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Mama’s Last Hug – Frans de Waal

New York Times best-selling author and primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions. Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefront of animal research. Following up on the best-selling Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, which investigated animal intelligence, Mama’s Last Hug delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals. Mama’s Last Hug begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was ...

From Word to Kindlegen Using Templates (and some other tools) – Stephen Winter

You will not find a more powerful, robust and refined method for creating a Kindle ebook than Kindlegen. That being said, there are authors (including me) who’ve found the path to Kindlegen just a bit forbidding, where the prevailing myth has been…better leave this one to the pros. Though, once you get analytical about the subject of Kindlegen and start asking a few questions, set about finding answers—the forboding nature of the quest begins to fade like a mist exposed to warm sunlight. Yes, Kindlegen ...



Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction – Judith Grisel

From a renowned behavioral neuroscientist and recovered drug addict, an authoritative and accessible guide to understanding drug addiction: clearly explained brain science and vivid personal stories reveal how addiction happens, show why specific drugs–from opioids to alcohol to coke and more–are so hard to kick, and illuminate the path to recovery for addicts, loved ones, caregivers, and crafters of public policy. Addiction is epidemic and catastrophic. With more than one in every five people over the age of fourteen addicted, drug abuse has been called the most ...



The Uninhabitable Earth – David Wallace-Wells

“The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon 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. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually. This is only ...



The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington – Brad Meltzer

Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA. In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to ...



Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator – Gregory B. Jaczko

A shocking exposé from the most powerful insider in nuclear regulation about how the nuclear energy industry endangers our lives—and why Congress does nothing to stop it. Greg Jaczko never planned things to turn out this way. A Birkenstocks-wearing physics PhD, he had never heard of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) when he came to Washington and—thanks to the determination of a powerful senator—found himself at the agency’s head. He felt like Dorothy invited behind the curtain at Oz. The problem was that Jaczko wasn’t ...



Heart: A History – Sandeep Jauhar

The bestselling author of Intern and Doctored tells the story of the thing that makes us tick For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As the cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows in Heart: A History, it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that have changed the way we live. Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, Jauhar tells the ...



She Has Her Mother’s Laugh – Carl Zimmer

“Science book of the year”—The Guardian Longlisted for the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award One of New York Times 100 Notable Books for 2018 One of Publishers Weekly‘s Top Ten Books of 2018 One of Kirkus‘s Best Books of 2018 One of Mental Floss’s Best Books of 2018 One of Science Friday’s Best Science Books of 2018 “Extraordinary”—New York Times Book Review “Magisterial”—The Atlantic “Engrossing”—Wired “Leading contender as the most outstanding nonfiction work of the year”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune Award-winning, celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer presents a ...