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Nonfiction Titles Published in January 2017
A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama by Michael D'Antonio
In response to criticism and disappointment from the Left, the author offers a bold assessment of the lasting successes and major achievements of President Obama. Includes 47 charts and graphs. By a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
Disaster Falls: A Family Story by Stephane Gerson
Chronicles the aftermath of the author's 8-year-old son's drowning death during a family rafting trip, describing how the tragedy threatened to isolate their surviving family members as they processed wrenching grief in respective ways.
In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary
Captures the exceptional life, imagination and passion of the author of Goodnight Moon, in a book that draws from unpublished manuscripts, songs, personal letters and diaries that the author discovered in the attic of Margaret Wise Brown's sister.
The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers, ed. Contributions by Ava DuVernay, et al.
A tribute to America’s beloved first lady as she leaves the White House presents a chorus of diverse voices—including Ava DuVernay, Damon Young, Roxane Gay, Jason Moran, Alicia Hall Moran, Marcus Samuelsson, Brittney Cooper and more—with smart, engaging perspectives on Michelle Obama.
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca
Presents the shocking and amazing true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing 18-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up.
A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life by Ayelet Waldman
A lighthearted account of the author's experiment with microdoses of LSD in an effort to treat a debilitating mood disorder details what she has learned about the misunderstood drug and how she believes psychedelics can be appropriately used as therapeutic medicines.
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin
An intimate and inspiring portrait of Trayvon Martin shares previously untold insights into the movement he inspired from the perspectives of his parents, who also describe their efforts to bring meaning to his short life through the movement's pursuit of redemption and justice.
Rise: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins
Tells the amazing story of a woman who, having escaped an abusive marriage but having no home to live in, enlisted the help of a small bank loan and a work crew consisting only of her and her four children to build a family home from the ground up, in the amazing story of a broken family's healing.
Spider From Mars: My Life With Bowie by Woody Woodmansey. Foreword by Tony Visconti.
The last surviving member of David Bowie’s band The Spiders From Mars, which helped launch his Ziggy Stardust persona and made him a star, shares never-before-told stories and photographs, offers details of the album sessions and recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters and the rock ‘n roll excess that drove the band apart.
Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney
Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor and the host of the #1 rated Special Report With Bret Baier explores the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower through the lens of his last three days in office in January 1961, revealing Ike to be a model of strong yet principled leadership that is desperately missing in America today.
Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery by Stephanie Jagger
An executive life coach reflects on a transformative ski season across five continents in what became a physical and spiritual journey that tested her body and spirit and helped her build new understandings about strength, love and authenticity.
Business & Economics
Creative Change: Why We Resist It... How We Can Embrace It by Jennifer Mueller
A forefront psychologist analyzes the paradox of how today's corporate leaders both desire and reject creative solutions, offering insight into the biases that compromise innovation while suggesting options for recognizing creative opportunities and overcoming unproductive beliefs.
Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality by James Kwak. Foreword by Simon Johnson.
The co-author of the best-selling 13 Bankers outlines a bracing deconstruction of the framework for understanding the world of classroom Economics, clarifying the study's assumptions and misleading teachings while sharing historical insights into how economism became a prevalent influence in the U.S.
A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market by Edward O. Thorp. Foreword by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Traces the author's experiences as a mathematics wizard, author, inventor, hedge-fund manager and card-counter who revealed casino-beating strategies, invented the first wearable computer and launched a Wall Street revolution.
Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck
One of the highest-ranked women to ever work on Wall Street explains to women how to evaluate themselves and their careers by embracing and investing in unique traits proven to make women stronger leaders, better team players and more valuable assets to companies and employers.
Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success by Angela Morgan; Courtney Lynch; & Sean Lynch. Foreword by Frederick W. Smith.
Explaining how leaders can be found at any level of an organization, a guide for reevaluating traditional concepts of leadership explains how to identify the thinkers, workers, innovators and influencers who are catalysts for positive organizational change.
The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today's Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats by Damian Mogavero & Joseph D'Agnese. Foreword by Danny Meyer.
A behind-the-scenes narrative about how the restaurant business is transitioning away from intuitive methods toward data-driven practices cites the examples of successful celebrity-run restaurants and culinary trendsetters to explain how today's revolutionary eateries are pioneering effective new approaches.
Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birth, the Illusion of Consent, and the Future of Freedom by Raoul Martinez
An artist, writer and award-winning documentarian presents his treatise on the limits of America’s supposed freedom, which he asserts has been distorted into justifying inequality, an irrational criminal justice system and a dehumanizing foreign policy and outlines a radical framework to make changes.
Everybody Curses, I Swear!: Uncensored Tales from the Hollywood Trenches by Carrie Keagan
The comedian, talk show host, internet entrepreneur, and original YouTube sensation describes how she turned swearing into an art-form and discusses the stories behind her naughty interviews with Hollywood celebrities that earned her the nickname “Barbara Walters on Acid.”
A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Midwife's Tale presents a revelatory and deeply intimate exploration of the world of early Mormon women that draws on 19th-century diaries, letters, albums, minute-books and quilts created by first-generation Latter-Day Saints.
Invincible Living: The Power of Yoga, the Energy of Breath, and Other Tools for a Radiant Life by Guru Jagat
A senior Kundalini Yoga instructor outlines a radical understanding of yoga as a broader principle for living, demonstrating simple, breath-driven exercises and quick meditations designed to reset well-being regardless of age and background.
