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The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
4.05
Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist with a love of science fiction and of explaining science to non-scientists as well as of physics, once again take ...more
Dec 2013
Nov 13, 2013
 
Chaos: Making a New Science
3.96
This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization. It was a blockbuster bestseller at the time, and it's sti ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
3.93
Melanie Joy is the leading researcher in the field of carnism, a field she invented. If that sounds a tad catty, sorry, but I'm laboring under the bur ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Sep 15, 2011
 
What's a Dog For?: The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man's Best Friend
3.38
There's a lot of interesting material here, and yet in the end I am deeply frustrated with this book.

Homans gathers together in highly readable form m
...more
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
 
Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
3.77
Where does our species come from? Who were our ancestors?

These are enduring human questions, and we are piecing the answers together out of bits of bo
...more
Sep 24, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along
3.78
The Experiment, ISBN 9781615190904, January 2014

"If you want to be egoist, at least be a smart egoist, and share."

So says science journalist Stefan Kl
...more
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
 
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
4.16
This is a fascinating book, and many people will be surprised by what Pinker has to say. We routinely tell ourselves that we live in a violent world, ...more
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
 
Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change
3.67
Wilson gives us a highly readable account of what we do and don't know about psychological and social psychological interventions--what works, what do ...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
 
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users
4.24
Guy Kawasaki has been in the forefront of effective promotion of products, services, and one's own skills and talents since his days as the Chief Evan ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.03
In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor, black tobacco farmer and mother of five, sought treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins. In the course of her ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
 
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
4.20
James Howard "Billy" Williams, twenty-three years old and recently released from military service after World War I, traveled from England to Burma to ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
 
Class War?: What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality
3.35
Page and Jacobs argue that there is, in fact, no "class war" brewing in America--that in fact a philosophically conservative American public, in a nat ...more
Jun 05, 2012
May 31, 2012
 
The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty
3.55
This is a detailed look at an often-overlooked episode in the early history of the American republic, the Whiskey Rebellion.

We now take for granted th
...more
Mar 02, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
 
Tails from the Bark Side: True Stories from the Family Dog Files
3.89
This is a short collection of cute stories about dogs that Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson have worked with over the years. For those hoping for ins ...more
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
A Dog Named Slugger
3.94
Leigh Brill was born with cerebral palsy, and until she was in her twenties, she struggled every day to hide her handicaps as much as possible, to pro ...more
Nov 25, 2010
Jan 20, 2011
 
Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked
3.31
This little book covers a collection of popular, oft-repeated myths of American history, both the completely fabricated and those with a grain of trut ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
 
Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
4.03
Nicholas Wade discusses how the growing science of genetics expands and deepens our understanding of human evolution, our relationship to our closest ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
 
The Dog Stays in the Picture: Life Lessons from a Rescued Greyhound
3.63
After mourning the death of their Australian shepherd, Arrow, and with their youngest two children about to start college, it's time to add a new dog ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
 
Comic Book Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to Characters, Graphic Novels, Writers, and Artists in the Comic Book Universe
3.58
This is a big, beautiful, richly illustrated book that covers a lot of territory—the history and development of comic books and graphic novels. It att ...more
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Feb 20, 2011
 
Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy
3.43
This is a very hands-on approach to writing a better resume, making the right kind of networking connections, tapping into the splintered job market, ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
 
The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking . . . Because People Do Business with People They Like
3.41
How can you network more effectively? Be more likable.

And while that may seem a bit flip, it really is the key. As Lederman says, "People do business
...more
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
 
Get Back to Work Faster: The Ultimate Job Seeker's Guide
3.00
Jill Konrath wants to share the secret of finding well-paid work as quickly as possible even in a terrible economy. She's happy to share that secret f ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
 
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller
3.83
In December 2008, Bernie Madoff, one of the most respected figures on Wall Street, co-founder and former president of NASDAQ, confessed to running the ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
 
Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies
3.75
First off, in the interest of full disclosure, I need to tell you that Dan and I have been friends for years, and I received a free copy of this book ...more
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
 
The Dogs Who Found Me: What I've Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind
4.06
Ken Foster is a somewhat disaster-prone writer and academic who didn't set out to do dog rescue. After he adopted his own dog, Brando, though, it was ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene
4.00
This is a short report, just seventeen pages, from a body whose existence many did not suspect: the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The Working Group ...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
 
Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart
4.03
Susan Richards has survived an abusive childhood and a bad marriage, and now, in her forties, is living on a small farm with her three horses, working ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
 
And Give Up Showbiz?: How Fred Levin Beat Big Tobacco, Avoided Two Murder Prosecutions, Became a Chief of Ghana, Earned Boxing Manager of the Year, and Transformed American Law
3.38
You may notice that the title is a bit over the top. So is the subject.

Fred Levin grew up a Jewish kid in Pensacola, Florida at a time when Jews were
...more
Nov 18, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
Chasing Science at Sea: Racing Hurricanes, Stalking Sharks, and Living Undersea with Ocean Experts
3.50
Prager has a noble purpose in this book: to convey the excitement and adventure of doing science, and specifically of doing ocean science fieldwork, t ...more
May 15, 2011
May 12, 2011
 
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation
4.09
Harry de Leyer was a young Dutch immigrant to the US who came over just after World War II, escaping the devastation of the Netherlands. Before the wa ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
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