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  • Is College Worth It?
    Is College Worth It? William J. Bennett
    David Wilezol
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    Tommy Cresswell
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    Is college worth the ever-increasing cost? From the mouths of politicians and parents alike, the notion that “everyone should go to college” is conventional wisdom in America. Yet half of today’s college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. They have little to show for their time in school but a massive amount of student-loan debt and an education that’s left them unprepared for the workplace. For anyone making a decision about their educational and financial future, Is College Worth It? is an indispensable guide. Former United States Secretary of Education William Bennett and humanities graduate student David Wilezol offer clear-eyed analysis and practical advice that goes far beyond glossy admissions brochures and convoluted financial-aid paperwork. You’ll discover:Which colleges offer a good return on your investment—and which ones don’tHow student-loan debt impacts your real-world financesWhat the intellectual climate is really like inside many of today’s universitiesA wealth of higher education alternatives to a traditional four-year degreeIs college worth it isn’t a question to be answered by educators and economists alone. It is also one that students and parents need to answer for themselves in order to secure an education—and a future—that is as responsible as it is rewarding.
  • Is God a Mathematician?
    Is God a Mathematician? Mario Livio
    Narrator:
    Tom Parks
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    Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind—it can so perfectly explain the physical world.Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that—mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is “a product of human thought that is independent of experience,” how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us?Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.
  • Is Life Worth Living?
    Is Life Worth Living? William James
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    Jim Killavey
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    William James, brother of novelist Henry James, was an American philosopher, as well as a psychologist. He was the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James was one of the leading thinkers of the late nineteenth century and is one of the most influential philosophers the United States has ever produced. He has been called the 'Father of American psychology.' In this famous essay, James uses his skill as both a philosopher and psychologist to give a meticulously thought out answer to a question that just about every thinking adult has asked themselves at some point in their lives.
  • Is Monogamy Dead?
    Is Monogamy Dead? Rosie Wilby
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    Rosie Wilby
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    Prepare to enter the world of love-affair friendships, cuddle buddies, metamours, platonic partners, logical family, post-romance break-up energy, platonic snogging, romantic footprints and date substitutes.... Part memoir, part sociological study, Is Monogamy Dead? highlights the huge disparities in how people define a 'relationship' and what constitutes 'cheating'. Rosie draws on her own experience and interviews with dozens of people, gay and straight, male and female, to discover that, even if we think of ourselves as 'monogamous', we might not be truly faithful in everyone's eyes. A brilliant mix of humour, heartache and science, this is an audiobook for anyone interested in human motivation and behaviour, relationships and sexuality.
  • Is Shame Necessary?
    Is Shame Necessary? Jennifer Jacquet
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    Jennifer Jacquet
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    An urgent, illuminating exploration of the social nature of shame, and of the ways in which it might be used, sparingly and pointedly, to promote political change and social reform. In cultures that champion the individual, guilt is advertised as the cornerstone of conscience. Yet while guilt holds individuals to personal standards, it proves impotent in the face of corrupt corporate policies. In recent years, we have been asked to assuage our guilt about these problems as consumers, by buying organic foods or fair trade products, for example. Yet, unless nearly everyone participates, the impact of individual consumer consciousness is microscopic. Jennifer Jacquet persuasively argues that the solution to the limitations of guilt can be found in shame, retrofitted for the age of democracy and social media. She demonstrates how shaming can function as a nonviolent form of resistance that, in turn, challenges institutions, organizations, and even governments to actuate large-scale change. She argues that when applied in the right way, the right quantity, and at the right time, shame has the capacity to keep us from failing other species in life's fabric and, ultimately, ourselves.
  • Is That Thing Diesel?
    Is That Thing Diesel? Paul Carter
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    Paul Carter
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    At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was he f**k!With his manic life left far behind and the perfect opportunity to take it easy stretched before him what else would a middle-aged, bike obsessed, man want? Yes, that's right, he'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an underpowered experimental motorcycle that runs on used cooking oil, wouldn't he? Preferably without getting hit by a semi-trailer full of bridge parts. Is he out of his mind? Quite possibly.Embark on a rollickingly, downright dangerous and often unhinged quest that starts on an environmentally friendly motorcycle built on a shoestring budget by students, and ends with a plan to break the motorcycle land speed record for bio fuel.
