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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
by , Ella Morton

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English

Pages

481

Publication Date

September 20, 2016

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<DIV>It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.<BR /><BR /> Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.<BR /><BR /> Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.<BR /><BR /> Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.</DIV>
Silent Spring
by Rachel Carson

Language

English

Pages

412

Publication Date

October 22, 2002

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<DIV><DIV>Rachel Carson’s <I>Silent Spring</I> was first published in three serialized excerpts in the <I>New Yorker</I> in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.<BR>   </DIV></DIV>
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

December 15, 2006

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<b>Now a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.</b><BR> <BR> <b>MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER LIST</b><BR> The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.<BR><BR><i>The Glass Castle </i>is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.<BR> <BR>The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.<BR> <BR><i>The Glass Castle </i>is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.
Plot Gardening: Write Faster, Write Smarter
by Chris Fox

Language

English

Pages

150

Publication Date

April 21, 2018

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<b>Learn to Plot without sacrificing Creativity</b><br /><br />What separates great novels from mediocre ones? Story. Authors that master this vital skill keep their readers up at night, and suffer the deluge of 'when is the next book coming out' emails. <br /><br />Whether you are a first time novelist, or a seasoned author, Plot Gardening will teach you the fundamentals of storytelling, delivered in a practical way. Through exercises at the end of each chapter you will build your own outline, and you'll do it without sacrificing the creativity that is so vital to telling great stories.<br /><br />In this book you'll learn:<br /><br />-The basics of story structure, and how it is used<br />-How and why worldbuilding is important, and how to do your own worldbuilding<br />-The components of great characters, and how you can bring yours to life<br />-How to create a living outline that will change and adapt as your characters come to life
How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method (Advance...
by Randy Ingermanson

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English

Pages

146

Publication Date

May 18, 2018

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<h2>Want to Write a Dynamite Novel?</h2><br /><b>The secret</b> to writing a dynamite <i>novel</i> is to first write a dynamite <i>scene.</i><br /><b>Because if you can write</b> one terrific scene, you can write a hundred. And that’s a novel.<br /><b>This is a short book</b>, with just one goal—to teach you the simple principles you can use right now to design a powerful scene <i>before</i> you write it. <br /><b>If you’ve already written your novel</b>, you can use these same principles to make each scene better. <br /><br /><h2>About the Book</h2><br /><b>How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method</b> will give you the power tools you need to write scenes that move your reader’s emotions.<br /><br /><b>You’ll learn:</b><br /><ul><br /><li>The one thing your reader most desperately wants. And why.</li><br /><li>How to decide which character should have the point of view.</li><br /><li>The 2 kinds of scenes designed to give your reader a powerful emotional experience—and how to know which to use.</li><br /><li>5 ways to test that your lead character’s goal in each scene is perfect.</li><br /><li>How to end every scene so it leaves your reader <i>wanting more.</i></li> <br /><li>Why dilemmas are good, and how to know when they’re ruining your story.</li><br /><li>4 ways to know that your character’s decision will drive your story forward.</li> <br /><li>How to know when a scene is broken—and how to fix it.</li><br /></ul><br /><h2>Excerpt from Chapter 1:</h2><br />Your reader desperately wants one thing. <br />You have it in your power to give your reader that one thing.<br />And what is that one thing?<br />I could <i>tell</i> you what that one thing is, and you would nod and agree that yes, that one thing is clearly something all readers want. <br />But <i>telling</i> you that one thing wouldn’t make it stick in your mind forever.<br />I want it to stick. <br />I’d rather <i>show</i> you that one thing. Once you’ve seen it, once you’ve lived it, you’ll never forget it. That one thing will be inside you, fueling everything you write. <br />So let me tell you a quick story about one of our ancestors who lived many thousands of years ago in a small village on this planet we call home. <br />When I say he’s our ancestor, I mean it literally—he’s your ancestor and he’s my ancestor and he’s every human’s ancestor. <br />That ancestor of ours was once a thirteen-year-old boy, the newest man in the village, and the smallest.<br />Imagine you’re that boy on the day when word comes to the village that there’s a killer tiger ravaging the village’s herd of goats.<br />The Tale of the Tiger<br />You’re furious. A drought has been burning the land for many months. That herd of goats is all that keeps your village from starvation. <br />You’re also terrified. There’s only one way to get rid of a killer tiger. The village has to organize a hunt, find the tiger, and kill it. But that won’t be easy, because there’s nothing more dangerous in your world than a killer tiger.<br />The village headman sends word around to the whole village. <i>All men meet in the village square, and bring your spear.</i><br />When the messenger comes to your hut, he shakes his head and frowns. He thinks you’re too young to go.<br />In your heart, you’re afraid he’s right. You only just became a man in the last month. You’re small. You’re skinny. You’re weak.<br />But in your head, you know he’s wrong. <br />If the village doesn’t kill the tiger, it’s going to steal every last goat, and the village is going to die.<br />To save your people, you and every man in the village have to work together to kill the tiger.<br />You know very well you might not come back. A thousand times in the village square, you’ve heard the village story-woman tell the Tale of the Tiger. You know that when a tiger is surrounded by men with spears, it always looks for the weakest man—and attacks that man.<br />Sometimes the man kills the tiger. <br />Sometimes the tiger kills the man.<br />You’re terrified, but you know you have to go.<br />You grab your spear and run to the village square. <br /><br /><b>Click the book cover above to read more.</b>
The Vocabulary Builder Workbook: Simple Lessons and Activities to...
by , Chris Lele

