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Age of revolutions : progress and backlash from 1600 to the present

Age of revolutions : progress and backlash from 1600 to the present

Zakaria, Fareed, author
2024

The CNN host Fareed Zakaria investigates eras that have shattered and shaped humanity. Against these paradigm-shifting historical eras, Zakaria describes our current situation, unpacking the four revolutions we are living through now: in globalization, technology, identity, and geopolitics. Zakaria combines intellectual range, deep historical insight, and uncanny prescience to once again reframe and illuminate a turbulent present.

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Briefly perfectly human : making an authentic life by getting real about the end

Briefly perfectly human : making an authentic life by getting real about the end

Arthur, Alua, author
2024

As a death doula, Alua Arthur is spreading a transformative message: thinking about your death - whether imminent or not - will breathe wild, new potential into your life. Alua combines intimate storytelling with a passionate appeal for loving, courageous end-of-life care - what she calls "death embrace." Hers is a powerful testament to getting in touch with something deeper in our lives, by embracing the fact of our own mortality. "Hold that truth in your mind," Alua says, "and wondrous things will begin to grow around it."

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Burn book : a tech love story

Burn book : a tech love story

Swisher, Kara, author.
2024

"Burn Book" is part memoir, part history and, most of all, a necessary recounting of tech's most powerful players. A scathing but fair accounting of the tech industry and its founders who wanted to change the world but broke it instead. Swisher calls upon the industry to make better, more thoughtful choices, even as a new set of powerful AI tools are poised to change the world yet again. This book details how the commercial internet came into being and how, for all it has given the world, it now sits at the centre of global power, creating a clear and present danger to humanity.

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The convoluted universe. Book five

The convoluted universe. Book five

Cannon, Dolores, 1931-2014, author
2021

The fifth volume in the wildly successful Convoluted Universe series is, in the words of the author, "like a big box of mind candy." It is meant to be tasted, enjoyed, and pondered over. Here are new concepts and theories about the true meaning of virtually everything of universal significance. Like Cannon's previous books, this volume covers a startling range of topics: explorations of alternate universes, time travel, pyramids, extraterrestrial assistance, Big Foot, mermaids, gold, reincarnation, and much more.

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Craft the rainbow : 40 colorful paper projects from the house that Lars built

Craft the rainbow : 40 colorful paper projects from the house that Lars built

Jepsen, Brittany Watson, author
2018

What began as an Instagram hashtag and project collection (#CrafttheRainbow) that quickly went viral has become a showstopping book, offering a rainbow of completely new project ideas. Learn how to make playful party decorations, luscious flowers, amazing cards, and sophisticated wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, and more than you can imagine--all with nothing but the creative power of paper. Sought-after designer Brittany Watson Jepsen is known for the unusually imaginative and amazingly beautiful designs she creates for her website and host of clients (including Anthropologie). In Craft the Rainbow, Jepsen walks readers through the easy basics of transforming simple paper--including tissue, crepe, cardstock, leaves of books, and vintage and recycled paper--into vibrant, fanciful, handmade projects suitable for every occasion.

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Crooked teeth : a queer Syrian refugee memoir

Crooked teeth : a queer Syrian refugee memoir

Ramadan, Ahmad Danny, author
2024

For celebrated novelist Danny Ramadan to tell the story of his life, he must revisit dark corners of his past he'd rather forget and unearth memories of a city he can no longer return to. Starting with his family's humble beginnings in Damascus, he takes readers on an epic, border-crossing journey: to the city's underground network of queer safe homes, through Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East, and a traumatic six-week imprisonment. What emerges is a powerful refutation of the oversimplified refugee narrative - a book that holds space for joy alongside sorrow, for nuance and complicated ambivalences.