  • Is That You, Miss Blue?
    Is That You, Miss Blue? M. E. Kerr
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    Taylor Meskimen
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    A teenager whose parents have separated tries to adapt to life at a boarding school and make a fresh start in a strange new place. After her mother runs off with her much-younger boyfriend, 14-year-old Flanders is shipped off to a boarding school in Virginia. On the train, she meets Carolyn Cardmaker, a preacher's daughter who will become her best friend. She also meets Ernestine Blue. Miss Blue is Flanders' faculty advisor at the Charles School, where each residence hall is named after a Charles Dickens novel. But Miss Blue's strict disciplinarian persona may be concealing a tragic past. As Flanders adjusts to life at school - which includes a deaf roommate and a terrifying blind date - she discovers surprising things about Miss Blue... and herself. A coming-of-age novel that transcends the ordinary in its perceptive, empathetic depiction of Flanders and the people in her life, Is That You, Miss Blue? takes us into a world where not everyone can be taken at face value - and where strangers can become unexpected friends.
  • Is There No Place on Earth for Me?
    Is There No Place on Earth for Me? Susan Sheehan
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    Kate Reading
    Kaleo Griffith
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    This renowned journalist's classic Pulitzer Prize winning investigation of schizophrenia—now reissued with a new postscript—follows a flamboyant and fiercely intelligent young woman as she struggles in the throes of mental illness. 'Sylvia Frumkin' was born in 1948 and began showing signs of schizophrenia in her teens. She spent the next seventeen years in and out of mental institutions. In 1978, reporter Susan Sheehan took an interest in her and, for more than two years, became immersed in her life: Talking with her, listening to her monologues, sitting in on consultations with doctors—even, for a period, sleeping in the bed next to her in a psychiatric center. With Sheehan, we become witness to Sylvia's plight: Her psychotic episodes, the medical struggle to control her symptoms, and the overburdened hospitals that, more often than not, she was obliged to call home. The resulting book, first published in 1982, was hailed as an extraordinary achievement: Harrowing, humanizing, moving, and bitingly funny. Now, some two decades later, Is There No Place on Earth for Me continues to set the standard for accounts of mental illness.
  • Is This Normal?
    Is This Normal? Dean Ornish
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    David Rapkin
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    Is it normal to forget where you parked your car? Do we really shrink as we grow older? Does everyone experience lower libido as they age? More than 78 million American adults are nearing the age when unexpected aches and pains, weight gains, sudden illnesses, and confusing mental changes begin to occur. As children, our questions about how our bodies will change are met with knowledge and patience—anything to make the transition as seamless as possible. But at 50 or 60, there's no one to help us figure out whether the changes we're experiencing are a cause for concern or just a normal part of aging. Is This Normal? is a guidebook that focuses on putting this generation at ease by answering their most common questions. From superficial concerns to everyday aches and pains to more serious medical problems, Dr. John Whyte, chief medical expert at Discovery Channel, cuts through the confusion and provides practical answers for the most common age-related health issues. In Is This Normal?, he answers a broad range of questions, such as:How much weight gain is normal as we age—and why is it so hard to lose?Is it normal to need a pair of reading glasses just to decipher a restaurant menu?What are the signs of Alzheimer's versus normal memory loss?With compassion, reassurance, and friendly guidance, Dr. Whyte provides cutting-edge medical advice for the effects of aging we face every day—from gray hair and wrinkles to cardiovascular health. Is This Normal? arms listeners with the essential knowledge and preventive strategies they need stay healthy and vital for decades to come. The accompanying reference guide is included as a PDF on this disc.
  • Is This the End?
    Is This the End? Dr. David Jeremiah
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    Tommy Cresswell
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    The world seems more fractured each day. People are asking, 'Is this the End?' Never have the headlines been this jarring, the cultural changes this rapid, or the moral decay this pronounced. What on earth is happening? After each new occurrence, the most oft-heard questions are, “Will the world ever be the same again?” and “Where is God in all of this?” Over the last few decades, Dr. David Jeremiah has become one of the world’s most sought-after Christian leaders on topics that deal with biblical application and modern culture. And few would dispute that the pace at which things are currently changing is unprecedented. The time has come to accept this new normal, Jeremiah says, and understand how God’s hand is still at work on His eternal plan for mankind. No one can afford to ignore these warnings, but all can better understand the greater story and the role we each play in this changing world. From prophetic clues in Scripture to an understanding of the power of Christ in all believers, this book directs us on a clear path forward. Includes detailed chapters on: Terrorism ISIS and Radicalized Islam The New Russia The American Debt Crisis The Loss of Absolutes Polarization and Divisiveness and many more  
  • Is Wrestling Fixed?