The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder by Claudia Rowe
A New York Times journalist traces her psychologically provocative, four-year conversation with a young serial killer who murdered eight women and hid them in the basement of his family home, a relationship that dangerously challenged her sense of self.
The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation by Randall Fuller
Traces the impact of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species on a diverse group of writers, abolitionists and social reformers, including Henry David Thoreau and Bronson Alcott, against a backdrop of growing tensions and transcendental idealism in 1860 America.
The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer
An extensively researched, 100-year history of the vast Russian penal colony of Siberia chronicles how more than a million criminals of all severity levels, revolutionaries and activists were exiled into what became a brutal colony also populated by family members, fugitives, terrorists and bounty hunters.
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
The co-author of the FBI Agent Pendergast series presents a high-suspense account of the discovery of a lost civilization, contemporaries of the Mayans who lived deep in the Honduran jungle.
True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement by Jon Else
Presents the inside story of the making of one of the most important and influential TV shows in history and of its legacy as the film that reframed of the entire history of the Civil Rights movement permanently.
Why? : Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes
A timely exploration of the most commonly asked questions about the Holocaust challenges common misconceptions and discusses how no single theory fully explains the tragedy, drawing on a wealth of scholarly research and experience to offer new insights to future generations.
Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America by Jonathan Chait
An analysis of Barack Obama's considerable accomplishments in the face of critics from both parties explains why the author believes he will be considered one of history's greatest leaders in major policy fronts ranging from economics and the environment to health care and civil rights.
The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force by Eliot Cohen
A renowned scholar of international relations outlines compelling arguments in favor of America's enduring relevance in today's world and why an active military presence is essential to preserving and enforcing the nation's foreign policies.
How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft by Edward Jay Epstein
Challenges the popular image of Edward Snowden as hacker turned avenging angel, while revealing how vulnerable the United States' national security systems have become.
A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order by Richard Haass
The president of the Council on Foreign Relations presents a visionary examination of the deteriorating ability of today's global powers to shape the world in their image and facilitate world order, calling for new approaches that address the non-state contributors and other challenges of the 21st century.
Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You by Andreas Weigend & Robin Dennis
A longtime chief scientist at Amazon identifies the ubiquitous nature of big data in today's world, outlining six basic data rights that demonstrate how effectively understood and strategically applied data can make corporations and individuals more profitable.
Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenberg
A psychology professor specializing in the cognitive and neurological bases of language and reading discusses why he thinks we have been incorrectly teaching children and adults how to read and offers suggestions on how to vastly improve this vital life skill. Includes charts and graphs.
Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Elusive Structure of the Universe and the Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli. Trans by Simon Carnell & Erica Segre.
The theoretical physicist author of the best-selling Seven Brief Lessons on Physics traces how the human image of the world has changed throughout history, demonstrating the evolution of the idea of reality while touching on subjects ranging from the Higgs boson to quantum gravity.
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski
Explanations of scientific principles as they can be observed in everyday examples, from the billowing cloud appearance of milk in hot drinks to how ducks keep their feet warm while walking on ice, reveal how they are linked to major challenges, including climate change and the energy crisis.
Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine
The acclaimed author of Delusions of Gender challenges conventional beliefs about evolutionary factors that are used to justify gender politics, outlining lively arguments against cultural stereotypes, in a call for a more equal society that recognizes the potential of both sexes.
Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick
The award-winning author of Out of Eden presents an intimate exploration of how life is organized around time and its conflicting perceptions, drawing on international travels and research lab visits where he witnessed fascinating time-altering phenomena.
Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Freak Out Less, Accomplish More, and Generally Win at Life by Sarah Knight
The author of the international best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck provides a straight-talking, humorous and helpful guide to shedding self-doubt and finding one's own path to success.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
A guide to the Danish philosophy of well-being shares advice and ideas for taking healthy breaks, living in the moment, creating positive atmospheres, building relationships and finding the richness of life in everyday small comforts.
The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith
A guide to smarter ways to pursue a life of fulfillment and significance identifies the reasons why the pursuit of happiness remains elusive for most people, drawing on the latest cognitive research and cultural insights to outline how to develop a "meaning mind-set" to achieve purpose and interpersonal connections.
American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus by Lisa Wade
A revelatory account of the new culture of sex at today's colleges profiles how students are navigating a harrowing emotional landscape marked by one-sidedness, status competition and sexual violence that is particularly challenging to minorities and women.
At the End of the World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic by Lawrence Millman
A sobering account of a series of obscure murders in the remote Belcher Islands and the unbalanced trial that followed stands as both a lamentation for a fading culture and a cautionary tale about the dehumanizing consequences of natural-world destruction.
Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World by Robert D, Kaplan
The best-selling author of The Revenge of Geography reflects on his truck-driver father's evocative travel stories while recounting his own experiences during a cross-country journey in an effort to recapture and understand America's landscapes from a ground-level perspective.
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming
Recounts the powerful experiences of Syrian refugee Doaa Zamel, who was cast adrift in a frigid sea with the children of drowned parents after their dangerously overcrowded ship sank, in an account that details what their experiences reveal about an ongoing international crisis.
The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives by Lisa Servon
An urgent exposé of what the author terms America's broken banking system reveals the discriminatory practices of banks that favor wealthy customers, forcing a large percentage of the population to explore alternate monetary management systems.