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  • Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life

    Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dr. Joe Brewster
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Spiegel & Grau (2014, Jan 14th).
    Pages:   400

    From Barnes & NobleThe Black male achievement gap is real: They are nearly twice as likely to drop out of high school as their white counterparts; twice as likely to be held back in elementary school; three times as likely to be suspended from school; and half as likely as white male students to graduate college in four years. That crisis even touched the lives of the Ivy League trained psychiatrist and lawyer couple who wrote this book. Their response to their own son's problems inspired them to construct guidelines for parents, teachers, and others concerned with a human problem that can resolved. Editor's recommendation. From the Publisher"The authors offer a plethora of information and advice geared toward the specific developmental needs of black boys. more

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  • National Geographic Science of Everything: How Things Work in Our World

    National Geographic Science of Everything: How Things Work in Our World

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   National Geographic
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   National Geographic (2013, Oct 29th).
    Pages:   400


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  • Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History

    Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Orlando Figes
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Metropolitan Books (2014, Apr 8th).
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    From the author of A People’s Tragedy, an original reading of the Russian Revolution, examining it not as a single event but as a hundred-year cycle of violence in pursuit of utopian dreamsIn this elegant and incisive account, Orlando Figes offers an illuminating new perspective on the Russian Revolution. While other historians have focused their examinations on the cataclysmic years immediately before and after 1917, Figes shows how the revolution, while it changed in form and character, nevertheless retained the same idealistic goals throughout, from its origins in the famine crisis of 1891 until its end with the collapse of the Soviet regime in 1991.Figes traces three generational phases: Lenin and the Bolsheviks, who set the pattern of destruction and renewal until their demise in the terror of the 1930s; the Stalinist generation, promoted from the lower classes, who created the lasting structures of the Soviet regime and consolidated its legitimacy through victory in war; and the generation of 1956, shaped by the revelations of Stalin’s crimes and committed to “making the Revolution work” to remedy economic decline and mass disaffection. more

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  • Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

    Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   E. O Wilson
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition (2014, Apr 8th).
    Pages:   288

    From Barnes & NobleOverusing antibiotics has become an epidemic. Each year, more than two million Americans fall victim to drug-resistant diseases and 23,000 of those sufferers dry. Those numbers continue to grow, Dr. Martin Blaser insists, because we still treat antibiotics as an all-purpose cure for maladies. We pursue our chemical abuse only by ignoring that for hundreds of thousands of years, bacterial and human cells have lived in symbiosis. Whether you read it as a new revelation or as confirmation of your darkest fears, Missing Microbes will likely rivet your attention. Publishers Weekly★ 02/17/2014 Humans are losing "ancient microbes" from the overuse of antibiotics and medical practices like Caesarian sections, warns Blaser, director of New York University's microbiome program and a researcher whose study of one pesky pathogen, H. more

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  • Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

    Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Todd Miller
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Pegasus; 1 edition (2014, Feb 15th).
    Pages:   460

    Publishers Weekly★ 01/13/2014 Mahaffey (Atomic Awakening), a former senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, employs his extensive knowledge of nuclear engineering to produce a volume that is by turns alarming, thought-provoking, humorous, and always fascinating. He begins his mostly chronological work in the era before nuclear power was even imagined, when the engineering community's greatest fear was steam engine boiler explosions—a fear that has carried through to the design of nuclear power plants to this day. Between his accounts of early boiler explosions and the big three nuclear disasters of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, Mahaffey covers an array of mishaps and blunders, nearly all attributable to human error. more

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  • The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

    The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   William Easterly
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Basic Books (2014, Mar 4th).
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    Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right “expert” solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with “benevolent autocrats,” leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor.In The Tyranny of Experts, economist William Easterly, bestselling author of The White Man’s Burden, traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing not only how these tactics have trampled the individual freedom of the world’s poor, but how in doing so have suppressed a vital debate about an alternative approach to solving poverty: freedom. more

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  • What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives

    What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Bruce Grierson
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2014, Jan 14th).
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    A fascinating look at the way we age today and the extent to which we can shape the processIn What Makes Olga Run? Bruce Grierson explores what the wild success of a ninety-four-year-old track star can tell us about how our bodies and minds age. Olga Kotelko is not your average ninety-four-year-old. She not only looks and acts like a much younger woman, she holds over twenty-three world records in track and field, seventeen in her current ninety to ninety-five category. Convinced that this remarkable woman could help unlock many of the mysteries of aging, Grierson set out to uncover what it is that’s driving Olga. He considers every piece of the puzzle, from her diet and sleep habits to how she scores on various personality traits, from what she does in her spare time to her family history. more

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  • Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World

    Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Benny Lewis
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   HarperOne (2014, Mar 11th).
    Pages:   256


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  • The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act

    The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Clay Risen
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Bloomsbury Press (2014, Apr 1st).
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    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the single most important piece of legislation passed by Congress in American history. This one law so dramatically altered American society that, looking back, it seems preordained—as Everett Dirksen, the GOP leader in the Senate and a key supporter of the bill, said, “no force is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” But there was nothing predestined about the victory: a phalanx of powerful senators, pledging to “fight to the death” for segregation, launched the longest filibuster in American history to defeat it. The bill's passage has often been credited to the political leadership of President Lyndon Johnson, or the moral force of Martin Luther King. Yet as Clay Risen shows, the battle for the Civil Rights Act was a story much bigger than those two men. more

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  • Falling in Honey: How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart

    Falling in Honey: How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jennifer Barclay
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Sourcebooks (2014, Mar 4th).
    Pages:   

    "This book will make you laugh and cry and laugh again. I didn't want it to end."—Emma Woolf, author of An Apple a Day The Best Gifts in Life are the Gifts We Give Ourselves... Breathtaking ocean views, tranquil beaches, delicious food, and warm-hearted people...these are just a few of the reasons why Jennifer Barclay loves the Greek islands. But her dreams of living there full-time seem out of reach, until a break-up turns her world upside down. Jennifer realizes she is responsible for her own happiness—and decides to cut back on work, stay out of relationships, and vacation for a month on Tilos, her favorite Greek island. Life becomes instantly sweeter, and she resolves to uproot her life to Tilos. But then the strangest thing happens. more

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