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How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie (Sep 30, 1998)
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You can go after the job you wantand get it! You can take the job you haveand improve it! You can take any situationand make it work for you!Dale Carnegies rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, Ho...
Future Shock
by Alvin Toffler (May 31, 1984)
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"The best study of our times that I know. . . . Of all the books that I have read in the last 20 years, it is by far the one that has taught me the most."--Le Figaro Future Shock is about the present. Future Shock is about what is happening today to people and groups who are overwhelmed by change. Change affects our products, communities, organizat...
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Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein (Jul 30, 2018)
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Robert Heinlein's Hugo Award-winning all-time masterpiece, the brilliant novel that grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a science fiction classic.Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. But his own...
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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard P. Feynman (Feb 05, 2018)
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A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on ...
by Dan Simmons (Aug 14, 2017)
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A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. T...
On Trails
An Exploration
by Robert Moor (Jul 03, 2017)
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New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award • Winner of the Saroyan International Prize for Writing • Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award • “The best outdoors book of the year.” —Sierra Club From a talent who’s been compared to Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and Jared Diamond, On Trails is a wondrous e...
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
A Novel
by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Jun 12, 2017)
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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her prof...
The Time Machine
by H. G. Wells (Jan 23, 2017)
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'He succeeds in placing before the reader a vision of the world in cosmic time' Norman NicholsonThe Time Traveller knew that Time was only a kind of Space. The fantastic story of his adventures in a machine which could travel in any direction of Space and Time has captured the imagination of millions.H. G. Wells, one of the giants of twentieth-cent...
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Anything You Want
by Derek Sivers (Sep 23, 2015)
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Anything You Want is Derek Sivers' iconic manifesto on lessons learned while becoming an entrepreneurYou don't need a visionary master plan, loads of funding or a brilliant team to start a business.All you really need is GENEROSITY.When Derek Sivers started CD Baby, he wasn't planning on building a major business. He was a successful independent mu...
by Nnedi Okorafor (Sep 21, 2015)
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Tags: fictionscience-fictionadventureshort-stories
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.Knowledge comes at a cos...
The Fifth Season
by N. K. Jemisin (Aug 03, 2015)
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Original cover edition here THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.Three terrible things happen in a single day.Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's ...
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman (Apr 01, 2013)
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
This Explains Everything
Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works (Edge Question Series)
by John Brockman (Jan 21, 2013)
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In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we genetically programmed to be in conflict with each other? Those are just ...
The PayPal Wars
Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth
by Eric M. Jackson (May 30, 2012)
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When Peter Thiel and Max Levchin launched an online payment website in 1999, they hoped their service could improve the lives of millions around the globe. But when their start-up, PayPal, survived the crash only to find itself besieged by unimaginable challenges, that dream threatened to become a nightmare. PayPal's history - as told by fo...
Moonwalking with Einstein
The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
by Joshua Foer (Feb 27, 2012)
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The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising...
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The Social Animal
The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
by David Brooks (Jan 02, 2012)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWith unequaled insight and brio, New York Times columnist David Brooks has long explored and explained the way we live. Now Brooks turns to the building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illuminating work grounded in everyday life. This is the story of how success happens, told through the lives o...
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Starting Strength
Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition
by Mark Rippetoe (Nov 10, 2011)
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Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training is the new expanded version of the book that has been called "the best and most useful of fitness books." It picks up where Starting Strength: A Simple and Practical Guide for Coaching Beginners leaves off. With all new graphics and more than 750 illustrations, a more detailed analysis of the five most impo...
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by Jay-Z (Oct 31, 2011)
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Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded. Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our ...
Tribal Leadership
Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
by Dave Logan (Jun 06, 2011)
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“Tribal Leadership gives amazingly insightful perspective on how people interact and succeed. I learned about myself and learned lessons I will carry with me and reflect on for the rest of my life.”—John W. Fanning, Founding Chairman and CEO napster Inc.“An unusually nuanced view of high-performance cultures.”—Inc.Within each corporation are anywhe...
The Way of Kings
by Brandon Sanderson (May 23, 2011)
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I long for the days before the Last Desolation. Before the Heralds abandoned us and the Knights Radiant turned against us. When there was still magic in Roshar and honor in the hearts of men.In the end, not war but victory proved the greater test. Did our foes see that the harder they fought, the fiercer our resistance? Fire and hammer forge a swor...
Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
by Christopher McDougall (Mar 28, 2011)
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The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrat...
Born Standing Up
A Comic's Life
by Steve Martin (Sep 01, 2008)
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The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly.In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. ...
I, Robot
by Isaac Asimov (Apr 28, 2008)
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This classic science fiction masterwork by Isaac Asimov weaves stories about robots, humanity, and the deep questions of existence into a novel of shocking intelligence and heartnow with a striking new cover.I, Robot, the first and most widely read book in Asimovs Robot series, forever changed the worlds perception of artificial intelligence. Here ...
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by Isaac Asimov (Apr 28, 2008)
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For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in th...
Made to Stick
Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
by Chip Heath (Jan 01, 2007)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The instant classic about why some ideas thrive, why others die, and how to improve your idea's chances--essential reading in the "fake news" era.Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, a...
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Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley (Oct 17, 2006)
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Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley'senduring "masterpiece ... one of the most prophetic dystopian works of the 20th century" ( Wall Street Journal )must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit in the face of our "brave new world"Aldous Huxley'sprofoundlyimportantclassic of world literature,Brave New Worldis a sear...
His Dark Materials
The Golden Compass (Book 1)
by Philip Pullman (May 21, 2001)
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Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far Nor...
The Sovereign Individual
Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
by James Dale Davidson (Aug 25, 1999)
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Two renowned investment advisors and authors of the bestseller The Great Reckoning bring to light both currents of disaster and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The Sovereign Individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of...
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
by Douglas R. Hofstadter (Feb 04, 1999)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
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Animal Farm
by George Orwell (Dec 31, 1995)
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Librarian's note: There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here.A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-e...
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams (Sep 26, 1995)
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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space ai...
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High Output Management
by Andrew S. Grove (Aug 28, 1995)
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The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s le...
A Novel
by Daniel Quinn (Apr 30, 1995)
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Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found hereTEACHER SEEKS PUPIL.Must have an earnest desire tosave the world. Apply in person.It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime... So begins Ishmael, an utterly unique and captivating novel that has earned a large and passionate followi...
by Frank Herbert (Aug 31, 1990)
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In 1965, after being rejected by more than a dozen publishing houses, a book called "Dune" was brought out by the Chilton Book Company. Its respected author, journalist Frank Herbert, had written "Dune" with nothing more in mind than to entertain his readers with the telling of a particularly complex story, one which had occupied his thoughts for m...
A Novel
by Larry Niven (Sep 11, 1985)
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'Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'. So many readers were to take the advice of the King of Hearts that by the end of the nineteenth century the double Alice (1865 and 1872) had acquired a pre-eminent and unassailable position in children's literature. Lewis Carroll's use of logic, by which the ordinary is trans...
Autobiography of a Yogi
by P. Yogananda (May 03, 1955)
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