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The Body: A Guide for Occupants
Title The Body: A Guide for Occupants
Author
Publisher Doubleday
Release DateOctober 15, 2019
Category New Release
Total Pages 464 pages
ISBN 978-0385539302
Book Rating 5 out of 5 from 5274 reviews
Language EN, ES, BE, DA ,DE , NL and FR
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD "Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design." —The Washington Post Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

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The Body by Bill Bryson

Title The Body
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Publisher Doubleday Canada
Release Date 2019-10-15
Category Science
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY Maclean's • The Washington Post • USA Today • Indigo Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As compulsively readable as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you, in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "we pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

The Body by Bill Bryson

Title The Body
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2019-10-03
Category Science
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9781473508156
Language English, Spanish, and French
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THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER _______ 'A directory of wonders.' – The Guardian 'Jaw-dropping.' – The Times 'Classic, wry, gleeful Bryson...an entertaining and absolutely fact-rammed book.' – The Sunday Times 'It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book.' – The Daily Telegraph _______ ‘We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.’ Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up. A wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything, this new book is an instant classic. It will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again. ‘What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected. There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.’ Bill Bryson

The Body by Bill Bryson

Title The Body
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2019-10-15
Category Science
Total Pages 464
ISBN 9780385539319
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A New York Times Bestseller Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body—with a new afterword for this edition. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body—how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Brysonesque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner’s manual for every body. ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE WASHINGTON POST • FINANCIAL TIMES • THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS • BOOKPAGE • THE BOSTON GLOBE

Title SUMMARY The Body A Guide for Occupants By Bill Bryson The MW Summary Guide
Author The Mindset Warrior
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Release Date 101-01-01
Category Science
Total Pages 186
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An Easy to Digest Summary Guide... ★☆BONUS MATERIAL AVAILABLE INSIDE★☆ The Mindset Warrior Summary Guides, provides you with a unique summarized version of the core information contained in the full book, and the essentials you need in order to fully comprehend and apply. Maybe you've read the original book but would like a reminder of the information? ✅ Maybe you haven't read the book, but want a short summary to save time? ✅ Maybe you'd just like a summarized version to refer to in the future? ✅ In any case, The Mindset Warrior Summary Guides can provide you with just that. Lets get Started. Download Your Book Today.. NOTE: To Purchase the "The Body"(full book); which this is not, simply type in the name of the book in the search bar of your bookstore.

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Title Summary
Author Must Read Books
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-12-18
Category
Total Pages 28
ISBN 1676992324
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Summary: The Body - A Guide for Occupants by Bill BrysonMust Read Books offers an in-depth look into the popular novel by Bill Bryson "The Body" so you can appreciate the book even more!It contains many tantalizing sections such as: - Chapter by Chapter Summaries- About the Author- Trivia Questionsand much more.Download and start reading immediately!*note: This is an unofficial companion book to Bill Bryson's popular novel "The Body: A Guide for Occupants"- it is meant to enhance your reading experience and is not the original book.Overview Summary of The Body by Bill BrysonIn his book, Bill Bryson delves deep into the complexities of the human body. What is the human body made of? How much would it cost to build a human body? How many atoms does our body contain? These are just some of the questions Bill asked at the very beginning of The Body: A Guide For Occupants. Why questions like these matter? Because, as the author emphasized it himself, we are still trying to fathom the mystery that surrounds the biochemistry of humans. Yes, we have bits and pieces of knowledge, but we're still far away from getting the whole picture. By trying to find out how much substances in our body cost, Bill Bryson accentuates how a trivial collection of some substances can form the most complex thing we'll ever be able to analyze- ourselves.Thus, life as a whole - an immeasurably complex phenomenon, is the object of Bryson's inquiry. He goes on to analyze and eloquently describe the most basic organic processes, as well as more elaborate ones. Bryson also mentions numerous fun facts like: how many times per day do you blink? How many red cells are produced in a second?In short, The Body will be an interesting book to read for those who are already experienced in the field of human biology, as well as for those who are just starting to scratch the surface of this endlessly intriguing field. Perhaps, he sometimes goes too far in trying to appeal to such a heterogeneous public - the book sometimes looks like somebody randomly threw in interesting facts without connecting them. Most of the time, however, Bill Bryson captivates our attention with yet another mystery of the human body, while finding relevant connections with everyday life.We're getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but Bryson's main point is obvious from the very beginning of the book, that mentioning it now wouldn't in the least be uncalled for. Everything in The Body revolves around this point: " You are a wonder of nature"