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English

Pages

254

Publication Date

March 06, 2018

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<p><strong><em>The Vocabulary Builder Workbook</em> is the latest approach to learning new vocabulary and boosting your language skills.</strong></p><p>Building your vocabulary requires more than flashcards. That’s why leading test-prep expert, Chris Lele, developed a new method for introducing new words into your vocabulary. With <em>The Vocabulary Builder Workbook</em> you will gain and retain a fundamental understanding of more than 1,400 essential words.</p><p>Ideal for those taking the SAT, ACT, or GRE—or for those who simply want to improve their writing and speaking skills— <em>The Vocabulary Builder Workbook</em> makes the task of expanding your vocabulary an opportunity for real learning and growth.</p><em>The Vocabulary Builder Workbook</em> will make you a better reader, writer, and test-taker through:<p></p><ul><li><strong>Fun and Easy Lessons</strong> organized by theme to help you identify roots and form associations and recognize thousands of additional vocabulary words</li><li><strong>Progressive Learning Techniques</strong> for all levels with vocabulary lessons that steadily increase in difficulty for continued advancement</li><li><strong>Retention Focused Activities</strong> to make sure you remember every word long after the test is over</li></ul><p><em>The Vocabulary Builder Workbook</em> transforms any lackadaisical wordsmith into a sedulous student with refreshingly simple lessons and fun activities to boost your vocabulary.</p>
Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artis...
by Penguin Books

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English

Pages

279

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<b>A stunning masterclass on <b>the creative process</b>, the craft of writing, and the art of finding inspiration from Stephen King, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Roxane Gay, Neil Gaiman, and more of the most acclaimed writers at work today<br /><br />"For artists in need of a creative fix, <i>Light the Dark</i> is as good as a visit from the divine muse." -<i>Bookpage</i><br /></b><br /> What inspires you? That's the simple, but profound question posed to forty-six renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK. Each writer begins with a favorite passage from a novel, a song, a poem—something that gets them started and keeps them going with the creative work they love. From there, incredible lessons and stories of life-changing encounters with art emerge, like how sneaking books into his job as a night security guard helped Khaled Hosseini learn that nothing he creates will ever be truly finished. Or how a college reading assignment taught Junot Díaz that great art can be a healing conversation, and an unexpected poet led Elizabeth Gilbert to embrace an unyielding optimism, even in the face of darkness. LIGHT THE DARK collects the best of <i>The Atlantic</i>'s much-acclaimed "By Heart" series edited by Joe Fassler and adds brand new pieces, each one paired with a striking illustration. Here is a guide to creative living and writing in the vein of <i>Daily Rituals</i>, <i>Bird by Bird</i>, <i>Draft No. 4</i>, and <i>Big Magic</i> for anyone who wants to learn how great writers find inspiration—and to find some of your own.<br /><br /> <b>CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS:</b> Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot Díaz, Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Mary Gaitskill, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Roxane Gay, Angela Flournoy, Jonathan Franzen, Yiyun Li, Leslie Jamison, Claire Messud,  Edwidge Danticat, David Mitchell, Khaled Hosseini, Ayana Mathis, Kathryn Harrison, Azar Nafisi,  Hanya Yanagihara, Jane Smiley, Nell Zink, Emma Donoghue, Jeff Tweedy, Eileen Myles, Maggie Shipstead, Sherman Alexie, Andre Dubus III, Billy Collins, Lev Grossman, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Charles Simic, Jim Shepard,  T.C. Boyle, Tom Perrotta, Viet Thanh Nguyen, William Gibson, Mark Haddon, Ethan Canin, Jesse Ball, Jim Crace, and Walter Mosley.<br /><br />"As [these authors] reveal what inspires them, they, in turn, inspire the reader, all while celebrating the beauty and purpose of art." -<i>Booklist</i>
Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Per...
by Alex Hutchinson

