Juvenile Nonfiction

This Or That? 4

Even More Wacky Choices to Reveal the Hidden You

Author: Michelle Harris,Julie Beer

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 142632345X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 9245

Invites readers to choose between two scenarios in order to reveal aspects of their personalities as well as fun facts about music, space, food, festivals, and other topics.
Juvenile Nonfiction

This Or That?

The Wacky Book of Choices to Reveal the Hidden You

Author: Crispin Boyer

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426315570

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 9154

Presents simple quizzes combined with informative facts and psychological insights for assisting middle school children to discover their personality traits and possible career paths.
Juvenile Nonfiction

This Or That? 3

Even More Wacky Choices to Reveal the Hidden You

Author: J. R. Mortimer,Nancy F. Castaldo

Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books

ISBN: 1426318812

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 4108

An engaging book of choices helps middle-grade students better understand hidden aspects of their personalities in order to identify possible career choices, animal compatibilities and countries where they might enjoy living. Simultaneous.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Are You "Normal"?

More Than 100 Questions That Will Test Your Weirdness

Author: Mark Shulman

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 142630837X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 1839

A lighthearted reference for middle-grade students shares engaging facts about the habits, preferences and abilities of typical kids to enable readers to determine if their own characteristics are mainstream or distinctive, in a volume that introduces the idea that "normal" is a relative concept. Original.
Juvenile Nonfiction

This Or That Survival Debate

A Rip-Roaring Game of Either/Or Questions

Author: Erik Heinrich

Publisher: Capstone Classroom

ISBN: 1429692782

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 4824

"Offers intriguing either/or questions and content on survival skills and situations to encourage critical thinking and debate"--
Juvenile Nonfiction

This Or that Animal Debate

A Rip-roaring Game of Either/or Questions

Author: Joan Axelrod-Contrada

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 142968593X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 5699

"Offers intriguing either/or questions and content on animal topics to encourage critical thinking and debate"--Provided by publisher.
Curiosities and wonders

That's Deadly!

Fatal Facts That Will Test Your Fearless-Factor

Author: Crispin Boyer

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426320787

Category: Curiosities and wonders

Page: 176

View: 6444

"Fatal facts that will test your fearless factor"--Cover.
Juvenile Nonfiction

This Or that History Debate

A Rip-roaring Game of Either/or Questions

Author: Michael O'Hearn

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1429684143

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 1074

"Offers intriguing either/or questions and content on history topics to encourage critical thinking and debate"--Provided by publisher.
Psychology

"Crazy" therapies

what are they?, do they work?

Author: Margaret Thaler Singer,Janja Lalich

Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 263

View: 7863

Reports on a broad spectrum of alternative therapies--such as alien-abduction, channeling, inner-child work, flower essence therapy, and karmic astrology--all of which the authors contend are doing more harm than good to those who are hoping for help. 15,000 first printing.
Science

Through Two Doors at Once

The Elegant Experiment That Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality

Author: Anil Ananthaswamy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101986115

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 2114

The intellectual adventure story of the "double-slit" experiment, showing how a sunbeam split into two paths first challenged our understanding of light and then the nature of reality itself--and continues to almost 200 years later. Many of the greatest scientific minds have grappled with this experiment. Thomas Young devised it in the early 1800s to show that light behaves like a wave, and in doing so opposed Isaac Newton's view that light is made of particles. But then Albert Einstein showed that light comes in quanta, or particles. Quantum mechanics was born. This led to a fierce debate between Einstein and Niels Bohr over the nature of reality--subatomic bits of matter and its interaction with light--again as revealed by the double-slit experiment. Richard Feynman held that it embodies the central mystery of the quantum world. Decade after decade, hypothesis after hypothesis, scientists have returned to this ingenious experiment to help them answer deeper and deeper questions about the fabric of the universe. How can a single particle behave both like a particle and a wave? Does a particle, or indeed reality, exist before we look at it, or does looking create reality, as the textbook "Copenhagen interpretation" of quantum mechanics seems to suggest? How can particles influence each other faster than the speed of light? Is there a place where the quantum world ends and the familiar classical world of our daily lives begins, and if so, can we find it? And if there's no such place, then does the universe split into two each time a particle goes through the double-slit? Through Two Doors at Once celebrates the elegant simplicity of an iconic experiment and its profound reach. With his extraordinarily gifted eloquence, Anil Ananthaswamy travels around the world, through history and down to the smallest scales of physical reality we have yet fathomed. It is the most fantastic voyage you can take.
Biography & Autobiography

Wesley the Owl

The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl

Author: Stacey O'Brien

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416551735

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 229

View: 8438

Chronicles the author's rescue of an abandoned barn owlet, from her efforts to resuscitate and raise the young owl through their nineteen years together, during which the author made key discoveries about owl behavior.
Juvenile Nonfiction

