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      41.

      MORE THAN HUMAN

      Ramez Naam
      Hardcover

      Price: $24.95

      What if you could be smarter, stronger, and have a better memory just by taking a pill?
      What if we could alter our genes to cure Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?
      What if we could halt or even …

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      What if you could be smarter, stronger, and have a better memory just by taking a pill?
      What if we could alter our genes to cure Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?
      What if we could halt or even reverse the human aging process?
      What if we could communicate with each other simply by thinking about it?

      These questions were once the stuff of science fiction. Today, advances in biotechnology have shown that they’re plausible, even likely to be accomplished in the near future. In labs around the world, researchers looking for ways to help the sick and injured have stumbled onto techniques that enhance healthy animals—making them stronger, faster, smarter, and longer-lived—in some cases, even connecting their minds to robots and computers across the Internet. Now science is on the verge of applying this knowledge to healthy men and women, allowing us to alter humanity in ways we’d previously only dreamed possible. The same research that could cure Alzheimer’s is leading to drugs and genetic techniques that could boost human intelligence. The techniques being developed to stave off heart disease and cancer have the potential to slow or even reverse human aging. And brain implants that restore motion to the paralyzed and sight to the blind are already allowing a small set of patients to control robots and computers simply by thinking about it.

      Not everyone welcomes this scientific progress. Cries of “against nature” arise from skeptics even as scientists break new ground at an astounding pace. Across the political spectrum, the debate roils: Should we embrace the power to alter our minds and bodies, or should we restrict it?

      Distilling the most radical accomplishments being made in labs worldwide, including gene therapy, genetic engineering, stem cell research, life extension, brain-computer interfaces, and cloning, More Than Human offers an exciting tour of the impact biotechnology will have on our lives. Throughout this remarkable trip, author Ramez Naam shares an impassioned vision for the future with revealing insight into the ethical dilemmas posed by twenty-first-century science.

      Encouraging us to celebrate rather than fear these innovations, Naam incisively separates fact from myth, arguing that these much-maligned technologies have the power to transform the human race for the better, so long as individuals and families are left free to decide how and if to use them.

      If you’ve ever wondered about the boundaries of humanity, More Than Human offers a vision of a world where we use our knowledge to improve ourselves, unhindered by the fear of change.

      42.

      HOW NOT TO BE EATEN

      Gilbert Waldbauer
      Herbal Supplements

      Price: $27.95

      All animals must eat. But who eats who, and why, or why not? Because insects outnumber and collectively outweigh all other animals combined, they comprise the largest amount of animal food available f…

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      All animals must eat. But who eats who, and why, or why not? Because insects outnumber and collectively outweigh all other animals combined, they comprise the largest amount of animal food available for potential consumption. How do they avoid being eaten? From masterful disguises to physical and chemical lures and traps, predatory insects have devised ingenious and bizarre methods of finding food. Equally ingenious are the means of hiding, mimicry, escape, and defense waged by prospective prey in order to stay alive. This absorbing book demonstrates that the relationship between the eaten and the eater is a central—perhaps the central—aspect of what goes on in the community of organisms. By explaining the many ways in which insects avoid becoming a meal for a predator, and the ways in which predators evade their defensive strategies, Gilbert Waldbauer conveys an essential understanding of the unrelenting coevolutionary forces at work in the world around us.

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      THE GREENING OF OZ

      Robert Fraga
      Paperback

      Price: $16.95

      On May 4, 2007, an EF5 tornado destroyed the town of Greensburg in south central Kansas. In the desperate days immediately after the catastrophe, town leaders-including the ex-cop mayor, the city mana…

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      On May 4, 2007, an EF5 tornado destroyed the town of Greensburg in south central Kansas. In the desperate days immediately after the catastrophe, town leaders-including the ex-cop mayor, the city manager, and an environmentalist from Colorado - launched a program to rebuild Greensburg green. Just like the name of the town. Before the tornado, Greensburg was slowly dying, a village about to be buried in the Great Plains. Now it is a mecca for eco-tourists. Author Robert Fraga taught math for 20 years in Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Later he taught at Ripon College in Wisconsin and Baker University in Kansas. His two books on mathematics are entitled Calculus Problems for a New Century and War Stories from Applied Math. He and his wife Jean Grant, parents of two grown children, live in Lawrence, Kan., and the Dordogne region of France.

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      OWLET CATERPILLARS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA

      D. Wagner/D Schweitzer/J Bolli
      Paperback

      Price: $35.00

      This lavishly illustrated field guide features more than 800 species of the most common, interesting, beautiful, and important owlet (noctuid) caterpillars found in eastern North America. More than 2,…

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      This lavishly illustrated field guide features more than 800 species of the most common, interesting, beautiful, and important owlet (noctuid) caterpillars found in eastern North America. More than 2,100 color photographs include numerous stunning images, and the guide's introductory sections offer a wealth of information on noctuid natural history, morphology, larval diets, natural enemies, and classification; suggestions for finding and rearing owlet caterpillars; and much more. The 375 full-page species accounts treat similar species, range, phenology, and larval foodplants. A remarks section addresses behavior, life history, taxonomy, and a variety of other general interest topics. For full species accounts, two adult images are provided, one of a spread museum specimen and the other of a live adult: this is the first guide to comprehensively provide images of live adult moths in representative resting postures. An extensive glossary and foodplant index are also included.

