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Lazarus Syndrome: Buried Alive and Other Horrors of the Undead1.94 DavImagine the grisly phenomenon of premature burial,untimely cremation, or the embalming of the living. The author recounts both literal and literary cases.wierd, scary or shocking250
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us153.1 PinThe author examines the three elements of true motivation--autonomy, mastery, and purpose--and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action.bestseller260
Politically Incorrect Guide in Hunting179.3 MinIn The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to Hunting, he details the concrete benefits that hunting provides to all of us--even how it helps the environment. Speaking with wildlife biologists, hunters, farmers, anti-hunters, and victims of animal attacks, Miniter explains how banning hunting negatively affects wildlife populations and conservation.269
Under the Banner of Heaven289.3 KraA story of violant faith - "I was doing God's will, which is not a crime." - Dan Lafferty
The above quote is from a man who brutally murdered his fifteen month-old niece and her 24 year-old mother in their home while his younger brother was at work.
Outliers - The Story of Success302 GlaMalcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?success309
The Tipping Point302 GlaHow Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceBestseller301
Culture Jam - the Uncooling of America302.23 LasThis is a pioneering work of social criticism by a media activist who outlines a plan to stop rampant overconsumption that has begun to kill authentic life in America and the world.materialism & excess251
Guns, Germs, and Steel 303.4 DiaA major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history.Bestseller480
Physics of the Future - How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily LIves by the Year 2100
303.48 KakA stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs.science389
Underground Girls of Kabul305.3 NORIn Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child--a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.
Affluenza - the all-comsuming epidemic306.097 DegAffluenza: a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.materialism & excess268
Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping306.3 UndIn this book we see the shopping mall not only as a place to buy things but as an exemplar of our commercial and social culture, the place where our young people have their first taste of social freedom and where the rest of us compare notes. Call of the Mall examines how we use the mall, what it means, why it works when it does, and why it sometimes doesn’t.227
Fanaticus - Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan306.4 GUBExplores the roots of extreme fanaticism, from organized thuggery to digital hate speech. Justine Gubar divulges outrageous and often shocking incidents, including first-hand accounts from both the transgressors and victims.
American Fan: Sports Mania and the Culture That Feeds It306.483 PerAn often funny look at sports in America which explores the religious fervor many fans devote to their team, deconstructing related issues of social violence and selfesteem.230
Unspeakable acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture323.4 ConThe author takes us into a Chicago police station, two villages in the West Bank, and a secret British interrogation center in Northern Ireland, and in the process we are exposed to the experience of the victim, the rationalizations of the torturer, and the seeming indifference of the bystander. The torture occurs in democracies that ostensibly value justice, due process, and human rights, and yet the perpetrators and their superiors escape without punishment, revealing much about the dynamics of torture.304
Joint Ventures338.1 RegGo behind the scenes of legalizing marijuana to view the pot-smuggling trade and assess its costs, from gang violence and big profits for criminals and billions of dollars of lost tax revenues. In fact, Denver now has more dispensaries than it has Starbucks and liquor stores combined.drugs265
Food, Inc.338.47 Foo"How industrial food is making us sicker, fatter, and poorer--and what you can do about it."food321
Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho338.7 KatGeeks is a humorous, moving tale of triumph over adversity and self-acceptance that delivers two irresistible heroes for the digital age and reveals the very human face of technology.success207
The Facebook Effect338.7 KirThe inside story of the company that is connecting the world372
Days of Infamy - Military Blunders of the 20th Century355 CofThis compendium fleshes out the century's best known military mishaps. In a series of short chapters, Coffey shows how even relatively small misjudgments have become historical turning points, such as a driver's poor knowledge of Sarajevo's streets in 1914 helped lead to World War I. military288
Battle Cries & Lullabies: Women in War355 DeBeginning with the earliest archaeological evidence of warfare and ending with the dozens of wars in progress today, Battle Cries and Lullabies demonstrates that warfare has always and everywhere involved women. Following an introductory chapter on the questions raised about women’s participation in warfare, the book presents a documented, chronological survey linked to familiar models of military history.military395
Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies: How Spies and Codebreakers Helped Shape the 20th Century355.3 GanA book of true spy tales that uncovers many thrilling incidents and how thes spy operations impacted real military and political events.spies324
Spies - Secret Agents Who Changed the Course of History355.3432 VolVolkman ( Secret Intelligence ) here offers a collection of short biographies of nearly 50 of the century's major secret agents and those who "ran" them.spies288
Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit356.167 HanDelta Force. They are the U.S. Army's most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won't hear about their heroics on CNN. military324
Heart and the Fist - the Making of a Navy Seal; the Education of a Humanitarian359.9 GreThe Hearts and the Fist shares one man’s story of extraordinary leadership and service as both a humanitarian and a warrior. In a life lived at the raw edges of the human experience, Greitens has seen what can be accomplished when compassion and courage come together in meaningful service.military309
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in College Town362.883 KraBest-selling author Jon Krakauer examines one community’s struggle with sexual assault accusations, shining a bright light on a problem that frequently goes underreported and is all-too-easy to sweep under the rug. Not only must victims contend with the after-effects of the crime, they must often face doubting police, antagonistic lawyers, and the whims of popular opinion. Some of the reported assaults in Krakauer’s book involved members of the University of Montana’s beloved Grizzly football team. Using facts and documentation balanced by interviews and courtroom drama, he builds a gem of narrative nonfiction that will educate and incite.Bestseller367
Ten Hours Until Dawn363.12 Tou
Using dozens of interview and audiotapes that recorded every word exchanged between boat Captain Frank Quirk and the Coast Guard, Tougias has written a devastating, true account of bravery surrounding the attempted rescue of the tanker Global Hope off the coast of Massachusetts during the Blizzard of 1978.
