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Between 543 and 538 million years ago, something remarkable happened. After hundreds of millions of years of gradual and painstaking evolution, suddenly the process exploded into life. For the first time animals evolved hard external parts. For the first time there was evidence of active predation, with both hunters and hunted rapidly developing both armaments and defences. And in this short space of time -- the blink of an eye, in geological terms -- the number of different classifications of animals, or phyla, mushroomed from three to thirty-eight, the number we still have today. The 'when' and the 'what' of this extraordinary event, known as the 'Cambrian Explosion', have been known for some years and were made famous in Stephen Jay Gould's bestselling book WONDERFUL LIFE. What has until now been speculation is the 'why'. Andrew Parker's astounding explanation, which is becoming increasingly influential and accepted, is fully explored and described in this groundbreaking book. A scientific detective story which encompasses disciplines as diverse as biology, history, geology and art, IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE is destined to become a popular-science classic.
Written by the son of one of the lead scientists involved, this book offers a firsthand account of the development of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine, one of the most important historical events in the world of medicine.
With a foreword by Bill Bryson 'Compelling . . . moving and often startlingly visceral' Times Literary Supplement 'Horrifying. But, in the end, inspiring.' William Leith, London Evening Standard 'A wonderful meditation on the human condition and a testament to the power of love' Max Pemberton, columnist and author of Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor 'As gripping as a thriller' Daily Express * * * At the age of 38, Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard, a Danish scientist, wife and mother of three, is struck down by an acute bout of bacterial meningitis. She awakes from a coma in intensive care to find herself completely paralysed, unable to show she is conscious except by blinking her eye. It becomes her only form of communication as in the months that follow, Kjaergaard's husband Peter sits beside her helping to interpret every eye movement. She struggles with every basic of life - painfully learning how to breathe, move, eat and speak again. Despite being given a five per cent chance of survival, she works intensively to recover and achieve every small breakthrough. The Blink of an Eye is a celebration of love and family and every little thing that matters when life is in the balance - written by a scientist uniquely able to describe her physical and mental journey to recovery.
Scarlet is so busy she doesn't know if she's supposed to be wearing her ballet leotard or her soccer uniform. Her single dad, Jacob, is so tired that he collapses into bed with his clothes still on. The only time Scarlet and Jacob have to connect is when they're in the car, speeding to the next activity. But when Jacob encounters a magical carousel, things start to turn in a whole new direction for this busy, busy family! AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Ronald S. Dachman, PhD (Dr. Ron), is a pediatric psychologist and the president of Behavioral Psychology Associates, located in the Chicago Metropolitan area. This book is the result of over thirty years of practice and thousands of conversations he's had with children, teens, and their parents about the pursuit of balance and happiness in an ever-changing world. Childhood is Dr. Ron's specialty and he is a strong advocate of free play and unfettered time at home with family. When he is not working on behalf of children and families, Dr. Ron loves spending time with his wife and his two amazing adult daughters. ILLUSTRATOR BIOGRAPHY: Elly Sebastian received a BFA in Illustration from the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire and has since been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in the Twin Cities. Her bright, playful style lends itself well to younger audiences, but she hopes that viewers of all ages find joy in her work. Adding silly details and hidden treasures in each and every page has become her favorite part of illustrating. Elly has been featured in several publications and is currently at work on her third children's book. To see more of her work, visit www.ewsebastian.wordpress.com. AUTHOR HOME: Schaumburg, Illinois ILLUSTRATOR HOME: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Offers an in-depth account of the tragic crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island in July 1996, the intensive FBI investigation--the largest and most complex ever--that followed, and the conclusions the agency reached about the tragedy. 20,000 first printing.
Seth Borders has one of the world's highest IQs. Now he's suddenly struck by an incredible power--the ability to see multiple potential futures--in this intoxicating tale set amidst the shifting sands of the Middle East and the back roads of America.
