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  • Story of the Jews,

    Story of the Jews,

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Simon Schama
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Ecco (2014, Mar 18th).
    Pages:   

    In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews—Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day.It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.It spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. more

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  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Elizabeth Kolbert
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2014, Feb 11th).
    Pages:   336

    From Barnes & NobleAccording to the United Nations Environment Program, our planet is losing 1050 to 1400 plant, insect, and animal species each week. This is nearly 1,000 times the "natural" rate; indeed, the highest kill-rate experienced since the demise of the dinosaurs nearly 65 million years ago. This new book by New Yorker writer and Field Notes from a Catastrophe author Elizabeth Kolbert takes us into both past extinctions and future possible calamities. The Sixth Extinction is not, however, a science fiction fantasy; it is based on her consultation with dozens of scientists and other researchers. Essential reading for those concerned with our environment. The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani …Elizabeth Kolbert's arresting new book…is the very model of explanatory journalism, making highly complex theories and hypotheses accessible to even the most science-challenged of readers, while providing a wonderfully tactile sense of endangered (or already departed) species and their shrinking habitats…Ms. more

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  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   ~ Idris Elba
    Format:   DVD
    Publisher:   ANCHOR BAY (2000, Jan 1st).
    Pages:    1


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  • You Should Have Known

    You Should Have Known

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jean Hanff Korelitz
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Grand Central Publishing (2014, Mar 18th).
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    Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. more

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  • The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed

    The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mark Divine
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Readers Digest (2013, Dec 26th).
    Pages:   

    In The Way of the SEAL, ex-Navy Commander Mark Divine reveals exercises, meditations and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, emotional resilience and uncanny intuition. Along the way you'll reaffirm your ultimate purpose, define your most important goals, and take concrete steps to make them happen. A practical guide for businesspeople or anyone who wants to be an elite operator in life, this book will teach you how to: Lead from the front, so that others will want to work for you Practice front-sight focus, the radical ability to focus on one thing until victory is achieved Think offense, all the time, to eradicate fear and indecisiveness Smash the box and be an unconventional thinker so you're never thrown off-guard by chaotic conditions Access your intuition so you can make "hard right" decisions Achieve twenty times more than you think you can and much more Blending the tactics he learned from America's elite forces with lessons from the Spartans, samurai, Apache scouts, and other great warrior traditions, Divine has distilled the fundamentals of success into eight powerful principles that will transform you into the leader you always knew you could be. more

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  • How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons

    How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Bob Mankoff
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2014, Mar 25th).
    Pages:   

    Memoir in cartoons by the longtime cartoon editor of The New YorkerPeople tell Bob Mankoff that as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker he has the best job in the world. Never one to beat around the bush, he explains to us, in the opening of this singular, delightfully eccentric book, that because he is also a cartoonist at the magazine he actually has two of the best jobs in the world. With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at the age of eight. After meeting his mother, we follow his unlikely stints as a high-school basketball star, draft dodger, and sociology grad student. Though Mankoff abandoned the study of psychology in the seventies to become a cartoonist, he recently realized that the field he abandoned could help him better understand the field he was in, and here he takes up the psychology of cartooning, analyzing why some cartoons make us laugh and others don't. more

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  • Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition

    Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Guinness World Records
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Guinness World Records (2013, Nov 26th).
    Pages:   

    The Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition is the ultimate guide to videogames. The all-new 2014 book is bursting with news and views from the gaming world, alongside the latest and very best records relating to the world's most popular games. Amazing trivia sits alongside hard facts and top tips on how to achieve greater feats on the games you love. This edition brings you: An At A Glance feature on every game spread for those who crave the essential lowdown on each game's genre, characters and strategy. A Best of the Rest wrap up all of the games we couldn't squeeze into the other pages, widening the already panoramic scope of the book. A Reader's poll that reports back on the most fundamental question you can ask any gamer - what is the greatest videogame of all? With a brand-new, visually dynamic design intended to reflect exciting developments in technology, Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition continues to be the world's greatest videogaming almanac! . more

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  • The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

    The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Noah Strycker
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Riverhead Hardcover (2014, Mar 20th).
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    An entertaining and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world—and deep connection with humanity. Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself. The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature. more

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  • Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art

    Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Carl Hoffman
    Format:   
    Publisher:   William Morrow (2014, Mar 18th).
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    The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.Despite exhaustive searches, no trace of Rockefeller was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he'd been killed and ceremonially eaten by the local Asmat—a native tribe of warriors whose complex culture was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, head hunting, and ritual cannibalism. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family denied the story, and Michael's death was officially ruled a drowning. Yet doubts lingered. Sensational rumors and stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. more

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  • Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line

    Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Gibney
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Ballantine Books (2014, Mar 25th).
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    The back must slave to feed the belly. . . . In this urgent and unique book, chef Michael Gibney uses twenty-four hours to animate the intricate camaraderie and culinary choreography in an upscale New York restaurant kitchen. Here readers will find all the details, in rapid-fire succession, of what it takes to deliver an exceptional plate of food—the journey to excellence by way of exhaustion.   Told in second-person narrative, Sous Chef is an immersive, adrenaline-fueled run that offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the food service industry, allowing readers to briefly inhabit the hidden world behind the kitchen doors, in real time. This exhilarating account provides regular diners and food enthusiasts alike a detailed insider’s perspective, while offering fledgling professional cooks an honest picture of what the future holds, ultimately giving voice to the hard work and dedication around which chefs have built their careers. more

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