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books cover for the signs and symbols sourcebook by Adele Nozedar
pages from inside the signs and symbols sourcebook

Series: N/A

Chapters: 11; s/m/L

Pages: 509

Genre: Non-Fiction/Symbology

Description: The sourcebook is a book composed of 11 parts that vary from magical signs and symbols to the human body. This book is packed full of interesting information about different symbols as well as their history and designs. The 11 different sections are Sign & Symbols of Magic & Mystery; Symbols in the Elements, the Landscape, and the Natural World; Fauna; Flora; The Mystical Charisma of Minerals, Metals, and Gems; Sacred Geometry & Places of Pilgrimage; Numbers; The Intrigue of Resonance, Letters, and Language; The Body as a Sacred Map; Rites & Rituals, Customs & Observances; and The Nature of the Divine. The sourcebook encompasses plenty to please the reader.

“A Buddhist symbol, the Tiratana is also known as the Three Jewels of Buddhism. These concepts are depicted as a flame that holds three circles protected within it. The flame is symbolic of eternity, and the three circles are the Buddha, his teachings or Dharma, and the Sangha, his followers.” (158)

tiratana

8.5/10
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book for the tale of the dueling neurosurgeons by sam kean

Series: N/A

Chapters: 12; s/m/L

Pages: 355

Genre: Non-Fiction/Scientific

“Sam Kean’s skill in illuminating how the brain’s functions and malfunctions manifest themselves in people’s lives makes for an absorbing reading.” – Howard Schneider, Wall Street Journals

Description: Sam Kean launches the reader into interesting and thrilling stories of how breakthroughs in neurology happened. He explains in depth how they were phenomenon at the time, and honestly still are. “Sam Kean unearths stories behind such neurological curiosities as phantom limbs, viruses that eat patients’ memories, and blind people who see with their tongues.”

“Most scientists at the time believed that insanity, true insanity, always betrayed itself by clear brain damage-lesions, hemorrhages, putrid tissue, something. Inside [his] skull, though, nothing seemed amiss at first.” (52)

7/10
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book cover for papillon by henri charrière

Series: N/A

Chapters: 13; s/m/L

Pages: 544

Genre: Autobiographical novel/Adventure

“A modern classic of courage and excitement – The New Yorker

Description: In 1931, Henri “Papillon” Charrière was convicted for a murder although he was innocent. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana. With the help of others he befriended along the way he was able to escape prison on multiple accounts until he was sent to the high security prison of Devil’s Island. No one had ever escaped from Devil’s Island until Papillon. This amazing autobiography shows the lengths one man goes to, to achieve the freedom he deserves.

“That night in our cell no one spoke. We were all thinking that it was our last day on French soil. Each of us felt at least a little nostalgic about leaving France forever, for an unknown land and an unknown way of life.” (42)

10/10
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book cover for what if? by randall munroe

Series: N/A

Chapters: 69; s/M/l

Pages: 290

Genre: Non-Fiction/Science

“Loaded with the same dry wit and blank-faced stick figures that populate xkcd, What If? is that rare book that will have you laughing as you learn just how a mass extinction might unfold.”-Discover

Description: Scientist and creator of the comic ‘xkcd’, Randal Munroe, has taken many questions that have been asked to him and applied physics, biology, chemistry and more to explain any and all outcomes. From global windstorms to Richter 15 earthquakes, this book is filled with science, humour and a lot of stickmen.

“Would dumping anti-matter into the Chernobyl reactor when it was melting down stop the meltdown? -AJ” (60)

10/10

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