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59 Seconds
Change Your Life in Under a Minute

Richard Wiseman

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
On Sale: 12/28/2010
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-307-47486-5

A psychologist and best-selling author gives us a myth-busting response to the self-help movement, with tips and tricks to improve your life that come straight from the scientific community.
Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity:... Read more >

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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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In Pursuit of Silence
Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise

George Prochnik

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: 04/05/2011
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3121-2

A brilliant, far-reaching exploration of the frontiers of noise and silence, and the growing war between them.
Between iPods, music-blasting restaurants, earsplitting sports stadiums, and endless air and road traffic, the place for quiet in our lives grows smaller by the day. In Pursuit of Silence gives context to our increasingly desperate... 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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Forty Tales from the Afterlives

David Eagleman

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
On Sale: 01/12/2010
Price: $14.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-38993-0

At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now. In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your... 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 Drunkard's Walk
How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Leonard Mlodinow

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: 05/05/2009
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-27517-2

With the born storyteller's command of narrative and imaginative approach, Leonard Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how our lives are profoundly informed by chance and randomness and how everything from wine ratings and corporate success to school grades and political polls are less reliable than we believe.
By showing us the true nature... 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 Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

David Shields

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: 02/10/2009
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-38796-7

Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being.
Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers—from Lucretius to Woody Allen—Shields expertly renders both... Read more >

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Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

Tom Vanderbilt

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
On Sale: 08/11/2009
Price: $16.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-27719-0

A New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year
The Washington Post • The Cleveland Plain-Dealer • Rocky Mountain News
In this brilliant, lively, and eye-opening investigation, Tom Vanderbilt examines the perceptual limits and cognitive underpinnings that make us worse drivers than we think we are. He demonstrates why... 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 >

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From Philosophy to Neuroscience

Stephen S. Hall

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: 03/08/2011
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-38968-8

We all recognize wisdom, but defining it is more elusive. In this fascinating journey from philosophy to science, Stephen S. Hall gives us a penetrating history of wisdom, from its sudden emergence in the fifth century B.C. to its modern manifestations in education, politics, and the workplace. Hall’s bracing exploration of... Read more >