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Among North Carolina's many cultural contributions, none can compare to its legacy of traditional music. Bluegrass, gospel, and string band music were born in the Western North Carolina Mountains, influenced by the diversity of its early American settlers. The authors invite you to follow this unique music trail, from Swain County to Surry County and explore the many sites where this music was born and continues to thrive, still performed by the musicians native to the region. Not just a travel book but an excellent history of the musical traditions of the region and biographies of many of its legendary performers.
What earth shattering secret is the Vatican hiding? And what connection does it have with a small roadside attraction called Captain Kendrick's Memorial Hot Dog Wildlife Preserve in Skagit County, Washington and a former Duke University football star? The answer can only be found in Tom Robbin's first novel . . . a quirky, hilarious tale with memorable characters and a touch of Sixties ideology. One of my favorite novels of all time.
Astrophysicist Tyson, through a collection of previously written essays, passionately reminds us of our need for space exploration, and rejuvenates the joys of discovery we experienced during the accomplishments of NASA in the 60's and 70's. We were at our best in science and science education at the peak of the space program, but with the end of the shuttle missions, the interest has waned and important discoveries, in space exploration and technology, are few and far between. Tyson offers a persuasive argument for the need to further fund a program: that the benefits far outweigh the costs. Well written, informative and accessible.
Mary Roach takes us again into territory that few dare to tread. This time it's space, but it's not your typical space book. Through candid conversations with astronauts, cosmonauts,technicians and scientists from all over the world, Roach explores the unusual aspects of spaceflight. In her unique amusing style, she covers the problems of adapting the human body to long term space travel covering topics ranging from weightlessness and close quarter living to those unavoidable questions of hygiene and sex. A wonderful blend of science and humor.
From the acclaimed New Yorker music critic comes a collection of essays covering both early classical and popular music and a worthy follow-up to his successful The Rest is Noise. As a youth, Mr. Ross was a dedicated classical music lover but at the late age of 20, after purchasing his first pop album, became intrigued by the sound, noise and power of popular music and found his perspective of classical music changed forever. The essays are powerful and passionate and a wonderful read for those willing to expand their listening boundaries.
Walden will always remains my top book for those searching for a life of simplicity and sustainability. It is an inspirational journal of a man's search for personal freedom and awareness through a more spiritual relationship with nature, a quest for a simple, positive, and optimistic view of life and the wisdom gathered from an idyllic life among the woods of Walden pond. This is a vacation for the reader's mind, an enjoyable escape from the complexity and stress of the modern world. Take the trip!
In The Whale, Philip Hoare explores the age long fascination with this enormous mammal. The book is many things . . . a historical tale, a wonderful biology text, a travel memoir, and a literary summary of the many ways man has interacted with this fantastic creature. You are guaranteed to gain a new appreciation of this powerful yet gentle animal.
This is Nick Hornby at his best . . weaving his passion for music into a warm and witty story with imperfect yet likable characters involved in relationships that are realistic, honest, but somewhat flawed. The three main characters, Tucker Crowe (a reclusive singer-songwriter from the 80's), Duncan Thomson (a 40-something fanatic fan of Crowe), and Annie (Duncan's girlfriend), find their lives altered after receiving a demo copy of the CD entitled Juliet,Naked . . the first release of Crowe's music in over 20 years. An enjoyable book with the elements that made Hornby's High Fidelity a great read.
For years, physicists and cosmologists have been plagued by the incompatibility of Einstein's law of general relativity with modern quantum mechanics, making the creation of a Unified Field Theory practicably impossible. In The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene offers his Theory of Everything, based on the possible existence of cosmic "superstrings", that may provide the answer to the problem. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2000, Greene keeps his explanations simple and straightforward with concepts that the general science audience will easily understand. This is a well written book and a necessary read for those interested in the subject.
Early in 1930, a major discovery put the little town of Flagstaff, Arizona, and a small science outpost known as Lowell Observatory on the map. Raleigh native Anne Minard has written a wonderful history of that now famous observatory, its important contributions to the world of astronomy, and the background stories of the many unique astronomers responsible for those remarkable discoveries. Ms. Minard has given us an informative and interesting read for anyone who has a love for astronomy, from the beginner to the seasoned expert.
Mary Roach, who gave us the informative yet witty books on embalming (Stiff) and the afterlife (Spook) has returned with another daring study into the surreal world of sexual research. A book on the research of sexual physiology may sound unpleasant and creepy to many, but Mrs. Roach has the unique ability to present these "behind closed doors" stories in an entertaining (often hilarious) and informative manner. An enjoyable and funny book for anyone wanting to know but afraid to ask!