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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

by Mary Roach

Best-selling author Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war. Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries--panic, exhaustion, heat, noise--and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you'll never see our nation's defenders in the same way again.

Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds

by Greg Milner

Pinpoint tells the story of GPS, a scientific marvel that enables almost all modern technology--but is changing us in profound ways. Over the last fifty years, humanity has developed an extraordinary shared utility: the Global Positioning System. Even as it guides us across town, GPS helps land planes, route mobile calls, anticipate earthquakes, predict weather, locate oil deposits, measure neutrinos, grow our food, and regulate global finance. It is as ubiquitous and essential as another Cold War technology, the Internet. In Pinpoint, Greg Milner takes us on a fascinating tour of a hidden system that touches almost every aspect of our modern life. While GPS has brought us breathtakingly accurate information about our planetary environment and physical space, it has also created new forms of human behavior. We have let it saturate the world's systems so completely and so quickly that we are just beginning to confront the possible consequences. A single GPS timing flaw, whether accidental or malicious, could bring down the electrical grid, hijack drones, or halt the world financial system. The use, and potential misuse, of GPS data by government and corporations raise disturbing questions about ethics and privacy. GPS may be altering the nature of human cognition--possibly even rearranging the gray matter in our heads. Pinpoint tells the sweeping story of GPS from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its presence in almost everything we do. Milner examines the different ways humans have understood physical space, delves into the neuroscience of cognitive maps, and questions GPS's double-edged effect on our culture. A fascinating and original story of the scientific urge toward precision, Pinpoint offers startling insight into how humans understand their place in the world.

I Dont Like Where This Is Going: A Wylie Coyote Novel

by John Dufresne

"If Raymond Chandler were reincarnated as a novelist in south Florida, he couldn't nail it any better than John Dufresne."--Carl Hiaasen John Dufresne has been hailed by the New York Times as "an original talent . . . [whose] humor is frightfully dark, but . . . dazzling." I Don't Like Where This Is Going continues the misadventures of therapist-on-the-run Wylie "Coyote" Melville. Wylie has witnessed a woman falling to her death outside the Luxor Hotel. Troubled by the ensuing cover-up, he becomes a man on a mission, enlisting the help of his old friend, an ace card player and master magician, to help find answers. The duo's escapades range from poker tables to desert highways, from bordellos to child beauty pageants, resulting in a thoroughly satisfying and hilarious whodunit.

Court-Martial: How Military Justice Has Shaped America from the Revolution to 9/11 and Beyond

by Chris Bray

A timely, provocative account of how military justice has shaped American society since the nation's beginnings. With a great eye for narrative, historian Chris Bray (himself a former soldier) tells the sweeping story of military justice from the institution of the court martial in the earliest days of the Republic to contemporary arguments over how to use military courts to try foreign terrorists or soldiers accused of sexual assault. Bray recounts the stories of famous American court martials, including those involving President Andrew Jackson, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, Lt. Jackie Robinson, and Pvt. Eddie Slovik; he explores how encounters of freed slaves with the military justice system during the Civil War anticipated the Civil Rights movement; and he explains how the Uniform Code of Military Justice came about after World War II. Throughout, he shows that the separate justice system of the armed forces has often served as a proxy for America's ongoing arguments over equality, privacy, discrimination, security, and liberty.

William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

by James Lee Mcdonough

A major new biography of one of America's most storied military figures. General Sherman's 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War's most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail. Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war's swift end by devastating Southern resources in the Carolinas and on his famous March to the Sea. This meticulously researched biography explores Sherman's warm friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, his strained relationship with his wife, Ellen, and his unassuageable grief over the death of his young son, Willy. The result is a remarkable, comprehensive life of an American icon whose legacy resonates to this day.

Bar Book: Poems and Otherwise

by Julie Sheehan

"Nearly knocked me off my metaphoric stool."?--Diann Blakely, Antioch Review "When Julie Sheehan takes the lyric poem out for a few drinks, everyone winds up talking fast and loose. The lush, agreeably-out-of-style cocktails who take the stage in Bar Book . . . [pull] the reader through this artful, wry, and unlikely book's tales of hearts on the rocks and hearts surviving."--Mark Doty

Witty Word Play

by Highlights For Children Mike Dammer

Bursting with kid-approved jokes, riddles, cartoons, and word puzzles from Highlights, these collections will trigger a giggle attack every time kids open them. Wacky Word Play and Witty Word Play are perfect for sharing laughs with friends and family. Hilarious illustrations add to the fun.