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The demon of unrest : a saga of hubris, heartbreak, and heroism at the dawn of the Civil War

The demon of unrest : a saga of hubris, heartbreak, and heroism at the dawn of the Civil War

Larson, Erik, 1954- author
2024

"On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the fluky victor in a tight race for president. The country was bitterly at odds; Southern extremists were moving ever closer to destroying the Union, with one state after another seceding and Lincoln powerless to stop them. Slavery fueled the conflict, but somehow the passions of North and South came to focus on a lonely federal fortress in Charleston Harbor: Fort Sumter. Master storyteller Erik Larson offers a gripping account of the chaotic months between Lincoln's election and the Confederacy's shelling of Sumter-a period marked by tragic errors and miscommunications, enflamed egos and craven ambitions, personal tragedies and betrayals. Lincoln himself wrote that the trials of these five months were "so great that, could I have anticipated them, I would not have believed it possible to survive them." At the heart of this suspense-filled narrative are Major Robert Anderson, Sumter's commander and a former slave owner sympathetic to the South but loyal to the Union; Edmund Ruffin, a vain and bloodthirsty radical who stirs secessionist ardor at every opportunity; and Mary Boykin Chesnut, wife of a prominent planter, conflicted over both marriage and slavery and seeing parallels between them. In the middle of it all is the overwhelmed Lincoln, battling with his duplicitous secretary of state, William Seward, as he tries desperately to avert a war that he fears is inevitable-one that will eventually kill 750,000 Americans. Drawing on diaries, secret communiques, slave ledgers, and plantation records, Larson gives us a political horror story that captures the forces that led America to the brink-a dark reminder that we often don't see a cataclysm coming until it's too late"-- Provided by publisher.

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Did I ever tell you? : a memoir

Did I ever tell you? : a memoir

Kingston, Genevieve, author
2024

Genevieve (Gwen) Kingston's mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer when Gwen was just three years old. Defying the odds, she lived another eight years - during which time she filled a chest with gifts and letters to Gwen and her brother, Jamie, for every major milestone and birthday through age thirty. Two decades after her passing, Gwen's mother's extraordinary efforts created a lifelong conversation beyond the grave. This is not just a gorgeously written mother-daughter story. It's also the story of a family riven by grief and mental illness, and a story of a young woman's navigation through both.

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A gentleman and a thief : the daring jewel heists of a Jazz Age rogue

A gentleman and a thief : the daring jewel heists of a Jazz Age rogue

Jobb, Dean, 1958- author.
2024

"Smart, smooth and a skilled con artist, Arthur Barry was one of the most successful burglars in history—“the greatest jewel thief who ever lived,” according to Life magazine. He was adept at slipping in and out of bedrooms undetected, even when his victims slept only inches away. In the span of seven years, Barry stole pearls, diamonds and other precious gems that would be worth almost $60 million today. Among his many victims were a Rockefeller, an heiress to the Woolworth’s department store fortune, an oil magnate, Wall Street bigwigs, a top executive at General Motors and members of the Royal Family who were touring America. He befriended the Prince of Wales, Harry Houdini and other luminaries. A Gentleman and a Thief is also a love story. To protect his wife, Anna Blake, Barry confessed to dozens of burglaries. Sentenced to a twenty-five-year term, he staged a dramatic prison break—triggering a bloody inmates’ riot—when Anna became seriously ill, so they could be together for a few more years as fugitives. The rollicking, caper-filled rise and dramatic downfall of this master thief is a high-speed ride told in stylish prose by author Dean Jobb. Page-turning escapism sparkling with insight into the allure of gemstones and our fascination with well-planned heists and the suave, clever criminals who pull them off, A Gentleman and a Thief is perfect reading for true-crime fans who relish the exploits of con artists and high-class crooks."-- Provided by publisher.

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I will show you how it was : the story of wartime Kyiv

I will show you how it was : the story of wartime Kyiv

Ponomarenko, Illia, author
2024

In late February 2022, a series of missiles and rocket strikes began falling upon Ukraine, as the Russian military barreled over the border and fanned out across the country. Meanwhile, on the front lines in the capital city, Kyiv Independent reporter Illia Ponomarenko was seeing a different story unfold: after months - years - of waiting for this long-feared attack, Ukraine was fed up and ready to fight back. This is Ponomarenko's heart-wrenching memoir of the war on his homeland, offering a fiery diatribe against Russian hypocrisy and a moving look at what is being lost.

