Thanksgiving Books to read in 2017

Thanksgiving Books to read in 2017

What is Thanksgiving? These short reviews of Thanksgiving books will give you a little bit of learning about our history. Know why we are celebrating Thanksgiving and what it can mean for you.  Several are children’s books but adults will enjoy the pictures and clear information.

5 Thanksgiving Books to Read in 2017 – for adults and children

1. The First Thanksgiving Feast – Joan Wilkins Anderson, George Ancona (Illustrator)

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This book takes you back in history to the first First Thanksgiving. The original pictures and illustrations taken at the Plimoth Plantation give you an image of how the society looked back then.  The “interviews” with the Pilgrims give this book an aura of authenticity. The First Thanksgiving Feast is a must read for children but not only. Adults who want to learn more about the Mayflower, pilgrims and how the tradition on Thanksgiving started should also read this book, as it gives you essential information and and an easy visual aid.

2. Don’t Know Much about Pilgrims – Kenneth C. Davis

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Don’t Know Much about Pilgrims is a children’s book about Thanksgiving, Pilgrims and colonization. It teaches children about the life of young pilgrims, how they dressed, what they ate and they did in their spare time. Davis writes an interesting history of the first voyagers to the US and keeps the children interested through images and colloquial language. Your children (and you) will enrich their vocabulary with the Thanksgiving book.  It also has quizzes, which help your child to stay engaged and learn better. Every home library should have this book.  It is highly entertaining for children and adults alike.

3. Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols – Edna Barth (Author),‎ Ursula Arndt (Illustrator)

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Why do Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving? Why do we have colored corn, pumpkin pies and corns overflowing with fruit on the table at this time of year? Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn explains the symbolism of this holiday and the stories behind the food and decorations specific to Thanksgiving. It also gives you insight on how the Pilgrims lived during the time they came to the United States. This is a children’s book, even though the subject may seem a bit complicated.

The author incorporates the meaning of everything in beautiful and attractive stories. Adults will also enjoy this book for the stories and explanation about why and how Thanksgiving has become the holiday we cherish so much.

4. 1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving – Catherine O’Neill Grace

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The National Geographic book 1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving gives a new perspective to the reader. It talks about the native people that lived in Plymouth before the arrival of the Mayflower.  Whilst 1621 is the year everything changed for them, but everyone remembers it as the beginning of a wonderful holiday. This is a photoessay, so you get a clear picture of the three day harvest celebration that happened in 1621. Even though it is marketed as a children’s book, adults will enjoy it too, because of the well documented and balanced history that focuses on the native tribe, not on the English colonists.

5. Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience – Melanie Kirkpatrick

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Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience is a study of rites, rituals and history that mark this American holiday. The author doesn’t only write about Thanksgiving’s history, but what it meant for the American society. She follows the development of this holiday from its beginnings until the current day. Kirkpatrick talks about recipes, family dynamic and football, as all have been influenced by Thanksgiving. This book is more a social study than a history, as it follows the society during this holiday. If you want to know more about this holiday of gratitude, you must read this book.

Boost your Childs IQ – Best Parenting Books on Child’s Brain Development

Boost your Childs IQ – Best Parenting Books on Child’s Brain Development

Today we review some of the best books on how to boost your child’s brain development and IQ. We all want our children to be as smart as possible, and reading is important in this process. Read how to best help your child develop their full potential through simple games and essential skills.

Boost Your Child’s Brain Development – 5 short book reviews

1. Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs – Ellen Galinsky

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Families and Work Institute President Ellen Galinsky proposes a new point of view when it comes to parenting books. The scientific research is backed up by personal stories which will give you great ideas of how to develop the different parts of your childs intellect. The science is simple without being over simplified. The book has chapters dedicated to each of the seven essential skills. It increases the difficulty of the type of learning as you progress into the book. Ellen Galinsky’s book should be read by all parents (and teachers) who want their children to have the capacity to learn and structure information from an early age.

2. NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children – Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

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Science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have written a compelling book on how to raise your child to be socially aware. This parenting book approaches learning from a social and realistic point of view. For example, the writers highlight the difference between good intentions and good ideas. They point out that parents often put more effort in praising the children’s object of labor than the labor itself.  This will then affect the childs brain development and sense of self.

The book gives perspective to all parents about the reasons behind common behavioral worries. It will guide you on how to avoid them with simple activities. The information is sorted into chapters for a better understanding of each problem covered.

3. Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder – Mariah Bruehl

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Mariah Bruehl, a former teacher, approaches learning through playing. Children, at a young age, are like a sponge for information. But when they are coerced to learn something with a degree of difficulty, they often resist. By making a game out of learning, the child will feel more comfortable learning about new subjects. They dont realise it is learning and they just see the fun and challenge. This type of learning stimulates curiosity and creativity which are important in boosting your child IQ.

4. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five – John Medina

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John Medina’s book prepares you for parenting from the day you conceive the baby until the age of five. The book is based on behavioral psychology and neuroscience research. It gives you the scientific knowledge you need to understand why your child acts a certain way and what you should do if you want to change something. The author talks about child brain development, and he puts emphasis on understanding emotions and learning. He believes that a smart child is a happy one. This book also teaches you how to plant the seeds of knowledge and how prepare the soil for your child to blossom into a beautiful, happy and smart adult one day.

5. Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems – Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.

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Children learn differently, so standardized teaching might not cover your child’s needs. Different Learners helps you understand the challenges your child faces when learning new things. It shows how the brain works.   And how the child’s brain develops based on genetics and environment, so you can understand your child’s problems better.

It talks about common attention disorders and what the best way to diagnose and treat them. Furthermore, some of these disorders may be prevented, as the author explains. This is a practical guide on how to understand, prevent and approach your child’s learning difficulties.


Technology Books – some History to Stretch Your Mind

Technology Books – some History to Stretch Your Mind

History of Technology Books for Summer 2017.

The history of technology books are great way to keep up with changes in our world. Technology is changing faster than it ever has in the history of man. Which technologies are making major changes? Where did these technologies come from. Who are the interesting people behind these technologies changing our lives.

This list of popular almost historical technology books will update your knowledge and help you understand where some of these changes have grown from.

1. Microcosm – George Gilder

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George Gilder is an economist, writer, investor and techno-utopian among many other things. In 1989 he wrote Microcosm, a revolutionary book in which he captures the birth of the computer at the very beginning of their development. This book was revolutionary, and some of Gilder’s predictions came true. In Microcosm he writes about the history of entrepreneurial relationships in Silicon Valley. He also writes about the people, discoveries, and inventions. He puts a lot of emphasis on individual initiative in the development of computers. Readers should be warned, this quite a technical book. Not everyone will find it easy to read – be brave and stretch your mind a little. It is however, a very interesting book about history of high-tech. Have a go and you will learn a lot.

2. Telecosm – George Gilder

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George Gilder wrote Telecosm 7 years after Microcosm. In Telecosm he focuses on communication technology i.e. on the birth of the age of the telecosm. World of telecosm is a world empowered and defined by new communication technology that we now know as Internet. But Gilder does not just write about past he also (again) tries to predict what the future will hold. Reading this book from some historical distance it becomes obvious that Gilder was right with some of his predictions (e.g. future of fiber and wireless optics), but others have not yet come to pass. Gilder writes with a passion and his explanations about tech development are fascinating. From a strictly modern technology point of view this book could be updated. But if you are interested in reading about the history of hardware, software, chips, storage, and many other technologies that our lives now now depend on, pick this book.

3. The Wisdom of Crowds – James Surowiecki

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James Surowiecki is a journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker where he writes a regular column called “The Financial Page”. The Wisdom of Crowds was published in 2004 and in it Surowiecki explores one very simple idea. He claims that under the right circumstances large groups of people are smarter than the smartest people in them. Throughout the book he explores and give proofs of his theory across a wide range of fields. His knowledge spans popular culture and psychology to military history, behavioral economics, politics and ant biology. He explores the problem through cognition, cooperation and coordination. Throughout this book Surowiecki provides important life lessons and he show us how and why we live our lives. He also demonstrates how we choose our leaders or run our businesses and even think about our world. Not strictly a technology book, these concepts still drive much of the change happening now. This book is well worth reading.

4. The Physics of the Future – Michio Kaku

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This book has very interesting subtitle “How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100”. It was published in 2011. Its author is theorist physicist, popularizer of science and futurist. He is also professor of theoretical physics at City College of New York. In this book he writes about the possible development of artificial intelligence, space travel, medicine, computer technology over the next hundred years. Although Kaku writes about space elevators and a car that flies, this is not a science fiction book. This book is based on in depth research. While researching for the book Kaku interviewed 300 top scientists who have developed amazing prototypes of things that might be ours in the future. Also he takes into account the principles of science that regulate how quickly technology can advance. Based on these things he outlines the vision of our technological future. Read for the science and fiction part of your brain. Its only science fiction until it’s technology.

