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By Anthony Wagner. 1988
Born in 1908, the author was interested in heraldry at an early age and while still at Balliol was made… Portcullis Pursuivant at the College of Arms. In 1961 he was made Garter King of Arms until 1978 when he became Clarenceux King of Arms. Service at the War Office and in Town and Country Planning provided knowledge of a wider world and he writes - via dictation - of the hypnagogic and hypnopompic images of the blind from personal experience. 1988.
By Carolyn Jackson, Margie Wolfe. 2017
Did you know that in 1875, Grace Annie Lockhart graduated from Mount Allison University as the first woman to receive… a degree in any British Empire country? Or that Black, Japanese, and Chinese-Canadian women couldn't vote federally until 1948/1949? Or that Sharon Wood from Canmore, Alberta was the first Canadian woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest - in 1986? These are only a few of the 150 fascinating facts most Canadians don't know about women from the diverse communities who have, for much more than 150 years, been part of our history. 2017.
By Rosemary Sadlier. 1997
A biography of Harriet Tubman, who helped slaves escape to freedom. It tells her story and describes what life was… like in St. Catharines during the eight years she lived in Canada. The author also illustrates the importance of family history by tracing Harriet's descendants to the present day. Grades 5-8. 1997.
By Anna Mehler Paperny. 2019
NATIONAL BESTSELLERAward-winning journalist Anna Mehler Paperny's stunning memoir chronicles with courageous honesty and uncommon eloquence her experience of depression and… her quest to explore what we know and don't know about this disease that afflicts almost a fifth of the population--providing an invaluable guide to a system struggling to find solutions. As fascinating as it is heartrending, as outrageously funny as it is serious, it is a must-read for anyone impacted by depression--and that's pretty much everybody. Depression is a havoc-wreaking illness that masquerades as personal failing and hijacks your life. After a major suicide attempt in her early twenties, Anna Mehler Paperny resolved to put her reporter's skills to use to get to know her enemy, setting off on a journey to understand her condition, the dizzying array of medical treatments on offer and a medical profession in search of answers. Charting the way depression wrecks so many, she maps competing schools of therapy, pharmacology, cutting-edge medicine, the pill-popping pitfalls of long-term treatment, the glaring unknowns and the institutional shortcomings that both patients and practitioners are up against. She interviews leading medical experts across Canada and the US, from psychiatrists to neurologists, brain-mapping pioneers to family practitioners, and others dabbling in strange hypotheses--and shares compassionate conversations with fellow sufferers.Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me tracks Anna's quest for knowledge and her desire to get well. Impeccably reported, it is a profoundly compelling story about the human spirit and the myriad ways we treat (and fail to treat) the disease that accounts for more years swallowed up by disability than any other in the world.
By Meghan McCarthy. 2011
Most people know the story of Balto, the world famous dog who led his dogsled team through a blizzard to… deliver a lifesaving serum to the stricken people of Nome, Alaska, in 1925. Balto shot to instant stardom—a company named dog food after him, a famous sculptor erected a statue of him that stands in Central Park to this day, and the dog even starred in his own Hollywood movie. But what happened to Balto after the hoopla died down? With a lively, informative text and humorous, vibrant illustrations, Meghan McCarthy captures the extraordinary life of Balto beyond his days as a celebrity.
By Hali Felt. 2012
Her maps of the ocean floor have been called "one of the most remarkable achievements in modern cartography", yet no… one knows her name.Soundings is the story of the enigmatic, unknown woman behind one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. Before Marie Tharp, geologist and gifted draftsperson, the whole world, including most of the scientific community, thought the ocean floor was a vast expanse of nothingness. In 1948, at age 28, Marie walked into the newly formed geophysical lab at Columbia University and practically demanded a job. The scientists at the lab were all male; the women who worked there were relegated to secretary or assistant. Through sheer willpower and obstinacy, Marie was given the job of interpreting the soundings (records of sonar pings measuring the ocean's depths) brought back from the ocean-going expeditions of her male colleagues. The marriage of artistry and science behind her analysis of this dry data gave birth to a major work: the first comprehensive map of the ocean floor, which laid the groundwork for proving the then-controversial theory of continental drift.When combined, Marie's scientific knowledge, her eye for detail and her skill as an artist revealed not a vast empty plane, but an entire world of mountains and volcanoes, ridges and rifts, and a gateway to the past that allowed scientists the means to imagine how the continents and the oceans had been created over time.Just as Marie dedicated more than twenty years of her professional life to what became the Lamont Geological Observatory, engaged in the task of mapping every ocean on Earth, she dedicated her personal life to her great friendship with her co-worker, Bruce Heezen. Partners in work and in many ways, partners in life, Marie and Bruce were devoted to one another as they rose to greater and greater prominence in the scientific community, only to be envied and finally dismissed by their beloved institute. They went on together, refining and perfecting their work and contributing not only to humanity's vision of the ocean floor, but to the way subsequent generations would view the Earth as a whole.With an imagination as intuitive as Marie's, brilliant young writer Hali Felt brings to vivid life the story of the pioneering scientist whose work became the basis for the work of others scientists for generations to come.
