TAKER OF LIVES
By Leslie Wolf
How can you outrun a killer you won’t see coming?
They are the most violent, blood-thirsty, and vicious of criminals. While hunting for them, FBI profilers call these monsters UNSUBS, short for unknown subjects of ongoing investigations. At any given time, in the United States there are more than fifty serial killers at large, preying on vulnerable, unsuspecting victims.
Until yesterday, no one knew Florida had another serial killer on the loose. Special Agent Tess Winnett calls this particularly elusive one the Taker of Lives.
REALITY IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS: The Journey to Quantum Gravity
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“To a certain extent, Rovelli’s view . . . retells the evolution of our answer to the question ‘What is the world made of?’ — what philosophers would call ontology. In Newton’s time, it was space, time and particles. After quantum physics and Einstein, it is spacetime and quantum fields. This is where the tension lies — and where we go to the edge of what we know, without any certainty of what comes next.” — Marcelo Gleiser, Reality Is Not What We Can See — NPR:Cosmos & Culture
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THE ORDER OF TIME
Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to “flow”? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.
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99 RED BALLOONS
By Elisabeth Carpenter
A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist
Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?
Eight-year-old Grace is last seen in a sweetshop. Her mother Emma is living a nightmare. But as her loved ones rally around her, cracks begin to emerge. What are the emails sent between her husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is there more to the disappearance of her daughter than meets the eye?
Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Sharples sees a familiar face in the newspaper. A face that jolts her from the pain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with another girl – the first girl who disappeared…
This is a gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist that will take your breath away.
** “This brilliant debut thriller actually does have a totally unexpected twist that took my breath away and had me sitting in my comfy chair for at least five minutes waiting to get over the shock of what I had just read before I could carry on reading.” — Nicki on Goodreads
** “A very well written novel of what happens when one of the worst things to happen actually happens.” — Linda Strong on Goodreads
By S.O. Esposito
A Sarasota mother with dissociative identity disorder has been arrested for a murder she has no memory of committing
Alice Leininger seems to have the perfect life. She’s happily married, has two beautiful children, a close-knit group of friends, and a cause she cares deeply about. But beneath the surface, her world of safety and comfort is unraveling. The periods of lost time she’s kept secret—even from her husband—are happening more frequently. She certainly doesn’t remember leaving her Sarasota home at three-thirty in the morning to burn someone alive.
Now she sits in a Florida state mental institution, awaiting judgment on whether she’s fit to stand trial on charges of murder and arson. While a psychologist works to help Alice face her past, her future depends on the answer to one question: How far did she go for justice?
** “I just finished the most compelling book I’ve ever read! The Burning is so amazing, riveting, spellbinding engrossing novel that every woman should read & take to heart!!” — Bonnie O.
** “The Burning is a must read novel. It is the best mystery-suspense that I have ever read. It’s that good.” — ChickLit Cafe
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The Stray Dog: From A True Story By Reiko Sassa
By Marc Simont
When a little dog appears at a family picnic, the girl and boy play with him all afternoon, and they name him Willy. At day’s end they say good-bye. But the dog has won their hearts and stays on their minds.
The following Saturday the family returns to the picnic grounds to look for Willy, but they are not alone. The dogcatcher is looking for him, too! 😯
Caldecott Medalist Marc Simont’s heartwarming tale of a stray dog who finds a home is told with appealing simplicity and grace.
Swimmy 50th Anniversary Edition
By Leo Lionni
Deep in the sea lives a happy school of fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger.
Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Honor, this beloved tale of a brave little fish has been a favorite to generations of readers. To celebrate Swimmy’s fiftieth anniversary, we are issuing a handsome special edition hardcover that includes a bonus poster.
What Do You Do With A Tail Like This?
By Steve Jenkins
A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).
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OUR FINAL INVENTION: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
By James Barrat
** Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?
** Elon Musk named Our Final Invention one of 5 books everyone should read about the future.
Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the “smart” in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence.
In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail—human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.
Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI.
Until now, human intelligence has had no rival.
By David Ellis and James Patterson
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Ben isn’t like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he’s a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia-and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have.
Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana’s illicit affairs.
IT’S TWO-PICK DAY TODAY!
Okay, Dorothy called out these two. So have at it before they’re all gone!
PICK ONE . . .
WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE GOT HERE: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
By David Reich
A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history.
Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry.
Discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.
Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind—where we came from and what that says about our lives today.
PICK TWO . . .
By Jo Nesbo
IZZATTA KNIFE I SEE BEFAH ME? Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way.
Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.
Hang onto your hats, history buffs.
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire (A 500-year history
By Kurt Andersen
Here’s the real story about the usual cast of characters and a bunch they never told you about in school. If you are wondering how we got this way, here’s the answer: We’ve always been like this, and probably always will be…right here in FANTASYLAND where you can be anyone you choose to be! 😯 😎
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Here’s one for all you economics buffs!
The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites’ Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis
By James Rickards
This is the economics theory book I’ve been looking for all of my post-Keens life (misspelling intentional). I was so excited to see Bayes’ Theorem show up in there, too.
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Before you start freaking out over AI, give this one a read!
THE MASTER ALGORITHM: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
By Pedro Domingo
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- …complexity is in the data; all the Master Algorithm has to do is assimilate it…
- …those of us who aren’t machine-learning experts have no conceptual model of what a learner does.
- By knowing what learners optimize, we can make what we care about…
- Every transaction works on two levels: what it accomplishes for you and what it teaches the system you just interacted with. Being aware of this is the first step to a happy life in the twenty-first century.
- Learners learn to achieve the goals we set [for] them; they don’t get to change the goals.
- Most of all, we have to worry about what the Master Algorithm could do in the wrong hands
- He who controls the data controls the learner.
- Control of data and ownership of the models learned from it is what many of the twenty-first century’s battles will be about…
- …you also have an ethical duty to share data for the common good.
- Machine learning is what you get when the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics meets the unreasonable effectiveness of data. Biology and sociology will never be as simple as physics, but the method by which we discover their truths can be.
— Pedro Domingos, THE MASTER ALGORITHM
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THE ZOOMABLE UNIVERSE
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AUGMENTED: Life in the Smart Lane
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The Internet and smartphone are just the latest in a 250-year- long cycle of disruption that has continuously changed the way we live, the way we work and the way we interact. The coming Augmented Age, however, promises a level of disruption, behavioural shifts and changes that are unparalleled. While consumers today are camping outside of an Apple store waiting to be one of the first to score a new Apple Watch or iPhone, the next generation of wearables will be able to predict if we’re likely to have a heart attack and recommend a course of action. We watch news of Google’s self-driving cars, but don’t likely realise this means progressive cities will have to ban human drivers in the next decade because us humans are too risky. Following on from the Industrial or machine age, the space age and the digital age, the Augmented Age will be based on four key disruptive themes—Artificial Intelligence, Experience Design, Smart Infrastructure, and HealthTech. Historically the previous ‘ages’ bought significant disruption and changes, but on a net basis jobs were created, wealth was enhanced, and the health and security of society improved. What will the Augmented Age bring? Will robots take our jobs, and AI’s subsume us as inferior intelligences, or will this usher in a new age of abundance?
Augmented is a book on future history, but more than that, it is a story about how you will live your life in a world that will change more in the next 20 years than it has in the last 250 years. Are you ready to adapt? Because if history proves anything, you don’t have much of a choice.