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In my time of dying : how I came face to face with the idea of an afterlife

In my time of dying : how I came face to face with the idea of an afterlife

Junger, Sebastian, author
2024

For years as an award-winning war reporter, Sebastian Junger traveled to many front lines and frequently put his life at risk. And yet the closest he ever came to death was the summer of 2020 while spending a quiet afternoon at the New England home he shared with his wife and two young children. Crippled by abdominal pain, Junger was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. Once there, he began slipping away. As blackness encroached, he was visited by his dead father, inviting Junger to join him. “It’s okay,” his father said. “There’s nothing to be scared of. I’ll take care of you.” That was the last thing Junger remembered until he came to the next day when he was told he had suffered a ruptured aneurysm that he should not have survived. This experience spurred Junger—a confirmed atheist raised by his physicist father to respect the empirical—to undertake a scientific, philosophical, and deeply personal examination of mortality and what happens after we die.

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It's not hysteria : everything you need to know about your reproductive health (but were never told)

It's not hysteria : everything you need to know about your reproductive health (but were never told)

Tang, Karen, author
2024

Did you know that up to 90% of women experience menstrual abnormalities or pelvic issues in their lifetime? Yet these conditions are overwhelmingly misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or dismissed. Dr. Karen Tang is on a mission to transform how we engage with our bodies and our healthcare. This is a comprehensive guide to common conditions and potential treatment options, with practical tools such as symptom prompts and sample questions for your provider, to equip readers to take control of their gynecologic health.

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Knife : meditations after an attempted murder

Knife : meditations after an attempted murder

Rushdie, Salman, author
2024

Speaking out for the first time, and in unforgettable detail, about the traumatic events of August 12, 2022, Salman Rushdie answers violence with art, and reminds us of the power of words to make sense of the unthinkable. Knife is a gripping, intimate, and ultimately life-affirming meditation on life, loss, love, art--and finding the strength to stand up again.

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The Last Logging Show : a forestry family at the end of an era

The Last Logging Show : a forestry family at the end of an era

Williams, Aaron, author
2024

A third-generation British Columbia logger returns to the forests of Haida Gwaii, to witness a way of life in the grip of change. By the time Aaron Williams began learning how to fall a tree, his family had been making clear cuts on BC hillsides for nearly a century. During his father's generation, the industry started to crumble, and by the time Williams arrived, he knew his future lay elsewhere. But his father continued in the trade, his work taking him into the forests of Haida Gwaii. There, Williams follows him into a season at Collison Point, where the loggers are increasingly unwelcome visitors to the ancient forests. The Last Logging Show captures the spectacular setting of Haida Gwaii and the people who call it home. It unravels the lives and dreams of those who log the forests for a living, who have coexisted with the Haida for generations-but while one way of life is in the twilight of existence, the other is being reborn. Thoughtful and compelling, this is a story of connection, community, and the force of fundamental change.

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Magic pill : the extraordinary benefits and disturbing risks of the new weight-loss drugs

Magic pill : the extraordinary benefits and disturbing risks of the new weight-loss drugs

Hari, Johann, author
2024

In January 2023, Johann Hari started to inject himself once a week with Ozempic, one of the new drugs that produces significant weight loss. Some predictions suggest that in a few years, a quarter of the North American population will be taking these drugs. Are they a magic solution - or a magic trick? Hari found that along with the drug's massive benefits come twelve significant potential risks. These drugs are about to change our world, for better and for worse. Everybody needs to understand how they work - scientifically, emotionally, and culturally.

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The regenerative garden : 80 practical projects for creating a self-sustaining garden ecosystem

The regenerative garden : 80 practical projects for creating a self-sustaining garden ecosystem

Rose, Stephanie (Gardener), author, photographer.
2022

While the word permaculture might sound intimidating, the principals behind it are not. The main goal of permaculture is to turn your space into a functioning ecosystem that's less reliant on external resources and better able to sustain itself through many seasons of growth and change as it resists pests, diseases, and climate extremes. Whatever the size of your space, from a tiny patio garden to a big backyard, and whether you grow food, flowers, shrubs, trees, or a combination of all, The Regenerative Garden is here to help you become a better, more eco-conscious gardener.