By Pierre Blondeau, Paul Harasymowycz, Patrick Hamel, Frédérique David. 2014
" Au Canada, environ 400 000 personnes sont atteintes de glaucome. Cette maladie chronique de l'œil touche 1 % à… 3 % de la population du monde occidental de plus de 40 ans et 10 % des octogénaires. Il s'agit d'une maladie extrêmement sournoise, qui peut détruire les capacités fonctionnelles de l'œil de façon irréversible et sans avertissement. Le dépistage est donc un enjeu majeur de la lutte contre le glaucome, d'autant plus que des traitements très efficaces permettent d'empêcher ou de ralentir sa progression. Écrit par des médecins spécialistes, dans un langage simple et clair, ce livre couvre les différents aspects de la maladie et fournit toute linformation nécessaire aux patients et aux proches... " -- 4e de couv.
By Siddhartha Mukherjee. 2018
Oncologist, Rhodes Scholar, and graduate of Harvard Medical School Mukherjee chronicles the social and medical history of cancer. Highlights prominent… figures in cancer research--including Sidney Farber, father of modern chemotherapy, and Mary Lasker, who lobbied for cancer-research funding--and discusses the possibility of eradication. Includes case studies. Bestseller. 2010.
By Kjartan Poskitt. 2019
Before Harry Houdini (1874-1926) became the greatest magician in the world, he was just little Ehrich Weisz, a Hungarian-born immigrant… who moved to America with his family and performed stage tricks for a little extra cash. He started off with card tricks and then eventually began performing the escape acts that would make him famous. Known for his daring and death-defying illusions, he would do some of the greatest tricks ever: escaping from a milk can, being buried alive, and being locked inside a crate and thrown into a river. He conquered each of these seemingly impossible feats and showed the world the power of a little magic. Fun and fast-paced, Harry Houdini tells the story of the curious boy who became the world's greatest magician and reveals how Houdini did some of his most stunning escapes
By Andrew Prentice. 2019
Before Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) became a world-famous pilot, she was a little tomboy from Kansas with a taste for adventure.… When she visited an airfield and took a short plane ride, she knew she had to be a pilot. She signed up for flying lessons and cropped her hair short so that the other pilots would take her seriously. She became the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. With each flight she took and each record she broke, Amelia became more and more of a celebrity. Her final flight was intended to be a trip around the whole world, but her plane disappeared after takeoff-and her disappearance is still a mystery today. Inspirational and full of adventure, Amelia Earhart tells the story of the feminist icon who changed the world of aviation
By Ariane Resnick. 2019
With advice and suggestions for everything from emotional coping mechanisms (such as how to deal with the loss of socializing)… to recipes with specific uses (like a pain-reducing turmeric ginger tea to sip throughout the day) and mental exercises, this book will help get listeners in touch with their bodies in new and valuable ways. As author Ariane Resnick knows, illness can be isolating. Here, she shares her experience and the ways in which she used food and emotional practices to heal herself. This book is all about guiding listeners to a state where they can facilitate, rather than hinder, the recovery capabilities of their bodies. It's all about the "wellness mindset." A supplemental PDF with 35 wholesome recipes, such as Simple Maca Hormone Revitalizer, Adrenal Restoring Latte, Probiotic Hearts of Palm Dip, and a delicious Pecan Pie Milkshake, is included. Copy and paste the following link into your browser to retrieve downloadable PDF: http://chilp.it/af1c0ad
By Dean Sherzai, Ayesha Sherzai. 2017
A revolutionary, proven program to prevent AlzheimerA??s disease and reverse the symptoms of cognitive decline, from two award-winning neurologistsA??the co-directors… of the AlzheimerA??s Prevention Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. AlzheimerA??s disease is devastating, and increasingly widespread. More than forty-seven million people are living with AlzheimerA??s worldwide. Ten percent of adults over the age of sixty-five will develop some form of dementia, and doctors predict more than half of adults will be diagnosed with the disease by age eighty-five. Despite the terrifying statistics, the truth is ninety percent of AlzheimerA??s cases are preventable through lifestyle factors. Through rigorous clinical studies and research helping thousands of patients, Dean and Ayesha SherzaiA??neurologists, researchers, and co-directors of the Alzheimer's Prevention Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los AngelesA??have uncovered the key lifestyle components contributing to this worldwide epidemic. TheyA??ve also developed a solutionA??The AlzheimerA??s Prevention ProgramA??to help you and your loved ones avoid developing this terrible disease and even reverse cognitive decline. The human brain is a living universe that responds to what you feed it, how you treat it, when you challenge it, and the ways in which you allow it to rest. This much-needed, revolutionary book shows you how to live in a way that promotes the health of your brain and your body and add vibrant years to your life. With The AlzheimerA??s Solution, the future of your cognitive health is now within your control.
