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Cody Cassidy, Paul Doherty
Description: "A gleefully gruesome look at the actual science behind the most outlandish, cartoonish, and impossible deaths you can imagine What would happen if you took a swim outside a deep-sea submarine wearing only a swimsuit? How long could you last if you stood on the surface of the sun? How far could you actually get in digging a hole to China? Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco's famed Exploratorium Museum, and writer Cody Cassidy explore the real science behind these and other fantastical scenarios, offering insights into physics, astronomy, anatomy, and more along the way. Is slipping on a banana peel really as hazardous to your health as the cartoons imply? Answer: Yes. Banana peels ooze a gel that turns out to be extremely slippery. Your foot and body weight provide the pressure. The gel provides the humor (and resulting head trauma). Can you die by shaking someone's hand?Answer: Yes. That's because, due to atomic repulsion, you've never actually touched another person's hand. If you could, the results would be as disastrous as a medium-sized hydrogen bomb. If you were Cookie Monster, just how many cookies could you actually eat in one sitting? Answer: Most stomachs can hold up to sixty cookies, or around four liters. If you eat or drink more than that, you're approaching the point at which the cookies would break through the lesser curvature of your stomach, and then you'd better call an ambulance to Sesame Street"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 612 Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Atul Gawande, John Bedford Lloyd
Call Number: 616 Gaw
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Peggy Orenstein
Description: Peggy Orenstein's work on girls and sex made her realize that to understand girls and sex, we also need to talk about boys and sex. Today's young men are subject to the same cultural forces as their female peers. They are steeped in the distorted media images and binary stereotypes of female sexiness and toxic masculinity which shape how they, too, navigate sexual and emotional relationships. Here she reveals how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy. Orenstein takes a look at the myriad factors that are shaping boys' ideas of sex, girls, and masculinity including: locker room talk; pornography as the new sex education; hookup culture and consent; Bro culture and #metoo; excessive drinking and frat parties; boys' experience as victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. By exploring the complexity of young men's attitudes, beliefs, and experiences, Orenstein unravels the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important realities of boys' sex lives today, offering a vision of how boys can truly move forward as better men.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.7 Ore
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Jenny Lawson
Description: "As Jenny Lawson's hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken (in the best possible way), she explores her experimental treatment of transcranial magnetic stimulation with brutal honesty. But also with brutal humor: "People do different things to distract themselves during each treatment. I embroider. It feels fitting. I'm being magnetically stabbed in the head thousands of times as I'm stabbing the embroidery myself. I don't embroider the same patterns my grandmother did. I embroider girls with octopus faces, David Bowie, a flowery bouquet with FUCK YES written in the middle. They let you do anything as long as it's 'positive.'" Jenny discusses the frustration of dealing with her insurance company in "An Open Letter to My Insurance Company," which should be an anthem for anyone who has ever had to call their insurance company to try and get a claim covered. On the lighter side, she tackles such timelessly debated questions as "How do dogs know they have penises?" We see how her vacuum cleaner almost set her house on fire, how she was attacked by three bears, business ideas she wants to pitch to Shark Tank, and why she can never go back to the post office. Of course, Jenny's long-suffering husband Victor--the Ricky to Jenny's Lucille Ball--is present throughout. A treat for Jenny Lawson's already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter."-- Provided by publisher
Call Number: B Law
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Haben Girma
Description: This book tells the incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.
Call Number: B Gir
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Robert Kolker
Description: "Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins--aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony--and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after the other, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family? What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother, to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amidst profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations. Robert Kolker uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering, love and hope" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.898 Kol
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Neil Baum, Scott (Scott D.) Miller, Mindi S. Miller
Description: A guide to men's health written by two doctors who treat sexual problems, prostate problems, urinary leakage, pelvic pain, urinary tract infections, and questions about infertility. Male patients often describe the problem simply as "something's not right down there," either because they are embarrassed about the issues or unaware of them. Fifty percent of men will have one or more of the conditions discussed in this book during their lifetime. With humor, analogies, illustrations, and case examples, the doctors share their knowledge of the penis, prostate, and testicles. They start with a discussion of male anatomy, covering the different organs, tubes, and hormones. They then move on to cover various problems, including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, cancer, testosterone deficiency, STDs, and how they can be treated.
