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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<p><strong>"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."鈥擝ill Gates</strong></p><br />In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, <em>New York Review of Books</em>) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.
We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
by Jonathan Safran Foer

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p>Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn鈥檛 believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?</p><p>In <i>We Are the Weather</i>, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves鈥攚ith our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat鈥攁nd don鈥檛 eat鈥攆or breakfast.</p>
Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine
by Anne Applebaum

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English

Pages

466

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<b>AN <i>ECONOMIST</i> BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR<br /><br />From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>Gulag</i> and the National Book Award finalist <i>Iron Curtain</i>, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes鈥攖he consequences of which still resonate today</b><br /><br />In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization鈥攊n effect a second Russian revolution鈥攚hich forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In <i>Red Famine</i>, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.<br /><br />Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of rebellions unsettled the province, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. The state sealed the republic鈥檚 borders and seized all available food. Starvation set in rapidly, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, <i>Red Famine</i> captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil.<br /><br />Today, Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more. Applebaum鈥檚 compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.
The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020
by Old Farmer's Almanac

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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It鈥檚 another new year celebrating everything under the Sun, including the Moon, with <i>The Old Farmer鈥檚 Almanac, </i>America鈥檚 oldest continuously published periodical! Always timely, topical, and distinctively 鈥渦seful, with a pleasant degree of humor,鈥?the Almanac has been beloved for centuries by people from all walks of life.<br /> 聽<br /> As the nation鈥檚 iconic calendar, the 2020 edition will forecast cultural, culinary, and other life-changing trends; preview notable astronomical events; provide time- and money-saving tips for gardeners of all varieties; set the hook for best fishing days; forecast traditionally 80 percent鈥揳ccurate weather; and cover a range of related topics, including anniversaries, folklore, husbandry, home remedies, recipes, amusement, contests, and more鈥攖oo much more to mention鈥攁ll in the inimitable way it has done since 1792.<br /> 聽
Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig
by Mark Essig

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English

Pages

322

Publication Date

May 05, 2015

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Unlike other barnyard animals, which pull plows, give eggs or milk, or grow wool, a pig produces only one thing: meat. Incredibly efficient at converting almost any organic matter into nourishing, delectable protein, swine are nothing short of a gastronomic godsend聴yet their flesh is banned in many cultures, and the animals themselves are maligned as filthy, lazy brutes.<br /><br />As historian Mark Essig reveals in <i>Lesser Beasts</i>, swine have such a bad reputation for precisely the same reasons they are so valuable as a source of food: they are intelligent, self-sufficient, and omnivorous. What鈥檚 more, he argues, we ignore our historic partnership with these astonishing animals at our peril. Tracing the interplay of pig biology and human culture from Neolithic villages 10,000 years ago to modern industrial farms, Essig blends culinary and natural history to demonstrate the vast importance of the pig and the tragedy of its modern treatment at the hands of humans. Pork, Essig explains, has long been a staple of the human diet, prized in societies from Ancient Rome to dynastic China to the contemporary American South. Yet pigs鈥?ability to track down and eat a wide range of substances (some of them distinctly unpalatable to humans) and convert them into edible meat has also led people throughout history to demonize the entire species as craven and unclean. Today鈥檚 unconscionable system of factory farming, Essig explains, is only the latest instance of humans taking pigs for granted, and the most recent evidence of how both pigs and people suffer when our symbiotic relationship falls out of balance.<br /><br />An expansive, illuminating history of one of our most vital yet unsung food animals, <i>Lesser Beasts</i> turns a spotlight on the humble creature that, perhaps more than any other, has been a mainstay of civilization since its very beginnings聴whether we like it or not.
HUNTER HOMESTEAD (FEEDING THE WORLD Book 1)
by Boyd Craven Jr.

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English

Pages

84

Publication Date

July 29, 2019

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<p><strong>FEEDING THE WORLD</strong> is a provocative new series that parallels some of today's real-world issues, like:聽<strong>The trade war between the U.S. & China. Out of control sectors of government. Unrealistic regulations. Genetically engineered food.</strong></p><p><strong></strong><strong></strong>From the mind of Boyd Craven Jr. comes a story world that most readers find <em></em><em>"Scarily Believable..."聽 "Right out of today's headlines..."聽 "Different than anything else in this genre that I've read..."</em><br /></p><p><strong>HUNTER HOMESTEAD 鈥?</strong>Smack dab in the middle of all that, Jacob and Elaine Hunter sell their home on the water in a small Michigan city for more than they could've ever dreamed, and at the perfect time鈥攋ust before the big real estate crash. With a fist full of cash, and timing on their side they retire from their jobs and set out to find the perfect place to settle down to a life of homesteading and sustainability. They might have found the perfect place, out in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina, but they also found something they hadn't counted on. His name was Mike Ford.<strong></strong></p><p>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?<strong>The start of a new world!!</strong>聽 This first book in a new series I found quite enjoyable!! It's well written and the characters are fleshed out very well! I look forward to reading the next in the series!</p><p>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?<strong>A Scary Premise!!</strong>聽Great start to a fascinating storyline. I love the characters - being as I am of the older generation - their doubts, and their hopes and dreams. It's a scary premise - the whole genetic manipulation and I am really anxious to see where this series is going. Well done, Boyd Craven Jr.</p><p>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?<strong>Different</strong>聽This story is different than what I'm used to from the Craven guys but still enjoyed it. Think it's actually the first story I've seen along these lines. I can say honestly the storyline interested me because I worry about what these big companies are doing to our food. Looking forward to starting book two.</p>
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
by , J. Kenji L貿pez-Alt

