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New Scientist

If you thought you knew who you were, THINK AGAIN. Did you know that half your DNA isn't human? That somebody, somewhere has exactly the same face? Or that most of your memories are fiction? What about the fact that you are as hairy as a chimpanzee, various parts of your body don't belong to you, or that you can read other people's minds? Do you really know why you blush, yawn and cry? Why 90 per cent of laughter has nothing to do with humour? Or what will happen to your mind after you die? You belong to a unique, fascinating and often misunderstood species. How to be Human is your guide to making the most of it.

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Paula Cocozza

'An intriguing and subversive debut, charged with the power of the ignored and the suppressed.' Hilary Mantel 'Enchanting . . . restrained . . . startling.' TLS 'A thrilling psychodrama . . . She brilliantly captures a sense of Hitchcockian, curtain-twitching intensity.' Economist ‘Sharp, thoughtful . . . exhilarating . . . the plot slips from urban pastoral to tense thriller.’ Newsweek 'Cocozza has a wonderful eye for detail, and her descriptions of the natural world are uncanny.' Guardian 'The tricky, shifting substance of relationships is so insightfully drawn and constantly surprises.' Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us 'Taut, shimmering.' Richard Beard, author of The Acts of the Assassins You’ve seen a fox. Come face to face in an unexpected place, or at an unexpected moment. And he has looked at you, as you have looked at him. As if he has something to tell you, or you have something to tell him. But what if it didn’t stop there? When Mary arrives home from work one day to find a magnificent fox on her lawn - his ears spiked in attention and every hair bristling with his power to surprise - it is only the beginning. He brings gifts (at least, Mary imagines they are gifts), and gradually makes himself at home. And as he listens to Mary, Mary listens back. She begins to hear herself for the first time in years. Her bullish ex-boyfriend, still lurking on the fringes of her life, would be appalled. So would the neighbours with a new baby. They only like wildlife that fits with the decor. But inside Mary a wildness is growing that will not be tamed. In this extraordinary debut, the lines between sanity and safety, obsession and delusion blur, in a thrilling exploration of what makes us human.

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N.A

With powerful words and pictures Florida Frenz chronicles her journey figuring out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make school feel like a complicated maze. Diagnosed with autism as a two-year-old, Florida is now an articulate 15-year-old whose explorations into how kids make friends, what popularity means, how to handle peer pressure will resonate with any pre-teen. For those wondering what it's like inside an autistic child's head, Florida's book provides amazing insight and understanding. Reading how she learns how to be human makes us all feel a little less alien.

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Jeremy Webb

What is it that makes us human? Is it language, imagination, morality, or is it that we cook and wear shoes? Or perhaps we are less human than we think (Neanderthal and Denisovan genes can be found within all of us!). Once again, New Scientist have all of the fascinating and unexpected answers, and - just as they did for the universe in The Origin of (almost) Everything - in How to be Human they take us on a tour around the human body and brain, taking in everything from evolution to email, from the Stone Age to Spotify. How do languages change the way our brains are wired? What can evolutionary theory tell us about who we are attracted to? How does your voice give away clues about your political views, your sexual allure and even your salary? Why is gossip the human version of a gorilla picking fleas from its mate? And how can you live to 100? From the body to language , through emotions and possessions, to the most tricky questions about life and death, New Scientist's witty essays sit alongside enlightening illustrations that range from how your brain creates the illusion of 'self' to the allure of body odour.

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Paula Cocozza

From Guardian writer Paula Cocozza, a debut novel of the breakdown of a marriage, suburbian claustrophobia, and a woman's unseemly passion for a fox One summer’s night, Mary comes home from a midnight ramble to find a baby lying on her back door step. Has Mary stolen the baby from next door? Has the baby’s mother, Mary's neighbor, left her there in her acute state of post-natal depression? Or was the baby brought to Mary as a gift by the fox who is increasingly coming to dominate her life? So opens How to Be Human, a novel set in a London suburb beset by urban foxes. On leave from work, unsettled by the proximity of her ex, and struggling with her hostile neighbors, Mary has become increasingly captivated by a magnificent fox who is always in her garden. First she sees him wink at her, then he brings her presents, and finally she invites him into her house. As the boundaries between the domestic and the wild blur, and the neighbors set out to exterminate the fox, it is unclear if Mary will save the fox, or the fox save Mary. In this masterful debut, Paula Cocozza weaves together a penetrating portrait of marital breakdown, a social novel of wit and nuance, and an obsessive love story that crosses new boundaries.

