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The Body - by Bill Bryson (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 464Genre: ScienceSub-Genre: Life SciencesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Doubleday BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Human Anatomy & PhysiologyAuthor: Bill BrysonLanguage: English About the Book Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides readers through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Book Synopsis AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARDGlorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design. --The Washington Post Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted. The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information. Review Quotes Glorious. . .Having described the physical nature of our world and beyond, from the atomic to the intergalactic, in The Body [Bryson] now turns inward to explain--in his lucid, amusing style--what we're made of. . .Astonishing . .Draws on dozens of experts and a couple hundred books to carry the reader from outside to inside, from up to down and from miraculous operational efficiencies to malignant mayhem when things go awry. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design. --The Washington Post Delightful. . .Reveals the thousands of rarely acknowledged tasks our body takes care of as we go about our day. . .Informative, entertaining and often gross (kissing, according to one study, transfers up to one billion bacteria from one mouth to another, along with 0.2 micrograms of food bits). . . Bryson, who gives off a Cronkite-like trustworthy vibe, is good at allaying fears and busting myths." --A.J. Jacobs, The New York Times Book Review Mr. Bryson's latest book is a Baedeker of the human body, a fact-studded survey of our physiques, inside and out. Many authors have produced such guides in recent years, and some of them are very good. But none have done it quite so well as Mr. Bryson, who writes better, is more amusing and has greater mastery of his material than anyone else. . .[He] is a master explainer, with a gift for the pithy simile and all-encompassing metaphor. . .[His] love of language is often on display, and he can't resist occasional indulgences on the origins of terms medical and anatomical. . .Mr. Bryson's account is enlivened by his excellent command of the history of medicine. . .Brisk, provocative and entertaining throughout. --The Wall Street Journal Fascinating. --NPR Bryson launches himself into the wilderness of the human anatomy armed with his characteristic thoroughness and wit. He ably dissects the knowns and unknowns of how we live and die and all the idiosyncrasies of our shared infrastructure. . .This book is full of such arresting factoids and, like a douser hunting water, Bryson is adept at finding the bizarre and the arcane in his subject matter. . .Amazing. --USA Today A witty, informative immersion. . .The Body--a delightful, anecdote-propelled read--proves one of his most ambitious yet, as he leads us on a head-to-toe tour of a physique that's terra incognita to many of us. . .Playful, lucid. . .[Bryson] cover[s] a remarkably large swathe of human corporeal and cerebral experience. --The Boston Globe A directory of wonders. . .Extraordinary. . . A tour of the minuscule; it aims to do for the human body what his A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science. . .The prose motors gleefully along, a finely tuned engine running on jokes, factoids and biographical interludes. . .Wry, companionable, avuncular and always lucid . . .[The Body] could stand as an ultimate prescription for life. --The Guardian A delightful tour guide. . .Bryson's stroll through human anatomy, physiology, evolution, and illness (diabetes, cancer, infections) is instructive, accessible, and entertaining. --Booklist, starred review Amusingly informative. --Forbes A pleasing, entertaining sojourn into the realm of what makes us tick. --Kirkus Reviews About the Author BILL BRYSON's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything (which won the Aventis Prize in Britain and the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award). He was chancellor of Durham University, England's third oldest university, from 2005 to 2011, and is an honorary fellow of Britain's Royal Society.
