spaces. Anyone can harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, or grow broccoli on a balcony — it’s easy! Ed Smith shows you how to choose the right plants, select containers and tools, care for plants throughout the growing season, control pests without chemicals, and much more. He even includes plans for small-space container gardens that are perfect for urban and suburban gardeners.

The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book

The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book

The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask by Barbara W Ellis
Storey Publishing | 2008 | ISBN: 160342024X | EPUB | 4.57MB

What happens between the hopeful spring weekend spent planting seeds and the summer morning when the gardener wanders back into the rows of vegetable plants with picking basket in hand? Plenty! Every healthy vegetable garden is an entire world of activity, and every vegetable gardener, no matter how experienced, wants to know more about what's going on in those tidy rows and how to handle any growing quandary that may arise during the season.

The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book has all the answers, gathered together in a sturdy little book for handy in-the-garden reference. Gardeners will find helpful, uncomplicated responses to questions on planning and planting a vegetable garden, improving soil, caring for crops, and organically controlling pests and diseases.

The second section of the book takes readers on a veggie-by-veggie tour of the most popular crops, offering detailed advice on everything from starting seeds to harvesting. Having trouble choosing tomato varieties? Need advice on staking beans? It's all here in easy-to-access answers to everyday questions.

The popularity of vegetable gardening is at an all-time high. Homegrown vegetables taste great, nourish body and soul, and provide the security of knowing where the produce comes from and how it was grown. The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book gives readers all the insider's tips and tricks, practical advice, and organic wisdom necessary for growing the very best crops.

The Complete Compost Gardening Guide

The Complete Compost Gardening Guide

The Complete Compost Gardening Guide: Banner Batches, Grow Heaps, Comforter Compost, and Other Amazing Techniques for Saving Time and Money, and Producing the Most Flavorful, Nutritous Vegetables Ever by Barbara Pleasant, Deborah L Martin
Storey Publishing | 2008 | ISBN: 1580177026 | EPUB | 19.83MB

Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin turn the compost bin upside down with their liberating system of keeping compost heaps right in the garden, rather than in some dark corner behind the garage. The compost and the plants live together from the beginning in a nourishing, organic environment. The authors' bountiful, compost-rich gardens require less digging, weeding, mulching, and even less planting. And here's one of the best parts — no more backbreaking slogs from compost bin to garden. The authors even identify the plants that benefit most from compost and how the elements of a composted garden work together.

A natural Six-Way Compost Gardening System provides the ruling principles for successfully improving every garden with healthy compost. Readers will learn how to:

  • Choose labor-saving sites that keep gardens and compost piles as close to one another as possible.
  • Work with the compostable riches produced at home. Every yard and kitchen produces plenty of material — easily identified with at-a-glance charts — for a great start.
  • Help composting critters do their work by balancing ingredients, adding high-nitrogen meals when needed, and keeping the compost moist.
  • Reuse recycling bin items, such as large plastic buckets and cardboard boxes, as composting equipment.
  • Keep diversity in the mix. The magic is in the variety of the components and how they work together to create "gardener’s gold."

Customize composting to suit specific garden needs, always concentrating first on soil care.

Adhering to these guidelines, Pleasant and Martin bring readers on a thorough, informative tour of materials and innovative techniques, leading the way to an efficient and rewarding home gardening system. Their methods are sure to help gardeners turn average vegetable plots into rich incubators of healthy produce, bursting with fresh flavor, and flower beds into rich tapestries of bountiful blooms all season long.

The Vertical Gardening Guidebook

The Vertical Gardening Guidebook

The Vertical Gardening Guidebook by Tom Corson-Knowles
Vertical Gardening Group | 2012 | MOBI | 1.01MB

How To Grow A Vertical Garden Anywhere

You too can grow a gorgeous vertical garden at home indoors, outdoors or even on your rooftop! Growing your very own vertical garden is easier than you think. Learn how to:

Grow A Vertical Garden Using Soil And Compost

Did you know that a vertical garden can use 90% less water than a conventional garden?

And it can produce up to 4 times as much food in the same amount of space as a conventional garden!

You don't need fancy equipment or expensive gear to start a vertical garden - just a little bit of creativity and the plans, guidelines and blueprints included in The Vertical Gardening Guidebook.

Vertical Gardening is the most revolutionary agricultural change in the last 100 years... and now you can be a part of it too!

Come join the revolution as you learn how to grow your very own vertical garden at home - whether you live in the city and only have a tiny balcony or whether you small or large yard and just want to create a wonderful food or flower garden.

Whether you're a complete beginner to gardening or just a beginner to vertical gardening, this book will give you everything you need to know to grow your own masterpiece.

