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  • The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine
    The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine
    The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine

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    The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine

    deBrendan Borrell

    The full inside story of the high-stakes, global race for the lifesaving vaccine to end the pandemic Heroic science. Chaotic politics. Billionaire entrepreneurs. Award-winning journalist Brendan Borrell brings the defining story of our times alive through compulsively readable, first-time reporting on the players leading the fight against a vicious virus. The First Shots, soon to be the subject of an HBO limited series with superstar director and producer Adam McKay (Succession, Vice, The Big Short), draws on exclusive, high-level access to weave together the intense vaccine-race conflicts among hard-driving, heroic scientists and the epic rivalries among Washington power players that shaped 18 months of fear, resolve, and triumph. From infectious disease expert Michael Callahan, an American doctor secretly on the ground in Wuhan in January 2020 to gauge the terrifying ravages of Disease X; to Robert (Dr. Bob) Kadlec, one of Operation Warp Speed’s architects, whose audacious plans for the American people run straight into the buzz saw of the Trump White House factions; to Stéphane Bancel of upstart Moderna Therapeutics going toe-to-toe with pharma behemoth Pfizer, The First Shots lays bare, in a way we have not seen, the full stunning story behind the medical science “moon shot” of our lifetimes.

    Nota: 3 de 5 estrelas
    3/5
  • Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South
    Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South
    Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South

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    Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South

    deMargaret Renkl

    An Indie Next Selection for September 2021 From the author of the bestselling #ReadWithJenna/TODAY Show book club pick Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss For the past four years, Margaret Renkl’s columns have offered readers of The New York Times a weekly dose of natural beauty, human decency, and persistent hope from her home in Nashville. Now more than sixty of those pieces have been brought together in this sparkling new collection. “People have often asked me how it feels to be the ‘voice of the South,’” writes Renkl in her introduction. “But I’m not the voice of the South, and no one else is, either.” There are many Souths—red and blue, rural and urban, mountain and coast, Black and white and brown—and no one writer could possibly represent all of them. In Graceland, At Last, Renkl writes instead from her own experience about the complexities of her homeland, demonstrating along the way how much more there is to this tangled region than many people understand. In a patchwork quilt of personal and reported essays, Renkl also highlights some other voices of the South, people who are fighting for a better future for the region. A group of teenagers who organized a youth march for Black Lives Matter. An urban shepherd whose sheep remove invasive vegetation. Church parishioners sheltering the homeless. Throughout, readers will find the generosity of spirit and deep attention to the world, human and nonhuman, that keep readers returning to her columns each Monday morning. From a writer who “makes one of all the world’s beings” (NPR), Graceland, At Last is a book full of gifts for Southerners and non-Southerners alike.

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  • The Secret Life of Fungi
    The Secret Life of Fungi
    The Secret Life of Fungi

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    The Secret Life of Fungi

    deAliya Whiteley

    Fungi are unlike any other living thing—they almost magically unique. Welcome to this astonishing world. . .  Fungi can appear anywhere, from desert dunes to frozen tundra. They can invade our bodies and live between our toes or our floorboards.  They are unwelcome intruders or vastly expensive treats, and symbols of both death and eternal life. But despite their familiar presence, there's still much to learn about the eruption, growth, and decay of their secret, interconnected, world. Aliya Whiteley has always been in love with fungi—from her childhood taking blurry photographs of strange fungal eruptions on Exmoor to a career as a writer inspired by their surreal and alien beauty. This love for fungi is a love for life, from single-cell spores to the largest living organism on the planet; a story stretching from Aliya's lawn into orbit and back again via every continent. From fields, feasts and fairy rings to death caps, puffballs and ambrosia beetles, this is an intoxicating journey into the life of extraordinary organism, one that we have barely begun to understand.

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    3/5
  • Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training
    Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training
    Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training

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    Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training

    deAdam Stern

    Grey’s Anatomy meets One L in this psychiatrist’s charming and poignant memoir about his residency at Harvard. Adam Stern was a student at a state medical school before being selected to train as a psychiatry resident at one of the most prestigious programs in the country. His new and initially intimidating classmates were high achievers from the Ivy League and other elite universities around the nation. Faculty raved about the group as though the residency program had won the lottery, nicknaming them “The Golden Class,” but would Stern ever prove that he belonged? In his memoir, Stern pulls back the curtain on the intense and emotionally challenging lessons he and his fellow doctors learned while studying the human condition, and ultimately, the value of connection. The narrative focuses on these residents, their growth as doctors, and the life choices they make as they try to survive their grueling four-year residency. Rich with drama, insight, and emotion, Stern shares engrossing stories of life on the psychiatric wards, as well as the group’s experiences as they grapple with impostor syndrome and learn about love and loss. Most importantly, as they study how to help distressed patients in search of a better life, they discover the meaning of failure and the preciousness of success.  Stern’s growth as a doctor, and as a man, have readers rooting for him and his patients, and ultimately find their own hearts fuller for having taken this journey with him.

