Stuff They Don't Teach You in School

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From feminism and climate change to physics and mathematics, here at Bookmate, we'll teach you the stuff school doesn't.
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    In this miscellany of meteorology, Diana Craig explains why it happens and where it comes from, including explanations of every kind of weather system, stories of extreme weather events, and good old-fashioned weather wisdom.
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    A history of Britain in bite-sized chunks, this collection of self-contained articles offers a concise and authoritative account of key events in an easily digestible format, full of great stories and funny asides.
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    From planning your patch to practical tips for planting, this season-by-season guide is your gateway to a cost-effective good life, and the art of growing vegetables all year round in a limited space.
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    Combining memoir with manual, Kate Wilhelm shares over twenty-five years of lessons learnt and memories made at her Clarion Writers’ Workshop.
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    Everyone’s at it in this collection of cheeky tit-bits from ancient history to the previous century, Karen Dolby explores the saucy scandals behind history’s prim and proper personnel, including popes, presidents, prime ministers and philosophers.
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    Lifting the lid on the cultural mysteries of colour, Gavin Evans takes a lively and insightful look at our relationships with colour, and the social constructs that shape its significance.
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    PHILOSOPHY AND LOVE

    What do you do when your husband of decades suddenly passes away? You don't learn how to handle grief in school. You learn it though the school of hard knocks.

    If you're Joan Didion, you write a a book about grief and the days that pass. The "magical thinking" that Didion refers to is the idea that if someone thinks or hopes for something enough, then a crisis may be avoided. And through the year that passes from her husband's death, Didion intimately welcomes us into a sliver of her life, so we may understand her heartache and detachment that is to come. It's a great book for anyone who has dealt with profound loss in their life, not only because of its honesty, but also of Didion's clear, and almost clinical way of recording down the events that come.
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    TERRORISM

    It was only in the last two or three years that the Islamic State group, or ISIS, came under the spotlight. With its violence and brutality, there quickly became one of the biggest terror groups that was to be reckoned with. With their headquarters mostly in Syria and Iraq, how is it that the group has managed to recruit members from all over the world, including in South East Asia and Europe, and brainwashed even the smartest of millennials?

    Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, two of America’s leading experts on terrorism, dissect the new model for violent extremism that ISIS has leveraged into an empire of death in Iraq and Syria, and an international network that is rapidly expanding in the Middle East, North Africa and around the world.
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    CLIMATE CHANGE

    There's no other way to describe this book other than "powerful". Call it an expose of sorts, but this non-fiction book tells of the controversial story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. Can this be considered a crime of sorts? Climate change and global warming is not just an "environmental" issue — it's one that involves the bigwigs running the world. Former vice-president Al Gore says "Anyone concerned about the state of democracy in America should read this book.”
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    HEALTH

    Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class.

    Poser is more than just a handbook to yoga poses, or a spiritual guidebook that waxes lyrical about the "good life". Claire Dederer, in a very personal manner, pens out and reveals how yoga helped her to be joyful, to be good, to be better. It's witty, sharp and irreverent. But most importantly, it's got plenty of sincerity and heart.
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    PHYSICS

    Physics is not easy, but you have to understand why the discovery of the Higgs Boson was such a big deal in 2012. That's because the search for it already started in 1950s. Physicists from the US at that time convinced President Reagan and Congress to support construction of the multibillion-dollar Superconducting Super Collider project in Texas—the largest basic-science project ever attempted. But when the Cold War arrived, the project was abandoned.

    Tunnel Visions is a riveting journey into the discovery into the particle, of the tough sciencey stuff that waylaid the physicists and the bureaucratic red tape that came with it. The book has over 100 interviews from scientists, government officials, engineers, physicists… to answer one important question: Is the quest for the answers to science's mysteries and questions getting too big and expensive to handle?

    But if you're thinking, damn this is too high-level, then head over to our Physics self for a 101 to get you up to speed.
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    MATHEMATICS

    Math? In The Simpsons? Yup, you better believe it.