Bomb Squad: A Year Inside the Nation's Most Exclusive Police Unit363.17 EspSee title...335
The Year We Disappeared363.2 BusWhen Cylin Busby was nine years old, she was obsessed with Izod clothing, the Muppets, and her pet box turtle. Then, in the space of a night, everything changed. Her police officer father, John, was driving to work when someone leveled a shotgun at his window. The blasts that followed left John’s jaw on the passenger seat of his car—literally. Overnight, the Busbys went from being the "family next door" to one under 24-hour armed guard, with police escorts to school, and no contact with friends. Worse, the shooter was still on the loose, and it seemed only a matter of time before he’d come after John—or someone else in the family—again. With their lives unraveling around them, and few choices remaining for a future that could ever be secure, the Busby family left everything and everyone they had ever known…and simply disappeared.survival, crime329
Seal Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden363.32 Pfa Target Geronimo is the story of Neptune's Spear from the men who were there. After talking to members of the SEAL team involved in the raid, Pfarrer shares never-before-revealed details in an exclusive account of what happened as he takes readers inside the walls of Bin Laden’s compound225
In Cold Blood (true story of brutal murder of 4 members of the Clutter family)364.1 CapOn November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, 70 miles from the Colorado border,four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy.crime343
Who Killed My Daughter?364.1 DunReading like the suspense mysteries that have made her famous, Duncan's account of her daughter's murder in New Mexico in 1989 is horrifying and at the same time thought provoking. She put all else aside as she followed up on every lead, sought the help of psychics and private investigators, and convinced an aggressive investigative reporter to help. The further she delved into the events of that fateful night, the more mysterious the pieces of the fragmented puzzle becamecrime354
21 Bringing Down the House364.1 MezThe inside story of six M.I.T. students who took Vegas for millions340
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families364.15 Gou The stories are unrelentingly horrifying and filled with "the idiocy, the waste, the sheer wrongness" of one group of Rwandans (Hutus) methodically exterminating another (Tutsis). With 800,000 people killed in 100 days, Gourevitch found many numbed Rwandans who had lost whole families to the machete. He discovered a few admirable characters, including hotelier Paul Rusesabagina, who, "armed with nothing but a liquor cabinet, a phone line, an internationally famous address, and his spirit of resistance," managed to save refugees in his Hotel des Milles Collines in Kigali. crime, discrimination, genocide355
Portrait of Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed364.1523 CorCan truth be stranger than Cornwell's fiction? Here, the best-selling novelist claims to uncover the identity of Jack the Ripper. crime387
Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders364.1523 KinOn August 9th 1969 Sharon Tate - the actress and wife of Roman Polanski - was brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home, along with her unborn son and four others. This text covers the search for the killers, the sensational trials and the history to their 30 year imprisonment.crime351
Devil it the White City364.1523 LarNot long afterJack the Ripper haunted the ill-lit streets of 1888 London, H. H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett)dispatched somewhere between 27 and 200 people.mostly single young women.crime447
Always in Our Hearts: The Story of Amy Grossberg, Brian Peterson, and the Baby They Didn't Want 364.1523 MosAmy Grossberg and Brian Peterson grew up in a wealthy New Jersey suburb, meeting and falling in love while still in high school, then set out for college with their classmates. But in November of their Freshman Year, the two young lovers spent a night in a Delaware motel room where, after hiding her pregnancy from her family and her friends for nine months, Amy gave birth to a baby boy. Only she and Brian knew the child even existed . . . until the next morning when the newborn's corpse turned up in the motel dumpster. The case caused a countrywide outrage, and the teenagers ended up in court, desperately fighting for their lives and ultimately against each other...crime, social issues279
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town364.1523 SchIn Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Lawrence Schiller thoroughly recreates every aspect of the complex case of the death of JonBenét Ramsey. A brilliant portrait of an inscrutable family thrust under the spotlight of public suspicion and an affluent, tranquil city torn apart by a crime it couldn't handle, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town uncovers the mysteries that have bewildered the nation.crime621
A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler364.1523 SheNow Mary's nephew, Casey Sherman, exposes the truth behind her death and unravels the mysteries surrounding the Boston Strangler murders. A Rose for Mary is the gripping story of his ten-year quest to find the real killer of the aunt he never knew. It is also the deeply personal story of an ordinary family caught up in extraordinary circumstances. crime220
