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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>Bill Bryson, bestselling author of </b><b><i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i></b><b>, 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.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

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English

Pages

469

Publication Date

February 10, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg </strong></p><p>From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity鈥檚 creation and evolution鈥攁 #1 international bestseller鈥攖hat explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be 鈥渉uman.鈥?lt;/p><p>One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one鈥攈omo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?</p><p>Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, <em>Sapiens</em> integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.</p><p>Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?</p><p>Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.</p>
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 鈥⒙?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR,<i>聽The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal, Washington Post</i> 鈥?The McKinsey Business Book of the Year </b><br /> 聽<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鈥攏ow the subject of the HBO documentary <i>The Inventor鈥?lt;/i>by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.<br /><br /> 鈥淭he 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.鈥?鈥擝ill 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 鈥渦nicorn鈥?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鈥檚 worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn鈥檛 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.
Lifespan: Why We Age-and Why We Don't Have To
by , Matthew D. LaPlante

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER </b><br /> <br /><b>A paradigm-shifting book from an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and one of <i>Time</i>鈥檚 most influential people.</b><br /><br />It鈥檚 a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we鈥檝e been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan?<br /> <br />In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: 鈥淎ging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.鈥?lt;br /> <br />This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs鈥攎any from Dr. David Sinclair鈥檚 own lab at Harvard鈥攖hat demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to <i>feel </i>younger, but actually <i>become </i>younger.<br /> <br />Through a page-turning narrative, Dr. Sinclair invites you into the process of scientific discovery and reveals the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes鈥攕uch as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, exercising with the right intensity, and eating less meat鈥攖hat have been shown to help us live younger and healthier for longer. At once a roadmap for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future of humankind, <i>Lifespan </i>will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it.
The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
by Dr. Jason Fung

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English

Pages

308

Publication Date

March 03, 2016

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Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones鈥攊n everyone鈥攁nd only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss.<br /><br />In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight鈥攆or good.
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber
by Mike Isaac

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English

Pages

408

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> and <em>Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller<br /><br /><br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time.</strong></p><br /><p>In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley.</p><br /><p>Award-winning <em>New York Times</em> technology correspondent Mike Isaac鈥檚 <em>Super Pumped</em> presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against an era of rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley. Backed by billions in venture capital dollars and led by a brash and ambitious founder, Uber promised to revolutionize the way we move people and goods through the world. A near instant 鈥渦nicorn,鈥?Uber seemed poised to take its place next to Amazon, Apple, and Google as a technology giant.</p><br /><p>What followed would become a corporate cautionary tale about the perils of startup culture and a vivid example of how blind worship of startup founders can go wildly wrong. Isaac recounts Uber鈥檚 pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company鈥檚 toxic internal culture, and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance. With billions of dollars at stake, Isaac shows how venture capitalists asserted their power and seized control of the startup as it fought its way toward its fateful IPO.</p><br /><p>Based on hundreds of interviews with current and former Uber employees, along with previously unpublished documents, <em>Super Pumped</em> is a page-turning story of ambition and deception, obscene wealth, and bad behavior that explores how blistering technological and financial innovation culminated in one of the most catastrophic twelve-month periods in American corporate history.</p>
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Tea...
by Michael Pollan

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English

Pages

474

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b><b><b><b><i>New York Times Book Review</i>聽10 Best Books of 2018</b></b><br /><br />A<i> New York Times </i>Notable Book聽<br /><br />The #1 <i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller.<br /><br />A brilliant and brave investigation聽into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences </b></b><br /><br />When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.<br /><br />A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, <i>How to Change Your Mind</i> is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of...
by Bessel van der Kolk MD

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 25, 2014

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<b>鈥淓ssential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.鈥?鈥擜lexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies<br /><br />A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this聽<b><b><b><i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller</b></b></b></b><br />聽<br />Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world鈥檚 foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In聽<i>The Body Keeps the Score</i>, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers鈥?capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments鈥攆rom neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga鈥攖hat offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain鈥檚 natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk鈥檚 own research and that of other leading specialists,聽<i>The Body Keeps the Score聽</i>exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal鈥攁nd offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

May 03, 2016

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<b>In this instant <i>New York Times </i>bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls 鈥済rit.鈥?鈥淚nspiration for non-geniuses everywhere鈥?(<i>People</i>).</b><br /><br />The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of 鈥済enius,鈥?Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.<br /> <br /> In <i>Grit</i>, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she鈥檚 learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers鈥攆rom JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to <i>New Yorker</i> cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.<br /> <br /> 鈥淒uckworth鈥檚 ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better鈥?(<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>). Among <i>Grit</i>鈥檚 most valuable insights: any effort you make ultimately counts <i>twice </i>toward your goal; grit can be <i>learned</i>, regardless of IQ or circumstances; when it comes to child-rearing, neither a warm embrace nor high standards will work by themselves; how to trigger lifelong interest; the magic of the Hard Thing Rule; and so much more. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, <i>Grit</i> is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how<i> that</i>鈥攏ot talent or luck鈥攎akes all the difference. This is 鈥渁 fascinating tour of the psychological research on success鈥?(<i>The Wall Street Journal)</i>.
Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spac...
by Sean Carroll

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English

Pages

364

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><b>One of聽<i>Publishers Weekly</i>鈥檚聽鈥淢ost Anticipated Books of the Fall鈥?lt;/b><br /><b><br />As you read these words, copies of you are being created.</b><br /> 聽<br /> </b>Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world鈥檚 most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of 20th century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, <i>Something Deeply Hidden</i> shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time.聽 His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein鈥檚 theory of relativity changes, well, everything. <br /><br /> Most physicists haven鈥檛 even recognized the uncomfortable truth: physics has been in crisis since 1927. Quantum mechanics 聽has always had obvious gaps鈥攚hich have come to be simply ignored. Science popularizers keep telling us how weird it is, 聽how impossible it is to understand. Academics discourage students from working on the "dead end" of quantum foundations. Putting his professional reputation on the line with this audacious yet entirely reasonable book, Carroll says that the crisis can now come to an end. We just have to accept that there is more than one of us in the universe. There are many, many Sean Carrolls. Many of every one of us.<br /> 聽<br /> Copies of you are generated thousands of times per second. The Many Worlds Theory of quantum behavior says that every time there is a quantum event, a world splits off with everything in it the same, except in that other world the quantum event didn't happen. Step-by-step in Carroll's uniquely lucid way, he tackles the major objections to this otherworldly revelation until his case is inescapably established.<br /> 聽<br /> Rarely does a book so fully reorganize how we think about our place in the universe. We are on the threshold of a new understanding鈥攐f where we are in the cosmos, and what we are made of.

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