The Riddle of Scheherazade

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ISBN: 9780156006064
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Published: Mariner Books - November 12th, 1998

After the original tales, Scheherazade managed to get herself into trouble with king once again and invented some puzzles to keep him entertained all over again. A fantasic-fun book of math riddles that will keep you busy for 1,001 nights. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli

The World Until Yesterday

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ISBN: 9780143124405
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

Diamond's fantastic and much-anticipated new book details the differences and similarities of modern culture vs traditional societies. As always, Diamond is a readable expert, making this book perfect for the casual reader or the scholar. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli

A Little History of Science

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ISBN: 9780300197136
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Published: Yale University Press - September 10th, 2013

From the Greek philosophers to Einstein, from the stars to DNA, this well-priced volume tells a marvelous, sweeping adventure story—the history of science. The format is the same as the illustrated edition of E. M. Gombrich's classic, A Little History of the World. With smart illustrations, it's a fantastic choice for curious readers of all ages. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

The Rocks Don't Lie

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ISBN: 9780393346244
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 22nd, 2013

A comparison of flood stories from around the world shows how science, theology, mythology and folklore intersect. The writing is smooth and engrossing, the research impeccable. A fascinating, well-reasoned exploration of how humans explain the natural world ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

The Humble Hero

I met Neil Armstrong in the summer of 1983. I was twenty-two years old and working as a cook at a Rocky Mountain dude ranch. Mr. Armstrong spent a week there with a group of men most of whom were big shots in the aeronautics and aerospace industry. This was a crowd populated by characters with outsized personalities, and that's putting it mildly. Mr. Armstrong was the most famous person in the bunch but you would never have known it. (Before the arrival of this group, the housekeeping staff was reminded please to refrain from stealing Mr. Armstrong's underwear for souvenirs.) My brief encounter with Mr. Armstrong was utterly consistent with what I have read about him since his death last weekend. He was dignified and modest. On his last morning there, I had to work a brutal pre-dawn breakfast shift to feed the guests who had especially early departure times. I was not at my best that morning, and it wasn't just because of the time of day. Truly, I was not at my best. Upon dragging myself into the kitchen, Mr. Armstrong offered me the seat next to him and said, "You look about as sharp as a meatball." That was a pretty funny and generous thing to say to an irresponsible young man who should have known better.

To have one small personal anecdote about Neil Armstrong has always given me a thrill. Sometimes we talk about brushes with greatness when we recount having met this or that famous person. Neil Armstrong was on an entirely different level. Of course, he clearly rejected any notion of his role as an object of hero worship. I don't know whether local author Andy Chaikin regards Neil Armstrong as a hero but I do know he considered him a friend. In Man on the Moon, his acclaimed book on the Apollo program, Chaikin writes eloquently about the man and his many colleagues whom he came to know so well. For those still awestruck by what Neil Armstrong did on July 20, 1969, this book is essential reading. (READ MORE)

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By Andrew Chaikin, Tom Hanks (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143112358
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

Human Anatomy

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ISBN: 9780810997981
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - February 1st, 2011

Deliciously morbid and darkly fascinating. The artful and often outlandish depictions of human anatomy since the age of modern medicine, along with a brief history of the artists and techniques that produced them. Appeals to the voyeur in all of us. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


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