A blockbuster illustrated book that captures what Americans love to read, The Great American Read: The Book of Books is the gorgeously-produced companion book to PBS's ambitious summer 2018 series. What are America's best-loved novels? PBS will launch The Great American Read series with a 2-hour special in May 2018 revealing America's 100 best-loved novels, determined by a rigorous national survey. Subsequent episodes will air in September and October. Celebrities and everyday Americans will champion their favorite novel and in the finale in late October, America's #1 best-loved novel will be revealed. The Great American Read: The Book of Books will present all 100 novels with fascinating information about each book, author profiles, a snapshot of the novel's social relevance, film or television adaptations, other books and writings by the author, and little-known facts. Also included are themed articles about banned books, the most influential book illustrators, reading recommendations, the best first-lines in literature, and more. Beautifully designed with rare images of the original manuscripts, first-edition covers, rejection letters, and other ephemera, The Great American Read: The Book of Books is a must-have book for all booklovers.
Author: Natalie Babbitt
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Critically acclaimed when it was first published, Tuck Everlasting has become a much-loved, well-studied modern-day classic. This anniversary edition features an in-depth interview conducted by Betsy Hearne in which Natalie Babbitt takes a look at Tuck Everlasting twenty-five years later. This title has Common Core connections.
Wild About Books
Author: Judy Sierra
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo. In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal‚ÄĒtall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. ‚ÄúShe even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter.‚ÄĚ In no time at all, Molly has them ‚Äúforsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks,‚ÄĚ going ‚Äúwild, simply wild, about wonderful books.‚ÄĚ Judy Sierra‚Äôs funny animal tale coupled with Marc Brown‚Äôs lush, fanciful paintings will have the same effect on young Homo sapiens. Altogether, it‚Äôs more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
Hit the road reading with Dr. Seuss! Tucked inside this cute little blue box topped with a plastic handle and secured by a tuck closure are board book editions of the classic Dr. Seuss titles Hop on Pop; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; Ten Apples Up On Top!; and The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. Ideal for the holidays, new mothers, and happy occasions of all kinds, this is a literacy-nurturing gift that babies can literally sink their teeth into!
The History of Allelopathy
Author: Rick J. Willis
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Addresses the question of what is allelopathy. This book examines the major episodes in the history of allelopathy such as: the writings from classical Greece and Rome; mediaeval Arabic, Indian and Chinese work; the advent of printing and promulgation of information in 16th and 17th centuries; and the 18th century and the theory of root excretion.
Author: Nicole Howard
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Introduces the history of the book, beginning with papyrus in ancient Egypt, through the development of the printing press, to current computer-based technologies, including its influence on societies and cultures around the world.
The teaching of organization theory and the conduct of organizational research have been dominated by a focus on decision-making and the concept of strategic rationality. However, the rational model ignores the inherent complexity and ambiguity of real-world organizations and their environments. In this landmark volume, Karl E Weick highlights how the `sensemaking' process shapes organizational structure and behaviour. The process is seen as the creation of reality as an ongoing accomplishment that takes form when people make retrospective sense of the situations in which they find themselves.
Longlisted for the National Book Award New York Times Bestseller A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life ‚ÄĒ and threaten to rip apart our social fabric We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives‚ÄĒwhere we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance‚ÄĒare being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O‚ÄôNeil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they‚Äôre wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can‚Äôt get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he‚Äôs then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a ‚Äútoxic cocktail for democracy.‚ÄĚ Welcome to the dark side of Big Data. Tracing the arc of a person‚Äôs life, O‚ÄôNeil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These ‚Äúweapons of math destruction‚ÄĚ score teachers and students, sort r√©sum√©s, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health. O‚ÄôNeil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it‚Äôs up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change. ‚ÄĒ Longlist for National Book Award (Non-Fiction) ‚ÄĒ Goodreads, semi-finalist for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards (Science and Technology) ‚ÄĒ Kirkus, Best Books of 2016 ‚ÄĒ New York Times, 100 Notable Books of 2016 (Non-Fiction) ‚ÄĒ The Guardian, Best Books of 2016 ‚ÄĒ WBUR's "On Point," Best Books of 2016: Staff Picks ‚ÄĒ Boston Globe, Best Books of 2016, Non-Fiction
Author: Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
Publisher: Yale University Press
Thaler and Sunstein offer a groundbreaking discussion of how to apply the science of choice to nudge people toward decisions that can improve their lives without restricting their freedom of choice.
Author: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A middle-grade novel in verse follows the experiences of twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan, who struggle with challenges on and off the court while their father ignores his declining health. 20,000 first printing.
The Politics of Exile
Author: Elizabeth Dauphinee
"The most thought-provoking and refreshing work on Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia in a long time.It is certainly an immense contribution to the broadening schools within international relations." Times Higher Education (THE). Written in both autoethnographical and narrative form, The Politics of Exile offers unique insight into the complex encounter of researcher with research subject in the context of the Bosnian War and its aftermath. Exploring themes of personal and civilizational guilt, of displaced and fractured identity, of secrets and subterfuge, of love and alienation, of moral choice and the impossibility of ethics, this work challenges us to recognise pure narrative as an accepted form of writing in international relations. The author brings theory to life and gives corporeal reality to a wide range of concepts in international relations, including an exploration of the ways in which young academics are initiated into a culture where the volume of research production is more valuable than its content, and where success is marked not by intellectual innovation, but by conformity to theoretical expectations in research and teaching. This engaging work will be essential reading for all students and scholars of international relations and global politics.
Author: Andy Weir
Publisher: Broadway Books
Nominated as one of America‚Äôs best-loved novels by PBS‚Äôs The Great American Read Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he‚Äôs alive‚ÄĒand even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills‚ÄĒand a relentless, dogged refusal to quit‚ÄĒhe steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Author: Nick Bostrom
Publisher: Oxford University Press (UK)
The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. Other animals have stronger muscles or sharper claws, but we have cleverer brains. If machine brains one day come to surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become very powerful. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on us humans than on the gorillas themselves, so the fate of our species then would come to depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence. But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed AI or otherwise to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation? To get closer to an answer to this question, we must make our way through a fascinating landscape of topics and considerations. Read the book and learn about oracles, genies, singletons; about boxing methods, tripwires, and mind crime; about humanity's cosmic endowment and differential technological development; indirect normativity, instrumental convergence, whole brain emulation and technology couplings; Malthusian economics and dystopian evolution; artificial intelligence, and biological cognitive enhancement, and collective intelligence.