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Incognito: the secret lives of the brain

By Eagleman, David

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 100

Call Number: 153 EAG

This book shines light on some of the hard-to-reach places in the brain, showing the ways in which we are not the ones driving the boat.

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The Introvert advantage: how to thrive in an extrovert world

By Laney, Marti Olsen

Publishing Date: c2002

Classification: 100

Call Number: 155.232 LAN

Describes how introverts can work with their temperament to live a fullfilling life and thrive in an extrovert world, covering such topics as relationships, parenting, socializing, and coping in the workplace.

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The science of liberty: democracy, reason, and the laws of nature

By Ferris, Timothy

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 303.48 FER

In this sweeping intellectual history, science writer Timothy Ferris transcends the concepts of left and right to make a passionate case for science as the inspiration behind the rise of liberalism and democracy. Ferris argues that just as the scientific revolution rescued billions from poverty, fear, hunger, and disease, the Enlightenment values it inspired has swelled the number of persons living in free and democratic societies from less than one percent of the world population four centuries ago to more than a third today. Ferris investigates the evolution of these scientific and political revolutions, demonstrating that they are inextricably bound. He shows how science was integral to the American Revolution but misinterpreted in the French Revolution; reflects on the history of liberalism, stressing its widely underestimated and mutually beneficial relationship with science; and surveys the forces that have opposed science and liberalism--from communism and fascism to postmodernism and Islamic fundamentalism.--From publisher description.

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The end of men: and the rise of women

By Rosin, Hanna

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 305.42 ROS

Men have been the dominant sex since the dawn of mankind. But the author has noticed that this long-held truth is, astonishingly, no longer true. At this unprecedented moment, by almost every measure, women are no longer gaining on men: they have pulled decisively ahead. And "the end of men", the title of her Atlantic magazine cover story on the subject, has entered the lexicon as dramatically as Betty Friedan's "Feminine Mystique," Simone de Beauvoir's "Second Sex," Susan Faludi's "Backlash," and Naomi Wolf's "Beauty Myth" once did. In this book, the author reveals how this new state of affairs is radically shifting the power dynamics between men and women at every level of society, with profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more. With wide-ranging curiosity and insight unhampered by assumptions or ideology, the author shows how the radically different ways men and women today earn, learn, spend, couple up, even kill, has turned the big picture upside down.

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Her: a memoir

By Parravani, Christa

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.875 PAR

Christa Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, shared a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship. Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, the gifted and beautiful twins sheltered each other from family violence and loss by inventing a haven of playfulness and creativity between themselves. They went on to earn scholarships at a prestigious college, to careers as artists (a photographer and a writer), and to exuberant young marriages. But when Cara fell victim to a rape, she veered into depression, drugs, and a shocking early death. Studies have shown that when an identical twin dies, regardless of the cause, the surviving twin's life is at risk. First, Christa fought to stop her sister's downward spiral; then, she was struggling to keep herself alive. The act of creating this heart-wrenching text helped to transform her into a twin able to live on her own.--From publisher description.

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Pandora's lunchbox: how processed food took over the American meal

By Warner, Melanie

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 338.476 WAR

"From breakfast cereal to frozen pizza to nutrition bars, processed foods are a fundamental part of our diet, accounting for 65% of our nation's yearly calories. Over the past century, technology has transformed the American meal into a chemical-laden smorgasbord of manipulated food products that bear little resemblence to what our grandparents ate. Despite the growing presence of farmers' markets and organic offerings, food additives and chemical preservatives are nearly impossible to avoid, and even the most ostensibly healthy foods contain multisyllabic ingredients with nearly untraceable origins. The far-reaching implications of the industrialization of the food supply that privleges cheap, plentiful, and fast food have been well documented. They are dire. But how did we ever reach the point where 'pink slime' is an acceptable food product? Is anybody regulating what makes it into our food? What, after all, is actually safe to eat? Former York Times health columnist Melanie Warner combines deep investigatory reporting, culinary history, and cultural analysis, to find out how we got here and what it is we're really eating. Vividly written and meticulously researched, Pandora's Lunchbox blows the lid off the largely undocumented world of processed foods and food manipulation. From the vitamin "enrichments" to our fortified cereals and bread, to the soy mixtures that bolster chicken (and often outweigh the actual chicken included), Warner lays bare the dubious nutritional value and misleading labels of chemically-treated foods, as well as the potential price we--and our children--may pay"--

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My beloved world

By Sotomayor, Sonia

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 347.73 SOT

"An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. Through her still-astonished eyes, America's infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this ... book"--

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Silent heroes of the Cold War declassified: the mysterious military plane crash on a Nevada mountain peak-- and the families who endured an abyss of silence for generation

By Plaskon, Kyril D.

