A lovely beach house book or hostess gift, perfect for any beachy coffee table.Breezy, inviting, and delightful--just like a day at the beach--The Beachcomber's Companion is a charming illustrated guide to collecting and identifying shells and other coastal treasures. Each of the entries includes fascinating descriptions, fun tidbits, and detailed artwork that makes it easy for readers to identify their own beach discoveries. A handy resource section offers tips on how to prepare before setting out on a shoreline adventure: from the beachcomber's commandments to must-have items for every beachcombing toolkit and advice on preserving shells. Awash with information and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is an essential companion for all who love the ocean's shore.
- ISBN-13: 9781452161167
- ISBN-10: 145216116X
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Publish Date: April 2018
- Dimensions: 6.3 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
- Page Count: 128
Lifestyles: Change your pace
“This book is about how you can choose to slow down,” writes Brooke McAlary in her new guide, Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World. “Step off the ever-revolving carousel of want-buy-want-upgrade. Opt out of the comparison games. Stop cramming a month’s worth of engagements into a weekend. Refuse to live your life according to trends.” Could it be argued that slow living is itself a trend? Well, yes, but I for one hope slow-living advocates are onto something more lasting than the fad of cold-shoulder tops. McAlary’s take, which she first explored on her popular “Slow Home Podcast,” is set apart by her personal storytelling: She jumped off that carousel in a big way and has lived to tell the tale, and she’s the first to say that just reading another blog or book isn’t going to cut it. She addresses mindfulness, disconnecting, embracing “wobbly” balance and—everyone’s favorite—decluttering and making do with less. I like her attitude toward borrowing stuff from your friends and neighbors: It shows a willingness “to admit, even in some small way, we don’t have it all, and that’s OK.”
DO’S AND DON’TS OF DOSHAS
Many years ago, I completed an Ayurveda questionnaire at a spa. The single thing that has stayed with me is the fact that the consistency of one’s bowel movements can, in part, determine a person’s dominant dosha, or body type. Interesting, yes, but there’s more to determining whether your constitution skews kapha, vata or pitta—and how you can adjust your ratios for the better—and that’s where Practical Ayurveda: Find Out Who You Are and What You Need to Bring Balance to Your Life comes in. The principles of Ayurveda, often described as the sister science to yoga, can be applied to improve your well-being in all manner of ways, and this thorough guide helps you apply the principles through yoga practice, sundry treatments, lifestyle changes and eating habits. Plus, the dosha-balancing vegetarian recipes offered here are simple and tasty.
TOP PICK IN LIFESTYLES
Headed to the beach this summer? You’ll want to pop Anna Marlis Burgard’s sweet, slender guide in your tote with the sunblock and shades. The Beachcomber’s Companion: An Illustrated Guide to Collecting and Identifying Beach Treasures could make a conchologist out of anyone with its list of more than 40 shell types and other commonly collected gifts of the sea, all illustrated by Jillian Ditner. Lifelong beachcomber Burgard covers each type of shell with a combination of natural science, history, folklore and other contextualizing info, making even the most humble shell into a storied object. Bivalves and gastropods get their own sections, with a third for “echinoderms, crustaceans, and other beach treasures”—think shark teeth and sea glass, among other small coastal delights. A how-to for ethical beachcombing and tips for cleaning and preserving your finds round out the volume.