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Hannah'S War - by Jan Eliasberg (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.3 Inch (W) x 1.1 Inch (D)Weight: .6 PoundsFormat: PaperbackAuthor: Jan EliasbergAge Range: AdultLanguage: English
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Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds - by Ian Wright (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 208Genre: ReferenceSub-Genre: Atlases, Gazetteers & MapsSeries Title: Maps for Curious MindsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: ExperimentAge Range: AdultAuthor: Ian WrightLanguage: English About the Book One hundred full-color maps--some serious (the distribution of the world's major religions), some more humorous (countries where there aren't any McDonald's)--to change the way readers see connections between countries.countries. Book Synopsis A singular atlas of 100 infographic maps from thought-provoking to flat-out fun Publisher's note: Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds was published in the UK under the title Brilliant Maps. Which countries don't have rivers? Which ones have North Korean embassies? Who drives on the "wrong" side of the road? How many national economies are bigger than California's? And where can you still find lions in the wild? You'll learn answers to these questions and many more in Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds. This one-of-a-kind atlas is packed with eye-opening analysis (Which nations have had female leaders?), whimsical insight (Where can't you find a McDonald's?), and surprising connections that illuminate the contours of culture, history, and politics. Each of these 100 maps will change the way you see the world--and your place in it. Review Quotes 2019 Foreword INDIES Gold Winner An Indie Bestseller 2019 OWL Award Winner--Gift & Special Interest A Junior Library Guild Selection "Maps can tell you far more than where borders and beaches are located. Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds uses creative cartography to highlight assorted facts and figures."--The Wall Street Journal "Fascinating maps that show the world as you've never seen it."--The Telegraph "This simple book serves the schoolroom for all ages, the coffee table of any household, the shelf in any library, and a font of wonderfulness for any trivia gamer."--New York Journal of Books "Grouped into broad categories (culture and customs, history, nature, etc.), these maps cover topics serious and less so . . . Whether browsing or looking for report inspiration, this visual, trivia-filled offering will get teens thinking outside the box."--Booklist "Become enthralled by this one-of-a-kind atlas of 100 full-color, infographic maps. Each one reveals something about the world you've never considered before."--The Hardwick Gazette About the Author Ian Wright runs Brilliant Maps, one of the most popular cartographic sites on the internet. In addition to being a cartophile, he's also a keen walker. In 2015, he combined these two passions to become the first person to walk all of the newly expanded London Tube map. Originally from Canada, he now lives in the UK. is an infographic and information design agency based in Dubai.
How to College - by Andrea Malkin Brenner & Lara Hope Schwartz (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 304Genre: EducationSub-Genre: Student Life & Student AffairsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: St. Martin's GriffinAge Range: AdultAuthor: Andrea Malkin Brenner & Lara Hope SchwartzLanguage: English About the Book This practical guide leads first-year college students and their families through the transition process, during the summer after high school graduation and throughout the school year, preparing students to succeed and thrive as they transition and adapt to college. Book Synopsis The first practical guide of its kind that helps students transition smoothly from high school to college The transition from high school--and home--to college can be stressful. Students and parents often arrive on campus unprepared for what college is really like. Academic standards and expectations are different from high school; families aren't present to serve as "scaffolding" for students; and first-years have to do what they call "adulting." Nothing in the college admissions process prepares students for these new realities. As a result, first-year college students report higher stress, more mental health issues, and lower completion rates than in the past. In fact, up to one third of first-year college students will not return for their second year--and colleges are reporting an increase in underprepared first-year students. How to College is here to help. Professors Andrea Malkin Brenner and Lara Schwartz guide first-year students and their families through the transition process, during the summer after high school graduation and throughout the school year, preparing students to succeed and thrive as they transition and adapt to college. The book draws on the authors' experience teaching, writing curricula, and designing programs for thousands of first-year college students over decades. Review Quotes This comprehensive guide offers invaluable advice to college-bound students...The authors address college-bound students directly and emphasize that now they have to be responsible for themselves instead of relying on their parents. --Booklist "A practical and thorough primer for high school students preparing to attend college...Readable, well-organized, and explicitly claims to address universal needs and concerns...A solid guide." --Kirkus Reviews How to College provides parents and students with the prompts to engage in critical conversations regarding their transition to college life. It will open a door for topics that can be difficult to navigate and provide context for typical situations first year students encounter. Its a great supplement to the resources your college will provide and can prepare you to ask the right questions to get the answers you need to set you on a path for success. --Rachel A. Beech, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President, Admissions and Student Recruitment, California State University, San Bernardino How to College gives high school students the edge in making a smooth and successful transition to college, and should be required reading for all high school students (and those who support them) planning to go to college! --Robert Hradsky, Ed.D., Senior Associate Vice President for the Student Experience and Dean of Students, Syracuse University An excellent roadmap for all students making the significant, challenging, and exciting transition to college. It would make a great gift for any soon-to-be college student, as a common read text for an entering first year cohort, or as a guide for developing an effective and comprehensive first year experience course. -- Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor, Division of Student Affairs, University of California, Berkeley "Offers valuable insight for students and families choosing to embark on higher education and entering their first year. How to College provides a beneficial guide full of important resources and information to set the foundation for success at the collegiate level for both the student and their families alike." --Jonathan A. McElderry, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Students, Wake Forest University A timely and needed book for families, students and university administrators. As an administrator in a college setting responsible for facilitating students transition to college, this book will serve as a key resource. How to College masterfully demystifies the college experience for students and families alike. --Fanta Aw, PhD, Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, American University "As a counselor who works with first-generation-to-college students, helping guide them to and through college, I check in with each of my college students