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On the Map

On The Map

A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks

by Simon Garfield

Hardcover, 464 pages, Gotham, $27.50, published December 27 2012 | purchase
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  • On The Map
  • A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks
  • Simon Garfield

Journalist Simon Garfield takes us from the earliest maps — scratchings on rocks dating back over 10,000 years — through medieval European maps — with Jerusalem always in the middle — right up to the maps that guide us with voices from our smartphones and GPS trackers. All the while, he examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history.

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

by Chris Hadfield

Hardcover, 295 pages, Little Brown & Co, $28, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
  • Chris Hadfield

Col. Chris Hadfield has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. Now, he returns to earth to offer stories of his time in space and in training, an education in a classroom unlike any other in (or out of) this world.

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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

by Simon Singh

Hardcover, 253 pages, St Martins Pr, $26, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
  • Simon Singh

Based on interviews with the writers of The Simpsons and accompanied by images from the show, facsimiles of scripts, paintings and drawings and other imagery, this fascinating book reveals the meaningful mathematical concepts behind the most successful show in TV history.

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Quiet

Quiet

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

Paperback, 352 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • Susan Cain

Susan Cain demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.NPR Bestseller

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Brain on Fire

Brain On Fire

My Month of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

Paperback, 266 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Brain On Fire
  • My Month of Madness
  • Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old when she began to experience seizures, hallucinations and increasingly psychotic behavior. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors until she was finally diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain. As one doctor put it, "her brain was on fire." Cahalan recounts her experience with the disease in Brain on Fire.NPR Bestseller

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How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

by Paul Tough

Paperback, 231 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
  • Paul Tough

How Children Succeed challenges conventional views about standardized testing to argue that success is more determined by self-discipline, character and optimism. Paul Tough describes the work of pioneering researchers and educators whose insights into childhood stress and economic disadvantages have enabled effective new teaching methods.NPR Bestseller

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High Moon Over The Amazon

High Moon Over The Amazon

My Quest to Understand the Monkeys of the Night

by Patricia Chapple Wright

Hardcover, 320, Lantern Books, $29.95, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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  • My Quest to Understand the Monkeys of the Night
  • Patricia Chapple Wright

A Brooklyn housewife becomes a scientist after traveling to South America to find a mate for her pet monkey.

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Five Billion Years of Solitude

Five Billion Years of Solitude

The Search for Life Among the Stars

by Lee Billings

Hardcover, 294 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published October 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Five Billion Years of Solitude
  • The Search for Life Among the Stars
  • Lee Billings

An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system traces the discoveries of thousands of "exoplanets" throughout the past two years, including some with Earth-like characteristics that could possibly support life.

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David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

Hardcover, 305 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • David and Goliath
  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak, the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.NPR Bestseller

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League of Denial

League Of Denial

The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru

Hardcover, 399 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • League Of Denial
  • The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth
  • Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru

Mark Fainaru-Wada and his brother Steve Fainaru take an exhaustive look at how the NFL has dealt with allegations that playing football can lead to brain damage.

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The Story of the Human Body

The Story of the Human Body

Evolution, Health, and Disease

by Daniel E. Lieberman

Hardcover, 460 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • The Story of the Human Body
  • Evolution, Health, and Disease
  • Daniel E. Lieberman

A Harvard evolutionary biologist presents an engaging discussion of how the human body has evolved over millions of years, examining how an increasing disparity between the needs of Stone Age bodies and the realities of the modern world are fueling a paradox of greater longevity and chronic disease.

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I Don't Know

I Don't Know

In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)

by Leah Hager Cohen

Hardcover, 116 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.95, published September 12 2013 | purchase
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  • I Don't Know
  • In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)
  • Leah Hager Cohen

Leah Hager Cohen advocates for honoring doubt and admitting when the answer is "I don't know," considering the ramifications of admitting ignorance and how it can increase the possibility for true communication.

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Countdown

Countdown

Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

by Alan Weisman

Hardcover, 783 pages, Little Brown & Co, $30, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
  • Alan Weisman

The author visits twenty countries around the world to get their take on the sustainability of human life on the planet, discussing optimum population and how to prosper without endless growth.

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Average Is over

Average Is Over

Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

by Tyler Cowen

Hardcover, 290 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published September 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Average Is Over
  • Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation
  • Tyler Cowen

Describes the post-recession job market that is erasing the middle range, leaving only high-earning jobs that utilize machine intelligence and data analysis and low-earning jobs for those who are not learning and adopting the new technologies.

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The Big Questions in Science

The Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns

by Mun Keat Looi, Hayley Birch and Colin Stuart

Hardcover, 192 pages, Gardners Books, $25.30, published September 12 2013 | purchase
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  • The Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns
  • Mun Keat Looi, Hayley Birch, et al
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Masterminds & Wingmen

Masterminds & Wingmen

Helping Your Son Cope With Schoolyard Power, Locker-room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World

by Rosalind Wiseman

Hardcover, 377 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Masterminds & Wingmen
  • Helping Your Son Cope With Schoolyard Power, Locker-room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
  • Rosalind Wiseman

The author of Queen Bees and Wannabees decodes the inner lives of boys to reveal how parents can forge stronger connections with their sons, explaining how boys are more likely to hide their feelings and resist adult support.

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Poser

Poser

My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses

by Claire Dederer

Paperback, 344 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Poser
  • My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses
  • Claire Dederer

Describes the factors that compelled the author to try yoga and her subsequent enthusiasm for the practice, recounting her love-hate relationship with trickier poses while revealing how her yoga experience came to reflect her values and generational dynamics.

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