Title Summary Analysis of The Body
Author SNAP Summaries
Publisher ZIP Reads
Release Date 101-01-01
Category Medical
Total Pages 186
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. SNAP Summaries is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. If you are the author, publisher, or representative of the original work, please contact info[at]snapsummaries[dot]com with any questions or concerns. If you'd like to purchase the original book, please paste this link in your browser: https://amzn.to/37K99Um Bryson quips his individual brand to a vast and curious topic, and the result is a comprehensive beginner’s guide to the entire human body. You’ll learn something, and you may even like it. What does this SNAP Summary Include? - Synopsis of the original book - Key takeaways from each chapter - A guide to how every part of your body works--from the brain and nerves to the skeleton and immune system - A detailed discussion of pain,disease, and how we can get the most out of our bodies. - Editorial Review - Background on Bill Bryson About the Original Book: Bill Bryson has written a beginner’s guide to the human body with more than enough to keep you chewing on it for hours. It is a tome of information about one of the most complicated, yet fascinating things on earth, and there is still so much we do not know. From top to bottom, and inside out, it is one of those books that makes you realize that the more you know, the more there is to find out. You’ll never look at yourself in the mirror the same way again. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, The Body. SNAP Summaries is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. If you are the author, publisher, or representative of the original work, please contact info[at]snapsummaries.com with any questions or concerns. Please follow this link: https://amzn.to/37K99Um to purchase a copy of the original book.

At Home by Bill Bryson

Title At Home
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010-05-27
Category History
Total Pages 704
ISBN 9781409095545
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In At Home, Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - eating, sleeping and merely endeavouring to get more comfortable. And that most of the key discoveries for humankind can be found in the very fabric of the houses in which we live.This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room considering how the ordinary things in life came to be. Along the way he did a prodigious amount of research on the history of anything and everything, from architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the spice trade to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets; and on the brilliant, creative and often eccentric minds behind them. And he discovered that, although there may seem to be nothing as unremarkable as our domestic lives, there is a huge amount of history, interest and excitement - and even a little danger - lurking in the corners of every home.

Title A Really Short History of Nearly Everything
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 169
ISBN 9780552562966
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bill's own fascination with science began with a battered old schoolbook he had when he was about ten or eleven years old in America. It had an illustration that captivated him - a cutaway diagram showing Earth's interior as it would look if you cut into it with a large knife and carefully removed about a quarter of its bulk. And he very clearly remembers thinking: "How do they know that?" Bill's story-telling skill makes the "How?" and, just as importantly, the "Who?" of scientific discovery entertaining and accessible for all ages. In this exciting edition for younger readers, he covers the wonder and mysteries of time and space, the frequently bizarre and often obsessive scientists and the methods they used, the crackpot theories which held sway for far too long, the extraordinary accidental discoveries which suddenly advanced whole areas of science when the people were actually looking for something else (or in the wrong direction) and the mind-boggling fact that, somehow, the universe exists and, against all odds, life came to be on this wondrous planet we call home.

Title The Road to Little Dribbling
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2015-10-08
Category Travel
Total Pages 480
ISBN 9781473508071
Language English, Spanish, and French
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WINNER: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER READER AWARD FOR BEST TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 WINNER: BOOKS ARE MY BAG READER AWARD FOR BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHY OR BIOGRAPHY 2016 Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain.Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn’t altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain’s occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas. Once again, with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

Title The Mother Tongue
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2015-06-02
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780062417442
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

The Stellenbosch Mafia by Pieter du Toit

Title The Stellenbosch Mafia
Author Pieter du Toit
Publisher Jonathan Ball Publishers
Release Date 2019-07-15
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781868429196
Language English, Spanish, and French
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About 50km outside of Cape Town lies the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, nestled against vineyards and blue mountains that stretch to the sky. Here reside some of South Africa’s wealthiest individuals: all male, all Afrikaans – and all stinking rich. Johann Rupert, Jannie Mouton, Markus Jooste and Christo Weise, to name a few. Julius Malema refers to them scathingly as ‘The Stellenbosch Mafia’, the very worst example of white monopoly capital. But who really are these mega-wealthy individuals, and what influence do they exert not only on Stellenbosch but more broadly on South African society? Author Pieter du Toit begins by exploring the roots of Stellenbosch, one of the wealthiest towns in South Africa and arguably the cradle of Afrikanerdom. This is the birthplace of apartheid leaders, intellectuals, newspaper empires and more. He then closely examines this ‘club’ of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected? What network of boardroom membership, alliances and family connections exist? Who are the ‘old guard’ and who are the ‘inkommers’, and what about the youngsters desperate to make their mark? He looks at the collapse of Steinhoff: what went wrong, and whether there are other companies at risk of a similar fate. He examines the control these men have over cultural life, including pulling the strings in South Africa rugby.

