How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein

How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
Requirements: .PDF reader, 7.7 mb
Overview: Why does Oklahoma have that panhandle? Did someone make a mistake? We are so familiar with the map of the United States that our state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers. Even the oddities-the entire state of Maryland(!)-have become so engrained that our map might as well be a giant jigsaw puzzle designed by Divine Providence. But that’s where the real mystery begins. Every edge of the familiar wooden jigsaw pieces of our childhood represents a revealing moment of history and of, well, humans drawing lines in the sand.
How the States Got Their Shapes is the first book to tackle why our state lines are where they are. Here are the stories behind the stories, right down to the tiny northward jog at the eastern end of Tennessee and the teeny-tiny (and little known) parts of Delaware that are not attached to Delaware but to New Jersey.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein

How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
Requirements: .PDF reader, 7.7 mb
Overview: Why does Oklahoma have that panhandle? Did someone make a mistake? We are so familiar with the map of the United States that our state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers. Even the oddities-the entire state of Maryland(!)-have become so engrained that our map might as well be a giant jigsaw puzzle designed by Divine Providence. But that’s where the real mystery begins. Every edge of the familiar wooden jigsaw pieces of our childhood represents a revealing moment of history and of, well, humans drawing lines in the sand.
How the States Got Their Shapes is the first book to tackle why our state lines are where they are. Here are the stories behind the stories, right down to the tiny northward jog at the eastern end of Tennessee and the teeny-tiny (and little known) parts of Delaware that are not attached to Delaware but to New Jersey.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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We Is Got Him: Kidnapping That Changed America by Carrie Hagen

We Is Got Him: The Kidnapping That Changed America by Carrie Hagen
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.2MB
Overview: In 1874, a little boy named Charley Ross was snatched from his family’s front yard in Philadelphia. A ransom note arrived three days later, demanding $20,000 for Charley’s return.The city was about to host the United States Centennial celebration, and the mass panic surrounding the Charley Ross case plunged the nation into hysteria.

The desperate search led the police to inspect every building in Philadelphia, set up saloon surveillance in New York’s notorious slums, and begin a national manhunt. With white-knuckle suspense and historical detail, Hagen vividly captures the dark side of an earlier America. Her brilliant portrayal of its criminals, detectives, politicians, spiritualists, and ordinary families will stay with the reader long after the final page.
Genre: Non-fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > True Crime

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How We Got the Bible by Neil R. Lightfoot

How We Got the Bible by Neil R. Lightfoot
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.7 mb
Overview: How and when did the books of the Bible originate? In what sense are these books different from other books? How have these books been preserved and transmitted to us? Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible?
How We Got the Bible provides factual, accessible answers to questions like these. A classic guide for Bible students, it has sold more than 300,000 copies during its forty years in print. Now, in this new edition, each chapter has been revised and chapters have been added, including two on the Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate. This thorough revision will tempt fans of the previous edition and pave the way for a new generation of readers as well.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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The Summer We Got Free

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How We Got Here by Andy Kessler

How We Got Here: A Slightly Irreverent History of Technology and Markets by Andy Kessler
Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.2 MB
Overview: Best-selling author Andy Kessler ties up the loose ends from his provocative book, Running Money, with this history of breakthrough technology and the markets that funded them.

Expanding on themes first raised in his tour de force, Running Money, Andy Kessler unpacks the entire history of Silicon Valley and Wall Street, from the Industrial Revolution to computers, communications, money, gold and stock markets. These stories cut (by an unscrupulous editor) from the original manuscript were intended as a primer on the ways in which new technologies develop from unprofitable curiosities to essential investments. Indeed, How We Got Here is the book Kessler wishes someone had handed him on his first day as a freshman engineering student at Cornell or on the day he started on Wall Street. This book connects the dots through history to how we got to where we are today
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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I Got Something to Say by Matthew Oware

I Got Something to Say: Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music by Matthew Oware
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 579 KB
Overview: What do millennial rappers in the United States say in their music? This timely and compelling book answers this question by decoding the lyrics of over 700 songs from contemporary rap artists. Using innovative research techniques, Matthew Oware reveals how emcees perpetuate and challenge gendered and racialized constructions of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality. Male and female artists litter their rhymes with misogynistic and violent imagery. However, men also express a full range of emotions, from arrogance to vulnerability, conveying a more complex manhood than previously acknowledged.