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 300

Call Number: 358.45 PLA

From Las Vegas, Mount Charleston looks like little more than a giant gravel mound in the distance, towering 11,916 feet above the neon lights of the entertainment capital of the world. Only a fraction of the nearly 40 million people who visit this 24-hour city ever bother to look west and skyward toward the mountain.The truth is that this very mountain is a silent memorial to fourteen men who died there in a plane crash on November 17, 1955; men who were part of the secret development of the U-2 spy plane, integral to America's success in the Cold War. The United States government was so determined to keep their mission a secret that it lied to the families of the victims, sealed the crash records and even rigged the site with explosives in an effort to obliterate any remnants of their existence.If it weren't for the curiosity of one visitor, the national secret that haunted the mountainside might never have been revealed. In these pages, finally, the story is told.

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Hot blood: the money, the Brach Heiress, the horse murders

By Englade, Ken

Publishing Date: 1996

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.1 ENG

According to Englade, horse ownership is the only currency that distinguishes the truly wealthy from the rest of us. It also instigates phenomenal greed. Using the still-unsolved disappearance of Helen Vorhees Brach as the key thread, Englade weaves together a comprehensive account of a few dishonest Chicago horsemen with the illegal dealings of horse owners and trainers across the country. The book follows the legal trail of Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Miller in 1989, who began his own investigation into Brach's disappearance. The characters and thoroughbred con-men jump straight out of a hot-blooded novel, comprising everyone from the infamous Frank Jayne to horse assassins, rich widows, a murderer, respected veterinarians, an accomplished gigolo, and George Lindemann Jr., a millionaire who wanted to be a member of the Olympic equestrian team. Englade's re-creation of gigolo Richard Bailey's riveting trial proves that not only is truth stranger than fiction but sometimes it's more intriguing, too. The reader is aided throughout by a glossary, a chronology, and a useful list of dramatis personae. --Patricia Hassler, Booklist

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Athenaze: an introduction to ancient Greek

By Balme, M. G.

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 400

Call Number: 488.2421 BAL

Combining the best features of traditional and modern methods, Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek, 2/e, provides a unique course of instruction that allows students to read connected Greek narrative right from the beginning and guides them to the point where they can begin readingcomplete classical texts. Carefully designed to hold students' interest, the course begins in Book I with a fictional narrative about an Attic farmer's family placed in a precise historical context (432-431 B.C.). This narrative, interwoven with tales from mythology and the Persian Wars, graduallygives way in Book II to adapted passages from Thucydides, Plato, and Herodotus and ultimately to excerpts of the original Greek of Bacchylides, Thucydides, and Aristophanes' Acharnians. Essays on relevant aspects of ancient Greek culture and history are also provided. New to the Second Edition: * Short passages from Classical and New Testament Greek in virtually every chapter * The opening lines of the Iliad and the Odyssey toward the end of Book II * New vocabulary and more complete explanations of grammar, including material on accents * Many new exercises and additional opportunities for students to practice completing charts of verb forms and paradigms of nouns and adjectives * Updated Teacher's Handbooks for Books I and II containing translations of all stories, readings, and exercises; detailed suggestions for classroom presentation; abundant English derivatives; and additional linguistic information * Offered for the first time, Student Workbooks for Books I and II that include self-correcting exercises, cumulative vocabulary lists, periodic grammatical reviews, and additional readings

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On a farther shore: the life and legacy of Rachel Carson

By Souder, William

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508.092 SOU

Publisher's description: Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, and it shocked the public and forced the government to take action despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides.

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Tibet wild: a naturalist's journeys on the roof of the world

By Schaller, George B.

