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A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

by Nicholas Wade

Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story

Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea...


Chop Chop: A Novel

by Simon Wroe

"[W]it, vigor, and gleeful, necessary profanity... sheer crackling energy." --The New York Times Book Review

Fresh out of university with big dreams, our narrator is determined to escape his past and lead the...


Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out

by John Calipari & Michael Sokolove

"If you are a college basketball fan like I am, you'll understand why I've long admired John Calipari's leadership style. While no coach treasures a win more than John, this terrific book reveals his greater...


The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature

by Ben Tarnoff

The unforgettable story of the birth of modern America and the western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity

The Bohemians begins in 1860s San Francisco. The Gold Rush has ended; the Civil War threatens...


Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

by David Pilling

"[A]n excellent book..." --The Economist

Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese...


A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism

by Patrick Allitt

A provocative history of the environmental movement in America, showing how this rise to political and social prominence produced a culture of alarmism that has often distorted the facts

Few issues today excite...


Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

by Mark Harris

In Pictures at a Revolution, Mark Harris turned the story of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 into a landmark work of cultural history, a book about the transformation of an art form and the...


Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread-The Lessons from a New Science

by Alex Pentland

From one of the world's leading data scientists, a landmark tour of the new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence

If the Big...


The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

by Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld

"That certain groups do much better in America than others-as measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so on-is difficult to talk about. In large part this is because the topic feels racially...


Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century

by M.D., Kevin Fong

Anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, and NASA adviser Kevin Fong explores how physical extremes push human limits and spawn incredible medical breakthroughs

Little more than one hundred years ago, maps of...


The Crane Wife

by Patrick Ness

A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard.

George Duncan is an...


Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

by Sarah Churchwell

Kirkus (STARRED review)

"Churchwell... has written an excellent book... she's earned the right to play on [Fitzgerald's] court. Prodigious research and fierce affection illumine every remarkable page."

The...


Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

by McKenzie Funk

A fascinating investigation into how people around the globe are cashing in on a warming world

McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet....


Double Down: Game Change 2012

by Mark Halperin & John Heilemann

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times:

"Those hungry for political news will read Double Down for the scooplets and insidery glimpses it serves up about the two campaigns, and the clues it offers about the positioning...


Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

by Joshua Greene

The Boston Globe

"Surprising and remarkable... Toggling between big ideas, technical details, and his personal intellectual journey, Greene writes a thesis suitable to both airplane reading and PhD seminars."...


The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

by Richard Kurin

The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin,...


50 Foods: The Essentials of Good Taste

by Edward Behr

With 50 Foods, noted authority Edward Behr has created the definitive guide to the foods every food lover must know. A culinary Baedeker, 50 Foods will delight and inform the connoisseur as well as the novice....


The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting

by Alan Greenspan

Like all of us, though few so visibly, Alan Greenspan was forced by the financial crisis of 2008 to question some fundamental assumptions about risk management and economic forecasting. No one with any meaningful...


Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps

by Dave Isay

A celebration of the relationships that bring us strength, purpose, and joy

Ties That Bind honors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary...


Dog Songs

by Mary Oliver

A New York Times bestselling collection of new and favorite poems,

celebrating the dogs that have enriched the poet's world

Beloved by her readers, special to the poet's own heart, Mary Oliver's dog poems offer...