5. World War 3.0 – Ken Auletta

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Ken Auletta is American writer and journalist. He writes media critiques for the New Yorker. was published in 2001, and its subtitle is Microsoft And Its Enemies. The subtitle summarizes the theme of the book. World War 3.0 is in fact a chronicle of the conflict between Bill Gates’ Microsoft and the United States Government. The story of the large US Government civil suit against Microsoft for allegedly stifling competition and innovation on a broad scale.

One might think this would be a boring story. But Auletta writes exceptionally well. He has so much knowledge and wisdom, gained through his work as a media, software and communication industry journalist. So this becomes an interesting read and no spoilers – you will have to decide yourself if Microsoft has helped or stifled technology, competition and innovation.

6. The Long tail – Chris Andersen

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Chris Anderson is an editor of Wired Magazine – a monthly American Magazine available online and in print. Magazine focuses on effect of emerging technologies on culture, the economy and culture.
Back in 2004 Anderson wrote an article in Wired about statistical distributions and its potential to revolutionize business. Two years later he further developed this idea and turned the article into this book.

In The Long tail – Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, Anderson explains how to get into new economy of abundance by catering to the tastes and expectations of consumers. He focuses a lot on the rise of digital world and how the digital world has expanded the marketplace open to a business. This is a pretty controversial book and not all readers will agree with author’s ideas. Read this technology book and make up your own mind.

7. The Singularity is Near – Kay Kurzweil

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Kay Kurzweil is futurist, inventor and author of books on health, artificial intelligence, trans-humanism and technological singularity. Published in 2006, this book on technological singularity focuses on artificial intelligence and the future of humanity. Kurzweil examines the union between human and machines. Looking at this union of knowledge and skills that will be embedded into human brain. The potential is our brains will have greater capacity, speed and knowledge-sharing ability than ever in the history of man. Although Kurzweil is arguing that this future will come one day, he doesn’t say when.

This is highly provoking book about possibilities of our future. It is also an impact book and it can change the way you perceive the world. Whether one agrees with Kurzweil’s ideas or not, this almost historical technology book should be read by everyone. This technology is almost here, in 2017 and is definitely a technology of the future.

8. The Search – John Battelle

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Subtitled How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture. The Search is as you would expect a book about search engines in our culture. It was published in 2005 by John Battelle who was a founder of The Industry Standard and then editor of Wired. Both of these magazines have had a great influence on perceptions of the world of the Internet.

Whilst this is primary a book about Google, it is not the corporate history of Google. Instead the author wants to explore and understand the cultural anthropology of search. So he analyzes the role of search engines and human curiosity. Although Battelle writes a bit about Google history, he also covers his thoughts on the potential future of this big technological giant. Now 12 years later, Google is one of the largest companies on the planet, driving technological change in many parts of our lives. Understanding how the search engine is behind this makes this a valuable technology book to read for those who grew up in a ‘google world’ and those of us (like WhyToRead Librarian) who are older.

Best Non-Fiction Books of 2016

Best Non-Fiction Books of 2016

Well written Non-Fiction Books can offer something of both fantasy and fact. A good memoir like Lab Girl will entertain whilst educating you. Grunt will teach you science whilst you laugh.

Reading a few non-fiction books outside our field should be on everyone’s to do list. The best breakthroughs come from cross-subject insights. Learn something in a new field today with our choice of the Best Non-Fiction books of 2016 so far.

1. Lab Girl – Hope Jahren

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Women in science are still rare, but those that don a lab coat every day are pretty amazing. Lab Girl follows the life and work of Hope Jahren, a scientist with a love of plants. This scientific memoir takes us across America from Jahren’s upbringing in Minnesota to her cross country adventures to find weird and wonderful plants. However, the real focus of this book is Jahren’s friendship with her lab partner. There are touching moments between the two of them, and it ultimately shows how science opened the doors of friendship, adventure and plants. Lab Girl is a best seller and will inspire you to look at nature anew.

2. Grunt: the Curious Science of Humans at War – Mary Roach

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War is science; a tricky science filled with tactics, plans and cockroaches. Grunt is a comical but no less factual book on how scientific testing is used in warfare. There are experiments on wedding gowns, the importance of ducks to the defence force and “why zippers on uniforms are problematic for snipers”. This book is full of the strangest stories and scientific facts you couldn’t find anywhere else. You will never look at the army the same again, and while war is a serious thing, the science behind some of the biggest killing machines is a little crazy at times. Roach is the queen of comedic writing, and you will get a laugh a minute out of this book.

