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KNOPF DOUBLEDAY publishes a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction books appropriate for First-Year Experience® and common- reading programs. The books suggested here should help instigate reflection and discussion among your incoming first-year students, who will begin their academic life with a shared experience— ready to discuss the stories of others and thus ready to share their own as well. TITLES FROM THE KNOPF DOUBLEDAY PUBLISHING GROUP & FIRST YEAR COMMON READING

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Selected with Common Reading programs, freshman seminars, and composition courses in mind, here is find a variety of critically acclaimed and award-winning titles that will engage, challenge, and captivate students.


  • KNOPF DOUBLEDAY publishes a broad selection of ction and non- ction books appropriate for First-Year Experience and common-reading programs. The books suggestedhere should help instigate re ection and discussion among your incoming rst-year students, who will begin theiracademic life with a shared experienceready to discuss the stories of others and thus ready to share their own as well.



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    Dear First-Year Program Administrator,

    We are excited to present to you new recommendations for First-Year students.Selected with Common Reading programs, freshman seminars, and composition coursesin mind, youll fi nd a variety of critically acclaimed and award-winning titles that will engage, challenge, and captivate your students. Chosen from a broad range of interdis-ciplinary subjects, these books are meant to spur discussion, model excellent writing, and hone critical thinking.

    This years catalog features inspirational stories such as Justice Sonia Sotomayors My Beloved World; timely social and political issues as in Aftershock by Robert Reich; present compelling calls to action like Stephen Emmotts Ten Billion; and the best book ever on writingVerlyn Klinkenborgs Several Short Sentences About Writing.

    If you have questions about our titles, author availability for campus visits, or need sample copies for your committee, please contact any one of us. Were happy to help you in any way we can.


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    Sonia SotomayorMy Beloved WorldNEW

    In her own often straightforward,occasionally soaring writing style,

    Sotomayor succeeds in My Beloved World in crafting an often old-fashioned tale

    of overcoming obstacles.Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times

    With candor and intimacy Justice SoniaSotomayorthe fi rst Hispanic and third wom-an appointed to the United States Supreme Courtrecounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that of-fers an inspiring testament to her own extraor-dinary determination and the power of believ-ing in oneself.

    Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine), a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spir-ited paternal grandmother. With only television characters for her professional role models, and little understanding of what was involved, she determined to become a lawyer, a dream that would sustain her on an unlikely course, from becoming valedictorian of her high school class to the receiving the highest honors at Prince-ton, to Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorneys offi ce, a private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty.

    Through her eyes, Americas infi nite possi-bilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery.

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    SONiA SOTOMAYOR graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1976 and from Yale law School in 1979. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York and then at the law rm of Pavia & Harcourt. From 1992 to 1998, she served as a judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and from 1998 to 2009 on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. in May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and she assumed this role on August 8, 2009.




















    [My Beloved World] stands very much on its ownnot unlike Barack Obamas fi rst book, Dreams from My Fatheras a compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age. . . . This account of her life is revealing, keenly observed and deeply felt. . . . This insightful memoir underscores just how well Justice Sotomayor mastered the art of nar-rative. Its an eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication. The New York Times

    SELECTED BY: Arcadia University; Smith College; Southern Connecticut State University; St. Johns University; University of Delaware; Westchester Community College

    For questions regarding Sonya Sotomayors speaking availability, please contact

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    Jonathan HaidtThe Righteous MindWhy Good People Are Divided by Politics and ReligionNOW IN PAPERBACK

    A landmark contribution tohumanitys understanding of itself.

    The New York Times Book Review

    Why cant our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do peo-ple so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conven-tional thinking about morality, politics, and reli-gion in a way that speaks to everyone on the politi-cal spectrum.

    Drawing on his twenty-fi ve years of groundbreak-ing research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives readers the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and confl icts.

    Students who wish to better understand each other and their society will be greatly rewarded by reading The Righteous Mind.

