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The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma's Table by Rick Bragg
The best-selling author of All Over but the Shoutin' presents a rollicking food memoir, cookbook and tribute to his mother and the vanishing pre-Civil War Deep South, sharing classic family recipes and preparation secrets for such traditional fare as short ribs, biscuits and perfect mashed potatoes.
Born Trump: Inside America's First Family by Emily Jane Fox
The Wall Street and Silicon Valley Hive reporter presents an insider's account of the Trump family that discusses the experiences and perspectives that have shaped their controversial political and cultural views, as well as the upbringings of the family's younger members.
Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots by Nancy Goldstone
Documents how a betrayed Elizabeth Stuart, the daughter of James I, raised her four daughters amid the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age, tracing how their remarkable stories and dynastic ambitions shaped a three-decade war and fulfilled the promises of their great-grandmother, Mary Queen of Scots.
Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties by James F. Simon
Traces the bitter 1950s rivalry between President Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl Warren and how it framed the tumultuous future of the modern civil rights movement, sharing insights into their respective beliefs about gradual versus immediate change and how their complicated political and personal differences continue to reverberate today.
Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World by Eileen McNamara
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the life and times of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, covering her Stanford education, her inspirational relationship with her sister Rosemary, her advocacy on behalf of disabled citizens and the solutions she envisioned that helped engineer one of the greatest civil rights movements of the modern world.
Every Day I'm Hustling by Vivica A. Fox
Inspirational life lessons from the NAACP Image Award-winning actress urge today's businesswomen to take charge of their own luck, sharing stories from her early family life and career, including behind-the-scenes anecdotes from her film work, where she received advice and encouragement from her fellow stars.
The Fox Hunt by Mohammed Al Samawi
The son of middle-class Shiite doctors in Yemen shares his moving story of love, war and hope that describes his harrowing escape from regional fanaticism and civil unrest through a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of Western interfaith activists.
The Geraldo Show by Geraldo Rivera
The Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning journalist and broadcaster presents a memoir of his life and career that discusses such subjects as his mixed-heritage upbringing in New York, his struggles as an employee of a conservative Fox News and his relationships with Roger Ailes and Donald Trump.
Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film by Don Graham
A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film discusses its production in the isolated wilds of Texas, the achievements of Academy Award-winning director George Stevens and other key contributors and the ways the movie reflected America's rise as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology. By the award-winning author of Literary Austin.
The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate by Arno Michaelis & Pardeep Singh Kaleka with Robin Gaby Fisher
Documents the story of the unlikely and powerful friendship between a Sikh and a former white supremacist in the aftermath of Wade Michael Page's murderous 2012 attack on a Wisconsin Sikh Temple, describing how they launched the Serve 2 Unite organization to promote community inclusion and fight hate crimes.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil
Traces the author's harrowing experiences as a young child during the Rwanda massacres and displacements, which separated her from her parents and forced the author and her older sister to endure six years as refugees in seven countries, foraging for survival and encountering unexpected acts of cruelty and kindness before she was granted asylum in a profoundly different America.
Hang Time: My Life in Basketball by Elgin Baylor with Alan Eisenstock
The 11-time NBA All-Star and 2006 NBA Executive of the Year traces his career in professional basketball, touching on such subjects as the vertical-versus-horizontal strategies that shaped him as both a player and a general manager, his battles against racism and his relationship with the notorious Donald Sterling.
Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, but You Can Read Them Too by Louie Anderson
The Emmy Award-winning actor and stand-up comedian presents a loving tribute to his late mother that shares the wisdom he gleaned from her throughout his life, his ongoing struggles with food and dysfunctional home dynamics and how he learned to laugh at the absurdities that shaped their family.
The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist's Journey from Helplessness to Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman
The influential former president of the American Psychological Association chronicles how the psychology profession has significantly changed since the mid-20th century, sharing the human stories behind current advances while exploring how the field has shaped politics, the military, education and life quality for everyday people. By the author of Learned Optimism.
