To women “of a certain age” – a euphemism the author of this book would
surely abhor – the idea that Gloria Steinem is a revolutionary thinker, a
wonderful writer and a practical activist is not, perhaps, news. (But
there is something joyful in the rediscovery of same.) To those who
didn’t know or don’t remember the Steinem story – founding Ms.
Magazine, fighting for reproductive rights, waiting to marry until she
was in her 60s! -- it might be a revelation. Long before Sheryl
Sandberg leaned in at work, Steinem was preaching the gospel of
empowered women by, among other things, travelling the country and the
world listening to people, gathering stories and insights, offering
support of the intellectual and emotional kind.
Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming Will Transform Our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests, by Stephen Nash
Climate disruption is often discussed on a global scale, affording
many a degree of detachment from what is happening in their own
backyards. Yet the consequences of global warming are of an increasingly
acute and serious nature.
In Virginia Climate Fever,
environmental journalist Stephen Nash brings home the threat of climate
change to the state of Virginia.
Who were the three men the American and Soviet superpowers exchanged
at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie in the first and
most legendary prisoner exchange between East and West? Bridge of Spies
vividly traces their paths to that exchange on February 10, 1962, when
their fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of
the most dangerous years of the Cold War.
The use of performance-enhancing drug use in
sports is never out of the news, whether it's cycling, baseball, Olympic
sports, or mixed martial arts. Interestingly, the use of steroids to
boost human performance stretches back to ancient times. Written by a
former professor of chemistry, Steroids and Doping in Sports: A Reference Handbook
provides not only information about all aspects of
performance-enhancing drugs in sport, but also supplies a thorough,
scientific background about the drugs themselves—the chemistry and
biology of steroids, what scientists have learned about these
substances, and the specific ways in which they affect the human body.
Pleasures of the Garden: A Literary Anthology selected by Christina Hardyment
This collection of classic garden writing presents the garden as place
of solace in our busy world, a retreat for lovers, and even an earthly
paradise. Bringing together a wide range of voices from across the
centuries and around the globe—from Pliny in first-century Italy to
Robert Louis Stevenson in nineteenth-century Hawaii—Pleasures of the Garden
features fiction and poetry, memoirs and letters, all in celebration of
Citizen Science Guide for Families: Taking Part in Real Science by Greg Landgraf
People of all ages and backgrounds can discover how to contribute to
real scientific research with this handy guide. It defines citizen
science, providing an overview of the social and community aspects
behind the idea. The book is organized by topic and features links to
library resources and descriptions of books appropriate to the subject.
The Geography of Resistance: Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad, by Cheryl LaRoche
In this enlightening study, Cheryl Janifer
LaRoche employs the tools of archaeology to uncover a new historical
perspective on the Underground Railroad. Unlike previous histories of
the Underground Railroad, which have focused on frightened fugitive
slaves and their benevolent abolitionist accomplices, LaRoche focuses
instead on free African American communities, the crucial help they
provided to individuals fleeing slavery, and the terrain where those
flights to freedom occurred.
An absorbing history of how Coke’s insatiable thirst for natural resources shaped the company and reshaped the globe.
How did Coca-Cola build a global empire by selling a low-price
concoction of mostly sugar, water, and caffeine? The easy answer is
advertising, but the real formula to Coke’s success was its strategy,
from the start, to offload costs and risks onto suppliers, franchisees,
and the government. For most of its history the company owned no
bottling plants, water sources, cane- or cornfields. A lean operation,
it benefited from public goods like cheap municipal water and curbside
recycling programs. Its huge appetite for ingredients gave it outsized
influence on suppliers and congressional committees. This was Coca-Cola
Social Media for Nurses: Educating Practitioners and Patients in a Networked World, by Ramona Nelson, Irene Joos, and Debra M. Wolf
This book clearly and comprehensively presents the knowledge and
skills nurses and health professionals need in order to effectively use
the Internet and interactive social media to educate health consumers.
By understanding and using Web 2.0 and Health 2.0 applications and
technology, nurses will have access to a critical tool for improving the
health of individuals, families, and communities, as well as enhancing
their own professional development.
Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha
The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha’s brilliant Putin’s Kleptocracy
provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he
brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore
the Greater Russia.
Russian scholar Dawisha describes and
exposes the origins of Putin’s kleptocratic regime. She presents
extensive new evidence about the Putin circle’s use of public positions
for personal gain even before Putin became president in 2000.