Wacky Word Play

by Highlights For Children Mike Dammer

Bursting with kid-approved jokes, riddles, cartoons, and word puzzles from Highlights, these collections will trigger a giggle attack every time kids open them. Wacky Word Play and Witty Word Play are perfect for sharing laughs with friends and family. Hilarious illustrations add to the fun.

Woodford Brave

by Marcia Thornton Jones Kevin Whipple

Cory Woodford, aka "The Kid", is determined to live up to his intimidating family legacy of bravery. While his father is off fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Cory and his friends spend the summer building go-carts, drawing comics, playing baseball . . . and tracking down Nazi spies. Right and wrong are more complicated than in Cory's beloved comics, and he and his friends soon learn that the world isn't as black and white as they thought. In an age when friendships are deep and complex, Cory makes mistakes and hurtful decisions. Based on the author's personal experience and research, Woodford Brave is a deeply satisfying novel of summer and friendship, but also explores what it means to be a son, a friend, a neighbor--and truly brave. Includes an author's note and selected bibliography.

Thor Speaks!

by Vicky Alvear Shecter J. E. Larson

One day in the distant future, Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is destined to battle the giant snake that threatens to devour the world. Until then, mortals of Middle Earth look to Thor and his magic hammer for protection from evil. In this third volume of the Secrets of the Ancient Gods series, Thor takes time from his duties to lead readers through the mythological Norse realms, those mysterious worlds that are home to gods, giants, elves, and monsters. He also delves into the age of the Vikings and reveals how they lived and what they believed. Using Thor as her humorous narrator, author Vicky Alvear Shecter provides a well-researched and unconventional nonfiction introduction to Norse mythology. Includes a glossary, bibliography, and index.

The Rain Wizard: The Amazing, Mysterious, True Life of Charles Mallory Hatfield

by Larry Dane Brimner

In December 1915, San Diego's leaders claimed the town's reservoirs were nearly dry. Knowing the city would not survive and grow unless it had water, they hired Charles Mallory Hatfield, whose skills at making rain were legendary. But when torrents and torrents of rain came, disaster struck. Roads were closed, people drowned, and dams burst. The town elders blamed Hatfield and refused to pay him. Was Hatfield really a rain wizard, or simply a fraud? Renowned author Larry Dane Brimner examines the man and the myth by relying on personal recollections from growing up in California, as well as extensive research. Readers will be captivated by Hatfield--a man once known as the Frankenstein of the air--and his secret rainmaking formulas. Includes author's note, source notes, and bibliography.

Secrets Out!

by Julie Sternberg Johanna Wright

Ten-year-old Celie's grandmother has moved in with her family, and Granny's forgetfulness is starting to worry Celie. In the meantime, she can tell her parents are keeping secrets, but she can't talk to her best friend Lula or her sister Jo, because they're both keeping secrets, too! Why is Lula not sharing with Celie? Who is Jo texting all the time? And what is Celie supposed to do when special time with her grandmother becomes much more complicated--and possibly dangerous--than Celie can manage on her own? Once again Celie turns to her diary as she tries to sort this all out, filling the pages with heartfelt and often humorous entries, notes, drawings, and pages from her top-secret spy notebook.

Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Cupcake Queens

by Paul Hoppe Christine Pakkala

Lola's mom is home but not home, because she's frantically working all the time. Lola's friends are here but not here as allegiances among the foursome change faster than you can forget your lines for a school play. Lola means well but can't help acting on her emotions and getting into trouble. She'll need to dig for bravery as she deals with a possible ghost next door, stage fright, and, hardest of all, making amends with her friends. Lola is braver than she thinks and her friendships are stronger than she realizes in this funny, heartwarming tale.

