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1. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race|
by Margot Lee Shetterly
The #1 New York Times bestseller
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.
Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.
Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
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1. Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition
2. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4. The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
5. Hidden Figures
6. Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist
7. Fences (Movie tie-in)
8. Hidden Figures [Blu-ray]
9. A Long Way Home: A Memoir .
2. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science|
by J. Kenji López-Alt
The New York Times bestselling winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award.
Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)―and use a foolproof method that works every time?
As Serious Eats's culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji López-Alt has pondered all these questions and more. In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new―but simple―techniques. In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more.Over 1000 color photographs ... Read more
1. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs
2. The Professional Chef
3. The Science of Good Cooking (Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks)
4. Sous Vide at Home: The Modern Technique for Perfectly Cooked Meals
5. Modernist Cuisine at Home
6. Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes
7. On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
8. Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
9. Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs
10. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking .
3. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit|
by Michael Finkel
Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.
1. Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service
2. Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
3. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
4. Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time
5. A Widow's Walk Off-Grid to Self-Reliance: An inspiring, true story of Courage and Determination
6. True Story tie-in edition: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
7. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
8. Celine: A novel
9. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
10. American War: A novel .
4. The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown|
by Catherine Burns
“Wonderful." —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
1. The Moth
2. Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need
3. Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps
4. Here If You Need Me: A True Story
5. Somebody with a Little Hammer: Essays
6. Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
7. Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work (A StoryCorps Book)
8. Ghachar Ghochar: A Novel
9. Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time
10. A Field Guide to Getting Lost .
5. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters|
by Thomas M. Nichols
People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism.
1. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
2. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
3. The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone
4. Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era
5. Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science
6. The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas.
7. #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media
8. Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
9. The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream
10. The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic .
6. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future|
by Ashlee Vance
New York Times and International Bestseller - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon
1. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
2. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
3. Steve Jobs
4. Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition
5. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
6. Sam Walton: Made In America
7. How Google Works
8. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
9. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
10. Elon Musk: Elon Musk's Best Lessons for Life, Business, Success and Entrepreneurship .
7. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition|
by William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.... Read more
1. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
2. The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment
3. On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
4. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
5. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
6. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes
7. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
8. Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
9. Associated Press Stylebook 2015 and Briefing on Media Law
10. Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish .
8. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked|
by Adam Alter
“One of the most mesmerizing and important books I’ve read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
Amazon.com Review An Amazon Best Book of March 2017: In his fascinating new book, associate professor of marketing and best-selling author Adam Alter examines the rise of behavioral addiction in our current times and offers some suggestions for alleviating your own addictive behavior. Here’s a question: where is your phone right now? Chances are it’s within arm’s reach—and as Alter writes, a device that travels with you is always a better vehicle for addiction. Convenience weaponizes temptation, and with the ubiquity and convenience of technology these days, you can see why behavioral addiction to video games, Facebook, checking your email on your phone, even your Fitbit, is on the rise. Irresistible is a deep and wide-ranging study of addiction, and there is much food for thought here. Alter seems especially concerned about how children and teens interact with technology, citing that they are the most vulnerable of us all. But as adults we are much more susceptible than most of us imagine—we may think we’re just interacting with a screen, but it’s important to remember that there are dozens of highly-paid people behind that screen whose only job is to make sure that we don’t stop. --Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review Features:
An Amazon Best Book of March 2017: In his fascinating new book, associate professor of marketing and best-selling author Adam Alter examines the rise of behavioral addiction in our current times and offers some suggestions for alleviating your own addictive behavior. Here’s a question: where is your phone right now? Chances are it’s within arm’s reach—and as Alter writes, a device that travels with you is always a better vehicle for addiction. Convenience weaponizes temptation, and with the ubiquity and convenience of technology these days, you can see why behavioral addiction to video games, Facebook, checking your email on your phone, even your Fitbit, is on the rise. Irresistible is a deep and wide-ranging study of addiction, and there is much food for thought here. Alter seems especially concerned about how children and teens interact with technology, citing that they are the most vulnerable of us all. But as adults we are much more susceptible than most of us imagine—we may think we’re just interacting with a screen, but it’s important to remember that there are dozens of highly-paid people behind that screen whose only job is to make sure that we don’t stop. --Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review... Read more
9. Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work|
by Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal
It’s the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and it’s hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They're harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.
New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning: In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide.
Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history. Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.... Read more
1. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
2. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
3. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
4. Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World
5. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
6. Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks
7. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
8. The Way of the Iceman: How the Wim Hof Method Creates Radiant, Longterm Health--Using the Science and Secrets of Breath Control, Cold-Training and Commitment
9. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
10. Tihkal: The Continuation .
10. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women|
by Kate Moore
The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger
The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.
Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive ― until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.
But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.
Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...... Read more
1. And Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara
2. The Women in the Castle: A Novel
3. All the Beloved Ghosts
4. The Radium Girls: They Paid with Their Lives. Their Final Fight Was for Justice.
5. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
6. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
7. The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History
8. Anything Is Possible: A Novel
9. Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus
10. The Stars Are Fire: A novel .
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