New Releases 11/21

The Sentient Machine

by Amir Husain:

In The Sentient Machine, acclaimed technologist and inventor Amir Husain answers the universal question of how we can live amidst the coming age of sentient machines and artificial intelligence—and not only survive, but thrive. Amir Husain argues that we are on the cusp of writing our next, and greatest, creation myth. It is the dawn of a new form of intellectual diversity, one that we need to embrace in order to advance. We just had a fascinating launch party with the author last night–don’t miss your chance for a signed copy today!

Tribe of Mentors

by Timothy Ferriss:

Who do you turn to for advice? We all need mentors, and in Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferriss has collected 100 of the best to help provide advice for navigating life! Through short, action-packed profiles, he shares their secrets for success, happiness, meaning, and more. No matter the challenge or opportunity, something in these pages can help.

 

Prairie Fires

by Caroline Fraser:

Prairie Fires is the first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie book series. Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books and uncovering the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life.

Why Bob Dylan Matters

by Richard F. Thomas

Harvard Classics professor Richard F Thomas is the pre-eminent expert on all things Bob Dylan. In Why Bob Dylan Matters, Thomas expands on his popular seminar in this intriguing meditation on the cultural significance of Bob Dylan. Throughout, Thomas decodes and interprets Dylan’s lyrics, studies influences on Dylan’s creativity and offers arguments for Dylan’s modern relevance…and justification for awarding Dylan the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Dawn of the New Everything

by Jaron Lanier

The father of virtual reality explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with technology. Bridging the gap between tech mania and the experience of being inside the human body, Dawn of is a look at what it means to be human at a moment of unprecedented technological possibility. Understanding virtual reality as being both a scientific and cultural adventure, Lanier demonstrates that virtual reality can actually make our lives richer and fuller.

 

David Bowie Made Me Gay

Darryl W. Bullock

LGBT musicians have shaped the development of music over the last century, with a sexually progressive soundtrack in the background of the gay community’s struggle for acceptance. David Bowie Made Me Gay is the first book to cover the breadth of history of recorded music by and for the LGBT community and how those records influenced the evolution of the music we listen to today.

 

 

Dopers in Uniform

by John Hoberman:

The recorded use of deadly force against unarmed suspects by officers of the law has ignited a national debate about excessive violence in American policing. Missing from the debate, however, is any discussion of a factor that is almost certainly contributing to the violence—the use of anabolic steroids by police officers. In Dopers in Uniform, Hoberman’s findings clearly demonstrate the crucial need to analyze and expose the police steroid culture for the purpose of formulating a public policy to deal with its dysfunctional effects.

Secrecy World

by Jake Bernstein:

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jake Bernstein takes us inside the world revealed by the Panama Papers, a landscape of illicit money, political corruption, and fraud on a global scale. Drawing on millions of leaked documents from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, Secrecy World offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises crucial questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.

Silence in the Age of Noise

by Erling Kagge:

In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. In this astonishing and transformative meditative book, Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to sanity and happiness—and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude.

The Magic Misfits

by Neil Patrick Harris:

Neil Patrick Harris is a huge fan of magicians and illusionists–he was even President of the Magical Academy of Arts for several years–so it makes perfect sense that his middle-grade debut is about none other than the masters of misdirection themselves! The Magic Misfits is the story of a young street magician who enlists the help of other illusionists to stop a crooked carnival from robbing people blind! It has the bookseller seal of approval–part-time bookseller Will says, “Sparkling with wit, this taps into the fascination with magic most everyone holds at their core…truly a magical read with humor reminiscent of Lemony Snicket but not as maudlin. Wonderfully charming with a diverse cast and instructions on how to do magic yourself…I highly recommend!” Plus, we have SIGNED COPIES!

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