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City of light, city of poison : murder, magic, and the first police chief of Paris / Holly Tucker.

City of light, city of poison : murder, magic, and the first police chief of Paris / Holly Tucker.
Nicolas de La Reynie, appointed by Louis XIV as the first police chief of Paris, pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the city, unearths a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade priests, and discovers that the distance between the quiet backstabbing world of the king's court and the criminal underground is disturbingly short. As he continues his investigations, La Reynie suspects that Louis's mistresses are involved in many of the nefarious plots he has uncovered, and he must decide just how far he will go to protect his king. Tucker has crafted a gripping true-crime tale of deception and murder based on thousands of pages of court transcripts and La Reynie's notebooks, letters, and diaries.


My tiny veg plot : grow your own in surprisingly small spaces / by Lia Leendertz ; photography by Mark Dianco.

My tiny veg plot : grow your own in surprisingly small spaces / by Lia Leendertz ; photography by Mark Dianco.
Food can be grown just about anywhere and lack of space should not put you off growing and enjoying the taste of your own fresh vegetables. Through inspirational photographs of real plots this book explores all sorts of possible growing spaces, including small pots on balconies and roof gardens, window boxes, old tyres and kitchen sinks, hanging baskets and growbags. Filled with practical advice, inspiration, planting and design ideas, 'My Tiny Veg Plot' gives you information on what to grow and how to grow it.


Thoreau and the language of trees / Richard Higgins ; foreword by Robert D. Richardson ; photographs by Richard Higgins.

Thoreau and the language of trees /  Richard Higgins ; foreword by Robert D. Richardson ; photographs by Richard Higgins.
Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau's creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought and his inner life. His portraits of them were so perfect, it was as if he could to see the sap flowing beneath their bark. When Thoreau wrote that the poet loves the pine tree as his own shadow in the air, he was speaking about himself. In short, he spoke their language. In this original book, Richard Higgins explores Thoreau's deep connections to trees: his keen perception of them, the joy they gave him, the poetry he saw in them, his philosophical view of them, and how they fed his soul. His lively essays show that trees were a thread connecting all parts of Thoreau's being--heart, mind and spirit. Included are one hundred excerpts from Thoreau's writing about trees, paired with sixty-eight of the author's photographs. Thoreau's words are as vivid now as they were in 1890, when an English naturalist wrote that he was unusually able to 'to preserve the flashing forest colors in unfading light.' Thoreau and the Language of Trees shows that Thoreau, with uncanny foresight, believed trees were essential to the preservation of the world--Provided by publisher.


Strong is the new pretty : a celebration of girls being themselves / Kate T. Parker.

Strong is the new pretty : a celebration of girls being themselves / Kate T. Parker.
Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves. Real beauty isn't about being a certain size, acting a certain way, wearing the right clothes, or having your hair done (or even brushed). Real beauty is about being your authentic self and owning it. Kate T. Parker is a professional photographer who finds the real beauty in girls, capturing it for all the world to see in candid and arresting images. A celebration, a catalog of spirit in words and smiles, an affirmation of the fact that it's what's inside you that counts, Strong Is the New Pretty conveys a powerful message for every girl, for every mother and father of a girl, for every coach and mentor and teacher, for everyone in the village that it takes to raise a strong and self-confident person.--


Curators : behind the scenes of natural history museums / Lance Grande.

Curators : behind the scenes of natural history museums / Lance Grande.
Natural history museums have evolved from being little more than musty repositories of stuffed animals and pinned bugs, to being crucial generators of new scientific knowledge. They have also become vibrant educational centers, full of engaging exhibits that share those discoveries with students and an enthusiastic general public. Grande offers a portrait of curators and their research, conveying the intellectual excitement and the educational and social value of curation. He uses the personal story of his own career-- most of it spent at Chicago's Field Museum-- to explore the value of research and collections, the importance of public engagement, changing ecological and ethical considerations, and the impact of rapidly improving technology.~Over the centuries, natural history museums have evolved from being little more than musty repositories of stuffed animals and pinned bugs, to being crucial generators of new scientific knowledge. They have also become vibrant educational centers, full of engaging exhibits that share those discoveries with students and an enthusiastic general public. At the heart of it all from the very start have been curators. Yet after three decades as a natural history curator, Lance Grande found that he still had to explain to people what he does. This book is the answer - and, oh, what an answer it is: lively, exciting, up-to-date, it offers a portrait of curators and their research like none we've seen, one that conveys the intellectual excitement and the educational and social value of curation. Grande uses the personal story of his own career - most of it spent at Chicago's storied Field Museum - to structure his account as he explores the value of research and collections, the importance of public engagement, changing ecological and ethical considerations, and the impact of rapidly improving technology. Throughout, we are guided by Grande's keen sense of mission, of a job where the why is always as important as the what. This beautifully written and richly illustrated book is a clear-eyed but loving account of natural history museums, their curators, and their ever-expanding roles in the twenty-first century--Publisher.


The driver in the driverless car : how our technology choices will create the future / Vivek Wadwha and Alex Salkever.

The driver in the driverless car : how our technology choices will create the future / Vivek Wadwha and Alex Salkever.


Perfect strangers : friendship, strength, and recovery after Boston's worst day / Roseann Sdoia.

Perfect strangers : friendship, strength, and recovery after Boston's worst day / Roseann Sdoia.


French style with vintage finds / Cindy Cooper Smith.

French style with vintage finds /  Cindy Cooper Smith.
French Style with Vintage Finds features ten charming homes inspired by the beauty and romance of France, each with their own distinctive style and pieces that evoke a Gallic ambience. Louis XVI chairs in just the right place, an aged clock, or a distressed mirror above a table made from salvage ironwork can bring the history and splendor of France to your home. As the world's top tourist destination, there are many antique markets and brocantes in France specializing in everything home and garden just waiting to be explored. They are a way of life for the French. These beautiful villages and markets are captured in in full color photography and appear alongside commentary from the experts. From architectural salvage and antique canvasses to kitchen jars and jewelry, this book will satisfy the passions of those seeking a part of this timeless culture.--Amazon.


The mindfulness in knitting : meditations on craft and calm / Rachael Matthews.

The mindfulness in knitting : meditations on craft and calm / Rachael Matthews.
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT: MEDITATION & VISUALISATION. Everyone can pick up a pair of needles and a ball of yarn. And everyone can be mindful. The Mindfulness in Knitting casts fresh light on this famously calming craft, and reveals how the simple repetition of plain and purl can in itself nurture wellbeing. Rachael Matthews explores the joys of making and looks at the benefits of taking up one of the simplest and most useful of crafts.


Floret farm's cut flower garden : grow, harvest & arrange stunning seasonal blooms / by Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai ; photographs by Michèle M. Waite.

Floret farm's cut flower garden : grow, harvest & arrange stunning seasonal blooms / by Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai ; photographs by Michèle M. Waite.


How to make a French family : a memoir of love, food, and faux pas / Samantha Vérant.

How to make a French family : a memoir of love, food, and faux pas / Samantha Vérant.
When Samantha is given a second chance at love at the age of 40, she moves to southwestern France, thinking she's prepared for her new role in life as an instant American wife and stepmom. It turns out, though, that making a French family takes more than just good intentions and a quick lesson in croissant-baking. Even while suffering from culture shock and struggling to parent her 10-year-old stepson and 13-year-old stepdaughter in a culture drastically different from her own, Samantha is determined to adapt to her adopted homeland--because when love and and a new life is on the line, giving up isn't an option--Provided by publisher.


