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AOK LIBRARY'S UMBC AT 50
Sharing the past, Building the future
188837812
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BEATING THE ODDS
by Freeman A. Hrabowski signed copies available
019510219
Price: $35.00

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HOLDING FAST TO DREAMS HARDCOVER
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BREAKING LOOSE TOGETHER
by Marjoleine Kars


080784999
Price: $22.50

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CURIOUS BEHAVIOR: YAWNING, LAUGHING, HICCUPPING, AND BEYOND
by Robert R. Provine

Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread-in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Upon investigation, these instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be uniquely valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species.

Many activities showcased in Curious Behavior are contagious, but none surpasses yawning in this regard-just reading the word can make one succumb. Though we often take it as a sign of sleepiness or boredom, yawning holds clues to the development of our sociality and ability to empathize with others. Its inescapable transmission reminds us that we are sometimes unaware, neurologically programmed beasts of the herd. Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations. Tickling, we learn, may be the key to programming personhood into robots. Coughing comes in musical, medical, and social varieties. Farting and belching have import for the evolution of human speech. And prenatal behavior is offered as the strangest exhibit of all, defying postnatal logic in every way. Our earthiest acts define Homo sapiens as much as language, bipedalism, tool use, and other more studied characteristics.

As Provine guides us through peculiarities right under our noses, he beckons us to follow with self-experiments: tickling our own feet, keeping a log of when we laugh, and attempting to suppress yawns and sneezes. Such humble investigations provide fodder for grade school science projects as well as doctoral dissertations. Small Science can yield big rewards.

067404851
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FAULKNER & HEMINGWAY: BIOGRAPHY of a LITERARY RIVALRY
by Joseph Fruscione
081421174
Price: $49.95

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GAGARIN STREET
poems by Piotr Gwiazda


093184680
Price: $12.00

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GOLD LEAF LADY
by Stephen E. Braude


022607152
Price: $22.50

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HOLDING FAST TO DREAMS HARDCOVER
by Freeman A. Hrabowski III
080700344
Price: $25.95

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HOLDING FAST TO DREAMS PAPERBACK
by Freeman A. Hrabowski III
080705244
Price: $18.00

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HOUR MINUTE SECOND
by Robert Deluty
097924595
Price: $14.95

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HOUSEHOLD DYNAMICS
by William A. Lord


019512901
Price: $42.95

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IMPROBABLE EXCELLENCE: THE SAGA OF UMBC (HARDCOVER)
by George R. La Noue
161163938
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IMPROBABLE EXCELLENCE: THE SAGA OF UMBC (PAPERBACK)
Improbable Excellence: The Saga of UMBC
George R. La Noue

La Noue tells the story of UMBC, just in time for UMBC's 50th anniversary!
Available in paperback and hardcover.

153100277
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James Merrill & W.H. Auden: Homosexuality & Poetic Influence
by Piotr Gwiazda
140398431
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Kopenhaga
translated by Piotr Gwiazda
193889000
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