The Secret Lives of Systems

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Monday, June 14, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Carmichael's Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Avenue
40206 Louisville

Join us on Monday, June 14th at 7 PM for a reading and book signing with Scott Huler, author of On the Grid: A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems That Make Our World Work. His book is an in-depth look at the basic components of the systems that sustain our way of life: wires, pipes, roads and water. Each chapter follows one element of infrastructure to its source. In his chapter on water, he traces a drop from his faucet at home all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. On the Grid is a lively, engaging and often humurous look at the secret life of our infrastructure. Don't miss this sure-to-be-fascinating and informative discussion.

No-Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through The Odyssey By Scott Huler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400082834
Availability: The book is not currently in stock at our stores. Please call us for price and availability.
Published: Crown - January 5th, 2010

When NPR contributor Scott Huler made one more attempt to get through James Joyce’s Ulysses, he had no idea it would launch an obsession with the book’s inspiration: the ancient Greek epic The Odyssey and the lonely homebound journey of its Everyman hero, Odysseus.

Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale and How a 19th-Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry By Scott Huler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400048854
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Crown - June 28th, 2005

Defining the Wind is a wonderfully written account of one man’s crusade to learn about what the wind is made of by tracing the history of the Beaufort Scale and its eccentric creator, Sir Francis Beaufort. It’s as much about the language we use to describe our world as it is an exhortation to observe it more closely.