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<p></p><p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER • "Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits." —Adam Grant</strong></p><p><em>Limits are an illusion: a revolutionary book that reveals the secrets of accessing your hidden extra potential</em></p><p><strong>Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell</strong></p><p>The capacity to endure is the key trait that underlies great performance in virtually every field—from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing final exams or completing any difficult project. But what if we all can go farther, push harder, and achieve more than we think we’re capable of?</p><p>Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell—who contributes the book’s foreword—award-winning journalist Alex Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests the seemingly physical barriers you encounter as set as much by your brain as by your body. This means the mind is the new frontier of endurance—and that the horizons of performance are much more elastic than we once thought.</p><p>But, of course, it’s not “all in your head.” For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores—pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel—he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and body by telling the riveting stories of men and women who’ve pushed their own limits in extraordinary ways.</p><p>The longtime “Sweat Science” columnist for <em>Outside</em> and <em>Runner’s World</em>, Hutchinson, a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist, was one of only two reporters granted access to Nike’s top-secret training project to break the two-hour marathon barrier, an extreme quest he traces throughout the book. But the lessons he draws from shadowing elite athletes and from traveling to high-tech labs around the world are surprisingly universal. Endurance, Hutchinson writes, is “the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop”—and we’re always capable of pushing a little farther.</p>
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide ...
by , Nan Silver

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

May 05, 2015

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Just as Masters and Johnson were pioneers in the study of human sexuality, so Dr. John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage. As a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and the founder and director of the Seattle Marital and Family Institute, he has studied the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over the course of many years. His findings, and his heavily attended workshops, have already turned around thousands of faltering marriages.<br />        <br />This book is the culmination of his life's work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Straightforward in their approach, yet profound in their effect, these principles teach partners new and startling strategies for making their marriage work. Gottman helps couples focus on each other, on paying attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship. Being thoughtful about ordinary matters provides spouses with a solid foundation for resolving conflict when it does occur and finding strategies for living with those issues that cannot be resolved.<br />        <br />Packed with questionnaires and exercises whose effectiveness has been proven in Dr. Gottman's workshops, <b>The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work</b> is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential.<br /><br />The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the result of Dr. John Gottman's many years of closely observing thousands of marriages. This kind of longitudinal research has never been done before. Based on his findings, he has culled seven principles essential to the success of any marriage.<br />Maintain a love map. <br />Foster fondness and admiration. <br />Turn toward instead of away. <br />Accept influence. <br />Solve solvable conflicts. <br />Cope with conflicts you can't resolve. <br />Create shared meaning.<br /><br />Dr. Gottman's unique questionnaires and exercises will guide couples on the road to revitalizing their marriage, or making a strong one even better.
Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of I...
by Ryan Holiday

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English

Pages

331

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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<b>A stunning story about how power works in the modern age--the book the New York Times called "one helluva page-turner" and The Sunday Times of London celebrated as "riveting...an astonishing modern media conspiracy that is a fantastic read." Pick up the book everyone is talking about.</b><br /><br />In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private. <br /><br />This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker's CEO and founder, out of a job. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental--it had been masterminded by Thiel.<br /><br />For years, Thiel had searched endlessly for a solution to what he'd come to call the "Gawker Problem." When an unmarked envelope delivered an illegally recorded sex tape of Hogan with his best friend's wife, Gawker had seen the chance for millions of pageviews and to say the things that others were afraid to say. Thiel saw their publication of the tape as the opportunity he was looking for. He would come to pit Hogan against Gawker in a multi-year proxy war through the Florida legal system, while Gawker remained confidently convinced they would prevail as they had over so many other lawsuit--until it was too late. <br /><br />The verdict would stun the world and so would Peter's ultimate unmasking as the man who had set it all in motion. Why had he done this? How had no one discovered it? What would this mean--for the First Amendment? For privacy? For culture?<br /><br />In Holiday's masterful telling of this nearly unbelievable conspiracy, informed by interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious--and successful--secret plots in recent memory.<br /><br />Some will cheer Gawker's destruction and others will lament it, but after reading these pages--and seeing the access the author was given--no one will deny that there is something ruthless and brilliant about Peter Thiel's shocking attempt to shake up the world.

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