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Under the Tuscan Sun

Title:  Under the Tuscan SunAuthor:  Frances MayesPublication Information:  Chronicle Books (original). 1996 (original). 288 pages.ISBN:  0811808424 / 978-0811808422Book Source:  I received this book through th...
by Memories From Books on Dec 20, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a full moon.
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 20, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"To some, it looks like the wheel of a cart. In fact, because of its outward oval appearance, the presence of a central galaxy, and their connection with what looks like the spokes of a wheel, the galaxy on the right is known as the Cartwheel Galaxy.
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 18, 2016

Everything You Want Me to Be

Title:  Everything You Want Me to BeAuthor:  Mindy MejiaPublication Information:  Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 2017. 352 pages.ISBN:  1501123424 / 978-1501123429Book Source:  I received this book as a publisher's...
by Memories From Books on Dec 18, 2016

The Magdalen Girls

Title:  The Magdalen GirlsAuthor:  V. S. AlexanderPublication Information:  Kensington. 2016. 304 pages.ISBN:  1496706129 / 978-1496706126Book Source:  I received this book as a publisher's galley through NetGalley...
by Memories From Books on Dec 17, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 17, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“This broad, beautiful mosaic spans almost 20 degrees across planet Earth's sky. The nebula-rich region lies near the edge of the Orion-Eridanus superbubble, filled with looping, expanding shells of gas and dust embedded in molecular clouds near th...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 16, 2016

Separate Lives

Title:  Separate LivesAuthor:  Kathryn FlettPublication Information:  Quercus. 2016. 288 pages.ISBN:  162365114X / 978-1623651145Book Source:  I received this book as a publisher's galley through NetGalley free of c...
by Memories From Books on Dec 15, 2016

Eclipse Art: Awesome!

This Eclipse painting is self-explanitorily titled “Awesome!” The sun and moon during this moment of total solar eclipse are larger than life. I painted the details of the moon’s cratered surface with sharp contrast. Two young child...

"A Look to the Heavens"

"A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluis...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 15, 2016

Book Review: Mexico by Josh Barkan

The Mexico which Mr. Barkan depicts is violent, poor and hopeless, I don’t know why anyone would want to live there...
by Man of la Book - Book Reviews on Dec 15, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"Have you ever watched a lightning storm in awe? Join the crowd. Oddly, nobody knows exactly how lightning is produced. What is known is that charges slowly separate in some clouds causing rapid electrical discharges (lightning), but how electrical c...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 14, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“What will become of these galaxies? Spiral galaxies NGC 5426 and NGC 5427 are passing dangerously close to each other, but each is likely to survive this collision. Typically when galaxies collide, a large galaxy eats a much smaller galaxy. In thi...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 13, 2016

Giveaway and Book Review: Searching for John Hughes by Jason Diamond

The author’s infatuation with the famous writer and director goes well beyond anyone I know. During and after a troubled Chicago childhood, the author decided to write a biography of John Hughes, but he never really got to do simply do so.
by Man of la Book - Book Reviews on Dec 13, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Sometimes galaxies form groups. For example, our own Milky Way Galaxy is part of the Local Group of Galaxies. Small, compact groups, like Hickson Compact Group 87 (HCG 87) shown above, are interesting partly because they slowly self-destruct. Inde...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 13, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, irradiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The e...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 11, 2016

Far Afield

Title:  Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the WorldAuthor:  Shane Mitchell (author). James Fisher (photographer)Publication Information:  Ten Speed Press. 2016. 304 pages.ISBN:  1607749203 / 978-1607749202Book...
by Memories From Books on Dec 11, 2016

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner

Ready to learn a new langauge? Fluent Forever is a practical, down-to-earth guide for aspiring language learners that will leave you inspired and empowered to achieve fluency in your target language. In the book, readers are presented with the top ti...
by Epic Book Quest on Dec 11, 2016

Penguins Hit Their Stride

Ask any NHL coach or general manager. Ask a player. Heck, ask anyone associated with an NHL team and they’ll tell you. It’s next to impossible to maintain a consistent pace over an 82-game schedule. So much can effect a team. Illness and injuries...
by PenguinPoop on Dec 10, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Grand spiral galaxies often seem to get all the glory, flaunting their young, bright, blue star clusters in beautiful, symmetric spiral arms. But small, irregular galaxies form stars too. In fact dwarf galaxy IC 2574 shows clear evidence of intens...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 10, 2016


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