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  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

    Amazon Customer says: "fasinating new perspective on history"
    "Fascinating and dense with info"
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    An in depth account of human "progress" - the more things change the more they stay the same. Learning the far reaching impact of the Columbian exchange - fascinating and astounding.

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  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (377)
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    (385)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "A compelling read!"
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    I was a bit hesitant about reading this book - what a sad and scary topic. But the author did a fine job of portraying the impact of this hideous disease through her fictional characters and their various struggles with the resulting reality. Touched my heart and gave me a realistic view inside the world of Alzheimer's Disease. Offered great fodder for discuss in our book club.
    Thank you Lisa Genova!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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