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"Scott presents the submariners aboard his chosen trio of ships as a team, brought together to do a high-risk job that “pushed boat[s] and men to the limit,” and their story is an exciting one."  -- Publishers Weekly

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An evolutionary biologist explains why everything you think you know about cavemen (and their diet) is wrong

 

"Four years ago, biology professor Marlene Zuk was attending a conference on evolution and diseases of modern environments. She sat in on a presentation by Loren Cordain, author of “The Paleo Diet” and a leading guru of the current craze for emulating the lifestyles of our Stone-Age ancestors. Cordain pronounced several foods (bread, rice, potatoes) to be the cause of a fatal condition in people carrying certain genes. Intrigued, Zuk stood up and asked Cordain why this genetic inability to digest so many common foods had persisted. “Surely it would have been selected out of the...

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OUTSIDE MAGAZINE, APRIL 2013 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013

SUNK: THE INCREDIBLE TRUTH ABOUT A SHIP THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE SAILED

When the Bounty went down during Hurricane Sandy, millions watched on TV as the Coast Guard rescued 14 survivors—but couldn’t save the captain and one of his crew. A huge question lingered in the aftermath: what was this vessel—a leaking replica built in 1960 for the film Mutiny on the Bounty—doing in the eye of the storm?

 

"On the night of Sunday, October 28, 2012, Coast Guard lieutenant Wes McIntosh and the crew of his C-130 transport plane were holed up in a hotel room at North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham Airport. They’d been relocated there the day before, after winds from Hurricane Sandy had forced runway closings at...

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An interesting article on copyright from the Copyright Clearance Center. 

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 "The winner of the 2013 Seymour Medal is Banzai Babe Ruth by Robert K. Fitts. It is the story of the famous trip of an American League all-star team, featuring Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove, which barnstormed Japan in November 1934. While the focus of the book is on the details of the trip and the reception the American stars received in Japan, an underlying story of the political climate in the land of the Rising Sun provides some answers to the question "How did the United States and Japan go to war seven years later when they had this mutual love of the game?" Fitts gives the reader an amazing detail of the trip, which has been merely a footnote in baseball history until now. It is a well-written story of baseball, politics and American and Japanese culture. There are many photographs of the events of the trip as well as a number of Japanese players....

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 Floating Ideas: ‘Soundings,’ About Marie Tharp, by Hali Felt

"The only thing mid-20th-century scientists disliked more than being wrong was being told they were wrong by a woman. Marie Tharp, barely acknowledged in her life and nearly forgotten since her death in 2006, frustrated her male colleagues on both fronts. Working at a time when female scientists set off reflex skepticism, Tharp drafted the first comprehensive map of the ocean floor, which led to the acceptance of the once-mocked, now fundamental theory of continental drift. Not bad for someone whose discoveries were initially dismissed as “girl talk.”

Hali Felt’s vividly written biography-­with-creative-indulgences...

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 Best nonfiction books of 2012

By Kate TuttleDECEMBER 29, 2012

Everyone has been talking about what a great year it was for fiction, but nonfiction had its stars as well. Amid a number of glorious blockbusters — the kind of books, like Andrew Solomon’s “Far From the Tree” or Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” that marry daunting amounts of reporting and research with gorgeous, novelistic prose — were dozens of smaller gems. In fact, smallness itself seems to be a growing trend in nonfiction, whether in a venerable series such as Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introduction books or in newer forms, particularly the brief paperback originals that accompany or follow e-books. We will see more of these, especially in narrative nonfiction, as the boundaries between print and online publishing continue to soften.

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Lizzie Friend's POOR LITTLE DEAD GIRLS, a thriller about a girl who investigates a disappearance at her posh DC boarding school, only to uncover a twisted political conspiracy and the truth about her own family, to Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (NA)

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 12th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards

Reading, Discussing & Celebrating Books Published in 2011

The Must-Read Books for 2012 were announced on May 9, 2012, at the Massachusetts Library Association Annual Conference. The award winners in each of the categories were announced on September 14, 2012.

Nonfiction Award

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money,  a work of literary immersion journalism by Maureen P. Stanton, is an intimate insider's view of flea-markets, antiques, and one man's livelihood. Stanton accompanies and assists an old college friend as he buys and sells antiques at Brimfield flea-markets, auctions, estate sales, and on The Antiques Road Show, convincingly conveying his passion for and knowledge of antiques and their lasting value.

 

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Holiday books roundup: Critics' choice

November 24, 2012 - 3:34 PM

Our top ten book critics each offer a suggestion for one remarkable book.

"William Craig's debut book, Yankee Come Home: On the Road From San Juan Hill to Guantanamo (Walker), is a delicious bouillabaisse that blends history, memoir, travelogue and political broadside. Craig is a vocal anti-imperialist, a powerful critic of the 2003 U.S. invasion, and subsequent occupation of Iraq, which he regards as only the latest in a string of hubristic U.S. imperial misadventures that he traces back to 1898 in Cuba (the Spanish-American War)."

CHUCK LEDDY

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