The Peace Corps volunteer's handbook : a personal field guide to making the most of your Peace Corps experience / Travis Hellstrom ; foreword by Kevin F.F. Quigley, Ph. D. former President of the National Peace Corps Association.

The Peace Corps volunteer's handbook : a personal field guide to making the most of your Peace Corps experience / Travis Hellstrom ; foreword by Kevin F.F. Quigley, Ph. D. former President of the National Peace Corps Association.


Fallen glory : the lives and deaths of history's greatest buildings / James Crawford.

Fallen glory : the lives and deaths of history's greatest buildings / James Crawford.


Down city : a daughter's story of love, memory, and murder / Leah Carroll.

Down city : a daughter's story of love, memory, and murder / Leah Carroll.
Like James Ellroy's, My Dark Places, DOWN CITY is a gripping narrative built of memory and reportage, and Leah Carroll's portrait of Rhode Island is sure to take a place next Mary Karr's portrayal of her childhood in East Texas and David Simon's gritty Baltimore. Leah Carroll's mother, a gifted amateur photographer, was murdered by two drug dealers with Mafia connections when Leah was four years old. Her father, a charming alcoholic who hurtled between depression and mania, was dead by the time she was eighteen. Why did her mother have to die? Why did the man who killed her receive such a light sentence? What darkness did Leah inherit from her parents? Leah was left to put together her own future and, now in her memoir, she explores the mystery of her parents' lives, through interviews, photos, and police records. DOWN CITY is a raw, wrenching memoir of a broken family and an indelible portrait of Rhode Island- a tiny state where the ghosts of mafia kingpins live alongside the feisty, stubborn people working hard just to get by. Heartbreaking, and mesmerizing, it's the story of a resilient young woman's determination to discover the truth about a mother she never knew and the deeply troubled father who raised her-a man who was, Leah writes, both my greatest champion and biggest obstacle.--


Big knit love : 20 chunky knit fashions / Linda Zemba Burhance.

Big knit love : 20 chunky knit fashions / Linda Zemba Burhance.


Wise craft quilts : a guide to turning beloved fabrics into meaningful patchwork / Blair Stocker ; foreword by Denyse Schmidt ; photographs by Stephanie Congdon Barnes.

Wise craft quilts : a guide to turning beloved fabrics into meaningful patchwork / Blair Stocker ; foreword by Denyse Schmidt ; photographs by Stephanie Congdon Barnes.
In Wise Craft Quilts, celebrated quilt designer and crafter Blair Stocker shares ways to use cherished fabrics to make quilts with more meaning. Each of twenty-one quilts featured here gathers a special collection of fabric, outlines a new technique, and spins a story. By using special fabrics as the starting point for each project -- from a wedding dress to baby's first clothes, worn denim, Tyvek race numbers, and more -- the finished quilt is made even more special. Create quilts that have a story to tell and you'll find a whole new level of appreciation for what they represent in your life and the lives of the ones you love. -- Back cover.


Revolution for dummies : laughing through the Arab Spring / Bassem Youssef.

Revolution for dummies : laughing through the Arab Spring / Bassem Youssef.
Bassem Youssef recounts his life and offers hysterical riffs on the hypocrisy, instability, and corruption that has long animated Egyptian politics. From the attempted cover-up of the violent clashes in Tahrir Square to the government's announcement that it had created the world's first 'AIDS cure' machine, to the conviction of officials that Youssef was a CIA operative, recruited by Jon Stewart, to bring down the country through sarcasm. There's much more, and it's all insanely true.


Playing the ponies and other medical mysteries solved / Stuart B. Mushlin, MD, FACP.

Playing the ponies and other medical mysteries solved /  Stuart B. Mushlin, MD, FACP.


A rustling and waking within : an anthology of ekphrasic poetry by members of the Ohio Poetry Association inspired by the arts in Ohio / edited by Sharon Fish Mooney ; introduction by Terry Hermsen.



Hacking innovation / Josh Linkner.



Lower ed : the troubling rise of for-profit colleges in the new economy / Tressie McMillan Cottom.

Lower ed : the troubling rise of for-profit colleges in the new economy / Tressie McMillan Cottom.
Drawing on her personal experience as a former counselor at two for-profit colleges and interviews with students, senior executives and activists, a renowned sociologist reveals how for-profit schools have become so successful and deciphers the benefits, credentials pitfalls and real costs of a for-profit education,--NoveList.


Loveable : embracing what is truest about you, so you can truly embrace your life / Kelly Flanagan, [PhD].

Loveable : embracing what is truest about you, so you can truly embrace your life / Kelly Flanagan, [PhD].


Joy the baker over easy : sweet and savory recipes for leisurely days / Joy Wilson ; photographs by Jon Melendez.

Joy the baker over easy : sweet and savory recipes for leisurely days / Joy Wilson ; photographs by Jon Melendez.
Here are 125 recipes to tackle any brunch craving--from juices and coffees, to breads, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and definitely bacon--Amazon.com.


The financial diaries : how American families cope in a world of uncertainty / Jonathan Morduch & Rachel Schneider.

The financial diaries : how American families cope in a world of uncertainty / Jonathan Morduch & Rachel Schneider.


Breaking busy : how to find peace & purpose in a world of crazy / Alli Worthington.

Breaking busy : how to find peace & purpose in a world of crazy / Alli Worthington.


A colony in a nation / Chris Hayes.

A colony in a nation /  Chris Hayes.
An Emmy Award-winning news anchor and New York Times best-selling author argues that there are really two Americas--a Colony and a Nation,--NoveList.


Get a financial life : personal finance in your twenties and thirties / Beth Kobliner.

Get a financial life : personal finance in your twenties and thirties / Beth Kobliner.
A completely revised and updated fourth edition of the New York Times bestseller, designed to guide younger adults through the world of personal finance. More than ever before, people in their twenties and thirties need help getting their financial lives in order. And who could blame them? These so-called millennials have come of age in the wake of the worst economic crisis in memory, and are now trying to get by in its aftermath. They owe record levels of student loan debt, face sky-high rents, and struggle to live on a budget in an uncertain economy. It's time for them to get a financial life--~A completely revised and updated fourth edition of the New York Times bestseller, designed to guide younger adults through the world of personal finance. More than ever before, people in their twenties and thirties need help getting their financial lives in order. And who could blame them? These so-called millennials have come of age in the wake of the worst economic crisis in memory, and are now trying to get by in its aftermath. They owe record levels of student loan debt, face sky-high rents, and struggle to live on a budget in an uncertain economy. It's time for them to get a financial life. For two decades, Beth Kobliner's bestseller has been the financial bible for people in their twenties and thirties. With her down-to-earth style, she has taught them how to get out of debt, learn to save, and invest for their futures. In this completely revised and updated edition, Kobliner shares brand-new insights and concrete, actionable advice geared to help a new generation of readers form healthy financial habits that will last a lifetime. With fresh material that reflects the changing digital world, Get a Financial Life remains an essential tool for young people learning how to manage their money. From tackling taxes to boosting credit scores, Get a Financial Life can show those just starting out how to decrease their debt, avoid common money mistakes, and navigate the world of personal finance in today's ever-changing landscape--


Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them / Gina Kolata.

Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them / Gina Kolata.
The phone rings: the doctor has the results. Are you ready Amanda? The two people Amanda Baxley loves the most had begged her not to be tested. But she had to find out. If your family carried a mutated gene that foretold a brutal illness and you were offered the chance to find out if you'd inherited it, would you do it? Would you walk toward the problem, bravely accepting whatever answer came your way? Or would you avoid the potential bad news as long as possible? In Mercies in Disguise, acclaimed science journalist and bestselling author Gina Kolata tells the story of the Baxleys, an upstanding family in a small town in South Carolina. Some family members were doctors; still, they are baffled by an inscrutable illness. They finally discover the cause of the disease after a remarkable sequence of events that many saw as providential. Meanwhile, science, progressing for a half a century along a parallel track, had handed the Baxleys a resolution--not a cure, but a blood test that would reveal who had the gene for the disease and who did not. And science would offer another dilemma--fertility specialists had created a way to spare the children through an expensive process. Mercies in Disguise tells the story of a family that took matters into its own hands when the medical world abandoned them. It's a story of a family that had to deal with unspeakable tragedy and yet did not allow it to tear them apart. And it is the story of a young woman--Amanda Baxley--who faced the future head on, determined to find a way to disrupt her family's destiny.--


Ike and McCarthy : Dwight Eisenhower's secret campaign against Joseph McCarthy / David A. Nichols.

Ike and McCarthy : Dwight Eisenhower's secret campaign against Joseph McCarthy / David A. Nichols.
Describes how President Eisenhower used surrogates to orchestrate a secret campaign against the powerful Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy best known for his anti-Communist witch hunt, that ultimately resulted in McCarthy being censured and discredited,--NoveList.


The Moth presents All these wonders : true stories about facing the unknown / edited by Catherine Burns.

The Moth presents All these wonders : true stories about facing the unknown / edited by Catherine Burns.
All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new. Storytellers include Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, John Turturro, and Meg Wolitzer, as well as a hip hop one hit wonder, an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, and a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill's secret army during World War II. They share their ventures into uncharted territory--and how their lives were changed forever by what they found there. These true stories have been carefully selected and adapted to the page by the creative minds at The Moth, and will encompass the very best of the 17,000+ stories performed in live Moth shows around the world.--


The first love story : Adam, Eve, and us / Bruce Feiler.

The first love story : Adam, Eve, and us / Bruce Feiler.
The PBS host and best-selling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham presents a revelatory account of Adam and Eve's symbolism as central figures in Western imagination and their role in shaping humanity's deepest feelings about relationships, family and togetherness. --Publisher


Wired to eat : turn off cravings, rewire your appetite for weight loss, and determine the foods that work for you / Robb Wolf.

Wired to eat : turn off cravings, rewire your appetite for weight loss, and determine the foods that work for you / Robb Wolf.
From New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution...One Month to Reset Your Metabolism for Lasting Fat Loss One Week to Discover the Carbs that are Right for You. Do you struggle to lose weight and get healthy? Are you playing the blame-game and berating yourself for cheating on your diet? This struggle should come as no surprise, as we are genetically wired to eat more and move less, the exact opposite of the advice we are often given. Now there is a more customized weight loss solution that works with your body, a solution based not on arbitrary restriction of foods but on what works for YOU. Developed by former research biochemist, health expert, and bestselling author Robb Wolf, Wired to Eat offers an eating program, based on groundbreaking research, that will rewire your appetite for weight loss and help you finally determine the optimal foods for your diet and metabolism. With Wolf's bestselling book, The Paleo Solution, he helped hundreds of thousands of people lose weight by eating a low-carb Paleo diet, but Paleo is only a starting point, not a destination. Now, he'll share a more customized way of eating that may be the key to permanent weight loss and better health. You'll start with Wolf's 30-Day Reset, complete with detailed meal plans, to help you restore your body's blood sugar levels, repair your appetite, and reverse insulin resistance. Once you've completed this phase of the plan, the unique 7-Day Carb Test will help you determine what amounts and types of carbs you can tolerate. No more guessing. Now you can find out for yourself which foods you can and cannot eat, instead of relying on a one-size-fits all diet. The 60 whole-food, paleo-based recipes are there to aid you on your journey, and Wolf includes meal plans for people who suffer with autoimmune diseases, as well as a separate chapter on nutritional ketosis. Transform your diet by discovering your personalized weight loss blueprint with Wired to Eat--


Ballerina body : dancing and eating your way to a leaner, stronger, and more graceful you / Misty Copeland, with Charisse Jones ; movement and dance photography by Henry Leutwyler, food photography by Amy Roth.

Ballerina body : dancing and eating your way to a leaner, stronger, and more graceful you / Misty Copeland, with Charisse Jones ; movement and dance photography by Henry Leutwyler, food photography by Amy Roth.
The celebrated ballerina and role model, Misty Copeland, shares the secrets of how to reshape your body and achieve a lean, strong physique and glowing health,--Amazon.com.


Solve for happy : engineering your path to joy / Mo Gawdat.

Solve for happy : engineering your path to joy / Mo Gawdat.
Mo Gawdat is a remarkable thinker and the Chief Business Officer at Google's [X], an elite team of engineers that comprise Google's futuristic dream factory. Applying his superior skills of logic and problem solving to the issue of happiness, he proposes an algorithm based on an understanding of how the brain takes in and processes joy and sadness. Then he solves for happy,--Amazon.com.


The Malaysian kitchen : 150 recipes for simple home cooking / Christina Arokiasamy.

The Malaysian kitchen : 150 recipes for simple home cooking / Christina Arokiasamy.
Collects recipes that use classic Malaysian flavors to create such dishes as chili prawns, beef rendang, and Hainanese chicken rice.


The Palomar cookbook : modern Israeli cuisine / Layo Paskin and Tomer Amedi ; photography by Helen Cathcart.

The Palomar cookbook : modern Israeli cuisine / Layo Paskin and Tomer Amedi ; photography by Helen Cathcart.


How not to hate your husband after kids / Jancee Dunn.

How not to hate your husband after kids /  Jancee Dunn.
A hilariously candid account of one woman's quest to bring her post-baby marriage back from the brink, with life-changing, real-world advice.,--Amazon.com.


Hell's traces : one murder, two families, thirty-three Holocaust memorials / Victor Ripp.

Hell's traces : one murder, two families, thirty-three Holocaust memorials / Victor Ripp.
In a remarkable meditation on memorial and loss, Victor Ripp recounts his journey to hundreds of Holocaust memorials throughout Europe in an attempt to find affirmation of his lost family members--~An unsentimental meditation on memory and loss that recounts the author's search for a Holocaust memorial that speaks to the death of his young cousin In July 1942, the French police in Paris, acting for the German military government, arrested Victor Ripp's three-year-old cousin. Two months later, Alexandre was killed in Auschwitz. To try to make sense of this act, Ripp looks at it through the prism of family history. In addition to Alexandre, ten members of Ripp's family on his father's side died in the Holocaust. The family on his mother's side, numbering thirty people, was in Berlin when Hitler came to power. Without exception they escaped the Final Solution. Hell's Traces tells the story of the two families' divergent paths not as distant history but as something experienced directly. To spark the past to life, Ripp visited Holocaust memorials throughout Europe. A memorial in Warsaw that included a boxcar like the ones that carried Jews to Auschwitz made him contemplate the horror of Alexandre's ride to his death. A memorial in Berlin invoked the anti-Jewish laws of 1930s. This allowed Ripp to better understand how the family there escaped the Nazi trap. Ripp saw thirty-five memorials in six countries. He encountered the artists who designed the memorials, historians who recalled the events that the memorials honor, and Holocaust survivors with their own stories to tell. Hell's Traces is structured like a travel book where each destination provides an example of how memorials can recover and also make sense of the past.--


The novel of the century : the extraordinary adventure of Les Misérables / David Bellos.