3. Evicted: Poverty and Profit – Matthew Desmond

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We all deserve a home but in America, the cost of housing is increasing. Evicted follows the story of eight poor families in Milwaukee and their struggle to have a home and keep their homes. With economic statistics as well as stories of real people this nonfiction book looks at the housing market and what the cost of this “human right” really is. Evicted is a pivotal read reminding us that a good, stable home is a key foundation for achievement.

4. When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

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Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi went from researching cures to fighting his inoperable lung cancer. When Breath Becomes Air is a sad but heart-warming story about what life means and how we can use the time we have to do something. Kalanithi looks at his role as a doctor, as a patient and as a new father. He challenges our concept of what a “good” life is and examines his life and loves. He died while writing this novel and what we are left with is an account of one man’s life and hope for the future and medicine.

5. Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel – Tom Wainright

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Drug cartels are a business and just like any big corporation they have economic plans and strategies and dirty dealings. Wainright also looks at how McDonald’s, Apple and other big businesses inspired the working of the cartels and how these business models are not that different. He shares a first-hand experience of what it takes to join the big boys and the economics behind it all. A great read for anyone interested in economics or the underground.

6. Kill ’em and Leave – James McBride

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James Brown is synonymous with soul music and his bigger than life personality. But, as with every story, there is always more. Kill ‘em and Leave is the real story of James Brown. It chronicles his music career, his family life as well as some lesser known stories about this very complicated and misunderstood man. The book tries to piece together the life of story of Brown while giving us a glimpse into the world he lived in. McBride provides a well written and researched book that shows us why Brown earned himself the nickname “The Godfather of Soul” and how he inspired a whole genre of music.

7. Girls and Sex – Peggy Orenstein

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With Tinder, party drugs and issues of consent, the world that girls are maturing in is different from their parents. Girls and Sex examine how girls have sex, engage with their partners and what sex means to modern girls. Peggy Orenstein interviewed over seventy young women from high school age to college to get a first-hand experience of how they navigate and engage sex. There are important issues around rape, pregnancy, virginity and online dating. This book is a must-read for parents as well as anyone interested in the workings of the new ‘hook-up culture’.

8. The Gene– Siddhartha Mukherjee

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Genetics is the future, yet we understand so little of it. Siddhartha Mukherjee gives us a very personal account of genetics in his family and how mental illness is still misunderstood. By looking back at the history of genetics and the scientist who pioneered the research Mukherjee tries to understand his family and in turn we learn things about our own. Are sexuality, sickness and weight affected by genetics? The Gene answers some of these questions and lets us look into the future. This bestselling novel is charming in the way that it combines science with heartfelt emotions.

9. Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution – Nathaniel Philbrick

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The story of the Revolutionary War is well documented, but Valiant Ambition is not just a history book. It is about comradery and the relationship between George Washington and his commander Benedict Arnold. Written with two big personalities at the forefront it becomes clear that while the British were their enemy, there was already one within. Arnold, one of the most infamous names in America, is given a voice from beyond the grave as we learn about his motivation.This is a great read for anyone interested in riveting history or for anyone who likes a book full of better than fictional characters.

Mark Zuckerberg Book Club part 2

Mark Zuckerberg Book Club part 2

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO wanted to read an important book every two weeks last year.    It was his new years resolution.  Half way through, WTR reviewed the books to date on Mark Zuckerberg’s book club list for 2015.

Zuckerberg’s book club list was intended to emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.  Something he felt important for everyone.  Something he felt could connect people, through discussion.

Its way past time we complete this list and help you broaden your reading. You can read about the first eleven books here.

Mark Zuckerberg Book Club – part 2

1. Why Nations Fail – Daren Acemoglu & James Robinson

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#1 Best Seller in Comparative Politics
Understanding poverty and the factors that contribute to nations being rich or poor may seem a little over our heads. Why Nations Fail tries to pin down political, social and economic factors that are important in understanding the big WHY. Based on over fifteen years of research this really is a comprehensive study on what makes sister countries like South and North Korea so different. There are numerous examples stretching the globe and the book is written for the everyday reader. All in all, this book aims to give us an understanding of some globally challenging issues but in an easy to understand way.

