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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

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English

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351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>The聽<i>#1 New York Times</i>聽bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.</b><br /><br /> <b>Shortlisted for the聽<i>Financial Times</i>/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b><br /> 聽聽<br /> <b>鈥淭he most important business鈥攁nd parenting鈥攂ook of the year.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /> <b>鈥淯rgent and important. . .聽an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.鈥?鈥擠aniel H. Pink</b>聽聽<b><br /> </b><br /> <b>鈥淪o much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education.鈥?鈥擲usan Cain, bestselling author of聽<i>Quiet</i></b><i>聽</i>聽聽<br /><br /> <b>鈥淎s David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated鈥?a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>Wall Street Journal</i></b> <br /><br />Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you鈥檒l never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world鈥檚 top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.聽聽聽聽 <br /><br />David Epstein examined the world鈥檚 most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields鈥攅specially those that are complex and unpredictable鈥攇eneralists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They鈥檙e also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can鈥檛 see. <br /><br />Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing,聽<i>Range</i>聽makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gol...
by Daniel James Brown

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 04, 2013

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<b>The #1聽<i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary 鈥淭he聽Boys of 鈥?6'.鈥?lt;br /><br /></b>For readers of聽<i>Unbroken</i>, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times鈥攖he improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.<br /><br /> It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington鈥檚 eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys鈥?own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man鈥檚 personal quest.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Di...
by Peter Wohlleben

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English

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290

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong>The first book in <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Peter Wohlleben鈥檚 The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy. Book two, <em>The Inner Life of Animals</em>, is available now, and the third book, <em>The Secret Wisdom of Nature</em>, is coming in Spring 2019.</strong></p><br /><p>Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.<br /><br />After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.<br /><br /><em>Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard</em></p><p><em>Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.</em></p>
Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero
by Christopher McDougall

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><b>"A聽delight, full of heart and hijinks and humor . . . McDougall is a gifted storyteller who gets to the heart of the human-animal connection." --John Grogan, author of <i>Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog</i></b><br /><br /><b>From the best-selling author of <i>Born to Run</i>, a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America, and, in the process, discovering the life-changing power of the human-animal connection.</b></b><br /><br />When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman's body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He'd heard about burro racing--a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days--and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.<br /><br />Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman's training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. An entire community comes together to help save Sherman and, along the way, Chris shows us the joy of a life with animals.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder ...
by Sy Montgomery

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English

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273

Publication Date

May 12, 2015

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<b>Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction * <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller * Starred <i>Booklist</i> and <i>Library Journal </i>Editors鈥?Spring Pick * A <i>Huffington Post</i> Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on <i>Goodreads * Library Journal </i>Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year</b><br /> <br /> <b>鈥淪y Montgomery鈥檚 <i>The Soul of an Octopus</i> does for the creature what Helen Macdonald鈥檚 <i>H Is for Hawk</i> did for raptors.鈥?鈥?lt;i>New Statesman</i>, UK</b><br /> <br /> <b>鈥淥ne of the best science books of the year.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Science Friday</i>, NPR</b><br /> <br /> Another <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from the author of <i>The Good Good Pig</i>, this 鈥渇ascinating鈥ouching鈥nformative鈥ntertaining鈥?(<i>Daily Beast</i>) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus鈥攁 surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature鈥攁nd the remarkable connections it makes with humans.<br /><br />In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities鈥攇entle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple 鈥渟leights of hand鈥?to get food.<br /> <br />Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal鈥檚 color-changing techniques. With her 鈥渏oyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures鈥?(<i>Library Journal</i> Editors鈥?Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, <i>The Soul of an Octopus </i>reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fr茅mont Mapped the West, In...
by Steve Inskeep

