Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura
Author: Joshua Foer,Dylan Thuras,Ella Morton
Publsiher: Workman Publishing
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2016-09-20
ISBN: 076118967X
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atlas Obscura Book Excerpt:

It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England. Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer. Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.

Atlas Obscura Explorer s Journal

Atlas Obscura Explorer s Journal
Author: Atlas Obscura
Publsiher: Workman Publishing
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2017-10-17
ISBN: 1523501731
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atlas Obscura Explorer s Journal Book Excerpt:

Let your curiosity be your compass! Created by the same brilliant, intrepid team who wrote Atlas Obscura and reinvented the travel book for a new generation, comes a traveler’s journal that belongs in every backpack, carry-on, messenger bag—or, when not abroad, on the desk, open for keeping notes for the next journey. This ruggedly handsome and sturdy blank journal features a storage pocket in the back (just right for ticket stubs, receipts, boarding passes, and more). The paper is high quality and printed with a variety of lines and grids, perfect for keeping track of itineraries, writing down impressions, making lists, sketching maps and sites, noting discoveries, and more. In addition, the journal includes practical reference, like time zones, weights and measures, and seasonal climate charts. And there’s an appendix of inspiration—a brief guide, with maps, to finding the hidden magic in a dozen of the world’s most interesting cities, New York to Shanghai to Budapest to Tokyo to Cairo. Don’t get off the beaten track without it.

Atlas Obscura 2nd Edition

Atlas Obscura  2nd Edition
Author: Joshua Foer,Ella Morton,Dylan Thuras,Atlas Obscura
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2019-10-15
ISBN: 1523508477
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atlas Obscura 2nd Edition Book Excerpt:

The bestselling book that celebrates wonder all around the world and in our backyards, now in an updated second edition with more than 120 brand-new destinations to explore, new city guides, and a full-color gatefold map.

The Atlas Obscura Explorer s Guide for the World s Most Adventurous Kid

The Atlas Obscura Explorer   s Guide for the World   s Most Adventurous Kid
Author: Dylan Thuras,Rosemary Mosco
Publsiher: Workman Publishing
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2018-09-18
ISBN: 1523503548
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Atlas Obscura Explorer s Guide for the World s Most Adventurous Kid Book Excerpt:

New York Times bestseller! The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid is a thrilling expedition to 100 of the most surprising, mysterious, and weird-but-true places on earth. For curious kids, this is the chance to embark on the journey of a lifetime—and see how faraway countries have more in common than you might expect! Hopscotch from country to country in a chain of connecting attractions: Explore Mexico’s glittering cave of crystals, then visit the world’s largest cave in Vietnam. Peer over a 355-foot waterfall in Zambia, then learn how Antarctica’s Blood Falls got their mysterious color. Or see mysterious mummies in Japan and France, then majestic ice caves in both Argentina and Austria. As you climb mountains, zip-line over forests, and dive into oceans, this book is your passport to a world of hidden wonders, illuminated by gorgeous art.

Lady Secrets

Lady Secrets
Author: Keltie Knight,Jac Vanek,Becca Tobin
Publsiher: Rodale Books
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2022-09-20
ISBN: 0593236343
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lady Secrets Book Excerpt:

A manifesto for revealing and reclaiming un-ladylike behavior from the New York Times bestselling authors of Act Like a Lady and hosts of the popular podcast LadyGang. Every lady has a secret. A secret so humiliating, embarrassing, scandalous, or disgraceful that you haven’t told a soul—not your closest friends, family, lovers, or doctors. There is so much shame surrounding hiding secrets, and, frankly, enough is enough. The truth is, there is power and freedom in releasing those dirty little secrets out into the big, bad universe. It gives you that same sweet relief as taking off an underwire bra at the end of a long, crappy day. That’s why Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek—hosts of the LadyGang podcast—set their secrets free: the good, the bad, and the diarrhea. The LadyGang wanted to offer their large and loyal community a chance to join them in exposing the messy truths of their lives, and so, Lady Secrets was born: confessional essays from the trio themselves and an incredible crowdsourced collection of secrets from other ladies around the world. Secrets ranging from silly little white lies to cringey misadventures to soul-baring truths. And as it turns out, exposing your deepest and darkest helps you realize that we are all way more alike than we could have ever imagined. Everyone seems to have a bizarre body malfunction, a hookup gone terribly wrong, and a soul-crushing experience that haunts them forever. And maybe that elaborate revenge plot you carried out against your cheating ex was actually kind of badass (in spite of being slightly illegal). It’s time we stop feeling ashamed of our (un)ladylike habits and own the real, raw, and ridiculous things that make you authentically you.

