77 Questions for Skillful Living: A New Path to Extraordinary Health
By Michael Finkelstein
A pioneer in integrative medicine, Finkelstein guides readers through questions that will help them understand wellness and manage their own recovery from chronic illness.
Age of the Image
By Stephen Apkon
The founder and executive of the Jacob Burns Film Center describes the history of storytelling, including how each form, from scrolls to printing presses to film and social media, works on the human brain, and discusses the rules of effective visual storytelling.
The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire
By Neil Irwin
Irwin documents the inside story of the world’s most powerful central bankers at a pivotal May, 2010, meeting in Basel, Switzerland, focusing on the efforts of the European Central Bank’s Jean-Claude Trichet, the Bank of England’s Mervyn King, and the Federal Reserve’s Ben Bernanke to safeguard the global economy.
American Gun: A History of the U.S. in 10 Firearms
By Chris Kyle and William Doyle
A former Navy SEAL and the New York Times best-selling author of American Sniper target the most important American firearms, using these guns as a window on United States history in order to prove that the American story has been tied to and shaped by the gun.
The Art of Thinking Clearly
By Rolf Dobelli
Filled with practical examples and anecdotes, this insightful exploration into human reasoning reveals how to recognize and avoid the simple errors made in day-to-day thinking, enabling us to change the way we think and improve our decision-making process.
By Wendy Williams
Drawn from her popular “Ask Wendy” segment, the outspoken host of The Wendy Williams Show candidly dispenses womanly wisdom on relationships, parenting, body image, and beauty.
Balance: The Economics of Great Power from Ancient Rome to Modern America
By Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane
Two leading economists draw on significant examples from history to offer insight into why powerful nations and civilizations break down under the heavy burden of financial imbalance, and offer sobering arguments about America’s current vulnerabilities and the preventative steps they believe must be taken.
The Book of Woe: The Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
By Gary Greenberg
Greenberg presents a critical assessment of the American Psychiatric Association’s mainstay compendium of mental illness, identifying far-reaching controversies in its May, 2013, edition, while arguing that the reference promotes inaccurate and over-diagnoses of mental illness for material gains.
Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed
By Glennon Melton
Often quoted in The New York Times, viral-essayist Melton offers a whimsical exploration of the power of living with love, forgiveness and honesty and shares her journey from a self-destructive college student to a devoted family woman and teacher, a transformation she credits to trusting in a higher power and being truthful about life’s challenges.
The Civil War in 50 Objects
By Harold Holzer and the New York Historical Society
A companion to A History of the World in 100 Objects offers a visual perspective on the Civil War as reflected by artifacts ranging from a soldier’s footlocker and the Emancipation Proclamation to leaves from Abraham Lincoln’s bier and Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox.
Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line
By Tom Dunkel
Taking readers back in time to 1947, an award-winning journalist chronicles an integrated baseball team in Bismarck, North Dakota, that rose above the limitations of a segregated society to become champions. Dunkel delves into the history of the town, the players, and baseball itself.
Dad Is Fat
By Jim Gaffigan
The popular comedian and actor relates his misadventures as an unlikely father of five, presenting full-length accounts of the experiences he references in his popular tweets, from his formative years in a large Irish-Catholic family to his middle-of-the-night diaper-changing escapades to his struggles to lull reluctant tots to sleep.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
By Mason Currey
This compilation of letters, diaries and interviews from artists as diverse as Beethoven, Kafka and Agatha Christie reveals the profound fusion of discipline and dissipation through which the artistic temperament is allowed to evolve, recharge and emerge.
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
By Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
The head coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers traces the life experiences and philosophies that inspired his six-time championship-winning techniques, citing his relationships with such players as Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and Kobe Bryant, while revealing how he forged successful teams by combining talents and promoting trust.
Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life
By Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
An inspirational guide to self-improvement, happiness, and creativity outlines practical steps for identifying personal talents, merging one’s passions with inherent abilities, and transforming interests into income.
