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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.


Automate this : how algorithms came to rule our world Cover
Christopher Steiner
The interaction of man and machine can make our lives easier. But what will the world look like when algorithms control our hospitals, our roads, our culture, and our national security? It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills--and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected. In this frightening book, Christopher Steiner tells the story of how algorithms took over--and shows why the "bot revolution" is about to spill into every aspect of our lives, often silently, without our knowledge.--From publisher description
332.0113 Ste
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Jan 30, 2013
Bloodsworth : the true story of the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA Cover
Tim Junkin
364.66 Jun
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Apr 5, 2013
Catastrophic care : how American health care killed my father--and how we can fix it Cover
David Goldhill
"A visionary and completely original investigation that will change the way we think about health care: how and why it is failing, why expanding insurance coverage will only make things worse, and how it can be transformed into a transparent, affordable, successful system"--Provided by publisher
362.1 Gol
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Apr 2, 2013
Cooked : a natural history of transformation Cover
Michael Pollan
"In Cooked, Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements--fire, water, air, and earth--to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook"--Provided by publisher
641.5 Pol
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Jul 26, 2013
Detroit : an American autopsy Cover
Charlie LeDuff
Back in his broken hometown, LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family's, and his own. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation's poorest. It is an eerie and angry place of deserted factories and abandoned homes and forgotten people. LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city, and shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer
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Jul 26, 2013
Dream more : celebrate the dreamer in you Cover
Dolly Parton
Based on her popular commencement speech at the University of Tennessee and drawing on her own life experiences, the country superstar explores the four great hopes she urges everyone to embrace--dream more, learn more, care more, and be more
158 Par
Book
Jan 30, 2013
Drift : the unmooring of American military power Cover
Rachel Maddow
Maddow shows how deeply militarized our culture has become--how the role of the national security sector has shape-shifted and grown over the past century to the point of being financially unsustainable and confused in mission
306.27 Mad
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Jan 30, 2013
Fat chance : beating the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease Cover
Robert H Lustig
Robert Lustig documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years. In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation.--Excerpted from publisher
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Apr 2, 2013
God believes in love : straight talk about gay marriage Cover
V. Gene Robinson
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Jul 26, 2013
Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief Cover
Lawrence Wright
Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his investigative skills to uncover the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard--Excerpted from publisher description
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Apr 2, 2013
Grand new party : how republicans can win the working class and save the American dream Cover
Ross Gregory Douthat
Reihan Salam
324.2734 Dou
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Jan 30, 2013
Impossible odds : the kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and her dramatic rescue by SEAL Team Six Cover
Jessica Buchanan
Erik Landemalm
Anthony Flacco
364.154 Buc
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Jul 26, 2013
Inferno : a novel Cover
Dan Brown
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust before the world is irrevocably altered
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Jul 26, 2013
Jesus of Nazareth : the infancy narratives Cover
Pope Benedict XVI
Philip Whitmore
232.9 Ben
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Jan 30, 2013
Lone survivors : how we came to be the only humans on earth Cover
Chris Stringer
599.938 Str
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Jan 30, 2013
My beloved world Cover
Sonia Sotomayor
"An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends."--Provided by publisher
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Apr 2, 2013
On the map : a mind-expanding exploration of the way the world looks Cover
Simon Garfield
Examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history, and shares engaging cartography stories and map lore
912.09 Gar
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Apr 2, 2013
Physics of the future : how science will change human destiny and our daily lives by the year 2100 Cover
Michio Kaku
Michio Kaku, author of "Physics of the Impossible", offers a stunning and provocative vision of the future, and explains how science will shape human destiny and everyone's daily life by the year 2100
303.483 Kak
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Apr 2, 2013
Poems to learn by heart Cover
Caroline Kennedy
For this companion to her "New York Times"-bestselling collection "A Family of Poems," Kennedy has hand-selected more than 100 of her favorite poems that lend themselves to memorization
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Jul 26, 2013
Present shock : when everything happens now Cover
Douglas Rushkoff
"In the 1970s futurism was in. But looking forward has become a thing of the past. According to Rushkoff, "presentism" is the new ethos of a society that's always on, in real time, updating live. Rushkoff shows how this trend is both exhilarating and disorienting. This was the goal of technology--outsourcing our memory was supposed to free us up to focus on the present. But we are in danger of squandering this cognitive surplus on trivia. Rushkoff shows how we can instead ground ourselves in the reality of the present tense"--Provided by publisher