By Mark Lukach. 2017
A heart-wrenching, yet hopeful, memoir of a young marriage that is redefined by mental illness and affirms the power of… love. Mark and GiuliaA??s life together began as a storybook romance. They fell in love at eighteen, married at twenty-four, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. When Giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well-adjusted; the next she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe. Eventually, Giulia fully recovered, and the couple had a son. But, soon after Jonas was born, Giulia had another breakdown, and then a third a few years after that. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything the couple had once taken for granted was upended. A story of the fragility of the mind, and the tenacity of the human spirit, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is, above all, a love story that raises profound questions: How do we care for the people we love? What and who do we live for? Breathtaking in its candor, radiant with compassion, and written with dazzling lyricism, LukachA??s is an intensely personal odyssey through the harrowing years of his wifeA??s mental illness, anchored by an abiding devotion to family that will affirm readersA?? faith in the power of love.
By Siddhartha Mukherjee. 2018
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies-a magnificent history of the gene and a response… to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to "read" and "write" our own genetic information? The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee's own family-with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness-cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation-from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Thomas Morgan to Crick, Watson and Rosa Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies, "It's hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence, accessibility, and compassion.An extraordinary achievement." Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or "write" the human genome, The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.
Are boys and girls really different? Dr. Leonard Sax address issues like discipline, learning, risk taking, aggression, sex, and drugs,… to show how boys and girls react in predictable and different ways.
By Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins. 2018
Through five editions, The 36-Hour Day has been an essential resource for families who love and care for people with… Alzheimer disease. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia, he or she will face a host of problems. The 36-Hour Day will help family members and caregivers address these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs. Featuring useful takeaway messages and informed by recent research into the causes of and the search for therapies to prevent or cure dementia, this edition includes new information on - devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia - strategies for delaying behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms - changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws - palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship - dementia due to traumatic brain injury - choosing a residential care facility - support groups for caregivers, friends, and family members The central idea underlying the book?that much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them?remains the same. The 36-Hour Day is the definitive dementia care guide.
By Kathryn Sullivan. 2019
The first American woman to walk in space recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired,… and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievements, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars; and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding. In Handprints on Hubble, retired astronaut Kathryn Sullivan describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible. Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, recounts how she and other astronauts, engineers, and scientists launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained Hubble, the most productive observatory ever built. Along the way, Sullivan chronicles her early life as a "Sputnik Baby," her path to NASA through oceanography, and her initiation into the space program as one of "thirty-five new guys." (She was also one of the first six women to join NASA's storied astronaut corps.) She describes in vivid detail what liftoff feels like inside a spacecraft (it's like "being in an earthquake and a fighter jet at the same time"), shows us the view from a spacewalk, and recounts the temporary grounding of the shuttle program after the Challenger disaster. Sullivan explains that "maintainability" was designed into Hubble, and she describes the work of inventing the tools and processes that made on-orbit maintenance possible. Because in-flight repair and upgrade was part of the plan, NASA was able to fix a serious defect in Hubble's mirrors?leaving literal and metaphorical "handprints on Hubble."
By Bill Bryson. 2019
Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel… that is the human body. As compulsively readable as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body-how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
By Joe Posnanski. 2019
Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters the world of Harry Houdini and his legions of… devoted fans in an immersive, entertaining, and magical work on the illusionist's impact on American culture-and why his legacy endures to this day. Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burials. Close to a century after his death, nearly every person in America knows his name from a young age, capturing their imaginations with his death-defying stunts and daring acts. He inspired countless people, from all walks of life, to find something magical within themselves. This is a book about a man and his extraordinary life, but it is also about the people who he has inspired in death. As Joe Posnanski delves into the deepest corners of Houdini-land, visiting museums (one owned by David Copperfield), attractions, and private archives, he encounters a cast of unforgettable and fascinating characters: a woman who runs away from home to chase her dream of becoming a magician; an Italian who revives Houdini's most famous illusion every night; a performer at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles who calls himself Houdini's Ghost; a young boy in Australia who, one day, sees an old poster and feels his life change; and a man in Los Angeles whose sole mission is life has been to keep the legend's name alive. Both a personal obsession and an odyssey of discovery, Posnanski draws inspiration from his lifelong passion for and obsession with magic, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to examine Harry Houdini's life and legacy. This is the ultimate journey to uncover why this magic man endures, and what he still has to teach the world about wonder.