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TASTE IN AN AGE OF ENDLESS CHOICE
Written by TOM VANDERBILT

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/18/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94859-5

Why do we get so embarrassed when a colleague wears the same shirt? Why do we eat the same thing for breakfast every day, but seek out novelty at lunch and dinner? How has streaming changed the way Netflix makes recommendations? Why do people think the music of their youth is the best? How can you spot a fake review on Yelp?

Our preferences and opinions are constantly being shaped by countless forces – especially in the digital age with its nonstop procession of “thumbs up” and “likes” and...

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POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY
Written by MATTHEW DESMOND

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/28/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44745-3

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction | Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction | Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction | Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Finalist | Shortlisted for The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction | Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe • The Washington Post • NPR • Fortune • San Francisco Chronicle • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • St....

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THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH, THE ILLUSION OF CONSENT, AND THE FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE
Written by RAOUL MARTINEZ

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 01/31/2017

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-91164-3

The ideal of freedom is at the heart of our political and economic system. It is foundational to our sense of justice, our way of life, our conception of what it is to be human. But are we free in the way that we think we are?

In Creating Freedom, Raoul Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts, and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society—myths about free will, free markets, free media, and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the...

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LESSONS ON CHANGE AND REFORM FROM FIFTY YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Written by ROBERT M GATES

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94964-6

Having led change successfully at three sprawling, monumental organizations—the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense—Robert M. Gates offers the ultimate insider's look at how leaders can transform large organizations and companies. For many Americans, bureaucracy and corporate structure are code words for inertia. Gates knows that it doesn't have to be that way. With stunning clarity, he shares how simple plans, faithfully executed, can cut through the mire of bureaucracy...

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BAD ECONOMICS AND THE RISE OF INEQUALITY
Written by JAMES KWAK
Foreword by SIMON JOHNSON

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87119-5

Here is a bracing deconstruction of the framework for understanding the world that is learned as gospel in Economics 101, regardless of its imaginary assumptions and misleading half-truths.

Economism: an ideology that distorts the valid principles and tools of introductory college economics, propagated by self-styled experts, zealous lobbyists, clueless politicians, and ignorant pundits.

In order to illuminate the fallacies of economism, James Kwak first offers a primer on supply and demand,...

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Written by GARY TAUBES

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 12/27/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-70164-0

From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. 

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide,...

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THE EPIC SCRAMBLE TO GET INSIDE OUR HEADS
Written by TIM WU

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/18/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35201-7

From Tim Wu, author of the award-winning The Master Switch and who coined the phrase "net neutrality"--a revelatory look at the rise of "attention harvesting," and its transformative effect on our society and our selves. 

Attention merchant: an industrial-scale harvester of human attention. A firm whose business model is the mass capture of attention for resale to advertisers.

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored...

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HOW BIG DATA INCREASES INEQUALITY AND THREATENS DEMOCRACY
Written by CATHY O'NEIL

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41881-1

New York Times Editor's Choice
A Maclean's Bestseller
Winner of the 2016 SLA-NY PrivCo Spotlight Award

Tracing the arc of a person’s life, data scientist Cathy O’Neil exposes the “weapons of math destruction” that score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health. As O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re...

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UNDERSTANDING THE 12 TECHNOLOGICAL FORCES THAT WILL SHAPE OUR FUTURE
Written by KEVIN KELLY

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-42808-4

A New York Times Bestseller

From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives


Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the...

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BECOMING EMPOWERED, SELF-RELIANT, AND RICH IN EVERY WAY
Written by NELY GALáN
Foreword by SUZE ORMAN

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 05/31/2016

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98975-5

For readers of #GIRLBOSS and viewers of Shark Tank—a global revolution in entrepreneurship is under way, inspiring women to blaze a trail of financial self-reliance and become self-made. Featuring a foreword by Suze Orman.
 

What does it mean to be self-made? It’s not just about having money, but financial empowerment is where it begins. It means getting out of survival mode, where you are one problem away from catastrophe. It means changing your mindset from instant gratification to goal...

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DREAM BIGGER, LIVE HAPPIER, AND ACHIEVE SUCCESS ON YOUR OWN TERMS

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Crown Business

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90594-4

In this Wall Street Journal bestseller, Jessica Herrin, serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of the Stella & Dot Family Brands, shows how the classic traits of successful entrepreneurs are ones each one of us can develop--and use not only to create a company, but also to create an extraordinary life.

What if you could, with a little effort, live an extraordinary life? A life in which you felt deep passion for everything you did, and always had time for what matters most? A life in which...

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HOW TO SURVIVE OBAMACARE, TRUMP WALL STREET, KICK-START YOUR RETIREMENT, AND ACHIEVE FINANCIAL SUCCESS
Written by GERRI WILLIS

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Crown Forum

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90379-7

In a fiery polemic on our personal finances, Gerri Willis, anchor and personal finance correspondent for Fox Business News, reveals how liberal policy has decimated our wallets.
 
In Rich Is Not a Four-Letter Word, veteran financial journalist and pundit Gerri Willis takes on the progressive mind-set championed by liberals that gives government bureaucrats the right to decide what's best for us, resulting in bigger government programs, more bureaucracy, and more wasted taxpayer money. She...

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