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Blue Mind

By Wallace J. Nichols
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Wallace J. Nichols
Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Grounded in cutting-edge studies in neurobiology, cognitive psychology, economics, and medicine, and made real by stories of innovative scientists, doctors, athletes, artists, environmentalists, businesspeople and lovers of nature - stories that fascinate the mind and touch the heart - Blue Mind will awaken readers to the vital importance of water to the health and happiness of us all.
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Blueprint

By Lucy Maddox
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Lucy Maddox
From birth to adulthood, Blueprint tells you what you need to know about how you became who you areHave you ever wondered how your early life shaped you? From beginning to say simple words like 'mama' and learning how to walk around unaided, to the first day of school and forming new friendships, everyone has been a child. The roots of our adult selves go right back to our first experiences. How we think, act and interact is influenced by our early years, yet most people don't know the key findings from the juiciest child development studies that can give us insight into our adult selves. Weaving together cutting edge research, everyday experience and clinical examples, Dr Lucy Maddox explains how we develop from an unconscious bundle of cells floating about in the dark of the in uterine environment to to a fully grown complex adult, revealing fascinating insights about our personality, relationships and daily lives along the way.
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  • A Brief History of Mathematical Thought

    By Luke Heaton
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    Luke Heaton
    Mathematics is a product of human culture which has developed along with our attempts to comprehend the world around us. In A Brief History of Mathematical Thought, Luke Heaton explores how the language of mathematics has evolved over time, enabling new technologies and shaping the way people think. From stone-age rituals to algebra, calculus, and the concept of computation, Heaton shows the enormous influence of mathematics on science, philosophy and the broader human story.The book traces the fascinating history of mathematical practice, focusing on the impact of key conceptual innovations. Its structure of thirteen chapters split between four sections is dictated by a combination of historical and thematic considerations. In the first section, Heaton illuminates the fundamental concept of number. He begins with a speculative and rhetorical account of prehistoric rituals, before describing the practice of mathematics in Ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece. He then examines the relationship between counting and the continuum of measurement, and explains how the rise of algebra has dramatically transformed our world. In the second section, he explores the origins of calculus and the conceptual shift that accompanied the birth of non-Euclidean geometries. In the third section, he examines the concept of the infinite and the fundamentals of formal logic. Finally, in section four, he considers the limits of formal proof, and the critical role of mathematics in our ongoing attempts to comprehend the world around us. The story of mathematics is fascinating in its own right, but Heaton does more than simply outline a history of mathematical ideas. More importantly, he shows clearly how the history and philosophy of maths provides an invaluable perspective on human nature.
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    BTOOOM!, Vol. 9

    By Junya Inoue
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    Junya Inoue
    The death game "BTOOOM!" that has driven unarmed captives to fight for their lives with explosives charges headlong into the final stage!! Ryouta Sakamoto survives a fierce battle against his sworn ally, Kiyoshi Taira, but the scars left behind on his heart from the confrontation run deep. Meanwhile, Kousuke Kira, hungry for a rematch with Ryouta, wanders the island in the hopes of a chance to get back into the game. But when Kira runs into a mysterious group with unfamiliar BIMs, their merciless team play has him cornered! Now trapped, the devious junior high schooler has to think fast if he wants to live long enough to settle the score with world ranker Sakamoto...!!

    Barakamon, Vol. 3

    By Satsuki Yoshino
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    Satsuki Yoshino
    Kawafuji, the only friend of handsome young calligrapher Seishuu Handa, has come to visit the island...!! ...However, the lack of cell phone signal and any useful landmarks is preventing the two of them from meeting up!! Also, why has Kyousuke Kamisaki, who beat out Seishuu for an award (in the "Second-Place Calligraphy Incident"), come along for the ride......?! There's a storm brewing in the third volume of this mature, heartwarming island comedy!!

    Black Butler, Vol. 19

    By Yana Toboso
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    Yana Toboso
    In accordance with the wishes of Queen Victoria, young Earl Ciel Phantomhive embarks on a jaunt to Germany with his elite butler, Sebastian, in tow. Gruesome and mysterious deaths are occurring on the continent, and along with the fear of contagion that permeates the air there are also rumors of witches and werewolves running amok. When Ciel's party heads right into the heart of a cursed forest where supernatural creatures are said to dwell, they run straight into a witch! In fact, several of them! And the village head is none other than a little girl who appears as though she's stepped out of a fairy tale?!