Secret Washington DC A Guide to the Weird Wonderful and Obscure

Secret Washington DC  A Guide to the Weird  Wonderful  and Obscure
Author: JoAnn Hill
Publsiher: Reedy Press LLC
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2021-04-01
ISBN: 1681063093
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secret Washington DC A Guide to the Weird Wonderful and Obscure Book Excerpt:

Around the world, Washington, DC, is known for its powerful government, majestic monuments, and world-renowned museums. Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure reminds us that the fabric of the city isn’t solely embedded in its callous political parties, exhausting lawmaking policies, and rampant tourism. Rather, it’s woven through its rich and complex history, mysterious relics, underground societies, forgotten and abandoned buildings, and controversial scandals. From the assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield and Francis Scott Key’s son, to crimes of passion and rage at the US Capitol, Secret Washington, DC uncovers many of the dark and untold truths of how our nation emerged. At the same time, it shines a bright light on the capital’s numerous signs of creativity and innovation through the exploration of quirky art installations like Foamhenge and Barbie Pond on Avenue Q, to oddly shaped and decorated homes like the Mushroom House and the Vanadu Art House. Local author and educator JoAnn Hill will introduce you to the other side of Washington, DC: a treasure trove of mystique, peculiarities, and hidden history just waiting to be explored.

The Anthropocene Reviewed

The Anthropocene Reviewed
Author: John Green
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-05-18
ISBN: 0525555226
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Anthropocene Reviewed Book Excerpt:

Goodreads Choice winner for Nonfiction 2021 and instant #1 bestseller! A deeply moving collection of personal essays from John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down. “The perfect book for right now.” –People “The Anthropocene Reviewed is essential to the human conversation.” –Library Journal, starred review The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar. Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together. John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.

UNBORED Adventure

UNBORED Adventure
Author: Joshua Glenn,Elizabeth Foy Larsen
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2015-10-06
ISBN: 163286097X
Category: Games & Activities
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

UNBORED Adventure Book Excerpt:

UNBORED Adventure has all the smarts, innovation, and free-wheeling spirit of the original UNBORED and its 2014 spinoff, UNBORED Games, but with a fresh focus on encouraging kids to break out of their techno-passivity and explore the world around them--whether that's a backyard, a downtown, or a forest. Combining old-fashioned favorites with today's high-tech possibilities, the book offers a goldmine of creative, constructive activities that kids can do on their own or with their families. From camouflage techniques, survival skills, and cloudspotting advice to instructions on how to build an upcycled kite or raft, to using apps to navigate and explore, it's all here--along with comics that dive into the secret history of everything from bicycling to women explorers. A fun corrective to our over-anxious parenting culture, UNBORED Adventure encourages kids to become more independent and resilient, to solve problems and ask questions, and to engage with both their community and natural environment. The original UNBORED is already a much beloved, distinctly contemporary family brand. Along with UNBORED Games, UNBORED Adventure extends the franchise in a handy, flexibound format so that the whole family can enjoy themselves indoors, outdoors, online, and offline. *Los Angeles Magazine

Design History and Time

Design  History and Time
Author: Zoë Hendon,Anne Massey
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 217
Release: 2019-02-21
ISBN: 1350060666
Category: Design
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Design History and Time Book Excerpt:

Design, History and Time reflects on the nature of time in relation to design, in both past and contemporary contexts. In contrast to a traditional design historical approach which emphasises schools and movements, this volume addresses time as a continuum and considers the importance of temporality for design practice and history. Contributors address how designers, design historians and design thinkers might respond to the global challenges of time, the rhythms of work, and the increasing speed of life and communication between different communities. They consider how the past informs the present and the future in terms of design; the importance of time-based design practices such as rapid prototyping and slow design, time in relation to memory and forgetting, and artefacts such as the archive for which time is key, and ponder the design of time itself. Showcasing the work of fifteen design scholars from a range of international contexts, the book provides an essential text for thinking about changing attitudes to the temporal.