    Nota: 5 de 5 estrelas
    5/5
  • The Science of Time Travel: The Secrets Behind Time Machines, Time Loops, Alternate Realities, and More!
    The Science of Time Travel: The Secrets Behind Time Machines, Time Loops, Alternate Realities, and More!
    The Science of Time Travel: The Secrets Behind Time Machines, Time Loops, Alternate Realities, and More!

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    The Science of Time Travel: The Secrets Behind Time Machines, Time Loops, Alternate Realities, and More!

    deElizabeth Howell

    Travel back in time with Doctor Who, the Terminator, the X-Men, and all your favorite time travelers!   Science fiction is the perfect window into the possibilities and perils of time travel. What would happen if you went back in time and killed your own grandparent? If you knew how to stop a presidential assassination, would time travel allow you to make your wish come true? Can we use time travel as a tool to escape the destiny of our future or mistakes of the past?   The Science of Time Travel explores time travel through your favorite science-fiction franchises, from the classic time travel paradoxes of Star Trek to the universe-crossing shenanigans of Doctor Who. Discover the real science behind questions such as: Can time travel really erase our past regrets like in A Christmas Carol? Is it worth killing people in the past to prevent a horrible future like in Terminator? What can we learn from living the same day over and over again like in Groundhog Day? Could time travel destroy our right to privacy like in Deja Vu? And so much more! It's time to fire up the DeLorean to 88 mph, jump into the TARDIS hiding in plain sight, or warp space with the USS Enterprise to explore what time travel means for us.

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  • Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World
    Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World
    Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World

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    Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World

    dePhilip Hoare

    An illuminating exploration of the intersection between life, art and the sea from the award-winning author of The Whale. In 1520, Albrecht Dürer, the most celebrated artist in Northern Europe, sailed to Zeeland to see a whale. A central figure of the Renaissance, no one had painted or drawn the world like him. Dürer drew hares and rhinoceroses in the way he painted saints and madonnas. The wing of a bird or the wing of an angel; a spider crab or a bursting star like the augury of a black hole, in Dürer's art, they were part of a connected world. Everything had meaning. But now he was in crisis. He had lost his patron, the Holy Roman Emperor. He was moorless and filled with wanderlust. In the shape of the whale, he saw his final ambition. Dürer was the first artist to truly employ the power of reproduction. He reinvented the way people looked at, and understood, art. He painted signs and wonders; comets, devils, horses, nudes, dogs, and blades of grass so accurately that even today they seem hyper-real, utterly modern images. Most startling and most modern of all, he painted himself, at every stage of his life. But his art captured more than the physical world, he also captured states of mind. Albert and the Whale explores the work of this remarkable man through a personal lens. Drawing on Philip’s experience of the natural world, and of the elements that shape our contemporary lives, from suburbia to the wide open sea, Philip will enter Dürer's time machine. Seeking his own Leviathan, Hoare help us better understand the interplay between art and our world in this sublimely seductive book. 

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  • The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings
    The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings
    The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings

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    The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings

    deSy Montgomery

    From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of the “fascinating…entertaining” (The Daily Beast) National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, a charmingly perfect gem of a book about the most exquisite and extraordinary of winged creatures—hummingbirds. As one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds found in nature, hummingbirds fascinate people around the world. The lightest birds in the sky, hummingbirds are capable of incredible feats, such as flying backwards, diving at speeds of sixty-one MPH, and beating their wings more than sixty times a second. Miraculous creatures, they are also incredibly vulnerable when they first emerge from their eggs. That’s where Brenda Sherburn comes in. With tenderness and patience, she rescues abandoned hummingbirds and nurses them back to health until they can fly away and live in the wild. In The Hummingbird’s Gift, the extraordinary care that Brenda provides her peanut-sized patients is revealed and, in the process, shows us just how truly amazing hummingbirds are. With Sy Montgomery’s signature “joyful passion” (Library Journal), and including sixteen pages of gorgeous color photos, this beautifully written and inspiring little book celebrates the profound gift that hummingbirds are to our planet and is the ultimate gift for nature lovers and bird watchers everywhere.

