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Didn't Know We Were Poor

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By Catherine Brooks

Shows what life was like in the flourishing 1920s and during The Great Depression that followed.

P. O. Box 370, Mathews, VA  23109

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A Biologist in Paradise

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by Roger Gosden
The author celebrates a love of nature and science in this collection of 40 essays and memoirs. They reveal deep curiosity about biology, including our fellow creatures, and his concern for planetary and human health. Not a science book for scientists nor a nature book for naturalists, it is offered to everyone who shares those cares, and not only for information but also contemplation. Stories are seasoned with humor and quotations from favorite writers and poets. The straight-jacket of academia was cast off for the freedom of writing in a hopeful tone for an anxious age.

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Let There Be Life: An Intimate Portrait of Robert Edwards and His IVF Revolution

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By Roger Gosden
The authorized biography of IVF pioneer Robert Edwards is a compelling account of how he led a medical and social revolution by making babies in ‘test-tubes’. Prevailing against immense opposition when human embryology was new and sacrosanct territory, he was the champion of people with infertility, and now millions more owe their existence to assisted reproductive technologies. An improbable hero of science, he was the son of a coal miner who almost failed his first university degree, but the gritty Yorkshireman rode a roller-coaster of emotions and obstacles to a breakthrough for which he was rewarded with a Nobel Prize and knighthood. After the first IVF babies, he became an entrepreneurial clinic director and publisher, but, alas, never received so much acclaim for the foundations of embryo stem cell science and embryo screening for heritable diseases.

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Reagan's Mandate: Anecdotes from Inside Washington's Iron Triangle

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By Barbara N. McLennan

Anecdotes from Inside Washington's Iron Triangle (March 2009) describes how Washington's Iron Triangle--the combination of Congress, lobbies, and Administration --changed our national government thirty years ago. The book recounts Dr. McLennan's journey, in the 1970s and 1980s, from university professor to minority staff member on the House Budget Committee, to the office of a young Senator, to the Treasury Department to work on tax reform, and to the Commerce Department where as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Information and Analysis she represented the U.S. to international organizations and supervised the preparation of numerous government publications.

The memoir is unique because Dr. McLennan was the only Congressional staff member to work both on Reagan's first budget in the House and his first tax bill in the Senate. These bills passed Congress with strong bipartisan support.  In 1984, as the only Congressional staffer to move to the Treasury Department, she participated in the preparation of the study that proposed tax reform. Based on this study, Congress in 1986 reformed the income tax with bipartisan support. All of these events occurred at a time when very few women held senior positions in the U. S. government.