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#2131  sufue 08-09-2022, 08:38 AM
Edith Hamilton's classic Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes is £1.99 in the UK today as part of today's Daily Deal. FWIW, this says it's the 75th anniversary edition, although I'm never quite sure how that sort of thing translates into e-book...

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This 75th anniversary edition of a classic bestseller is stunningly illustrated and designed to enchant fans of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology at all ages.

Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller.

For more than seven decades readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the enchanting world of mythology -- from Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom. This deluxe, hardcover edition is fully-illustrated throughout with all-new, specially commissioned art, making it a true collector's item.

#2132  salty-horse 08-09-2022, 04:03 PM
Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn is $5 on
Was on my wishlist.
A beautiful, lyrical exploration of the places where nature is flourishing in our absence

Cal Flyn, an investigative journalist, exceptional nature writer, and promising new literary voice visits the eeriest and most desolate places on Earth that due to war, disaster, disease, or economic decay, have been abandoned by humans. What she finds every time is an "island" of teeming new life: nature has rushed in to fill the void faster and more thoroughly than even the most hopeful projections of scientists.

Islands of Abandonment is a tour through these new ecosystems, in all their glory, as sites of unexpected environmental significance, where the natural world has reasserted its wild power and promise. And while it doesn't let us off the hook for addressing environmental degradation and climate change, it is a case that hope is far from lost, and it is ultimately a story of redemption: the most polluted spots on Earth can be rehabilitated through ecological processes and, in fact, they already are.

#2133  j.p.s 08-09-2022, 08:08 PM
Quote salty-horse
Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn is $5 on
Was on my wishlist.
Thanks for this.

I was so excited by the possibility that there would be details of the wildlife bloom that resulted from the demilitarized zone in Korea that I rushed to my local library to have a look at a paper copy. Unfortunately, the DMZ is not covered, but there are so many stories that I did not know of that I am going to get the ebook. Based on the reviews, it is well worth $5.

#2134  salty-horse 08-10-2022, 08:12 AM
Quote j.p.s
Unfortunately, the DMZ is not covered
The Korean DMZ and its wildlife is mentioned in passing in the chapter about the Buffer Zone in Cyprus.

#2135  Rime 08-17-2022, 03:56 PM
Email from the University of Chicago :
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#2136  salty-horse 08-31-2022, 05:08 AM
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is $2 on
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.

Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family—especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah. Deborah was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Had they killed her to harvest her cells? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance?

Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.

#2137  j.p.s 08-31-2022, 01:33 PM
Quote salty-horse
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is $2 on
I highly recommend this book.

#2138  Little.Egret 09-01-2022, 09:54 PM
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The Prodigal Tongue

Buy it, you'll love it

first and perhaps only book on the relative merits of American and British English that is dominated by facts and analysis rather than nationalistic prejudice. For all its scholarship, this is also a funny and rollicking read.’

The Economist, Books of the Year

Only an American would call autumn fall or refer to a perfectly good pavement as a sidewalk… Not so, says Lynne Murphy. The English invented sidewalk in the seventeenth century and in 1693 John Dryden wrote the line, ‘Or how last fall he raised the weekly bills.’

Perhaps we don’t know our own language quite as well as we thought.

Murphy, an American linguist in Britain, dissects the myths surrounding British and American English in a laugh-out-loud exploration of how language works and where it's going.

Thoughtful, funny, and approachable... The book's momentum comes from Murphy's witty presentation, but its real power comes from its commitment to inquiry and its profound belief that 'communication involves a million little acts of faith.' --Publishers Weekly

Check ✔ The publisher changed the ASIN so no previous purchase check.
Still recommended, 99p again for September.

#2139  sufue 09-15-2022, 03:46 AM
I read and enjoyed How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett a while back, so now I'm happy to see her newest book, Seven And A Half Lessons About The Brain, on sale for $1.99 in the US.

Kindle US:
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Kobo US:

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From the author of How Emotions Are Made, a captivating collection of short essays about your brain, in the tradition of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.

Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Let renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett demystify that big gray blob between your ears. In seven short essays (plus a bite-sized story about how brains evolved), this slim, entertaining, and accessible collection reveals mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of neuroscience research. You'll learn where brains came from, how they're structured (and why it matters), and how yours works in tandem with other brains to create everything you experience. Along the way, you'll also learn to dismiss popular myths such as the idea of a "lizard brain" and the alleged battle between thoughts and emotions, or even between nature and nurture, to determine your behavior.

Sure to intrigue casual readers and scientific veterans alike, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is full of surprises, humor, and important implications for human nature--a gift of a book that you will want to savor again and again.

#2140  salty-horse 09-24-2022, 03:51 AM
Not sure which forums this belongs to.

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
This is a collection of humorous/sad/existential illustrated memoir essays by the author of Hyperbole and a Half (You can find a chapter from the new book there). Brosh has been away from the online world for many years, so it was a welcome surprise to learn about this book.
Solutions and Other Problems includes humorous stories from Allie Brosh’s childhood; the adventures of her very bad animals; merciless dissection of her own character flaws; incisive essays on grief, loneliness, and powerlessness; as well as reflections on the absurdity of modern life.

This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features all-new material with more than 1,600 pieces of art.

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