The novel of the century : the extraordinary adventure of Les Misérables / David Bellos.
The story of how Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables and why it became among the most influential and protean works of art ever created--~The definitive biography of the world's most popular novel. Putting a century of scholarship on one of the world's most enduring popular novels into accessible, narrative form, this new approach to a classic of world literature is written for a wide general readership. Packed full of information about the book's origins and later career on stage and screen, The Novel of the Century brings to life the extraordinary story of how Victor Hugo managed to write his novel of the downtrodden despite a revolution, a coup d'état, and political exile; how he pulled off the deal of the century to get it published; and how he set it on course to become the novel that epitomizes the grand sweep of history in the nineteenth century. This biography of a masterpiece also shows how and why the moral and social messages of Les Misérables are full of meaning for our time. --


Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century / Geoffrey R. Stone.

Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century / Geoffrey R. Stone.


The greatest story ever told--so far : why are we here? / Lawrence M. Krauss.

The greatest story ever told--so far : why are we here? / Lawrence M. Krauss.
An award-winning theoretical physicist and best-selling author of A Universe from Nothing traces the dramatic discovery of the counterintuitive world of reality, explaining how readers can shift their perspectives to gain greater understandings of our individual roles in the universe. --Publisher


The creative spark : how imagination made humans exceptional / Agustín Fuentes.

The creative spark : how imagination made humans exceptional / Agustín Fuentes.
Overturns widely held misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself and asserts that creativity is what has made humans so exceptional among all the species on Earth. --Publisher.


The ground beneath us : from the oldest cities to the last wilderness, what dirt tells us about who we are / Paul Bogard.

The ground beneath us : from the oldest cities to the last wilderness, what dirt tells us about who we are / Paul Bogard.


No one cares about crazy people : the chaos and heartbreak of mental health in America / Ron Powers.

No one cares about crazy people : the chaos and heartbreak of mental health in America / Ron Powers.
New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia. From the centuries of torture of lunatiks at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted. Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic. A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood--Provided by publisher.


Ice ghosts : the epic hunt for the lost Franklin expedition / Paul Watson.

Ice ghosts : the epic hunt for the lost Franklin expedition / Paul Watson.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of Where War Lives and expedition member describes how an unlikely combination of marine science and Inuit knowledge helped solve the mystery of the lost Franklin expedition of 1845,--NoveList.


Pitmaster : recipes, techniques, and barbecue wisdom / Andy Husbands and Chris Hart.

Pitmaster : recipes, techniques, and barbecue wisdom / Andy Husbands and Chris Hart.


The allure of battle : a history of how wars have been won and lost / Cathal J. Nolan.

The allure of battle : a history of how wars have been won and lost / Cathal J. Nolan.
History has tended to measure war's winners and losers in terms of its major engagements, battles in which the result was so clear-cut that they could be considered decisive. Cannae, Konigsberg, Austerlitz, Midway, Agincourt-all resonate in the literature of war and in our imaginations as tide-turning. But these legendary battles may or may not have determined the final outcome of the wars in which they were fought. Nor has the genius of the so-called Great Captains--from Alexander the Great to Frederick the Great and Napoleon--played a major role. Wars are decided in other ways. Cathal J. Nolan's The Allure of Battle systematically and engrossingly examines the great battles, tracing what he calls short-war thinking, the hope that victory might be swift and wars brief. As he proves persuasively, however, such has almost never been the case. Even the major engagements have mainly contributed to victory or defeat by accelerating the erosion of the other side's defences. Massive conflicts, the so-called people's wars, beginning with Napoleon and continuing until 1945, have consisted of and been determined by prolonged stalemate and attrition, industrial wars in which the determining factor has been not military but matériel. Nolan's masterful book places battles squarely and mercilessly within the context of the wider conflict in which they took place. In the process it help corrects a distorted view of battle's role in war, replacing popular images of the battles of annihilation with somber appreciation of the commitments and human sacrifices made throughout centuries of war particularly among the Great Powers. Accessible, provocative, exhaustive, and illuminating, The Allure of Battle will spark fresh debate about the history and conduct of warfare.--Provided by publisher.


Scandikitchen : Fika & Hygge : comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love / Bronte Aurell ; photography by Peter Cassidy.

Scandikitchen : Fika & Hygge : comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love / Bronte Aurell ; photography by Peter Cassidy.
Fika is a Swedish word meaning to meet up for a cup of coffee or tea over something delicious. It is also the word for the delicious treats themselves. Swedes traditionally stop twice a day for fika, taking a much-needed break from the daily grind. People fika with family, colleagues, friends, children and even go on fika dates. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a word that originated in Norway but is now mainly used in Denmark. It means 'a sublime state of cosiness you feel when you are with loved ones and nothing else matters'. Hygge can be enhanced by the addition of a log fire, a good film, a cup of something warm and a sweet treat... hence the ideal combination of the two terms.This beautifully illustrated, authentic guide is a celebration of Scandinavian baking in all its glory. It is evocative of cosy days shared with friends, slowing down and taking the time to enjoy simple, homemade, wholesome pleasures - encouraging a lifestyle to aspire to. With features on special Scandi winter celebrations, their baking traditions and how to bring fika and hygge into your life.


The super natural : a new vision of the unexplained / Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal.

The super natural : a new vision of the unexplained / Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal.
Two leading authors on the alien abduction and the religious anomalous experience present an intellectual analysis of why paranormal phenomena are a real, however fantastical, part of the natural world that can be authenticated through key changes in perspective. --Publisher's description.


Food fights & culture wars : a secret history of taste / Tom Nealon.

Food fights & culture wars : a secret history of taste / Tom Nealon.


The Hello Girls : America's first women soldiers / Elizabeth Cobbs.

The Hello Girls : America's first women soldiers / Elizabeth Cobbs.
In World War I, telephones linked commanding generals with soldiers in muddy trenches. A woman in uniform connected almost every one of their calls, speeding the orders that won the war. Like other soldiers, the Hello Girls swore the Army oath and stayed for the duration. A few were graduates of elite colleges. Most were ordinary, enterprising young women motivated by patriotism and adventure, eager to test their mettle and save the world. The first contingent arrived in France just as the German Army trained Big Bertha on Paris, bombarding the frightened city as the new women of the U.S. Army struggled through unlit streets to find their billets. A handful followed General Pershing to the gates of Verdun and the battlefields of Meuse-Argonne. When the switchboard operators sailed home a year later, the Army dismissed them without veterans' benefits or victory medals. The women commenced a sixty-year fight that a handful of survivors carried to triumph in 1979. This book shows how technological developments encouraged an unusual band to volunteer for military service at the precise moment that feminists back home championed a federal suffrage amendment. The same desire to participate fully in the life of their country animated both groups, and both struggled after 1920 to reap the rewards of victory. Their experiences illuminate ways in which sex-role change was embraced and resisted throughout the twentieth century, and the ways that men and women struggled together for gender justice.--Provided by publisher.


