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Inventing ourselves : the secret life of the teenage brain book cover

Inventing ourselves : the secret life of the teenage brain

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

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Science

Describes the transformations that take place in the human brain during adolescence, especially in the prefrontal cortex, which governs decision-making, planning, inhibiting inappropriate behavior, evaluating risk, and understanding others.

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The teenage brain : a neuroscientist's survival guide to raising adolescents and young adults book cover

The teenage brain : a neuroscientist's survival guide to raising adolescents and young adults

Frances E. Jensen

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Science

"Jensen [examines] the brains of teenagers, dispelling myths and offering practical advice for teens, parents, and teachers"--

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A short history of nearly everything book cover

A short history of nearly everything

Bill Bryson

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Science

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant. Even the most pointy-headed, obscure scientist succumbs to the affable Bryson's good nature, and reveals how he or she figures things out. Showing us how scientists get from observations to ideas and theories is Bryson's aim, and he succeeds brilliantly. It is an adventure of the mind, as exciting as any of Bryson's terrestrial journeys.

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The body : a guide for occupants book cover

The body : a guide for occupants

Bill Bryson

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Science

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.

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Endurance : my year in space and how I got there book cover

Endurance : my year in space and how I got there

Scott Kelly

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Kids, Nonfiction, Science

Adapted from the memoir of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a record-breaking year in space.

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Astrophysics for young people in a hurry book cover

Astrophysics for young people in a hurry

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Kids, Nonfiction, Science

"From the basics of physics to big questions about the nature of space and time, celebrated astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the mysteries of the cosmos into bite-sized pieces. Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry describes the fundamental rules and unknowns of our universe clearly--and with Tyson's characteristic wit, there's a lot of fun thrown in, too.This adaptation by Gregory Mone includes full-color photos, infographics, and extra explanations to make even the trickiest concepts accessible. Building on the wonder inspired by outer space, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry introduces an exciting field and the principles of scientific inquiry to young readers"--

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The emerald horizon : the history of nature in Iowa book cover

The emerald horizon : the history of nature in Iowa

Cornelia Fleischer Mutel

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Nonfiction, Nature, Science

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A terrific overview of the natural history of Iowa. Any state would be lucky to have such a primer for residents to better understand the world outside their doors. -Jason