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For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, A...
by Graham Tarrant

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English

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240

Publication Date

June 18, 2019

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<b>A light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature.</b><br /> Do you know: <br /><li>Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning?</li><li>Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China?</li><li>Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?</li><li>What superstitions Truman Capote kept whenever he wrote?</li><li>Who the other Winston Churchill was? </li><br /> A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes, and extraordinary characters, <i>For the Love of Books</i> is a book about books—and the inside stories about the people who write them. Learn how books evolved, what lies behind some of the greatest tales ever told, and who’s really who in the world of fiction. <br /> From banned books to famous feuding authors, from literary felons to rejected masterpieces, from tips for aspiring writers to stand-out book lists for readers to catch up on, For the Love of Books is a celebration of the written word and an absolute page-turner for any book lover. <br /> Read all about it!
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, ...
by David McRaney

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 27, 2011

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<b> An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. </b><p>You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK- delusions keep us sane. <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.</p><p>Based on the popular blog of the same name, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including: </p><ul> <li>Dunbar's Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends. </li> <li>Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along. </li> <li>Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions. </li> <li>Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it. <p></p> <p>Packed with interesting sidebars and quick guides on cognition and common fallacies, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge psychology research to turn our minds inside out.</p> </li></ul>
History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time
by , Keith Ferrell

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English

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160

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<p>It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of facsimile documents—the evidence! It's a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a <i>Griffin and Sabine</i> for history lovers.<br /><br /> Adapted from <i>Decoded</i>, Meltzer’s hit show on the HISTORY network, <i>History Decoded</i> explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman “Spear of Destiny”? What’s the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy’s $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories;  separates what we know to be true with what’s still—and perhaps forever—unproved or unprovable; and in the end, <i>decodes</i> the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the <i>real</i> DB Cooper.<br /><br /> A riveting adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.</p>
Uncle John's Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness Bathroom...
by Bathroom Readers' Institu...

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>It’s all about the facts—and Uncle John is back with a ton of them!</b><br /><br />For the 32nd year, Uncle John and his loyal researchers have teamed up to bring you the latest tidbits from the world of pop culture, history, sports, and strange news stories. If you want to read about celebrity misdeeds, odd coincidences, and disastrous blunders, <i>Uncle John’s Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness </i>has what you need. With short articles for a quick trip to the throne room and longer page-turners for an extended visit, this all-new edition of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader is a satisfying read.<br />  
Suburban Legends: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Minivans
by Sam Stall

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 01, 2013

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It's a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood<br />  <br /> They told you the suburbs were a great place to live. They said nothing bad could ever happen here.<br /> But they were wrong.<br />  <br /> This collection of terrifying true stories exposes the dark side of life in the ’burbs—from corpses buried in backyards and ghosts lurking in fast food restaurants to UFOs, vanishing persons, bizarre apparitions, and worse. Consider:<br />  <br />      •  The Soccer Mom’s Secret. Meet Melinda Raisch of Columbus, Ohio. She’s the wife of a dentist. A mother of three. A PTA member. And she has enough murderous secrets to fill a minivan.<br />      •  Noise Pollution. More than 100 residents of Kokomo, Indiana, claim their small town is under attack by a low-pitched humming sound that erodes health and sanity. Too bad they’re the only ones who can hear it.<br />      •  Death Takes a Holiday inn. There’s nothing more reassuring than a big chain hotel in a quaint small town—unless it’s the Holiday Inn of Grand Island, New York, where you’ll spend the night with the spirit of a mischievous little girl.  <br />  <br /> So lock your doors, dim the lights, and prepare to stay up all night with this creepy collection of true tales. We promise you’ll never look at white picket fences the same way again!
Lists of Note: An Eclectic Collection Deserving of a Wider Audien...
by Shaun Usher

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English

Pages

327

Publication Date

June 16, 2015

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<em>Lists of Note</em> curates 125 unputdownable entries from a list of names that are as eclectic and intriguing as its contents, which include myriad reasons given by ancient Egyptians for missing work, Albert Einstein's demands of his estranged wife, F. Scott Fitzgerald's extensive conjugation of "to cocktail," and many more. Rarely intended for the public eye, these lists reveal hopes, priorities, and musings in a most engaging and entertaining way. Each transcript is accompanied by an artwork, most a captivating facsimile of the list itself. Richly visual and irresistibly readable, <em>Lists of Note</em> is a testament to the human urge to bring order to, poke fun at, and find meaning in the world around us—and is a gift of endless enjoyment and lasting value.
Born in the USA: The Book of American Origins
by Trevor Homer