The 40-year-old vegan : 75 recipes to make you leaner, cleaner, and greener in the second halk of life / Sandra Sellani and Susan Sellani ; foreword by Jane Velez-Mitchell.

The 40-year-old vegan : 75 recipes to make you leaner, cleaner, and greener in the second halk of life / Sandra Sellani and Susan Sellani ; foreword by Jane Velez-Mitchell.


Blitzed : drugs in the Third Reich / Norman Ohler ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.

Blitzed : drugs in the Third Reich / Norman Ohler ; translated by Shaun Whiteside.
The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs. On the eve of World War II, Germany was a pharmaceutical powerhouse, and companies such as Merck and Bayer cooked up cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, to be consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to millions of German soldiers. In fact, troops regularly took rations of a form of crystal meth--the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to explain certain German military victories. Drugs seeped all the way up to the Nazi high command and, especially, to Hitler himself. Over the course of the war, Hitler became increasingly dependent on injections of a cocktail of drugs--including a form of heroin--administered by his personal doctor. While drugs alone cannot explain the Nazis' toxic racial theories or the events of World War II, Ohler's investigation makes an overwhelming case that, if drugs are not taken into account, our understanding of the Third Reich is fundamentally incomplete--Provided by publisher.


Indoor green : living with plants / Bree Claffey; photography by Lauren Bamford.

Indoor green : living with plants / Bree Claffey; photography by Lauren Bamford.
For centuries, plants have transformed interiors. Today house plants are once again experiencing a revival. Author Bree Claffey of Mr Kitly journeys into the worlds of fellow plant lovers to explore the enduring attraction of house plants. From the ever-reliable Peace lily and beguiling Fiddle leaf fig to the elusive Chinese money plant, house plants are showcased in all their weird and wonderful forms. More than good-looking props, plants are living growing things rooted in community and creativity and as this book celebrates, house plants are a way of life.


Radical candor : how to be a kickass boss without losing your humanity / Kim Scott.

Radical candor : how to be a kickass boss without losing your humanity / Kim Scott.
A high-profile business manager describes her development of an optimal management course designed to help business leaders become balanced and effective without resorting to insensitive aggression or overt permissiveness.


Beyond infinity : an expedition to the outer limits of mathematics / Eugenia Cheng.

Beyond infinity : an expedition to the outer limits of mathematics / Eugenia Cheng.
The hilarious and charming Eugenia Cheng leads us in search of what's bigger than infinity, and smaller than its opposite,--Amazon.com.


There are more beautiful things than Beyonce / Morgan Parker.

There are more beautiful things than Beyonce /  Morgan Parker.
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics. The poems weave between personal narrative and pop-cultural criticism, examining and confronting modern media, consumption, feminism, and Blackness. This collection explores femininity and race in the contemporary American political climate, folding in references from jazz standards, visual art, personal family history, and Hip Hop. The voice of this book is a multifarious one: writing and rewriting bodies, stories, and histories of the past, as well as uttering and bearing witness to the truth of the present, and actively probing toward a new self, an actualized self. This is a book at the intersections of mythology and sorrow, of vulnerability and posturing, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence--Publisher.


Self-evident truths : contesting equal rights from the Revolution to the Civil War Richard D. Brown.

Self-evident truths : contesting equal rights from the Revolution to the Civil War Richard D. Brown.
How did Americans in the generations following the Declaration of Independence translate its lofty ideals into practice? In this broadly synthetic work, distinguished historian Richard Brown shows that despite its founding statement that all men are created equal, the early Republic struggled with every form of social inequality. While people paid homage to the ideal of equal rights, this ideal came up against entrenched social and political practices and beliefs. Brown illustrates how the ideal was tested in struggles over race and ethnicity, religious freedom, gender and social class, voting rights and citizenship. He shows how high principles fared in criminal trials and divorce cases when minorities, women, and people from different social classes faced judgment. This book offers a much-needed exploration of the ways revolutionary political ideas penetrated popular thinking and everyday practice--


The new old me : my late-life reinvention / by Meredith Maran.

The new old me : my late-life reinvention / by Meredith Maran.


Tell me everything you don't remember : the stroke that changed my life / Christine Hyung-Oak Lee.

Tell me everything you don't remember : the stroke that changed my life / Christine Hyung-Oak Lee.
Christine Hyung-Oak Lee woke up with a headache on New Years Eve 2006. By that afternoon, she saw the world quite literally upside down. By New Years Day, she was unable to form a coherent sentence. And after hours in the ER, days in the hospital, and multiple questions and tests, she learned that she had had a stroke. For months, Lee outsourced her memories to her notebook. It is from these memories that she has constructed this frank and compelling memoir.


The Deplorables' guide to making America great again / Todd Starnes.

The Deplorables' guide to making America great again /  Todd Starnes.
Change may start at the White House, but it finishes at your house. Starnes reports from the front lines of the culture war in America and provides insights on what you can do to bring about real and lasting change in our nation. The time has come for all of us to stand together-- Baptist and Wesleyan, Presbyterian and Pentecostal, Catholic and Calvinist, and with one voice declare that we are one nation under God. We've got a country to save!~Winning was just the beginning. Change may start at the White House, but it finishes at your house. In The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again, Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes reports from the front lines of the culture war in America and provides insights on what you can do to bring about real and lasting change in our nation.


Big mushy happy lump : a "Sarah's Scribbles" collection / Sarah Andersen.

Big mushy happy lump : a
Containing illustrated personal essays on the author's real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges, this collection of the hugely popular, world-famous Sarah's Scribbles comics are perfect for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair.


The body builders : inside the science of the engineered human / Adam Piore.

The body builders : inside the science of the engineered human / Adam Piore.
A tour of the current revolution in human augmentation explores how the world's most innovative engineers are helping people repair traumatic injuries while transcending physical and mental limitations.


Thoreau's animals / Henry David Thoreau ; edited by Geoff Wisner ; illustrated by Debby Cotter Kaspari.

Thoreau's animals /  Henry David Thoreau ; edited by Geoff Wisner ; illustrated by Debby Cotter Kaspari.


The Gulf : the making of an American sea / Jack E. Davis.

The Gulf : the making of an American sea / Jack E. Davis.
Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world's most bounteous marine environments, supporting human life for millennia. Based on the premise that nature lies at the center of human existence, Davis takes readers on a compelling and, at times, wrenching journey from the Florida Keys to the Texas Rio Grande, along marshy shorelines and majestic estuarine bays, both beautiful and life-giving, though fated to exploitation by esurient oil men and real-estate developers. David shares previously untold stories, parading a vast array of historical characters past our view: sports-fishermen, presidents, Hollywood executives, New England fishers, the Tabasco king, a Texas shrimper, and a New York architect who caught the big one. Sensitive to the imminent effects of climate change, and to the difficult task of rectifying the assaults of recent centuries, this book suggests how a penetrating examination of a single region's history can inform the country's path ahead. --


Cooking with Nonna : celebrate food & family with over 100 classic recipes from Italian grandmothers / Rossella Rago.

