Slime: How Algae Created Us..by Ruth Kassinger

Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us by Ruth Kassinger
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 16.4 MB
Overview: No organisms are more important to life as we know it than algae. In Slime, Ruth Kassinger gives this under-appreciated group its due." -Elizabeth Kolbert

Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don’t know is that without algae, none of us would exist.

There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Crude oil is made of dead algae, and algae are the ancestors of all plants. Today, seaweed production is a multi-billion dollar industry, with algae hard at work to make your sushi, chocolate milk, beer, paint, toothpaste, shampoo and so much more.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us by Ruth Kassinger

Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us by Ruth Kassinger
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 16.4 MB
Overview: No organisms are more important to life as we know it than algae. In Slime, Ruth Kassinger gives this under-appreciated group its due." -Elizabeth Kolbert

Say "algae" and most people think of pond scum. What they don’t know is that without algae, none of us would exist.

There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Crude oil is made of dead algae, and algae are the ancestors of all plants. Today, seaweed production is a multi-billion dollar industry, with algae hard at work to make your sushi, chocolate milk, beer, paint, toothpaste, shampoo and so much more.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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The Lines Between Us by Lawrence Lanahan

The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide by Lawrence Lanahan
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 6.7MB
Overview: A masterful narrative-with echoes of Evicted and The Color of Law-that brings to life the structures, policies, and beliefs that divide us

Mark Lange and Nicole Smith have never met, but if they make the moves they are contemplating-Mark, a white suburbanite, to West Baltimore, and Nicole, a black woman from a poor city neighborhood, to a prosperous suburb-it will defy the way the Baltimore region has been programmed for a century. It is one region, but separate worlds. And it was designed to be that way.

In this deeply reported, revelatory story, duPont Award-winning journalist Lawrence Lanahan chronicles how the region became so highly segregated and why its fault lines persist today. Mark and Nicole personify the enormous disparities in access to safe housing, educational opportunities, and decent jobs. As they eventually pack up their lives and change places, bold advocates and activists-in the courts and in the streets-struggle to figure out what it will take to save our cities and communities: Put money into poor, segregated neighborhoods? Make it possible for families to move into areas with more opportunity?

The Lines Between Us is a riveting narrative that compels reflection on America’s entrenched inequality-and on where the rubber meets the road not in the abstract, but in our own backyards. Taking readers from church sermons to community meetings to public hearings to protests to the Supreme Court to the death of Freddie Gray, Lanahan deftly exposes the intricacy of Baltimore’s hypersegregation through the stories of ordinary people living it, shaping it, and fighting it, day in and day out.

This eye-opening account of how a city creates its black and white places, its rich and poor spaces, reveals that these problems are not intractable; but they are designed to endure until each of us-despite living in separate worlds-understands we have something at stake.
Genre: Non-fiction > Educational

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The Shaping of Us by Lily Bernheimer

The Shaping of Us: How Everyday Spaces Structure Our Lives, Behavior, and Well-Being by Lily Bernheimer
Requirements: EPUB Reader 4.93 MB
Overview: The spaces we inhabit- from homes and workspaces to city streets-mediate community, creativity, and our very identity. Using insights from environmental psychology, design, and architecture, The Shaping of Us shows how the built and natural worlds subtly influence our behavior, health, and personality. Exploring ideas such as "ruin porn" and "ninja-proof seating," mysteries of how we interact with the physical spaces around us are revealed. From caves and cathedrals to our current housing crisis and the dreaded open-plan office, Lily Bernheimer demonstrates that, for our well-being, we must reconnect with the power to shape our spaces.
Have you ever wondered why we adorn our doorframes with moldings? What does Wikipedia’s open-source technology have to teach us about the history and future of urban housing? What does your desk say about your personality?
From savannahs and skyscrapers to co-working spaces, The Shaping of Us shows that the built environment supports our well-being best when it echoes our natural habitats in some way. In attempting to restore this natural quality to human environments, we oftenlook to other species for inspiration. The real secret to building for well-being, Bernheimer argues, is to reconnect humans with the power to shape our surroundings. When people are involved in forming and nurturing their environments, they feel a greater sense of agency, community, and pride, or "collective efficacy." And when communities have high rates of collective efficacy, they tend to have less litter, vandalism, and violent crime.
Playful and accessible, The Shaping of Us is a delightful read for designers, professionals, and anyone wanting to understand how spaces make us tick and how to fix the broken bits of our world.|
Spaces we live in define our identity and sense of community. Using international examples of environmental architecture and design, The Shaping of Us reveals the often imperceptible ways that our surroundings influence our behavior and quality of life. Lily Bernheimer explores productivity in work environments, biophilia, and pop culture phenomena such as "the IKEA effect," NIMBYism, and "ruin porn."
From woonerfs and roundabouts to the ubiquity of traffic lights, Le Corbusier’s unrealized plan for Paris, and innovations in affordable housing, Bernheimer demonstrates that the environments we inhabit define us, from the earliest moments of our evolution to today. In understanding this, we can better plan and build environments that promote improved productivity, sustainable economies, and increased happiness and well-being.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Health, Fitness & Medical

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Us Weekly – June 17, 2019

Us Weekly – June 17, 2019

Grace Will Lead Us Home by Jennifer Berry Hawes

Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 27.6 MB
Overview: A deeply moving work of narrative nonfiction on the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jennifer Berry Hawes.

On June 17, 2015, twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina welcomed a young white man to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine innocents during their closing prayer horrified the nation. Two days later, some relatives of the dead stood at Roof’s hearing and said, "I forgive you." That grace offered the country a hopeful ending to an awful story. But for the survivors and victims’ families, the journey had just begun.

In Grace Will Lead Us Home, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jennifer Berry Hawes provides a definitive account of the tragedy’s aftermath. With unprecedented access to the grieving families and other key figures, Hawes offers a nuanced and moving portrait of the events and emotions that emerged in the massacre’s wake.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Story of Us by Lesley Jones (.M4B)

The Story of Us by Lesley Jones (Carnage #1), Nikki Delgado (Narrator)
Requirements: M4B Player, 346mb, 12 hrs 42 mins
Overview: A story about a boy who dreamed of rock and roll.

A story about a girl who dreamed about a boy.

An epic, all-consuming love story about betrayal, loss and learning, that spans over 20 years.

This is the story of us: "I was just 11 years old, but I knew without a shadow of a doubt I was staring into the eyes of the boy I was going to love forever."

I love him and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, it will only ever be him.

An edgy coming-of-age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades.

Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you hear the final word.

An emotional, smoking-hot, gut-wrenching read.

This audiobook is for adults with an open mind. Sex, drugs, some rock ‘n roll, angst, and heartbreak. Tissues may be required. May contain trigger.
Genre: Audiobook > Fiction > Romance

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John Bradshaw – The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human

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Boat International US Edition – June 2019

Boat International US Edition – June 2019
Requirements: .PDF reader, 85 MB
Overview: ts: .PDF reader, 105 MB
Overview: Boat International is the number one magazine in the international superyacht market. Launched in 1983 it has been the voice of record charting the superyacht industry for over 25 years and is the globally acknowledged authority in its field.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers

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Till Death Do Us Part by Stephen Edger

US Building News Magazine – Best of the Best Issue 2019

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When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom

Us Weekly – June 3, 2019