Make fast your mooring lines, THE WAVE by Susan Casey is a wild ride. Sometimes frightening, always fascinating, it is a completely engrossing look into the world of big waves. Freak, or rogue, waves measuring one hundred feet tall have long been the stuff of legend, but with new technology the existence of these giant waves has been confirmed. Casey immerses herself in the hunt for these waves as she not only follows big wave surfers as they journey around the globe seeking a monster ride but also joins scientists searching for the cause of the damaging giants. With engaging prose, Casey takes us to places few of us will ever go. The beauty and skill of extreme surfers and the dedication and ingenuity of the scientists who devote their lives to understanding our changing planet combine for a captivating read.

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ISBN: 9780767928854
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Published: Anchor - May 31st, 2011

Roy Peter Clark’s THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMAR (Little, Brown, $19.99) is an indispensable book for anyone who loves the English language. It is a guide, not a manifesto and Clark is no crusading “grammazon,” but a patient and thorough teacher. Covering the basics with brio, Clark utilizes examples that range from Chaucer to Twitter, religious poetry to Rolling Stone.  His explanation of the deeper elements of writing: standards, meaning, and purpose, are handled deftly with sensitivity and charm.  This book will serve writers at all levels, from beginner to expert, and the section on mastering new forms in the digital age should be required reading for anyone who sets fingers to a keyboard of any type.  Each chapter ends with helpful “keepsake” ideas, and the handy appendices list commonly misspelled and misused words.  This is a book to turn to again and again for both reference and pleasure.

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ISBN: 9780316027908
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little, Brown Spark - September 8th, 2011

In his masterful new book CULTURES OF WAR (W.W. Norton, $29.95), John W. Dower, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of Embracing Defeat and War  Without Mercy, turns his keen historical eye on the cultures that create modern wars of annihilation.  A striking comparative study of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, September 11th, and the Iraq war, the book examines many themes including the catastrophic failures of intelligence, the targeting of non-combatants, and the attraction of mass destruction. As he did in his previous prize-winning works, here, again, Dower gives us history writing at it absolute best.

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ISBN: 9780393340686
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2011