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Hallucinations

Hallucinations

by Oliver Sacks

Paperback, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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Oliver Sacks investigates the types, physiological sources and cultural resonances of hallucinations, tracing everything from intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness.NPR Bestseller

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Brain on Fire

Brain On Fire

My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

Paperback, 266 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old when she began to experience seizures, hallucinations and increasingly psychotic behavior. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors until she was finally diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. As one doctor put it, "her brain was on fire." Cahalan recounts her experience with the disease in Brain on Fire.NPR Bestseller

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The Antidote

The Antidote

Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

by Oliver Burkeman

Hardcover, 304 pages, Faber and Faber, $25, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Hardcover, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 2 2010 | purchase
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  • Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.NPR Bestseller

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The Generals

The Generals

American Military Command from World War II to Today

by Thomas E. Ricks

Hardcover, 558 pages, Penguin Group USA, $32.95, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • American Military Command from World War II to Today
  • Thomas E. Ricks

The Generals describes the values, strategic thinking and leadership qualities of military leaders from World War II to the present day and how the widening separation between performance and accountability has not resulted in any recent Marshalls, Eisenhowers or Pattons.

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Rare Earth

Rare Earth

Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe

by Peter Douglas Ward, Donald Brownlee and Donadl Brownlee

Paperback, 335 pages, Springer Verlag, $16.95, published December 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe
  • Peter Douglas Ward, Donald Brownlee, et al

Argues that, while primitive organisms such as microbes are likely abundant in the universe, advanced life and multicellular organisms are incredibly rare, as they require a myriad of special circumstances to survive.

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A Tear at the Edge of Creation

A Tear at the Edge of Creation

A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe

by Marcelo Gleiser

Paperback, 289 pages, Univ Pr of New England, $18.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe
  • Marcelo Gleiser

A physics and philosophy professor challenges modern beliefs about the definable nature of the cosmos, arguing that all things exist because of random imperfections, primordial asymmetries and outright accidents, in a report that also cites the importance of caring for the planet.

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Apocalyptic Planet

Apocalyptic Planet

Field Guide to the Everending Earth

by Craig Childs

Hardcover, 343 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Field Guide to the Everending Earth
  • Craig Childs

This narrative discusses the Earth's inherent instability and susceptibility toward violent natural disasters and climate extremes, and challenges beliefs about apocalyptic inevitability while revealing how to change humanity's place within the planet's cycles.

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Mind and Cosmos

Mind and Cosmos

Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

by Thomas Nagel

Hardcover, 130 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $24.95, published September 26 2012 | purchase
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Dangerous Work

Dangerous Work

Diary of an Arctic Adventure

by Arthur Conan Doyle, Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower

Hardcover, 368 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $35, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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Relics

Relics

Travels in Nature's Time Machine

by Piotr Naskrecki and Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

Hardcover, 342 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $45, published November 15 2011 | purchase
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  • Travels in Nature's Time Machine
  • Piotr Naskrecki and Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

Combines text with colorful photographs to chronicle the species of animals and plants that are biological relics of a bygone era.

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