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Retirement income for life : getting more without saving more

Retirement income for life : getting more without saving more

Vettese, Frederick, 1953- author
2024

As the global economy faces uncertainty in the face of high inflation -- at levels seen only twice before in this century -- and the specter of recession looms, individuals in retirement or near to it are understandably anxious about living well long-term. Canadians need the tools to make better-informed choices to turn their retirement savings into retirement income for life. This revised and updated edition: -- Explains how higher interest rates and higher inflation present both new opportunities and challenges to retirees -- Illustrates how the expansion of the CPP (which started in 2019) will affect upcoming retirees -- Examines the impact of inflation on the deferral of CPP and OAS pensions -- Explores whether level-income annuities are still relevant and asks whether there are better products on the market -- Provides a revamped retirement calculator. Actuary Frederick Vettese demystifies a complex and often frightening subject and provides practical, actionable advice. With over one thousand Canadians turning 65 every day, the cultivation of good decumulation practices -- the way in which you draw down assets in retirement-- has become an urgent matter that no one can afford to ignore.

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Water confidential : witnessing justice denied -- the fight for safe drinking water in Indigenous and rural communities in Canada

Water confidential : witnessing justice denied -- the fight for safe drinking water in Indigenous and rural communities in Canada

Blacklin, Susan, author
2024

Susan Blacklin revisits the important work of her late ex-husband, Dr. Hans Peterson. Beginning in 1996, Peterson brought attention to the desperate need for equal access to safe drinking water after a health inspector encouraged him to visit the Yellow Quill First Nation. Thirty years later, the majority of First Nations communities in Canada continue to face atrocious health issues as a result of unsafe drinking water. Blacklin reveals the complexities of negotiating between cultures, communities, and the provincial and federal government.

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What this comedian said will shock you

What this comedian said will shock you

Maher, Bill, author
2024

The book was inspired by the "editorial" Bill Maher delivers at the end of each episode of Real Time. These editorials are direct-to-camera sermons about culture, politics, and what's happening in the world. Maher reviewed more than a decade of his editorials, rewriting, reimagining, and updating them, and adding new material to speak exactly to the moment we're in. Free speech, cops, drugs, race, religion, the generations, cancel culture, the parties, the media, show biz, romance, health - Maher covers it all.

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Woke up no light

Woke up no light

Mottley, Leila, 2002- author.
2024

Leila Mottley follows her trailblazing first novel with a perfectly pitched first collection of poems that demonstrate her energy and range. woke up no light is full of heart and edge, subtlety and fluidity. Moving in sections from "girlhood" to "neighbourhood" to "falsehood" to, finally, "womanhood," these poems open up the experiences of a young Black woman with immediacy and wisdom.

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You never know : a memoir

You never know : a memoir

Selleck, Tom, 1945-, author
2024

An American icon and famed actor brings us on his uncharted but serendipitous journey to the top in Hollywood, clearing up misconceptions; sharing dozens of never-before-told stories from both his personal and professional lives; and offering a truly fresh perspective on a changing industry and a changing world.

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The young forever cookbook : more than 100 delicious recipes for living your longest, healthiest life

The young forever cookbook : more than 100 delicious recipes for living your longest, healthiest life

Hyman, Mark, 1959- author
2024

Dr. Mark Hyman's revolutionary book "Young Forever" revealed how to reverse the biological hallmarks of aging through easy and accessible dietary, lifestyle, and longevity strategies. In this companion cookbook, Dr. Hyman shares more than 100 satisfying recipes to help you eat your way to a longer life. Rooted in the latest science, this cookbook features good fats, quality proteins, nutrient-dense vegetables, leafy greens, and a variety of other ingredients proven to support longevity. You'll find a range of meals and snacks designed to fight inflammation, boost your immune system, and promote healthy aging.

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