In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell—clear across England and, indeed, clear across the world—making it possible, for the first time ever, to draw a chart of the hidden underside of the earth. Smith spent twenty-two years piecing together the fragments of this unseen universe to create an epochal and remarkably beautiful hand-painted map. But instead of receiving accolades and honors, he ended up in debtors’ prison, the victim of plagiarism, and virtually homeless for ten years more.
The Map That Changed the World is a very human tale of endurance and achievement, of one man’s dedication in the face of ruin. With a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery. Buy this book for only $2.99 today.
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Another lawsuit about book prices
Only in America.
Two groups, The American Booksellers Association and Authors United, have filed complaints with the Department of Justice requesting that the DOJ begin an anti-trust investigation into the activities of Amazon for their book prices. The two groups claim that Amazon charges consumers too little for books.
The complaints state that Amazon is a monopoly in the book business and threatens the book marketplace. According to this article in TheDailySignal, Amazon sells 40% of print books and 65% of the e-book market. That’s not a monopoly.
For those of us who purchase many e-books and print volumes from Amazon, we enjoy those low prices. Authors should be paid a fair price for their product, but markets drive prices. I’ll let you know how this request to the DOJ proceeds.
Paula’s Top 4 reads from first half 2015
I’ve read many books so far this year. These are my favorite reads in the first 6 months of 2015.
Maybe it’s my age, but Ove’s story tugged at my heartstrings.
Billed as a “delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden,” A Man Called Ove ($10.99) is a commentary of the loneliness of older citizens.
Ove, seen as grumpy and anti-social to many, struggles with a deep void in his life. He transforms from a shell of a man to one with purpose and a reason for living. Ove’s story is revealed slowly, but it’s worth the wait.
This novel has humor; quirky, lovable characters of all ages and a few twists.
I purchased the book when it was a Daily Deal. It was also an Audible Daily Deal.
Last winter my husband and I attended a cowboy poetry reading by Baxter Black. We shared a table with a young rancher who said he enjoyed C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett series about a crime-fighting game warden in Wyoming. I bought Force of Nature ($7.99) and had my socks scared off with non-stop action and suspense. Great read for guys.
Nic Tatano has become a favorite author of quirky romantic comedy. Wing Girl (99 cents) is a sweet story of the young lady who blossoms with the help of her friends. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and a great read for new adults and anyone who wants to learn about today’s dating scene.
If you live in a state that has a strong and bitter rivalry between two major universities, you might enjoy A House Divided ($3.99) by Jennifer Peel. A great summer read, it’s a sweet, clean romance about second chances. Two teens succumb to family pressure and end their relationship. One goes to Auburn; one to the University of Alabama. The story is their reunion years later.
Enjoy these three non-fiction reads for only 99 cents each.
Shop Your Closet (99 cents) Just when you feared your overstuffed, eyesore of a closet was a lost cause, here’s the antidote to all your closet woes. Closet expert and style maven Melanie Charlton Fascitelli is here to help you whip your closet into shape, refreshing your wardrobe and saving you time along the way.
The 24-Hour Turnaround (99 cents) With a glut of health information assailing readers, there’s never been a better time to bring the best, most reliable facts together in one source. Jay Williams provides a proven, quick ‘jumpstart’ action that will give you results within 24 hours – and inspire to keep going with more valuable lifestyle changes.
The Genome War (99 cents) On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life—seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government’s Human Genome Project.
The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science—the race to map the human genome.
Food — Your Miracle Medicine is the breakthrough book on food and health for the nineties. This comprehensive guide, based on more than 10,000 scientific studies, reveals how you can use the extraordinary powers of food to prevent and alleviate such common maladies as headaches and hay fever, as well as to ward off major killers, including heart disease and cancer.
Jean Carper, the bestselling author of The Food Pharmacy, has now translated the amazing new discoveries about the medical powers of food into practical advice and information that you can use every day to conquer disease, increase your mental energy, and live longer.
Buy this book today for only 99 cents.
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Beginning with a diagnostic quiz to help you determine your overall brain health, and ending with meal plans and recipes for a brain boosting diet, Save Your Brain is an easy-to-follow comprehensive guide to getting the brain in the best shape possible, and keeping it there-for life!