Freedom's Price

by Michaela Maccoll Rosemary Nichols

Eliza Scott isn't quite a slave, but she's not free either. She's not a prisoner, but her family lives in a jail. Eliza, who attends a secret floating school on the Mississippi River because it's illegal for her to read, says she understands how dangerous her situation is--but her parents know she's not afraid enough. When a devastating cholera epidemic strikes the city, Eliza discovers she will have to be clever and resourceful to escape a slave catcher and the worst fire in St. Louis' history. Will Eliza be willing to pay the price of freedom? Freedom's Price is the second book in the Hidden Histories series, which examines little known moments in American history. Based on actual events and people, the book is extensively researched and includes an author's note and bibliography.,

Stories to Share: Animal Stories Volume 2

by Highlights For Children John Nez Dave Klug

Rebus stories teach kids how to read independently. Key words in the stories are paired with images that allow young readers to decipher new words without help from grown-ups. This collection of rebus animal stories, along with its companion, Stories to Share: Animal Stories Volume 1, is perfect for young readers who love stories about animals.

Stories to Share: Animal Stories Volume 1

by Highlights For Children Dave Klug Kevin Zimmer

Rebus stories teach kids how to read independently. Key words in the stories are paired with images that allow young readers to decipher new words without help from grown-ups. This collection of rebus animal stories, along with its companion, Stories to Share: Animal Stories Volume 2, is perfect for young readers who love stories about animals.

Stories to Share: Family Stories Volume 2

by Highlights For Children Richard Hoit Dave Klug

Rebus stories teach kids how to read independently. Key words in the stories are paired with images that allow young readers to decipher new words without help from grown-ups. This collection of rebus family stories, along with its companion, Stories to Share: Family Stories Volume 1, is perfect for young readers who love stories about family.

Stories to Share: Family Stories Volume 1

by Highlights For Children Dave Klug Alvarez Lorena

Rebus stories teach kids how to read independently. Key words in the stories are paired with images that allow young readers to decipher new words without help from grown-ups. This collection of rebus family stories, along with its companion, Stories to Share: Family Stories Volume 2, is perfect for young readers who love stories about family.

Kids' Science Questions About People Volume 2

by Highlights For Children Scot Ritchie Dave Klug

Jam-packed with questions and answers, this book and its companion, Kids' Science Questions About People: Volume 1, will entertain budding scientists with interesting explanations of the human body, such as What makes people laugh? and How do our stomachs grumble?

Kids' Science Questions About People Volume 1

by Highlights For Children Debbie Palen Dave Klug

Jam-packed with questions and answers, this book and its companion, Kids' Science Questions About People: Volume 2, will entertain budding scientists with interesting explanations of the human body, such as What happens when we exercise? and How do you get a sunburn?

Kids' Science Questions About Animals Volume 2

by Highlights For Children Dave Klug Xiao Xin

Jam-packed with questions and answers, this book and its companion, Kids' Science Questions About Animals: Volume 1, will entertain budding scientists who love to wonder why animals behave the way they do.

Kids' Science Questions About Animals Volume 1

by Highlights For Children Debbie Palen Dave Klug

Jam-packed with questions and answers, this book and its companion, Kids' Science Questions About Animals: Volume 2, will entertain budding scientists who love to wonder why animals behave the way they do.

Laugh-a-Minute Jokes and Riddles

by Highlights For Children

Bursting with hundreds of kid-approved jokes, riddles, cartoons, and word puzzles from Highlights, these collections will trigger a giggle attack every time kids open them. Laugh It Up! and Say It Again! are perfect for sharing laughs with friends and family. The hilarious illustrations by David Coulson and Mike Dammer add to the fun.

Super-Silly Jokes and Riddles

by Highlights For Children

Bursting with hundreds of kid-approved jokes, riddles, cartoons, and word puzzles from Highlights, these collections will trigger a giggle attack every time kids open them. Laugh It Up! and Say It Again! are perfect for sharing laughs with friends and family. The hilarious illustrations by David Coulson and Mike Dammer add to the fun.

Side-Splitting Riddles

by Highlights For Children

These collections of time-tested riddles and knock-knock jokes from Highlights will trigger a giggle attack every time kids open them. With a wealth of jokes and riddles, are perfect for sharing laughs with friends and family. The hilarious illustrations by Kevin Rechin and Kelly Kennedy add to the fun.

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