Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. Structured around one ordinary day, A Million Years in a Day reveals the astonishing origins and development of the daily practices we take for granted.
A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes, a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.
"Someone stop this woman"
What was it like to live during the time of Jesus? Where did people live? Who did they marry? What was family life like? And how did people survive? These are just some of the questions that Scott Korb answers in this engaging new book, which explores what everyday life entailed two thousand years ago in first-century Palestine, that tumultuous era when the Roman Empire was at its zenith and a new religion---Christianity---was born.
"accessible listen with broad appeal"
Ann Morgan considered herself well read - until she discovered the "massive blindspot" on her bookshelf. Amid a multitude of English and American authors, there were very few books from beyond the English-speaking world. So she set an ambitious goal: to read one book from every country in the world over the course of a year. Now she's urging other Anglophiles to read translated works so that publishers will work harder to bring foreign literary gems back to their shores.
In his first best seller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book he builds on that theme by showing why this is the luckiest time yet to be alive, giving you the keys to the new kingdom of wellness. Medicine is undergoing rapid change. In the old world, you followed general principles, and doctors treated you based on broad, one-size-fits-all solutions.
When Helen's partner of 15 years announced without warning that she 'needed to grow', and left in the Toyota, Helen remained in her pyjamas, ordering barbecue chicken, and crying on her cat. After disclosing her foulest thoughts on an XXX app, quitting her job, and receiving bad advice from her discount shrink, she cried again; this time on her beauty therapist, who dared her to go on 100 dates inside a year. Razor took that dare. Naked, funny, and frankly embarrassing – this is the Helen 100.
My Year in Iraq is the only senior insider's perspective on the crucial period following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. In vivid, dramatic detail, Bremer reveals the previously hidden struggles among Iraqi politicians and America's leaders, taking us from the ancient lanes in the holy city of Najaf to the White House Situation Room and the Pentagon E-Ring.
"Spin, Spin, Spin"
"Burma Votes in First Democratic Election in Years" is from the November 9, 2015 Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Annie Gowen and narrated by Sam Scholl.
In this age of lunchtime lifts, wrinkle-erasing injections, furrow fillers, and lip plumpers, there’s no question that anyone who aims to look younger easily can. But Lauren Kessler wants something more than to follow the cosmetic path to youthfulness. She wants to live with energy, stamina, vitality, resilience, and health for a very, very long time. Her goal: to reverse her biological age from the inside out.
"At Least 18 Asylum Seekers Are Tied to New Year's Eve Assault in Cologne" is from the World section of The New York Times. It was written by Alison Smale and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"15,000 More Refugees to Be Resettled in U.S. Next Year" is from the September 21, 2015 Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Carol Morello and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"NTSB Releases Report on Last Year's Deadly Amtrak Wreck in Philadelphia" is from the National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ashley Halsey III, Michael Laris and Lori Aratani and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"After a Record-Breaking Year in Space, Astronaut Scott Kelly Is Coming Home" is from the National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rachel Feltman and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Years before Truck Rampage in Nice, Attacker Wasn't 'Living in Real World'" is from the July 24, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Adam Nossiter, Alissa J. Rubin and Lilia Blaise and narrated by Kristi Burns.
"UN: 1 Million Migrants Arrived in Europe by Sea This Year" is from the World section of The Washington Post. It was written by The Associated Press and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Two Trumps? Filipino Americans Can Vote in Two (Remarkably Similar) Elections This Year" is from the May 5, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.
Thousands of fake bomb detectors were marketed and sold in the Middle East. But even though the manufacturers have been jailed for fraud, security guards are still using the phony detectors.
The year 1815 was the year of Waterloo, the British victory that ended Napoleon's European ambitions and ushered in a century largely of peace for Britain. But what sort of country were Wellington's troops fighting for? And what kind of society did they return to? Overseas, the bounds of empire were expanding while at home the population endured the chill of economic recession.
"placing jane austen's novels in historical context"
"Raids in Belgium Target Suspected New Year’s Plot Amid Global Security Alerts" is from the Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Griff Witte and Brian Murphy and narrated by Jill Melancon.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Peter Taylor uses remarkable events in ordinary people's lives to describe an intricate fabric of tradition. In these four subtle and beautiful stories, a contractor uses a baptismal font as a birdbath, an annual children's party given by an aging brother and sister ends in disaster, a strange woman needlessly sends two men into a burning house, and a woman finds a way to express her frustration.