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              The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir
               

              The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir (Hardback)

              By Seager, Sara

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              MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager interweaves the story of her search for meaning and solace after losing her first husband to cancer, her unflagging search for an Earth-like exoplanet, and her unexpected discovery of new love. Sara Seager has made it her life's work to peer into th...e spaces around stars--looking for exoplanets outside our solar system, hoping to find the one-in-a-billion world enough like ours to sustain life. But with the unexpected death of her husband, her life became an empty, lightless space. Suddenly she was the single mother of two young boys, a widow at forty, clinging to three crumpled pages of instructions her husband had written for things like grocery shopping--things he had done while she did pioneering work as a planetary scientist at MIT. She became painfully conscious of her Asperger's, which before losing her husband had felt more like background noise. She felt, for the first time, alone in the universe. In this probing, invigoratingly honest memoir, Seager tells the story of how, as she stumblingly navigated the world of grief, she also kept looking for other worlds. She continues to develop groundbreaking projects, such as the Starshade, a sunflower-shaped instrument that, when launched into space, unfurls itself so as to block planet-obscuring starlight, and she takes solace in the alien beauty of exoplanets. At the same time, she discovers what feels every bit as wondrous: other people, reaching out across the space of her grief. Among them are the Widows of Concord, a group of women offering consolation and advice; and her beloved sons, Max and Alex. Most unexpected of all, there is another kind of one-in-a-billion match with an amateur astronomer. Equally attuned to the wonders of deep space and human connection, The Smallest Lights in the Universe is its own light in the dark.
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              ISBN 9780525576259
              Released NZ 18 Aug 2020
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              A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom
               

              A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom (Hardback)

              By Barnett, Brittany K.

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              An inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity and an urgent call to free those buried alive by America's unjust legal system--from a gifted young lawyer whose journey marks the emergence of a powerful new voice in the movement to transform the system. Brittany K. Ba...rnett was only a law student when she came across the case that would change her life forever--that of Sharanda Jones, single mother, business owner and, like Brittany, black daughter of the rural South. A victim of America's ruthless and devastating war on drugs, Sharanda had been torn from the arms of her young daughter and was serving a life sentence without parole--all for a first-time drug offense. In Sharanda, Brittany saw haunting echoes of own life, both as the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother and the one-time girlfriend of an abusive drug dealer. As she studied Sharanda's case, a system slowly came into focus: one where widespread racial injustice forms the core of our country's addiction to incarceration. Moved by Sharanda's plight, Brittany began to work towards her freedom. This had never been the plan. Bright and ambitious, Brittany was already a successful accountant with her sights set on a high-powered future in corporate law. But Sharanda's case opened the door to a harrowing journey through the criminal justice system, in which people could be locked up for life under misguided appeals for law and order. Driven by the realization that her clients' fates could have easily been her own, Brittany soon found herself on a quest to unlock the human potential of those our society has forgotten how to see. Living a double life, she moved billion dollar corporate deals by day, and by night worked pro bono to free Sharanda and others in near-impossible legal battles. Ultimately, her journey transformed her understanding of injustice in the courts, of genius languishing behind bars, and the very definition of freedom itself. A Knock at Midnight is Brittany's riveting, inspir
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              ISBN 9781984825780
              Released NZ 8 Sep 2020
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              Becoming
               

              Becoming (Hardback)

              By Obama, Michelle

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              Oprah's Book Club 2018 selection --Jacket.

              ISBN 9781524763138
              Released NZ 13 Nov 2018
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              The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World
               

              The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World (Hardback)

              By Stewart Johnson, Sarah

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              A young planetary scientist intimately details the search for life on Mars, tracing our centuries-old obsession with this seemingly desolate planet Mars was once similar to Earth, but today there are no rivers, no lakes, no oceans. Coated in red dust, the terrain is bewilderingly... empty. And yet multiple spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium, and Mare Sirenum--on the brink, perhaps, of a staggering find, one that would inspire humankind as much as any discovery in the history of modern science. In this beautifully observed, deeply personal book, Georgetown scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson tells the story of how she and other researchers have scoured Mars for signs of life, transforming the planet from a distant point of light into a world of its own. Johnson's fascination with Mars began as a child in Kentucky, turning over rocks with her father and looking at planets in the night sky. She now conducts fieldwork in some of Earth's most hostile environments, such as the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and the salt flats of Western Australia, developing methods for detecting life on other worlds. Here, with poetic precision, she interlaces her own personal journey--as a female scientist and a mother--with tales of other seekers, from Percival Lowell, who was convinced that a utopian society existed on Mars, to Audouin Dollfus, who tried to carry out astronomical observations from a stratospheric balloon. In the process, she shows how the story of Mars is also a story about Earth: this other world has been our mirror, our foil, a telltale reflection of our own anxieties and yearnings. Empathetic and evocative, The Sirens of Mars offers an unlikely natural history of a place no human has ever set foot, while providing a vivid portrait of our quest to defy our isolation in the cosmos.
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              ISBN 9781101904817
              Released NZ 7 Jul 2020
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              The Martian
               

              The Martian (Hardback)

              By Weir, Andy

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              Originally self-published, in a different form, as an ebook in 2011 --Title page verso.

              ISBN 9780804139021
              Released NZ 11 Feb 2014
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              Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide
               

              Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide (Hardback)

              By Cleese, John

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              The Monty Python comic master shares lighthearted advice on how anyone can learn the skill of creativity, drawing on personal experience to explain how to get into the right frame of mind, develop worthwhile ideas, and overcome blocks.

              ISBN 9780385348270
              Released NZ 8 Sep 2020
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              Dark Invasion: The Secret War Against the Kaiser's Spies
               

              Dark Invasion: The Secret War Against the Kaiser's Spies (Hardback)

              By Blum, Howard

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              ISBN 9780307461759
              Released NZ 10 Sep 2013
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              Us Edition - The Grownup 8-Copy Counter Display
               

              Us Edition - The Grownup 8-Copy Counter Display (Trade-only material / Other)

              By Flynn, Gillian

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              ISBN 9781101907283
              Released NZ 3 Nov 2015
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              Exp Edition - The Grownup 8-Copy Counter Display
               

              Exp Edition - The Grownup 8-Copy Counter Display (Trade-only material / Other)

              By Flynn, Gillian

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              ISBN 9781101907542
              Released NZ 3 Nov 2015
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              The Perfect Kill: The Rules for Modern Assassination
               

              The Perfect Kill: The Rules for Modern Assassination (Hardback)

              By Baer, Robert B.

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              Released NZ 1 Apr 2014
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