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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>“<i>Why We Sleep</i> is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates</b><br /> <br /><b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (<i>Financial Times</i>) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber.</b><br /><br />With two appearances on <i>CBS This Morning </i>and <i>Fresh Air</i>'s most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remains more elusive.<br /> <br /> Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity.<br /> <br /> In this “compelling and utterly convincing” (<i>The Sunday Times</i>) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s sleep every night.<br /> <br /> Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, <i>Why We Sleep</i> is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is “recommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense” (<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i>).
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

424

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>AN INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br />NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY<i> THE WASHINGTON POST <br /></i><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD</b><i><br /></i><br />"Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design." <b>—<i>The Washington Post </i></b><br /><br />Bill Bryson, bestselling author of <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i>, 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.</b></b><br /><br />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, <i>The Body</i> 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." <i>The Body</i> will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 21, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BEST SELLER •  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR,<i> The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal, Washington Post</i> • The McKinsey Business Book of the Year </b><br />  <br /> <b>The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary <i>The Inventor—</i>by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.<br /><br /> “The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates</b><br /><br /> In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.<br /><br /> A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Di...
by Peter Wohlleben

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong>The first book in <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Peter Wohlleben’s The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, <em>The Inner Life of Animals</em>, is available now, and the third book, <em>The Secret Wisdom of Nature</em>, is coming in Spring 2019.</strong></p><br /><p>Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.<br /><br />After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.<br /><br /><em>Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard</em></p><p><em>Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.</em></p>
Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities (The MIT Press)
by Vaclav Smil

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English

Pages

655

Publication Date

September 06, 2019

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<p><b>A systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.</b></p><p>Growth has been both an unspoken and an explicit aim of our individual and collective striving. It governs the lives of microorganisms and galaxies; it shapes the capabilities of our extraordinarily large brains and the fortunes of our economies. Growth is manifested in annual increments of continental crust, a rising gross domestic product, a child's growth chart, the spread of cancerous cells. In this magisterial book, Vaclav Smil offers systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations. </p><p>Smil takes readers from bacterial invasions through animal metabolisms to megacities and the global economy. He begins with organisms whose mature sizes range from microscopic to enormous, looking at disease-causing microbes, the cultivation of staple crops, and human growth from infancy to adulthood. He examines the growth of energy conversions and man-made objects that enable economic activities—developments that have been essential to civilization. Finally, he looks at growth in complex systems, beginning with the growth of human populations and proceeding to the growth of cities. He considers the challenges of tracing the growth of empires and civilizations, explaining that we can chart the growth of organisms across individual and evolutionary time, but that the progress of societies and economies, not so linear, encompasses both decline and renewal. The trajectory of modern civilization, driven by competing imperatives of material growth and biospheric limits, Smil tells us, remains uncertain.</p>
The Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition
by Bruce H. Lipton

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English

Pages

314

Publication Date

October 13, 2015

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It has been ten years since the publication of <i>The Biology of Belief</i>, Bruce Lipton’s seminal book on the relationship between mind and body that changed the way we think about our lives, our health, and our planet. During that time, research in this field has grown exponentially – Lipton’s groundbreaking experiments have now been endorsed by more than a decade of rigorous scientific study.<br /><br />In this greatly expanded edition, Lipton, a former medical school professor and research scientist, explores his own experiments and those of other leading-edge scientists that have unraveled in ever greater detail how truly connected the mind, body, and spirit are. It is now widely recognized that genes and DNA do not control our biology. Instead, they are controlled by signals from <i>outside</i> the cell, including energetic messages emanating from our thoughts.<br /><br />This profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics puts the power to create a healthy, joyous life back in our own hands. When we transform our conscious and subconscious thoughts, we transform our lives, and in the process help humanity evolve to a new level of understanding and peace.
Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero
by Christopher McDougall

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>"A delight, full of heart and hijinks and humor . . . McDougall is a gifted storyteller who gets to the heart of the human-animal connection." --John Grogan, author of <i>Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog</i></b><br /><br /><b>From the best-selling author of <i>Born to Run</i>, a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America, and, in the process, discovering the life-changing power of the human-animal connection.</b></b><br /><br />When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman's body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He'd heard about burro racing--a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days--and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.<br /><br />Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman's training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. An entire community comes together to help save Sherman and, along the way, Chris shows us the joy of a life with animals.
The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees
by Meredith May

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<strong>An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature’s most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee. </strong><br /><br />Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May, and in that moment she discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees.<br /><br />May turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. Her mother had receded into a volatile cycle of neurosis and despair and spent most days locked away in the bedroom. It was during this pivotal time in May’s childhood that she learned to take care of herself, forged an unbreakable bond with her grandfather and opened her eyes to the magic and wisdom of nature.<br /><br />The bees became a guiding force in May’s life, teaching her about family and community, loyalty and survival and the unequivocal relationship between a mother and her child. Part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey, <em>The Honey Bus</em> is an unforgettable story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder ...
by Sy Montgomery

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 12, 2015

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<b>Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction * <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller * Starred <i>Booklist</i> and <i>Library Journal </i>Editors’ Spring Pick * A <i>Huffington Post</i> Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on <i>Goodreads * Library Journal </i>Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year</b><br /> <br /> <b>“Sy Montgomery’s <i>The Soul of an Octopus</i> does for the creature what Helen Macdonald’s <i>H Is for Hawk</i> did for raptors.” —<i>New Statesman</i>, UK</b><br /> <br /> <b>“One of the best science books of the year.” —<i>Science Friday</i>, NPR</b><br /> <br /> Another <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from the author of <i>The Good Good Pig</i>, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (<i>Daily Beast</i>) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.<br /><br />In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food.<br /> <br />Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (<i>Library Journal</i> Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, <i>The Soul of an Octopus </i>reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
The Genius of Birds
by Jennifer Ackerman

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English

Pages

347

Publication Date

April 12, 2016

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<b>An award-winning science writer tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess</b><br />  <br />Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In <i>The Genius of Birds</i>, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about. <br /><br />As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, <i>The Genius of Birds</i> celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.<br /><br />Ackerman is also the author of <i>Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast. </i>

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