    Is Wrestling Fixed? Bill Apter
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    Bill Apter
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    The anticipated memoir from a sports entertainment fandom legend. As a kid growing up in New York in the late '50s, Bill Apter fell in love with professional wrestling, and it wasn't long before he was rubbing shoulders with the greats as a young reporter and photographer. He's since become the world's best-known wrestling magazine personality, and he's had professional and personal relationships with a who's who of the business, like Triple H, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Sting, and Ric Flair. In his fun-loving memoir, Bill Apter takes us from the dressing rooms of the Bruno Sammartino era and the last days of the territories to the birth of WrestleMania, the emergence of 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, and the 'Attitude Era' to today's WWE Superstars like John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and Roman Reigns. He also shares stories of his days photographing boxing stars like Muhammad Ali and other champions, and he documents his appearances on the WWE Network and his work as editor of 1wrestling.com. Find out which wrestler threatened him, learn about the dead wrestler who was really alive, and discover how hanging out with Andy Kaufman led to the comic's notorious feud with Jerry 'The King' Lawler. Still intimately involved in the wrestling business, the award-winning Apter has a story on everybody.
  • Is Your Job Making You Fat?
    Is Your Job Making You Fat? Ken Lloyd, PhD
    Stacey Laura Lloyd
    Narrator:
    Alia Tavakolian
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    The only thing that should be fat on your job is your paycheck. There is a huge worldwide obesity problem. While fads and quick-fix diets abound, they fail to address an important question in weight gain today: Is your job making you fat? The answer is yes. This bold assertion is based on a great deal of global research that continues to confirm a compelling relationship between working and weight gain. The powerful link between the workplace and the waistline is due to numerous factors, including the sedentary nature of today's jobs, the onslaught of unhealthy foods that are constantly foisted upon employees, higher levels of job stress, longer and more demanding work hours, peer pressure, new and unconventional jobs, and even more. Put it all together, and you have the perfect storm for weight gain. Is Your Job Making You Fat? not only identifies and analyzes all of the central sources of weight gain associated with work but also provides highly effective steps to control this ever-expanding problem and help you lose weight. Authors Ken Lloyd and Stacey Laura Lloyd offer a new approach where you apply your businesslike mind-set and skill set to weight management. After all, at work you have a plan that includes objectives, benchmark dates, strategies, priorities, deadlines, and measurable results. This book shows you how to use this same methodology to take charge of your weight.
  • Isabel de Habsburgo
    Isabel de Habsburgo Yolanda Scheuber
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    Vivian Ruiz
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    Casada, por orden del emperador Maximiliano I, con Christian II 'el sanguinario,' la breve vida de Isabel de Habsburgo, una mujer valiente y abnegada, estará llena de sinsabores. Con catorce años, en un barco rumbo a Dinamarca, rumbo a su boda con un hombre 20 años mayor que ella, al que no conoce y al que no entiende porque no hablan el mismo idioma, Isabel de Habsburgo, hermana del emperador Carlos V e hija de Juana la Loca y Felipe el Hermoso, comienza un diario. En él nos narrará las complicadas relaciones con su marido Christian II de Dinamarca, apodado 'el sanguinario.' También seremos testigos de la conjura que acabará con el asesinato de la amante del rey; y, por supuesto, acompañaremos, en Isabel de Habsburgo, reina de Dinamarca, a la reina en su destierro tras la Unión de Kalmar, en su conversión al luteranismo y en su prematura muerte, destronada, en Flandes. Yolanda Scheuber utilizará un nuevo recurso, el diario, para presentarnos esta biografía novelada de la tercera hija de Juana de Castilla y el hijo del emperador Maximiliano. Isabel de Habsburgo estuvo presente, además, en sucesos de enorme importancia histórica, como los ajusticiamientos de su marido o la rebelión del pueblo sueco que destronará a Christian II o la extensión del luteranismo por el norte de Europa. Pero es su ternura y su obediencia a los designios del emperador lo que se destacará de esta mujer y de todas sus hermanas. La obra incluye numerosos datos que aclaran la historia, un árbol genealógico para seguir las complejas relaciones familiares de la época y una cronología de la breve vida de Isabel de Habsburgo. Una novela que, con todo lujo de detalles, nos llevará de un lado a otro a una Europa en pleno proceso de convulsión religiosa en la que las conjuras y los asesinatos son la tónica dominante de la época.'