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English

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241

Publication Date

June 23, 2009

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<b>Celebrate</b><b> the spirit of invention with this compendium of American creations—from bubble wrap to kidney transplants—and the people who thought them up.</b><br />  <br /> From Monopoly to putting men on the Moon, from air conditioning to the Internet, America has been at the forefront of the main advances of the human race for the last two centuries.<br />  <br /> The same country that developed the heart pacemaker and email, also gave us the “Denver Boot” (wheel clamps) and Chinese fortune cookies. Some of these items are the brainchildren of everyday people with extraordinary ideas. Others have come from the efforts of surprising inventors such as George Washington, Jamie Lee Curtis, Abraham Lincoln, Lee Trevino, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, and Steve McQueen.<br />  <br /> The United States has given birth to more new products, devices, medicines, leisure pursuits, sports, religions, music, and vehicles than any other country, ancient or modern. In <i>Born in the USA</i>, you’ll learn about some of the most interesting products Americans have dreamed up, from everyday items to life-saving gadgets and everything in between.
The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is W...
by , John Lloyd

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English

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290

Publication Date

August 07, 2007

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<b>Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. </b><br /><br />Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science, nature, and more,<i>The Book of General Ignorance</i> is a witty “gotcha” compendium of how little we actually know about anything. It’ll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school.<br /><br />Think Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know! Check out THE BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE for more fun entries and complete answers to the following: <br /><br /> <b>How long can a chicken live without its head?<br /> </b>About two years. <br /><br /> <b>What do chameleons do? <br /> </b>They don’t change color to match the background. Never have; never will. Complete myth. Utter fabrication. Total Lie. They change color as a result of different emotional states. <br /><br /> <b>How many legs does a centipede have?<br /> </b>Not a hundred. <br /><br /> <b>How many toes has a two-toed sloth? <br /> </b>It’s either six or eight. <br /><br /> <b>Who was the first American president?<br /> </b>Peyton Randolph. <br /><br /> <b>What were George Washington’s false teeth made from? <br /> </b>Mostly hippopotamus. <br /><br /> <b>What was James Bond’s favorite drink? <br /> </b>Not the vodka martini.
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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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.
The Day It Finally Happens: Alien Contact, Dinosaur Parks, Immort...
by Mike Pearl

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English

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304

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September 17, 2019

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<b>From a <i>Vice</i> magazine columnist whose beat is “the future,” here is entertaining speculation featuring both authoritative research and a bit of mischief: a look at how humanity is likely to weather such happenings as the day nuclear war occurs, the day the global internet goes down, the day we run out of effective antibiotics, and the day immortality is achieved.</b><br /><br />If you live on planet Earth you’re probably scared of the future. How could you <i>not</i> be? Some of the world’s most stable democracies are looking pretty shaky. Technology is invading personal relationships and taking over jobs. Relations among the three superpowers—the US, China, and Russia—are growing more complicated and dangerous. A person watching the news has to wonder: is it safe to go out there or not?<br /> <br />Taking inspiration from his virally popular <i>Vice </i>column “How Scared Should I Be?,” Mike Pearl in <i>The Day It Finally Happens</i> games out many of the “could it really happen?” scenarios we’ve all speculated about, assigning a probability rating, and taking us through how it would unfold. He explores what would likely occur in dozens of possible scenarios—among them the final failure of antibiotics, the loss of the world’s marine life, a complete ban on guns in the US, and even the arrival of aliens—and reports back from the future, providing a clear picture of how the world would look, feel, and even smell in each of these instances.<br /> <br />For fans of such bestsellers as <i>What If? </i>and <i>The</i> <i>Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, The Day It Finally Happens</i> is about taking future events that we don’t really understand and getting to know them in close detail. Pearl makes science accessible and is a unique form of existential therapy, offering practical answers to some of our most worrisome questions. Thankfully, the odds of humanity’s pulling through look pretty good.

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