Larry, whose love for a girl is threatened, is trapped by COVID on a ventilator where he relives past lives taking him on a seven-thousand-year journey through the history of medicine. When recovered, will his father's gift put things right?
It was the weekend before Thanksgiving. More than 100,000 fans were jammed inside Michigan Stadium, on their feet, to witness a heated football rivalry that had spanned more than 100 years. As the football was kicked into the snow-filled sky, they were about to get the shock of their lives, as long-foretold Bible prophecy came to pass before their very eyes, causing many to vanish into thin air without a trace. But what they soon realized was that it reached far beyond Michigan Stadium. Chaos of unimaginable proportions ensued worldwide. Shock, fear and panic filled each heart and mind. It was just the beginning of things to come, as life as humanity had known it was forever changed in the blink of an eye..
"Absolutely captivating....This is a masterpiece of women's fiction."—Booklist (starred review) "Absorbing....Fast-moving but emotionally resonant." —Kirkus reviews In the Blink of an Eye is award-winning author Jesse Blackadder’s deeply emotional drama that explores a family’s path to forgiveness and redemption in the aftermath of a tragedy. The Brennans—parents, Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby—have made a sea change, from chilly Hobart, Tasmania, to subtropical Murwillumbah, New South Wales. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they're still adjusting to work, school, and life in a sprawling purple clapboard house, when one morning, tragedy strikes. In the devastating aftermath, the questions fly. What really happened? And who's to blame? Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah—his innocence lost—faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain. In the Blink of an Eye is a haunting, redemptive story about forgiveness and hope.
When one of Tess's friends… …arrests another What's a pawnshop owner-turned-amateur sleuth to do? Jack is a tiger shifter and a private investigator. Tess can see how you'll die from a single touch. When a fifty-year-old skeleton turns out to be their friend's long-lost husband, they know their search for clues that may take them back half a century. And the killer may be killing again today. An ogre who runs a gambling ring… …may be the only suspect still alive to talk. Can a small-town girl and an ex-rebel soldier solve a mystery that's older than they are? What if everybody confesses? You'll love this latest laugh-out-loud addition to the Tiger's Eye Mysteries, because Dead End is a town where family and friends mean everything, and dead bodies show up more often than indigestion on chili dog night at Bingo. Get it now.
On April 4, 1995, four of Sheryl Nixons six children were involved in a terrible accident. Two of her sons were seriously injured, hospitalized for weeks, and then placed in a rehabilitation facility for five months. While trying to be a mother to two disabled sons in the hospital and rehab, Sheryl also had two traumatized children at home. With the support of her husband, family, community, and friends, Sheryl began learning how to cope with extremely difficult circumstances through her faith in God, taking one day at a time and sometimes only one minute at a time. When her sons returned home, still needing constant care, she had to deal with many of lifes uncertainties. She felt blessed that her sons had survived the accident, but could she keep them both alive at home with no medical experience herself? Step into Sheryls world as she experiences the trials and the triumphs, the setbacks and progress, the difficult yet rewarding journey of helping her family unite and return to some sort of normalcy. In the Blink of an Eye is an extraordinary tale of love, courage, and faith.
A fourteen-year-old teen's life takes an unexpected turn. Will she be able to overcome the obstacles that life throws at her time and time again? Will she be able to battle her demons and not lose herself, or her life, due to the life-altering diagnosis and the darkness that seems to be lurking around every corner that she turns and overcome? Will she be able to live a life of brighter days ahead of her?
The heartbreaking true story of a love that transcended tragedy. On 1 May 2000 Hasso von Bredow's life was forever changed. The young and active father of three suffered a massive stroke at the base of his brainstem, leaving him totally paralysed and unable to speak. With his mind as cognitive and as active as it had always been, his body became his painful prison. IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE is Hasso's moving and life-affirming memoir. At 42 Hasso had to come to terms with a life 'locked in', being dependent on others for every breath, but worst of all, losing his most precious of possessions: his voice. The only way Hasso could communicate with the world was by blinking his eyes. And using coded blinking and state of the art technology, he wrote this incredibly moving memoir letter by letter, helped only by his wife and carer, Catherine.
