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    Ariana Grande captured the hearts of a nation with her One Love Manchester concert.

    Less than a fortnight after a terrorist killed twenty-two people at her Manchester show, the petite princess stood tall at her tribute concert that united and healed a shaken nation. She was the emotional core of a powerful evening that reminded us all of music’s redemptive power.

    But who is Ariana Grande? This candid book traces the US pop star’s story from her childhood in Florida, through her teenage years on Broadway and Nickelodeon, and onto her gleaming pop career which has seen her described as ‘the new Mariah Carey’.
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    Книга представляет собой сборник эссе, в которых польский художник и писатель размышляет о прошлом и настоящем дизайна. Сквозь призму самых разных вещей — от киноафиш до конструктора «Лего», от бланков для голосования до бутылок и фотоаппаратов — автор исследует, как менялась эстетика дизайна на фоне исторических сдвигов 1980–1990-х годов. Сохраняя искусный баланс между ностальгией и иронией, он описывает реалии коммунистической Польши, обнаруживающие много общего с советской действительностью. Остроумная и увлекательная книга предназначена для широкого круга читателей — для всех, кто задумывался о том, почему окружающие нас предметы выглядят именно так, а не иначе. Марцин Виха (р. 1972) — художник-график, дизайнер обложек, плакатов и логотипов, эссеист.
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    Как говорит знаменитый приматолог и нейробиолог Роберт Сапольски, если вы хотите понять поведение человека и природу хорошего или плохого поступка, вам придется разобраться буквально во всем — и в том, что происходило за секунду до него, и в том, что было миллионы лет назад. В книге автор поэтапно — можно сказать, в хронологическом разрезе — и очень подробно рассматривает огромное количество факторов, влияющих на наше поведение. Как работает наш мозг? За что отвечает миндалина, а за что нам стоит благодарить лобную кору? Что «ненавидит» островок? Почему у лондонских таксистов увеличен гиппокамп? Как связаны длины указательного и безымянного пальцев и количество внутриутробного тестостерона? Чем с точки зрения нейробиологии подростки отличаются от детей и взрослых? Бывают ли «чистые» альтруисты? В чем разница между прощением и примирением? Существует ли свобода воли? Как сложные социальные связи влияют на наше поведение и принятие решений? И это лишь малая часть вопросов, рассматриваемых в масштабной работе известного ученого.
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    From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin's improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog's first blockbuster film and over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow. The canine hero's legacy is cemented by Duncan and a small group of others who devote their lives to keeping him and his descendants alive.
    At its heart, Rin Tin Tin is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. But it is also a richly textured history of twentieth-century entertainment and entrepreneurship and the changing role of dogs in the American family and society. Almost ten years in the making, Susan Orlean's first original book since The Orchid Thief is a tour de force of history, human interest, and masterful storytelling – the ultimate must-read for anyone who loves great dogs or great yarns.
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    This is the story of the rise and rise of advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi as it has never been told before. With over 200 astonishing first-hand accounts from the people who were really there, this is a fascinating insight into a remarkable success story and an unorthodox business.

    Responsible for generating some of the most memorable and groundbreaking advertising of the last fifty years, Saatchi & Saatchi became infamous in their own right. Made up of maverick thinkers and ingenious talent, they broke rules and won big pitches, attracting the business of some of the world’s most successful companies.

    For the first time, the extraordinary story of Saatchi & Saatchi’s meteoric rise is told by those instrumental in its success – creatives, account handlers, PAs and directors – each with their own fascinating stories to tell.
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    Have you ever referred to your oldest and closest friend as 'Thingy'? Reached the top of the landing, only to realize that you have no idea why you came upstairs in the first place? Congratulations – or commiserations – you've had your first senior moment! Fear not, for help is at hand. The Book of Senior Moments introduces the reader to a wonderful collection of these little passages, drawn from the experiences of everyone from politicians to pundits. It includes exit strategies for when you've been ambushed by your memory, as well as tips on how to avoid getting ambushed in the first place. Part guide, part humorous overview, and crammed with advice, examples, anecdotes, confessions, tips, retorts and excuses, this is an absolutely essential book for anyone growing long in the tooth and short of memory.
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    Why is green the colour of envy? Why is black ‘evil’? Why is white pure? Why do we ‘feel blue’ or ‘see red’? Why do colours have different meanings for different cultures?

    When we look at or talk about a colour in a particular setting, we are as likely to see its cultural or symbolic meaning as the shade itself. Why?

    Sometimes our grasp of a colour relates to the random way we define it. Light blue is called 'blue' but, over the last century or two, light red has become pink, whereas in Russia light blue and dark blue are separate colours. Does language play a part in our perception of colours?
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    Sunday Times bestselling author Caroline Taggart brings her usual gently humorous approach to punctuation, pointing out what really matters and what doesn’t.

    In Roman times, blocks of text were commonly written just as blocks without even wordspacingnevermindpunctuation to help the reader to interpret them. Orators using such texts as notes for a speech would prepare carefully so that they were familiar with the content and didn’t come a cropper over a confusion between, say, therapists and the rapists. As we entered the Christian era and sacred texts were widely read (by priests if not by the rest of us), it became ever more important to remove any likelihood of misinterpretation. To a potential murderer or adulterer, for example, there is a world of difference between ‘If you are tempted, yield not, resisting the urge to commit a sin’ and ‘If you are tempted, yield, not resisting the urge to commit a sin’. And the only surface difference is the positioning of a comma.
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    The pandemic, the climate crisis, work — today's world isn't short of challenges. Social injustice. And technology that is slowly but steadily creeping into every aspect of our lives. But what if the answers to the big questions aren't found in simplistic technocracy or a mood of the-end-is-nigh?

