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The Big Crazy: A Gripping Police Procedural Thriller (The Skip La...
by Julie Smith

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English

Pages

278

Publication Date

October 25, 2019

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<h3>PHONES ARE OUT AND THE CITY鈥橲 UNDER WATER鈥?lt;br />A FIELD DAY FOR CRIMINALS! AND LOTS OF THEM ARE COPS鈥?lt;/h3><p>August 29, 2005 - Doomsday: New Orleans is eighty per cent under water鈥攏o electricity, no phones, no 911 service, <i>no rules</i>. <b>Facing the complete breakdown of systems and normality, New Orleans homicide Detective Skip Langdon is on her own</b> to interpret and execute the only direction she鈥檚 given: <i>Get out there and keep the peace.</i></p><p>With communications down and all emergency services on search and rescue, <b>all Skip can hope to accomplish is helping the person right in front of her</b>. More than once that person turns out to be Billy, a gutsy 15-year-old from Treme who鈥檚 in greater danger of being swamped by his chaotic home life than the Cat 5 hurricane Skip shelters him from. </p><p> When she escorts him home and discovers the scene of a possible homicide, homicide detecting must take a back seat to maintaining order鈥攊f not peace. Outrageous rumors are swirling, stirring up unrest, but what really bothers her is the one about <b>a police department order to use the chaos as a cover for 鈥渃leaning up鈥?by rounding up criminals and assassinating them</b>. Now that just can鈥檛 be true. <i>Can it?</i></p><p>But after she hears it for the third time, Skip teams up with <b>the only cop in the city she鈥檚 positive she can trust, her former partner</b>, movie-star handsome, kickass, praline-sweet Adam Abasolo. They may not be able to fix everything, but, as the bodies pile up, they are damn sure going to hit back at the guys who鈥檙e giving their department a black eye.</p><p>On any regular weekday, New Orleans lives up to its billing as The Big Crazy. In post-Katrina New Orleans, where the dirty cops and lunatics are running the asylum, author Julie Smith also takes us inside the <i>actual</i> asylum, Charity Hospital <b>emergency psych unit, an unexpected oasis of comfort</b> in stark contrast to endless amounts of ever-present filthy water and hordes of half-drowned people. </p><p><b>Smith strikes just the right note, capturing the massive tragedy of the events and the inevitable comedy</b> as the survivors struggle to make sense of the closest thing to hell squared that any of them has ever seen. </p><p><b>Mystery fans who love hard-boiled women sleuths, lots of action and adventure, and offbeat police procedurals will love Detective Skip Langdon.</b></p>
Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent
by Gabrielle Walker

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English

Pages

421

Publication Date

January 15, 2013

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<p>Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole story鈥攗ntil now.<br /><br />Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in <i>Antarctica </i>Gabrielle Walker weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.<br /><br />This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of earth by one of the best science writers working today.</p>
Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise an...
by Les Standiford

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

August 05, 2003

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<b>The fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad鈥攐ne of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S. shores. </b><br /><br /> In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller, dreamed of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean鈥攁n engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal. Many considered the project impossible, but build it they did. The railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as 鈥渢he Eighth Wonder of the World,鈥?until its total destruction in 1935's deadly storm of the century.聽<br /><br />In<i> Last Train to Paradise, </i>Standiford聽celebrates this crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition, bringing to life a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature鈥檚 wrath.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 11, 2014

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<p><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S</i> 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b></p><p><b>A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes</b> <br />Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In <i>The Sixth Extinction</i>, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and <i>New Yorker</i> writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.</p>
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
by David Wallace-Wells

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

February 19, 2019

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i>聽hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.鈥濃€擜ndrew Solomon, author of聽<i>The Noonday Demon</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW </i>AND THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY</b><br /><br />It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible鈥攆ood shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.<br /><br /> An 鈥渆poch-defining book鈥?(<i>The</i> <i>Guardian</i>) and 鈥渢his generation鈥檚 <i>Silent Spring</i>鈥?(<i>The Washington Post</i>), <i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i>聽is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it鈥攖he ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress.<br /><br /> <i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i> is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation鈥攖oday鈥檚.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Uninhabitable Earth</i></b><br /><br /><i>鈥淭he Uninhabitable Earth</i>聽is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.鈥?lt;b>鈥擣arhad Manjoo,聽<i>The New York Times</i></b><i><b><br /></b></i><br />鈥淩iveting. . . .聽Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells鈥檚 outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too.鈥?lt;b>鈥擳he Economist</b><br /><br />鈥淧otent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the 鈥榚erily banal language of climatology鈥?in favor of lush, rolling prose.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩ennifer Szalai,聽<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />鈥淭he book has potential to be this generation鈥檚聽<i>Silent Spring</i>.鈥?lt;i><b>鈥擳he Washington Post</b></i><br /><br />鈥?lt;i>The Uninhabitable Earth,</i>聽which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear. . . . I encourage people to read this book.鈥?lt;b>鈥擜lan Weisman,聽<i>The New York Review of Books</i></b>
Underland: A Deep Time Journey
by Robert Macfarlane

