The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
By Catherine Steiner-Adair and Teresa H. Barker
An internationally recognized clinical psychologist draws on real-life stories from her work to offer insight and advice to help parents successfully navigate today’s technologically advanced world and turn the focus back to family and meaningful relationships.
The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic behind Living Forever
By Adam Leith Gollner
Interweaving religion, science, and mythology, this illuminating exploration of one of the most universal human obsessions charts the rise of longevity science from its alchemical beginnings to modern-day genetic interventions and brings us face-to-face with those whose lives are shaped by a belief in immortality.
Calcutta: Two Years in the City
By Amit Chaudhuri
An account of the author’s two years in Calcutta evocatively depicts the city’s vibrant architecture, diverse classes, and evolving politics while exploring its self-renewing culture and resilience against globalization.
Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877
By Brenda Wineapple
Wineapple documents the rise of America during the heart of the 19th century, starting with the end of the Mexican-American War and moving through the complexities of Reconstruction and women’s equality, the displacement of the Indians and the transformation of a confederation into one nation.
The Happy Atheist: Dancing on the Graves of the Gods
By P. Z. Myers
The creator of the popular science blog, Pharyngula, presents a bitingly uproarious assessment of religious fanaticism that imparts his infectious disdain for such topics as creationism, biblical literalism, and “intelligent design” theory.
A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramids, Vol. 1
By John Romer
A first volume of a history of the earliest days of ancient Egypt by the writer of The Seven Wonders of the World television series challenges popular archaeological understandings to chronicle the ancient world’s first agricultural practices through the construction of the pyramids.
The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople
By S. Wise Bauer
The best-selling author of The Story of the World puts a spotlight on the Renaissance, describing the Crusades and the Inquisition; the emergence of the Ottomans and the rise of the Mongols; and the invention of new currencies, weapons and schools of thought.
Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
By Boris Kachka
This fascinating account of the book publisher that is home to more Nobel Prize-winning authors than any other publishing house in the world reveals the era and city that built FSG through the stories of two men: Roger Straus and Robert Giroux.
Jane Austen’s England
By Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins
The authors paint a cultural portrait of everyday life in Regency England and the world of Jane Austen, drawing upon a rich array of contemporary sources including previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries and personal letters in order to depict how ordinary people shared experiences ranging from marriage and sexuality to health care and religion.
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
By Scott Anderson
A narrative chronicle of World War I’s Arab Revolt explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East, demonstrating how they instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring, and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.
Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the March on Washington
By Kitty Kelley
A 50th anniversary account of the 1963 March on Washington as recorded from the perspectives of the legendary photographer documents the historic Civil Rights bill and is complemented by essays and captions that provide behind-the-scenes insights.
The Letters of John F. Kennedy
By Martin W. Sandler
Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 35th President’s death, a definitive collection of letters by and to JFK is drawn from Kennedy Presidential Library records and offers unique insights into his character and times. The volume includes correspondence with such figures as Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, and a young John Kerry.
Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate
By Rose George
Revealing the workings and dangers of freight shipping, which is the key to our economy, environment, and civilization, the author sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore to present an eye-opening glimpse into an overlooked world filled with suspect practices, dubious operators, and nefarious pirates.
O My America!: Six Women and Their Second Acts in a New World
By Sara Wheeler
Wheeler traces the steps of six women – author Fanny Trollope; actress Fanny Kemble; economist Harriet Martineau; homesteader Rebecca Burlend; traveler Isabella Bird; and novelist Catherine Hubback – who fled various sorts of trouble in the 19th century and came to America to start new lives.
Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer
By Martha Fay and Jules Feiffer
Showcasing the 70-year-career of America’s foremost Renaissance man of the arts, this long-awaited illustrated retrospective provides a revealing glimpse into Feiffer’s creative process and celebrates his unique imagination.
Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World
By Michael Fullilove
The author documents the lesser-known roles of the 32nd President and five influential diplomats in overturning American isolationist beliefs and pulling the country into World War II, citing the pivotal reports that led to America’s support of an inundated Great Britain and Russia.
Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie’s Last Quarter
By Randy Roberts and Ed Krezmiensk
The authors describe how Joe Namath and Bear Bryant led the Crimson Tide to an Orange Bowl championship in 1965, amidst bloody fights in the civil rights movement and a pair of ethics scandals, to change football’s culture and economic impact forever.
Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters
By Robert Pinsky
A former poet laureate provides informative introductions and sidebar notes for more than 80 poems by great writers such as William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson and George Herbert, in an effort to spark interest and pleasure in reading and writing poetry.
Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-up Guide to Home, Health, Family, Career, Style, and Sex
By Bethenny Frankel
Filled with her favorite tips for managing every aspect of her nonstop life, the New York Times best-selling author and reality television personality furnishes an abundance of stress-free advice for busy women everywhere, covering such topics as organization, beauty regiments, sex and shopping.
The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way
By Amanda Ripley
Following three teenagers who chose to spend one school year living and learning in Finland, South Korea, and Poland, a literary journalist chronicles their adventures and discovers startling truths about how attitudes, parenting and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries’ education results.
The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice
By Vanessa M. Gezari
Part of the Pentagon’s most daring and controversial attempt since Vietnam to bring social science to a field of battle, three tough-minded American civilians find their humanity tested and their lives forever changed by this little-known mission in Afghanistan.
What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness
By Elizabeth Svoboda
An investigation into the biology and psychology of altruism and heroism draws on dozens of real-life examples to explain how genetics compel people to do good for others and can have a beneficial role in mental health, offering insight into how inherent qualities can be tapped to promote positive sacrificial acts.
You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself
By David McRaney
The popular blogger and author of the best-selling You Are Not So Smart shares more discoveries about self-delusion and irrational thinking, analyzing 15 additional ways people routinely fool themselves in areas ranging from attraction and time wasted to best intentions and the true price of happiness.
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
By Reza Aslan
The author of the best-selling No god but God presents a meticulously researched biography of Jesus that draws on biblical and historical sources to place His achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of His time.