The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids

Ready, Set, Sew - 37 Projects & Activities

Author: Lynda Milligan,Nancy Smith

Publisher: C&T Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1617452645

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 132

View: 8288

Teach children to sew on a machine with 14 kid-friendly projects. With games, puzzles, skill builders, and safety tips, this updated 2nd edition helps kids practice what they've learned.
Fiction

The Raw Shark Texts

Author: Steven Hall

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9781555847685

Category: Fiction

Page: 454

View: 9305

This genre-bending national bestseller is “a horror-dystopic-philosophical mash-up, drawing comparisons to Borges, The Matrix and Jaws” (The New York Times Magazine). Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house he doesn’t recognize, unable to remember anything of his life. A note instructs him to call a Dr. Randle, who informs him that he is undergoing yet another episode of memory loss, and that for the last two years—since the tragic death of his great love, Clio, while vacationing in Greece—he’s been suffering from an acute dissociative disorder. But there may be more to the story, or it may be a different story altogether. With the help of allies found on the fringes of society, Eric embarks on an edge-of-your-seat journey to uncover the truth about himself and escape the predatory forces that threaten to consume him. Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information, as well as identity, this is ultimately a novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love. “Paced like a thriller, it reads like a deluge . . . Herman Melville meets Michael Crichton, or Thomas Pynchon meets Douglas Adams.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Rousingly inventive.” —The Washington Post “Unforgettable fiction.” —Playboy “A thriller that will haunt you.” —GQ “Sharp and clear . . . Writing on the edge of the form.” —Los Angeles Times “Huge fun, and I gleefully recommend it.” —Audrey Niffenegger, international–bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife “Fast, sexy, intriguing, intelligent.” —Toby Litt
Sports & Recreation

The Raw Files: 2015

Author: James Dixon,Arnold Furious,Bob Dahlstrom,Benjamin Richardson

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1326529846

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 186

View: 7214

The team at www.historyofwrestling.co.uk are back with the latest in their series documenting every episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, year by year. We cover every angle, segment and match in detail, and offer plenty of thoughts and facts along the way. The book is written and presented in the usual HOW style, with various awards, match lists and a host of star ratings for fans to debate at will. FEATURING: Brock Lesnar verus a car, the return of the Dudley Boyz, Xavier Woods and his Trolling Trombone, #divasrevolution, Sting, The John Cena US Open Challenge, Stephanie McMahon emasculating the entire roster, the Shield reunion, Mother Nature defeats RAW, Kevin Owens mauls John Cena, Roman wins the big one, and much more! As usual, every single segment is covered in detail, with witty comment and analysis throughout. Fans of the series won't be disappointed, and once again the tome clocks in at a monster 185,000 words! It is our biggest Raw book ever! A must have have all wrestling fans.
Education

Stories from the Front of the Room

How Higher Education Faculty of Color Overcome Challenges and Thrive in the Academy

Author: Michelle Harris,Sherrill L. Sellers,Orly Clerge,Frederick W. Gooding Jr.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475825188

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 7062

Research demonstrates that faculty of color in historically white institutions experience higher levels of discrimination, cultural taxation, and emotional labor than their white colleagues. Despite efforts to recruit minority faculty, all of these factors undermine their scholarship, pedagogy, social experiences, promotion and retention. This edited volume builds upon the existing research on faculty of color, however, it also departs from the existing literature and unravels the socio-emotional experiences of being in front of the classroom, in labs, and in the Ivory Tower for faculty who are in multiple racialized social locations. In an effort to circulate the experiences of faculty of color more widely to academic and non-academic audiences, this edited volume replaces conventional scholarly technical papers with unconventionally accessible letters. Stories from the Front of the Room focuses on the boundaries which faculty of color encounter in everyday experiences on campus and presents a more complete picture of life in the academy - one that documents how faculty of color are tested, but also how they can not only overcome, but thrive in their respective educational institutions.
Mathematics

Power-Up

Unlocking the Hidden Mathematics in Video Games

Author: Matthew Lane

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400884829

Category: Mathematics

Page: 264

View: 9376

A fun and lively look at the mathematical ideas concealed in video games Did you know that every time you pick up the controller to your PlayStation or Xbox, you are entering a game world steeped in mathematics? Power-Up reveals the hidden mathematics in many of today's most popular video games and explains why mathematical learning doesn't just happen in the classroom or from books—you're doing it without even realizing it when you play games on your cell phone. In this lively and entertaining book, Matthew Lane discusses how gamers are engaging with the traveling salesman problem when they play Assassin's Creed, why it is mathematically impossible for Mario to jump through the Mushroom Kingdom in Super Mario Bros., and how The Sims teaches us the mathematical costs of maintaining relationships. He looks at mathematical pursuit problems in classic games like Missile Command and Ms. Pac-Man, and how each time you play Tetris, you're grappling with one of the most famous unsolved problems in all of mathematics and computer science. Along the way, Lane discusses why Family Feud and Pictionary make for ho-hum video games, how realism in video games (or the lack of it) influences learning, what video games can teach us about the mathematics of voting, the mathematics of designing video games, and much more. Power-Up shows how the world of video games is an unexpectedly rich medium for learning about the beautiful mathematical ideas that touch all aspects of our lives—including our virtual ones.