Early Modern English Literature and the Poetics of Cartographic Anxiety

Early Modern English Literature and the Poetics of Cartographic Anxiety
Author: Chris Barrett
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-03-29
ISBN: 0198816871
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Early Modern English Literature and the Poetics of Cartographic Anxiety Book Excerpt:

The Cartographic Revolution in the Renaissance made maps newly precise, newly affordable, and newly ubiquitous. In sixteenth-century Britain, cartographic materials went from rarity to household decor within a single lifetime, and they delighted, inspired, and fascinated people across the socioeconomic spectrum. At the same time, they also unsettled, upset, disturbed, and sometimes angered their early modern readers. Early Modern English Literature and the Poetics of Cartographic Anxiety is the first monograph dedicated to recovering the shadow history of the many anxieties provoked by early modern maps and mapping in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A product of a military arms race, often deployed for security and surveillance purposes, and fundamentally distortive of their subjects, maps provoked suspicion, unease, and even hostility in early modern Britain (in ways not dissimilar from the anxieties provoked by global positioning-enabled digital mapping in the twenty-first century). At the same time, writers saw in the resistance to cartographic logics and strategies the opportunity to rethink the way literature represents spaceand everything else. This volume explores three major poems of the periodEdmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1590, 1596), Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion (1612, 1622), and John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667, 1674)in terms of their vexed and vexing relationships with cartographic materials, and shows how the productive protest staged by these texts redefined concepts of allegory, description, personification, bibliographic materiality, narrative, temporality, analogy, and other elemental components of literary representations.

Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials

Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials
Author: Kent A. Harries,Bhavna Sharma
Publsiher: Woodhead Publishing
Total Pages: 716
Release: 2019-11-18
ISBN: 0081027052
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials Book Excerpt:

Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials: Characterisation, Properties and Applications, Second Edition covers the topic by taking into account sustainability, the conservation movement, and current interests in cultural identity and its preservation. This updated edition presents case studies, information on relevant codes and regulations, and how they apply (or do not apply) to nocmats. Leading international experts contribute chapters on current applications and the engineering of these construction materials. Sections review vernacular construction, provide future directions for nonconventional and vernacular materials research, focus on natural fibers, and cover the use of industrial byproducts and natural ashes in cement mortar and concrete. Takes a scientifically rigorous approach to vernacular and non-conventional building materials and their applications Includes a series of case studies and new material on codes and regulations, thus providing an invaluable compendium of practical knowhow Presents the wider context of materials science and its applications in the sustainability agenda

Detector Dogs Dynamite Dolphins and More Animals with Super Sensory Powers

Detector Dogs  Dynamite Dolphins  and More Animals with Super Sensory Powers
Author: Cara Giaimo,Christina Couch
Publsiher: Candlewick Press
Total Pages: 177
Release: 2022-09-13
ISBN: 1536227102
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Detector Dogs Dynamite Dolphins and More Animals with Super Sensory Powers Book Excerpt:

Meet incredible animals with all kinds of highly developed senses and learn about the jobs they do in this book full of amazing facts, cool science, and activities. Fly alongside a photo-delivery pigeon, discover a honeybee’s electric secrets, and sail the high seas with a poop-sniffing dog detective on a mission to save endangered killer whales. All of these animals use their super senses, from echolocation to electroreception, to help human coworkers tackle real-world problems like pollution and global warming. Each chapter introduces a different animal, such as Cynthia, the pipe-fixing ferret, and Rosita, a goat who helps prevent wildfires. With bright and entertaining text alongside colorful photos and illustrations, this book examines how each animal’s behavior and biology makes it perfectly suited for the job it does. At the end of each chapter, curious young scientists are invited to explore their own human senses through fun guided experiments.

