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NEW AND NOTEWORTHY BOOKS
THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP - The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed Press, $16.99) Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? In this book, Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Her method uses a revolutionary category-by-category approach, with detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" - and which don't. Enjoy the magic of a tidy home, and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire!
REAL GARDENS GROW NATIVES - Design, Plant and Enjoy a Healthy Northwest Garden, by Eileen M. Stark (Skipstone, $24.95) Imagine a garden that genuinely belongs in its setting and reflects the natural world, where bumblebees and woodpeckers thrive amid beautiful plants that require less effort to grow. This is a real garden, and this book shows you how to design such a dynamic, wildlife-friendly space using Northwest native plants. From colorful, sun-loving borders to lush, shady retreats, native plants form a spectacular outdoor setting, while also providing important habitat corridors for birds, butterflies and other creatures local to your neighborhood.
THE SENSE OF STYLE - The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, by Steven Pinker (Viking, $27.95) Why is so much writing so bad, and for those of us who still care, how can we make it better? In this entertaining and instructive book, bestselling cognitive scientist, linguist and writer Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide. Rather than recycling spurious edicts from rule books of the last century, he applies insights from the sciences of language and the mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent and stylish prose. Good writing has always been hard, Pinker says. Among other things, it requires an act of imagination: maintaining the illusion that one is directing a reader's gaze to something in the world, and overcoming the curse of knowledge - the difficulty we all have in imagining what it's like not to know something we know. Pinker illustrates his points with jokes, comic strips and numerous examples of great and gruesome prose.