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    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Lowest new price: $11.95
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    Author: Yuval Noah Harari

    Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.

    #1 New York Times Bestseller

    The Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg,  now available as a beautifully packaged paperback

    From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

    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, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

    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?

    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.

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    National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals

    National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals Lowest new price: $29.13
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    Author: Joel Sartore
    Brand: National Geographic

    The lush and unique photography in this book represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major initiative and lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore to make portraits of the world's animals—especially those that are endangered. His powerful message, conveyed with humor, compassion, and art: to know these animals is to save them.

    Sartore is circling the globe, visiting zoos and wildlife rescue centers to create studio portraits of 12,000 species, with an emphasis on those facing extinction. Wiht a goal of photographing every animal in captivity in the world, he has photographed more than 6,000 already and now, thanks to a multi-year partnership with National Geographic, he may reach his goal. This book showcases his animal portraits: from tiny to mammoth, from the Florida grasshopper sparrow to the greater one-horned rhinoceros. Paired with the eloquent prose of veteran wildlife writer Douglas Chadwick, and an inspiring foreword from Harrison Ford, this book presents a thought-provoking argument for saving all the species of our planet.

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    Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live

    Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live Lowest new price: $19.24
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    Author: Rob Dunn

    A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements

    Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly 200,000 species living with us in our own homes, from the Egyptian meal moths in our cupboards and camel crickets in our basements to the lactobacillus lounging on our kitchen counters. You are not alone. Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution. These changes are reshaping the organisms that live with us--prompting some to become more dangerous, while undermining those species that benefit our bodies or help us keep more threatening organisms at bay. No one who reads this engrossing, revelatory book will look at their homes in the same way again.

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    Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life

    Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life Lowest new price: $17.35
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    Author: Max Lugavere

    New York Times Bestseller

    Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat and change the way your brain ages, in this cutting-edge, practical guide to eliminating brain fog, optimizing brain health, and achieving peak mental performance from media personality and leading voice in health Max Lugavere.

    After his mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia, Max Lugavere put his successful media career on hold to learn everything he could about brain health and performance. For the better half of a decade, he consumed the most up-to-date scientific research, talked to dozens of leading scientists and clinicians around the world, and visited the country’s best neurology departments—all in the hopes of understanding his mother’s condition.

    Now, in Genius Foods, Lugavere presents a comprehensive guide to brain optimization. He uncovers the stunning link between our dietary and lifestyle choices and our brain functions, revealing how the foods you eat directly affect your ability to focus, learn, remember, create, analyze new ideas, and maintain a balanced mood.

    Weaving together pioneering research on dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and nutritional psychiatry, Lugavere distills groundbreaking science into actionable lifestyle changes. He shares invaluable insights into how to improve your brain power, including

    • the nutrients that can boost your memory and improve mental clarity (and where to find them);
    • the foods and tactics that can energize and rejuvenate your brain, no matter your age;
    • a brain-boosting fat-loss method so powerful it has been called “biochemical liposuction”; and
    • the foods that can improve your happiness, both now and for the long term.

    With Genius Foods, Lugavere offers a cutting-edge yet practical road map to eliminating brain fog and optimizing the brain’s health and performance today—and decades into the future.

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    365 Cats Page-A-Day Calendar 2019

    365 Cats Page-A-Day Calendar 2019 Lowest new price: $10.11
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    Author: Workman Publishing
    Brand: Workman Publishing

    It’s our #1 calendar overall and the all-time bestselling cat calendar. Packed with full-color photographs to feed the cat lover’s obsession, 365 CATS belongs on every feline fanatic’s desktop. Here are the winners of this year’s Cat Calendar Contest in all their frisky and adorable glory. A graceful, blue-eyed Tonkinese with a captivating stare. A cheerful kitty befriending a stuffed animal. An elegant tabby princess wearing an adorable tiara. Plus sweet rescues, rare breeds, oodles of adorable kittens, and cat-lover quotes: One cat just leads to another.—Ernest Hemingway.

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    • THE YEAR OF THE CAT - Like Ernest Hemingway said, "One cat just leads to another". Now you can enjoy delightful kitty photos, facts and shenanigans every day of the year with the 365 Cats Page-A-Day 2019 Calendar.
    • PACKED WITH PURR-FECTLY USEFUL INFO - Stand-up calendar features full-color photos and bios of the winners of the 2019 Cat Calendar Contest, and is sprinkled with cat-loving quotes and health and care tips for kitty owners.
    • DAILY DOSE OF CUTE - Keep this adorable calendar on your desk, table top, bed side table or a mantle to revel in the frisky glory of the featured kitties. Enjoy sweet rescues, rare breeds and oodles of loveable kittens.
    • AWESOME GIFT - 365 Cats is the all-time best selling cat calendar on the market, and makes a great birthday or holiday present for any cat lover. For the Dog version, search "365 Dogs Page-A-Day Calendar 2019 - Daily Photos, Facts and Quotes".

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    How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

    How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Lowest new price: $11.82
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    Author: Sy Montgomery

    National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals—her friends—who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green.

    Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet’s rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy’s life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets.

    This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals—Sy’s friends—and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.

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    Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

    Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams Lowest new price: $10.65
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    Author: Matthew Walker PhD

    A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) from the director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. As the Guardian said, Walker explains “how a good night's shut-eye can make us cleverer, more attractive, slimmer, happier, healthier, and ward off cancer.”

    With two appearances on CBS This Morning and Fresh Air's most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remains more elusive.

    Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity.

    In this “compelling and utterly convincing” (The Sunday Times) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s sleep every night.

    Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is “recommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense” (The New York Times Book Review).

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    1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus Lowest new price: $6.00
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    Author: Charles C. Mann
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    In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.
     
    Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.

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    • 1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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    The Anatomy Coloring Book

    The Anatomy Coloring Book Lowest new price: $6.00
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    Author: Wynn Kapit
    Brand: Pearson Education

    Why use this coloring book?

     

    For more than 35 years, The Anatomy Coloring Book has been the #1 best-selling human anatomy coloring book! A useful tool for anyone with an interest in learning anatomical structures, this concisely written text features precise, extraordinary hand-drawn figures that were crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Organized according to body systems, each of the 162 two-page spreads  featured in this book includes an ingenious color-key system where anatomical terminology is linked to detailed illustrations of the structures of the body. When you color to learn with The Anatomy Coloring Book, you make visual associations with key terminology, and assimilate information while engaging in kinesthetic learning. Studying anatomy is made easy and fun!

     

    The Fourth Edition features user-friendly two-page spreads with enlarged art, clearer, more concise text descriptions, and new boldface headings that make this classic coloring book accessible to a wider range of learners.

     


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    Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

    Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines Lowest new price: $8.00
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    Author: Nic Sheff
    Brand: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    The story that inspired the major motion picture Beautiful Boy featuring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.

    This New York Times bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery.

    Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It's a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.

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