Doing the daily crossword puzzle and drinking Ginko Biloba may not be enough in fighting off mental decline. Alzeimers and Dementia are on the rise but clinical neuropsychologist David Nussbaum presents a comprehensive 5-part program for keeping brains operating at their best and fighting off these debilitating diseases.
The author presents concrete, actionable tips to help you improve physically, mentally, socially, spiritually and nutritionally.
This is a complete system for getting the brain in the best shape possible and keeping it there for life. Our brains can remain as strong and as sharp at seventy as they were by twenty by following Dr. Nussbaum’s 5 essential steps. Buy this book for only $1.99 today.
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The Checklist is organized as a guide to help individuals and families take the right precautions, at the right time in their lives, to avoid the most common health pitfalls and illnesses, and put them on the path to a vigorous and sound lifestyle.
Each decade in a person’s life introduces new risks not seen in their previous ten years. A health plan must be tailor-made to fit a body as it matures decade to decade. Dr. Manny’s friendly, easy explanations and simple maintenance breakdowns show people how to act preventively and proactively, without unnecessary fears or reliance on the abundance of outdated, counterproductive health myths. Dr. Manny’s mission is to aid readers in their pursuit of living a healthy and long life, and to help close the door on future life-threatening illnesses using proven, sound medical knowledge.
Buy this medical guide for only 99 cents today.
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Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don’t seem to make sense. These we call paradoxes. The paradoxes Al-Khalili offers are drawn chiefly from physics and astronomy and represent those that have stumped some of the finest minds. For example, how can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time? Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs? And how can a person be ten years older than his twin?
With elegant explanations that bring the reader inside the mind of those who’ve developed them, Al-Khalili helps us to see that, in fact, paradoxes can be solved if seen from the right angle. Just as surely as Al-Khalili narrates the enduring fascination of these classic paradoxes, he reveals their underlying logic. In doing so, he brings to life a select group of the most exciting concepts in human knowledge. Paradox is mind-expanding fun. Buy this book today for $1.99.
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As an emergency room clinician four years out of veterinary school, Dr. Vint Virga had a life-changing experience: he witnessed the power of simple human contact and compassion to affect the recovery of a dog struggling to survive after being hit by a car. Observing firsthand the remarkably strong connection between humans and animals inspired him to explore the world from the viewpoint of animals and taught him to respect the kinship that connects us.
With The Soul of All Living Creatures, Virga draws from his decades in veterinary practice to reveal how, by striving to perceive the world as animals do, we can enrich our own appreciation of life, enhance our character, nurture our relationships, improve our communication with others, reorder our values, and deepen our grasp of spirituality. Virga discerningly illuminates basic traits shared by both humans and animals and makes animal behavior meaningful, relevant, and easy to understand. Insightful and eloquent, The Soul of All Living Creatures offers an intimate journey into the lives of our fellow creatures and a thought-provoking promise of what we can learn from spending time with them.
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Poisons permeate our world. They are in the environment, the workplace, the home. They are in food, our favorite whiskey, medicine, and well water. They have been used to cure diseases as well as incapacitate and kill. In this entertaining and fact-filled book, science writer Peter Macinnis considers poisons in all their aspects. He recounts stories of the celebrated poisoners in history and literature, from Nero to Thomas Wainewright, and from the death of Socrates to Hamlet and Peter Pan.
Macinnis methodically analyzes the science of these killing agents and their uses in medicine, cosmetics, war, and terrorism. With wit and precision, he weighs these questions and many more: Was Lincoln’s volatility caused by mercury poisoning? Was Jack the Ripper an arsenic eater? Can wallpaper kill? For anyone who has ever wondered and been afraid to ask, here is a rich miscellany for your secret questions about toxins. Buy this book for $1.99 today. Audioboook: $3.99.
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For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories—waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea—including several that approached 100 feet.
As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters.
In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves—from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740-foot-wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast.
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The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats ($2.99) By knowing what to do in an emergency and then acting quickly and confidently to take the proper steps, you could save your pet’s life. The next time medical help is not quickly available, reach for The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats. It’s a pet owner’s second best friend.
Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats ($2.99) Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care.
DogJoy: The Happiest Dogs in the Universe ($2.99) DogJoy assembles the best of the pack–presenting proof positive that dogs not only smile, but also laugh, grin, snicker and even share jokes. Highlighted by personal stories and peppered with charming observations, dog lovers everywhere will adore this wonderful collection.