    Nota: 5 de 5 estrelas
    5/5
  • Seed to Dust: Life, Nature, and a Country Garden
    Seed to Dust: Life, Nature, and a Country Garden
    Seed to Dust: Life, Nature, and a Country Garden

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    Seed to Dust: Life, Nature, and a Country Garden

    deMarc Hamer

    For fans of Maid and readers of James Herriot (All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small), Seed to Dust follows a year in the life of a professional gardener at work on a sprawling British country estate owned by his mysterious employer, “Miss Cashmere”.  Hamer’s musings on his mysterious, enigmatic employer and on his own life—including a period spent homeless as a teenager—add a layer of mystery and sentiment to his unusually compelling gardening memoir.  Publishes in conjunction with National Gardening Month (April). Highly anticipated follow up to the Indie Next Pick and Hamer’s critically acclaimed memoir How to Catch a Mole. A poetic and evocative meditation on the cycles of nature, and life itself.  A unique piece of nature writing that combines memoir, gardening and folklore, with philosophical musings and natural history. Hamer’s How to Catch a Mole was longlisted for the prestigious Wainwright Prize. Shortlisted for the 2021 Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing

    Nota: 5 de 5 estrelas
    5/5
  • Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct
    Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct
    Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct

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    Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct

    deAbigail Tucker

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lion in the Living Room comes a fascinating and provocative exploration of the biology of motherhood that “is witty, reassuring, and takes motherhood out of the footnotes and places it front and center—where it belongs” (Louann Brizendine, MD, New York Times bestselling author). Everyone knows how babies are made, but scientists are only just beginning to understand the making of a mother. Mom Genes reveals the hard science behind our tenderest maternal impulses, tackling questions such as why mothers are destined to mimic their own moms (or not), how maternal aggression makes females the world’s most formidable creatures, and how a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic can make or break a mom. Weaving the latest research with Abigail Tucker’s personal experiences, Mom Genes “is an eye-opening tour through the biology and psychology of a role that is at once utterly ordinary and wondrously strange” (Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins).

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  • A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape
    A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape
    A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape

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    A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape

    deW. Ralph Eubanks

    “This is the book all of us Mississippi writers, dead and alive, need to read. It is indeed a strange but glorious sensation to see your literary and geographic lineage so beautifully and rigorously explored and valued as it's still being created.” —Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir The South has produced some of America’s most celebrated authors, and no state more so than Mississippi. Names as diverse as Faulkner, Welty, and Ward have created a literary legacy spanning decades and stretching across lines of class, gender, and race. One thing binds together these wide- ranging perspectives—the land itself. In A Place Like Mississippi, W. Ralph Eubanks explores those ties and the ways in which the Magnolia State has fostered such a bounty of expression. The stories haven’t always been easy to tell; even beautiful landscapes can’t obscure a complicated history. The state’s African American writers have long recounted the fight for equality, forming a lineage of powerful Black voices that continue to speak with urgency in our tumultuous times. Yet underlying those truths is also a deep affection for Mississippi’s places. With the love of a native son, Eubanks pays tribute to the inspiration that can come from the lay of the land, proving that a journey through one state’s literary terrain can help us better understand America as a whole

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  • Einstein's Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and Cold Explains the Universe
    Einstein's Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and Cold Explains the Universe
    Einstein's Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and Cold Explains the Universe

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    Einstein's Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and Cold Explains the Universe

    dePaul Sen

    This entertaining, eye-opening account of how the laws of thermodynamics are essential to understanding the world today—from refrigeration and jet engines to calorie counting and global warming—is “a lesson in how to do popular science right” (Kirkus Reviews). Einstein’s Fridge tells the incredible epic story of the scientists who, over two centuries, harnessed the power of heat and ice and formulated a theory essential to comprehending our universe. “Although thermodynamics has been studied for hundreds of years…few nonscientists appreciate how its principles have shaped the modern world” (Scientific American). Thermodynamics—the branch of physics that deals with energy and entropy—governs everything from the behavior of living cells to the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Not only that, but thermodynamics explains why we must eat and breathe, how lights turn on, the limits of computing, and how the universe will end. The brilliant people who decoded its laws came from every branch of the sciences; they were engineers, physicists, chemists, biologists, cosmologists, and mathematicians. From French military engineer and physicist Sadi Carnot to Lord Kelvin, James Joule, Albert Einstein, Emmy Noether, Alan Turing, and Stephen Hawking, author Paul Sen introduces us to all of the players who passed the baton of scientific progress through time and across nations. Incredibly driven and idealistic, these brave pioneers performed groundbreaking work often in the face of torment and tragedy. Their discoveries helped create the modern world and transformed every branch of science, from biology to cosmology. “Elegantly written and engaging” (Financial Times), Einstein’s Fridge brings to life one of the most important scientific revolutions of all time and captures the thrill of discovery and the power of scientific progress to shape the course of history.

    Nota: 5 de 5 estrelas
    5/5
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