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Young Ninja Group (ages 3-5)

Andrew Stewart
Andrew Stewart

The Abundance Book

When Mala and Ronak learn that their mother has only a few months to live, they are reluctantly pulled back into the midwestern world of their Indian immigrant parents - a diaspora of prosperous doctors and engineers who have successfully managed to keep faith with the old world while claiming the prizes of the new. More successfully than their children - equally ill at ease with Holi and Christmas, bhaji and barbecue, they are mysteries to their parents and themselves. In the short time between diagnosis and deterioration, Mala sets about learning everything she can about her mother's art of Indian cooking. Perfecting the naan and the raita, the two confront their deepest divisions and failures and learn to speak as well as cook. But when Ronak hits upon the idea of selling their experience as a book and a TV documentary, India and America, immigrant and native-born are torn as never before.With grace, acuity, and wry compassion, Amit Majmudar has written anew the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations.

The Abundance Book


New technologies continue to democratize, decentralize, and disrupt production, offering the possibility that scarcity will be a thing of the past for many industries. We call these technologies of abundance. But our economy and our legal institutions are based on scarcity.

Digitization and its effects on the production, organization, and distribution of information provide early examples of changes to markets and industries. Copyright industries went through upheaval and demands for new protections. But they are not alone. New technologies such as 3D printing, CRISPR, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and more are democratizing, decentralizing, and disrupting production in food and alcohol production, biotechnologies, and more, and even the production of innovation itself, opening the prospect of an abundance society in which people can print or otherwise obtain the things they want, including living organisms, on-demand.

Society already has examples of each type of response. The copyright industries survived the end of scarcity, and indeed thrived, not by turning to the law but by changing business practices, leveraging the scarcity inherent to live performances and using streaming technology to remove the market structures that fed unauthorized copying, and by reorganizing around distribution networks rather than content creators. Newsgathering, reporting, and distribution face challenges flowing from democratized, decentralized, and disrupted production. Luxury brands and NFTs offer examples of artificial scarcity created to reinforce a sort of modern sumptuary code. And we have seen effective, decentralized production based on economics of abundance in examples ranging from open-source software to Wikipedia.

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think is a non-fiction book on advancing the human condition authored by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler that was published in 2012. Diamandis is otherwise primarily known for founding the X Prize Foundation, a nonprofit effort based around scientific competitions, and Kotler is otherwise known both as a journalist and as a writer of previous works.[1]

The San Francisco Chronicle said that the book's authors "argue forcefully against two prevailing notions: that the world's resources are being depleted too rapidly, and that the gap between the rich and the poor is widening beyond repair. They cite the rise of do-it-yourself innovation, fabulously rich 'technophilanthropists' who intend to use their deep pockets to change the world, and what they've termed the 'rising billion': the world's poor, who, thanks to modern communication technology, now have a voice."[4]

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The only thing that calms me is the thought that these words are neither original nor my own. Seneca wrote that the abundance of books is distraction (distringit librorum multitudo). Getting lost in so many books is unhelpful. Anne Bair quotes his explanation to what he means (in another great book: Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age)

Eric G. Bolen (Author) ERIC G. BOLEN is professor emeritus of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has coauthored several books, including Wildlife Ecology and Management, Ecology of North America, The Natural History of Texas, and Waterfowl Management and Ecology. He is also the author or coauthor of more than two hundred scientific articles. He lives and writes in Wilmington.James F. Parnell (Author) JAMES F. PARNELL is professor emeritus of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He is coauthor and primary photographer for several books, including Birds of the Carolinas, Mammals of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland, Freshwater Fishes of the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, and Attracting Birds in the Carolinas. He is the lead author or coauthor of more than fifty scientific articles.

Somehow I missed this book of poetry by Weigl when it came out in 2012. These poems deal with all of his usual subjects: the Vietnam War, the return from the war and the difficulties of that process, and of course, all the aspects of being a human on this planet.

Parents need to know that An Abundance of Katherines is a quirky novel by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) about teen boys who take a road trip to Tennessee, where they get jobs recording the locals' oral histories in the town of Gutshot. There's strong language (including "s--t," "ass," "damn," bastard" and various euphemisms for the male organ) and references to sex, orgasms, and oral sex. While less graphic than many young adult books, the book has some mature themes, including the reality of teens facing their anxieties and fears as they grow up.

Ultimately, though, readers who like intriguing characters and intellectual play will find this book lots of fun. And teens will certainly relate to the anxieties and fears of these young adults about to embark on the greatest adventure of their lives: adulthood.

Free giveaway copies of the book are available to the first dozen teens that ask for one. Multiple library system copies will also be made available for check out at the downstairs Circulation Desk prior to the meeting.

The Abundance of Less has the answer to break away from this cycle of more. In this book, Marcy bares all about their journey, outlining not only the successes, but the failures too. This book will leave you questioning whether what you're holding on to in life is really that important, and in turn, will lead you to find your own path to happiness.

More generally, if abundance in all things harms financial special interests and is opposed by environmentalists, how will any sort of abundance ever be realized? How will Californians escape a future of rationed scarcity?

Even taking into account some limitations in the available data, anyone fighting for abundance must nonetheless confront an inescapable fact: Every American on average uses four times as much energy as people in the rest of the world, and they use three times as much water. Furthermore, if anything, the per capita water use for Americans is understated. Nuances can alter the implications of fractional differences, but they cannot explain away multiples of three or four times. Can abundance for everyone be achieved without destroying the planet?

There are several factors that have to be taken into account to answer this question. Perhaps to begin, here are some premises to introduce as worthy of vigorous debate, since to defend each of them would go well beyond the scope of a book dealing with water policy in California. So for better or for worse, they are: 041b061a72


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