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A Tear at the Edge of Creation

A Tear at the Edge of Creation

A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe

by Marcelo Gleiser

Paperback, 289 pages, Univ Pr of New England, $18.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe
  • Marcelo Gleiser

A physics and philosophy professor challenges modern beliefs about the definable nature of the cosmos, arguing that all things exist because of random imperfections, primordial asymmetries and outright accidents, in a report that also cites the importance of caring for the planet.

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Darwin's Ghosts

Darwin's Ghosts

The Secret History of Evolution

by Rebecca Stott

Hardcover, 396 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 12 2012 | purchase
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  • Darwin's Ghosts
  • The Secret History of Evolution
  • Rebecca Stott

Evolution was not discovered single-handedly, Rebecca Stott argues, contrary to what has become standard lore, but is an idea that emerged over many centuries, advanced by daring individuals across the globe who had the imagination to speculate on nature's extraordinary ways, and who had the courage to articulate such speculations at a time when to do so was often considered heresy.

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The Savior Generals

The Savior Generals

How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq

by Victor Davis Hanson

Hardcover, 305 pages, St Martins Pr, $28, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • The Savior Generals
  • How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq
  • Victor Davis Hanson

Traces 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.

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Mission To Mars

Mission To Mars

My Vision for Space Exploration

by Buzz Aldrin, Leonard David and Andrew Aldrin

Hardcover, 258 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Mission To Mars
  • My Vision for Space Exploration
  • Buzz Aldrin, Leonard David, et al

The history-making astronaut, aerospace engineer and respected advocate for space colonization outlines a plan for taking humans to Mars within the next quarter century. The book poses business-specific arguments, while outlining practical strategies for travel and planetary homesteading.

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Ask Wendy

Ask Wendy

Straight-up Advice for All the Drama in Your Life

by Wendy Williams

Hardcover, 287 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Ask Wendy
  • Straight-up Advice for All the Drama in Your Life
  • Wendy Williams

Drawn from her popular "Ask Wendy" segment, the outspoken host of The Wendy Williams Show tells it like it is in this collection of womanly wisdom that is filled with advice on everything from relationships, parenting, body image, beauty and more. 100,000 first printing.

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Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning

by Benjamin K. Bergen

Hardcover, 296 pages, Perseus Books Group, $27.99, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning
  • Benjamin K. Bergen

Describes how meaning is conveyed and processed in the mind, answering questions about how people can understand information about things they have never seen in person and why they move their hands and arms when they speak.

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New York City of Trees

New York City of Trees

by Benjamin Swett

Hardcover, 152 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $29.95, published April 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Benjamin Swett

With photographs and narratives, Benjamin Swett tells the stories of 60 trees, in all five of New York City boroughs.

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The Anatomy of Violence

The Anatomy of Violence

The Biological Roots of Crime

by Adrian Raine

Paperback, 478 pages, Random House Inc, $17.95, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • The Anatomy of Violence
  • The Biological Roots of Crime
  • Adrian Raine

Criminologist Adrian Raine argues that while there is a social and environmental element to violent behavior, biology also plays a role.

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Time Reborn

Time Reborn

From the Limits of Physics to the Future of the Universe

by Lee Smolin

Hardcover, 319 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • From the Limits of Physics to the Future of the Universe
  • Lee Smolin

A theoretical physicist describes his new approach for thinking about the reality of time and explains his theory about the laws of physics not being timeless but rather capable of evolving.

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Daily Rituals

Daily Rituals

How Artists Work

by Mason Currey

Hardcover, 278 pages, Knopf, $24.95, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • How Artists Work
  • Mason Currey

From Beethoven to Woody Allen, from Leo Tolstoy to Charles Dickens and John Updike, here are artists on how they create (and avoid creating) their works. Writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, philosophers, caricaturists, comedians, poets, sculptors and scientists consider how they work in letters, diaries and interviews compiled and edited by Mason Currey.

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Hallucinations

Hallucinations

by Oliver Sacks

Paperback, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks investigates the types, physiological sources and cultural resonances of hallucinations, tracing everything from intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • Quiet
  • 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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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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  • Thinking, Fast And Slow
  • 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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Gulp

Gulp

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

by Mary Roach

Paperback, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • Mary Roach

The author of Stiff, about corpses, and Spook, about the afterlife, now explores the living human body. Gulp follows the digestive system from the mouth to the ... south, discussing food flavors, rectum uses, flatulence and the functions of saliva, among many other alimentary topics.NPR Bestseller

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The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

by Amy Stewart

Hardcover, 381 pages, Workman Pub Co, $19.95, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
  • Amy Stewart

From beer to bourbon, and martinis to Manhattans, all the world's alcoholic drinks come from plants. Garden writer Amy Stewart explores the plants behind our favorite cocktails: the fruits and grains that become alcohol; the herbs that add flavor; and the garnishes and mixers that add the finishing touches.NPR Bestseller

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Clean

Clean

Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy

by David Sheff

Hardcover, 374 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy
  • David Sheff

Combining personal stories and experiences with cutting edge research approaches, the author of Beautiful Boy describes a new way of treating substance addiction, as well as accompanying mental illnesses.NPR Bestseller

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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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How Animals Grieve

How Animals Grieve

by Barbara J. King

Hardcover, 193 pages, Univ of Chicago Pr, $25, published March 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Barbara J. King
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Blindspot

Blindspot

Hidden Biases of Good People

by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Hardcover, 254 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Hidden Biases of Good People
  • Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Prejudice toward others is often an unconscious part of the human psyche, according to the authors, who analyze the science behind biased feelings while sharing guidelines for identifying and learning from hidden prejudices.

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