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
By Mitchell Zuckoff
Drawing on intensive research and a firsthand account of the dangerous 2012 expedition, this thrilling true story of survival, which moves between World War II and the present day, follows the survivors of a U.S. cargo plane crash in 1942 and their 148 days spent fighting for their lives during a brutal Arctic winter.
Gettysurg: The Last Invasion
By Allen C. Guelzo
The award-winning author of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation presents a vivid 150th anniversary account of the legendary Civil War battle from the perspectives of ordinary soldiers to offer insight into nineteenth century military practices, the pivotal influence of politics on the battle’s course, and the unique characteristics of artillery units.
Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination
By Richard Belzer and David Wayne
A follow-up to Dead Wrong investigates the suspicious deaths of witnesses tied to the JFK assassination, examining evidence surrounding each case that the authors believe may have been linked to a government cover-up that has been dismissed by official sources.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles II: Creatures and Characters
A richly detailed volume of behind-the-scenes photos, digital renderings and film stills provides a species-by-species introduction to the characters and creations in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit, drawing on first-hand insider accounts to discuss unique special effects and providing a special fold-out character size chart.
How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain’s Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate
By Wendy Moore
The award-winning author of Wedlock traces the efforts of Thomas Day to create an ideal wife after he failed to find a woman who reflected his views about subservience, and describes how Day adopted two young female orphans and raised them according to the extreme principles of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Enlightenment in order to achieve his goal.
The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease
By Susan Blum
A respected expert in the field of functional medicine, Blum outlines a four-step program for treating, reversing and preventing autoimmune conditions and repairing the immune system based on her own personal experience, positing that autoimmune disease occurs as a result of environmental toxins.
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
By Daniel C. Dennett
A philosophy professor offers exercises and tools to stretch the mind, showcasing new ways to consider, discuss and argue positions on such controversial subjects as evolution, the meaning of life, and free will.
It’s Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It: Misadventures of a Suburban Hunter Gatherer
By Bill Heavey
A longtime contributor to Field and Stream details his entertaining and informative quest to eat wild with the help of a grizzled fisherwoman, an ex-military survival instructor and foraging expert, and a single mother devoted to eating locally resourced foods.
Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World
By Bill O’Reilly
An essential collection of writings on leading contemporary issues by the Fox News commentator focuses on his personal core values and offers insight into how his opinions and ideas have been proven or disproven throughout his career.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
By David Sedaris
Sedaris traces his offbeat world travel experiences that include surreal encounters with everything from dentists in France and the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra to squat toilets in Beijing and a wilderness Costco in North Carolina.
Letters to a Young Scientist
By Edward O. Wilson
Hoping to inspire today’s young people into similar pursuits, Wilson weaves together more than 20 letters that highlight his childhood experiences and professional career to explain why he became a biologist.
Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others
By Martha Stewart
The home-decorating and lifestyle maven presents a guide to healthy living after age 40 in which she shares illustrated advice on everything from diet and exercise to intellectual stimulation and home organization.
The Loudest Voice in the Room: Fox News and the Making of America
By Gabriel Sherman
A behind-the-scenes look at the story of Fox News sheds insight into its operations and influence dating back to its launch as a conservative cable news network by Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch, and analyzes Ailes’s campaign-like management style and the ways in which Fox News has become a dominant and lucrative force in American politics.
Make Good Art
By Neil Gaiman
Drawn from the graduation speech he delivered to The University of the Arts in May, 2012, Gaiman encourages readers at any stage of life to go forth, be creative, and make good art.
Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies)
By Jill Smokler
The ScaryMommy.com blogger and best-selling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy compiles new essays in a hilarious collection that debunks the illusory nature of parenting advice, arguing against common fallacies through such essays as “You’ll Be Back to Your Old Self in No Time” and “It Gets Easier.”
My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life
By Gabrielle Reece
Inspired by her own haphazard experiences in celebrating the ups and downs of modern marriage and parenthood, the popular fitness expert and beach volleyball icon challenges popular ideas about living “happily ever after” and offers practical advice for coping with common situations.
