Best of 2015

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  • booksreddit.com:Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

    Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

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    Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood a…


  • booksreddit.com:Introduction to Folklore: Traditional Studies in Europe and Elsewhere

    Introduction to Folklore: Traditional Studies in Europe and Elsewhere

    1790

    Folklore! The very word captures the imagination and sends the mind on flights of fancy. Dragons, ogres, witches, elves, and heroes and heroines, all featured in legend and folktales, known to anyone who had a story read to them as a child or who saw a film adapted from these tales. And yet, oral traditions and the beliefs they reflect, as well as the customs and magical practices of pre-industrial Europe, are poorly understood by many because this is the realm of the folk, removed from the w…


  • booksreddit.com:Lizard Sunrise

    Lizard Sunrise

    1783

    A book of humorous* short stories covering such topics as Talking guns, Greek gods, lizards who actually run things and uhm…Donald Trump being a bad choice for President?*Humour is subjective, so you might not find the stories funny, though maybe consider that that’s your fault.


  • booksreddit.com:Gandhi: An Autobiography - The Story of My Experiments With Truth

    Gandhi: An Autobiography – The Story of My Experiments With Truth

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    Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.In a new foreword, noted peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi’s “attitude of experimenting, of tesing what will and will not bear close scrutiny, what can …


  • booksreddit.com:Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

    Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

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    Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship . Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the f…


  • booksreddit.com:Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

    Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

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    In the vein of Mark Kurlansky’s bestselling Salt and Cod, a gripping chronicle of the myth, mystery, and uncertain fate of the world’s most popular fruit In this fascinating and surprising exploration of the banana’s history, cultural significance, and endangered future, award-winning journalist Dan Koeppel gives readers plenty of food for thought. Fast-paced and highly entertaining, Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. We b…


  • booksreddit.com:GUTS 'N GUNSHIPS: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam

    GUTS ‘N GUNSHIPS: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam

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    Guts ‘n Gunships has sold over 40,000 copies and maintained a top spot on the Amazon bestseller page since 2015. It reached the number one spot for all of non-fiction on Amazon, and was ranked number eleven for all Kindle books. It was a #4 bestseller on the Wall Street Journal bestsellers list and was listed on USA Today’s bestseller list as well.Straight from college, to the US Army, to command pilot of a four-ton gunship with a four-man crew in Vietnam. From college chess games to a game o…


  • booksreddit.com:Natural Harvest: A collection of semen-based recipes

    Natural Harvest: A collection of semen-based recipes

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    Semen is not only nutritious, but it also has a wonderful texture and amazing cooking properties. Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic. Semen is inexpensive to produce and is commonly available in many, if not most, homes and restaurants. Despite all of these positive qualities, semen remains neglected as a food. This book hopes to change that. Once you overcome any initial hesitation, you will be surprised to learn how wonderful semen is in the kitchen. Semen…


  • booksreddit.com:Chomp

    Chomp, Chomp, Chomp: How I Survived a Bear Attack and Other Cautionary Tales

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    “…Not quite full-grown, it’s haunched down like a dog, tensed and coiled and ready to spring. We make eye contact for the merest fraction of a second, and in this moment I know exactly what’s coming….” A tragicomic collection of latter day Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Allena Hansen’s true life accounts won the IBPA 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for best memoir/autobiography. “Chomp, Chomp, Chomp; How I Survived a Bear Attack and Other Cautionary Tales” introduces us to the bon vivant and social pariah…


  • booksreddit.com:Tipping: An American Social History of Gratuities

    Tipping: An American Social History of Gratuities

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    Though the history of tipping can be traced to the Middle Ages, the practice did not become widespread until the late 19th century. Initially, Americans reviled the custom, branding it un-American and undemocratic. The opposition gradually faded and tipping became an American institution. From its beginnings in Europe to its development as a quintessentially American trait, this work provides a social history of tipping customs and how the United States became a nation of tippers.