One man's battle to get his life back after locked-in stroke left him totally paralysed.Peter Coghlan is an ordinary bloke whose life is transformed, for the second time, after a knock to the head. So begins an extraordinary story of recovery. Peter takes the reader on a journey that will appeal to those who can relate to Peter's circumstances as well as those wanting to understand what it means to be 'Locked-in', what it takes to break free and how to build a new life. A story told in two parts, it is (at times) uncomfortable, drawing the reader into a reality where what happens is not in his control; but Peter's easy dialogue, honesty and irrepressible humour make that journey very well worth taking with him. Be prepared to laugh, cringe and cry. His story offers some answers, but also raises many questions about the obstacles to overcome and what 'success' can look and feel like, as well as shining a light on how society can view people with disabilities. Despite many setbacks and difficulties, at the heart of this story is an acknowledgement of the sacrifices he and others made, with a deep appreciation of the love, care and professionalism shown by those helping him along the way to becoming Peter Coghlan - reborn.
The mysterious explosion at the crime lab had cost one man his life, and had pitched Mac Taylor into perpetual darkness. Now, as the evidence mounted against the temporarily dismissed forensic expert, one person had dedicated herself to proving his innocence: the former girl-next-door, Julia Dalton. Before long, Mac's predicament had them racing against time and running for their lives, a life Mac could no longer imagine without the experienced nurse by his side. Suddenly Mac was seeing more with his heart than he ever had with his eyes....
A #1 New York Times bestselling author and an Edgar Award winner team up to deliver this gripping new novel featuring investigator Kendra Michaels—whose observational skills are worthy of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. Delilah Winter is one of the hottest pop stars on the planet, so how in the world was she kidnapped right in the middle of a show at the famous Hollywood Bowl? If anyone can figure it out, it's Dr. Kendra Michaels, who works with local and federal authorities on only the most impossible cases. Blind for the first twenty years of her life until a revolutionary surgical procedure allowed her to regain her sight, Kendra uses her powers of observation—honed during her years in the dark—to detect what other investigators don't. She agrees to lead the race to rescue the young singer before time runs out. Joined by Jessie Mercado, the singer's former bodyguard and a military hero, Kendra closes in on the hideout location but not before casualties mount up. Desperate for leads, Kendra must set aside her personal feelings when agent-for-hire Adam Lynch also volunteers his special skills to aid in the search. But as the abductor's true purpose becomes clear, the trio uncover a plot they never could have imagined—leading to a showdown they won't soon forget.
There was one lap to go in the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR's most celebrated event. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running one-two. Junior's legendary dad, the driver race fans called "The Intimidator," was close behind in third, blocking anyone who might try to pass. Waltrip couldn't stop thinking about all the times he'd struggled to stay ahead--and the 462 NASCAR Cup races he'd lost without a single win. He'd been a race-car driver all his adult life, following in the footsteps of his brother Darrell, a three-time NASCAR champion. And his losing streak was getting more painful every race. But this day, he knew, could be different. He was driving for Dale Earnhardt now, racing as a team with his close friend and mentor. Yet as his car roared toward the finish line, ending that losing streak once and for all, Waltrip had no clue that the greatest triumph of his life could get mired in terrible tragedy. This is the story of that fateful afternoon in Daytona, a day whose echoes are still heard today. But the story begins years earlier in a small town in Kentucky, with a boy who dreamed of racing cars, a boy who was determined to go from go-karts to the highest levels of NASCAR. For the first time ever, Michael Waltrip tells the full, revealing story of how he got to Daytona, what happened there, and the huge impact it had on so many in the racing world. He reveals for the first time how his own life changed as he dealt with guilt, faced his grief, and searched for the fortitude to climb into a race car again. It's an inspiring and powerful story, told with Michael's trademark humor, honesty, and irreverence. It's a story of family, fulfillment, and redemption--and well-earned victory in the end.