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
By Ari Shavit
An influential columnist from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz presents a groundbreaking examination of Israel that traces the events that led the country to its current state of conflict through the stories of everyday citizens that illuminate the importance of lesser-known historical events.
Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – and My Own
By Mika Brzezinski
The cohost of MSNBC’s Morning Joe describes her personal struggles with food addiction and body image and offers insights from notable people in a variety of fields who discuss their diet and fitness strategies.
Other People’s Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made
By Charles V. Bagli
A New York Times reporter who broke the story on the Stuyvesant Town sale chronicles the losses of billions of investor dollars by real estate giant Tishman Speyer and its partner BlackRock, and explores how the events surrounding the infamous deal reflected the ongoing real estate crisis.
Paper: An Elegy
By Ian Sansom
In a lighthearted but scholarly study, the best-selling novelist honors paper in all its forms and functions throughout history in a series of personal reflections on the importance of this essential product.
The Plateau Effect: Getting from Stuck to Success
By Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson
By identifying principles for overcoming obstacles, enabling peak behaviors and avoiding time-wasting activities, the authors demonstrate how athletes, artists and thinkers throughout the world are able to achieve high levels of potential.
The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow
By Bobbie Thomas
Blending together self-empowerment philosophies with fashion advice, the current style editor for NBC’s Today Show provides women with “style therapy” so that they can accurately reflect their inner self through their outside fashion choices.
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
By Margalit Fox
An award-winning journalist presents a gripping, intellectual detective story set in the 1900s that follows the three men who were driven to unlock one of the great secrets of human history – the deciphering of an unknown script from the Aegean Bronze Age.
The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution
By Marcia Coyle
A National Law Journal correspondent and expert on the Supreme Court traces the first seven years of the Roberts Court to report on its direction and the resolutions of five landmark cases on race, guns, immigration, campaign finance and health care.
Saving Normal: An Insider Revolts Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Life
By Allen Frances
Published to coincide with the new edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the author argues that the DSM-5 threatens to destroy what is considered normal, and that grief, sorrow, stress, disappointment and other feelings are a part of life, not a psychiatric disease.
The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost From Ancient Greece to Iraq
By Victor Davis Hanson
Moving portraits of five commanders whose dynamic leadership styles changed the course of warfare and history trace the stories of Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway and David Petraeus, evaluating their pivotal military roles and the controversies that marked their careers.
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
By Annalee Newitz
A speculative, optimistic work of popular science suggests practical ways to promote the human race’s survival of a mass extinction induced by climate change, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters, citing innovations ranging from the bacteria labs of St. Louis to the underground cities of central Turkey.
Sex, Drugs, Ratt and Roll: My Life in Rock
By Stephen Pearcy and Sam Benjamin
A jaw-dropping tell-all from the lead singer of the 1980s hair-metal band Ratt dishes about the groupies, the trashed hotel rooms, the drugs, and just how much you can get away with when you’re one of the biggest stars at the time.
The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health
By Becky Hand; Stepfanie Romine; Meg Galvin; and Nicole Nichols
The creators of SparkPeople.com offer a day-by-day guide that combines the latest nutritional information with delicious recipe swaps and essential workouts.
State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet
By James O. Hill & Holly Wyatt
Two leading weight-loss experts draw on regional fitness practices to outline a step-by-step lifestyle program that rebuilds metabolism for rapid weight loss, sharing recommendations for adjusting homes and relationships for health-conscious living.
The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) Second Edition
By Kenneth L. Fisher and Lara Hoffmans
Written by a self-made billionaire and filled with real-life success stories, this revised and updated edition of a respected financial guide offers ten strategies for accumulating wealth.
Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs
By Eric W. Sanderson
Blending natural history, architecture, chemistry, and politics, a senior conservation ecologist reveals how the American relationship to nature shaped our past and will predicate our future. Sanderson presents a roadmap for renewing economic growth, revitalizing communities and creating a sustainable environment.