once or twice a month. This book covers all of the topics we speak about most frequently. College students are learning to navigate college and adulting at the same time, and How to College provides practical, sound advice as well as assurances to readers that they are not alone! From tips on self-advocacy and dorm life to college writing and managing personal finances, this book should be on every rising college freshman's summer reading list!" --Jennifer Schwartz, JD, Counselor, Collegiate Directions, Inc. A fantastic resource for incoming and first year students. Recent high school graduates will find the detailed guidance - on everything from how to take notes on assigned readings to living on a budget - indispensable. How to College will help students familiarize themselves with the adjustments and independence that lie ahead and encourage important conversations with families and peers, in addition helping them start on the right foot academically. What a gift! --Sarah Sobieraj, PhD, Director, Digital Sexism Project, Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University This book offers the best explanation/guide I've seen on what students can expect to encounter academically in college. Combine that with the lessons on money, time and self-management, extracurricular/civic-engagement experiences, navigating relationships with family, friends back at home and new friends found at the university and you have a comprehensive guide that can help even the most anxious student prepare for what will helpfully be one of the best experiences of their life! --Matthew J. Kirk, M.Ed, Associate Director of Tiger Alliance, College Preparation and Outreach, Clemson University As a former director of orientation and first-year experience programs, I would call How to College a must read for students and their families as part of their preparation for college. --Jennifer Latino, EdD, Senior Principal Strategic Consultant, Ellucian (NC), Former Assistant Vice President for Student Success, and Director, First-Year Experience, Campbell University How To College is a necessary resource for all students considering a college education. The authors present a realistic step-by-step approach to preparing for college, achieving in college, and departing from college to assume leadership roles in diverse communities. A must read for the "village" involved in experiences of the college-going student. --Willie A. Bragg, Assistant Dean, Graduate School, Director, Continuing Studies, Morgan State University A detailed guide on how to navigate college experiences and beyond. The authors provide a blueprint for "potential college students" that ensures successful achievement outcomes. A valuable resource for all parents and students who are considering college as the next step! --Cynthia B. Bragg, Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, Morgan State University A must-read...For students graduating from high school, this is the book to read the summer before your first year of college, if not sooner! --Lynn M. Roeder, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, East Carolina University As a Dean of Students, I would highly recommend How To College for new, returning, and transfer students. It serves as great primer for first generation college students. Specifically, the book touches upon aspects of identity, finding one's voice, and self-care which are instrumental and vital to these students' lived experiences in higher education. --Juan R. Guardia, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students, The University of Cincinnati Adds a unique and useful look at the transition from high school to college. It is both thorough and accessible - covering topics ranging from college-level academic expectations to forming relationships to understanding finances, all in a style that is direct and user-friendly. The suggested exercises provide great strategies for both preparing and managing the transition to college. While valuable for any student who wants to make the most of their first year in college, it will be especially valuable for first generation students who may be learning alongside their families just how college works. --Heidi Levine, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Development & Planning, Simpson College "This is required reading for every college bound student and their families. Drawing from their own vast experiences, the authors clearly map the path to flourishing in college, offering rich and accessible exercises that promote best practices for success. The first of its kind, this book will not only prepare students for their first year, but will also equip them to excel throughout their college career and beyond." --Jennifer Rothchild, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota Morris The transition to college can be a confusing and overwhelming experience for students and their families. This valuable book strives to both minimize that stress and provide a path for students and their families to follow. Written in a practical, straightforward manner, Brenner and Schwartz share their wisdom and experience in a way that brings clarity to the processes and highlights the skills and behaviors that students need to know. Further, they highlight how to find and access support systems, and how to care for yourself in this new environment. This is an important guide to help students and their families get ready and be successful in college. --Craig Elliott, PhD, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Assistant Professor, Samuel Merritt University Builds a critical foundation for how to adult. Beyond its academic success models, this exemplar resource embeds core tenets that teach our students how to become productive, contributing, and compassionate adults. Rather than simply receiving education, students learn how to create an optimal college experience, through focus on academic achievement, wellness, mentorship, social support, and clarity of purpose. With its contemporary attention to the cultural and social worlds of today's college students, this expansive guidebook gives promise for tomorrow's global citizens. --Jennifer Fish, PhD, Professor & Chair, Women's Studies Old Dominion University Invaluable...The perfect guidebook for high school seniors to prepare for college, and to use as a reference throughout the first year. Whether you're confident or terrified at the prospect of the transition to college, How to College contains nuggets of wisdom and important reminders that will help you navigate this life milestone. A truly comprehensive book for the rising college student. --Katherine Reynolds Lewis, author of The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Eve--And What to Do About It How to College gets it right! Navigating college, and doing it successfully can be a challenge, but this book is like having a personal guide. I've worked with many college and university orientation programs, and How to College is a perfect companion for students as they enter their new campus communities. This practical book fits right into gap recognizing the agency of students as young adults, while also providing step-by-step instructions for them on engaging critical campus resources. --Dr. Alan Mueller, Assistant Dean of Students for Activities, Leadership and Intercultural Education, Salem College About the Author Andrea Malkin Brenner, PhD taught in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at American University for over 20 years. She created and directed AU's award-winning first-year experience program and consults with colleges that wish to create their own first-year transition courses. Lara Hope Schwartz, JD teaches in the Department of Government at American University School of Public Affairs (SPA) and is the Director of the Project on Civil Discourse. In teaching law and government, she draws on her experience as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and communications strategist in leading civil rights organizations.