The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days

Author: Alda Sigmundsdottir

Publisher: Enska Textasmidjan

ISBN: 9789935917775

Category:

Page: 144

View: 7646

Iceland in centuries past was a formidable place to live. Situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, on the edge of the inhabitable world, the nation was both isolated and abjectly poor. Centuries of colonisation translated into oppression and subjugation from the colonial overlords, and a hostile climate and repeated natural disasters meant that mere survival was a challenge to even the hardiest of souls. In these 50 miniature essays, Alda Sigmundsdottir writes about the Icelanders in centuries past in a light and humourous way, yet never without admiration and respect for the resilience and strength they showed in coping with conditions of adversity that are barely imaginable today. Their ways of interacting with the natural world are described, as are their sometimes tragic, sometimes ingenious, means of dealing with maltreatment and injustice from the church and other rulers. These forms of oppression include a trade monopoly imposed by Denmark that lasted nearly two centuries, a ban on dancing that lasted for a similar length of time, the forced dissolution of households when the breadwinner of the family died, the tyranny of merchants granted exclusive right to trade with the Icelanders, and the dreaded decrees of the Grand Judgement - a court of law that was set up to punish various offenses, real or imagined. Yet it is not only the "big picture" that is described in this book, but also the various smaller aspects that shed light on the daily life of the Icelanders of old. These include their ingenious ways of coping with lack, of preserving food, of finding shelter, of creating or admitting light into their homes, as well as the innumerable and sometimes wacky superstitions attached to various life events, big and small. The hilarious customs of hospitality and visiting are also described, as are some of the sexual activates of Icelanders in the past, their belief in elves and hidden people, sexual interactions with hidden people (!), ways of dealing with grief, interactions with foreigners, and much, much more. Today's Iceland is a modern, cosmopolitan place, with one of the highest standards of living in the world. Yet less than a century ago, this paragon of equality and peace was the poorest society in Europe. The conditions of life described in this book are therefore not very distant from the Icelanders today, and many of the aspects described are still very much reflected in Iceland's unique culture. For example, the harsh climate and isolation of the past meant that there was a serious lack of grains for food. Consequently the Icelanders devised ways to make breads and cakes that used very little flour. The Icelandic "pancake," similar to a French crepe, is still very much a part of traditional Icelandic celebrations, as is the "laufabraud" - a wafer-thin, deep-fried bread that is traditionally eaten at Christmas. The Icelandic language is also rich with throwbacks to the past - for instance the Icelandic word for "windfall" is "hvalreki" which literally means "beached whale" - this because a single beached whale in the old days was usually enough to feed an entire district, or one household for a full year, something that was immensely welcome in a country where food was in short supply. In short, The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days is not only a funny, witty and wise expose on the Icelanders' daily life in the past, it is also essential to understanding the Icelandic national character today.
Performing Arts

Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed.

Author: Vincent Terrace

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786486414

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1330

View: 7492

This fully updated and expanded edition covers over 10,200 programs, making it the most comprehensive documentation of television programs ever published. In addition to covering the standard network and cable entertainment genres, the book also covers programs generally not covered elsewhere in print (or even online), including Internet series, aired and unaired pilot films, erotic series, gay and lesbian series, risqué cartoons and experimental programs from 1925 through 1945.
History

Fantasyland

How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

Author: Kurt Andersen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588366871

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 8533

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became president of the United States . . . nothing less than the most important book that I have read this year.”—Lawrence O’Donnell How did we get here? In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. Fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. Over the course of five centuries—from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials—our love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies—every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand Donald Trump and the culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE “This is a blockbuster of a book. Take a deep breath and dive in.”—Tom Brokaw “[An] absorbing, must-read polemic . . . a provocative new study of America’s cultural history.”—Newsday “Compelling and totally unnerving.”—The Village Voice “A frighteningly convincing and sometimes uproarious picture of a country in steep, perhaps terminal decline that would have the founding fathers weeping into their beards.”—The Guardian “This is an important book—the indispensable book—for understanding America in the age of Trump.”—Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci
Computers

PowerPoint 2007

The Missing Manual

Author: Vander Veer

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 0596527381

Category: Computers

Page: 469

View: 3251

A new handbook not only covers the basics and new features of PowerPoint 2007, but also teaches users how to combine multimedia, animation, and interactivity into a presentation; how to take full advantage of advanced functions; and how to create reusable