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  • Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

    By Rachel Maddow

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780525575474
    • Publisher: Crown
    • Published: October 2019
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

    By Trevor Noah

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780399588198
    • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
    • Published: February 2019
  • Conversations with Friends

    By Sally Rooney

    Our Price: $15.30 - $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780451499066
    • Publisher: Hogarth
    • Published: August 2018
    Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy, and Frances’s friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally, terribly, with Bobbi. Desperate to reconcile her inner life to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances's intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. Written with gem-like precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.
  • Exhalation: Stories

    By Ted Chiang

    Our Price: $23.35
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781101947883
    • Publisher: Knopf
    • Published: May 2019
  • How to Relax (Mindfulness Essentials)

    By Thich Nhat Hanh

    Our Price: $8.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781941529089
    • Publisher: Parallax Press
    • Published: September 2015
    A concise review of essential mindfulness practices emphasizes the importance of recharging mindfully in today's busy world in order to stay connected to reality, control stress and minimize suffering. Original.
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

    By Ocean Vuong

    Our Price: $26.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780525562023
    • Publisher: Penguin Press
    • Published: June 2019
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  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

    By Peter Godfrey-Smith

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374537197
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: October 2017
    Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes. How is it that a creature with such gifts evolved through an evolutionary lineage so radically distant from our own? What does it mean that evolution built minds not once but at least twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into being--how nature became aware of itself. As Godfrey-Smith stresses, it is a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind's fitful development, Godfrey-Smith shows how unruly clumps of seaborne cells began living together and became capable of sensing, acting, and signaling. As these primitive organisms became more entangled with others, they grew more complicated. The first nervous systems evolved, probably in ancient relatives of jellyfish; later on, the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous mollusks, abandoned their shells and rose above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so. Taking an independent route, mammals and birds later began their own evolutionary journeys. But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? Drawing on the latest scientific research and his own scuba-diving adventures, Godfrey-Smith probes the many mysteries that surround the lineage. How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually 'think for themselves'? What happens when some octopuses abandon their hermit-like ways and congregate, as they do in a unique location off the coast of Australia? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind--and on our own.
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    By Yuval Noah Harari

    Our Price: $20.69
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062316110
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: May 2018
    The Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, now available as a beautifully packaged paperback From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.
  • Strange Planet

    By Nathan W. Pyle

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780062970701
    • Publisher: Morrow Gift
    • Published: November 2019
    Signed by the author!Straight from the mind of New York Times bestselling author Nathan W. Pyle, Strange Planet is an adorable and profound universe in pink, blue, green, and purple, based on the phenomenally popular Instagram of the same name! Strange Planet covers a full life cycle of the planet’s inhabitants, including milestones such as: The Emergence Day Being Gains a Sibling The Being Family Attains a Beast The Formal Education of a Being Celebration of Special Days Being Begins a Vocation The Beings at Home Health Status of a Being The Hobbies of a Being The Extended Family of the Being The Being Reflects on Life While Watching the Planet Rotate With dozens of never-before-seen illustrations in addition to old favorites, this book offers a sweet and hilarious look at a distant world not all that unlike our own. I feel more attractive Honestly, you are. It’s the star damage. I CRAVE STAR DAMAGE.
  • Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

    By Malcolm Gladwell

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780316478526
    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: September 2019
    Signed by the author!Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers — and why they often go wrong. How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true? While tackling these questions, Malcolm Gladwell was not solely writing a book for the page. He was also producing for the ear. In the audiobook version of Talking to Strangers, you’ll hear the voices of people he interviewed–scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. There’s even a theme song – Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout.” Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

    By Bessel van der Kolk

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143127741
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: 2015
    A forefront expert on traumatic stress outlines his own take on healing, explaining how traumatic stress affects brain processes and how to use innovative treatments to reactivate the mind's abilities to trust, engage others and experience pleasure.
  • The Overstory: A Novel

    By Richard Powers

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393356687
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: April 2019
  • The Topeka School: A Novel

    By Ben Lerner

    Our Price: $27.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374277789
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: October 2019
  • Three Women

    By Lisa Taddeo

    Our Price: $24.30 - $27.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781451642292
    • Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
    • Published: July 2019
  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

    By Jia Tolentino

    Our Price: $27.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780525510543
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: August 2019

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