Don T Die Young by Alice Roberts

Title Don t Die Young
Author Alice Roberts
Publisher Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Release Date 2008
Category Health & Fitness
Total Pages 271
ISBN 0747592802
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Don't Die Young is a revelatory tour of the human body. Focusing on our vital organs - from the beating chambers of the heart to the coiling tunnels of the intestines - Dr. Alice Roberts explains how they work and how to keep them in tip-top condition. There are many aspects of your health that you can control, and she explains how you can reduce your risk of suffering many disorders, from cystitis to cancer, and headaches to heart disease. With authoritative advice, amazing photographs and clear diagrams, she cuts through the jargon. (What exactly are antioxidants and trans-fatty acids?) This book will change the way you think about your body, and you will be better equipped to combat disease - and to treat any health advice with very healthy scepticism.

Title Bill Bryson s African Diary
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010-03-02
Category Travel
Total Pages 64
ISBN 9781409095576
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bill Bryson goes to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world. Kenya, generally regarded as the cradle of humankind, is a land of stunning landscapes, famous game reserves, and a vibrant culture, but it also has many serious problems, including refugees, AIDS, drought and grinding poverty. It also provides plenty to worry a nervous traveller like Bill Bryson: hair-raising rides in light aircraft, tropical diseases, snakes, insects and large predators. Bryson casts his inimitable eye on a continent new to him, and the resultant diary, though short in length, contains all his trademark laugh-out-loud wit, wry observation and curious insight. All the author’s royalties from this book, as well as all profits, will go to CARE International.

Title When Things Go Wrong Diseases
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2020-04-21
Category Science
Total Pages 24
ISBN 9780593312162
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this selection from The Body, his compulsively readable and bestselling owner’s manual to the human body, Bill Bryson introduces us to the mysterious, and often devastating, world of disease. Written with extraordinary insight and filled with remarkable facts, When Things Go Wrong deepens our understanding of the maladies that afflict us--what they are and how they work. A Vintage Short.

Title Summary Study Guide The Body
Author Lee Tang
Publisher LMT Press
Release Date 2019-12-01
Category Science
Total Pages 117
ISBN 9781708094324
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An Owner’s Manual for Everyone. This book is a summary of “The Body: A Guide for Occupants,” by Bill Bryson. Did you ever think you needed an owner's manual for our complex body? Our body is the product of three billion years of evolutionary tweaks. In The Body, Bill Bryson took a boring science book and turned it into an understandable book for everyone. The book guides us through the human body—how it functions, how it heals itself, and how it can fail. It leads you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. Read this book to better understand one of the enduring mysteries of human biology. This guide includes: * Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts. * Online Videos—cover the concepts in more depth. Value-added from this guide: * Save time * Understand key concepts * Expand your knowledge

