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The best books on railways and trains

Rajendra B. Aklekar (born 1974) is an Indian journalist with over 25 years of experience and author of best-selling books on India’s railway history and heritage. He is also the biographer of India’s legendary railway engineer Dr. E Sreedharan. With museology from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharasj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, Aklekar is also a Google-certified Digital Marketer. Aklekar, associated with the Indian Railway Fans’ Club Association, Indian Steam Railway Society, Rail Enthusiasts Society, has contributed significantly while setting up the Rail Heritage Gallery at the UNESCO-listed Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station, formerly Victoria Terminus building, Bombay, and documentation of heritage relics of India’s first railway.

Railways & the Raj: How the Age of Steam Transformed India Indian Railways: The Weaving of a National Tapestry Indian Locomotives: Broad Gauge, 1851-1940 Pt. 1 Building the Railways of the Raj, 1850-1900 Around India in 80 Trains

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The best zombie and monster books with alternate realities

Growing up in Chicago, I’ve always had a fascination for history, (even if it was sometimes a bit gory!), from Capone and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre to reading about monsters and the unique worlds created by favorite author Stephen King. So, it’s probably not too surprising that I combined both interests and offered a new solution to the infamous Lizzie Borden axe murders of 1892 in my own book series. I enjoy reading, and writing, the serious to the not-so-serious, often incorporating touches of humor, or at least the absurd, where and whenever I can. 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Zombie-In-Chief: Eater of the Free World: A Novel Take on a Brain-Dead Election The Love-Haight Case Files, Book 1: Seeking Supernatural Justice Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter The Vampire's Violin

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The best books on coping with grief and loss through suicide

At age 13, the unthinkable happened and my father took his own life. Barely into adolescence, this trauma shaped the rest of my life. It created a deep compassion within me for the suffering of others and an understanding of the impact death can have. It ended everything and in learning to live, learning to laugh and smile, and dare to be happy again, I found my passion to help others rise to the surface in adult years. For anyone having to face the trauma of suicide, I am deeply sorry, and I know that there are no words that will alleviate the pain, but if you are looking for some comfort (when you are ready for it) I hope these books will help. 

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One

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The best books on feminist international relations

Valerie M. Hudson is a University Distinguished Professor and holds the George H.W. Bush Chair in the Department of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where she directs the Program on Women, Peace, and Security. Hudson was named to the list of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, and was recognized as Distinguished Scholar of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA/ISA) and awarded an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship as well as an inaugural Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Australian National University. She has been selected as the Distinguished Scholar Award recipient for 2022 by the Political Demography and Geography Section (PDG/ISA) of the International Studies Association. 

Parity of the Sexes Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving Global Security Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women Are Worth Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace

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The best children’s books for dog lovers

Growing up, my brothers and I begged for a dog, but our parents never gave in. Fortunately, when my kids begged for a pup, my husband and I gave in. So, as a children’s book writer, I wanted to give kids a book to help them convince their parents that there’s always room for a pup in the family, and at the same time, subtly emphasize the importance of gratitude and inclusion.  

Hound Won't Go Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family Martha Speaks There Might Be Lobsters The Dog Encyclopedia for Kids

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The best books about human impact on the natural world

My formative experiences as a writer took place largely in natural settings—as well as in the pages of many books. When I was a teenager I moved with my family to Jasper National Park, where I hiked and climbed and started writing my first stories. On one winter climb in a frozen ravine, I lost my footing and slid down an ice slope into a natural well. This became the seed of my first novel, Icefields. Living in a protected “wilderness” also helped me understand how precious and fragile the natural world is. I have published several novels and a collection of short fiction. I teach creative writing at the University of Alberta and live in a place with lots of trees. 

The Overstory Dune The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future The Most Important Comic Book on Earth: Stories to Save the World

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The best books to understand how the hell San Francisco turned out like it did

I’ve lived in San Francisco since I was 20 in 1978. I helped launch Processed World in 1981, Critical Mass in 1992, and Shaping San Francisco in 1998. I’ve been co-directing and co-curating the archive at foundsf.org since 2009, and have been fully immersed for years in gathering and presenting local history online, on bike and walking tours, during Public Talks, and most recently on Bay Cruises. I have published three books of my own and edited or co-edited seven additional volumes, much of which covers local history. The more I’ve learned the more I’ve realized how little I know!

Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

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The best books to read when you’re decluttering (or trying to avoid it)

I didn’t choose clutter as a topic—it chose me. Around the time Marie Kondo became a tidying-up sensation, my mother suffered a breakdown and could no longer live in her dangerously cluttered house. I’m an only child, so it fell to me to figure what to do with it all. So much stuff! It got me wondering: How did clutter get to be such a huge problem for so many people? The books on this list helped answer that question and made me feel less alone in the struggle with stuff. I hope you find them useful too.

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

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The best books about spiritual places

I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a different kind of life. I was brought up by two writers who took me to magical places, far away from cities, to meet magical people. I spent my childhood searching for horse chestnuts and looking for otters. I wasn’t interested in electronic games and loud music: I wanted instead to be out in nature, watching for wild things and listening to the song of birds. It comes back to Iona, to this tiny little island on the west coast of Scotland which I will feel always is my spiritual home. In that place, I have everything I need. Nothing that a big city can offer tempts. Ever.

Highland River Ring of Bright Water: A Trilogy The Peace of Wild Things The Road The Knot of Vipers

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The best books on artificial intelligence that are not full of hype and nonsense

I’ve been a geeky kid all my life. (I don’t think I’ve quite grown up yet.) Born in the 1970s, my childhood was a wonderful playground of building robots and software. I was awarded one of the early degrees in AI, and a PhD in genetic algorithms. I’ve since spent 25 years exploring how to make computers think, build, invent, compose… and I’ve also spent 20 years writing popular science books. I’m lucky enough to be a Professor in one of the world’s best universities for Computer Science and Machine Learning: UCL, and I guess I’ve written two or three hundred scientific papers over the years. I still think I know nothing at all about real or artificial intelligence, but then does anyone?

Rage Inside the Machine: The Prejudice of Algorithms, and How to Stop the Internet Making Bigots of Us All AI: Its Nature and Future Artifictional Intelligence: Against Humanity's Surrender to Computers The Integral Trees: And the Smoke Ring On

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