July 27th, 2012
By Rachel Hope Allison – $22.50
This book is a graphic novel…which is a narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art, either in experimental design or in traditional comics format.
Artist and storyteller Rachael Hope Allison tells the story of what happens when we casually throw away our trash and she brings to life the plight of our oceans in this moving graphic novel. Her delicate art shows us that when even just one plastic bag is thrown away and is carried by wind, it can find its way to an ocean.
An excellent foreword is provided by Jeff Corwin, a biologist who has work with endangered species and ecosystems all over the world. He describes the amount and diversity of unwanted material we produce and discard every day. Globally, humankind discards,on our planet Earth, about 5 billion tons of trash each year. The book ends with additional information about ocean debris and threatened marine life along with suggestions as to how we can help to reduce our footprint on the world’s oceans.
Given the format and the message, this is a book for all ages.
May 29th, 2012
Click Here for a great article on the ‘Curtains are Open’ Blog on P’lover’s new Halifax location.
May 7th, 2012
P’lovers tries to always ensure that we have the best environmentally sensitive products available and we are fierce in terms of screening everything we sell. Several years ago, for example, we chose to no longer carry anything with chemical fragrances and only stock personal care items that use essential oils. We welcome your thoughts and comments as to how we can continually do better.
May 7th, 2012
40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They Are Committed to Saving
by Julie Scardinia and Jeff Floken – $23.00
This is both a beautiful and inspiring book with amazing pictures of people who are working to save extraordinary endangered species of our land, water and air.
Each chapter is about a unique animal or bird or fish and is divided into paragraphs outlining facts of their habitat, their life habits and why it is important to preserve this species. And for each species, there is a picture of the wild life hero who is working to save that particular species along with their education and the reason they have chosen to do the important work they are doing.
For instance, Nguyen Van Thai, with a graduate certificate from the University of Kent in Britain, is a resident of Vietnam. As a young boy growing up in Northern Vietnam, most families didn’t have much and hunted wild meat to feed their families. Thai was very sad when he saw two people from his village attack an “Asian Pangolin’s” burrow, knowing that the captured pangolins would be going into the cooking pot!
Pangolins in Vietnam are endangered. Two other Asian species of pangolins and two of the African Pangolin species are classified as Near Threatened. Pangolins play a critical role in natural insect control, especially ants and termites, saving humans millions of dollars in pest damage, reducing the need for harmful chemicals. As well, pangolin burrows provide shelter for some rodents and reptiles.
Ngugen Van Thai is just one of forty conservationists profiled in this book, along with the species they are committed to preserving. It is likely that the reader will learn of species never heard of before. These inspiring people are not only trying to save these species, but through their work they are also working on related and crucial wild life issues: climate change; fire; wild life consumption and wild life disease; habitant loss; and ocean degradation.
This is both a ‘feel good’ book in terms of knowing how hard people are working to conserve things which are endangered but also a ‘worry’ book as one realizes all that is at stake if we do not find ways to help these heroes.
April 13th, 2012
P’lovers is proudly celebrating its 20th birthday this year. One of our ways of marking this milestone is that after 17 years in Park Lane, P’lovers is migrating to a new nest.
As of May 12th, P’lovers will be located in a spacious, light-filled new location in The Trillium at 1443 South Park Street.
Please come see us and help us begin our next 20 years of serving Halifax with eco-alternatives…for you and for the planet.
April 13th, 2012
Come out and celebrate the release of Scott Fotheringham’s remarkable new novel ‘The Rest is Silence’ – P’lovers is supporting two of the three events and will have books available for sale on May 2 at the Company House in Halifax,, on May 5 at the store in Mahone Bay and all of May at our two stores.
March 12th, 2012
By Peter Ladner – $18.95
This book is full of both fascinating facts and figures and inspiring examples of how people are trying to change the way we feed cities. Some issues covered by the author have been written about before – such as (a) the decline of fish stock in our oceans; (b) the huge amount of money spent on carbonated beverages ($12 billion was spent on carbonated beverages in American supermarkets last year!); (c) how difficult it is for inner city neighbourhoods stores to supply fruits and vegetables at all, let alone ones produced locally; (d) the perils of soil erosion and water shortages; (e) peak oil and carbon pricing; and (f) shortages of people willing to be farmers in a world largely controlled by large corporations.