How To Grow A Garden For Beginners

The Vertical Gardening Guidebook is the perfect book on gardening for beginners. This book is a complete gardening guide for new and experienced gardeners alike.

There are special sections just for beginners that will teach you all the basics including:

  • How to plan and design your garden space
  • How to start your plants from seed or get high quality seedlings
  • What equipment you'll need and what purchases to avoid to keep more cash in your pocket
  • How to make gardening fun and stress-free
  • How to get your friends to do the hard work for you
  • How to grow a beautiful container garden
  • How to plant an amazing hanging garden
  • How to design a wall garden
  • Urban gardening tips and tricks from the pros
  • The best food crops to use in a vertical garden to feed your family and take control of your food supply
  • How to get and save non GMO seeds for vertical farming

Special Section On Hydroponics: How To Grow An Aeroponic Vertical Garden At Home

You'll learn how to start your own aeroponics vertical garden for less than a few hundred dollars. In the past, aeroponics and hydroponics systems were only available to the wealthy and those with extensive knowledge of agriculture and hydroponics.

Today everything has changed! You can buy a state of the art aeroponics vertical gardening system for just a few hundred dollars or less including all the supplies you will need: nutrient solutions, pH testing kits, pH adjusting solutions, a water pump, a timer for your pump and of course the water reservoir and vertical gardening unit itself.

You can even grow indoors, outdoors and on your rooftop or balcony using aeroponics without the hassle of dealing with soil, compost and ground-based pests.

If you're looking for gardening books on kindle this one is for you!

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Want To Grow An Amazing Vertical Garden Like This?

Learn everything you need to know to grow an incredible urban garden today

The Ultimate Guide to Raised Beds

The Ultimate Guide to Raised Beds

The Ultimate Guide to Raised Beds by Emily Josephine
JEB Publications | 2012 | ASIN: B009FR9Z6Y | MOBI | 711.28KB

Using a raised bed is a great way to get started with growing a vegetable garden. But if you’re just getting started, the question is: how to build a raised garden bed?

This book answers the question by providing a variety of methods for constructing a raised garden bed. Written by a veteran urban gardener, the book shares many tips about raised bed gardening, such as:

  • constructing attractive front yard vegetable garden beds;
  • how to build raised beds with a tight budget;
  • shaping a bed that fits more plants per linear foot than the usual rectangular bed; and even
  • creating a bed that will self-water and self-fertilize.

From describing the benefits of raised beds, to illustrating efficient ways to design your plantings – including a variety of ways to incorporate vertical supports – this book (50+ pages) about how to build raised beds shows you how to grow vegetables in the most space-, time- and money-saving ways possible.

Emily Josephine has been studying, teaching and writing on the subject of natural health and nutrition since the late 1990s. A health nut and a homesteader, she can be found, at various times, harvesting fresh produce from her garden, managing the household finances, making fresh milk yogurt and kefir, and homeschooling her son. Her passion is to help others create the most healthy, fulfilling life possible, while working tirelessly to improve her own.

Tomato Container Gardening

Tomato Container Gardening

Tomato Container Gardening: 7 Easy Steps To Healthy Harvests from Small Spaces by Mary Verdant
Amazon Digital Services | 2013 | ASIN: B007OWONUA | MOBI | 1.07MB

Wonderful, juicy, fresh tomatoes are fun and easy to grow in containers!

In fact, anyone, anywhere can enjoy tomato container gardening: children, adults, people with limited mobility, people who have never planted anything before, ever, can see amazing results.

This step-by-step guide covers everything you'll need to get started, including:

  • sun, soil and water
  • types of containers to use
  • equipment needed
  • seeds and propagation
  • dealing with challenges of sun, wind and watering

Seasoned container gardener Mary Verdant shares her expertise the art of container gardening. Armed with this step-by-step guide, frustrated apartment dwellers can indulge their passion for growing delicious tomatoes.

If you have a balcony, porch, or even some steps that get good sunlight, you'll find growing tomatoes in containers easy and rewarding.

Written for the beginner and those with gardening experience, these directions are complete, clear, and easy to follow.

Microgreens: A Guide To Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens

Microgreens: A Guide To Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens

Microgreens: A Guide To Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens by Eric Franks, Jasmine Richardson
Gibbs Smith | 2009 | ISBN: 1423603648 | EPUB | 5.24MB

With simple instructions, Microgreens: A Guide to Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens by Eric Franks and Jasmine Richardson, shows readers how to grow their own little greens of arugula, basil, purple cabbage, chard, radishes, broccoli, cilantro, and more.

Microgreens teaches the easy process of how to plant and grow, as well as how to harvest little greens, which on average is about 2 weeks after sowing. Eaten alone, as a salad, or added to soups, entrees, sandwiches, burgers, or anything else, these tiny greens of nutrition will enhance everyday food and life!

