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The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
Discover how human beings react to danger–and what makes the difference between life and death Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? In her quest to answer these questions, award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley traces human responses to some of recent history’s epic disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917–one of the biggest explosions before the invention of the atomic bomb–to the journeys of the 15,000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. To understand the science behind the stories, Ripley turns to leading brain scientists, trauma psychologists, and other disaster experts. She even has her own brain examined by military researchers and experiences, through realistic simulations, what it might be like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire. Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds, the elegance of the brain’s fear circuits, and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses. Most unexpectedly, she discovers the brain’s ability to do much, much better–with just a little help.
Between Parent and Child (Revised and Updated)
Ginott, Haim G.
In Between Parent and Child, renowned psychologist Dr. Haim Ginott offered a prescription for empathetic yet disciplined childrearing that put an emphasis on good communication skills, an approach that influenced many subsequent experts in the field. In this new edition, clinical psychologist Alice Ginott (the wife of the late Haim Ginott) and family relationship specialist H. Wallace Goddard usher Between Parent and Child into the new century while retaining the book's positive message and Haim Ginott's warm, accessible voice.
Sum It Up
Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She has coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has been named Sports Illustrated 'Sportswoman of the Year'. She owes her coaching success to her personal struggles and triumphs. She learned to be tough from her strict, demanding father. Motherhood taught her to balance that rigidity with communication and kindness. She is a role model for the many women she's coached; 74 of her players have become coaches. Pat's life took a shocking turn in 2011, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, an irreversible brain condition that affects 5 million Americans. Despite her devastating diagnosis, she led the Vols to win their sixteenth SEC championship in March 2012. Pat continues to be a fighter, facing this new challenge the way she's faced every other - with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.
Moskowitz, Tobias J.
In Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost. Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more. Among the insights that Scorecasting reveals: Why Tiger Woods is prone to the same mistake in high-pressure putting situations that you and I are Why professional teams routinely overvalue draft picks The myth of momentumnbsp; or the "hot hand" in sports, and why so many fans, coaches, and broadcasters fervently subscribe to it Why NFL coaches rarely go for a first down on fourth-down situations--even when their reluctance to do so reduces their chances of winning. In an engaging narrative that takes us from the putting greens of Augusta to the grid iron of a small parochial high school in Arkansas, Scorecasting will forever change how you view the game, whatever your favorite sport might be.
Awkward Family Photos
Based on the hit website, AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, this full color book features never-before-seen photos and hilarious personal stories covering everything from uncomfortable moments with relatives, teen angst, sibling rivalry, and family vacations from hell. Cringe at the forced poses, bad hair, and matching outfits - all prompting us to look at our own families and celebrate the fact that we're not alone. Nothing says awkward better than an uncomfortable family photograph!
Shapiro, Joseph P.
"Having spent most of my life with children disabled in one way or another, I know that they become loved and loving adults who are both creative and innovative as they seek to find their deserved place in society. This book will give you understanding instead of the pity you always thought was expected of you." --C. Everett Koop, M.D., former surgeon general of the United States. SC, 382 pages.
Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight
For the last 20 years, nobody in show business has looked better than actress Suzanne Somers. Now she shares her secret--a program for healthy eating, developed with experts, that helps you shed pounds and keep them off for a lifetime.
Love may be lovelier the second time around, but as many remarrieds have discovered, combining two existing families presents numerous challenges. Stepcoupling addresses the major issues these couples face - children (his, hers, theirs), ex-spouses, finances involving two or more households, and legal battles - and explains how to nurture the mutual love and respect within the marriage that will ensure the health and longevity of both the couple and the family.
The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life
Jenkins, Jerry B.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's New York Times bestselling manifesto about what parents, coaches, and athletes get wrong about sports; what we can do better; and how sports can teach eight keys to success in sports and life.
The Warrior Elite
Just what does it take to become a Navy SEAL? And what drives talented, intelligent young men to voluntarily undergo grueling and often brutal training? How do you find men who would rather die than quit? In The Warrior Elite, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch takes us deep into the toughest, longest, and most relentless training in the world. In an epilogue new to this edition, he talks about the men from class 228 who made it - where they are now and why terrorists in every corner of the world have much to fear from these American warriors.
The Elements of Journalism )Revised and Updated 3rd Edition)
Revised and updated with a new preface and material on the rise of social media, the challenges facing printed news, and how journalism can fulfill its purpose in the digital age. Seventeen years ago, the Committee of Concerned Journalists gathered some of America's most influential newspeople to ask the question, "What is journalism for?" Through exhaustive research, surveys, interviews, and public forums, they identified the essential elements that define journalism and its role in our society. The result is this, one of the most important books on the media ever written, and winner of the Goldsmith Book Award from Harvard, the Society of Professional Journalists award, and the Bart Richards Award from Penn State University. Updated with new material covering the rise of social media, sponsored content, a new, collaborative web-based journalism in which anyone--professional or citizen--can produce news, and much more, this third edition of The Elements of Journalism is an essential read for journalists, students, and anyone hoping to stay informed in the digital age.
Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times
Barlow, John Perry
Born into a powerful Wyoming political family, John Perry Barlow wrote the lyrics for thirty Grateful Dead songs while also running his family’s cattle ranch. He hung out in Andy Warhol’s Factory, went on a date with the Dalai Lama’s sister, and accidentally shot Bob Weir in the face on the eve of his own wedding. As a favor to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Barlow mentored a young JFK Jr. and the two then became lifelong friends. Despite being a freely self-confessed acidhead, he served as Dick Cheney’s campaign manager during Cheney’s first run for Congress. And after befriending a legendary early group of computer hackers known as the Legion of Doom, Barlow became a renowned internet guru who then cofounded the groundbreaking Electronic Frontier Foundation.His résumé only hints of the richness of a life lived on the edge. Blessed with an incredible sense of humor and a unique voice, Barlow was a born storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Through intimate portraits of friends and acquaintances from Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia to Timothy Leary and Steve Jobs, Mother American Night traces the generational passage by which the counterculture became the culture, and it shows why learning to accept love may be the hardest thing we ever ask of ourselves.
7 Keys to Comprehension
7 Keys to Comprehension is the result of cutting-edge research. It gives parents and teachers practical, thoughtful advice about the seven simple thinking strategies that proficient readers use: Connecting reading to their background knowledge; Creating sensory images; Asking questions; Drawing inferences; Determining what's important; Synthesizing ideas; Solving problems. Easily understood, easily applied, and proven successful, this essential educational tool helps parents and teachers to turn reading into a fun and rewarding adventure.
The Okinawa Program
Willcox, Bradley J.
The Okinawa Program, based on the landmark, scientifically rigorous, 25-year Okinawa Centenarian Study, tells how and why the Okinawans' diet and lifestyle result in them having 80 percent less risk of heart disease, 50 percent less risk of ovarian and colon cancer, and 90 percent less risk of prostate and breast cancer than Americans. And, with an easy-to-follow, four-week plan for eating and living like the Okinawans, The Okinawa Program can dramatically increase every reader's chances for making the universal dream of a long, healthful life a reality.
The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life
The now classic work on Buddhism and business from the foremost American teacher of Tibetan Buddhism - reissued in a tenth anniversary edition with compelling case studies that showcase its principles in action around the globe. With a unique combination of ancient and contemporary wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism, The Diamond Cutter presents readers with empowering strategies for success in their personal and professional lives. The book is presented in three layers. The first is a translation of The Diamond Sutra, an ancient text of conversations between the Buddha and his close disciple, Subhuti. The second contains quotes from some of the best commentaries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. And the third layer, the main text, is the practical application of Buddhist philosophies to the world of business, based upon Geshe Michael Roach's seventeen-years of experience as an employee of the Andin International Diamond Corporation, a company that grew during his tenure from four employees to a world leader in the jewelry industry. Roach's easy style and spiritual understanding make The Diamond Cutter an invaluable source of timeless wisdom for those familiar or unfamiliar with Tibetan Buddhism. His focus on practical personal and business applications has resonated with and changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals the world over since its original publication.
College Admission is the ultimate user's manual and go-to guide for any student or family approaching the college application process. Featuring the wise counsel of more than 50 deans of admission, no other guide has such thorough, expert, compassionate, and professional advice. Let's be honest: applying to college can be stressful for students and parents. But here's the good news: you can get in. Robin Mamlet has been dean of admission at three of America's most selective colleges, and journalist and parent Christine VanDeVelde has been through the process first hand. With this book, you will feel like you have both a dean of admission and a parent who has been there at your side. Inside this book, you'll find clear, comprehensive, and expert answers to all your questions along the way to an acceptance letter: * The role of extracurricular activities * What it means to find a college that's the "right fit" * What's more important: high grades or tough courses * What role does testing play * The best candidates for early admission * When help from parents is too much help * Advice for athletes, artists, international students, and those with learning differences * How wait lists work * Applying for financial aid This will be your definitive resource during the sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school.
The Amen Solution
Amen, Daniel G.
In The Amen Solution bestselling author and brain expert Dr. Daniel Amen shares his one-of-a-kind brain-based program that helps you lose weight, improve your memory, and boost your mood at the same time. This is the same program offered at the world-renowned Amen Clinics that has already helped thousands of people lose the love handles and muffin tops. Based on the most up-to-date research, Dr. Amen shows you how to:* Determine your individual brain type so you can find the plan that will work for you* Say goodbye to emotional overeating to shed pounds* Curb your cravings and boost willpower* Improve your brainpower, memory, and mood * Make small lifestyle changes that have a huge impact on weight loss* Prepare easy, delicious brain-healthy mealsPacked with insight, motivation, and everything you need to get started right away, The Amen Solution will help you lose unwanted weight and teach you the strategies to keep it off for a lifetime.
