Perfect Books for Lifesavers

Article by Jeremy

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307389930
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 12th, 2010

What happens when we die? It’s an age old question with no scientific answers, but Eagleman, a star Houston neuroscientist who studied creative writing at Rice, offers myriad beautiful hypotheses in his genre-bending book of very short tales.


A Year in the Village of Eternity: The Lifestyle of Longevity in Campodimele, Italy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781596915022
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 16th, 2011

Lawson investigates a small town in Italy where the inhabitants are blessed with extremely long life and extremely good health. Lawson examines the villagers’ diets, lifestyles, and attitudes in hopes of discovering their secrets of longevity.


Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will Cover Image
By Judith Schalansky, Christine Lo (Translator)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780143118206
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Published: Penguin Books - October 5th, 2010

The perfect “travel” book to browse when you really need to get away (or at least fantasize about it). Schalansky highlights the last places on earth that are truly off the beaten path - islands that modernity has not yet reached.


Great Discoveries in Medicine Cover Image
By William Bynum (Editor), Helen Bynum (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780500251805
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 17th, 2011

This beautiful book brings medical history to life, illuminating key turning points in our understanding of the body and its processes. The perfect gift for a new doctor or doctor-to-be, this book contains timelines, paintings, photographs, and more.


Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781439190135
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2011

Your favorite lifesaver will undoubtedly love reading about America’s favorite lifesaver: the fabled canine movie star Rin Tin Tin. Orlean brings Rinty’s era to life, exploring both the lives of the dogs who played the part and their troubled master, Lee Duncan.


Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594202292
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Published: Penguin Press - March 3rd, 2011

This quirky and hilarious exploration of memory follows Foer as he reports on, and eventually joins, the strange and amazing world of competitive memorizers.


The Beginning of Infinity Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780670022755
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Published: Viking Adult - July 21st, 2011

This jaw-dropping book explores the way that scientific explanations of our universe can change history. Deutsch applies his encyclopedic knowledge of science and his quest for better and better explanations of these complex concepts to a variety of real world problems, offering new perspectives on our contemporary world.


My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781851688333
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Published: ONEWorld Publications - October 3rd, 2011

A thoughtful examination of the future of genomics. Frank has her genome mapped and examines the psychological, philosophical, and existential issues that are raised by the wealth of “information” with which her test results provide her. A passionate and concerned look at scientific progress.


Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780230111370
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Palgrave MacMillan - September 27th, 2011

An expert on the US-Mexico border warns that the violence and anarchy that has accompanied the drug war in Mexico is beginning to spill into the Southwestern United States. A troubling and bold account of Mexican drug violence that should be required reading for lawmakers and health professionals in South Texas.


The Best American Science Writing Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062091246
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Published: Ecco Press - September 27th, 2011

This collection of some of the best science journalism of the past year makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone who wants to stay up-to-date on scientific controversies and breakthroughs while enjoying truly great reads.


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