Only a small amount of space is needed to grow microgreens—a porch, patio, deck, or balcony, indoors or outdoors, will do. This allows anyone to easily incorporate microgreens into their daily meals, and the greens' nutritional potency make them a must-eat in a healthy diet, any time of the year!

Microgreens features instructions on how to grow all sorts of microgreens, including:

  • Amaranth
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Cilantro
  • Cress
  • Endive
  • Mustard
  • Pac Choi
  • Pea
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Radish
  • Tokyo Bekana

Backyard Foraging

Backyard Foraging

Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat by Ellen Zachos
Storey Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 1612120091 | EPUB | 35.88MB

You don't need to trek into the forest to forage edible plants. Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods. You'll be amazed by how many of the plants you see each day are actually nutritious edibles! Full-color photographs make identification easy, and tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should never harvest make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon
New Society Publishers | 2006 | ISBN: 086571553X | PDF | 3.18MB

The decline of cheap oil is inspiring increasing numbers of North Americans to achieve some measure of backyard food self-sufficiency. In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive food garden, requiring little cash outlay or watering.

Currently popular intensive vegetable gardening methods are largely inappropriate to this new circumstance. Crowded raised beds require high inputs of water, fertility and organic matter, and demand large amounts of human time and effort. But, except for labor, these inputs depend on the price of oil. Prior to the 1970s, North American home food growing used more land with less labor, with wider plant spacing, with less or no irrigation, and all done with sharp hand tools. But these sustainable systems have been largely forgotten. Gardening When It Counts helps readers rediscover traditional low-input gardening methods to produce healthy food.

Designed for readers with no experience and applicable to most areas in the English-speaking world except the tropics and hot deserts, this book shows that any family with access to 3-5,000 sq. ft. of garden land can halve their food costs using a growing system requiring just the odd bucketful of household waste water, perhaps two hundred dollars worth of hand tools, and about the same amount spent on supplies — working an average of two hours a day during the growing season.

The Organic Lawn Care Manual

The Organic Lawn Care Manual

The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn by Paul Tukey
Storey Publishing | 2007 | ISBN: 1580176496 | PDF | 117.27MB

In the modern suburban landscape, beautiful, green lawns are perhaps the most ubiquitous feature of all. It’s difficult to imagine a friendly neighborhood without broad, clean stretches of neatly shorn grass. More and more in recent years, those lawns are evolving into organic systems as homeowners — concerned about the long-term effects of chemicals on their children, their pets, and the environment — turn to natural methods to keep their yards healthy and inviting, and, yes, still green and lush, too.

Paul Tukey, a self-confessed mowing addict, answers the growing demand for organic grass with a comprehensive volume of natural lawncare information. Step by step, he takes readers through the many elements that work together to form a healthy, organic lawn. Well-treated soil, fed properly with compost and natural fertilizers, is the foundation of every great lawn. Plant it with a grass cultivar matched properly to the climate and sunlight, nourish the soil and grass with the proper amount of water, and maintain the height with a good mower equipped with a sharp blade. A beautiful, naturally maintained lawn can be as simple as that.

An organic, healthy lawn is the best defense against weeds and pests, but when unwanted visitors creep in, Tukey is ready with Weed and Thug ID Guides and advice on dispatching them naturally or learning to live with the benign offenders. Tukey also provides helpful advice for lawnkeepers making the transition from a synthetic to an organic lawn system. It’s all here — everything today’s homeowner needs to keep his lawn off drugs, and make it an inviting living and play area for the whole family.

Pot It Up: 150 Fresh Ideas

Pot It Up: 150 Fresh Ideas

Pot It Up: 150 Fresh Ideas for Beautiful, Easy-to-Grow Containers by Frankie Flowers
Harper Collins Canada | 2012 | ISBN: 1554688345 | EPUB | 137.7MB

Containers are a gardener's best friend-they make it easy and fun to bring a burst of life and colour to your porch, balcony or front step. But so many of us get stuck in a rut. Frankie Flowers is here with 150 inspiring, beautiful and sometimes surprising container ideas to get your juices flowing. Each plays with Frankie's signature technique of using a thriller, a filler and a spiller to make sure your pot will have maximum impact.

Frankie gives you the breakdown on which plants he's used, and to which conditions they're best suited. And if you're feeling a little peckish, Frankie's even got some delicious edibles for you to throw into the mix. With Frankie's step-by-step instructions, and the don't-sweat-it attitude readers came to love in his first bestseller, Get Growing, Frankie's Pot It Up will have the whole country going to pot-in the best way possible!