The Political Power of Economic Ideas by Peter A. Hall

John Maynard Keynes once observed that the “ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood.”  The contributors to this volume take that assertion seriously. In a full-scale study of t

Dominant Character by Samanth Subramanian

Beautifully written and richly detailed, Samanth Subramanian’s A Dominant Character recounts J. B. S. Haldane’s boisterous life and examines the questions he raised about the intersections of genetics and politics.  Subramanian “does a great job of capturing Halda

Group by Christie Tate

Christie Tate’s Group is one of those rare memoirs that can be accurately described as honest and raw, and I don’t entirely mean that as a compliment.  Tate describes her memoir, Group, as “a story about how somebody who’s lonely and totally isolated but looks good on

The Moth and the Mountain

Author: Ed Caesar The Moth and the Mountain restores Maurice Wilson to his rightful place in the annals of Everest and tells an unforgettable story about the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity.“This is an extraordinary true story about one man’s attempt to salve t

The Kidnapping Club by Jonathan Daniel Wells

Taking readers into the bustling streets and ports of America’s great Northern metropolis, The Kidnapping Club is a dramatic account of the ties between slavery and capitalism, the deeply corrupt roots of policing, and the strength of Black activism.In The Kidnapping Club, historian Jonathan

Fevers, feuds, and diamonds by Paul Farmer

This thorough and hopeful narrative is a definitive work of reportage, history, and advocacy, and a crucial intervention in public health discussions around the world. In 2014, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea suffered the worst epidemic of Ebola in history. The brutal virus spread rapidly throu

I’ll Be Seeing You by Elizabeth Berg

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg tells the moving love story of caring for her parents in their final years in this beautifully written memoir. I’ll Be Seeing You charts the passage from the anguish of loss to the understanding that even in the most fractious times, love can

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Caste — beautifully written, original, and revealing — is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today. The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examin

Singular Sensation by Michael Riedel

This is the extraordinary story of a transformative decade on Broadway, featuring gripping behind-the-scenes accounts of shows such as Rent, Angels in America, Chicago, The Lion King, and The Producers that changed the history of the American theater. Singular Sensation serves as a follow-up to M

The Fabric of Civilization by Virginia Postrel

Assiduously researched and deftly narrated, The Fabric of Civilization tells the story of the world’s most influential commodity. The Fabric of Civilization is a history about the far-reaching influence that textiles have had on the world.  Author Virginia Postrel “syn


Author: Peter Godfrey-Smith Combining science, philosophy, and his own observations gleaned from “watery hours” spent scuba diving, Peter Godfrey-Smith examines the origins of animal consciousness.In his work, Other Minds, the author focused on octopuses; here, the book’s &ldquo

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer by Anthony M. Amore

In The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, Anthony M. Amore expertly combines extraordinary history with gripping true crime.Rich in tantalizing details, The Woman Who Stole Vermeer is filled with personal anecdotes from those who knew Dugdale the best — old college friends, colleagues and politic

Metropolis by Ben Wilson

This is an impressive, comprehensive and wide-ranging history of global cities. Historian Ben Wilson, author of bestselling and award-winning books on British history, “tells the grand, glorious story of how city living has allowed human culture to flourish,” said a review in goodread

The Best of Me by David Sedaris

David Sedaris is a Grammy award-nominated american humorist and radio contributor. The stories in thebest of me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him. “For more than 25 years, david Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creat

Kindred by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

The book sheds new light on where Neanderthals lived, what they ate, and the increasingly complex Neanderthal culture that researchers have discovered. “Kindred is an ambitious book that takes in the full sweep of 150 years of scientific discovery and covers virtually every facet of their b

The Mystery of Charles Dickens by A. N. Wilson

This is a lively and insightful biographical celebration of the imaginative genius of Charles Dickens, published in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his death. The Mystery of Charles Dickens is illustrated with 30 black-and-white images. Andrew Norman Wilson is an English writer and new

Apollo’s Arrow

Author: Nicholas A. Christakis Apollo’s Arrow offers a riveting account of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it swept through American society in 2020, and of how the recovery will unfold in the coming years.“Featuring new, provocative arguments and vivid examples ranging acro

Numbers Rule by George Szpiro

Since the very birth of democracy in ancient Greece, the simple act of voting has given rise to mathematical paradoxes that have puzzled some of the greatest philosophers, statesmen, and mathematicians. Numbers Rule traces the epic quest by these thinkers to create a more perfect democracy and ada

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