Abandoned places & Bio art: Cool picks from the selectors

Abandoned Places: 60 Stories of Places Where Time Stood Still

Illustrated liberally and with short articles this is a great book for the armchair traveller. Chernobyl is of course featured, but there are a surprisingly large amount of places that have been abandoned because of environmental disasters as well as urban migration. Interestingly Waiuta in New Zealand is included, one of the small towns abandoned after the gold rush. With haunting photographs this is an ideal book for flicking through and choosing places that are of interest, and perhaps you might even get some ideas for your next trip overseas!

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Bio Art: Altered Realities

Featuring artists work from all over the world, this is also an easy book to pick up and flick through to find a piece of work that takes your fancy. The amount of art representing the biological sciences is about as broad and never ending as nature itself. Some are environmental protest pieces, others are representations of science itself. Well illustrated with informative articles on each artist.

Beyond Belief: Racist, Sexist, Rude, Crude and Dishonest. The Golden Age of Madison Avenue

The titles says it all! Examples from the 1950s advertising world featuring some nasty advertising for soap (suggesting that a black child needs to wash more), how smoking Camel cigarettes can cure throat irritation, and Valium can restore cheerfulness and optimism alongside plenty of examples of how women can catch a man....

Beautiful but dumb. She has never learnt the first rule of lasting charm. A long lasting deodorant. People on the go use ODO.RO.NO

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Physics is not usually considered an easy read, but this title is promoted as "playful, entertaining and mindbending".

In under 100 pages all those questions about modern physics that have been keeping you awake at night are answered!

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