2.The Rational Optimist – Matt Ridley

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With climate change, overpopulation and bad politics, there seems to be nothing to look forward to in the future. Matt Ridley tries to show us that humans have in fact achieved a lot and that there is only one real way of going forward and that is to trade and trust one another. The book is a look into the economic future of the world and where we are headed as a civilization. The Rational Optimist aims to give us a silver lining to all the gloom and doom that we hear of daily. This is Ridley’s third best seller and he continues to charm with his wit and his economic thought is unparalleled.

3. Portfolios of the Poor – Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford & Orlanda Ruthven

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It is pretty difficult (for most of us) to imagine living on $2 a day. How do you feed your family? educate your kids? save for a pension? Portfolios of the Poor gives us an insight into how the poorest live each day and how billions struggle to do some of the stuff we take for granted. The authors conducted interviews with some of the poorest people around the globe and have tried their best to bring together their stories and struggles in a ‘tell all book’. It is considered a pivotal text in the dialogue on poverty and understanding what it really means to be poor in a world that applauds the wealthy.

4. World Order – Henry Kissinger

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Hendry Kissinger has an advisor to some of America’s most powerful people for many years. In his World Order, he brings together all of his experience in foreign policy, diplomacy, and thinking in order to look at what it really means to have world order. Can we ever get to ‘ world peace’ with all the conflicts that exist? This book tries to give us insight into the inner working of the world and why getting all our ducks in a row is not as simple as beauty pageants would have us think. Word Order is a valuable study and many are saying that this book ( published 2014) is Kissinger’s best book to date.

5. The Varieties Of Religious Experience: A Study In Human Nature – William James

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Religion vs Science is and will continue to be a topic of universal debate. In The Varieties of Religious Experience, we find 20 different lectures concerning religion. All these lectures were given between 1901 and 1902 at the university of Edinburgh. This collection of lectures is still widely read and is considered a staple in many university courses today. The discussions try and pinpoint religion’s hold on people, how we individually experience religion and what it means to be religious in a world that is evolving in thought. Considered as one of those classic MUST READS, it is a text that defies time and holds essential arguments.

6. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

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#1 Best Seller in Anthropology
What does it mean to be a human? Can we pin down that ONE factor? Well, we may not be able to but Yuval Noah Harari does his best. Sapiens tries to look at human evolution and what humans have achieved and how. Being a prolific historian, Harari is able to weave his knowledge of history with biology in order to give us an overview of how our species won the battle and survived. The book is a best seller and people have been charmed by the way in which the touchy topic of evolution is presented in an easy to read and well-researched way. Harari is an author to watch and this book should be read by both academics and the everyday curious global citizen.

Best Selling Non-Fiction Lucky Dip

Best Selling Non-Fiction Lucky Dip

Non-Fiction is a very broad range. This list of best selling non-fiction from 2015 is a lucky dip of topics.
From dating practices, pet stories to the people of New York, this eclectic list is sure to give you an idea or two for the summer holidays.

1. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

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This is not another book by a comedian about their career. Ansari is demystifying modern dating, with the backing of data from expert research – albeit in his humorous an entertaining ways. The book is a social study that focuses mostly on online dating, but also enlightens with studies and observations of dating culture in other parts of the world. Whatever your stance is on modern dating trends, this book will at least help you understand the curious ways people are looking for love in the 21st century.

2. Humans of New York stories – Brandon Stanton

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If you are active on Facebook, and have a rather global friend list, chances are you may have come across Stanton’s page. In 2010, Stanton set out on an ambitious project of photographically documenting the diverse people living in the Big Apple on his blog, which resulted in a book of the same name. This book is a follow up, with more stories from the people Stanton photographed and interviewed. HONY is a passion project that shines the spotlight on the fascinating individual lives of people in a big bustling city. After going through this compilation, you may not look at another passed in the streets the same way again.

3. Between the World & Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Drawing on his personal experience and those of other African American youths, Coates paints a clear and humane picture of what it means to be a person of color in America. He brings to light obvious issues regarding race that many people are aware of, but often subconsciously choose to turn a blind eye. Whether we care to admit it, racial politics does affect each and everyone us, and Coates shows us why we should not ignore them.

4. H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald

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This book is Macdonald’s heartfelt personal account of adopting and raising a goshawk named Mabel. More than just a human-animal bonding book, Macdonald’s account of her experience if rife with astute observations and reflections on human emotions that are rarely found in other books in a similar vein. Particularly insightful is how she demonstrates that we tend to project out emotions, temperament and belief on our relationship with animals – it is something people with pets can nod to.

