Surviving the Great Indoors

A Baby Blues Collection

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Author: Jerry Scott,Rick Kirkman

Publisher: Baby Blues

ISBN: 9781524851750

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 208

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The zaniest and most-relatable newspaper comic about parenting life is back with a brand-new collection. Baby Blues transcends the comic page by fusing the award-winning imaginations of Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott with familiar family life. Kirkman and Scott intuitively balance the humorous with the poignant through relatable and sometimes all-too-familiar parenting scenes. This latest collection includes a year's worth of strips, many with commentary by Jerry and Rick.

Losing Our Cool

Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)

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Author: Stan Cox

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595586024

Category: Science

Page: 272

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Losing our Cool shows how indoor climate control is colliding with an out-of-control outdoor climate. In America, energy consumed by home air-conditioning, and the resulting greenhouse emissions, have doubled in just over a decade, and energy to cool retail stores has risen by two-thirds. Now the entire affluent world is adopting the technology. As the biggest economic crisis in eighty years rolls across the globe, financial concerns threaten to shove ecological crises into the background. Reporting from some of the world’s hot zones—from Phoenix, Arizona, and Naples, Florida, to southern India—Cox documents the surprising ways in which air-conditioning changes human experience: giving a boost to the global warming that it is designed to help us endure, providing a potent commercial stimulant, making possible an impossible commuter economy, and altering migration patterns (air-conditioning has helped alter the political hue of the United States by enabling a population boom in the red-state Sun Belt). While the book proves that the planet’s atmosphere cannot sustain even our current use of air-conditioning, it also makes a much more positive argument that loosening our attachment to refrigerated air could bring benefits to humans and the planet that go well beyond averting a climate crisis. Though it saves lives in heat waves, air-conditioning may also be altering our bodies’ sensitivity to heat; our rates of infection, allergy, asthma, and obesity; and even our sex drive. Air-conditioning has eroded social bonds and thwarted childhood adventure; it has transformed the ways we eat, sleep, travel, work, buy, relax, vote, and make both love and war. The final chapter surveys the many alternatives to conventional central air-conditioning. By reintroducing some traditional cooling methods, putting newly emerging technologies into practice, and getting beyond industrial definitions of comfort, we can make ourselves comfortable and keep the planet comfortable, too.

Survival Skills of Native California

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Author: Paul Douglas Campbell

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 9780879059217

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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A comprehensive examination of the wisdom and practical arts of California's native population offers step-by-step instructions for utilizing ancient knowledge, such as tool building, fire-making, hunting, fishing, and much more. Original.

How to Survive Almost Anything

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Author: Brooks Whitney

Publisher: Scholastic Incorporated

ISBN: 9780439579001

Category: Survival

Page: 80

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Practical advice on surviving difficult situations, from poison and thunderstorms to bullies and mean dogs.

Refrigeration Nation

A History of Ice, Appliances, and Enterprise in America

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Author: Jonathan Rees

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421411075

Category: History

Page: 248

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Only when the power goes off and food spoils do we truly appreciate how much we rely on refrigerators and freezers. In Refrigeration Nation, Jonathan Rees explores the innovative methods and gadgets that Americans have invented to keep perishable food cold—from cutting river and lake ice and shipping it to consumers for use in their iceboxes to the development of electrically powered equipment that ushered in a new age of convenience and health. As much a history of successful business practices as a history of technology, this book illustrates how refrigeration has changed the everyday lives of Americans and why it remains so important today. Beginning with the natural ice industry in 1806, Rees considers a variety of factors that drove the industry, including the point and product of consumption, issues of transportation, and technological advances. Rees also shows that how we obtain and preserve perishable food is related to our changing relationship with the natural world.

Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 117

2001 Lectures

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197262795

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 543

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Volume 117 of the Proceedings of the British Academy contains 16 lectures delivered at the British Academy in 2001.

