Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that???s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends.,Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children???s books, history, and more, ,ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it???s not a proscriptive list of the ???great works??????rather, it???s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage.,Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and , next to Robert McCloskey and , Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton. ,There are nuts and bolts, too???best editions to read, other books by the author, ???if you like this, you???ll like that??? recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned???a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading.
In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.,Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man???s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.
Spanning disciplines from biology to cosmology, chemistry to psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement of scientific discovery. Science???s best-kept secret is this: even today, there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists cannot explain. In the past, similar ???anomalies??? have revolutionized our world. If history is any precedent, we should look to today???s inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to confront thirteen modern-day anomalies and what they might reveal about tomorrow???s breakthroughs.
An updated and expanded edition of a classic book on 20th-century graphic design.,surveysthe significant issues that have shaped the history and evolution of typography and graphic design, showing how current typographic trends are part of a continuously changing movement that can be plotted through the decades. Generously illustrated with over three hundred examples???more than two hundred of which are in color???the book charts significant topics including the arrival of mass-production; the birth of the art director; the appearance of the grid (and its subsequent rejection); the coming of non-print media; and the launch of the Macintosh computer and its ushering in of a new generation of designers enfranchised by digital technology.,This revised edition of a fundamental work brings the story up to date with new text and images covering type on screen and, in particular, type for the internet. Combining an assessment of the culture of experimentation in contemporary typographic design alongside a clear presentation of the field???s historical context, the book is an informed and accessible source for all students of design and for designers needing an expert overview of typography.
The era of social technologies provides seemingly endless opportunity, both for individuals and organizations. But it’s also the subject of seemingly endless hype. Yes, social tools allow us to do things entirely differently–but how do you really capitalize on that?,In “11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era,” the newest in Harvard Business Review’s line of digital books (HBR Singles), social strategist and insightful blogger Nilofer Merchant argues that “social” is much more than “media.” Smart companies are letting social become the backbone of their business models, increasing their speed and flexibility by pursuing openness and fluidity. These organizations don’t operate like the powerful “800-pound gorillas” of yesteryear–but instead act more like a herd of 800 gazelles, moving together across a savannah, outrunning the competition.,This ebook offers new rules for creating value, leading, and innovating in our rapidly changing world. These social era rules are both provocative and grounded in reality–they cover thorny challenges like forsaking hierarchy and control for collaboration; getting the most out of all talent; allowing your customers to become co-creators in your organization; inspiring employees through purpose in a world where money alone no longer wields that power; and soliciting community investment in an idea so that it can take hold and grow.,The strategies of the Industrial Era–or even the Information Age–will not be enough for the Social Era. Read “11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era” to get ready to meet the challenges of this new age and thrive
The ultimate gift for the food lover. In the same way that , reinvented the travel book, , is a joyous, informative, dazzling, mouthwatering life list of the world???s best food. The long-awaited new book in the phenomenal 1,000 . . . Before You Die series, it???s the marriage of an irresistible subject with the perfect writer, Mimi Sheraton???award-winning cookbook author, grande dame of food journalism, and former restaurant critic for ,., fully delivers on the promise of its title, selecting from the best cuisines around the world (French, Italian, Chinese, of course, but also Senegalese, Lebanese, Mongolian, Peruvian, and many more)???the tastes, ingredients, dishes, and restaurants that every reader should experience and dream about, whether it???s dinner at Chicago???s Alinea or the perfect empanada. In more than 1,000 pages and over 550 full-color photographs, it celebrates haute and snack, comforting and exotic, hyper-local and the universally enjoyed: a Tuscan plate of Fritto Misto. Saffron Buns for breakfast in downtown Stockholm. Bird???s Nest Soup. A frozen Milky Way. Black truffles from Le P??rigord.,Mimi Sheraton is highly opinionated, and has a gift for supporting her recommendations with smart, sensuous descriptions???you can almost taste what she???s tasted. You???ll want to eat your way through the book (after searching first for what you have already tried, and comparing notes). Then, following the romance, the practical: where to taste the dish or find the ingredient, and where to go for the best recipes, websites included.
13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese presents tested shortcuts for Japanese language acquisition. Identifying two groups of people who actively and effectively study Japanese to the point of fluency –successful non-native learners and Japanese children –Giles Murray has collected from both groups the most rewarding and universal techniques which can be put to immediate use by both beginner and advanced students of Japanese.,This book is designed for people who have tried orthodox textbooks and failed, people who know a little Japanese but don’t have the necessary time or motivation to make the transition to more serious textbooks, and people seeking to increase fluency using ability already acquired. It introduces new strategies for thinking, speaking and memorizing Japanese quickly, efficiently and independently. Used in tandem with a mainstream textbook, these strategies will enable any student to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life situations, and to speak without hesitation in natural and fluent Japanese.,With lively and entertaining commentaries, striking illustrations, two Japanese manga –including a six-page extract from Osamu Tezuka’s famous Blackjack series–brainteasing puzzles, and genuinely useful example sentences, 13 Secrets offers a unique and exciting alternative to all students of Japanese.
Best-selling author Chris Guillebeau presents a full-color ideabook featuring 100 stories of regular people launching successful side businesses that almost anyone can do.,Chris Guillebeau, self-employment guru, author of ,, and creator of the popular , podcast, presents a collection of the top hundred side-gig case studies from both his podcast and his personal files, featuring jewelry makers, website founders, food truck bakers, and more. With inspiring anecdotes alongside bullet-point takeaways, this playbook will not only inspire you to follow in these innovators’ entrepreneurial footsteps but also achieve similar business success. From identifying underserved markets to crafting unique products and services that spring from your passions, you’ll soon be making money on the side while living your best life.