Powder Burn - Arson, Money, and Mystery on Vail Mountain364.164 GilPacked with odd characters and paranoia, with beautiful mountains and despicable actions, Powder Burn is about corporate greed, the environment, a small town and a mysterious unsolved crime. As Vail celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a full season of hoopla and self-promotion, this book makes compelling reading for skiers, true crime enthusiasts, or anyone interested in the environmental, social, and political issues raised by the evolution of the new West.crime272
The Disney Way: Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney384 Cao221
The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power384 Cul324
45 Get Big Fast - Inside the Revolutionary Business Model That Changed the World384.15 Spe263
Inside the Magic Kingdom: Seven Keys to Disney's Success384.809 ConBestseller194
Fast Food Nation - The Dark Side of the All-American Meal394.1 SchSchlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from California's subdivisions, where the business was born, to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike, where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths -- from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate.food356
Complete Idiot's Guide to Game Theory - the Fascinating Math Behind Decision-Making519.3 RosGame Theory means rigorous strategic thinking. It is based on the idea that everyone acts competitively and in his own best interest. With the help of mathematical models, it is possible to anticipate the actions of others in nearly all life's enterprises. This book includes down-to- earth examples and solutions, as well as charts and illustrations designed to help teach the concept.math362
Freaks of the Storm: From Flying Cows to Stealing Thunder551.6 CerThe world's strangest true weather stories371
The Sixth Extinction578.8 KolOver the last half-billion years, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
Are We Smart Enough to Know Smart Animals Are?591.5 DEW
Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think591.5 HauDo animals think? Can they count? Do they have emotions? Do they feel anger, frustration, hurt, or sorrow? At last, here is a book that provides authoritative answers to these long-standing questions. 315
Zamba: True Story of the Greatest Lion that Ever Lived599.75 Hel258
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance & Survival599.75 VaiOutside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt down the tiger before it strikes again. They know the creature is cunning, injured, and starving, making it even more dangerous. 329
Grizzly Maze599.78 JanThe account of Tim Treadwell's fatal obsession with Alaskan bearspeople vs. nature274
The Accidental Billionaires6.7 MezThe founding of Facebook: A tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal260
An Alarming History of Famous and Difficult Patients610 Gor229
The Woman Who Swallowed a Toothbrush and Other Bizarre Medical Cases610 MyeThese brief, intriguing case histories drawn from medical journals involve unusual symptoms disguising real problems. For example, a woman who claims to have swallowed a toothbrush while brushing her teeth is exposed as a bulimic who was actually using the brush to induce vomiting. This and other gruesome, surprising, perplexing, and humorous cases are presented as medical riddles for readers to diagnose and solve.weird301
Paramedic: on the front lines of medicine610.69 Can306
Rescue 471610.6953 CanA paramedic's stories, it offers a more complete picture of the inner life of a medic rather than a selection of memorable snapshots of performance.285
Deep Survival613.69 GonWhen confronted with a life-threatening situation, 90% of people freeze or panic, says Gonzales in this exploration of what makes the remaining 10% stay cool, focused and alive. survival, survivor318
Where Hell Freezes Over: A Story of Amazing Bravery and Survival613.69 KeaKearns'account of the crash of the flying boat George I in Antarctica in December 1946 (Kearns is the son of one of the survivors) is, nearly 60 years later, a history of technology as much as an enthralling and inspirational record of survival. survival, survivor286
The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic614.51 Sal303
The Healing Power of Pets615.8515 Bec270
A Paramedic's Story616.02 GraLife, death and everything in between317
Mountain Rescue Doctor616.02 VanWilderness medicine in the extremes of nature293
Sybil616.85 SchClassic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen PersonalitiesBestseller492
Surviving the Extremes616.98 KamA true-life scientific thriller no reader will forget, Surviving the Extremes takes us to the farthest reaches of the earth as well as into the uncharted territory within the human body, spirit, and brain. A vice president of the legendary Explorers Club, as well as surgeon, explorer, and masterful storyteller, Dr. Kenneth Kamler has spent years discovering what happens to the human body in extreme environmental conditions