The Handshake

The Handshake
Author: Ella Al-Shamahi
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-03-25
ISBN: 1782838376
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Handshake Book Excerpt:

'It's a little book of wonder, it's fantastic' Chris Evans 'A fabulously sparky, wide-ranging and horizon-broadening little study ... joyously unboring' Sunday Times Friends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees - and it's not just deeply embedded in our history and culture, it may even be written in our DNA. The humble handshake, it turns out, has a rich and surprising history. So let's join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a funny and fascinating voyage of discovery - from the handshake's origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020. Drawing on new research, anthropological insights and first-hand experience, she'll reveal how this most friendly of gestures has played a role in everything from meetings with uncontacted tribes to political assassinations - and what it tells us about the enduring power of human contact. Because the story of the handshake ... is far from over.

Morbid Magic

Morbid Magic
Author: Tomás Prower
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2019-09-08
ISBN: 0738760625
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Morbid Magic Book Excerpt:

Written with a mix of reverence, approachability, and deadpan wit by an actual mortician, Morbid Magic is the first multi-cultural guide to death spirituality and traditions from all over the world and from different historical eras. Discover the lore and magic of death, both on the physical and spiritual planes. Explore hands-on activities, spells, and prayers that will open your eyes to others' practices. Enjoy personal stories and anecdotes from modern people from a variety of cultures and religions. This fascinating book makes death a more approachable topic, and it helps you understand and utilize the profound wisdom of cultures around the globe. From Judaism in the Middle East to shamanism in East Asia, Morbid Magic presents an amazing, in-depth look at how the world deals with death.

Dismantling the Patriarchy Bit by Bit

Dismantling the Patriarchy  Bit by Bit
Author: Judith K. Brodsky
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-09-09
ISBN: 1350243493
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dismantling the Patriarchy Bit by Bit Book Excerpt:

In Dismantling the Patriarchy, Bit by Bit, Judith K. Brodsky makes a ground-breaking intellectual leap by connecting feminist art theory with the rise of digital art. Technology has commonly been considered the domain of white men but-unrecognized until this book-female artists, including women artists of color, have been innovators in the digital art arena as early as the late 1960s when computers first became available outside of government and university laboratories. Brodsky, an important figure in the feminist art world, looks at various forms of visual art that are quickly becoming the dominant art of the 21st century, examining the work of artists in such media as video (from pioneers Joan Jonas and Adrian Piper to Hannah Black today), websites and social networking (from Vera Frenkel to Ann Hirsch), virtual and augmented reality art (Jenny Holzer to Hyphen-Lab), and art using artificial intelligence. She also documents the work of female-identifying, queer, transgender, and Black and brown artists including Legacy Russell and Micha Cárdenas, who are not only innovators in digital art but also transforming technology itself under the impact of feminist theory. In this radical study, Brodsky argues that their work frees technology from its patriarchal context, illustrating the crucial need to transform all areas of our culture in order to achieve the goals of #MeToo, Black Lives Matter (BLM), and Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation, to empower female-identifying and Black and brown people, and to document their contributions to human history.

The Angel of Eden

The Angel of Eden
Author: D. J. McIntosh
Publsiher: Canelo
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2019-02-04
ISBN: 1788634241
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Angel of Eden Book Excerpt:

A mysterious tome holds the key to a religious conspiracy millennia old, which could reveal a lost world and the secret origins of the human race... John Madison is hired by a magician to find a rare sixteenth-century book of sorcery, stolen by the magician’s assistant, and lost to him for thirty-five years. In his widest reaching journey yet, Madison travels from the great mosques of Istanbul to the ruins of Pergamon and the temples of the Near East. His search will lead him to a revelation of biblical proportions and the secrets behind his own mysterious birth. The devastating conclusion to the Mesopotamian trilogy, The Angel of Eden is perfect for fans of James Rollins, Scott Mariani and Steve Berry.