Call Number: 613.0423 Bau
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Allie Brosh
Description: Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author's popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression.
Call Number: 817 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Lori Gottlieb, Brittany Pressley
Description: One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist in Los Angeles. The next, a crisis causes her to seek help herself, and before long, the struggles her patients bring to her, become the very ones she brings to her therapist.
Call Number: 616.8914 Got
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Harriet A Washington
Call Number: 174.28 Was
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Rebekah Taussig
Description: From Rebekah Taussig, disability advocate with a PhD in disability studies and creative nonfiction, and creator of the Instagram account @ sitting pretty, an essay collection based on a lifetime of experiences in a paralyzed body, tackling themes of identity, accessibility, bodies, and representation.-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.43 Tau
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Mary Roach
Call Number: 611 Roa
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Audre Lorde, Tracy K. Smith
Description: First published over forty years ago, The Cancer Journals is an account of Audre Lorde's experience with breast cancer and mastectomy. Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women's pain, Lorde questioned the rules of conformity for women's body images and supported the need to confront physical loss not hidden by prosthesis. Living as a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," Lorde heals and re-envisions herself on her own terms and offers her voice, grief, resistance, and courage to those dealing with their own diagnosis. Lorde's testament gives visibility and strength to women with cancer to define themselves, and to transform their silence into language and action.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.994 Lor
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Description: A "biography" of cancer--from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it.
Call Number: 616.994 Muk
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Rebecca Skloot, Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin, Random House Audio Publishing
Description: Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.
Call Number: 616.027 Skl
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Libby Copeland
Description: You swab your cheek or spit in a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if you carry certain genetic risks. Or the report could reveal long-buried family secrets and upend your entire sense of identity. Soon a lark becomes an obsession, a relentless drive to find answers to questions at the core of your being, like "Who am I?" and "Where did I come from?" Welcome to the age of home genetic testing. Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications. She explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story.-- From statement at Goodreads.com.
Call Number: 929.1 Cop
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Oliver. 1933-2015 Sacks
Description: Oliver Sacks recounts the case histories of patients living in the bizarre world of neurological disorders. This book tells the stories of individuals afflicted with great perceptual aberrations, patients who have lost their memories, and those who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity.
Call Number: 616.8 Sac
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Keah Brown
Description: Keah Brown loves herself, but hasn't always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire used to be normalcy and refuge from the steady stream of self-hate society strengthened inside her. But after years of introspection and reaching out to others in her community, she has reclaimed herself and changed her perspective. Brown gives a contemporary and relatable voice to the disabled, so often portrayed as mute, weak, or isolated. With clear, fresh, and light-hearted prose, these essays explore everything from her relationship with her able-bodied identical twin (called "the pretty one" by friends) to navigating romance; her deep affinity for all things pop culture, and her disappointment with the media's distorted view of disability; and her declaration of self-love with the viral hashtag #DisabledAndCute.
Call Number: 616.836 Bro
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Kate (Writer and editor) Moore, Angela (Angela Kay), Brazil
Description: In 1917, as a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous. The girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive, their work, was in fact slowly killing them: they had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering, in the face of death, these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice.