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English

Pages

962

Publication Date

September 21, 2015

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<p><strong>A <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br />Winner of the James Beard Award for General Cooking and the IACP Cookbook of the Year Award<br /><br /><br /><br />"The one book you must have, no matter what you鈥檙e planning to cook or where your skill level falls."鈥?lt;em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><br /><p>Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that's perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it? How to make homemade mac 'n' cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff, but far tastier? How to roast a succulent, moist turkey (forget about brining!)鈥攁nd use a foolproof method that works every time?</p><br /><p>As Serious Eats's culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji L貿pez-Alt has pondered all these questions and more. In <em>The Food Lab</em>, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don鈥檛 work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new鈥攂ut simple鈥攖echniques. In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more.</p>
The Mini Farming Bible: The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency on...
by Brett L. Markham

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English

Pages

560

Publication Date

November 04, 2014

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When Brett Markham published a small black and white handbook about how to run a successful mini farm聴he never dreamed how popular the book would soon become. In 2010 Skyhorse Publishing Inc. published Brett鈥檚 book in full color with over a hundred of the author鈥檚 own photographs聴and Mini Farming became an instant bestseller spawning four additional Mini Farming books on everything from fermenting to composting. Now for the first time all 5 Mini Farming titles are collected together in one massive volume:<br /><br />Mini Farming<br />Maximizing Your Mini Farm<br />Mini Farming Guide to Composting<br />Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening<br />Mini Farming Guide to Fermenting<br /><br />Learn how to make your own compost, save seeds, start a compost pile, ferment your own wine, get the most out of your vegetable garden聴and more! And all on just 錄 acre or less. Learn why tens of thousands of readers across North America have chosen Mini Farming for all their self sufficiency needs. This is the must have guide for any farmer聴whether they鈥檙e beginners or experienced mini farmers looking for new ideas.
Growing Season: a novel (Book 1)
by Melanie Lageschulte

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

May 29, 2017

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<b>A faded farmhouse, a devoted dog. One special season.</b><br /><br />Melinda is already at a crossroads when the 鈥渇or rent鈥?sign beckons her down a dusty gravel lane. Facing forty, single and downsized from her stellar career at a big-city ad agency, she鈥檚 struggling to start over when a phone call brings her home to rural Iowa. <br /><br />It's not long before she moves to the country, takes on a rundown farm and its headstrong animals, and lands behind the counter of her family鈥檚 hardware store in the community of Prosper, whose motto is 鈥淭he Great Little Town That Didn鈥檛.鈥?And just like the sprawling garden she tends under the summer sun, Melinda begins to thrive. But when storm clouds arrive on her horizon, can she hold on to the new life she's worked so hard to create?<br /><br />Filled with memorable characters, from a big-hearted farm dog to the weather-obsessed owner of the local co-op, 鈥淕rowing Season鈥?celebrates the twists and turns of small-town life. Discover the heartwarming series that鈥檚 filled with new friends, fresh starts and second chances.<br />
Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Hu...
by Eric Topol

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<b>One of America's top doctors reveals how AI will empower physicians and revolutionize patient care </b> <br /> Medicine has become inhuman, to disastrous effect. The doctor-patient relationship--the heart of medicine--is broken: doctors are too distracted and overwhelmed to truly connect with their patients, and medical errors and misdiagnoses abound. In <i>Deep Medicine</i>, leading physician Eric Topol reveals how artificial intelligence can help. AI has the potential to transform everything doctors do, from notetaking and medical scans to diagnosis and treatment, greatly cutting down the cost of medicine and reducing human mortality. By freeing physicians from the tasks that interfere with human connection, AI will create space for the real healing that takes place between a doctor who can listen and a patient who needs to be heard. <br /> Innovative, provocative, and hopeful, <i>Deep Medicine</i> shows us how the awesome power of AI can make medicine better, for all the humans involved.

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