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1. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit|
by Michael Finkel
Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.
1. Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service
2. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
3. Winds of Skilak: A Tale of True Grit, True Love and Survival in the Alaskan Wilderness
4. A Widow's Walk Off-Grid to Self-Reliance: An inspiring, true story of Courage and Determination
5. True Story tie-in edition: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
6. The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness
7. The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story
8. Exit West: A Novel
9. Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
10. Lost on a Mountain in Maine .
2. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race|
by Margot Lee Shetterly
The #1 New York Times bestseller
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.
Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.
Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
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1. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
2. Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition
3. A Long Way Home: A Memoir
4. The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
6. Queen Sugar: A Novel
7. Hidden Figures
8. Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist
9. The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
10. A Man Called Ove: A Novel .
3. Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything|
by Zach Weinersmith, Kelly Weinersmith
From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing
1. Dinosaur Empire! (Earth Before Us #1): Journey through the Mesozoic Era
2. We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe
3. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
4. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
5. Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543: A Collection of Science-Themed Comics
6. Lunarbaboon: The Daily Life of Parenthood
7. Joking Hazard: Deck Enhancement #1
8. The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware
9. Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
10. It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel .
4. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked|
by Adam Alter
“One of the most mesmerizing and important books I’ve read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
Amazon.com Review An Amazon Best Book of March 2017: In his fascinating new book, associate professor of marketing and best-selling author Adam Alter examines the rise of behavioral addiction in our current times and offers some suggestions for alleviating your own addictive behavior. Here’s a question: where is your phone right now? Chances are it’s within arm’s reach—and as Alter writes, a device that travels with you is always a better vehicle for addiction. Convenience weaponizes temptation, and with the ubiquity and convenience of technology these days, you can see why behavioral addiction to video games, Facebook, checking your email on your phone, even your Fitbit, is on the rise. Irresistible is a deep and wide-ranging study of addiction, and there is much food for thought here. Alter seems especially concerned about how children and teens interact with technology, citing that they are the most vulnerable of us all. But as adults we are much more susceptible than most of us imagine—we may think we’re just interacting with a screen, but it’s important to remember that there are dozens of highly-paid people behind that screen whose only job is to make sure that we don’t stop. --Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review
An Amazon Best Book of March 2017: In his fascinating new book, associate professor of marketing and best-selling author Adam Alter examines the rise of behavioral addiction in our current times and offers some suggestions for alleviating your own addictive behavior. Here’s a question: where is your phone right now? Chances are it’s within arm’s reach—and as Alter writes, a device that travels with you is always a better vehicle for addiction. Convenience weaponizes temptation, and with the ubiquity and convenience of technology these days, you can see why behavioral addiction to video games, Facebook, checking your email on your phone, even your Fitbit, is on the rise. Irresistible is a deep and wide-ranging study of addiction, and there is much food for thought here. Alter seems especially concerned about how children and teens interact with technology, citing that they are the most vulnerable of us all. But as adults we are much more susceptible than most of us imagine—we may think we’re just interacting with a screen, but it’s important to remember that there are dozens of highly-paid people behind that screen whose only job is to make sure that we don’t stop. --Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review... Read more
5. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science|
by J. Kenji López-Alt
The New York Times bestselling winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award.
Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)―and use a foolproof method that works every time?
As Serious Eats's culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji López-Alt has pondered all these questions and more. In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new―but simple―techniques. In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more.Over 1000 color photographs ... Read more
1. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs
2. The Science of Good Cooking (Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks)
3. The America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Great Cook
4. On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
5. Cook's Science: How to Unlock Flavor in 50 of our Favorite Ingredients
6. Sous Vide at Home: The Modern Technique for Perfectly Cooked Meals
7. The Essential Sous Vide Cookbook: Modern Meals for The Sophisticated Palate
8. Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking
9. Modernist Cuisine at Home
10. The Vegetarian Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity with Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, and More, Based on the Wisdom of Leading American Chefs .
6. Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work|
by Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal
It’s the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and it’s hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They're harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.
New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning: In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide.
Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history. Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.... Read more
1. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
2. The Way of the Iceman: How the Wim Hof Method Creates Radiant, Longterm Health--Using the Science and Secrets of Breath Control, Cold-Training and Commitment
3. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
4. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
5. Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook
6. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
7. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
8. Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World
9. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
10. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength .
7. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters|
by Thomas M. Nichols
People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism.
1. Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
2. #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media
3. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
4. The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream
5. Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
6. The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone
7. A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
8. Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
9. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
10. The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic .
8. The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer|
by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr. Elissa Epel
The New York Times bestselling book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres' role in the aging process and the health psychologist who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life.
Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection. They and other scientists have found that changes we can make to our daily habits can protect our telomeres and increase our health spans (the number of years we remain healthy, active, and disease-free).
THE TELOMERE EFFECT reveals how Blackburn and Epel's findings, together with research from colleagues around the world, cumulatively show that sleep quality, exercise, aspects of diet, and even certain chemicals profoundly affect our telomeres, and that chronic stress, negative thoughts, strained relationships, and even the wrong neighborhoods can eat away at them.
Drawing from this scientific body of knowledge, they share lists of foods and suggest amounts and types of exercise that are healthy for our telomeres, mind tricks you can use to protect yourself from stress, and information about how to protect your children against developing shorter telomeres, from pregnancy through adolescence. And they describe how we can improve our health spans at the community level, with neighborhoods characterized by trust, green spaces, and safe streets.
THE TELOMERE EFFECT will make you reassess how you live your life on a day-to-day basis. It is the first book to explain how we age at a cellular level and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.
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1. Guide to Elizabeth Blackburn's & et al The Telomere Effect
2. Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food
3. Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years
4. The Telomerase Revolution: The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging…and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives
5. The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
6. The Case Against Sugar
7. The Immortality Edge: Realize the Secrets of Your Telomeres for a Longer, Healthier Life
8. Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body
9. The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits
10. The Coconut Ketogenic Diet: Supercharge Your Metabolism, Revitalize Thyroid Function and Lose Excess Weight .
9. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition|
by William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.... Read more
1. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
2. The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment
3. On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
4. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes
5. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
6. Advancing Your Career: Concepts in Professional Nursing
7. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
8. McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage, 2nd Edition
9. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
10. Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer .
10. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future|
by Ashlee Vance
New York Times and International Bestseller - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon
1. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
2. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
3. Steve Jobs
4. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
5. Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition
6. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
7. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
8. The Magic of Thinking Big
9. Elon Musk: Elon Musk's Best Lessons for Life, Business, Success and Entrepreneurship
10. Sam Walton: Made In America .
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