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Paula Cocozza

From Guardian writer Paula Cocozza, a debut novel of the breakdown of a marriage, suburbian claustrophobia, and a woman's unseemly passion for a fox One summer’s night, Mary comes home from a midnight ramble to find a baby lying on her back door step. Has Mary stolen the baby from next door? Has the baby’s mother, Mary's neighbor, left her there in her acute state of post-natal depression? Or was the baby brought to Mary as a gift by the fox who is increasingly coming to dominate her life? So opens How to Be Human, a novel set in a London suburb beset by urban foxes. On leave from work, unsettled by the proximity of her ex, and struggling with her hostile neighbors, Mary has become increasingly captivated by a magnificent fox who is always in her garden. First she sees him wink at her, then he brings her presents, and finally she invites him into her house. As the boundaries between the domestic and the wild blur, and the neighbors set out to exterminate the fox, it is unclear if Mary will save the fox, or the fox save Mary. In this masterful debut, Paula Cocozza weaves together a penetrating portrait of marital breakdown, a social novel of wit and nuance, and an obsessive love story that crosses new boundaries.

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Ruby Wax

A practical and inspiring new book by the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled "It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now - completely brilliant and yet, some might say, emotionally dwarfed. The question is: can our more empathetic side catch up in time to save us and the world? I've got nothing against smarts, but it's smarts without emotional awareness that got us into this position of being able to nuke each other into oblivion and rape the earth for oil." With a little help from a monk (who tells us how our mind works) and a neuroscientist (who tells us how our brain works), Ruby Wax answers every question you've ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. Filled with witty anecdotes from Ruby's own life, and backed up by smart science and practical mindfulness exercises, How to be Human is the only manual you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iphone.

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Pam Spurr

DIV There is always more room for happiness - whether you're already content with your life, or if you feel like there's something missing - even if you simply think 'there must be more to life than this'. And in these stressful and sometimes gloomy times in which we live it's sometimes hard to see the good things in life. Using 10 unique Happiness Principles, bestselling author, Dr Pam will take you on a must-read journey to discover how to increase your sense of well-being and contentment and build more joy into your life today. Written in a matter-of-fact way and packed with dozens of easy-to-use strategies and solutions, Solutions Coach and behaviour expert Dr Pam will help you to increase confidence and self esteem, learn to look at stress in a different way, and much more, in 10 unique chapters. As well as providing thoughtful insights she will teach you how to create Happy Habits and use her Happiness Principles - ways of living and looking at life that will make you happier in everything you do. Whether you think you're happy and looking for more in life, or you find that life is hard work and you're seeking some inspiration towards making your life happier, this book is packed full of sound advice, real-life case studies and practical exercises, all set out within 10 easy-to-follow Principles. Dr Pam Spurr is an award-winning radio presenter, Solutions Coach, agony aunt, and relationships and behaviour expert. Dr Pam's written more than 10 self-help books and appears regularly on television contributing to programmes like Big Brother's Little Brother, BBC Breakfast, Loose Women, and GMTV. She's advised millions of people through radio, TV, magazines, websites and newspapers including The Sun, The Express, The Times and The Mail. She's written four best sellers including Sensational Sex. /div

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Jenifer Joy Madden

Are YOU durable? Find out in this unprecedented handbook for being an effective human in a world of information overload, artificial intelligence, and shrinking attention spans. Get specific advice from top experts ranging from the U.S. Surgeon General to Buddhist philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh about how to refresh and maintain your unique human-only assets- from your eyesight, to your metabolism, to your concentration, to your sanity. Kirkus Reviews calls How To Be a Durable Human "a wide-ranging self-help guide that explores the potential perils of the modern sedentary, screen-obsessed lifestyle and offers tips for achieving resilient health and memory."

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William H. Libaw

This book is about what science frequently dodges or even denies: subjective life as experienced by animals as well as humans. Mixing what is known from science with some novel ideas, science writer William Libaw provides a provocative thesis on the origins and evolution of consciousness. Among the ideas presented are the following: for the earliest animals that had it, subjective experience itself had Darwinian adaptiveness in a rapidly changing environment; the use of gestures and deception among apes and some birds suggests conscious concepts in their mental activity; spoken language came first from the mouths of a group of children who inherited the previously unused genetic language capability; and human males have retained the animal rutting instinct and amplified it with conceptual prurience. As the subjective world of any other creature cannot be observed directly, this book plays detective to deduce from behavior some of the concepts that play a key role in ape and human minds.--From publisher description.

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Gerry Baird

“How It Feels to Be Me” is a celebration of life and the human experience, with all its ups and downs. Accompanied by beautiful pictorial reminders of our common humanity, the twenty-five poems in this book are filled with echoes of kindness, love and joy. They offer a sense of stillness and balance, connectedness and meaning. As we make an effort to truly see the people around us – their struggles, their pain, their fears and dreams – we can cultivate within ourselves a desire to make a positive difference in the world, one life at a time. We can stop dividing people into classes – the haves and the have nots, the worthy and the unworthy, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ordinary – and simply love them exactly as they are.