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The Land of the White Horse: Visions of England by David Miles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780500519936
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 5th, 2019

This is the perfect book for armchair traveling. It is a treasure trove of knowledge. Miles, Director of the Oxford Archaeology unit, is also a great storyteller and naturalist. The White Horse is a 3000-year-old sculpture cut into a chalk turf hillside. The novel begins as a mystery set in the mystical English landscape of Wessex with mythic figures of dragons, Celts, Anglo-Saxons, and even Alfred the Great. Spanning centuries, the figure of the White Horse has maintained a hold on man's imagination, needing care and conservation. In this book, Miles tells the stories of how and why the Horse has persevered. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

Erudite, encyclopedic, and entertaining romp through our hugely varied, energetic, mind-bogglingly numerous, infinitely helpful and often perplexing inner and outer parts. Whether he's describing the spleen, ligaments, insulin, hiccups, the aorta, bones, or that funny thing that dangles in the back of our mouth, Bryson's enthusiasm bursts through the skin. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316525244
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Published: Voracious - November 5th, 2019

If you've ever been into any kind of science comic (xkcd, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) or tv show (Bill Nye the Science Guy who Saves the World), this is your book. Hilarious, ridiculous, and addictively enthusiastic. You'll know more about artificial intelligence and deep learning than you ever thought you could learn (and, coincidentally, assuage your fears about the robot revolution. It's really far away, guys. Really, -really- far away). ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress by Christopher Ryan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451659108
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress is an excellent exploration of what true quality of life really is. It dispels many myths about hunter/gatherer societies and the modern myth of perpetual progress. Is being overworked, stressed out, disconnected and anxious about the future better than having lots of free time and being intimately connected to community? It is time to question some assumptions about the society we have created, often on the back of false narratives of the past. Civilized to Death helps clarify the realities of the past and the stories we tell ourselves about the present in lively and readable ways, provoking new questions and potential answers. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook: A History of the Renaissance Mathematics That Birthed Imaginary Numbers, Probability, and the New Physics of the Un by Michael Brooks - Book Review

Brooks uses quantum physics as a foundation for this extremely engaging and highly original work of science and literature. He imagines himself in conversation with 16th Century polymath Jerome Cardano, and succeeds in making an exceedingly difficult topic a pleasure to read. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

Bill Bryson has done it again! With his trademark charm and stylistic wit, Bryson offers a unique system-by-system tour of your own body. While his previous foray into science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, offered an expansive look outward, here he focuses inward. With frequent detours highlighting fascinating medical innovations and oddities along the way, he’s able to capture the fullness of the bodily experience in ways both incisive and entertaining. A perfect gift for the curious. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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