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Addiction: A Problem of Epidemic Proportions

Addiction is a widespread and growing problem. Substance abuse is still the most common and most destructive form of addiction. But other addictions-for instance, to gambling, social media, shopping, and video games-are also inflicting harm on people’s lives. Addiction: A Problem of Epidemic Proportions provides a down-to-earth look at addiction, its consequences, and the challenges of recovery.

All About Anime and Manga

Anime and manga originated in Japan, but they are enjoying unprecedented, global popularity. The All About Anime and Manga series discusses the art, the artists, origins and evolving styles, and the legions of devoted fans who keep anime and manga at the forefront of popular culture.

All Those Broken Angels

Richard Harrison was the last person to see his friend Melanie alive. She vanished when they were six, and while the police never found her, a part of her remained a living shadow that became Richard's closest friend. For ten years, Richard has never questioned the shadow that keeps him company . . . until a new girl moves to town, claiming to be Melanie. All Those Broken Angels is a story of buried bones and shadowy secrets and the freedom that can only come from a journey through darkness.

American Jaguar: Big Cats, Biogeography, and Human Borders

In the borderlands between the US and Mexico, the American jaguar is fighting to regain its kingdom. Its biggest threat: habitat fragmentation created by roads, farms, mines-and the border wall. Learn how scientists want to protect this keystone species.

Ancient Civilizations

From the lowliest slave to the most powerful ruler, every civilization has been built—and undone—by different classes of people. This series takes an anthropologist’s view of five famous Ancient Civilizations, noting how the various social groups influenced and interacted with each other and changed the very history of the world. Emphasizing each civilization’s legacy and innovations, each title also presents a timeline of major historical events, and engaging facts are highlighted throughout.

Animals with Jobs: Putting Instinct and Training to Work

For centuries, animals have worked alongside their human partners. Using their sharp senses, instincts, and training, animals provide transportation, guidance and assistance, safety and rescue, therapy, entertainment, and more. In these jobs, animals have proven to be invaluable partners to people worldwide.

Apollo 13: A Successful Failure

"Houston, we've had a problem." On April 13, 1970, the three astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft were headed to the moon when a sudden explosion rocked the ship. Oxygen levels began depleting rapidly. Electrical power began to fail. AstronautsJames Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise were about to be stranded in the inky void of outer space. The mission to the moon was scrapped. Now, Apollo 13's only goal was to bring the crew home. With the damaged spacecraft hurtling towards the moon a

Art Scene  

The art world is ever changing. Although painting and sculpture still have a strong following, many of today's artists are making names for themselves in other art forms including animation, tattoo, and even graffiti. The Art Scene series focuses onwhat some of today's new artists are doing, what they seek to communicate through their art, and how they are using new techniques and technology to create and promote their work. Each book introduces readers to influential artists and presents brief

Asylum Seekers: Hope and Disappointment on the Border

Individuals who are persecuted or endure gang and gender-based violence in their home countries face a difficult decision-stay or leave. Asylum seekers travel through dangerous conditions to the US/Mexico border in hopes of finding safety and refuge. This title examines how current events, political policies, and a global pandemic have made the asylum process more difficult. Personal stories of those on the journey help readers understand the people who seek asylum at the southern border.

Attention Deficit: How Technology has Hijacked Our Ability to Concentrate

Smartphones, social media, and the Internet are creating a distraction pandemic. Digital devices steal attention, lower productivity, and increase stress in users. This book focuses on personal stories, academic studies, and current events to illustrate society’s attention deficit while providing advice for those who wish to go on a digital diet.