Lady in Red: An Intimate Portrait of Nancy Reagan by Sheila Tate
A long-awaited collection of behind-the-scenes stories and iconic images of the influential First Lady, compiled by a close confidante and former press secretary, shares insights into her personal life, from her daily routines and diplomatic travels to her friendships and enduring influence in the Reagan White House.
The Light Within Me by Ainsley Earhardt
The Fox News star and #1 New York Times best-selling author offers a powerful, uplifting look at her life and her spiritual journey, reflecting on her family, her faith and her successful career.
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead: My Life Story by Cecile Richards
The president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the late Texas Governor Ann Richards shares the story of her lifetime spent fighting for women's rights and social justice, offering insight into her work as a labor organizer, the challenges of balancing her career with her family responsibilities and her views about the importance of taking risks, making mistakes and standing up for what is right.
The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras by Brantley Hargrove
Documents the life and achievements of late engineer and storm chaser Tim Samaras, describing his development of innovative new tools and his life-risking efforts in pursuit of scientific information that has transformed the field of meteorology. A first book.
The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made by Patricia O'Toole
An in-depth portrait of the 28th President argues that controversial decisions by the Wilson administration established unprecedented levels of American overreach in foreign affairs, examining the challenges, leadership, failures and health setbacks that shaped the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and founded the League of Nations. By the award-winning author of When Trumpets Call.
My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
The Emmy Award-winning host of Lidia's Kitchen and best-selling author of Lidia's Celebrate Like an Italian shares a heartwarming, revelatory memoir that traces her impoverished but loving upbringing under Tito's communist regime, her years as a refugee while trying to enter the United States and her early start as a restaurant worker.
My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarian's Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope by Suzanne Fincham-Gray
A memoir of the author's life spent in the company of animals illuminates the universal experiences of loving, healing and losing beloved pets, describing some of the remarkable cases that shaped her career while sharing a veterinarian's perspectives into the many ways that animals change our lives. A first book.
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara Lipska with Elaine McArdle
Describes how the author, a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness, endured months of terrifying symptoms related to a brain melanoma before immunotherapy enabled a cure, recounting in vivid detail her recollection of the experience and what it revealed about the role of mental illness, brain injury and age on behavior, personality and memory.
No Way Home: A Memoir of Life on the Run by Tyler Wetherall
A New York writer presents a memoir of her childhood spent on the run in a series of homes in five different countries under an assumed name, describing her discovery of her father's fugitive status and his half-billion-dollar marijuana smuggling operation, her self-destructive youth and her efforts to reconcile her family's past with her own realities.
North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek
An expert ultrarunner and best-selling author of Eat and Run describes how he set out to break the speed record for the Appalachian Trail, a 2,189 mile journey that took an unforeseen physical and emotional toll, but also offered him unexpected rewards.
President Carter: The White House Years by Stuart E. Eizenstat. Foreword by Madeleine Korbel Albright.
The former U.S. Ambassador and author of Imperfect Justice presents an insider's history of the Carter Administration that shares insights into the 39th President's admirable character and the achievements that positively reshaped the country and the world long after Carter's single term.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
The best-selling author of The Empathy Exams presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of genius artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.
Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life by Paige Vanzant
A Dancing with the Stars fan favorite and UFC women's mixed martial arts competitor shares the story of her own battles with low self-esteem after a childhood marked by brutal bullying, describing how she joined her father's gym in her determination to fight back.
True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age by Christine Lahti
A laugh-out-loud, intellectual and deeply feminist collection of interrelated personal stories by the Academy-award-winning actress best known for her work on such productions as Chicago Hope and The Blacklist focuses on the milestones of her childhood, early career and midlife while sharing candid reflections on the realities of being a woman in today's Hollywood.
