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 Bestselling Nonfiction from a variety of sources including the New York Times.


What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions Cover
Randall Munroe
Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website.
500 Mun
Book
Sep 15, 2014
UnPHILtered : the way I see it Cover
Phil Robertson
Mark Schlabach
The controversial patriarch of A&E's Duck Dynasty series outlines his decidedly opinionated philosophy on life, sharing his views on faith, family, work and a range of modern-day issues, including gun control, prayer in school and the government.
B Rob
Book
Sep 15, 2014
One nation : what we can all do to save America's future Cover
Ben Carson
Candy Carson
At the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013, standing just a few feet from President Obama, Dr. Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon, offered a common sense critique of liberal government, calling for a return to our historic culture of personal responsibility, free markets, and upward mobility. Now, in this sequel to America the Beautiful, Dr. and Mrs. Carson offer a bold plan to stop the country's slide into fiscal and moral decay. Avoiding the political correctness of politicians and the animosity of Washington lawyers, Dr. Carson calls for respectful discussion and disagreement, with no subjects off limits. Applying the problem-solving skills he honed as a surgeon, he takes on tough issues such as education, health care, family values, race relations, taxes, charity, and the role of faith in public life. In his journey from poverty to the top of his field, Dr. Carson has lived the American dream. He shows how we can save that dream for our future generations, by restoring a moral, informed citizenry that will support "one nation, under God, indivisible.
973 Car
Book
Jun 2, 2014
Diary of a mad diva Cover
Joan Rivers
A no-holds-barred look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events, and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from A to D list), all in her signature style.
817 Riv
Book
Sep 15, 2014
In the kingdom of ice : the grand and terrible polar voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette Cover
Hampton Sides
A dramatic account of the ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole cites the contributions of German cartographer August Peterman, New York Herald owner James Gordon Bennett and famed naval officer George Washington De Long in the team's efforts to survive brutal environmental conditions.
910.452 Sid
Book
Aug 18, 2014
America : imagine the world without her Cover
Dinesh D'Souza
Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder, or is America still the hope of the world? D'Souza offers a passionate and sharply reasoned defense of America, knocking down every important accusation made by Progressives against our country.
973 DSo
Book
Jul 21, 2014
The organized mind : thinking straight in the age of information overload Cover
Daniel J Levitin
Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how people with "organized" minds excel--and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and lives.
153.42 Lev
Book
Sep 2, 2014
The teacher wars : a history of America's most embattled profession Cover
Dana Goldstein
A history of 175 years of teaching in America shows that teachers have always borne the brunt of shifting, often impossible expectations. Dana Goldstein asks the often-forgotten question: "How did we get here?" She argues that we must take the historical perspective, understanding the political and cultural baggage that is tied to teaching, if we have any hope of positive change. In her history of public teaching, Goldstein guides us through American education's many passages, including the feminization of teaching in the 1800s and the fateful growth of unions, and shows that the battles fought over nearly two centuries echo the very dilemmas we cope with today. Recent innovations like Teach for America, merit pay, and teacher evaluation via student testing are actually as old as public schools themselves. In America's past, and in local innovations that promote the professionalization of the teaching corps, Goldstein finds answers to an age-old problem.
371.102 Gol
Book
Sep 15, 2014
Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption Cover
Laura Hillenbrand
Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being captured by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.
B Zam
Book
Dec 23, 2013
Think like a freak : the authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain Cover
Steven D. Levitt
Stephen J. Dubner
The authors take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems.
153.43 Lev
Book
Sep 15, 2014
The way forward : renewing the American idea Cover
Paul Ryan
THE WAY FORWARD challenges conventional thinking, outlines Paul Ryan's political vision for 2014 and beyond, and shows how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation. Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election--including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics--Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges going forward. THE WAY FORWARD also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the progressive movement as a whole--its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin. Culminating in a plan for the future, THE WAY FORWARD argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals.
320.973 Rya
Book
Sep 2, 2014
David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants Cover
Malcolm Gladwell
Drawing upon examples from the world of business, sports, culture, cutting-edge psychology and an array of unforgettable characters around the world, Malcolm Gladwell looks at the complex and surprising ways in which the weak can defeat the strong, how the small can match up against the giant, and how our goals (often culturally determined) can make a huge difference in our ultimate sense of success.
155.24 Gla
Book
Sep 15, 2014
Capital in the twenty-first century Cover
Thomas Piketty
Arthur Goldhammer
Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns and shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities. He argues, however, that the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth will generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values if political action is not taken.
332.041 Pik
Book
Sep 15, 2014
The First Family detail : Secret Service agents reveal the hidden lives of the presidents Cover
Ronald Kessler
Investigative reporter Ronald Kessler penetrates the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service and presents stories about our nation's leaders and the agency sworn to protect them. Kessler includes presidential candidates and former presidents after they leave the White House. In particular, he focuses on First Ladies, their children, and their relationships with the presidents. From observing reckless behavior that threatens the country's safety, to escorting presidential mistresses, to watching their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination, Secret Service agents know a secret world that Ronald Kessler exposes in detai.
363.28 Kes
Book
Sep 15, 2014
Excellent sheep : the miseducation of the American elite and the way to a meaningful life Cover
William Deresiewicz
A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should be--but aren't--providing.
378.73 Der
Book
Sep 15, 2014
A spy among friends : Kim Philby and the great betrayal Cover
Ben Macintyre
Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War--while he was secretly working for the enemy. Macintyre presents a portrait of this notorious 20th-century spy that discusses his rise in MI6, high-profile intelligence friendships and 20-year espionage operation that culminated in his 1963 defection to Moscow.
327.12 Mac
Book
Aug 11, 2014
Hard choices Cover
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.
B Cli
Book
Sep 15, 2014
Elvis & Ginger : Elvis Presley's fiancée and last love finally tells her story Cover
Ginger Alden
Ginger Alden has waited more than three decades to tell the story of her whirlwind romance and engagement to Elvis Presley. She sheds a frank yet personal light on the legend's final year, revealing the man behind the myth.
920 Ald
Book
Sep 15, 2014
Flash boys : a Wall Street revolt Cover
Michael (Michael M.) Lewis
A small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and is controlled by the big Wall Street banks, expose this institutionalized injustice and go to war to fix it.
332.62 Lew
Book
Sep 15, 2014
I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban Cover
Malala Yousafzai
Christina Lamb
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.
303.625 You
Book
Sep 15, 2014
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Randall Munroe
500 Mun
Paul Ryan
320.973 Rya
Phil Robertson
Mark Schlabach
B Rob
Malcolm Gladwell
155.24 Gla
Ben Carson
Candy Carson
973 Car
Thomas Piketty
Arthur Goldhammer
332.041 Pik
Joan Rivers
817 Riv
Ronald Kessler
363.28 Kes
Hampton Sides
910.452 Sid
William Deresiewicz
378.73 Der
Dinesh D'Souza
973 DSo
Ben Macintyre
327.12 Mac
Daniel J Levitin
153.42 Lev
Hillary Rodham Clinton
B Cli
Dana Goldstein
371.102 Gol
Ginger Alden
920 Ald
Laura Hillenbrand
B Zam
Michael (Michael M.) Lewis
332.62 Lew
Steven D. Levitt
Stephen J. Dubner
153.43 Lev
Malala Yousafzai
Christina Lamb
303.625 You