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English

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480

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January 14, 2020

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<b><b>Steve Inskeep tells the riveting story of John and Jessie Fr茅mont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States, and thus became America's first great political couple </b></b><br /><br />John C. Fr茅mont, one of the United States鈥檚 leading explorers of the nineteenth century, was relatively unknown in 1842, when he commanded the first of his expeditions to the uncharted West. But in only a few years, he was one of the most acclaimed people of the age 鈥?known as a wilderness explorer, bestselling writer, gallant army officer, and latter-day conquistador, who in 1846 began the United States鈥檚 takeover of California from Mexico. He was not even 40 years old when Americans began naming mountains and towns after him. He had perfect timing, exploring the West just as it captured the nation鈥檚 attention. But the most important factor in his fame may have been the person who made it all possible: his wife, Jessie Benton Fr茅mont. <br /> 聽<br /> Jessie, the daughter of a United States senator who was deeply involved in the West, provided her husband with entr茅e to the highest levels of government and media, and his career reached new heights only a few months after their elopement. During a time when women were allowed to make few choices for themselves, Jessie 鈥?who herself aspired to roles in exploration and politics 鈥?threw her skill and passion into promoting her husband. She worked to carefully edit and publicize his accounts of his travels, attracted talented young men to his circle, and lashed out at his enemies. She became her husband鈥檚 political adviser, as well as a power player in her own right. In 1856, the famous couple strategized as John became the first-ever presidential nominee of the newly established Republican Party. <br /><br /> With rare detail and in consummate style, Steve Inskeep tells the story of a couple whose joint ambitions and talents intertwined with those of the nascent United States itself. Taking advantage of expanding news media, aided by an increasingly literate public, the two linked their names to the three great national movements of the time鈥攚estward settlement, women鈥檚 rights, and opposition to slavery. Together, John and Jessie Fr茅mont took parts in events that defined the country and gave rise to a new, more global America. Theirs is a surprisingly modern tale of ambition and fame; they lived in a time of social and technological disruption and divisive politics that foreshadowed our own. In <i>Imperfect Union</i>, as Inskeep navigates these deeply transformative years through Jessie and John鈥檚 own union, he reveals how the Fr茅monts鈥?adventures amount to nothing less than a tour of the early American soul.
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

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English

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292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b><br /> <br />In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the <i>Endurance </i>and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the <i>Endurance </i>became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.<br /> <br />In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.<br />
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and ...
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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English

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410

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September 16, 2013

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As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In <i>Braiding Sweetgrass</i>, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on 鈥渁 journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise鈥?(Elizabeth Gilbert).<br /><br /> Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings鈥攁sters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass鈥攐ffer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard ...
by , Kevin Salwen

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English

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368

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>A contributing source for the Warner Bros.鈥?film <i>Richard Jewell</i> starring Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Hauser!<br /><br /> "Meticulously reported, bracingly written, full of memorable and bizarre characters, the book casts a wary eye on the worlds of law enforcement and journalism, and their multiple failures in this tale. It鈥檚 a story with no winners 鈥?except for readers of this terrific book.鈥濃€犫€?鈥?Jeffrey Toobin</b><br /><br /><b>The masterful true-crime聽account聽of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing that captured the world's attention, and the heroic security guard-turned-suspect at the heart of it all</b><br /><br /> On July 27, 1996, a hapless former cop turned hypervigilant security guard named Richard Jewell spotted a suspicious bag in Atlanta鈥檚 Centennial Olympic Park, the town square of the 1996 Summer Games. Inside was a bomb, the largest of its kind in FBI and ATF history. Minutes later, the bomb detonated amid a crowd of fifty thousand people. But thanks to Jewell, it only wounded 111 and killed two, not the untold scores who would have otherwise died. With the eyes of the world on Atlanta, the Games continued. But the pressure to find the bomber was intense. Within seventy-two hours, Jewell went from the hero to the FBI鈥檚 main suspect. The news leaked and the intense focus on the guard forever changed his life. The worst part: It let the true bomber roam free to strike again.聽<br /><br /> What really happened that evening during the聽Olympic Games? The attack left a mark on American history, but most of what we remember is wrong. In a triumph of reporting and access in the tradition of the best investigative journalism, former U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander and former <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reporter Kevin Salwen reconstruct all the events leading up to, during, and after the Olympic bombing from mountains of law enforcement evidence and the extensive personal records of key players, including Richard himself.<br /><br /><i>The Suspect</i>, the culmination of more than five years of reporting, is a gripping story of the rise of domestic terrorism in America, the advent of the 24/7 news cycle, and an innocent man鈥檚 fight to clear his name.聽
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss
by Margaret Renkl

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English

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240

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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From <i>New York Times</i> opinion writer Margaret Renkl comes an unusual, captivating portrait of a family鈥攁nd of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world.<br /><br /><br /><br />Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents鈥攈er exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father鈥攁nd of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child鈥檚 transition to caregiver.<br /><br /><br /><br />And here, braided into the overall narrative, Renkl offers observations on the world surrounding her suburban Nashville home. Ringing with rapture and heartache, these essays convey the dignity of bluebirds and rat snakes, monarch butterflies and native bees. As these two threads haunt and harmonize with each other, Renkl suggests that there is astonishment to be found in common things: in what seems ordinary, in what we all share. For in both worlds鈥攖he natural one and our own鈥斺€渢he shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love鈥檚 own twin.鈥?lt;br /><br /><br /><br />Gorgeously illustrated by the author鈥檚 brother, Billy Renkl, <i>Late Migrations</i> is an assured and memorable debut.

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