    In this book, Simon Singh makes a compelling case on why the creators and writers are all math lovers, and how they hide so many hidden trivia, nuggets and easter eggs about math. With examples from specific episodes, Singh brings to life the most intriguing and meaningful mathematical concepts, ranging from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers and the most profound outstanding problems that haunt today's generation of mathematicians.

    And yes, a lot of the writers on The Simpsons hold advanced degrees in mathematics. #squadgoals
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    SELF-HELP AND MOTIVATION

    If there's one person who knows about creativity — it's Tina Seelig. The Stanford University Professor and international bestselling author of inGenius has adopted her popular course material into this handy book so you can harness your creativity that's simmering inside and unleash it out on the world.

    Through practical steps, she takes you through the process of imagination, ideation, innovation, and implementation to create something complex, interesting, and powerful. And most importantly — yours and yours only. So don't think creativity is something that we have to be born with. It can be practiced and learnt, and of course, if you stop using it, you'll definitely "run out" of it.
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    MEMOIRS AND INSPIRATION

    In a world of Snapchats, a million different apps, and billions of software releases, Elon Musk remains one of those dudes who gets down and dirty with hardware; the kind that gets intimate with the physical bits of engineering.

    Here's what school doesn't teach you. Vance reminds us that Musk’s inventions and creations are all about saving the world. He might not be giving away billions to the poorest of the poor, or volunteering like Hollywood celebs, but his inventions are focused on making the world a better place. Like wanting to make Mars habitable when the Earth finally burns out; like exploring space travel to push human frontiers and curiosity; like building electric cars that don’t rely on fossil fuel. This book is a look at Musk’s humanity and a glimpse into his own moral values and visions.
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    WRITING AND LANGUAGE
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    WRITING AND LANGUAGE
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    FEMINISM

    Admittedly, there are so many waves of feminism, so many schools of thought, and so many different strong women. So there's no universal truth, but a collective understanding that women are multi-faceted and have to exist in many spaces.

    Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth is exactly the power that we've come to shoot ourselves in the foot. Female beauty is inherently seen as a sign of femininity (and perhaps weakness). But over the years, the power that women have gained have caused some to view it as a sign of power and empowerment. But Wolf argues that just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. This is the beauty myth -— an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of “the flawless beauty.”
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    PHILOSOPHY

    From method acting to vogueing balls in Harlem, and from Brian Eno to normcore, participants of these trends have been accused of "pretentiousness". But what does that mean anyway? Dan Fox gives us the arguments in his short essay, and to be frank, it's absolutely illuminating and we totes understand why we come to despise it so much, despite wanting to be part of the in-scene.

    "Pretentiousness" is a good way to enter the world of philosophy as you see his arguments and learn how to think about concepts and logic. Also, psst, you can say that you knew about him here first.
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    NEUROSCIENCE

    Is the teenage brain whirring with what's hot at the moment, crushes, and junk food? Maybe a little more than that. The Teenage Brain is one neurologist's search for the brain matter of teenager. Also the mother of two teenaged boys, Frances Jensen lays out how the adolescent brain functions, is wiring, and its capacity. The end result is a fascinating and a delightful read.
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    FOOD AND ECOSYSTEM

    Where does your seafood come from? Is it safe? Sustainable? To summarise, this is one seafood's lover round-the-world quest for the best of the best seafood. But one that's ethically sourced and sustainable. Grescoe travels to the end of the seafood supply chain and back, and hauls lobsters from Nova Scotia, grills three-star Michelin chefs in Manhattan, and samples poisonous pufferfish in Japan. But it's not all travel and fun an food for Grescoe. From his adventures lie the huge problems of how out-of-control pollution, over-fishing and global warming are affecting the fish in the ocean.

    This are what the schools won't teach — the supply-chain of seafood and the impact that it has on the ecosystem. But more than that too -— he also teaches you which fish are the best for your body, how to pick the best of the best, and how to go for the underrated picks of the sea.
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