Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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The future of the mind: the scientific quest to understand, enhance, and empower the mind

By Kaku, Michio

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: 600

Call Number: 612.8 KAK

"In this extraordinary, often mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience, Dr. Kaku looks toward the day when we may achieve the ability to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; project thoughts and emotions around the world on a brain-net; take a "smart pill" to enhance cognition; send our consciousness across the universe; and push the very limits of immortality"--Page 4 of cover.

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It's not yet dark

By Fitzmaurice, Simon

Publishing Date: 2017

Classification: 600

Call Number: 616.839 FIT

In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He was given four years to live. In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose to ventilate in order to stay alive.

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The biology of desire: why addiction is not a disease

By Lewis, Marc D

Publishing Date: [2015]

Classification: 600

Call Number: 616.86 LEW

"Neuroscientist Lewis (Memoirs of an Addicted Brain) presents a strong argument against the disease model of addiction, which is currently predominant in medicine and popular culture alike, and bolsters it with informative and engaging narratives of addicts' lives ... Even when presenting more technical information, Lewis shows a keen ability to put a human face on the most groundbreaking research into addiction. Likewise, he manages to make complex findings and theories both comprehensible and interesting...This book, written with hopeful sincerity, will intrigue both those who accept its thesis and those who do not."--

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Finding north: how navigation makes us human

By Foy, George

Publishing Date: [2016]

Classification: 600

Call Number: 629.045 FOY

"Navigation is the key human skill. It's something we do everywhere, whether feeling our way through a bedroom in the dark, or charting a ship's course. But how does navigation affect our brains, our memory, ourselves? Blending scientific research and memoir, and written in beautiful prose, Finding North starts with a quest by the author to understand this most basic of human skills---and why it's in mortal peril. In 1844, Foy's great-great grandfather, captain of a Norwegian cargo ship, perished at sea after getting lost in a snowstorm. Foy decides to unravel the mystery surrounding Halvor Michelsen's death---and the roots of his own obsession with navigation---by re-creating his ancestor's trip using only period instruments. Beforehand, he meets a colorful cast of characters to learn whether men really have better directional skills than women; how cells, eels, and spaceships navigate; and how tragedy results from GPS glitches. He interviews a cabby who has memorized every street in London, sails on a Haitian cargo sloop, and visits the site of a secret navigational cult in Greece. At the heart of Foy's story is this fact: navigation and the brain's memory centers are inextricably linked. As Foy unravels the secret behind Halvor's death, he also discovers why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimers and other diseases of memory, but to losing a key part of what makes us human"--

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Coming to my senses: the making of a counterculture cook

By Waters, Alice

Publishing Date: 2017

Classification: 600

Call Number: 641.5092 WAT

When Alice Waters opened the doors of her "little French restaurant" in Berkeley, California in 1971 at the age of 27, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscapeŽAlice least of all. Fueled in equal parts by naivet©? and a relentless pursuit of beauty and pure flavor, she turned her passion project into an iconic institution that redefined American cuisine for generations of chefs and food lovers. In Coming to My Senses Alice retraces the events that led her to 1517 Shattuck Avenue and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity. Moving from a repressive suburban upbringing to Berkeley in 1964 at the height of the Free Speech Movement and campus unrest, she was drawn into a bohemian circle of charismatic figures whose views on design, politics, film, and food would ultimately inform the unique culture on which Chez Panisse was founded. Dotted with stories, recipes, photographs, and letters, Coming to My Senses is at once deeply personal and modestly understated, a quietly revealing look at one woman's evolution from a rebellious yet impressionable follower to a respected activist who effects social and political change on a global level through the common bond of food.

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200 tips, techniques & recipes for natural beauty

By Buck, Shannon

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 600

Call Number: 646.72 BUC

"This book contains all the information and inspiration you need to start creating natural beuaty products in your own kitchen. Through helpful tips, clear instructions, and step-by-step photographs, you'll learn how to create hand-crafted and individual lotions and potions, using only organic and natural holistic ingredients, which will nourish and pamper your body." - Back cover.

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Bright kids who can't keep up: help your child overcome slow processing speed and succeed in a fast-paced world

By Braaten, Ellen

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 600

Call Number: 649.1526 BRA

"Do you find yourself constantly asking your child to "pick up the pace"? Does he or she seem to take longer than others to get stuff done--whether completing homework, responding when spoken to, or getting dressed and ready in the morning? Drs. Ellen Braaten and Brian Willoughby have worked with thousands of kids and teens who struggle with an area of cognitive functioning called "processing speed," and who are often mislabeled as lazy or unmotivated. Filled with vivid stories and examples, this crucial resource demystifies processing speed and shows how to help kids (ages 5 to 18) catch up in this key area of development. Helpful practical tools can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. Learn how to obtain needed support at school, what to expect from a professional evaluation, and how you can make daily routines more efficient--while promoting your child's social and emotional well-being"--

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The complete guide to garden walls & fences: improve backyard environments, enhance privacy & enjoyment, define space & borders

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 600

Call Number: 690.89 COM

"Includes classic favorites like picket and panel fences, as well as regional variations, like Virginia split rail fences and dry-fit stone garden walls. Also provides information on some of the latest materials, such as new variations on PVC vinyl and polymer coated, wrought-iron look-alikes and even an invisible electronic dog fence"--Provided by publisher.

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