Cursed Objects

Cursed Objects
Author: J. W. Ocker
Publsiher: Quirk Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-09-15
ISBN: 1683692373
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cursed Objects Book Excerpt:

Beware...this book is cursed! These strange but true stories of the world’s most infamous items will appeal to true believers as well as history buffs, horror fans, and anyone who loves a good spine-tingling tale. They’re lurking in museums, graveyards, and private homes. Their often tragic and always bizarre stories have inspired countless horror movies, reality TV shows, novels, and campfire tales. They’re cursed objects, and all they need to unleash a wave of misfortune is . . . you. Many of these unfortunate items have intersected with some of the most notable events and people in history, leaving death and destruction in their wake. But never before have the true stories of these eerie oddities been compiled into a fascinating and chilling volume. Inside, readers will learn about: • Annabelle the Doll, a Raggedy Ann doll that featured in the horror franchise The Conjuring • The Unlucky Mummy, which is rumored to have sunk the Titanic and kick-started World War I • The Dybbuk box, which was sold on eBay and spawned the horror film The Possession • The Conjured Chest, which has been blamed for fifteen deaths within a single family • The Ring of Silvianus, a Roman artifact believed to have inspired J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit • And many more!

Rochester Stories A Med City History

Rochester Stories  A Med City History
Author: Paul David Scanlon
Publsiher: Arcadia Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2021-06-07
ISBN: 1467149160
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rochester Stories A Med City History Book Excerpt:

Best known for the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester's rich history holds so much more beyond medical excellence. But why was the world's greatest medical center built virtually in the middle of a cornfield in the first place? What happened to the Native Americans in the area? Were there ever bears in Bear Creek? Why are there so many geese at Silver Lake, and how did the Zumbro River get its name? What do the extinction of the dinosaurs and the passenger pigeon have to do with Rochester? Retired Mayo Clinic doctor and Rochester native Paul Scanlon answers these questions and more in this collection of historic tales from Med City.

Valley of Heart s Delight

Valley of Heart s Delight
Author: Anne Marie Todd
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 209
Release: 2022-10-25
ISBN: 0520389603
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Valley of Heart s Delight Book Excerpt:

This agricultural history explores the transformation of the Santa Clara Valley over the past one hundred years from America's largest fruit-producing region into the technology capital of the world. In the latter half of the twentieth century, the region's focus shifted from fruits—such as apricots and prunes—to computers. Both personal and public rhetoric reveals how a sense of place emerges and changes in an evolving agricultural community like the Santa Clara Valley. Through extensive archival research and interviews, Anne Marie Todd explores the concepts of place and placelessness, arguing that place is more than a physical location and that exploring a community's sense of place can help us to map how individuals experience their natural surroundings and their sense of responsibility towards the local environment. Todd extends the concept of sense of place to describe Silicon Valley as a non-place, where weakened or disrupted attachment to place threatens the environment and community. The story of the Santa Clara Valley is an American story of the development of agricultural lands and the transformation of rural regions.

Your Brain on Facts

Your Brain on Facts
Author: Moxie LaBouche
Publsiher: Mango Media Inc.
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2020-06-16
ISBN: 1642502545
Category: Games & Activities
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Your Brain on Facts Book Excerpt:

When Trivia Isn't Trivial The world is full of things you didn’t know, things you thought you knew, and things you never knew you never knew. From the eponymous podcast comes Your Brain On Facts. Train your brain. So what if you picked up some historical inaccuracies (and flat-out myths) in history class. Your Brain On Facts is here to teach and reteach readers relevant trivia. It explains surprising science in simple language, gives the unexpected origins of pop culture classics, and reveals important titbits related to current issues. A brain food boost. Get ready for trivia night done right. Inside, find true facts, strange facts, and just plain weird facts. Your Brain on Factsfeatures general trivia questions and answers, offering science, art, technology, medicine, music, and history trivia to brainiacs everywhere. Learn: • What’s the language of the stateless nation in the Pyrenees mountains • Where the world-changing birth control pill was tested • Who wrote lyrics for the Star Trek theme song that were never used If you enjoyed The Book of General Ignorance, The Best Bar Trivia Book Ever, The World's Greatest Book of Useless Information, and The Book of Unusual Knowledge, you’ll have a blast with Your Brain On Facts.