  • Isabel la Católica
    Isabel la Católica Cristina Hernando
    Narrator:
    Pilar Paneque
    Vicente Quintana
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    Una mujer capaz de rebelarse contra su destino y convertirse en reina de Castilla; una reina que unió a Castilla y Aragón y apoyó la expedición que descubrió América pero que murió sin conocer el destino de su obra. La relevancia de Isabel la Católica en la historia de España es incontestable, con ella termina la Edad Media y España es lanzada a la época imperial. Isabel la Católica es una novela que mezcla sabiamente la novela histórica más documentada con una historia de amor y un perfil psicológico completo que da cuenta de todas las aristas de la reina. Bajo su mandato se unieron los principales reinos de la Península Ibérica, se descubrió América y se culminó la Reconquista pero que no pudo escapar a los complots en la corte, a las intrigas nobiliarias y quien, al final de sus días, murió sin asegurar el futuro de su magna obra. Cristina Hernando, una investigadora apasionada, reivindica la figura de la reina de Castilla que supo sobreponerse a la muerte de su padre, a que se le apartara de la corte con 10 años y a que se le intentara casar con el rey luso Alfonso V. Una luchadora incansable, Isabel de Castilla, se casó en secreto con Fernando de Aragón y luchó contra Juana “la Beltraneja” para llegar al trono. Su reinado también estuvo marcado por la guerra contra los moros y contra los franceses ayudando a su marido Fernando. La novela de Cristina Hernando es un libro sin la beligerancia gratuita de otras novelas históricas la cual presenta una madre capaz de ir sola a ayudar a su hija contra los amotinados de Segovia o una reina capaz de abrir las puertas del castillo para hablar directamente con sus súbditos. Desde la boda secreta con Fernando el Católico hasta los problemas de ambos reyes con su descendencia (la muerte de los herederos legítimos y las extravagancias de su hija Juana) pasando por su testamento y su muerte, la historia de Isabel la Católica es un relato apasionante y y absolutamente determinante para la historia de España.
  • Isabella Moon
    Isabella Moon Laura Benedict
    Narrator:
    Renee Raudman
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    Two years ago, in idyllic Carystown, Kentucky, nine-year-old Isabella Moon disappeared on her way home from school. Is it just coincidence that Kate Russell, a young woman with no discernible past, arrived in town just months before Isabella’s disappearance? When Kate walks into Sheriff Bill Delaney’s office to tell him that Isabella’s ghost has led her to the child’s hidden grave, he immediately views her as a suspect. Mystery follows mystery as a local athlete drops dead, inexplicably, on the basketball court, and someone close to Kate is viciously murdered. Quiet Carystown was to be Kate’s salvation, and she’s settled into a comfortable job, a charming cottage, and a blissful romance. But having lied to her boyfriend, Caleb, for so long about the terrors of her past life, she finds she can’t trust him to understand the terror that Isabella Moon has now brought. And Kate’s best friend, Francie, is too wrapped up in her own troubles - particularly a secret affair with a man she at once loves and despises - to give Kate the help she needs. Utterly alone, Kate is torn between finding justice for the dead child and keeping away old ghosts of her own. The unsolved disappearance of Isabella Moon has been the biggest disappointment of Sheriff Delaney’s career. But he senses that Kate is trouble. As he investigates her impossible claims, he also uncovers a series of unsettling truths about Carystown itself. Behind his hometown’s genteel façade is a morass of lies and murder, drugs and destruction. And Carystown’s residents are about to discover that even though the past is buried, it can rise again - with a vengeance. Dark and suspenseful, tense and eerie, tinged with the supernatural, Isabella Moon is an engrossing, beautifully written debut novel, a breathtaking and artful story of the dark mysteries that can lurk in the most bucolic of places - and the ghost of a little girl who watches as evil rises unstoppably to the surface.
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