Letters from an Astrophysicist - by Neil Degrasse Tyson (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: ScienceSub-Genre: EssaysFormat: HardcoverPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultAuthor: Neil Degrasse TysonLanguage: English About the Book Inviting readers to go behind the scenes of his public fame by unveiling his candid correspondence with people across the globe, this hand-picked collection of 100 letters draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. Book Synopsis Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world's largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.Tyson's 2017 bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson's most candid and heartfelt writing yet, Letters from an Astrophysicist introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson's quest to explore our place in the cosmos. From the Back Cover Praise for the #1 New York Times best-selling Astrophysics for People in a Hurry: This book will keep you fascinated with succinct and dynamic explanations of a wide variety of astronomical topics. A winner that every astronomy enthusiast should have on the bookshelf! - David J. Eicher, AstronomyGrappling with the scope of the no simple endeavor, but in this tidy overview, [Tyson] succeeds with seeming effortlessness. - John McMurtrie, San Francisco ChronicleTyson's insights are valuable for any leader, teacher, scientist or educator. - Carmine Gallo, ForbesA great gift for the scientifically inclined (but busy). - Laura Pearson, Chicago TribuneLovely book. Last chapter worthy of Carl Sagan himself. - Richard Dawkins
Magic of Thinking Big - by David Schwartz (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: PsychologySub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Touchstone BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: David SchwartzLanguage: English About the Book "Acquire the secrets of success... achieve everything you've always wanted: personal property, financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisying relationships, a rewarding and enjoyable life"--Cover. Book Synopsis Millions of readers have acquired the secrets of success through The Magic of Thinking Big. Achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life. Set your goals high...then exceed them! Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and--most important of all--find greater happiness and peace of mind. The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don't need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction--but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. This book gives you those secrets! Believe you can succeed and you will: -Cure yourself of the fear of failure -Think and dream creatively -You are what you think you are -Make your attitudes your allies -Learn how to think positively -Turn defeat into victory -Use goals to help you grow -Think like a leader About the Author Dr. David J. Schwartz was a professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta and the president of Creative Educational Services, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in leadership development.
Loose Leaf for Life-Span Development - 17th Edition by John Santrock (Loose-Leaf)
Number of Pages: 1664Genre: PsychologySub-Genre: Social PsychologyFormat: Loose-LeafPublisher: McGraw-Hill EducationAge Range: AdultAuthor: John SantrockLanguage: English Book Synopsis As a master teacher, John Santrock connects current research with real-world application, helping students see how developmental psychology plays a role in their own lives and future careers. Through an integrated learning goals system, this comprehensive and chronological approach to lifespan development helps students gain the insight they need to study smarter, stay focused, and improve performance.
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College Hacks - by Keith Bradford (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 302Genre: Study GuidesSub-Genre: College GuidesSeries Title: HacksFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Adams Media CorporationAge Range: AdultAuthor: Keith BradfordLanguage: English Book Synopsis Hacks every college student needs to know Want to ace your next exam? Claim victory as a beer pong champ? Remove that gross stain from your shirt before your interview? College Hacks gives you the tricks and tips you need to get ahead i About the Author Keith Bradford is the sole owner and webmaster of Bradford Media, which publishes,, and many other blogs/sites. Since its launch at the beginning of 2013, Bradford Media has gained a collective readership of more than 200,000, and continues to grow every day. He lives just north of Toronto and loves hockey, making music, and reading comic books.
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