Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea
By Sheila Miyoshi Jager
Jager offers a comprehensive history of the Korean War, explaining how it started, why it still hasn’t technically ended, and describes how North Korea continues to stockpile weapons with assistance from China while its people go without the basic necessities of life.
The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, and Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat
By Meg Lukens Noonan
The journalist co-author of Albatross recounts her international travels to sites where the rare materials for a luxury hand-crafted coat are gathered and created, from a vicuna shearing festival in the Peruvian Andes to the elite silk boutiques of Florence, where she witnessed the struggles of elite artisans against the forces of globalization and mass production.
Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind
By Ajit Varki
Inspired by an unfinished manuscript by an insect geneticist, a physician-scientist describes why humans are able to deny reality and ignore their own inevitable deaths to the detriment of the entire species and what might be done to change this mindset.
Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder Mystery
By Paul Collins
Collins documents the sensational 1799 murder mystery that inspired rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to join forces, revealing the links between the accused killer and both men and the public outcry that nearly prevented the suspect’s fair trial.
The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything
By Josh Kaufman
Kaufman outlines a systematic approach to acquiring new skills quickly with a minimal amount of daily practice, demonstrating how to break down complex tasks and maximize productivity while overcoming common learning barriers and creating realistic frameworks for reduced learning times.
For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom from A Pawnbroker
By Les Gold
The star of the reality TV show Hardcore Pawn draws on his rags-to-riches experiences as a third-generation pawnbroker in Detroit who has conducted business with a wide range of customers, revealing how the strategies of pawnbrokers can be strategically applied for success in all areas of a sales career.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven
By Corey Taylor
The lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour goes undercover through various ghost busting groups who do their best to gather information and evidence about the existence of spirits, and shares his own beyond-the-grave encounters.
The Girl Who Loved Camellias: The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis
By Julie Kavanagh
Kavanagh documents the lesser-known story of the famous courtesan who was a muse and mistress to such figures as Alexandre Dumas and Franz Liszt, tracing her upbringing in early Normandy and her reinvention in Paris before becoming one of the most adored women in 1940s France and inspiring such works as Dumas’s The Lady of the Camellias and Verdi’s La Traviata.
Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier
By Emily Brady
Brady explores a closed-off, secretive community in Northern California that has existed for decades on money made from cultivating and selling marijuana illegally, and discusses the potential affect that legalization may have on the region’s master growers and the current black market prices.
Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
By Tim Parks
An Italian travelogue that centers on describing the trains that traverse the country, from the architecture of old train stations to the new high-speed railways portrays the author’s memorable encounters with fascinating people he met along the way.
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
By Robert Kolker
Working closely with the victims’ families, this tragic account details the lives and deaths of the five women – prostitutes who advertised on Craigslist – who were victims of the Long Island serial killer, the most skillful and accomplished psychopath seen in New York since David Berkowitz, better known as the “Son of Sam.”
The Love-Charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War
By Lara Feigel
A portrait of World War II-era London by five literary volunteers documents their experiences as ambulance drivers, firefighters and other civilian aids through the course of a single night in September, 1940.
Love Him or Leave Him, but Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab: Hilarious Advice for Real Women
By Loni Love, with Jeannine Amber
The Chelsea Lately panelist and co-host of the nationally-syndicated radio show Cafemocha imparts uproarious, no-nonsense advice about finding love by putting oneself first, sharing laugh-out-loud anecdotes and Q&A-style romance tips to counsel women on how to avoid exploitative relationships.
Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore and Share
By Martha Stewart Living
A guide for crafty parents and their kids mixes a kid-centric and family friendly design with a treasure trove of charming, beautiful, creative and educational projects that parents and their kids, aged 3 to 12, will love to create together.
One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One
By Lauren Sandler
A prominent journalist, only child, and mother of an only child, presents an unstinting case in support of the benefits of the one-child family life, challenging popular beliefs while offering perspectives on how single-child families can benefit the economy and environment while promoting child and parent autonomy.
The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of “Unadoptables” Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing
By Susannah Charleson
A tour of the psychiatric service dog industry traces the author’s work as an evaluator who identifies and trains unwanted shelter dogs before matching them with people in need, documenting her own partnership with a search canine while sharing a range of uplifting success stories.
Power Moves: Livin’ the American Dream, USA Style
By Karl Welzein
A faux memoir and guide to life from a Twitter comedic genius follows an affable middle aged Midwestern man as he leaves his family and moves in with his schlubby best friend, trading in his Dockers and golf shirt to become a pony-tailed party maniac who gets wasted at Applebee’s.
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces
By Radley Balko
An award-winning investigative journalist and civil liberties specialist describes the history of American police forces from the constables and sheriffs of the past to the modern-day SWAT teams and riot teams that he asserts blur the line between police officers and soldiers.
Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation
By Aisha Tyler
The co-host of The Talk and the creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy presents a hilarious collection of candid personal essays about the spectacular mistakes she has made in her life and what those epic fails have taught her.
Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape
By Mark Lee Gardner
Telling the hour-by-hour story of the James-Younger gang’s last robbery, the ensuing manhunt and the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River, this gripping, fast-paced story draws on primary sources, including newspaper reports from the period, to brilliantly recreate a piece of Wild West history.
The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
By Brendan Koerner
Koerner documents the sensational 1972 story of how an AWOL African-American Vietnam veteran and an ill-reputed California girl orchestrated the longest-distance hijacking in U.S. history, tracing the events of the hijacking against a backdrop of period civil unrest while explaining how the skyjacking wave of the early 1970s reflected key factors about crime and aviation security.
The Society of Timid Souls: Or, How to Be Brave
By Polly Morland
An award-winning British documentary filmmaker recounts her personal quest to understand bravery in the modern age and become fearless herself, an effort that prompted her visits to the Colombian jungle, the mass graves of Kosovo and other violent regions to interview people who have undergone extraordinary moments of courage.
The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us about Being Human
By Vint Virga
A distinguished veterinarian and animal behaviorist outlines a series of case studies with domestic and exotic animals that demonstrate how perceiving the world from the perspectives of animals can enrich human appreciation for life, improve relationships and reorder personal values.
Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison
By Michael Daly
Daly describes how P.T. Barnum’s “Topsy the Elephant” was electrocuted in Coney Island with 6,600 volts of alternating current as proof that it was much more dangerous than direct current, an act that was part of the larger ongoing dispute between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse.
Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell
By Katherine Angel
An examination of the paradox at the core of female sexuality argues that public-life requirements often directly contrast with intimate desires, drawing on the author’s academic studies to explore the oppositional aspects of dominance versus submission, liberation versus dependence, and masculinity versus femininity.
Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century
By Orville Schell and John Delury
Two leading experts on China outline a thought-provoking history that offers insight into the nation’s future by evaluating its rise throughout the past 150 years, sharing lively portraits of key intellectual and political leaders to explain how China transformed from a country under foreign assault to a world giant.