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How We Believe, 2nd Edition

by Michael Shermer

A new edition covering the latest scientific research on how the brain makes us believers or skeptics

Recent polls report that 96 percent of Americans believe in God, and 73 percent believe that angels regularly...


The Language Wars

by Henry Hitchings

The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter, and have always really been about contesting values—morality, politics, and class. The Language...


The Science of Good and Evil

by Michael Shermer

From bestselling author Michael Shermer, an investigation of the evolution of morality that is "a paragon of popularized science and philosophy" The Sun (Baltimore)

A century and a half after Darwin first proposed...


Next Word, Better Word

by Stephen Dobyns

This accessible writer's guide provides a helpful framework for creating poetry and navigates contemporary concerns and practices. Stephen Dobyns author of the classic book on the beauty of poetry, Best Words,...


Words to Eat By

by Ina Lipkowitz

You may be what you eat, but you’re also what you speak, and English food words tell a remarkable story about the evolution of our language and culinary history, revealing a vital collision of cultures alive...


The Secret Life of Words

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2008

by Henry Hitchings

Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to...


The Government of Self and Others

by Michel Foucault, Graham Burchell, Arnold I. Davidson & Arnold I. I. Davidson

This lecture, given by Michel Foucault at the Collège de France, launches an inquiry into the notion of parresia and continues his rereading of ancient philosophy. Through the study of this notion of truth-telling,...


Alphabetter Juice

by Roy Blount Jr.

Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists

No man of letters savors the ABC’s, or serves them up, like language-loving humorist Roy Blount Jr. His glossary, from ad hominy to zizz, is hearty, full bodied, and out...


Examined Lives

by James Miller

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011

We all want to know how to live. But before the good life was reduced to ten easy steps or a prescription from the doctor, philosophers offered arresting answers to the...


Your Body at Work

by David Givens & Joe Navarro

HOW DO YOU MAKE IT IN BUSINESS?

STOP LISTENING AND START WATCHING

 

Your Body at Work is a guide to seeing past the words that fill the hallways, conference rooms, and e-mails of your workplace, and to deciphering...


Free from Addiction

by Morteza Khaleghi, PhD & Constance Loizos

Addiction invades every region and demographic in the United States, affecting more than 23 million Americans and putting families though a heartbreaking cycle of recovery and relapse. Many people give up and...


The Connected Father

by Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D.

Parenting Expert Carl Pickhardt Shows How the Bonds Between Fathers and Teens Can Be Strengthened  

Many fathers feel unprepared for their child's adolescence, in their denial, often times preferring to believe...


Me, MySpace, and I

by Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D.

Young people spend hours online each day online, and their abilities to multitask and communicate are often misunderstood by older generations. Dr. Larry Rosen offers a full overview of the various issues young...


Dark Dreams

by Roy Hazelwood & Stephen G. Michaud

The Evil That Men Do introduced readers to the lifework and the techniques of FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood.

Now, in Dark Dreams, Hazelwood-- writing with bestselling author Stephen G. Michaud-- will take then deep...


I Love It When You Talk Retro

by Ralph Keyes

An entertaining and informative book about the fashion and fads of language

Today’s 18-year-olds may not know who Mrs. Robinson is, where the term “stuck in a groove” comes from, why 1984 was a year unlike...


Exodus to the Virtual World

by Edward Castronova

Virtual worlds have exploded out of online game culture and now capture the attention of millions of ordinary people: husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, workers, retirees. Devoting dozens of hours each week...


The Zurau Aphorisms of Franz Kafka

by Franz Kafka

The essential philosophical writings of one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers are now gathered into a single volume with an introduction and afterword by the celebrated writer and publisher...


Comma Sense

by Richard Lederer & John Shore

Are you confounded by commas, addled by apostrophes, or queasy about quotation marks? Do you believe a bracket is just a support for a wall shelf, a dash is something you make for the bathroom, and a colon and...


Against Happiness

by Eric G. Wilson

Americans are addicted to happiness. When we’re not popping pills, we leaf through scientific studies that take for granted our quest for happiness, or read self-help books by everyone from armchair philosophers...


The Accidents of Style

by Charles Harrington Elster

Fasten your seat belt for a crash course in careful usage.... Just like automobile accidents, accidents of style occur all over the English-speaking world, in print and on the Internet, thousands of times every...