303.483 Rus
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Jul 26, 2013
Team of rivals : the political genius of Abraham Lincoln Cover
Doris Kearns Goodwin
B Lin
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Jan 30, 2013
Tell me the truth, doctor : easy-to-understand answers to your most confusing and critical health questions Cover
Richard Besser
Jeanne Besser
"A book by Dr. Richard Besser of Good Morning America, who will give advice on how to live a longer, healthier life"-- Provided by publisher
613.2 Bes
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Jul 26, 2013
Tenth of December : stories Cover
George Saunders
A collection of stories which includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit
FIC Sau
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Apr 2, 2013
The big New Yorker book of dogs Cover
A collection of anecdotes, essays, fiction pieces, and illustrations-- all about dogs, and all from the pages of New Yorker magazine. From Charles Addams to E.B. White, this is a book for dog lovers everywhere
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Jan 30, 2013
The God argument : the case against religion and for humanism Cover
A. C Grayling
211.6 Gra
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Jul 26, 2013
The great decision : Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the battle for the Supreme Court Cover
Cliff Sloan
David McKean
347.7312 Slo
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Apr 2, 2013
The gun Cover
C. J. (Christopher John) Chivers
623.4424 Chi
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Jul 26, 2013
The new digital age : reshaping the future of people, nations and business Cover
Eric Schmidt
Jared Cohen
303.4833 Sch
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Jul 26, 2013
The outpost : an untold story of American valor Cover
Jake Tapper
Jake Tapper exposes the origins of one of the Afghan War's deadliest battles for U.S. forces and details the stories of soldiers heroic and doomed, shadowed by the recklessness of their commanders in Washington, D.C. and a war built on constantly shifting sands
958.1047 Tap
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Jan 30, 2013
The particle at the end of the universe : how the hunt for the Higgs Boson leads us to the edge of a new world Cover
Sean M. Carroll
Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: the Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists has been found. Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event. We only discovered the electron just over a hundred years ago and considering where that took us-- from nuclear energy to quantum computing-- the inventions that will result from the Higgs discovery will be world-changing
539.72 Car
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Jan 30, 2013
The signal and the noise : why so many predictions fail--but some don't Cover
Nate Silver
Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair's breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction
519.5 Sil
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Jan 30, 2013
The universe within : discovering the common history of rocks, planets, and people Cover
Neil Shubin
Shubin shows how the entirety of the universe's fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies as he moves from our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system) through the workings of our eyes
550 Shu
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Jan 30, 2013
The very fairy princess follows her heart Cover
Julie Andrews
Emma Walton Hamilton
Christine Davenier
After spending weeks making valentines for all of her family and friends, self-proclaimed fairy princess Gerry takes the wrong folder to school and must find another way to tell her classmates how they sparkle
E And
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Apr 2, 2013
The victory lab : the secret science of winning campaigns Cover
Sasha Issenberg
"A look how social scientists and renegade thinkers are imposing a new data-driven order on the American political campaign--an industry previously run on gut instinct"--Provided by publisher
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Jan 30, 2013
The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies? Cover
Jared M Diamond
Diamond reveals how tribal societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years -- until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms -- and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature
305.8 Dia
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Jan 30, 2013
Victory at Yorktown Cover
Newt Gingrich
William R Forstchen
Albert S Hanser
It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York is far too strong, and all approaches covered by the Royal Navy. At last two crucial reports reach Washington. Washington decides to embark on one of the most audacious moves in American military history. He will take nearly his entire army out of New Jersey and New York, and force march it more than three hundred miles in complete secrecy
FIC Gin
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Jan 30, 2013
Why priests? : a failed tradition Cover
Garry Wills
Wills asks the radical question: Why do we need priests? As a young man, he spent five years at a Jesuit seminary and nearly became a priest himself. But after a lifetime of study and reflection, he now poses some challenging questions: Why do we need priests at all? Why did the priesthood arise in a religion that began without it and opposed it? Would Christianity be stronger without the priesthood, as it was at its outset? Wills asserts that the Letter to Hebrews, a late addition to the New Testament canon, helped inject the priesthood into a Christianity where it did not exist, along with such concomitants as belief in an apostolic succession, the real presence in the Eucharist, the sacrificial interpretation of the Mass, and the ransom theory of redemption. But he does not expect the priesthood to fade entirely away. He just reminds us that Christianity did without it in the time of Peter and Paul with notable success.--Excerpted from publisher description
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Apr 2, 2013
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Richard Besser
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Michael Pollan
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George Saunders
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Robert H Lustig
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