Everything I need to know I learned from Stephen Colbert

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Tackling the hard issues with smarts, sass, and intellect is what Stephen Colbert does.  The satirical voice of the right, Colbert uses his platform to tell the Colbert Nation which books to read.


A fighting chance Cover
Elizabeth Warren
A chronicle of the Massachusetts senator's two-decade career in Washington describes her childhood pursuit of an education, early exposure to the dysfunctional political process, high-risk advocacy of better bankruptcy laws and competitive run for public office
B War
Book
Aug 18, 2014
A view from a broad Cover
Bette Midler
The noted singer's notes from abroad, written during a nonstop 1980 concert tour through Europe and Australia, present the Divine Miss M's bawdy, raunchy, innocent, and perceptive views of the world at large
781.63 Mid 2014
Book
Aug 18, 2014
A window on eternity : a biologist's walk through Gorongosa National Park Cover
Edward O Wilson
Piotr Naskrecki
E.O. Wilson shows why biodiversity is vital to the future of Earth and to our own species through the story of an African national park that may be the most diverse place on earth--Excerpted from publisher statement
333.9516 Wil
Book
Aug 18, 2014
California : a novel Cover
Edan Lepucki
The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust
FIC Lep
Book
Aug 18, 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
Aug 18, 2014
Carsick Cover
John Waters
917.3 Wat
Book
Aug 18, 2014
Congratulations, by the way : some thoughts on kindness Cover
George Saunders
Drawing on his well-received convocation address at Syracuse University, author and teacher George Saunders shows how to lead a kinder, more fulfilling life
177.7 Sau
Book
Aug 18, 2014
Deadly choices : how the anti-vaccine movement threatens us all Cover
Paul A Offit
The story of anti-vaccine activity in America, its origins, leaders, influences, and impact. "This book is more than just a vigorous rebuttal of arguments against vaccines: It's a reminder of the power of scientific knowledge, and the harm we risk if, as a society, we give it up"--Bk. jacket flap
614.47 Off
Book
Aug 18, 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
Aug 18, 2014
I heard my country calling : a memoir Cover
James H Webb
James Webb--author, former U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart as a combat Marine, and a self-described "military brat"--has written a memoir of his early years, "a love story--love of family, love of country, love of service," in his words. Webb's mother grew up in the poverty-stricken cotton fields of Eastern Arkansas. His father and life-time hero flew bombers in World War II, cargo planes in the Berlin Airlift, graduated from college in middle age, and became an expert in the nation's most advanced weaponry. Webb's account of his childhood is an American saga as the family endures the constant moves and challenges of the rarely examined Post-World War II military. His account of his four years at Annapolis are painfully honest but in the end triumphant. His description of Vietnam's most brutal battlefields breaks new literary ground. One of the most highly decorated combat Marines of that war, he is a respected expert on the history and conduct of the war.--Excerpted from publisher's web site
B Web
Book
Aug 18, 2014
Mating in captivity : reconciling the erotic + the domestic Cover
Esther Perel
306.7 Per
Book
Aug 18, 2014
No place to hide : Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. surveillance state Cover
Glenn Greenwald
Tells the story of the National Security Agency and the former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden who leaked classified U.S. government documents to the media
327.12 Gre
Book
Aug 18, 2014
Players first : coaching from the inside out Cover
John Calipari
Michael Y Sokolove
"In Players First, John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball's most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory. At its core, Calipari's coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players--what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another. He is beloved by his players for being utterly honest with them and making promises that he always keeps, no matter what. He knows that in this age, they come to Kentucky to prepare for the NBA; every year he gets players who in a previous era would have gone directly into the pros from high school but now have to play college basketball for one year. Calipari has fought against this system, but he has to play within it, and so he does, better than anyone"-- Provided by publisher
796.323 Cal
Book
Aug 18, 2014
Redeeming the dream : the case for marriage equality Cover
David Boies
Theodore B. Olson
Documents the story of the landmark 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act by the two former-rival lawyers who argued the case, tracing the 2008 adoption of Proposition 8 through its defeat five years later while explaining the case's importance in challenging state-sanctioned discrimination
346.794 Boi
Book
Aug 18, 2014
The confidence code : the science and art of self-assurance-- what women should know Cover
Katty Kay
Claire Shipman
"Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence. Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition--with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business--Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to "lean in." Instead, they offer the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve"--from publisher's web site
158 Kay
Book
Aug 18, 2014
The fault in our stars Cover
John Green
Kate Rudd
Despite the medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, but when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be rewritten
YA FIC Gre
Book
Aug 18, 2014
The greatest comeback : how Richard Nixon rose from defeat to create the new majority Cover
Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph) Buchanan
The former Nixon advisor and author traces the unanticipated political rise of the 37th President just six years after his gubernatorial loss, sharing insights into how he resurrected his career and reunited a divided Republican Party
324.973 Buc
Book
Aug 18, 2014
The Nixon defense : what he knew and when he knew it Cover
John W. (John Wesley) Dean
"Former White House Counsel John W. Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixon's secretly recorded information, and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: what did President Nixon know and when did he know it?"--Amazon.com
973.924 Dea
Book
Aug 18, 2014
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Elizabeth Warren
B War
James H Webb
B Web
Bette Midler
781.63 Mid 2014
Esther Perel
306.7 Per
Edward O Wilson
Piotr Naskrecki
333.9516 Wil
Glenn Greenwald
327.12 Gre
Edan Lepucki
FIC Lep
John Calipari
Michael Y Sokolove
796.323 Cal
Thomas Piketty
Arthur Goldhammer
332.041 Pik
David Boies
Theodore B. Olson
346.794 Boi
John Waters
917.3 Wat
Katty Kay
Claire Shipman
158 Kay
George Saunders
177.7 Sau
John Green
Kate Rudd
YA FIC Gre
Paul A Offit
614.47 Off
Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph) Buchanan
324.973 Buc
Hillary Rodham Clinton
B Cli
John W. (John Wesley) Dean
973.924 Dea