Cooking with Nonna : celebrate food & family with over 100 classic recipes from Italian grandmothers / Rossella Rago.
For Rossella Rago, creator and host of Cooking with Nonna TV, Italian cooking was never just about the amazing food or Sunday dinner. It was also about family, community, and tradition. Rossella grew up cooking with her Nonna Romana every Sunday and on holidays, learning the traditional recipes of the Italian region of Puglia, like focaccia, braciole, zucchine alla poverella, and pizza rustica. And in her popular web TV series, Rossella invites Italian-American grandmothers (the unsung heroes of the culinary world) to cook with her, learning the classic dishes and flavors of each region of Italy and sharing them with eager fans all over the world. Now you can take a culinary journey through Italy with Rossella and her debut cookbook, Cooking with Nonna, featuring over 100 classic Italian recipes, along with advice and stories from 25 beloved Italian grandmothers. Learn to make fresh homemade pasta, handcrafted Spaghetti with Meatballs, and decadent Four-Cheese Lasagna that will have everyone coming back for seconds! With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and mouthwatering photos, Cooking with Nonna covers appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, meats, breads, cookies, and desserts, and features favorites such as Sicilian Rice Balls, Fried Calamari, Stuffed Artichokes, Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Veal Stew in a Polenta Bowl, Struffoli, Ricotta Cookies, and more! So if you are ready to bring back Sunday dinner and learn how to make Italian food just like nonna, then look no further!


The thoughtful gardener / Jinny Blom.

The thoughtful gardener /  Jinny Blom.


Vibrant India : fresh vegetarian recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn / Chitra Agrawal ; photography by Erin Scott ; illustrations by Karen Vasudev.

Vibrant India : fresh vegetarian recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn / Chitra Agrawal ; photography by Erin Scott ; illustrations by Karen Vasudev.


Urban flowers : creating abundance in a small city garden / Carolyn Dunster ; photography by Jason Ingram.

Urban flowers : creating abundance in a small city garden / Carolyn Dunster ; photography by Jason Ingram.


Step-by-step projects for self-sufficiency : grow edibles, raise animals, live off the grid, DIY.

Step-by-step projects for self-sufficiency : grow edibles, raise animals, live off the grid, DIY.


Get the most out of retirement : checklist for happiness, health, purpose, and financial security / Sally Balch Hurme.

Get the most out of retirement : checklist for happiness, health, purpose, and financial security / Sally Balch Hurme.


The Swiss army knife book : 63 outdoor projects / Felix Immler ; photography by Matthew Worden.

The Swiss army knife book : 63 outdoor projects / Felix Immler ; photography by Matthew Worden.
Woodsman Felix Immler reveals how to build a comfortable camp in the wilderness using nothing more than a pocket knife. Simple natural materials are used for making a waterproof roof, a chair, a bed, a table, a fridge, and an oven, as well as for carving spoons, knifes, and bowls. You can even grill a chicken on a self-made, water-driven skewer. The Swiss Army Knife Book is full of ideas for exciting activities, suitable for families and teens as well as adult explorers.


Charm school--18 quilts from 5" squares : a beginner's guide / Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique.

Charm school--18 quilts from 5


When police kill / Franklin E. Zimring.

When police kill /  Franklin E. Zimring.
When Police Kill is the first comprehensive analysis of police use of lethal force in the United States. The first seven chapters of this volume provide a summary and analysis of the known facts about killings by police. Who dies from police gunfire? What circumstances provoke police to shoot? Why is the death rate from shootings by police so high? Why are civilian deaths from police attacks so much higher in the United States than in other developed nations? Why are police also so much more at risk of death by assault than police in other nations? The final five chapters of the book provide an account of how federal, state and local governments can reduce killings by police without risking the lives of police officers. There are many strategies that federal and state government can use to motivate changes by police chiefs and sheriffs, but local law enforcement agencies are the main arena for reducing the carnage from police violence in the United States.--


The book of hygge : the Danish art of contentment, comfort, and connection / Louisa Thomsen Brits ; photography by Susan Bell.

The book of hygge : the Danish art of contentment, comfort, and connection / Louisa Thomsen Brits ; photography by Susan Bell.
The centuries-old Danish tradition of Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) comes from a country voted to be the happiest on earth, and its special custom of emotional warmth, slowness, and appreciation, is becoming increasingly familiar to an international audience. To hygge means to enjoy the good things in life with good people--


Shrinking violets : the secret life of shyness / Joe Moran.

Shrinking violets : the secret life of shyness / Joe Moran.
A deeply perceptive and beautifully written cultural history of shyness, from one of our most astute observers of the everyday.


Fearless and free : how smart women pivot and re-launch their careers / by Wendy Sachs.

Fearless and free : how smart women pivot and re-launch their careers / by Wendy Sachs.
Offers guidance for women looking to succeed in the rapidly changing job market intended to help them overcome cautiousness and embrace opportunities with confidence by taking cues from the agile business culture of Silicon Valley.


Fix-it and forget-it. 365 days of slow cooker recipes / Hope Comerford ; photographs by Bonnie Matthews.

Fix-it and forget-it. 365 days of slow cooker recipes / Hope Comerford ; photographs by Bonnie Matthews.
Having dinner with the family has never been easier! Arranged by season, this cookbook will help you put a healthy and economical meal on the table every night. Comerford has collected recipes from across the country, each one tested by home cooks for their own family and friends. And each one sure to please every member of your family!~What's for dinner? It's the question every parent dreads. It's a daunting challenge to put a meal on the table every evening--never mind one that's healthy, economical, and that the whole family will enjoy. The Lazy and Slow Cookbook: 365 Days of Slow Cooker Recipes is the first in a new series of cookbooks for the lazy--or busy--cook in the household. For every week of the year, there's a menu featuring seven dinners, along with a shopping list. As a bonus, QR codes allow cooks to load the list directly to their smart phones. The first recipe for the week is a slow cooker meal that's large enough to yield leftovers that can be incorporated into the recipes for the next 2-3 dinners. Enjoy a roast chicken (made in the slow cooker) on Sunday evening, individual chicken pot pies on Monday, and chicken and vegetable soup on Tuesday! Suggestions for side dishes are also included, as well as special menus for the holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations. You'll also find slow cooker desserts, such as mango-coconut pudding and chocolate-almond bar cookies. Having dinner with the family has never been easier! There's no reason to spend hours in the kitchen when you can let your slow cooker do most of the work for you. And there's no reason to spend your weekend planning menus when author Abigail Gehring has done it for you!,--Amazon.com.


Pillows, curtains & shades : step by step : 25 soft-furnishing projects for the home / project editor: Anne Hildyard.

Pillows, curtains & shades : step by step : 25 soft-furnishing projects for the home / project editor: Anne Hildyard.


The family gene : a mission to turn my deadly inheritance into a hopeful future / Joselin Linder.

The family gene : a mission to turn my deadly inheritance into a hopeful future / Joselin Linder.
A riveting medical mystery about a young woman's quest to uncover the truth about her likely fatal genetic disorder that opens a window onto the exploding field of genomic medicine.


Eating Korea : reports on a culinary renaissance / Graham Holliday.

Eating Korea : reports on a culinary renaissance / Graham Holliday.


Testosterone rex : myths of sex, science, and society / Cordelia Fine.

