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  • Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math

    Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Daniel Tammet
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Little, Brown and Company (2013, Jul 30th).
    Pages:   304

    The irresistibly engaging book that "enlarges one's wonder at Tammet's mind and his all-embracing vision of the world as grounded in numbers." --Oliver Sacks, MD THINKING IN NUMBERS is the book that Daniel Tammet, mathematical savant and bestselling author, was born to write. In Tammet's world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds. Using anecdotes, everyday examples, and ruminations on history, literature, and more, Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions, and equations underpin all our lives.Inspired variously by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn's eleven fingers, and his many siblings, Tammet explores questions such as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person, and how we can make sense of those we love. more

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  • The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

    The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mark R. Levin
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Threshold Editions (2013, Aug 13th).
    Pages:   272

    MARK R. LEVIN HAS MADE THE CASE, IN NUMEROUS NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING BOOKS—MEN IN BLACK, LIBERTY AND TYRANNY, AND AMERITOPIA—THAT THE PRINCIPLES UNDERGIRDING OUR SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM ARE UNRAVELING. IN THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS, HE TURNS TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS AND THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF FOR GUIDANCE IN RESTORING THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC. For a century, the Statists have steadfastly constructed a federal Leviathan, distorting and evading our constitutional system in pursuit of an all-powerful, ubiquitous central government. The result is an ongoing and growing assault on individual liberty, state sovereignty, and the social compact. Levin argues that if we cherish our American heritage, it is time to embrace a constitutional revival. more

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  • The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

    The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   George Johnson
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Knopf; 1 edition (2013, Aug 27th).
    Pages:   304

    From Barnes & NobleGeorge Johnson is a New York Times science journalist and author (The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments; In The Palaces of Memory) but his research into the cancer was not begun as a magazine assignment or a book project. It was much more personal: The woman he loved had been diagnosed with a metastatic cancer. What he discovered in his far-ranging inquiries was in many cases heartening; in example after example, he shows how cutting-edge science has exposed the processes and potential vulnerabilities of the cancers that prey on so many of us. Informed bedside reading; editor's recommendation. The New York Times Book Review - David Quammen Knowledge is better than ignorant dread, and good writing based on keen reporting is far better than medical jargon, garbled hearsay or misinformation from the Web. more

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  • Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle

    Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Si Robertson
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Howard Books (2013, Oct 1st).
    Pages:   224

    As you read this book, there are a few things you have to understand: 95 percent of my stories are truthful. Every member of the Robertson family has the God- given gift of storytelling. Hey, when you’ve sat in a duck blind for more than half of your life, you have to figure out some way to pass the time! It’s better than looking at Willie and Jase for six hours! Many of the stories I like to tell happened when I was a young boy or when I was in Vietnam. At my age, a few of the details are cloudy, but I’ll recollect the coming stories as best I can. Hey, just remember it isn’t a lie if you think it’s true! It’s up to you, the reader, to figure out what’s truth and what’s fiction. Best of luck with that, Jack! May the force be with you. more

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  • Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

    Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sendhil Mullainathan
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Times Books (2013, Sep 3rd).
    Pages:   304

    A surprising and intriguing examination of how scarcity—and our flawed responses to it—shapes our lives, our society, and our cultureWhy do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all examples of a mind-set produced by scarcity.Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time efficiently for the same reasons the poor and those maxed out on credit cards fail to manage their money. more

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  • Quilting Happiness: Projects, Inspiration, and Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful

    Quilting Happiness: Projects, Inspiration, and Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Christina Lane
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Potter Craft (2013, Aug 27th).
    Pages:   176

    Why do you love to quilt?   Is it the finished quilt itself, or the experiences you had while making it? Do you find more joy in designing a beautiful pattern or in improvising as you go? Are you happiest when making quilts for yourself or for others? Whether it is delighting in the colors and textures of your materials to the sweet satisfaction of curling up under a handmade quilt, quilting holds infinite possibilities for exploring the many joys of creativity. In Quilting Happiness, you will find 20 timeless, adaptable quilting projects that will invite you to try a variety of design styles, as well as a wealth of tips and techniques, inspiring stories, and creative exercises to help you discover even more reasons to love quilting. Learn to make an inspiration board, create more meaningful quilts, or find lifelong quilting friends. more

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  • One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine

    One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Brendan Reilly MD
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Atria Books (2013, Sep 3rd).
    Pages:   464

    An epic story told by a unique voice in Ameri­can medicine, One Doctor describes life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physi­cian. In riveting first-person prose, Dr. Brendan Reilly takes us to the front lines of medicine today. Whipsawed by daily crises and frustra­tions, Reilly must deal with several daunting challenges simultaneously: the extraordinary patients under his care on the teeming wards of a renowned teaching hospital; the life-threatening illnesses of both of his ninety-year-old parents; and the tragic memory of a cold case from long ago that haunts him still. As Reilly’s patients and their families survive close calls, struggle with heartrending decisions, and confront the limits of medicine’s power to cure, One Doctor lays bare a fragmented, depersonal­ized, business-driven health-care system where real caring is hard to find. more

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  • My Brief History

    My Brief History

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Stephen Hawking
    Format:   Deckle Edge]
    Publisher:   Bantam (2013, Sep 10th).
    Pages:   

    Recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Writing with characteristic humility and humor, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS at age 21. Tracing his progress as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A brief history of time.  Read more... more

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  • Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

    Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Tyler Cowen
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Dutton Adult (2013, Sep 12th).
    Pages:   304

    Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most influential economists, Tyler Cowen returns with his groundbreaking follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Great Stagnation. The widening gap between rich and poor means dealing with one big, uncomfortable truth: If you’re not at the top, you’re at the bottom. The global labor market is changing radically thanks to growth at the high end—and the low. About three quarters of the jobs created in the United States since the great recession pay only a bit more than minimum wage. Still, the United States has more millionaires and billionaires than any country ever, and we continue to mint them. In this eye-opening book, renowned economist and bestselling author Tyler Cowen explains that phenomenon: High earners are taking ever more advantage of machine intelligence in data analysis and achieving ever-better results. more

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  • The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears

    The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lawrence J. Cohen
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Ballantine Books (2013, Sep 10th).
    Pages:   

    “The most helpful book on childhood anxiety I have ever read.”—Michael Thompson, Ph.D.   Whether it’s the monster in the closet or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging and maddening for children. And since anxiety has a mind of its own, logic and reassurance often fail, leaving parents increasingly frustrated about how to help. Now Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting, provides a special set of tools to handle childhood anxiety. Offering simple, effective strategies that build connection through fun, play, and empathy, Dr. Cohen helps parents   • start from a place of warmth, compassion, and understanding • teach children the basics of the body’s “security system”: alert, alarm, assessment, and all clear. more

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