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The wonderful Mr Willughby : the first true ornithologist / Tim Birkhead.

The wonderful Mr Willughby : the first true ornithologist / Tim Birkhead.
Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the rapidly accelerating scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Traveling with his Cambridge tutor John Ray, they decided to overhaul the whole of natural history by imposing order on its messiness and complexity. It was exhilarating, exacting, and exhausting work. Yet before their first book, Ornithology , could be completed, Willughby died in 1672. Since then, Ray's reputation has grown, obscuring that of his collaborator. Now, for the first time, Willughby's story and genius are given the attention they deserve. In his too-short life, Francis Willughby helped found the Royal Society, differentiated birds through identification of their distinguishing features, and asked questions that were, in some cases, centuries ahead of their time.


Wanna bet? : a degenerate gambler's guide to living on the edge / Artie Lange with Anthony Bozza.

Wanna bet? : a degenerate gambler's guide to living on the edge / Artie Lange with Anthony Bozza.
When Artie Lange's first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller, Too Fat To Fish, hit the top of the charts, audiences learned what Howard Stern listeners already knew: that Artie is one of the funniest people alive. He is also an artist haunted by his fair share of demons, which overtook him in the years that followed. After a suicide attempt, a two-year struggle with depression, and years of chronic opiate addiction, Artie entered recovery and built himself back up, chronicling his struggle in brave detail in his next book and second New York Times bestseller, Crash and Burn. In his hilarious third book, the two-time bestselling author, comedian, actor, and radio icon explains the philosophy that has kept his existence boredom-free since the age of 13--the love of risk. An avid sports better and frequent card player, Lange believes that the true gambler gets high not from winning, but from the chaotic unknown of betting itself. He recounts some of his favorite moments, many of which haven't involved money at all. In this candid and entertaining memoir, he looks back at the times he's wagered the intangible and priceless things in life: his health, his career, and his relationships. The stories found in Wanna Bet? paint a portrait of a man who would just as quickly bet tens of thousands of dollars on a coin toss as he would a well thought out NBA or NFL wager. Along for the ride are colorful characters from Artie's life who live by the same creed, from a cast of childhood friends to peers like comedian and known gambler Norm McDonald. The book is a tour of a subculture where bookies and mobsters, athletes and celebrities ride the gambling roller coaster for the love of the rush. Through it all, somehow Artie has come out ahead, though he does take a few moments to imagine his life if things hadn't quite gone his way. Unrepentant and unrestrained, the book is Lange at his finest.


A carnival of losses : notes nearing ninety / Donald Hall.

A carnival of losses : notes nearing ninety / Donald Hall.
New essays from the vantage point of very old age, once again alternately lyrical and laugh-out-loud funny, * from the former poet laureate of the United States *(New York Times)--


The art & science of respect : a memoir / by James Prince ; with Jasmine D. Waters ; foreword by Drake.

The art & science of respect : a memoir / by James Prince ; with Jasmine D. Waters ; foreword by Drake.


The seasons of my mother : a memoir of love, family, and flowers / Marcia Gay Harden.

One of America's most revered actresses uses the imagery of flowers and the art of Ikebana to depict the unique creative bond that she has had with her mother throughout the years, and how, together, they are facing her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease.


Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo" / Zora Neale Hurston ; edited and with an introduction by Deborah G. Plant.

Barracoon : the story of the last
The true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, illegally smuggled from Africa on the last black cargo ship to arrive in the United States.


 

 

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