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508.515 SCH

As one of the world's leading field biologists, George Schaller has spent much of his life traversing wild and isolated places in his quest to understand and conserve threatened species--from mountain gorillas in the Virunga to pandas in the Wolong and snow leopards in the Himalaya. Throughout his celebrated career, Schaller has spent more time in Tibet than in any other part of the world, devoting more than thirty years to the wildlife, culture, and landscapes that captured his heart and continue to compel him to protect them. Tibet Wild is Schaller's account of three decades of exploration in the most remote stretches of Tibet: the wide, sweeping rangelands of the Chang Tang and the hidden canyons and plunging ravines of the southeastern forests.

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Rise of the ranges of light: landscapes and change in the mountains of California

By Gilligan, David

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508.794 GIL

Gilligan (Sterling College) takes a naturalist's approach to describe the evolution of California mountain environments. He combines aspects of natural history, geography, geology, biology, ecology, cosmology, and a bit of philosophical comment with descriptions of field excursions with students and personal experiences while camping and climbing. Though not written as a scholarly text on mountain ecology, the book provides observations of mountain environments through vignettes about various locations (Mount Morrison, Big Sur, Black Kaweah, Great Central Valley, Mono Lake) from northern to southern California. Gilligan writes about the different climate biomes with distinct flora and fauna, ranging from neotropical to subarctic tundra, all within the same state. Each chapter contains descriptions of regional geology and its effect on local tree ecology, glacier formation, and animal populations. There is a lengthy bibliography of geology, ecology, and botany books and articles for further reading, and an index for quick searching by topic. Although not a field guide, this work offers an overview of different California geological regions, along with a bit of science, for a general reader. Summing Up: Recommended. Regional collections serving general audiences and lower-division undergraduates. M. C. Brown University of California, Irvine--CHOICE Review

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The atlas of birds: diversity, behavior, and conservation

By Unwin, Mike

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598 UNW

"The Atlas of Birds captures the breathtaking diversity of birds, and illuminates their conservation status around the world. Full-color maps show where birds are found, both by country and terrain, and reveal how an astounding variety of behavioral adaptations -- from flight and feeding to nest building and song -- have enabled them to thrive in virtually every habitat on Earth. Maps of individual journeys and global flyways chart the amazing phenomenon of bird migration, while bird classification is explained using maps for each order and many key families. Conservation provides a strong focus throughout, with maps illustrating where and why birds are most under threat, and what is being done to protect them. Separate sections examine key factors influencing their distribution and endangering their survival, from deforestation and climate change to invasive species and the cage-bird trade. Bird groups most affected, such as island endemics, are highlighted, while a fascinating chapter explores the complex historical relationship between birds and humans, with maps and data for everything from poultry farming to birdwatching. The maps are supported by an authoritative text that uses the very latest data and case studies from BirdLife International. Packed with sumptuous photos, original diagrams, and imaginative graphics that bring the numbers to life, this book is a stunning and timely insight into perhaps the most colorful and intriguing group of organisms on our planet"--Front flap.

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An eternity of eagles: the human history of the most fascinating bird in the world

By Bodio, Stephen

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.942 BOD

"Author Stephen J. Bodio traces our love-hate relationship with these "living dinosaurs," from Neolithic rock art and Native American religion through the practices of Kazakh falconers who use them to hunt wolves, all the way to contemporary art and popular culture"--P. [2] of cover.

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Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal

By Roach, Mary

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 600

Call Number: 612.3 ROA

Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as why crunchy food is so appealing, how much we can eat before our stomachs burst, and whether constipation killed Elvis.

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Super brain: unleashing the explosive power of your mind to maximize health, happiness, and spiritual well-being

By Chopra, Deepak

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 600

Call Number: 613 CHO

Chopra and Tanzi show readers how, through a person's increased self-awareness and conscious intention, the brain can be taught to reach far beyond its present limitations and become a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth.

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Spillover: animal infections and the next human pandemic

By Quammen, David

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 600

Call Number: 614.43 QUA

A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.

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Hallucinations

By Sacks, Oliver W.

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 600

Call Number: 616.89 SAC

An investigation into the types, physiological sources, and cultural resonances of hallucinations traces everything from the disorientations of sleep and intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness.

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The end of your life book club

By Schwalbe, Will

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 600

Call Number: 616.99 SCH

The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a "book club" that brings them together as her life comes to a close.

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