Allergies and Asthma for Dummies

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Author: William E. Berger

Publisher: For Dummies

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 399

View: 8878

Sneezing. Sniffling. Hives. Rashes. Burning eyes. Runny nose. Sinus headache. Scratchy throat. Asthma attacks.... Whether you're reacting to pollen or peanuts, your boyfriend's cat or your girlfriend's pooch, your husband's aftershave, or your neighbor's barbecue, allergies are definitely a drag. And if left untreated, the symptoms can lead to bigger health problems down the road. Sadly, there is no cure for "hypersensitivity disorders, as doctors call them. But you can minimize your risk of having allergic reactions and you can live symptom-free. And "Allergies and Asthma For Dummies tells you how. If you suffer from some type of allergic condition and/or asthma, this complete, down-to-earth guide can be your first big step toward feeling better than you've felt in years. Drawing on his more than twenty years of professional experience, nationally recognized allergy and asthma expert Dr. William E. Berger fills you in on what you need to know to: Understand allergies and asthma Relieve hay fever symptoms safely Control adult and childhood asthma Deal with allergic skin conditions Cope with food, drug, and insect sting reactions Allergy proof your home "Allergies and Asthma For Dummies is packed with useful information and easy-to-follow action-steps you can put to work immediately. Dr. Berger clears up common myths about allergies and asthma and makes some of the most difficult medical mechanisms understandable for the rest of us. With wit and compassion, he answers all your questions about: How the immune system works and what causes allergies and asthma All known types of allergic conditions and how to recognize them Hay fever, itstriggers, prevention and treatments Asthma, what it is, how you get it, and the best ways to manage it Allergic eczema, contact dermatitis, hives, swelling, and other allergic skin conditions Food, drug, and insect sting reactions and how to recognize, prevent, and treat them With up-to-the-minute advice and guidance on prevention, treatment, and management, "Allergies and Asthma For Dummies is just what you need to find relief from what ails you.

John Willis' Theatre World

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Author: John Willis

Publisher: Crown Pub

ISBN: 9780517577158

Category: Theater

Page: N.A

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Scenes from the plays and portraits of leading actors accompany a statistical record of the current season

Michigan Out-of-doors

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Conservation of natural resources

Page: N.A

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American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

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Author: Deborah Solomon

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374711046

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 8534

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR A FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN BIOGRAPHY AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN/JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY "Welcome to Rockwell Land," writes Deborah Solomon in the introduction to this spirited and authoritative biography of the painter who provided twentieth-century America with a defining image of itself. As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell mingled fact and fiction in paintings that reflected the we-the-people, communitarian ideals of American democracy. Freckled Boy Scouts and their mutts, sprightly grandmothers, a young man standing up to speak at a town hall meeting, a little black girl named Ruby Bridges walking into an all-white school—here was an America whose citizens seemed to believe in equality and gladness for all. Who was this man who served as our unofficial "artist in chief" and bolstered our country's national identity? Behind the folksy, pipe-smoking façade lay a surprisingly complex figure—a lonely painter who suffered from depression and was consumed by a sense of inadequacy. He wound up in treatment with the celebrated psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. In fact, Rockwell moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts so that he and his wife could be near Austen Riggs, a leading psychiatric hospital. "What's interesting is how Rockwell's personal desire for inclusion and normalcy spoke to the national desire for inclusion and normalcy," writes Solomon. "His work mirrors his own temperament—his sense of humor, his fear of depths—and struck Americans as a truer version of themselves than the sallow, solemn, hard-bitten Puritans they knew from eighteenth-century portraits." Deborah Solomon, a biographer and art critic, draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell's despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America's brightest hopes. "The thrill of his work," she writes, "is that he was able to use a commercial form [that of magazine illustration] to thrash out his private obsessions." In American Mirror, Solomon trains her perceptive eye not only on Rockwell and his art but on the development of visual journalism as it evolved from illustration in the 1920s to photography in the 1930s to television in the 1950s. She offers vivid cameos of the many famous Americans whom Rockwell counted as friends, including President Dwight Eisenhower, the folk artist Grandma Moses, the rock musician Al Kooper, and the generation of now-forgotten painters who ushered in the Golden Age of illustration, especially J. C. Leyendecker, the reclusive legend who created the Arrow Collar Man. Although derided by critics in his lifetime as a mere illustrator whose work could not compete with that of the Abstract Expressionists and other modern art movements, Rockwell has since attracted a passionate following in the art world. His faith in the power of storytelling puts his work in sync with the current art scene. American Mirror brilliantly explains why he deserves to be remembered as an American master of the first rank.