Testosterone rex : myths of sex, science, and society / Cordelia Fine.
Many people believe that, at its core, biological sex is a fundamental, diverging force in human development. According to this overly familiar story, differences between the sexes are shaped by past evolutionary pressures--women are more cautious and parenting-focused, while men seek status to attract more mates. In each succeeding generation, sex hormones and male and female brains are thought to continue to reinforce these unbreachable distinctions, making for entrenched inequalities in modern society. In Testosterone Rex, psychologist Cordelia Fine wittily explains why past and present sex roles are only serving suggestions for the future, revealing a much more dynamic situation through an entertaining and well-documented exploration of the latest research that draws on evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience, endocrinology, and philosophy. She uses stories from daily life, scientific research, and common sense to break through the din of cultural assumptions. Testosterone, for instance, is not the potent hormonal essence of masculinity; the presumed, built-in preferences of each sex, from toys to financial risk taking, are turned on their heads. Moving beyond the old nature versus nurture debates, Testosterone Rex disproves ingrained myths and calls for a more equal society based on both sexes' full, human potential.--Dust jacket.~Challenges conventional beliefs about evolutionary factors that are used to justify gender politics, outlining arguments against cultural stereotypes, in a call for a more equal society that recognizes the potential of both sexes.


Hygge knits : Nordic and Fair Isle sweaters, scarves, hats, and more to keep you cozy / Nicki Trench.

Hygge knits : Nordic and Fair Isle sweaters, scarves, hats, and more to keep you cozy / Nicki Trench.


Two turns from zero : pushing to higher fitness goals--converting them to life strength / Stacey Griffith with Karen Moline.

Two turns from zero : pushing to higher fitness goals--converting them to life strength / Stacey Griffith with Karen Moline.
Stacey Griffith, SoulCycle Senior Master Instructor, shows listeners how to take their health and fitness to new levels while using that same energy to boost their emotional and spiritual well-being in all aspects of life.


The big life : embrace your mess, work your side hustle, find a monumental relationship, and become the badass babe you were meant to be / Ann Shoket.

The big life : embrace your mess, work your side hustle, find a monumental relationship, and become the badass babe you were meant to be / Ann Shoket.
Millennial women are changing what it means to be powerful and successful in the worldfor everyone. Forever. You want The Big Lifethat delicious cocktail of passion, career, work, ambition, respect, money, and a monumental relationship. And you want it on your own terms. Forget climbing some corporate ladder, you want a career with twists and turns and adventure. For you, success only matters if it's meaningful. Ann Shoket knows the evolving values of young women more than anyone. She's the voice behind the popular Badass Babes community, a sisterhood of young, hungry, ambitious women who are helping each other through the most complex issues around becoming who you're meant to be. As the trailblazing editor-in-chief of Seventeen for the better part of a decade, Shoket led provocative conversations that helped young women navigate the tricky terrain of adolescence and become smart, confident, self-assured young women. Now that they are adding muscle to the frame work of their lives, she's continuing the conversation with The Big Life,--Amazon.com.


Pontius Pilate : deciphering a memory / Aldo Schiavone ; translated by Jeremy Carden.

Pontius Pilate : deciphering a memory / Aldo Schiavone ; translated by Jeremy Carden.
The renowned classicist presents a revisionist portrait of Pontius Pilate that reconstructs the social, religious, and political climates behind his fateful encounters with Jesus.


Whole new you : how real food transforms your life, for a healthier, more gorgeous you / Tia Mowry, with Jessica Porter.

Whole new you : how real food transforms your life, for a healthier, more gorgeous you / Tia Mowry, with Jessica Porter.
From the star of the Cooking Channel's Tia Mowry at Home comes a timely clean-eating cookbook that will change the way you think about what you eat and jump-start your journey to a healthier, more gorgeous you,--Amazon.com.


Exoplanets : diamonds worlds, super Earths, pulsar planets, and the new search for life beyond our solar system / Michael Summers, James Trefil.

Exoplanets : diamonds worlds, super Earths, pulsar planets, and the new search for life beyond our solar system / Michael Summers, James Trefil.
The past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety. In Exoplanets, astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space,--NoveList.


An avocado a day : more than 70 recipes for enjoying nature's most delicious superfood / Lara Ferroni.

An avocado a day : more than 70 recipes for enjoying nature's most delicious superfood / Lara Ferroni.


The crisis of the middle class constitution : why economic inequality threatens our Republic / Ganesh Sitaraman.

The crisis of the middle class constitution : why economic inequality threatens our Republic / Ganesh Sitaraman.
Argues that America's strong and sizeable middle class is actually embedded in the framework of the nation's government and its founding document and discusses the necessity of taking equality-establishing measures,--NoveList.


Deadliest enemy : our war against killer germs / Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH and Mark Olshaker.

Deadliest enemy : our war against killer germs / Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH and Mark Olshaker.


Everything under the heavens : how the past helps shape China's push for global power / Howard W. French.

Everything under the heavens : how the past helps shape China's push for global power / Howard W. French.


The imagineers of war : the untold history of DARPA, the Pentagon agency that changed the world / by Sharon Weinberger.

The imagineers of war : the untold history of DARPA, the Pentagon agency that changed the world / by Sharon Weinberger.


The knowledge illusion : why we never think alone / Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach.

The knowledge illusion : why we never think alone / Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach.
Two cognitive scientists explain how the human brain relies on the communal nature of intelligence and knowledge, constantly gathering information and expertise stored outside our mind and bodies, to overcome its shortcomings of being error prone, irrational and often ignorant,--NoveList.


Good grief : heal your soul, honor your loved ones, and learn to live again / the Long Island medium Theresa Caputo with Kristina Grish.

Good grief : heal your soul, honor your loved ones, and learn to live again / the Long Island medium Theresa Caputo with Kristina Grish.
The star of Long Island Medium shares inspiring, spirit-based lessons on how to work through and overcome grief in a guide that also offers example testimonies about the experiences of her clients.


The rules do not apply : a memoir / Ariel Levy.

The rules do not apply : a memoir / Ariel Levy.
In 2012, at age 38, when she left on a reporting trip to Mongolia, Ariel Levy thought she had figured it out: she was married, pregnant, successful on her own terms, financially secure. A month later, none of that was true. 'People have been telling me since I was a little girl that I was too fervent, too forceful, too much. I thought I had harnessed the power of my own strength and greed and love to a life that could contain it. But it has exploded.' In gorgeous, moving, humorous, sharp, and unforgettable prose, with pointillist portraits of a girl and then a young woman coming of age, Levy describes her own ill-fated assumptions: thinking that anything is possible, that the old rules do not apply; that marriage doesn't have to mean monogamy; that gender and sexuality are fluid; that aging doesn't have to mean infertility. This is a searing story, written with humor, brilliance, and insight, that is at once personal and universal--a story about realizing that life is so often beyond our control, and how we forge ahead despite that. In telling her own story, Levy has captured a portrait of our time, of the shifting forces in values, women and gender in American culture, of what has changed and what has remained--~A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for readers of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, as well as a portrait of a generation used to assuming they're entitled to everything--based on this award-winning writer's New Yorker article 'Thanksgiving in Mongolia'--


Word by word : the secret life of dictionaries / Kory Stamper.

Word by word : the secret life of dictionaries / Kory Stamper.
Brimming with intelligence and personality, a vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made - a must read for word mavens. Have you ever tried to define the word is? Do you have strong feelings about the word (and, yes, it is a word) irregardless? Did you know that OMG was first used in 1917, in a letter to Winston Churchill? These are the questions that keep lexicographers up at night. While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing dictionaries is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography, from the agonizing decisions about what and how to define, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why the small words are the most difficult to define, how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. Throughout Stamper brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a surprisingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate. A sure delight for all lovers of words, Harmless Drudges will also improve readers' grasp and use of the English language--


Run your fat off : running smarter for a leaner and fitter you / Jason R Karp, PhD.

