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Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything

by Kevin Cook

Capturing the spirit of a freewheeling era, this rollicking biography brings to life the gambler-hero who inspired Guys and Dolls. Born in a log cabin in the Ozarks, Alvin "Titanic" Thompson (1892-1974) traveled...


Suffer the Children: The Case against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative

by Marilyn Wedge

A persuasive rejection of mainstream child psychiatry that guides parents to understand their child's behavioral problems without stigmatizing diagnoses. With more than four million American children diagnosed...


The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth

by Richard Conniff

The story of bold adventurers who risked death to discover strange life forms in the farthest corners of planet Earth. Beginning with Linnaeus, a colorful band of explorers made it their mission to travel to...


The Religious Test: Why We Must Question the Beliefs of Our Leaders

by Damon Linker

A manifesto seeking to exhort both believers and atheists to behave better in the public sphere. The Constitution states that “no religious test” may keep a candidate from aspiring to political office. Yet...


Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (Great Discoveries)

by Lawrence M. Krauss

"A worthy addition to the Feynman shelf and a welcome follow-up to the standard-bearer, James Gleick's Genius." —Kirkus Reviews Perhaps the greatest physicist of the second half of the twentieth century, Richard...


Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness

by Walter Isaacson

The best historians in the land consider examples of great leadership, well known and surprising, from Washington to Willkie and more. What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than...


Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

by Charles King

"Rich and riveting, complex and compelling, powerful and poetic."—Peter M. Gianotti, Newsday In Odessa, the greatest port on the Black Sea, a dream of cosmopolitan freedom inspired geniuses and innovators,...


Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl

by Stacy Pershall

“An utterly unique journey down some of the mind’s more mysterious byways . . . ranges from the shocking to the simply lovely.”—Marya Hornbacher Stacy Pershall grew up as an overly intelligent, depressed,...


Lost Decades: The Making of America's Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery

by Menzie D. Chinn & Jeffry A. Frieden

A clear, authoritative guide to the crisis of 2008, its continuing repercussions, and the needed reforms ahead.

The U.S. economy lost the first decade of the twenty-first century to an ill-conceived boom and...


Jane Addams: Spirit in Action

by Louise W. Knight

In this landmark biography, Jane Addams becomes America's most admired and most hated woman—and wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a leading statesperson in an era when few imagined such...


Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq

by John W. Dower

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian returns with a groundbreaking comparative study of the dynamics and pathologies of war in modern times. Immediately after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center...


The Highland Witch: A Novel

by Susan Fletcher

“Fletcher gives readers a strong plot . . . and a triumphant heroine in Corrag, whose travails are truly epic.”—Publishers Weekly In 1692, brilliant, captivating Corrag-accused witch, orphaned herbalist,...


The Convent: A Novel

by Panos Karnezis

"An impressive addition to the works of a master storyteller."—The Independent. The crumbling convent of Our Lady of Mercy stands alone in an uninhabited part of the Spanish sierra, hidden on a hill among...


The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia: A Novel

by Mary Helen Stefaniak

“A delightful story. . . . Once you enter its pages and the worlds therein, it’s hard to leave.”—Carol Bicak, Omaha World Herald Narrator Gladys Cailiff is eleven years old in 1938 when a worldly schoolteacher...


Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

by Holly Tucker

“Excellent. . . . Tucker’s chronicle of the world of 17th-century science in London and Paris is fascinating.”—The Economist In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood...


The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life

by Jesse Bering

Top 25 Books of 2011 by the American Library Association, Choice Reviews

Named one of the 11 Best Psychology Books of 2011 by The Atlantic

"A balanced and considered approach to this often inflammatory topic."...


Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror

by Charles Fried & Gregory Fried

Elevating the torture and privacy debate, this book brilliantly challenges the knee-jerk responses of those in media and government. Can torture ever be justified? When is eavesdropping acceptable? Should a...


The Ayatollahs' Democracy: An Iranian Challenge

by Hooman Majd

"One of America's most astute revealers of Iranian culture and identity."-Reza Aslan, The Atlantic Hailed as one of the year's best foreign policy books, Hooman Majd's latest offers dramatic perspective on a...


All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost: A Novel

by Lan Samantha Chang

"A smart, thoughtful, and often poignant meditation."—Boston Globe At the renowned writing school in Bonneville, every student is simultaneously terrified of and attracted to the charismatic and mysterious...


Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge

by Adam Segal

"Thoughtful . . . . [Segal's] striking argument is that the challengers [India and China] lack America's resilient, open and risk-taking culture." —Economist The emergence of India and China as economic powers...