West Winging It: An Un-Presidential Memoir by Pat Cunnane
A whimsical assessment of President Barack Obama's White House years by his senior writer traces how the author accepted his dream job with the administration and forged relationships with coworkers and press corps, all of whom experienced very human moments that shaped the administration, its stories and its dynamics.
Business & Economics
Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? by Robert Kuttner
The co-editor of The American Prospect, former Business Week columnist and influential social critic traces the role of global capitalism in current income stagnation, reduced productivity and minimized social support, arguing how the unchecked capitalism of today's world is undermining the practices of a healthy democracy.
The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't Do by Edward Tenner
The author of Why Things Bite Back presents a scholarly challenge to today's focus on efficiency, citing the inherent waste of current practices while explaining how artificial intelligence can be combined with intuition to enable random, unexpected outcomes for overall better results.
The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate by Fran Hauser
A candid guide for ambitious women who want to succeed without losing themselves deconstructs the double standards that label and hold back women regardless of kindness or toughness, sharing personal, feminist-forward anecdotes and time-tested strategies for sidestepping regressive stereotypes, cultivating confidence and balancing personal and professional values.
New Power: How Movements Build, Businesses Thrive, and Ideas Catch Fire in Our Hyperconnected World by Jeremy Heimans & Henry Timms
Two visionary thinkers and political influencers share game-changing perspectives into how power works differently in today's hyper-connected world, explaining how some of the biggest stories of our age, from the rise of Uber to the election of Trump, reflect new currents of open, participatory and peer-driven power that can be driven toward collective agendas.
The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out by Whitney Bowe
An internationally sought dermatologist and research scientist identifies a connection between a healthy gut and radiant, clear skin, outlining a 21-day program for maximizing skin health and beauty through a strategic diet, appropriate sleep habits and do-it-yourself practical skin-care strategies.
Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty
An anecdotal account of the making of Caddyshack shares profiles of the comedy pioneers behind it, citing the influence of Harvard's National Lampoon and the film, Animal House before stories from the country-club summer jobs of Bill and Brian Doyle Murray inspired the film's wacky production throughout a memorable Florida summer.
Clean 20: The 20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation by Ian K. Smith
A guide to clean eating by the best-selling author of SHRED and Blast the Sugar Out outlines a recipe-complemented diet and exercise program for minimizing unhealthy processed foods as part of a lifestyle practice for weight loss, disease prevention and overall better health, citing the importance of not eliminating food groups and meeting nutritional needs.
Creative Quest by Questlove
The award-winning cultural entrepreneur and co-founder of the influential hip-hop group The Roots draws on the philosophies and examples of the creative people in his life to counsel readers on how to change their perspectives about creativity to live a life of inspiration and originality.
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives by Viet Thanh Nguyen, ed.
Published in support of the International Rescue Committee and edited by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, a collection searing personal essays by prominent international refugees shares candid reflections on the Trump administration's 2017 executive order to limit or ban Muslim refugees from America.
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Documents the astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author's years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives, which were possibly linked to an obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Memoir About Anxiety by Sarah Wilson
The best-selling author of I Quit Sugar challenges cultural beliefs about anxiety from the perspectives of medical and spiritual leaders and the Chinese proverb, "To conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful," to explore how the condition needs to be viewed less as a burdensome affliction and more as a source of divine growth.
The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese
A timely assessment of the revolutionary potential of artificial intelligence and robotics in human life traces how technology arrived at this point and how such topics as artificial life, machine consciousness, extreme prosperity and technological warfare will be hotly debated issues of the near future. By the author of Infinitive Progress.
Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness by Alisa Roth
An urgent exposé of the mental-health crisis in America's courts and prisons reveals that nearly half of the nation's inmates are actually afflicted by a psychiatric problem and that a high percentage of crimes are related to mental disorders, drawing on intimate stories that reveal how the criminal justice system worsens mental illness and could be improved through more humane approaches.
Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory by Deena Kastor & Michelle Hamilton
The record-holding Olympic medalist runner presents a vividly inspirational memoir on the beneficial role of positive psychology and brain science of athletic achievements, describing how she only became an elite runner after she set aside the views about her raw talent to conquer the mental aspects of her goals.
Look Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane Crosley
A latest collection of essays by the award-winning author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake shares her trademark, laugh-out-loud observations on subjects ranging from scaling active volcanoes and crashing shivas to assisted fertility and playing herself on Gossip Girl.
Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime by Cutter Wood
An award-winning writer who was a motel guest documents the story of a missing Gulf Coast motel owner and the efforts of local detectives to identify her assailant, offering additional insights into the psychological factors that motivate domestic crimes as based on firsthand interviews with the case's chief suspect.
Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World by Joanna Coles
Shares no-nonsense counsel for women on how to find meaningful relationships in today's complicated, largely digital, romantic landscapes, offering recommendations for recognizing and connecting with prospective quality partners who are capable of intimate, long-term commitments.
Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich
The respected cellular immunologist and author of the best-selling Nickel and Dimed shares cautionary insights into today's healthcare practices to identify the cellular sources of aging and illness while revealing how most treatments are aggressive and offer only the illusion of control and better survivability at the cost of life quality.
The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species by Carlos Magdalena
A scientist offers an impassioned memoir of saving extraordinary plants on the brink of extinction.
See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary by Lorrie Moore
A treasury of more than 50 prose pieces by the cultural commentator and author of Bark reviews the literary achievements of her contemporaries, sharing perspectives on subjects ranging from the art of writing fiction and the historical imagination to terrorism and the continuing unequal state of race in America.
The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown Between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk That Saved the NBA by Ian Thomsen
A narrative chronicle of the transformations throughout the NBA that played out most notably during the 2010-2011 season traces the particular stories of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Doc Rivers, Dirk Nowitzki and other stars who were at the forefront of significant league changes.
The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos by Christian Davenport
Traces the historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space as navigated by today's leading billionaire entrepreneurs, sharing insights into how professional rivalry and Silicon Valley innovations are dramatically lowering the cost of space travel and exceeding the achievements of NASA.
Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History's Mightiest Matriarchs by Jason Porath
The author of Rejected Princesses presents an uplifting, fully illustrated guide to motherhood that draws on the examples of real-life matriarchs who gave everything to protect their children and causes, from Sojourner Truth's legal campaign against slavery to Irena Sender's advocacy on behalf of young Holocaust victims.
Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen by Wendy Mogel
The best-selling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee presents an essential guide to the new art of talking with children that demonstrates how a change of voice can transform conversations and ease parent-child relationships, sharing strategies for communicating with kids at different age levels as well as talking with family members, teachers, coaches and other caregivers about one's children.
What Would Virginia Woolf Do?: And Other Questions I Ask Myself As I Attempt to Age Without Apology by Nina Lorez Collins
The creator of the Facebook group, "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?" shares frank and intimate anecdotes by and for perimenopausal women on the challenges and wisdom of the second half of life, offering empowering advice on subjects ranging from fashion and skin care to sex and surviving the empty nest.
Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Devil in the Grove documents the mid-20th-century case of a gentle, developmentally challenged youth who was falsely accused of raping a wealthy woman, in an account that traces the efforts of a crusading journalist to uncover the virulent racism and class corruption that led to his incarceration without a trial.
Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation by John Sedgwick
A revisionist history of the lesser-known story of the 19th-century rivalry between Cherokee chiefs The Ridge and John Ross contends that, in spite of lengthy negotiations with the first 16 American Presidents, they and their followers became divided on key tenets of peace talks and devastated the Cherokee Nation with division, war and forced migrations.
Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles by Fran Leadon
A mile-by-mile history of Manhattan as reflected by its most celebrated street traces its origins as a muddy cow path in a 17th-century Dutch colony and its eventual transformation into a commercial and cultural thoroughfare of businesses, hotels and theaters reflecting the contributions of such figures as P. T. Barnum, Alexander Hamilton and Edgar Allan Poe.
