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Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again
Adult Nonfiction. “In the U.S., teenagers now focus on a task for only sixty-five seconds on average, and office workers manage only three minutes. We think this inability to focus is a personal flaw, an individual failure to exert enough willpower over our devices. The truth is even more disturbing: Our focus has been stolen by powerful external forces, and the science shows that these forces have been ramping up for decades – leaving us uniquely vulnerable, when social media arrived, to corporations determined to raid our attention for profit. Hari shows that if we understand the twelve true causes of this crisis– from the collapse of sustained reading to the disruption of boredom to rising pollution – we…can finally begin to solve it by staging an ‘attention rebellion.’" Publisher description
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Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
Adult Nonfiction. “In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.”
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The Sentence: A Novel
Adult Fiction. “Opening on All Souls' Day 2019 and closing on All Souls' Day 2020, thus embracing a year of pandemic and protest, this latest novel from Erdrich chronicles the experiences of an Ojibwe woman named Tookie who works at an independent bookstore in Minneapolis after her release from prison. Her life changes when the ghost of a recently deceased customer begins haunting the bookstore, pushing her and Ojibwe colleague Asema toward painful personal revelations with deep historical resonance.” – Library Journal
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Guinness World Records 2022
Adult Nonfiction. “Fully revised and updated, and with a bright new design, Guinness World Records 2022 provides a fascinating snapshot of our world today. Our editors have chosen to curate the book with environmental issues at the forefront of their mind, so we open with a chapter exploring what's happening to our ecosystem and what superlative lengths people are going to make a difference. We also want to encourage readers to put their own record-breaking to good, so look out for projects that might inspire you to make a difference - so don't just Discover Your World, Change Your World!” – Publisher description "
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