Ways of Hearing -- Damon Krukowski

Staff Pick

Turn off what you're listening to (whether it's an audiobook, the author's music with Galaxie 500 or Damon and Naomi, or even the podcast this book began as), take out your headphones, look around you for a second to really see wherever you are, and read this now. It's a beautifully designed reproduction on the page of what feels like the best conversation you've ever had about sound, mostly musical and environmental, in the age of the smart phone. Krukowski's voice on the page is, dare I say, a very centering voice to read: he understands why we shut out the noise of the world around us, why we like having seemingly all music at our fingertips, and also why we need a second just to breathe and reflect on what we really find valuable.





Ways of Hearing By Damon Krukowski, Emily Thompson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Damon Krukowski, Emily Thompson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780262039642
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: The MIT Press - April 9th, 2019

The Space Barons - Christian Davenport

Staff Pick

Years ago, talk of a space race referred to competition between the United States and Soviet Union to put men in orbit and then send them to the moon. Nowadays, it applies to a few billionaires vying to go where only the most powerful nations went before—that is, beyond planet Earth. Christian Davenport, a journalist on the Washington Post’s financial staff who covers the space and defense industries, was able to talk to these billionaire entrepreneurs and chronicles their rivalries and ambitious, out-of-this-world projects in The Space Barons. These private, commercial space efforts are only about a decade-and-a-half old or less, yet they’ve made tremendous strides in a relatively short time, marking the end of the government’s monopoly on exploring the cosmos and holding considerable promise for the future.

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos By Christian Davenport Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610398299
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 20th, 2018

Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew - Michael Leinbach

Staff Pick

On February 1st, 2003 the crew of the space shuttle Columbia was lost when it broke up during reentry in the skies over Texas. This is the moving account of the search and recovery operations --the largest search in U.S. history-- launched to find the crewmembers and their ship. The goal was to ensure the astronauts were respectfully laid to rest and determine the cause of the accident. I am still in awe of the magnitude of dedication shown by people from across the country who found common cause in honoring these heroes. This is a story I will always carry with me.

Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew By Michael D. Leinbach, Jonathan H. Ward, Robert Crippen (Foreword by), Col. Eileen M. Collins, USAF (Retired) (Epilogue by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781628728514
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Published: Arcade - January 23rd, 2018