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Survival of the Prettiest

book cover image The Evolution of Beauty

Charles Darwin once said he was "sickened" by the sight of a peacock's tail; its impressive length was contrary to evolutionary fitness. Then he had an idea.

The Wars Of The Roses

book cover image Battle Royal

England, 1454. A kingdom is sliding into chaos. Having struggled for a decade to contain the feuding of his dukes, Henry VI is losing his mind. This cannot end well. 

Happiness Here & Now

book cover image Happiness In This Life

Looking for some timely wisdom? Kirkus Reviews says the latest book from Pope Francis offers "gentle encouragements to do the right thing",

Frum on Trump

book cover image Trumpocracy

Toronto-born David Frum may have become a respected Republican insider and go-to conservative commentator, but he is no fan of The Donald. Here's why.

Sparks "R" Us

book cover image The Creative Spark

Of all the species on Earth, says anthropologist Augustin Fuentes, only one has composed a symphony, built a spaceship or written a novel.

Quelle Histoire!

book cover image France

Is France on the rise? If so, what are the roots of its renaissance? Historian and commentator Jonathan Fenby explores.

What's Your Frequency?

Broadcasting Happiness

We are all broadcasters, says former national CBS news anchor Michelle Gielan. What we say - or tweet, or email - has a powerful impact, positive or negative.

Creating a Lovely Stir

book cover image The Soup Sisters Family Cookbook

Here's a cookbook to warm the heart. SoupSisters.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comfort to women, children and youth in crisis.

NHL Centennial

book cover image 100 Years, 100 Moments

What's your favourite NHL hockey moment? This is a fan-friendly, discussion-starter of a book, compiling a century of fascinating stories from league history.

Empathetically Yours

book cover image The Empath's Survival Guide

“Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person,” says Dr. Judith Orloff, “but for empaths it goes much further."