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Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2012

by Florence Williams

A 2012 New York Times Notable Book

A 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Award Winner in the Science & Technology category

An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate....


Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

by William Bryant Logan

The author of Dirt and Oak brings to life this quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth. Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere....


Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles

by Ruchir Sharma

International Bestseller

One of Foreign Policy's "21 Books to Read in 2012"

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Business Book

“The best book on global economic trends I’ve read in a while.”—Fareed Zakaria, CNN...


Love Among the Ruins: A Novel

by Robert Clark

A beautifully written story of love, idealism, and our recent history. Amid the crises of the summer of 1968, two teenagers become lovers. Emily is a good Catholic girl, for whom an incarnate God means joy and...


The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

by Brooke Gladstone & Josh Neufeld

A visionary and opinionated work of graphic nonfiction on the media and its discontents. Nearly one million weekly listeners trust NPR's Brooke Gladstone to guide them through the distortions and complexities...


Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11

by Jack Goldsmith

The surprising truth behind Barack Obama's decision to continue many of his predecessor's counterterrorism policies.

Conventional wisdom holds that 9/11 sounded the death knell for presidential accountability....


My Dyslexia

by Philip Schultz

“A success story . . . proof that one can rise above the disease and defy its so-called limitations on the brain.”—Daily Beast Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could...


Leela's Book: A Novel

by Alice Albinia

“Steeped in the tradition of the Indian epic, yet modern and vastly entertaining.”—The Times (London) In her fiction debut, Alice Albinia weaves a multithreaded epic tale that encompasses divine saga and...


Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

by Tom Mueller

The sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization. For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life's necessities-not just as food but also as medicine,...


The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda

by Ali H. Soufan & Daniel Freedman

A book that will change the way we think about al-Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America. On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received...


You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya

by Christopher Goffard

A nonfiction mystery dwelling on timeless themes: an individual’s stand against corruption, the complexity of the human heart. Whether gunning down a warthog, raising the beams he'd hewn himself for a new...


White Truffles in Winter: A Novel

by N. M. Kelby

“Rich in sensory delights . . . the kind of masterpiece readers will want to savor.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Auguste Escoffier (1846–1935) was the unparalleled French chef whose impact on restaurants...


What They Do in the Dark: A Novel

by Amanda Coe

“A terrific debut, full of energy and colour, as propulsive as a thriller.”—Guardian In this unforgettable debut novel about the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of childhood, two girls are set on an unimaginable...


The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA

by Jeff Wheelwright

A brilliant and emotionally resonant exploration of science and family history.

A vibrant young Hispano woman, Shonnie Medina, inherits a breast-cancer mutation known as BRCA1.185delAG. It is a genetic variant...


The Vineyard at the End of the World: Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec

by Ian Mount

"A definite must-read for Malbec drinkers everywhere.”—Lettie Teague, WSJ.com As wine connoisseurs know, Argentine wine was once famously bad. The grapes were overwatered, harvested in brutal heat, fermented...


Universal Rights Down to Earth (Norton Global Ethics Series)

by Richard Thompson Ford

A path-blazing lesson on how to reconcile lofty human rights ambitions with political and cultural realities. The idea of universal rights—rights shared by all citizens, regardless of nationality, creed, wealth,...


Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner

by John Maxtone-Graham

“Maxtone-Graham’s take on the Titanic will be catnip to the ship’s dedicated buffs.”—Publishers Weekly This is a book unlike any other. Rather than offering simply a detailed retelling of the Titanic...


The Sufferings of Young Werther: A New Translation by Stanley Corngold

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe & Stanley Corngold

"A highly readable, sensitive, and lively Werther. Corngold is both faithful to the German and true to the demands of a modern English text" —Jeremy Adler, Times Literary Supplement A masterpiece of European...


That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion

by Rachel Herz

“A lively look at all things revolting.”—New York Times Why do we watch horror movies? What is the best way to persuade someone to quit smoking? Why are we more likely to buy a given item if an attractive...


The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions

by Alex Rosenberg

A book for nonbelievers who embrace the reality-driven life. We can't avoid the persistent questions about the meaning of life-and the nature of reality. Philosopher Alex Rosenberg maintains that science is...