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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast And Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Paperback, 499 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Daniel Kahneman

A psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision-making, revealing the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking.NPR Bestseller

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Outliers

Outliers

The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

Paperback, 309 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase
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  • Outliers
  • The Story of Success
  • Malcolm Gladwell

The author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance and why The Beatles earned their fame.NPR Bestseller

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The Metropolitan Revolution

The Metropolitan Revolution

How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy

by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley

Hardcover, 258 pages, Brookings Institution Press, $22, published June 17 2013 | purchase
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  • The Metropolitan Revolution
  • How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy
  • Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley

The authors argue that the new American economy must be driven by exports and powered by cleaner energy. They also write that metropolitan areas should lead the way in this new economic landscape.

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Letters to a Young Scientist

Letters To A Young Scientist

by Edward O. Wilson

Hardcover, 244 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $21.95, published April 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Letters To A Young Scientist
  • Edward O. Wilson

A Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist weaves together letters that highlight his childhood, career and why he became a biologist, in the hopes of inspiring today's young people into similar pursuits.NPR Bestseller

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The Coat Route

The Coat Route

Craft, Luxury & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat

by Meg Lukens Noonan

Hardcover, 244 pages, Spiegel & Grau, $27, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Craft, Luxury & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat
  • Meg Lukens Noonan

An account of international travels explores 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, and witnesses the struggles of elite artisans against the forces of globalization and mass production.

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Deadly Spin

Deadly Spin

An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

by Wendell Potter

Hardcover, 277 pages, St Martins Pr, $10, published November 9 2010 | purchase
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  • Deadly Spin
  • An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans
  • Wendell Potter

A former senior vice president at Cigna who testified before the Senate panel on health care reform explains how health insurers bankroll propaganda campaigns and lobbying efforts aimed solely protecting a company's profits and not the health of those insured.

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Sleepless in Hollywood

Sleepless in Hollywood

Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business

by Lynda Obst

Hardcover, 283 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business
  • Lynda Obst

The veteran producer and author of Hello, He Lied explores how the collapse of the DVD market has triggered a Hollywood refocus on special effects and 3D over expensive actors and writers. Obst draws on insights from top entertainment minds to consider if an increasingly eccentric movie business is salvageable.

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Why the West Rules For Now

Why the West Rules For Now

The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

by Ian Morris

Paperback, 750 pages, St Martins Pr, $22, published October 25 2011 | purchase
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  • Why the West Rules For Now
  • The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
  • Ian Morris

An archaeologist and historian offers his view on why the West has dominated the globe for the past two hundred years and whether or not its power will last, examining the past fifty thousand years of human history and predicting what the next one hundred years will bring.

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The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves

by Dan Ariely

Paperback, 285 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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  • The Honest Truth About Dishonesty
  • How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves
  • Dan Ariely

From Washington, D.C., to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, author and behavior economist Dan Ariely explores the question of dishonesty. He helps us understand why cheating is so prevalent and what we can do about it.

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The Billionaire's Apprentice

The Billionaire's Apprentice

The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund

by Anita Raghavan

Hardcover, 493 pages, Grand Central Pub, $29, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • The Billionaire's Apprentice
  • The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund
  • Anita Raghavan

Depicts the collapse of a multi-billion dollar South Asian hedge fund due to insider trading and describes the case brought against them by the son of Indian immigrants who went up against the corporation's founder.

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Lean In

Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

Hardcover, 228 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published March 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook's chief operating officer shares provocative, anecdotal advice for women, urging them to take risks and seek new challenges to find work that they can love and engage in passionately.NPR Bestseller

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Eleven Rings

Eleven Rings

The Soul of Success

by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

Hardcover, 356 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • The Soul of Success
  • Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

The head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers traces the life experiences and philosophies that inspired his championship-winning techniques. He cites his relationships with such players as Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Kobe Bryant, while describing how he forged successful teams by combining talents and promoting trust.NPR Bestseller

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Overdressed

Overdressed

The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

by Elizabeth L. Cline

Paperback, 258 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
  • Elizabeth L. Cline

Low-priced clothing is what Elizabeth Cline calls "fast fashion": clothes made on the cheap for big chains like H&M or Zara. Customers wear them and discard them, buying new clothes to match new trends and dropping the old like they're disposable products. In Overdressed, Cline reports on how the globalization of the garment industry has led to cheap products in the U.S. but human rights violations and environmental damage elsewhere in the world. She also documents her transformation into a conscientious consumer — one who resoles shoes and shops for local, sustainable clothing.

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