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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1998

by Jared Diamond

"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly...


The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer

by William Bostwick

Taste 5,000 years of brewing history as a time-traveling homebrewer rediscovers and re-creates the great beers of the past. The Brewer’s Tale is a beer-filled journey into the past: the story of brewers gone...


Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy (Commonwealth Fund Book Program)

by Kip Thorne & Stephen W. Hawking

Ever since Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity burst upon the world in 1915 some of the most brilliant minds of our century have sought to decipher the mysteries bequeathed by that theory, a legacy...


The Best Creative Nonfiction (Vol. 3)

by Lee Gutkind

“Intelligent but accessible, and often poignant . . . [by] the biggest talents on the essay and blog beat.” —Publishers Weekly (on Vol. 2) Anyone still asking, “What is creative nonfiction?” will find...


Deep Water

by Patricia Highsmith

In Deep Water, set in the quiet, small town of Little Wesley, Patricia Highsmith has created a vicious and suspenseful tale of love gone sour. Vic and Melinda Van Allen's loveless marriage is held together only...


Stolen Tomorrows: Understanding and Treating Women's Childhood Sexual Abuse

by Abby Levenkron & Steven Levenkron

"The most practical, down to earth, thoughtful, and sensitive book written on women's childhood sexual abuse."-Samuel C. Klagsbrun, MDFrom the psychotherapist who offered groundbreaking work on self-mutilation...


The Surgeon's Mate (Vol. Book 7)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

by Patrick O'brian

"Vividly detailed 19th-century settings and dramatic tension punctuated with flashes of wry humor make O'Brian's nautical adventure a splendid treat."—Publishers Weekly Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are...


The Mauritius Command (Vol. Book 4)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

by Patrick O'brian

"Jack's assignment: to capture the Indian Ocean islands of Réunion and Mauritius from the French. That campaign forms the narrative thread of this rollicking sea saga. But its substance is more beguiling still..."—Elizabeth...


Desolation Island (Vol. Book 5)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

by Patrick O'brian

"The relationship [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is about the best thing afloat....For Conradian power of description and sheer excitement there is nothing in naval fiction to beat the stern chase as the outgunned...


My Voice Will Go with You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson

by Sidney Rosen

"A chalice of wisdom for our time."—Ernest L. Rossi, Ph.D., C.J. Jung Institute of Los Angeles Milton H. Erickson has been called the most influential hypnotherapist of our time. Part of his therapy was his...


"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character

by Richard P. Feynman

A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original. Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous...


Dirty Love

by Andre Dubus III

In this heartbreakingly beautiful book of disillusioned intimacy and persistent yearning, beloved and celebrated author Andre Dubus III explores the bottomless needs and stubborn weaknesses of people seeking...


Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified

by Richard Wolfson

With this reader-friendly book, it doesn't take an Einstein to understand the theory of relativity and its remarkable consequences. In clear, understandable terms, physicist Richard Wolfson explores the ideas...


Treason's Harbour (Vol. Book 9)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

by Patrick O'brian

"The finest writer of sea-stories in the English language."—J. de Courcy Ireland All Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous,...


The Ionian Mission (Vol. Book 8)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

by Patrick O'brian

"O'Brian is one author who can put a spark of character into the sawdust of time, and The Ionian Mission is another rattling good yarn."—Stephen Vaughan, The Observer Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans...


The Hundred Days (Vol. Book 19)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

by Patrick O'brian

"One of the best novelists since Jane Austen....The Hundred Days may be the best installment yet....I give O'Brian's fans joy of it."—Philadelphia Inquirer Napoleon, escaped from Elba, pursues his enemies...


The Fortune of War (Vol. Book 6)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

by Patrick O'brian

"A marvellously full-flavoured, engrossing book, which towers over its current rivals in the genre like a three-decker over a ship's longboat."-Times Literary SupplementCaptain Jack Aubrey, R. N., arrives in...


H. M. S. Surprise (Vol. Book 3)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

by Patrick O'brian

"Few, very few books have made my heart thud with excitement. H.M.S. Surprise managed it."-Helen Lucy Burke, Irish PressThird in the series of Aubrey/Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights...


The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

by Sam Harris

"The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated....Harris writes what a sizable number of us think,...


The Far Side of the World (Vol. Book 10)  (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

by Patrick O'brian

The inspiration for the major new motion picture starring Russell Crowe. The war of 1812 continues, and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American...