  • booksreddit.com:Daniels' Running Formula-3rd Edition

    Daniels’ Running Formula-3rd Edition

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    Get in the best shape of your running career with the help of Daniels’ Running Formula, the book that Runner’s World magazine calls the best training book. Premier running coach Jack Daniels provides you with his legendary VDOT formula to guide you through training at exactly the right intensity to run stronger, longer, and faster. Choose a program to get in shape, target a race program, or regain conditioning after layoff or injury. Train for competition with programs for 800 meters, 1500…


  • booksreddit.com:The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor

    The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor

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    Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science, and his basement experiments—building homemade fireworks, brewing moonshine, and concocting his own self-tanning lotion—were more ambitious than those of other boys. While working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, David’s obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a nuclear breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed.In The Radioactive Bo…


  • booksreddit.com:Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

    Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

    1527

    The healing touchstone of millions, this modern classic by one of America’s best-loved and most inspirational authors holds the key to understanding codependency and to unlocking its stultifying hold on your life.Is someone else’s problem your problem? If, like so many others, you’ve lost sight of your own life in the drama of tending to someone else’s, you may be codependent–and you may find yourself in this book–Codependent No More.The healing touchstone of millions, this modern classic b…


  • booksreddit.com:Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

    Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

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    What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries. Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illumi…


  • booksreddit.com:The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops

    The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-ups, and Courage

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    In May 2010, NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft made national headlines when he released a series of secretly recorded audio tapes exposing corruption and abuse at the highest levels of the police department. But, according to a lawsuit filed by Schoolcraft against the City of New York, instead of admitting mistakes and pledging reform Schoolcraft’s superiors forced him into a mental hospital in an effort to discredit the evidence. In The NYPD Tapes, the reporter who first broke the Schoolcraft …


  • booksreddit.com:Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War

    Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War

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    Abraham Lincoln’s two great legacies to history—his extraordinary power as a writer and his leadership during the Civil War—come together in this close study of the President’s use of the telegraph. Invented less than two decades before he entered office, the telegraph came into its own during the Civil War. In a jewel–box of historical writing, Wheeler captures Lincoln as he adapted his folksy rhetorical style to the telegraph, creating an intimate bond with his generals that would ultimatel…


  • booksreddit.com:In the Company of Women: Indirect Aggression Among Women:  Why We Hurt Each Other and How to Stop

    In the Company of Women: Indirect Aggression Among Women: Why We Hurt Each Other and How to Stop

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    In the Company of Women explains how indirect, or “relational,” aggression can hurt women and hinder them from achieving success and harmony in their adult lives. Gender studies have shown that when a goal is in sight, men generally use direct action to attain it. Women, on the other hand, have been socialized to express aggressive actions through indirect means-using behavior such as shunning, stigmatizing, and With startling insights into the meaning of our everyday behavior, this book offe…


  • booksreddit.com:Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

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    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout from space? To answer these questions…


  • booksreddit.com:The Song and the Pendant

    The Song and the Pendant

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    Actual Length: 246,000 words (~900 pages, if it were a paperback.)The Song and the Pendant is an epic science fiction romantic fantasy comedy; a pseudo-fictional work of archaeological theology and speculative futurist super-hero quasi-Victorian space drama that will shatter your expectations, and possibly even your heart.This is the typical age-old tale of girl meets boy, boy is gay, space vortex almost kills them, girl goes to opera, boy and girl get sucked into interstellar time war, girl …


  • booksreddit.com:Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. (Jim Benton cartoons)

    Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. (Jim Benton cartoons)

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    Bestselling cartoonist Jim Benton of It’s Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary fame has also been posting whimsical, dry-humored, and at-times nasty cartoons on Reddit.com, where more than a third of the top-100 cartoons on the “Cartoons” subreddit are his. Now, for the first time, these cartoons have been gathered into a single book. From wry observations about the absurdities of life and acerbic comments to poetic musings, from cats and dogs to humans, and from one style to another, this compend…