      • More than 800 species of eastern owlets
      • More than 2,100 color photographs illustrating many species for the first time
      • First North American insect guide to offer hundreds of images of live moths in their natural resting postures
      • Extensive information on owlet biology, natural enemies, classification, and finding and rearing owlet caterpillars
      • Includes foodplant records for each species and foodplant index

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      DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES OF THE EAST

      Dennis Paulson
      Paperback

      Price: $29.95

      This is the first fully illustrated guide to all 336 dragonfly and damselfly species of eastern North America--from the rivers of Manitoba to the Florida cypress swamps--and the companion volume to De…

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      This is the first fully illustrated guide to all 336 dragonfly and damselfly species of eastern North America--from the rivers of Manitoba to the Florida cypress swamps--and the companion volume to Dennis Paulson's acclaimed field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of the West. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East features hundreds of color photos that depict all the species found in the region, detailed line drawings to aid in-hand identification, and a color distribution map for every species--and the book's compact size and user-friendly design make it the only guide you need in the field. Species accounts describe key identification features, distribution, flight season, similar species, habitat, and natural history. Paulson's authoritative introduction offers a primer on dragonfly biology and identification, and also includes tips on how to study and photograph these stunningly beautiful insects.

      • Illustrates all 336 eastern species
      • Features hundreds of full-color photos
      • Includes detailed species accounts, line drawings to aid identification, and a color distribution map for every species
      • Offers helpful tips for the dragonfly enthusiast

      46.

      THE INTEGRAL URBAN HOUSE: SELF RELIANT LIVING IN THE CITY

      Sim Van Der Ryn,Helga Olkowski
      Paperback

      Price: $29.95

      The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City is a comprehensive guide to achieving a completely sustainable urban lifestyle by creating a mini-ecosystem where residents grow their own fru…

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      The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City is a comprehensive guide to achieving a completely sustainable urban lifestyle by creating a mini-ecosystem where residents grow their own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens, rabbits, and fish, recycle 90% of their waste, solar heat their hot water, and use a variety of other alternative technologies—all on a 1/8-acre city lot. Long considered the bible of urban homesteading, this book is the result of four years of living with and refining the systems of the Integral Urban House in Berkeley, California — a collaborative project which combined the collective skills of the members of the Farallones Institute to develop a center for creating and testing experimental, ecologically stable and resource-conserving living systems. With its vision of an intimate connection between the urban habitat and ecological principles The Integral Urban House will inspire and empower people to act within their own communities to create places where they can live more sustainably.

      47.

      THE ANSWER TO HOW IS YES

      Peter Block
      Paperback

      Price: $20.95

      People keep asking "How?" as a defense against living their life, says best-selling author Peter Block. In this witty, insightful and award-winning book, Block shows that many people remain paralyzed …

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      People keep asking "How?" as a defense against living their life, says best-selling author Peter Block. In this witty, insightful and award-winning book, Block shows that many people remain paralyzed by standard solutions and improvement efforts. He places the "how to" craze in perspective and teaches individuals, workers and managers ways to act on what they know. This allows them to reclaim their freedom and capacity to create the kind of world they want to live in. Block's "elements of choice" - the characteristic of a new workplace and a new world based on more positive values - include self-mentoring, investing in relationships, accepting the unpredictability of life, and realizing that the individual prospers only when the community does.

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      COMMUNITY

      Peter Block
      Hardcover

      Price: $20.95

      Modern society is plagued by fragmentation, with sections of our communities never working together: Businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches and government exist in their own world…

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      Modern society is plagued by fragmentation, with sections of our communities never working together: Businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches and government exist in their own worlds. So do individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked and their potential contributions lost. This disconnection and detachment makes it difficult to envision a common future and work toward it together. We know what healthy communities resemble; many success stories exist and have been described in detail. What author Peter Block provides in this inspiring new book is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation: How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? He explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist, and he details what each of us can do to make that happen.

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      THE ABUNDANT COMMUNITY

      John McKnight, Peter Block
      Paperback

      Price: $19.95

      We need our neighbors and community to stay healthy, produce jobs, raise our children, and care for those on the margin. Institutions and professional services have reached the limit of their ability …

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      We need our neighbors and community to stay healthy, produce jobs, raise our children, and care for those on the margin. Institutions and professional services have reached the limit of their ability to help us.

      What we need we must purchase from specialists and systems outside the community, the consumer society tells us, for we are insufficient. Rather than citizens and neighbors, we have become consumers and clients. But authors John McKnight and Peter Block show that we have the capacity to find real and sustainable satisfaction right in our neighborhood and community.

      This book reports on voluntary, self-organizing structures that focus on gifts and value hospitality, the welcoming of strangers. McKnight and Block reveal how to reweave our social fabric, especially in our neighborhoods. In this way we collectively have enough to create a future that works for all.

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      STARTING A NEW LIFE IN RURAL AMERICA

      Ragnar Benson
      Paperback

      Price: $20.00

      Has the threat of urban terrorism, debacles such as the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or just the general hassle of city life got you thinking about moving to the country? G…

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      Has the threat of urban terrorism, debacles such as the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or just the general hassle of city life got you thinking about moving to the country? Good idea, but before you pull up stakes, here's a chance to learn about some of the realities of rural living that you might never have faced in your city or suburban home. Ragnar Benson grew up on a farm and has lived in the sticks for decades, and he has helped dozens of transplants settle into their new homes in the country. Now he has gathered his advice into this handy familiarization manual to introduce you to some of the issues you need to know about life in rural communities. Get an informed head start on the adventure, independence and tranquility of a new life in rural America.

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