League of Denial: NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth617.1 Fai399
When the Air Hits Your Brain617.4 VerTales from neurosurgery272
Where Stuff Comes From620 Mol324
Diving into Darkness627.72 FinA true story of death and survival 310
Robotics DeMYSTIFIED629.89 WisA fast and entertaining self-teaching course to learn about the technologies for building robots.robots314
Chosen by a Horse636.1 RicSusan Richards writes a touching memoir about rescuing a former racehorse. The weak and poorly nourished horse teaches this brokenhearted woman how to embrace the joys of life.horses248
Lauren Conrad Style646.34 ConLauren Conrad from "The Hills" TV show offers tips on how to create your own unique look. She includes her own fashion evolution from casual teen to fashion designer.fashion230
The Google Resume650.14 McDA comprehensive guide to develop a compelling application for tech companies. This is truly the 'bible' of the tech hiring process.career280
The Drucker Lectures658 Dru266
Seven Days in the Art World709.05 ThoThis book offers an attentive, ethnographic eye to art, artists, and the world in which they exist. 287
Chuck D Fight the Power782.4216 Chu274
American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture791.43 BIS239
Dropping in with Andy Mac796.22 MacThe life of a pro skateboarder158
Twelve Mighty Orphans796.32 DenThe inspiring true story of the Mighty Mites who ruled Texas footballSports287
In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle: True Story of Hoop Dreams and One Very Special Team796.323 Blabestseller266
Tailgating, Sacks, and Salary Caps: How the NFL Became the Most Successful Sports League in History796.33 YosTailgating, Sacks, and Salary Caps offers an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the league and examines the maverick owners whose ideas could have lasting repercussions for the players, owners, coaches, and ultimately the fans.
Friday Night Lights796.332 BisThe Permian Panthers of Odessa, TX are the winningest highschool football team in Texas. This is the story of how the socially and racially divided town shows total devotion to the team and how that devotion shapes the community and inspires- and sometimes shatters- the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms.350
Our Boys: A Perfect Season with the Smith Center Redmen
796.332 DraTells the story of the remarkable Smith Center Redmen, not only their success in winning football games, but also in swelling pride for a community and building character in young men.Sports269
Moneyball796.357 LewIn a narrative full of fabulous real life characters from the Oakland Athletics baseball team, the author shows how a collection of statistics helped this low payroll team do as well or better than their competition with high payrolls. The humor and real life tension is compelling.sports316
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Ever Seen796.42 McDbestseller287
Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciliess Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams796.44 Sey292
Blind Descent796.52 TabThe quest to discover the deepest place on earth286
Shattered Air - True Account of Catastrophe on Yosemite's Half Dome796.522 MadThe sheer face of Half Dome, the huge granite rock formation in Yosemite National Park, extends 2,200 feet from its base to its crest. Madgic gives a brief history of its early climbers, then tells the story of five hikers who began their climb on the evening of July 27, 1985, in the face of an imminent thunderstorm. . Adventure264
No Holds Barred796.8 GenThe complete history of mixed martial arts in America430
The WWE Championship796.812 SulA look back at the rich history of the WWE310
Total MMA796.815 SnoInside ultimate fighting408
Blood in the Cage796.815 WerMixed martial arts, Pat Milletich and the furious rise of the UFC251
The Boys of Winter- The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team796.962 Cofbestseller273
Dark Descent: Diving and the Deadly Allure of the Empress of ireland797.2 McMOn May 29, 1914, the passenger liner Empress of Ireland was struck by the freighter Storstad and sank in fifteen minutes, taking more than 1,000 victims with her. It remains one of the largest losses of life ever in a maritime accident.
Seabiscuit; An American Legend798.4 HilSeabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938.. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Animals399
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod798.8 Pau256
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex910.9164 Phi"The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the Titanic disaster was in the twentieth. Nathaniel Philbrick now restores this story - which inspired the climactic scene in Herman Melville's Moby Dick - to its rightful place in American history." "In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, the unthinkable happened: in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, decided instead to sail their three tiny boats for the distant South American coast. They would eventually travel over 4,500 miles. The next three months tested just how far humans could go in their battle against the sea as, one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.
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