Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

In his latest novel, “Klara and the Sun,” Kazuo Ishiguro turns his focus to artificial intelligence.  In his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, Ishiguro insists he is an optimist about technology. “I’m not one of these people who thinks it&rsquo


Fears of a Setting Sun

Author: Dennis C. Rasmussen Americans seldom deify their Founding Fathers any longer, but they do still tend to venerate the Constitution and the republican government that the founders created. Strikingly, the founders themselves were far less confident in what they had wrought, particularly by


The Invisible Gorilla

In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology’s most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds don’t work the way we think they do. We think we see ou


Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod

When Hugh MacLeod was a struggling young copywriter living in a YMCA, he started to doodle on the backs of business cards while sitting at a bar.  Those cartoons eventually led to a popular blog — gapingvoid.com — and a reputation for pithy insight and humor, in both words and pi


Raceless by Georgina Lawton

Raceless is an exploration of a fundamental question: What constitutes our sense of self?  Drawing on her personal experiences and the stories of others, British journalist Georgina Lawton grapples with difficult questions about love, shame, grief, and prejudice, and reveals the nuanced


European Passerines by Tomasz Cofta

Opening up new frontiers in birdwatching, this is the first field guide to focus specifically on the identification of European passerines and related land birds in flight. Showcasing 850 stunning and remarkably lifelike color illustrations from acclaimed bird artist Tomasz Cofta, produced using t


Decade of Upheaval

Authors: Dong Guoqiang and Andrew G. Walder A Decade of Upheaval chronicles the surprising and dramatic political conflicts of a rural Chinese county over the course of the Cultural Revolution.Drawing on an unprecedented range of sources — including work diaries, interviews, internal party


The Virus in the Age of Madness by Bernard-Henri Lévy

In The Virus in the Age of Madness, world-renowned philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy interrogates the many meanings and metaphors we have assigned to the pandemic — and what they tell us about ourselves. With medical mysteries, rising death tolls, and conspiracy theories beamed minute b


War

Author: Margaret MacMillan Margaret MacMillan’s War contemplates the existence of war: Why it occurs, and what it says about human nature.War is always with us, even in peace. It has shaped humanity, its institutions, its states, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, o


Outliers; The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success is the third nonfiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell.  Generally well received by critics, Outliers was considered more personal than Gladwell’s other works, and some reviews commented on how much Outliers felt like an autobiography.  In Outlier


Today: Painting by Numbers

Author: Diana Seave Greenwald Painting by Numbers presents a groundbreaking blend of art historical and social scientific methods to chart, for the first time, the sheer scale of 19th-century artistic production.With new quantitative evidence for more than 500,000 works of art, Diana Seave Greenw


On Understanding Japanese Religion

Author: Joseph Mitsuo Kitagawa Joseph Kitagawa, one of the founders of the field of history of religions and an eminent scholar of the religions of Japan, published his classic book Religion in Japanese History in 1966.Since then, he has written a number of extremely influential essays that illus


Nektaria Anastasiadou’s ‘A Recipe for Daphne’

From Istanbul, a 3,000-year-old city that is home to one of the oldest communities in Turkey, comes Nektaria Anastasiadou’s debut novel, “A Recipe for Daphne.” In an extraordinary examination of identity and belonging, Anastasiadou introduces the Rum community, Greek Orthodox Chr


The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson

Author Walter Isaacson returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that h


Work by James Suzman

Work defines who we are. It determines our status, and dictates how, where, and with whom we spend most of our time. It mediates our self-worth and molds our values. But are we hard-wired to work as hard as we do? Did our Stone Age ancestors also live to work and work to live?  To answer the


The Good Girls

Author: Sonia Faleiro The Good Girls is a powerful, heartrending and compelling work of investigative journalism from award winning author Sonia Faleiro. This nonfiction book follows the stories of two teenage girls in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in 2014, who disappeared one night


Understanding Japanese Religion

Author: Joseph Mitsuo Kitagawa Joseph Kitagawa, one of the founders of the field of history of religions and an eminent scholar of the religions of Japan, published his classic book Religion in Japanese History in 1966.Since then, he has written a number of extremely influential essays that illus


Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium

Author: Levi Roach Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium takes a fresh look at documentary forgery and historical memory in the Middle Ages.In the 10th and 11th centuries, religious houses across Europe began falsifying texts to improve local documentary records on an unprecedente




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