Women emphatically state their desires while embracing a more feminist approach. Even LGBTQ artists stake their claim and express their sexuality without fear. Finally, in the age of Black Lives Matter and the presidency of Donald J. Trump, emcees forcefully politicize their music. Although complicated and contradictory in many ways, rap remains a powerful medium for social commentary.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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He’s Got Rhythm by Cynthia Brideson, Sara Brideson

He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly by Cynthia Brideson , Sara Brideson
Requirements: ePUB reader, 4.6mb
Overview: He sang and danced in the rain, proclaimed New York to be a wonderful town, and convinced a group of Parisian children that they had rhythm. One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood’s golden age, Gene Kelly revolutionized film musicals with his innovative and timeless choreography. A would-be baseball player and one-time law student, Kelly captured the nation’s imagination in films such as Anchors Aweigh (1945), On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), and Singin’ in the Rain (1952).

In the first comprehensive biography written since the legendary star’s death, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson disclose new details of Kelly’s complex life. Not only do they examine his contributions to the world of entertainment in depth, but they also consider his political activities — including his opposition to the Hollywood blacklist. The authors even confront Kelly’s darker side and explore his notorious competitive streak, his tendency to be a taskmaster on set, and his multiple marriages.

Drawing on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly’s wives, friends, and colleagues, Brideson and Brideson illuminate new and unexpected aspects of the actor’s life and work. He’s Got Rhythm is a balanced and compelling view of one of the screen’s enduring legends.
Genre: biography

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Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase (.M4B)

Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase (Kitty Couture Mystery #1)
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 225 MB
Overview: Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker’s dream come true–until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1.
Now Detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. To make matters worse, a string of jewel heists with suspicious ties to the murder case has New Orleans residents on edge. To save her dream, Lacy must take a stand, put her keen eyes to work, and unravel what really happened at her shop that night. But can Lacy sniff out the killer cat burglar in time to get her tail-raising designs on the catwalk?
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Mysteries & Thrillers, Cozy Mysteries

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What’s Luck Got to Do with It?: …

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Texas Got It Right!

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The One That Got Away by Joe Clifford

How We Got Here by David Reich

How We Acquired Right here: Historical DNA and the New Science of the Human Previous by David Reich
Necessities: .ePUB reader, 21.1 MB
Overview: A groundbreaking e book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of historical DNA have profoundly modified our understanding of human prehistory whereas resolving many long-standing controversies.
Huge technological improvements now enable scientists to extract and analyze historical DNA as by no means earlier than, and it has turn into clear–in half from David Reich’s personal contributions to the field–that genomics is as vital a method of understanding the human previous as archeology, linguistics, and the written phrase. Now, in The New Science of the Human Previous, Reich describes with unprecedented readability simply how the human genome offers not solely all the data {that a} fertilized human egg must develop but in addition comprises inside it the historical past of our species. He delineates how the Genomic Revolution and historical DNA are remodeling our understanding of our personal lineage as trendy people; how genomics deconstructs the concept that there are not any biologically significant variations amongst human populations (although with out adherence to pernicious racist hierarchies); and the way DNA research reveal the deep historical past of human inequality–among totally different populations, between the sexes, and amongst people inside a inhabitants.
Style: Non-Fiction > Academic > Genetics & Human Evolution

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What’s Race Got to Do with It? by Larry Elder

What’s Race Received to Do with It?: Why It is Time to Cease the Stupidest Argument in America by Larry Elder
Necessities: .ePUB reader, 367 kb
Overview: IS LIFE UNFAIR FOR BLACK AMERICANS?

In What’s Race Received to Do with It?, bestselling creator Larry Elder takes on the touchiest matter in American life: Race. Some People suppose race is the largest challenge this nation faces at the moment. Elder says: What?!? What in regards to the financial system, what about battle, what in regards to the safety of our borders and our residents?
Style: Non-Fiction > Basic

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