The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947 by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
The executive editor of Foreign Affairs presents a narrative account of General George Marshall's high-stakes mission to broker peace among rival Chinese leaders, establish a Chinese democracy and prevent a Communist takeover while navigating threats of another war, in an account that also shares insight into Marshall's complex character.
The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey
A revisionist history of the rise of Christianity reveals how the faith's radicals decimated vast elements of classical culture, implementing a new era of dogma and intellectual darkness.
The Death of Democracy: Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic by Benjamin Carter Hett
A timely account of how the Nazi party came to power argues that failures throughout the Weimar Republic and the shortsightedness of German politicians who were trying to co-opt populist insurgencies inadvertently secured the tools that Hitler needed to get elected and establish a genocidal dictatorship.
Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution by Priya Satia
A prizewinning historian's reframing of the Industrial Revolution, the expansion of British empire and the emergence of industrial capitalism presents them as inextricable from the gun trade and the story of disgraced Quaker gunmaker Samuel Galton, sharing insights into modern debates about gun control and the complex partnerships of government, the economy and the military.
Every Other Weekend by Zulema Renee Summerfield
In the year following her parents' divorce, highly imaginative 8-year-old Nenny has a creeping premonition that something terrible will happen, and when this hunch comes true in the most unexpected of ways, she must deal with the fallout.
God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the history, culture and politics of Texas while challenging popular stereotypes, offering insight into how the state boasts some of the highest rates of diversity, technology exports and growth as well as the lowest tax models and government regulations.
Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang
A wryly whimsical dual portrait of famous 19th-century conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker shares an Asian-American perspective on their improbable lives, describing their rise from savvy side-show celebrities to wealthy Southern gentry, their large family and how their experiences reflected America's historical penchant for objectifying differences.
Lexington and Concord : The Battle Heard Round the World by George C. Daughan
The award-winning historian and author of If By Sea reinterprets the battle that launched the American Revolution, arguing that the war was based as much in economic concerns as political ones and that most militiamen volunteered on behalf of their livelihoods and in protest of serf-like living conditions.
On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis
Distilled from the Yale University seminar, "Studies in Grand Strategy," a master class in strategic thinking by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of George F. Kennan: An American Life surveys statecraft from the ancient Greeks through FDR and beyond as vital historical lessons for future world leaders.
The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe by David I. Kertzer
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Pope and Mussolini documents the lesser-known story of the violent revolution that established the end of the papacy as a political power and signaled the birth of modern Europe.
Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe by Rebecca Erbelding
A U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum scholar responds to criticism of America for its alleged refusal to give harbor to Jewish victims of Nazism, tracing the extraordinary story of the War Refugee Board and FDR's lesser-known, last-ditch effort to save Europe's Jewish survivors.
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson
Shares the lesser-known inside story of the dangerous Apollo 8 mission, focusing in particular on the lives and families of astronaut heroes Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, while illuminating the political factors that prompted America to risk lives to save the Apollo program and define the space race. By the award-winning author of Shadow Divers.
To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice by Michael K. Honey
Goes beyond popularized views of Martin Luther King, Jr., to explore his committed advocacy of the poor, the working class and unions, as well as his views about nonviolent resistance to all forms of oppression, particularly economic inequality. By the award-winning author of Going Down Jericho Road.
What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
A timely follow-up to Tears We Cannot Stop examines the sources of America's torturous racial politics, tracing the 1963 meetings that included James Baldwin, Robert Kennedy and a host of expert activists, who transformed racial and political understandings and set the stage for national disputes that are still raging today.
World War I: The Definitive Visual History by DK Publishing
Released to coincide with the centennial of the war's end, a visually striking portrait of the Great War blends detailed maps and archival photos of a wide assortment of arms, equipment and other artifacts with engaging narrative accounts of key events and battles as offered from varying perspectives.
Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
A former U.S. secretary of state and New York Times best-selling author presents a timely, considered and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism today and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity and peace.
Inside the Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game by Ronald Kessler
The award-winning journalist and best-selling author of The First Family Detail presents the unstinting and unbiased story of the 45th President and the Trump White House, sharing insights into who influences the current President, how he makes decisions, what he really thinks and how he has navigated his business successes and failures.
The List: A Week-by-week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year by Amy Siskind
A book based on the viral Internet phenomenon The Weekly List presents the shocking first-draft history of the Trump administration and what the author sees as its clear authoritarian impulses.
Our 50-State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America by Howard G. Buffett
The prominent American philanthropist challenges mainstream understandings in a reassessment of the U.S.-Mexico border crisis that reveals a unprecedented rate of drug trafficking directly related to today's opioid epidemic, outlining bipartisan recommendations for fighting cartels, strengthening national security and addressing interrelated sources of the drug and border issues.
The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder
The author of On Tyranny chronicles the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America in the post-Cold War years, tracing how, in the aftermath of celebrations predicting a peaceful and globalized future, Putin developed a power-consolidating political system that has spread throughout the west, triggering inflammatory elections and uprisings.
Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor by Brian Keating
An award-winning astrophysicist explains how the current Nobel Prize favors speed and competitiveness over inclusivity, collaboration and innovation, sharing the inside story of the failed quest to correctly use the powerful BICEP2 cosmology telescope to spot the spark that ignited the Big Bang, a pursuit clouded by Nobel Prize ambitions.
No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies by William T. Vollmann
A National Book Award-winning author presents a timely, eye-opening book about climate change and energy generation that focuses on the consequences of nuclear-power production.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Stephen Brusatte
The "resident paleontologist" for BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs presents a narrative scientific history of the dinosaur eras that examines their origins, habitats, extinction and living legacy, chronicling nearly 200 million years of their evolution from small shadow dwellers through the emergences of prehistoric ancestors that became more than 10,000 modern bird species.
The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife by Lucy Cooke
An uproarious tour of some of the basest instincts and vice-related mysteries of the animal world includes profiles of drunken moose, cheating penguins, lazy worker ants, castrating hippos and porn-peddling Chinese pandas. By the author of the best-selling A Little Book of Sloth.
The Compassionate Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening by David Rakel
The founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine program draws on a range of disciplines to outline the concept of bio-psycho-spiritual authentic awareness and how to strengthen empathy bonds with others to promote healing and overall wellness.
Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Qing Li
Offers a full-color guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or the art and science of how trees can promote health and happiness.
How We Love Is How We Live by Common with Tracy McMillan
The Academy Award-, Grammy Award- and Golden Globe-winning musician, actor and activist presents a follow-up to One Day It'll All Make Sense that shares inspiring advice about the potential of love and mindfulness in building communities and enabling individuals to take charge of their lives through compassionate actions and words.
Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
A guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider by the political activist slated to become America's first black-woman governor shares the story of her own humble origins and rise through educational and political arenas, counseling women of color on how to overcome self-sabotaging beliefs while highlighting the strengths of their differences to gain a competitive edge in the real world.
Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping and Sex by Aubrey Marcus
The founder of the Onnit lifestyle brand draws on cutting-edge studies and traditional world practices to demonstrate how a single day of positive fitness choices can lead to a lifetime of working strategies for optimal performance, mental clarity and overall better health.
Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss by Tyra Banks & Carolyn London
The Victoria's Secret supermodel and pioneering African-American entrepreneur shares the life lessons she has learned from her mother, counseling readers on how to reject impossible standards of perfection, pursue their goals and recognize themselves as the amazing people they are.
This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz
A prescriptive book of inspirational and spiritual life lessons from the Golden Globe-nominated star of NBC's This Is Us examines the role of authenticity and sincerity in her successes, encouraging readers to claim their rightful places in a world that constantly undermines individuals.