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

Title A Nearly Normal Family
Author M.T. Edvardsson
Publisher Celadon Books
Release Date 2019-06-25
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9781250204424
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"...A compulsively readable tour de force." —The Wall Street Journal New York Times Book Review recommends M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family and lauds it as a “page-turner” that forces the reader to confront “the compromises we make with ourselves to be the people we believe our beloveds expect.” (NYTimes Book Review Summer Reading Issue) M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping legal thriller that forces the reader to consider: How far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their life—and one another. Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him? Stella’s father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Title Three Women
Author Lisa Taddeo
Publisher Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Release Date 2020-07-07
Category History
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781451642308
Language English, Spanish, and French
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 INDIE NEXT PICK Named a Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post * NPR * The Atlantic * New York Public Library * Vanity Fair * PBS * Time * Economist * Entertainment Weekly * Financial Times * Shelf Awareness * Guardian * Sunday Times * BBC * Esquire * Good Housekeeping * Elle * Real Simple * And more than twenty additional outlets “Staggeringly intimate...Taddeo spent eight years reporting this groundbreaking book.” —Entertainment Weekly “A breathtaking and important book…What a fine thing it is to be enthralled by another writer’s sentences. To be stunned by her intellect and heart.” —Cheryl Strayed “Extraordinary...This is a nonfiction literary masterpiece...I can't remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women.” —Elizabeth Gilbert “A revolutionary look at women's desire, this feat of journalism reveals three women who are carnal, brave, and beautifully flawed.” —People (Book of the Week) A riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting. Lina, a young mother in suburban Indiana whose marriage has lost its passion, reconnects with an old flame through social media and embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student in North Dakota, allegedly engages in a relationship with her married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial turns their quiet community upside down. Sloane, a successful restaurant owner in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. Hailed as “a dazzling achievement” (Los Angeles Times) and “a riveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance” (The Washington Post), Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women has captivated readers, booksellers, and critics—and topped bestseller lists—worldwide. Based on eight years of immersive research, it is “an astonishing work of literary reportage” (The Atlantic) that introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone.

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

Title Shakespeare
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2016-04-26
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780062565167
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a new introduction by the author to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. His Shakespeare is like no one else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time.

Title The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Anchor Canada
Release Date 2010-04-30
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780307373625
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. A book that delivers on the promise that it is “laugh-out-loud funny.” Some say that the first hints that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came from his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, shoot guns out of people’s hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman. Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal line, “I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.” In this hilarious new memoir, he travels back to explore the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful world of 1950s America. He modestly claims that this is a book about not very much: about being small and getting much larger slowly. But for the rest of us, it is a laugh-out-loud book that will speak volumes – especially to anyone who has ever been young.

Beyond by Stephen Walker

Title Beyond
Author Stephen Walker
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2021-04-13
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 512
ISBN 9780062978196
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“This remarkable account of the 1961 race into space is a thrilling piece of storytelling….It is high definition history: tight, thrilling and beautifully researched.” (The Times, London, Front Page Lead Review) “Beyond has the exhilaration of a fine thriller, but it is vividly embedded in the historic tensions of the Cold War, and peopled by men and women brought sympathetically, and sometimes tragically, to life.”—Colin Thubron, author of Shadow of the Silk Road 09.07 am. April 12, 1961. A top secret rocket site in the USSR. A young Russian sits inside a tiny capsule on top of the Soviet Union’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile—originally designed to carry a nuclear warhead—and blasts into the skies. His name is Yuri Gagarin. And he is about to make history. Travelling at almost 18,000 miles per hour—ten times faster than a rifle bullet—Gagarin circles the globe in just 106 minutes. From his windows he sees the earth as nobody has before, crossing a sunset and a sunrise, crossing oceans and continents, witnessing its beauty and its fragility. While his launch begins in total secrecy, within hours of his landing he has become a world celebrity – the first human to leave the planet. Beyond tells the thrilling story behind that epic flight on its 60th anniversary. It happened at the height of the Cold War as the US and USSR confronted each other across an Iron Curtain. Both superpowers took enormous risks to get a man into space first, the Americans in the full glare of the media, the Soviets under deep cover. Both trained their teams of astronauts to the edges of the endurable. In the end the race between them would come down to the wire. Drawing on extensive original research and the vivid testimony of eyewitnesses, many of whom have never spoken before, Stephen Walker unpacks secrets that were hidden for decades and takes the reader into the drama of one of humanity’s greatest adventures – to the scientists, engineers and political leaders on both sides, and above all to the American astronauts and their Soviet rivals battling for supremacy in the heavens.

The Story Of The Human Body by Daniel Lieberman

Title The Story of the Human Body
Author Daniel Lieberman
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2014
Category Science
Total Pages 460
ISBN 9780307741806
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this book the author, a Harvard evolutionary biologist presents an account of how the human body has evolved over millions of years, examining how an increasing disparity between the needs of Stone Age bodies and the realities of the modern world are fueling a paradox of greater longevity and chronic disease. It illuminates the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. The author also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. While these ongoing changes have brought about many benefits, they have also created conditions to which our bodies are not entirely adapted, the author argues, resulting in the growing incidence of obesity and new but avoidable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. The author proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of 'dysevolution,' a pernicious dynamic whereby only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies are treated. And finally, he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment. -- From publisher's web site.

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