Run your fat off : running smarter for a leaner and fitter you / Jason R Karp, PhD.
Based on the latest research, RUN YOUR FAT OFF gives everyone--men and women, marathon runners to casual runners to non runners--the best calorie-burning runs, menus to fuel workouts and lose weight, and day by day personalized plans for beginning and advanced runners--


Eyes wide open : overcoming obstacles and recognizing opportunities in a world that can't see clearly / by Isaac Lidsky.

Eyes wide open : overcoming obstacles and recognizing opportunities in a world that can't see clearly / by Isaac Lidsky.
In Eyes Wide Open, Isaac Lidsky draws on his experience of achieving immense success, joy, and fulfillment while losing his sight to a blinding disease to show us that it isn't external circumstances, but how we perceive and respond to them, that governs our reality. Fear has a tendency to give us tunnel vision--we fill the unknown with our worst imaginings and cling to what's familiar. But when confronted with new challenges, we need to think more broadly and adapt. When Isaac Lidsky learned that he was beginning to go blind at age thirteen, eventually losing his sight entirely by the time he was twenty-five, he initially thought that blindness would mean an end to his early success and his hopes for the future. Paradoxically, losing his sight gave him the vision to take responsibility for his reality and thrive. Lidsky graduated from Harvard College at age nineteen, served as a Supreme Court law clerk, fathered four children, and turned a failing construction subcontractor into a highly profitable business. Whether we're blind or not, our vision is limited by our past experiences, biases, and emotions. Lidsky shows us how we can overcome paralyzing fears, avoid falling prey to our own assumptions and faulty leaps of logic, silence our inner critic, harness our strength, and live with open hearts and minds. In sharing his hard-won insights, Lidsky shows us how we too can confront life's trials with initiative, humor, and grace--


How to watch soccer / Ruud Gullit ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Herman.

How to watch soccer /  Ruud Gullit ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Herman.
An opinionated masterclass in the art and science of reading a match from one of professional soccer's most respected and beloved international figures,--Amazon.com.


The Benedict option : a strategy for Christians in a post-Christian nation / Rod Dreher.

The Benedict option : a strategy for Christians in a post-Christian nation / Rod Dreher.


Bleaker house : chasing my novel to the end of the world / Nell Stevens.

Bleaker house : chasing my novel to the end of the world / Nell Stevens.
A whimsical blend of memoir and travelogue, laced with wry and indispensable writing advice, Bleaker House is a story of creative struggle that brilliantly captures the self-torture of the writing life. Twenty-seven-year-old Nell Stevens was determined to write a novel, but somehow life kept getting in the way. Then came a game-changing opportunity: she won a fellowship that let her spend three months, all expenses paid, anywhere in the world to research and write a book. Would she choose a glittering metropolis, a romantic village, an exotic paradise? Um, no. Nell chose Bleaker Island, a snowy, windswept pile of rock in the Falklands. There, in a guesthouse where she would be the only guest, she could finally rid herself of distractions and write her 2,500 words a day. In three months, surely she'd have a novel. And sure enough, other than sheep, penguins, paranoia, and the weather, there aren't many distractions on Bleaker. Nell gets to work on her novel--a delightful Dickensian fiction she calls Bleaker House--only to discover that an excruciatingly erratic internet connection and 1100 calories a day (as much food as she could carry in her suitcase, budgeted to the raisin) are far from ideal conditions for literary production. With deft humor, the memoir traces Nell's island days and slowly reveals details of the life and people she has left behind in pursuit of her art. They pop up in her novel, as well, and in other fictional pieces that dot the book. It seems that there is nowhere Nell can run--an island or the pages of her notebook--to escape herself. With winning honesty and wit, Nell's race to finish her book slowly emerges as an irresistible narrative in its own right--


My master recipes : 165 recipes to inspire confidence in the kitchen : with dozens of variations / Patricia Wells ; in collaboration with Emily Buchanan.

My master recipes : 165 recipes to inspire confidence in the kitchen : with dozens of variations / Patricia Wells ; in collaboration with Emily Buchanan.
Famed bestselling cookbook author Patricia Wells creates a blueprint for success in the kitchen with this superb collection of recipes drawn from her cooking schools in Francethe perfect successor to Julia Child's classic The Way to Cook,--Amazon.com.


The little things : why you really should sweat the small stuff / Andy Andrews.

The little things : why you really should sweat the small stuff / Andy Andrews.
They told us don't sweat the small stuff, but sometimes it's the little things that change everything. Andrews shows that sometimes it is in concentrating on the smaller things that we add value and margin. Whether in business, in life, or in our spiritual connection with God, he provides common-sense perspective for meeting small events that can multiply the success of an endeavor.


Posh rice : over 70 recipes for all things rice / Emily Kydd.

Posh rice : over 70 recipes for all things rice / Emily Kydd.


Being a dog : the world from your dog's point of view / Karen Wild.

Being a dog : the world from your dog's point of view / Karen Wild.
Dogs and humans have lived together for more than 30,000 years, becoming closer and more interdependent over time. Today, there are dogs in almost 50 percent of American households. This book is not about anthropomorphizing dogs. They are not human. But science is confirming what dog people have always known. Uniquely written from a dog's perspective, Being a Dog is the most authoritative and current book about dog behavior and cognition. It combines the latest scientific research with enlightening illustrations to give a unique insight into a dog's world. What does it feel like to be a dog? How does a dog view other dogs, other animals, humans? How does a dog see itself? What makes a dog happy or excited, scared or angry?


Bizarre competitions : 101 ways to become a world champion / Richard Happer.

Bizarre competitions : 101 ways to become a world champion / Richard Happer.
You don't have to be Usain Bolt to be a champion of the world. This book describes 101 bizarre and eccentric events that call themselves 'World Championships.' They are open to anyone who dares to try but it also takes skill, a lot of passion and even more madness to become crowned champion of the world in these events. Swamp snorkeling, extreme ironing, coal carrying and pantomime horse racing are just a few of the weird ways to gain ultimate glory. The book provides details on prizes, entry criteria, locations, who the current champions are, the rules of the game and the techniques a challenger has to master to become a weird 'sports' world-beater. For those who want to stay close to home, there are many championship events in North America. Try these: Outhouse racing, Virginia City, Nevada--For 27 years, costumed teams have pushed, pulled and dragged decorated outhouses down a racetrack. Rock, paper, scissors, various locations--15 minutes of TV fame at Handemonium championships hosted by the official Rock, Paper, Scissors society. Shovel racing, Angel Fire, New Mexico--Dare-devils race on a shovel down a snowy hill at speeds topping 70 mph. Freestyle alligator wrestling Hollywood, Florida--Competitors have 8 minutes to remove an alligator from a deep pool of water onto land where they will try to outperform each other with dangerous stunts. Buffalo chip toss, Beaver County, Oklahoma--Throw dried cow dung more than 185 feet, 5 inches to beat the current world champion. With the inside knowledge found here, a lot of inspiration and perhaps even some practice, this book has what a challenger needs to become champion of the world. And who doesn't want that--


 

 

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