5. Missoula – Jon Krakauer

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In this engaging, somewhat unsettling and infuriating book, Krakauer carefully documents the flawed justice system when it comes to sexual assault cases. Exhaustive in details, the author presents the heroes and villains involved in a college town rape case. Perhaps the only missing piece is interviews with locals that could offer a perspective of the average citizens’ take on rape culture. As depressing and upsetting as the subject matter is, the book is still must-read that could raise awareness of the impact of sex crimes on the victims’ lives, especially when their assailant walks free.

6. Pirate Hunters – Robert Kurson

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If you enjoy stories of treasure hunt and sunken ships, you will enjoy Pirate Hunters. The ‘pirate’ in question of Kurson’s book is Joseph Bannister – notorious 17th century English pirate. The book is extensively researched and factually accurate, but it is far from the dry historical account you’d expect. The author has done a great job in presenting a story that may just get you excited to go on a scuba diving trip.

7. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson

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The internet can be a powerful for vigilante justice where “shame war” can be waged on perpetrators by people banding together, each “online vigilante” safe behind their computer screens. Ronson had once ignited a virtual war that brought down a group of men using his name for a Twitter account. Somewhat ironically, in his book, he examines the impact such internet justice has on those of a receiving end. There are some philosophical questions raised throughout the book about internet justice. They might make you think twice the next time you post something online.

8. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards – Jen Hatmaker

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If you are looking for some light reading from a Christian perspective, you will love Hatmaker’s book. The beauty of this book is that though coming from a religious standpoint, it does not feel too preachy and dogmatic. Instead, the author presents a practical approach to theology, some of which are great points non-Christians can find agreeable.

9. Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution – Brene Brown

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The basic message of this book is to be your authentic self.  Find the courage to rise up to the occasion in the face of adversity and failure. There may be a few too many personal anecdotes in the book for some.  But the main message of strength and courage stands. The book is a practical and inspiring reference, drawing on the author’s voice and experience.

5 Science Books For General Interest

5 Science Books For General Interest

You may not have thought about reading science books since you have left school, yet we actually make countless science-based choices each day.

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are increasingly recognized as critical skills for our country. STEM is the foundation of an innovative culture and can be found at the core of significant political decisions. It is also also important to our individual economic well-being and quality of life. In managing our healthy and well being, an understanding of science plays a key role. Science can also be found in history, geography, philosophy, physical education, the arts and other subject areas. Understanding time periods in history and societies, for example, involves learning about scientific innovations and technology used during those periods.

We are fortunate today that there are many ‘popular’ science books available on almost any subject. From the string theory to neuroscience, whales to forensics there is a science book to interest everyone.

Try these 5 Science Books for interest sake.

1. Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life – Emily Nagoski PhD

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Nagoski’s book is filled with solid scientific research on female sexuality, and presented in a lighthearted tone that it is accessible by even the most prudish. The book sheds light on how deeply ingrained cultural and gender stereotypes have greatly misinformed people when it comes to women and sex. This is an educational must-read for women (and men) to better understand their bodies and sex drives.

2. Forensics – Val McDermid

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If you love mysteries and crime fiction, you will enjoy reading about the actual processes that inspired fiction writers. Having done extensive research for her novels, McDermid has become an almost expert in forensics. In this non-fiction volume, she details some of the odd and fascinating facts about the science of identifying the dead, and how it is used to solve crimes in the real world. You will come to realize that fiction is not so far from fact as you might think.

3. Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld the Truth beyond Blackfish – John Hargrove & Howard Chua-Eoan

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Part factual exposition, part personal observations from his job at SeaWorld, Hargrove’s book will open your eyes to many ugly truths about the treatment of animals in captive. The author reveals the emotional roller coaster that those who have experienced working closely with animals go through.  From the initial joy of getting to work with animals to the disillusionment with their jobs. If you are an animal lover, this book will make you cringe at some of the horrifying treatments that animals are subjected to for the sake of profit and amusement.

4. Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science and the World – Rahchel Swaby

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If there’s anyone who still doubt women’s place in science (hard to believe of anyone in the mid-2010s), give them a copy of this book to read. Within these pages are profiles of 52 amazing women who made contributions to science throughout history. Some of their stories will leave you in awe, while some will make you feel slightly infuriated at the injustice they faced. If you or a woman you know is aspiring towards a science career, ‘inspirational’ doesn’t even begin to describe Headstrong as an essential reading material.