    Florian Hoffmann is a founder and social entrepreneur. For years, he has been talking to, and working with, people around the world who, like himself, want to make a contribution to a more sustainable, fairer and positive future.
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    Это книга фактов и парадоксов, но в ней есть мораль. Текст соединяет культурную историю природных ресурсов с глобальной историей, увиденной в российской перспективе. Всемирная история начиналась в пустынях, но эта книга больше говорит о болотах. История требует действующих лиц, но здесь говорят и действуют торф и конопля, сахар и железо, мех и нефть. Неравномерность доступных ресурсов была двигателем торговли, и она же вела к накоплению богатств, росту неравенства и умножению зла. У разных видов сырья — разные политические свойства, и они порождали разные социальные институты. Поэтому сырьевые зависимости редко сменяли друг друга без войн и революций. Ни один из этих кризисов не пропал впустую, они вели к драматическим изменениям в отношениях между трудом, сырьем и государством. На пороге климатической катастрофы в борьбу людей за различение добра и зла включилась сама природа. Наш мир — итог ее временного единения с человеком. И раз уж изменить его не удалось, надо понять, как он устроен.
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    Какао на 99,9% не містить кофеїну, а смертність серед рокерів вища, ніж серед представників інших музичних жанрів. Сексуальну орієнтацію людини можна визначити за рисами обличчя, а куріння не здатне викликати рак легень. ГМО — це отрута, а вакцинації провокують аутизм. І що з цього правда, а що — феєрична фігня, у правдивість якої нас змушують вірити?
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    Netflix cofounder Reed Hastings reveals for the first time the unorthodox culture behind one of the world's most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies
    There has never before been a company like Netflix. It has led nothing short of a revolution in the entertainment industries, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue while capturing the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people in over 190 countries. But to reach these great heights, Netflix, which launched in 1998 as an online DVD rental service, has had to reinvent itself over and over again.
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    What is the new normal? Something has shifted, it seems. We are making new worlds faster than we can keep track of them, and the pace is unlikely to slow. If our technologies have advanced beyond our ability to conceptualize their implications, such gaps can be perilous. In response, one impulse is to pull the emergency brake and to try put all the genies back in all the bottles. This is ill-advised (and hopeless). Better instead to invest in emergence, in contingency: to map the new normal for what it is, and to shape it toward what it should be.
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    The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the biggest questions facing humankind.

    Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known both for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology and for his mischievous sense of humor. He educated millions of readers about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes, and inspired millions more by defying a terrifying early prognosis of ALS, which originally gave him only two years to live. In later life he could communicate only by using a few facial muscles, but he continued to advance his field and serve as a revered voice on social and humanitarian issues.

    Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe's greatest mysteries but also believed science could be used to fix problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet—from climate change to the development of artificial…
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    Эта книга не сможет изменить всю вашу жизнь — но один день точно может сделать лучше
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    XX век безвозвратно поменял представления людей о знании, пространстве, времени, космосе, психике, социуме, прогрессе и искусстве. А еще это была глубоко странная эпоха, в которой отличить провидца от безумца не так-то просто, но без ее понимания нам вряд ли удастся осмыслить и происходящее сейчас.

    Историк и журналист Джон Хиггс предлагает посмотреть на прошлое столетие с точки зрения истории идей и постепенного проникновения понятия относительности во все сферы жизни. Почему век раздора и разобщенности закончился всеобщей сетевизацией? Что научная фантастика и поп-культура могут рассказать нам о его философии и психологии? Как ученые и художники, не сговариваясь, приходили к одинаковым образам? И наконец — чего нам ждать от XXI века, если предыдущий был полон войн и трагедий?
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    1977, Silver Jubilee year and the punk movement is breaking out among British youth, spreading moral panic. Paul Bottle and friends are just leaving college, when he is seduced by the vibrant punk scene and suddenly his life begins. Next door neighbour Stan forms his own band, Mortal Wound and gigs and new music explode around them.
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    The A-Z of Nintendo Game Boy Games: Volume 1 features reviews of three different games for each letter of the alphabet. The games range from the very earliest releases in 1989 to the modern homebrew games of today. This book shows you just how diverse the library of titles is for the Nintendo Game Boy and how it became one of the most popular consoles of all-time.
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    The world's first podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture through wide-ranging conversations with designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians, and other luminaries of contemporary thought
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    “I am not interested in myself as a subject for painting, but in others, particularly women…”Beautiful, sensuous and above all erotic, Gustav Klimt’s paintings speak of a world of opulence and leisure, which seems aeons away from the harsh, post-modern environment we live in now. The subjects he treats – allegories, portraits, landscapes and erotic figures – contain virtually no reference to external events, but strive rather to create a world where beauty, above everything else, is dominant. His use of colour and pattern was profoundly influenced by the art of Japan, ancient Egypt, and Byzantium. Ravenne, the flat, two-dimensional perspective of his paintings, and the frequently stylised quality of his images form an oeuvre imbued with a profound sensuality and one where the figure of woman, above all, reigns supreme. Klimt’s very first works brought him success at an unusually young age.
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