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English

Pages

495

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><strong>A national bestseller and one of the <em>Guardian</em>'s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century.<br /><br /><br /><br />From the best-selling, award-winning author of <em>Landmarks</em> and <em>The Old Ways</em>, a haunting voyage into the planet鈥檚 past and future.</strong></p><br /><p>Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (<em>Wall Street Journal</em>), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In <em>Underland</em>, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth鈥檚 underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.</p><br /><p>In this highly anticipated sequel to his international bestseller <em>The Old Ways</em>, Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through 鈥渄eep time鈥濃€攖he dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present鈥攈e moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk 鈥渉iding place鈥?where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come. Woven through Macfarlane鈥檚 own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, artists, cavers, divers, mourners, dreamers, and murderers, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls 鈥渢he awful darkness within the world.鈥?lt;/p><br /><p>Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, <em>Underland</em> speaks powerfully to our present moment. Taking a deep-time view of our planet, Macfarlane here asks a vital and unsettling question: 鈥淎re we being good ancestors to the future Earth?鈥?<em>Underland</em> marks a new turn in Macfarlane鈥檚 long-term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart. From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion, it is a journey into wonder, loss, fear, and hope. At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world.</p>
A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

692

Publication Date

November 30, 2010

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<b>This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson鈥檚 exciting, informative journey into the world of science.</b><i><br /></i><br />In <i>A Short History of Nearly Everything</i>, the bestselling author聽of <i>A Walk in the Woods </i>and<i> The Body,</i>聽confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand鈥攁nd, if possible, answer鈥攖he oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being <i>us</i>. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it.<br /><br />Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson鈥檚 words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.
Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver
by Jill Heinerth

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English

Pages

281

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<p><strong>From one of the world鈥檚 most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth鈥檚 final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet</strong><br /><br />More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers working today鈥攁nd one of the very few women in her field鈥?lt;em>Into the Planet</em>聽blends science, adventure, and memoir to bring readers face-to-face with the terror and beauty of earth鈥檚 remaining unknowns and the extremes of human capability.</p><p>Jill Heinerth鈥攖he first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations鈥攈as descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She takes us into the harrowing split-second decisions that determine whether a diver makes it back to safety, the prejudices that prevent women from pursuing careers underwater, and her endeavor to recover a fallen friend鈥檚 body from the confines of a cave. But there鈥檚 beauty beyond the danger of diving, and while Heinerth swims beneath our feet in the lifeblood of our planet, she works with biologists discovering new species, physicists tracking climate change, and hydrogeologists examining our finite freshwater reserves.</p><p>聽</p>Written with hair-raising intensity,聽<em>Into the Planet聽</em>is the first book to deliver an intimate account of cave diving, transporting readers deep into inner space, where fear must be reconciled and a mission鈥檚 success balances between knowing one鈥檚 limits and pushing the envelope of human endurance.<p></p>
Advanced Survival: A Guide to the Self-Reliance Revolution
by Jones James C.

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

October 09, 2018

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While self-reliance is often treated simply as a form of higher level survival preparedness, it is different in both psychology and execution. Preparing and surviving imply a threat to life that must be endured in order to recover and rebuild as life was before the event. While prepping is certainly key to getting through the serious threats of the twenty-first century, it will only get you so far. True self-reliance depends on making it through whatever obstacle you face, but also takes you to an improved place once the crisis has passed. <br /><br /><i>Advanced Survival</i> is a blueprint for the journey from dependence to independence, filled with practical how-to information and time-tested wisdom about food, water, shelter, medicine, sanitation, transportation, energy, home- and self-defense, and much more. So what are you waiting for? Learn what you need to know to get through any disaster . . . whenever it strikes.
The Seine: The River that Made Paris
by Elaine Sciolino

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English

Pages

380

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<p><strong>A vibrant, enchanting tour of the Seine from longtime <em>New York Times</em> foreign correspondent and best-selling author Elaine Sciolino.</strong></p><br /><p>Elaine Sciolino came to Paris as a young foreign correspondent and was seduced by a river. In <em>The Seine</em>, she tells the story of that river from its source on a remote plateau of Burgundy to the wide estuary where its waters meet the sea, and the cities, tributaries, islands, ports, and bridges in between.</p><br /><p>Sciolino explores the Seine through its rich history and lively characters: a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cinematographer known for capturing the river鈥檚 light. She discovers the story of Sequana鈥攖he Gallo-Roman healing goddess who gave the Seine its name鈥攁nd follows the river through Paris, where it determined the city鈥檚 destiny and now snakes through all aspects of daily life. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, sips champagne at a vineyard along the river, and even dares to go for a swim. She finds the Seine in art, literature, music, and movies from Renoir and <em>Les Mis茅rables</em> to Puccini and <em>La La Land</em>. Along the way, she reveals how the river that created Paris has touched her own life. A powerful afterword tells the dramatic story of how water from the depths of the Seine saved Notre-Dame from destruction during the devastating fire in April 2019.</p><br /><p>A 鈥渟toryteller at heart鈥?(June Sawyers, <em>Chicago Tribune</em>) with a 鈥渟umptuous eye for detail鈥?(Sinclair McKay, <em>Daily Telegraph</em>), Sciolino braids memoir, travelogue, and history through the Seine鈥檚 winding route. <em>The Seine</em> offers a love letter to Paris and the most romantic river in the world, and invites readers to explore its magic for themselves.</p>

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