    Bloody Cross, Vol. 5

    By Shiwo Komeyama
    Authors:
    Shiwo Komeyama
    With spies working on both sides, the third crusade between Angel and Fallen Angel reaches its conclusion. Now that both parties are aware there is a mole in each of their camps, identifying the traitors before the next set of Divine Relics appears is crucial. Reports of disagreement between Satsuki and his allies in Arcana have already given Tsuzuki a chance to make his own negotiations with Arcana and further the distance between them and the Fallen Angel... But if the discord was a ruse, Tsuzuki and his inside man-not to mention the Crusade itself-may be in jeopardy!

    Barakamon, Vol. 2

    By Satsuki Yoshino
    Authors:
    Satsuki Yoshino
    His house suddenly a hangout for the local kids, weird rumors about him getting spread all over the island in the span of day... Handsome young calligrapher Seishuu Handa, unused to rural life, can't take it anymore and collapses from the weight of it all......?! The equally heartwarming and hilarious tale of a sullen city boy teacher and his tolerant island neighbors continues! Will Handa finally start to learn that living life at a slow pace isn't all that bad...?

    BTOOOM!, Vol. 8

    By Junya Inoue
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    Junya Inoue
    Sakamoto and Himiko have thus far succeeded in hanging on to their lives on the mysterious island battlefield, using their BIMs to compete in the murderous gameplay of live-action 'BTOOOM!'. The two find themselves pitted in a life-or-death struggle with Date, a victor from an earlier round, who has all sorts of knowledge about the game unfolding around them. After being cornered by Date, they escape his clutches and rush to the side of their third ally, Kiyoshi Taira, only to find that his state of terror and his horrific wounds have caused him to lose his mind...? As the first half of this brutal game winds down, the action picks up, rollicking to the speeding climax yet!

    Bloody Brat, Vol. 2

    By Yuuki Kodama
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    Yuuki Kodama
    The cast of Blood Lad returns in the second collection of short stories and four-panel comics from Kanata Yoshino! Tour Demon World's unique array of cuisine, fashion, and magical mayhem with Staz and the crew!

    Black Butler, Vol. 18

    By Yana Toboso
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    Yana Toboso
    Their elaborate schoolroom deception at an end, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his peerless manservant, Sebastian, finally hit upon the truth behind the incident of the vanished students at Weston College. Just what tragic steps did the elites of the school, spurred on by their overwhelming sense of justice, take to stamp out the bullying running rife in the halls of their institution?! What began as a seemingly simple case of missing persons goes round and round, spinning out of control into a great menace, one capable of perplexing even a devil...

    A Bride's Story, Vol. 6

    By Kaoru Mori
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    Kaoru Mori
    In the year since his marriage, Karluk has grown a good deal, but Amir can't help but feel overprotective of her much younger husband. Karluk wants nothing more than to prove that he can be a strong and competent man - and he may soon have the opportunity to prove just that. Desperate for land to feed their flocks, Amir's former tribe prepares to attack the village with a fearsome arsenal of cannons and guns provided by their new allies. This time the Halgals are not interested in capturing Amir - no one is safe from their terrible assault!

    Barakamon, Vol. 1

    By Satsuki Yoshino
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    Satsuki Yoshino
    For a certain reason, a handsome, young calligrapher by the name of Seishuu Handa uproots himself and moves to an island on the westernmost edge of Japan. 'Sensei' as he comes to be known, is a city boy through and through, and has never experienced rural life until now. And by the looks of it, he has much to learn! From navigating public roads by tractor to resigning himself to having his new digs commandeered by the local children as their new hangout, the list of Sensei's hardships is shaping up to be long indeed! Here unfolds a heartfelt island comedy about a gruff on the outside, soft on the inside urbanite teacher and his new, unfailingly tolerant island neighbours!

    Bloody Cross, Vol. 4

    By Shiwo Komeyama
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    Shiwo Komeyama
    Tsukimiya has fallen directly into the hands of Arcana and Satsuki, but her enemies seem more interested in the mark she bears than in the half-blood herself. But what is Hinata interested in? The intentions of Tsukimiya's former, albeit temporary, ally seem to oscillate between altruistic and self-serving as the would-be gods plot to use her as a living sacrifice! Betrayed, bloodied, and left for dead, Tsukimiya resolves to seek the truth of the curse on her own terms-and by any means necessary...

