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New Arrivals - Social sciences and languages
"A lively cultural history that explains how candy became more like food and food more like candy"-- Provided by publisher.
The son of investor Warren Buffet relates how he set out to help nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security through his passion of farming, in forty stories of lessons learned.
"Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smart phone, it has the run of your house, and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence. Though primitive today, 'intelligent' computer systems double in speed and power each year. In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI's Holy Grail -- human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine. Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, James Barrat's Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with computers whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And more to the point: will they allow us to?"-- Provided by publisher.
"... tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject"--From publisher description.
From designer silk squares to chunky homemade knits, this guide is filled with inspired ways to style your scarves. Inside you'll find: step-by-step tutorials for square, oblong, and embellished scarves; styles for the summer, fall, winter, and spring seasons; DIY scarf accessories featuring camera straps, tote bags, necklaces and more.
The Democratic National Committee chair and Florida Congresswoman calls for strategic changes in such areas as energy, healthcare, and the economy to secure American livelihoods and stability for the next generation.
"Learn to: Navigate Medicare's complexities; pinpoint when you need to sign up; choose the coverage option that's right for you; make smart, cost-saving decisions"--Cover.
Draws on original neuroscience research to reveal the human brain's powerful capacity for social networking, sharing arguments about the importance of social relationships for happiness and how the brain is innately conditioned to promote human connections.
The biography of Caroline Sheridan Norton who was accused by her husband of "criminal conversation" (adultery) in Victorian England. After a not-guilty verdict humiliated her husband, Caroline was cut off, leaving her destitute and forbidden from seeing her sons. For the next thirty years Caroline campaigned for women and battled male-dominated Victorian society, helping to write the Infant Custody Act (1839), and influenced the Matrimonial Causes (Divorce) Act (1857) and the Married Women's Property Act (1870), which gave women a separate legal identity for the first time.
Follows the efforts of economist Jeffrey Sachs as he attempted to test his theories for ending extreme poverty through the Millennium Villages Project, an experiment in Africa to demonstrate how specific initiatives can enable positive changes.
Explores how the growing number of professional women have impacted society, considering controversial perspectives on how the definition of female success has changed in ways that may not be supporting a woman's best interests.
" ... reveals how you can make smarter, more profitable investments by first protecting your capital from major bear equity markets. It also shows you how to identify major bullish equity market trends and guides you on how best to participate"--P.  of cover.
"From bestselling author and New York Times columnist Ben Schott comes an entertaining and much-needed German dictionary for the human condition, a gift book for wordsmiths and Deutschophiles alike"-- Provided by publisher.
Argues that politicians in Congress are extorting money from corporations and the people and then use it to buy each other's votes.
Outlines a bold vision of an America prosperously transformed by scientific innovations but threatened by special interest groups, powerful lobbyists, and government bureaucrats determined to prevent or control new technologies.
"One of our most influential progressive voices tells the story of the hollowing of the American middle class and lays out the choices that we must make now to ensure that the dream of prosperity can live on for generations"--Provided by the publisher.
Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What is the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what is still, and perhaps forever, unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.
A narrative of the contemporary American food world that is simultaneously a humorous adventure, a behind-the-scenes look at, and an attempt to understand the implications of the way we eat.--from publisher's description.
"Not so very long ago, Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill. In The Old Magic of Christmas, you'll rub elbows with veiled spirits, learn the true perils of elves, and discover a bestiary of enchanted creatures. Along the way, you'll discover how to bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and craft instructions, as well as tips for delving more deeply into your relationship with the unseen."--From publisher's description.
"What you see is what you get with Melissa Gorga. On Real Housewives of New Jersey, viewers love her persona as a beautiful, ambitious woman who has a successful career but also puts family first. In fact, her stable yet sexy marriage to loveable Joe is a welcome antidote to the constant fighting and backbiting on the tv show. Despite the pressure of life in the spotlight, she makes marriage look easy. How does she do it? Melissa's overriding principle: treat your husband like a King. And in response, you'll be treated like a Queen. In Love Italian Style, Melissa shares her (and his) secrets to relationship success--generations-tested old-fashioned advice served up with a sexy twist. To her, the four tenets to a happy marriage are: respect, honesty, loyalty, and passion (underscore passion). By sharing her and Joe's life together--from their first date to still keeping it hot in the bedroom eight years later, Melissa admits that yes, marriage has been a lot of work, but the rewards are ten-fold. And, with her time-tested strategies, couples can "Gorganize" their own relationships, strengthen their bond, and amp up the passion for life-long bliss"-- Provided by publisher.
The authors of the best-selling "Game change" present an account of the 2012 presidential election that draws on hundreds of insider interviews to illuminate what the election meant to both parties, covering such topics as the dramatic Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's Election Day triumph.
"Fifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in America is back with a vengeance. It is made up of both the long-term chronically poor and new working poor-the tens of millions of victims of a broken economy and an ever more dysfunctional political system. In many ways, for the majority of Americans, financial insecurity has become the new norm. The American Way of Poverty shines a light on this travesty. Sasha Abramsky brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a fairer and more equitable social contract. Exploring everything from housing policy to wage protections and affordable higher education, Abramsky lays out a panoramic blueprint for a reinvigorated political process that, in turn, will pave the way for a renewed War on Poverty. It is, Harrington believed, a moral outrage that in a country as wealthy as America, so many people could be so poor"--From publisher description.
Alan Dershowitz has been called the "winningest appellate criminal defense lawyer in history." He has led or been part of the defense team for such storied clients as Bill Clinton, Julian Assange, O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bülow, Mia Farrow, Jeffrey MacDonald, Patty Hearst, Mike Tyson, and many more. Here, for the first time, Dershowitz writes about his evolution as a lawyer--how within a few short years he changed from a C-minus student in Yeshiva High School to become the youngest full professor in the history of Harvard Law School. He describes his formative years as a clerk for the United States Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. He discusses the evolution of his thinking over the years as he tackles the subtleties of censorship and the limits of First Amendment law, the ongoing tension between individual freedom and national security, the evolution of civil rights, and why the abortion rights debate hasn't moved forward since Roe v. Wade. Filled with unforgettable cases and vignettes, Taking the Stand is a deeply personal account of one of the legendary legal minds of our time.
Explains the tax rules that govern when money can be taken out of retirement accounts, including how to avoid taxes and fees, how much money can be taken out, and setting up a Roth IRA.
An award-nominated author and an academic dean offer parents of underachieving boys the confidence and support through simple tips and action lists to help their disengaged and discouraged sons do better academically and socially.