Call Number: 363.1799 Moo
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Katherine Angel
Description: "Women are in a bind. In the name of consent and empowerment, they must proclaim their desires clearly and confidently. Yet sex researchers suggest that women's desire is often slow to emerge. And men are keen to insist that they know what women--and their bodies--want. Meanwhile, sexual violence abounds. How can women, in this environment, possibly know what they want? And why do we expect them to? Katherine Angel challenges our assumptions about women's desire. Why, she asks, should they be expected to know their desires? And how do we take sexual violence seriously, when not knowing what we want is key to both eroticism and personhood? In today's crucial moment of renewed attention to violence and power, Angel urges that we remake our thinking about sex, pleasure, and autonomy without any illusions about perfect self-knowledge. Only then will we fulfill Michel Foucault's teasing promise, in 1976, that "tomorrow sex will be good again."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: 306.7082 Ang
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Tessa Miller
Description: "A riveting and candid account of a young journalist's awakening to a life of chronic illness, weaving together her personal story with reporting to shed light on how Americans live with long-term diagnoses today"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.344 Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Aubrey Gordon
Description: Audrey Gordon offers an explosive indictment on the systemic and cultural issues facing plus-sized people that will move us toward creating an agenda for fat justice.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.398 Gor
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Lundy Bancroft
Description: Domestic violence expert Lundy Bancroft uses his perspective as a therapist for abusive and controlling men to help women, their children, and other family members who have been touched by abuse understand why abusers behave the way they do and what can be done about it. Bancroft teaches women how to survive and improve an abusive relationship; how to determine how dangerous an abuser is and when it is impossible to rectify a situation; and how to get out of a relationship safely. Bancroft identifies nine types of abusive men, addressing different styles, from the physical batterer to the strictly verbal abuser. He dispels the pervasive societal myths surrounding abuse, exposing common excuses used by abusers, such as having experienced an abusive childhood or substance addiction. Bancroft answers commonly asked questions, such as what warning signs of abuse to look for early in a relationship; what is and isn't abusive behavior; how to know if a woman and her children are in danger; and how to tell when a man is really changing.
Call Number: 362.8292 Ban
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Judy Melinek, T. J Mitchell
Description: The memoir of a young forensic pathologist's "rookie season" as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases--hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex--that shaped her. Two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and child at home, Judy threw herself into the world of death investigation--performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles her two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587. Working Stiff offers a glimpse into the daily life of an arduous profession, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies--and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on television shows to reveal the secret story of the real morgue--Excerpted from publisher.
Call Number: 614.1 Mel
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
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And Then You're Dead : What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed By A Whale, Are Shot From A Cannon, Or Go Barreling Over Niagara
Cody Cassidy, Paul Doherty
612 Cas
The Cancer Journals
Audre Lorde, Tracy K. Smith
616.994 Lor
Better [A Surgeon's Notes On Performance]
Atul Gawande, John Bedford Lloyd
616 Gaw
The Emperor Of All Maladies : A Biography Of Cancer
Siddhartha Mukherjee
616.994 Muk
Boys & Sex : Young Men On Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, And Navigating The New Masculinity
Peggy Orenstein
306.7 Ore
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot.
Rebecca Skloot, Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin, Random House Audio Publishing
616.027 Skl
Broken (In The Best Possible Way)
Jenny Lawson
B Law
The Lost Family : How Dna Testing Is Upending Who We Are
Libby Copeland
929.1 Cop
Haben The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Haben Girma
B Gir
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales
Oliver. 1933-2015 Sacks
616.8 Sac
Hidden Valley Road : Inside The Mind Of An American Family
Robert Kolker
616.898 Kol
The Pretty One On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, And Other Reasons To Fall In Love With Me
Keah Brown
616.836 Bro
How's It Hanging? : Expert Answers To The Questions Men Don't Always Ask
Neil Baum, Scott (Scott D.) Miller, Mindi S. Miller
613.0423 Bau
The Radium Girls The Dark Story Of America's Shining Women
Kate (Writer and editor) Moore, Angela (Angela Kay), Brazil
363.1799 Moo
Hyperbole And A Half : Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, And Other Things That Happened
Allie Brosh
817 Bro
Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again : Women And Desire In The Age Of Consent
Katherine Angel
306.7082 Ang
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone : A Therapist, Her Therapist, And Our Lives Revealed
Lori Gottlieb, Brittany Pressley
616.8914 Got
What Doesn't Kill You : A Life With Chronic Illness-lessons From A Body In Revolt
Tessa Miller
616.344 Mil
Medical Apartheid : The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present
Harriet A Washington
174.28 Was
What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat
Aubrey Gordon
616.398 Gor
Sitting Pretty : The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
Rebekah Taussig
362.43 Tau
Why Does He Do That? : Inside The Minds Of Angry And Controlling Men
Lundy Bancroft
362.8292 Ban
Stiff : The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach
611 Roa
Working Stiff : Two Years, 262 Bodies, And The Making Of A Medical Examiner
Judy Melinek, T. J Mitchell
614.1 Mel