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Another Day in the Frontal Lobe
A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside

Katrina Firlik

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: 06/12/2007
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7340-2

Katrina Firlik is a neurosurgeon, one of only two hundred or so women among the alpha males who dominate this high-pressure, high-prestige medical specialty. She is also a superbly gifted writer–witty, insightful, at once deeply humane and refreshingly wry. In Another Day in the Frontal Lobe, Dr. Firlik recounts how her... Read more >

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The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are

Carlin Flora

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: 10/08/2013
Price: $16.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-307-94695-9

Just as the role of friends is expanding in our culture, Friendfluence explores their powerful and often under-appreciated influence on our personalities, habits, physical health, and even our chances of success in life. In this fascinating book, packed with the latest research findings, Carlin Flora traces friendship from its evolutionary roots... Read more >

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The Secret Lives of the Brain

David Eagleman

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 05/15/2012
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-38992-3

If the conscious mind—the part you consider to be you--is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?
In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the... Read more >

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Money Changes Everything
Twenty-two Writers Break the Final Taboo--How Money Transforms Families, Tests Marriages, Destroys Friendships, and Sometimes Manages to Make People Happy

Edited by Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: 01/15/2008
Price: $19.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2283-8

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Plato at the Googleplex
Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
On Sale: 03/04/2014
Price: $29.95
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 978-0-307-37819-4

From the acclaimed writer and thinker—whose award-winning books include both fiction and nonfiction—a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden but essential role in today’s debates on love, religion, politics, and science.
Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and set out on a multicity... Read more >

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Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer
A Road Trip into the Heart of Fan Mania

Warren St. John

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: 05/31/2005
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-609-80713-2

A Chronicle of Higher Education Top 10 Best College-Sports Books Ever**

"St. John offers an unsurpassed blend of scholarly heft (he's gathered all of the scattered research on sports fandom), superb reporting (among those we meet is the Alabama fan so full of hate toward Tennessee that he'd root for "Notre Dame,... Read more >

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How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

Leonard Mlodinow

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: 02/12/2013
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-47225-0

Over the past two decades of neurological research, it has become increasingly clear that the way we experience the world—our perception, behavior, memory, and social judgment--is largely driven by the mind's subliminal processes and not by the conscious ones, as we have long believed. As in the bestselling The Drunkard’s Walk:... Read more >

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The Culture Code
An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do

Clotaire Rapaille

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: 07/17/2007
Price: $15.99
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2057-5

In The Culture Code, internationally revered cultural anthropologist and marketing expert Clotaire Rapaille reveals for the first time the techniques he has used to improve profitability and practices for dozens of Fortune 100 companies. His groundbreaking revelations shed light not just on business but on the way every human being acts... Read more >

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The Lucifer Effect
Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Philip Zimbardo

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
On Sale: 01/22/2008
Price: $18.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7444-7

Winner, the William James Book Award of the Society for General Psychology (Division 1 of the American Psychological Association)
Selected for Common Reading at Montana State University
In THE LUCIFER EFFECT, renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo explains how--and the myriad reasons why--we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” Drawing... Read more >

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The Progress Paradox
How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

Gregg Easterbrook

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
On Sale: 11/09/2004
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7303-7

In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century--yet today, according to research and anecdotal evidence, most men and women feel less 'happy' than in previous... Read more >

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The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Jonathan Haidt

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
On Sale: 02/12/2013
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-45577-2

As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral... Read more >

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Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers

Edited by Matt Kellogg and Jillian Quint

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 08/29/2006
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7566-6

Selected as the winners of Random House’s national contest, a stunning collection of essays ranging from comic to poignant, personal to political, by the newest, brightest young writers you haven’t heard of . . . yet.

Here, for the first time, current twentysomethings come together on their own terms, in their own... Read more >

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What Terrorists Want
Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat

Louise Richardson

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
On Sale: 11/13/2007
Price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7544-4

“This is at the top of my list for best books on terrorism.”
–Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill
How can the most powerful country in the world feel so threatened by an enemy infinitely weaker than we are? How can loving parents and otherwise... Read more >