5. Voices in the Ocean – Susan Casey

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Casey’s book is a personal account of her personal spiritual connection to dolphins, from her experience of swimming with them to discovering how they are mistreated. Scientific information about dolphins is kept to the minimum, with focus given to the author’s individual journey. While a bit less on the science, Voices of the Ocean is still worth reading for those who enjoy human-animal bonding stories.

Spy Games – 5 Spy Skills Books You MUST Read

Spy Games – 5 Spy Skills Books You MUST Read

Spy Skills… do you dream of being James Bond? Or do you feel like Jason Bourne some days?

Or are you just interested in protecting your privacy today.  With these 5 Spy Skills Books you can learn from the experts to read people; protect yourself or just get a better job.

1. 100 Deadly skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide – Clint Emerson

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What skills can a retired Navy SEAL teach you that are practically applicable to your daily lives? Apparently a lot of useful stuff to keep you safe! Emerson covers tips for staying safe. From avoiding vehicle theft, burglaries, and home invasions to protecting yourself while traveling. All the information is presented in an easy to read format. Each skill is discussed in a double page with a takeaway message and clear illustrations.

2. Spy Secrets that can Save Your Life – Jason Hanson

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The world is a crazy dangerous place, but no worries! Hanson has you covered with a guide packed from cover to cover with life-saving information from the secret world of spies. This is not a book written to indulge your childhood spy fantasies; it a practical guide that will actually change the way you think of safety, your environment and daily actions.

3. How to Become a Spy: A Guide to Developing Spy Skills and Joining the Elite Underworld of Secret Agents and Spy Operatives – Maxwell Knight

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Want to learn how to become a super spy? Of course you cannot learn all the spy skills from a book, but you can certainly learn about what it takes if you aspire to become a spy. Knight’s book outlines the physical, mental and various skill training required to join the intriguing world of espionage in a generalised way. This book is probably not to be taken too seriously if you have real career aspirations to become a secret agent. However, if you want a peak into the world of spies – perhaps you aspire to be a espionage and crime fiction writer – this book is a reliable resource.

4. The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s guide to Influencing, Attracting and Winning People Over – Jack Schafer

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Reading people is a key spy skill. There is a lot of information to be gauged from body language and non-verbal cues. Schafer’s book is a valuable reference for anyone who has to conduct interviews of any kind, whether it is for investigative work, journalism, hiring or simply to be a better communicator. Basically, this book guides you on adopting FBI techniques for handling various verbal and non-verbal communications in your day-to-day life.

5. Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers teach you How to Detect Deception – Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero & Don Tennant (writer)

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Being a human lie detector is an impressive spy skill many people dream of having. This book by three former CIA officers is a handy guide to learn how to detect verbal and body language cues that indicates deception. Is also guides in identifying the barriers to accurately detect lies. We have seen it in fiction; the secret agent with a knack for mining truth from a criminal suspect just by observing body language and asking a few questions. In reality, as you will learn from Spy the Lie, deception detecting is not magic, nor is it infallible. But with practice, you can minimize the chances of being deceived by learning this spy skill.

If you prefer your spies to stay safely between the covers of a good book, then you can always read a good novel.

Best Selling Non-Fiction Graphic Novel 2016

Best Selling Non-Fiction Graphic Novel 2016

No longer just comics for kids, a non-fiction graphic novel can contain a world of interesting information for anyone.

Have you ever wondered if you could learn a difficult subject like economics?  Or have an interest in history, but unable to bare the dry tomes of history text books? What about the history of beer?  In a comic?

Then you will love the non-fiction graphic novels.  The format forces the author to be clear  with their ideas, in a simple format will appeal to many adults who are interested in a subject but not willing to read pages of dry non-fiction.  From beer to economics, history to your favorite new age texts, pick up a comic non-fiction graphic novel and learn something new this year.

5 Best Selling Non-Fiction Graphic Novel in 2015

1. The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution – Mike Smith & Jonathan Hennessey

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If you enjoy the regular weekend beer at the pub, then you will enjoy the stories your favorite beverage has to tell. The Comic Book Story of Beer is an exciting tour of human history, told from the perspective of beer. It is an interesting and accessible look at the history of beer that will make you want to re-read it for better appreciation of the beverage. Beautiful pictures, interesting text – perfect excuse for a beer!

2. Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work), in Words and Pictures – Michael Goodwin

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If economic theory sounds dry and boring, think again. Economix is the graphical crash course to give you a firm grasp of the basics with no effort on your part. This book is a creative concept that makes a complicated subject accessible to everyone. There is also a sense of humor and self-awareness on the author’s part that made the book enjoyable to read and feels nothing like a textbook.

3. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb – Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

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To cram the intricate history of the atomic bomb into the graphic format seems like an ambitious attempt. Yet, Trinity defies expectations for being able to pack in so much detail, from nuclear science to the political motivation behind the development of the atomic bomb. Far from a boring historical lesson told in illustrations, the book is an interesting look at the human aspect and historical factors which brought into being a powerful weapon of mass destruction.

4. The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

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It may seem unconceivable and even laughable to depict the atrocities of the Holocaust through anthropomorphic cats and mice. Read the Maus collection, and see if you are able to resist not being drawn into the world of the Speigelman family. Entertaining, yet surprisingly moving and believable, Maus gives the reader a real sense of the horrors of the Holocaust through a family of mice.

5. The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel – Paulo Coelho

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The graphical adaptation of Coelho’s bestselling novel retains everything that is inspiring about its source material and makes it even more accessible. The novel about realizing one’s destiny has gained worldwide acclaim for being sort of a self-help book in the guise of a novel. If you are not into instructional guides and lengthy wordy books, this graphic novel is the best pick-me-up book for a motivation boost.


Graphic Novel Memoirs and Biographies for Adults

Graphic Novel Memoirs and Biographies for Adults

Hate reading? Many successful writers of books are now writing graphic novels (aka comics for adults); including graphic novel memoirs.

Because, lets face it, not everyone is a born reader or loves to read. When a picture paints a thousand words – and some us just understand pictures, or drawings better a graphic novel is the answer.

No longer just for kids, this list of the best selling graphic novel memoirs and graphic novel biographies, is for Adults!  As a graphic novel has far fewer words it can draw you into the imagery of the story quicker – which is encouraging for slower and reluctant readers of all ages.

5 Best Selling Graphic Novel Memoirs for Adults

1. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened – Allie Brosh

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Unique, witty and insightful, Hyperbole and a Half is a collection of comics that touch on many mundane and also serious subjects. This book contains a collection of comics, some that have appeared in Brosh’s hugely popular blog of the same name, but more than half are never before published material. While the illustrations are deceptively simple, Brosh demonstrates a special knack for capturing complex emotions and presenting her thoughts on a subject matter in a darkly humorous, yet brutally honest way.   To quote Allie, its about “stories about things that happened to me” and “stories about things that happened to other people because of me”.

2. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir – Stan Lee

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One can only expect the man who created many of the most iconic comic book characters would be quite an interesting persona himself. Indeed, in his aptly titled memoir; presented in the medium which he has been known for, one will come to find out there are many interesting aspects of Stan Lee’s life that even the most hardcore fans of his work will be surprised and amused about. If you have always been a lifelong fan of superheroes and the graphic storytelling medium, you will enjoy reading about the man whose imagination they sprang from.

3. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Alison Bechdel

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When the ‘fun’ in the book title actually refers to funeral, you’d expect a dark and depressing memoir. While Fun Home does deal with dark themes like death, the pains of growing up homosexual and coming out of the closet, it is hardly a sullen memoir.

It is gripping, thoughtful and somewhat funny graphically rendered account of growing up in rural Pennsylvania. One can’t help but empathize with Bechdel, who managed to make peace with herself and her past after all.

Ed: This book is now a Broadway Musical!

4. Persepolis: – Marjane Satrapi

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Featured in many of our book lists before; our list of graphic novel memoirs would not be complete without this well known graphic novel.

Rendered in beautiful black and white illustrations, Persepolis is an autobiography that conveyed what it was like to experience the Iranian revolution and the Iran-Iraq war as a child in the 1970s and 80s. It presents a rare brutally honest view of Iranian society, without too much emphasis on history and sociology.

After all, the autobiography is not meant so much as a social commentary as it is a personal account of childhood during an interesting period in a nation’s history.

5. Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir – Roz Chast

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One of the greatest concerns many people have as they grow old is being a burden to their children. Cartoonist Chast is the only child, born to older parents. In her graphical memoir, she provides an honest and very personal account of her mixed feelings dealing with her parents as they aged, and eventually could no longer care for themselves. It may be a difficult story to read, but it does offer some food for thought on the uncomfortable subject of aging and losing one’s independence.