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A Trio of Free Mini-Books from Macmillan (K)

These three titles are mini-books, excerpted from larger works that are soon to be released by Macmillan. All are currently free to pre-order, which means you do need a credit card on file (at least when you place the order), although it won't be charged. I expect them to end up free in other stores, after the release dates.

Locavore U.S.A.: How a local-food economy is changing one community, by Katherine Gustafson, is a chapter from Change Comes to Dinner: How Vertical Farmers, Urban Growers, and Other Innovators Are Revolutionizing How America Eats.

Book Description
In 1950, at least 70 percent of Montana's food was grown in Montana. Many states used to have robust local-food economies, but that has changed drastically around the country in recent decades. National-scale food businesses beat out community-oriented small and medium-sized operations, laying waste to the infrastructure that once supported thriving local-food economies.

There is rising interest in again making food a local affair. But jump-starting a locavore economy is a tricky business. To cut down the massive distances that the vast majority of food eaten in the United States travels before it reaches dinner plates, communities must work to nurture "a cascading effect" by which each piece of a local-food economy enables and then reinforces the others to create a robust, cost-effective network.

Locavore U.S.A. introduces readers to some brave, hard-working souls in western Montana who are building their own such network piece by piece. In the process they are uncovering a key way to transform our industrially dominated food system.



QuickieChick Guide: Fit to Flirt: Get the Body You Want and the Guy You Deserve, by Laurel House, is a excerpt from QuickieChick’s Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion, and Finance on a Less Than Fabulous Budget.

Book Description
Check out Laurel’s:

Dos and Don’ts for Online Dating to become a pro at sifting through online dating profiles to find the guy who’s right for you.
Date Night Etiquette Overview to connect with your guy and keep him wanting more
Top 8 Skinny Chicks’ Diet Cheats for easy ways to cut your calories
Workouts While Watching TV or Getting Ready to Go Out for some no-sweat ways to get in shape without having to join a gym.


How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day: A Guided Meditation, by Andy Puddicombe, is a excerpt from Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day.

Book Description
From one of the world’s top mindfulness experts comes the ultimate tool for clearing out mental clutter and improving every aspect of your physical and mental health.

With this ten-minute guided meditation, learn a simple yet powerful technique that’s been tested by time and now adapted to fit into even the most hectic modern lifestyle. And reap incredible benefits! Doing this exercise on a daily basis can help you relieve stress, have stronger relationships, reduce anxiety, sleep more, find a healthy weight, control your emotions, be more productive… the list goes on and on.
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