We have always identified trends as bad (loosening of the moral fiber) or good (better ethnic eating in urban areas). But Stephen Jay Gould argues that this mode of interpretation is a bias that needs correcting. In Full House, Gould presents the truth about progress, evolution, and excellence, as well as a different way to understand trends other than as entities moving in a definite direction.
"One of my favoritess"
From paleontology, dinosaurs, and fossils to the fascinating and strange phenomena of life on Earth today, come the inspiration for this collection of Stephen Jay Gould's best essays. Fads to fungus, baseball to beeswax, Gould always circles back to the great themes of time, change, and history. Gould's inimitable style makes history and science accessible and relevant to all.
"Dinosaur in a Haystack:"
In this essay collection, Stephen Jay Gould examines the puzzles and paradoxes great and small that build nature's and humanity's diversity and order. He formulates a humanistic natural history, one that considers how humans have learned to study and understand nature, rather than a history of nature itself.
"Thoughtful and entertaining"
Submitted by readers of Catholic Digest, here are dozens of original accounts of true incidents that illustrate an uplifting portrait of the compassion and kindness for which we all are capable.
Suffering from writer's block? Wish you were more inventive? Perhaps, like most of us, you were taught to think vertically - to solve problems by going from one logical step to the next. In this international best seller, Dr. de Bono shows how lateral thinking can free your creative mind. Learn to hone your thinking skills and discover powerful yet simple techniques to help you generate idea after idea.
The Greatest Mysteries of All Time, Volume 5 is an exciting addition to this series, featuring the finest short-story mystery fiction by the most acclaimed writers, past and present. This unique collection of master writers, including such notables as Isaac Asimov, Ogden Nash, and Mickey Spillane, edited by multi-award-winning mystery connoisseur Otto Penzler, is a delightful mixture of mystery and suspense.
"A mixed collection"
Phil Cousineau's lifetime of pilgrimage has taken him from the depths of lost jungles to the heights of the human soul, always with passion, curiosity, warmth, wisdom and humor. And in this little golden guide, he brings us along with him. This is an experience not to be missed, for any reason.
"Travleling with an open heart"
Over 100 classic and contemporary quotes from the pages of Catholic Digest give us renewed hope, spiritual vitality and a new perspective on the miracles that sustain us daily.
"Great for relaxing"
This audiobook explores the underlying unconscious forces that wear us down and cause illness. Dr. Janov explains in sophisticated yet understandable terms the cause and cures for many common maladies such as insomnia, high blood pressure, headaches, palpitations, nightmares, anxiety and depression. A culmination of 10 years of clinical research and writing, Why You Get Sick How You Get Well is the most advanced of any work in the field of psychotherapy in this century.
Young Marco Polo meets Kubla Khan, the King of Siam, and Saint Paul, and he falls in love with Khan's beautiful daughter, Golden Bells. After her magicians save him from death in the desert, he stays and marries her. Following her death, Polo returns to Venice as an old man.
More of the Greatest Mysteries of All Time is the second in a series featuring the finest short story mystery fiction by the most acclaimed writers, past and present. From Thomas Hardy, O. Henry, Jack London, Vincent Starrett and everyone in between, this unique collection, edited by multi-award winning mystery connoisseur Otto Penzler, is a delightful mixture of mystery and suspense.
If anyone ever calls you a "towhead," don't be insulted. It only means you have really blond hair and that perhaps you need to expand your vocabulary. Word Power will help you do just that. You'll listen to the definitions and sample uses of 101 challenging words that may have been unfamiliar or confusing to you. Based on the popular series by Peter Funk, this edition is just the first Word Power in a series.
"These stories help us to see the best in others and inspire us to be the best we can be." From the youngest child to the oldest senior, each of us wants to help, to give back, to make a difference. We want to feed the hungry, care for the elderly, and teach the children. These heartwarming stories feature ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Six-time Hugo Award winner Bova likes to tell big stories in a small way. This approach both helps and hurts in this collection of stories, excerpts and outtakes from his "Grand Tour" novels (Saturn, etc.), which explore the colonization of the solar system. Despite his vast subject, Bova focuses tightly on the heroes and villains whose striving makes up his future history.
In the summer of 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts organized a series of writing workshops, led by prominent authors, to encourage U.S. troops and their families to record their experiences and reflections on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The result is this extraordinary volume of first-hand letters, poems, journals, memoirs, and e-mails from the men and women directly involved in battle and their families back home.
"Should Be Required Reading For All Americans"
The Greatest Mysteries of All Time, Volume 4 is the fourth in a series featuring the finest short story mystery fiction by the most acclaimed writers, past and present. From Lawrence Block, Sara Paretsky, Georges Simenon, Edward D. Hoch and everyone in between, this unique collection, edited by multi-award-winning mystery connoisseur Otto Penzler, is a delightful mixture of mystery and suspense.
Managers, organizations, and even whole societies repeatedly get trapped into solving the wrong problems. Errors can be traced to one fundamental flaw-misdirected thinking. Leading business professor Ian Mitroff asserts that the ability to spot the right problems, frame them correctly, and implement appropriate solutions is the true competitive edge of the successful and prosperous organization.
The best selling author and evolutionary scientist holds the mirror up to all of our millennial passions in this wide-ranging discussion that reveals our foibles, absurdities, and uniqueness - in other words, our humanity.
At Christmas time department stores overflow with color and festivity, their halls bedecked with the trimmings of the season. In these 7 charming, memorable, and even magical Christmas tales retiree Tom Cavanaugh wanders the aisles of just such a store. Tom has made a tradition out of observing the marvels the Christmas spirit brings to each department and the people in them, from a jolly old maintenance man to testy last-minute shoppers to an exhausted salesclerk.
"Great stories...awful audio"
It's a long way from a large, luxurious, rambling estate in the Connecticut countryside to Hollywood's 77 Sunset Strip, but Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. made that journey, traveling many different roads during the life he so engagingly recreates in this memoir.