In this masterpiece of narrative history, acclaimed author Howard Blum evokes the original "crime of the century" and an aftermath even more dramatic than the crime itself - a seminal episode in America's history that would spark national debate and draw into its orbit master sleuth William J. Burns, crusading lawyer Clarence Darrow, and industry-shaping filmmaker D. W. Griffith.
League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth
Draws on interviews, e-mails, and previously undisclosed documents to reveal how the NFL has endeavored to cover up evidence of the connection between football and brain damage for the past two decades.
Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You
Are you in good shape but struggling with those last ten to twenty pounds? Do you have an event on the calendar where you’d love to make jaws drop? Or do you just want to see what it would be like to have the best body you’ve ever had? Then you need to discover what millions who’ve seen Jillian’s training methods on The Biggest Loser already know! Making the Cut empowers you to:* Identify your unique body type and metabolic makeup (are you a fast, slow, or balanced oxidizer?) and customize a diet plan that is perfect for you* Acquire the mental techniques that will greatly enhance your self-confidence and sharpen your focus on success* Develop your strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance* Reach levels of fitness you never before thought possible
The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident
In America's new war, the first guns in the fight are special operations forces, including the Navy SEALs, specially trained warriors who operate with precision, swiftness, and lethal force. In the constantly shifting war on terror, SEAL units--small in number, flexible, stealthy, and efficient--are more vital than ever to America’s security as they take the battle to an elusive enemy around the globe.But how are Navy SEALs made? What special training and preparation sharpen the physical skills and intangible character of a regular soldier into that of an elite warrior? In the acclaimed Warrior Elite, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch narrated one SEAL class's journey through BUD/S training, the brutal initial course that separates out candidates with the character and stamina necessary to begin training as Navy SEALs. In The Finishing School, Couch follows SEALs into the next levels of training, where they further develop their endurance and strength, but also learn the teamwork and finely honed skills they'll need to fight with the best--and win.Dick Couch spent six months living with and observing SEALs in training for operational readiness in the months leading up to the Iraqi campaign. He follows them on the ground and in the water as they undergo SEAL Tactical Training, where they master combat skills such as precision shooting, demolitions, secure communications, parachuting, diving, and first aid.From there, the men enter operational platoons, where they subordinate their individual abilities to the mission of the group and train for special operations in specific geographical environments. Never before has a civilian writer been granted such close access to the training of America’s most elite military forces. The Finishing School is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America’s best warriors.
A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough
From the moment we are born, we are seekers. Our culture obsessively promotes the pursuit of money, success and self-improvement. At the end of each activity-jammed day, though, we collapse into bed discouraged by everything we have not checked off on our to-do lists, in despair that whatever we have accomplished is never enough. Worse still, when our dreams become derailed by the inherent tragedies of life--job loss, financial peril, sickness, or the death of a loved one--we feel devastated by the pain and injustice of it all. Nationally renowned author, therapist, and minister Wayne Muller offers healing for the perpetually stressed in A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough. By learning compassion and mercy for ourselves and by recognizing what is most profoundly true about who we are and what we need, we can gain the self-acceptance so that whatever we choose to do, in this moment, it is wholly enough. Muller mixes the writings of great spiritual and political leaders with inspirational anecdotes from his own life, inviting us to derive more satisfaction from less and pull gratitude out of the ashes of grief. The answer to what he describes as "authentic happiness" lies not in seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty. In reality, he writes, the glass is always half full and half empty. The world is neither broken nor whole, but eternally engaged in rhythms between joy and sorrow. With Muller's guidance, we may find ourselves on the most courageous spiritual pilgrimage of our lives.
Gig: Americans Talk about Their Jobs
For three years, the editors of Word, a leading web magazine, sent interviewers all over America to question people about their work. There are the conventional jobs - lawyer, nurse, steelworker, actor, journalist; the not so conventional jobs - clutter consultant, adhesives company sales rep, heavy metal roadie, buffalo rancher, supermodel; and the just plain bizarre job - crime scene cleaner, adult web mistress, Elvis Presley interpreter, telephone psychic, Wal-Mart Greeter. And everything in between - 120 different jobs in total. Inspired by Studs Terkel's 1972 classic book, Working, these interviews have spawned a collection of fabulous monologues: people talking about what their jobs are really like and how they make them feel about themselves. Told in roughly textured first person voices, these monologues are mesmerizing and addictive, and as a whole give us an understanding of how much the workplace has changed since Studs Terkel put pen to paper - and how much it has stayed the same.
Who Killed the Constitution?
Woods, Thomas E., Jr.
Think it’s just judges who are trampling on the Constitution? Think again. The fact is that government officials long ago rejected the idea that the Constitution possesses a fixed meaning limiting the U.S. government’s power. Going right to the scenes of the crimes, bestselling authors Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R. C. Gutzman dissect twelve of the most egregious assaults on the Constitution.
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