Even though all of these topics can be hugely depressing, Ladner fins a way, through balanced reflection and writing, to show us what is already possible in terms of producing health food locally. From the streets of downtown Detroit to the community gardens of Montreal, we see ways individuals and groups of citizens and urban leaders are addressing the issues of food security and the means to make changes for the better in our food productions and availability.
A lot of the book is about planning cities, but planning isn’t just for professional planners. We all contribute by the choices we make every day: how we get to work, where we live, what we are willing to pay for water and what food we choose to eat and grow. This is a valuable book, with lots of information we can use to help us see how our choices matter and how we can contribute to changing the way we feed ourselves and our urban dwellers.
P’lovers’ next Book Club Meeting is on Monday, March 26, at 6 PM.
The book is ‘Wildlife Heroes’.
February 13th, 2012
by Gretchen Rubin – $17.99
This book has become an inspirational best seller. The author, Gretchen, became aware, one day, on a bus ride to work, that despite having a loving husband, two healthy daughters and work she loved something was missing. So she came up with what she called ‘the happiness project’ which was, for her, an approach to changing her life and experiencing more joy each day.
Gretchen started slowly. She first identified the situations that made her happy and also researched many books from varied authors about happiness. She started in January, the first month of a new year, and came up with projects for all twelve months her year, Each month has a theme and includes an elaborated list of four or five ways each month to increase happiness. The bottom line is that her project worked for her and she decided to share it with others.
“The Happiness Project” is very easy to read being both serious and light-hearted at the same time. One can read it from start to finish, in the order it is printed, or one can start with the month or the theme of one’s choice. It’s a great book to read and to have nearby as a reference or reminder to help on the road to a fulfilled and happy life.
The next book is “The Urban Food Revolution” by Peter Ladner – $18.95
January 24th, 2012
by Hillary Jordan – $19.99
Hillary Jordan has written a fast paced thriller, an ‘unputdownable’ novel.
The book opens with the main character, Hannah Elizabeth Payne, being found guilty of the crime of murder and hearing that she is to go to prison for 30 days where she will become a Red for a period of sixteen years. The next thing she knows is that she is waking up and discovering that she is red, the solid red of a stop sign, the colour of newly shed blood.
When Hannah is released from the prison, where she had seen no one and talked to no one for thirty days, she realizes that she is free but is still filled with trepidation. Where can she go? Certainly not home. Her mother had made that clear. She would be shunned by the community as a Chrome, a Red.
It is revealed that Hannah loves a married man named the Reverend Aidan Dale. Hannah’s love for this man is so great that she chose prison and ‘chroming’ (becoming red) rather than give his name as an accomplice to the charge of ‘murder’. The reader wonders what kind of man lets someone he professes to love sacrifice her life for him…and that is just one of the many provocative questions raised by this novel.
Feeling she has no choice, Hannah begins a journey towards freedom in Canada. Her journey is filled with terrifying dangers and she has to decide who can be trusted and who is will betray her. Through all these challenges, Hannah discovers her inner strength and her true self.
When She Woke shows what can happen with a totalitarian government and how society behaves towards people who are “judged ” to be of a lesser moral standard by leaders in the community. This book is a gripping read and raises many questions about the effects of narrow values and unforgiving judgements.
The next book is an international bestseller, titled “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin – $17.99
January 11th, 2012
Check out P’lovers’ first “January Inventory Sale” – January 12-22.
We’ve never done this before but we’re 20 years old this year and so we thought we’d offer it as a gift for your ongoing support.
We’re already thinking of the great ideas we have for the spring and we want to give you the opportunity to help us make room for them and, at the same time, get some great bargains.
Here’s some of what you will find:
- A variety of items – up to 80% off
- Bamboo and organic cotton towels – 50% off
- Organic cotton sheets – 50% off
- Selected silk, linen, bamboo, organic cotton and wool clothing – 50% off
- Selected organic cotton baby clothes – 50% off
- Fabulous throws – 50% off
- All books – 20% off
- Greentainers – BOGO – (Buy One Get One Free)
…and free gift with purchase if you buy $100 or more!!!!
Come early for the best selections. We look forward to helping you find some special bargains.
All sales final.