    The Big Ratchet

    By Ruth DeFries
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    Ruth DeFries
    Our species long lived on the edge of starvation. Now we produce enough food for all 7 billion of us to eat nearly 3,000 calories every day. This is such an astonishing thing in the history of life as to verge on the miraculous. The Big Ratchet is the story of how it happened, of the ratchets,the technologies and innovations, big and small,that propelled our species from hunters and gatherers on the savannahs of Africa to shoppers in the aisles of the supermarket. The Big Ratchet itself came in the twentieth century, when a range of technologies,from fossil fuels to scientific plant breeding to nitrogen fertilizers,combined to nearly quadruple our population in a century, and to grow our food supply even faster. To some, these technologies are a sign of our greatness to others, of our hubris. MacArthur fellow and Columbia University professor Ruth DeFries argues that the debate is the wrong one to have. Limits do exist, but every limit that has confronted us, we have surpassed. That cycle of crisis and growth is the story of our history indeed, it is the essence of The Big Ratchet. Understanding it will reveal not just how we reached this point in our history, but how we might survive it.

    BTOOOM!, Vol. 7

    By Junya Inoue
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    Junya Inoue
    How will Sakamoto confront the demon doctor?!In "BTOOOM!", a twisted live-action game of survival underway on a mysterious deserted island, actual people must use bombs to murder their opponents in order to live. Ryouta Sakamoto has overcome countless near-deaths in this game, while finding allies in Himiko and Kiyoshi Taira as he searches for a way out. But after Masahito Date, a former doctor who treats the injured Taira, is welcomed to the group, Ryouta begins to see the doctor's true colors...!! Combining his past experience of having already beaten the game once with his wicked shrewdness, this demon doctor starts to eat away at the trust between Ryouta and Himiko. How will they beat Date and his sinister scheme?!

    Blood Lad, Vol. 5

    Using Staz's powerful magic, Braz has successfully resurrected his father, Richarz, former king of the Demon World. Staz is furious that his brother has swindled him yet again-with Staz's blood and Braz's efforts going toward resurrection research, Staz and Fuyumi are back to square one on restoring her human body. But more pressing than Fuyumi's precarious state is that of the Demon World! When the dust settles, will a vampire or a werewolf be sitting on the throne?!

    Black Butler, Vol. 17

    By Yana Toboso
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    Yana Toboso
    Due in no small part to Sebastian, his uncommon butler, Earl Ciel Phantomhive finally succeeds in earning an audience with the enigmatic headmaster of Weston College following the outcome of the annual cricket tourney. As moon-pale petals bloom on the lapels of the students who have been granted a place at the Midnight Tea Party, the man who holds all authority at the school reveals himself to his guests. Will his appearance shed light on the fate of the students who have gone missing, or will the mysteries continue to pile up within these hallowed school grounds?

    Bloody Cross, Vol. 3

    By Shiwo Komeyama
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    Shiwo Komeyama
    Recovering the first Prophecy Book nearly cost Tsukimiya her life, so securing the second will be no small feat. Now that Satsuki has mobilized in the race to collect God's inheritance, he and Tsuzuki clash violently when the second Book and its key appear simultaneously in two separate locations. Tsuzuki has the conviction, but does he have the strength to defeat the fallen angel, whose determination is such that he is willing to fly in the face of God himself?

    The Baron's Honourable Daughter

    By Lynn Morris
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    Lynn Morris
    Bestselling author Lynn Morris weaves an inspirational Regency era romance rich in period detail. The Honourable Miss Valeria Segrave is truly the unwanted stepchild. When her mother married the Earl of Maledon, he took Valeria into his home, but he never accepted her. When her stepfather suddenly dies, Valeria must take charge of her gentle, distraught mother and the vast estate that now belongs to her six-year-old half-brother, the new Earl of Maledon. Valeria finds every day a struggle as she tries to establish authority with servants, stewards, and solicitors--all men. The only person that can help her is a distant kinsman of the Earls of Maledon, Alastair, Lord Hylton. Handsome and noble, she senses under the veneer of his flawless and gentlemanly behavior that she does not quite measure up to Lord Hylton's expectations of a refined lady. In light of that, accepting his help and feeling under a burden of gratitude to him is almost unbearable. When at last Valeria goes to London for the glittering Season, she gets into a series of escapades. To her chagrin, it seems that Lord Hylton is always there to witness, criticize, and correct her behavior. But if she must engage in this battle of wits and wills with Alastair, Valeria vows she's going to win--one way or another.