    This elegantly written book has far-reaching implications for anyone interested in politics, reli-gion, or the many controversies that divide modern societies. If you want to know why you hold your moral beliefs, and why many people disagree with you, read this book. Simon Baron-Cohen, Cambridge University, author of The Science of Evil

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    Haidts work feels particularly relevant now. . . . Haidts perspective can help us better understand our own political and religious leanings.San Francisco Chronicle

    The Righteous Mind is a tour de forcea brave, brilliant, and eloquent exploration of the most im-portant issues of our time. It will challenge the way you think about liberals and conservatives, atheism and religion, good and evil. This is the book that everyone will be talking about.Paul Bloom, Yale University, author of How Pleasure Works

    JONATHAN HAiDT is the Thomas Cooley Professorof ethical leadership at New York Universitys SternSchool of Business. His previous book is The HappinessHypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. He lives in New York City.



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    Robert B. ReichAftershock The Next Economy and Americas Future

    This thoughtful and detailed account of the American economyand how we can fi x itis a practical, humane, and much-needed blueprint for rebuilding our society. Robert B. Reich, one of the most experienced and trusted voices on public policy, urges Americans to fi nd a common cause in fi xing our poor economy and mobilize to get the United States back on track.

    The American political system is in crisispara-lyzed by gridlock, beset with cynicism, and sabo-taged by competing interests that have perversely made even common-sense policy virtually impos-sible. Reich argues nothing important can happen in Washington unless citizens are energized and organized to make sure politicians honor their promises. But in order to be effectively mobi-lized, we need to see the big picture. Aftershock connects the dotsshowing why the increasing share of income and wealth going to the top has hobbled jobs and growth for everyone else, un-dermined our democracy, and caused Americans to become increasingly cynical about public life. Here is a call to action for all who care about the future of America.

    Reich provides a thoughtful dialogue about the structural problems that led to the recent recession. . . . His ideas are worth exploring.The Washington Post

    [Reich] suggests a number of innovative ways to reverse the trend toward greater inequality and usher in another, more hopeful phase in American history. The Charlotte Observer

    One of the clearest explanations to date of . . . how the United States went from . . . the Great Pros-perity of 1947 to 1975 to the Great Recession. Bob Herbert, The New York Times

    ROBeRT B. ReiCH is Chancellors Professor of Pub-lic Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton, and he served as an adviser to President Barack Obama. He has written twelve books, including The Next American Frontier, The Future of Success, and Beyond Outrage. His bi-weekly commentaries on public radios Marketplace are heard by nearly ve million people.



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    One of the best ways to help peopleunderstand the challenges we face, is with

    a movie that can grab an audience andmove them to action. Robert Reich

    From director Jacob Kornbluth comes the award-winning documentary iNeQUAliTY

    FOR All starring Robert Reich.




    Important and well executed. . . . Reich is fl uent, fearless, even amusing.The New York Times Book Review

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    Eric Schmidt and Jared CohenThe New Digital AgeReshaping the Future of People, Nationsand BusinessNEW

    In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their forward-thinking account of where our hyper-connected world is headed and what this means for people, states, and businesses.

    Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen take on some of the toughest questions about our future as the greatest information and technology revolution in human history continues to evolve: Who will be more powerful in the future, the citizen or the state? Will technology make terrorism easier or harder to carry out? What is the relationship between privacy and security, and how much will we have to give up to be part of the new digital age?

    On individual, community, and state levels, across every geographical and socioeconomic spectrum, Schmidt and Cohen reveal the dramatic develop-mentsgood and badthat will transform both our everyday lives and our understanding of self and society, as technology advances and our virtual identities become more and more fundamentally real.

    Jared Cohen and Eric Schmidt have written a brilliant book that should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the huge ramifi ca-tions of the Age of Google not only for our lifestyles but, more importantly, for our privacy, our democ-racy and our security.Niall Ferguson, author of Civilization:The West and the Rest

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    eRiC SCHMiDT is executive chairman of Google, where he served as chief executive of cer from 2001 to 2011. A member of the Presidents Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Schmidt also chairs the board of the New America Foundation and is a trustee of the institute forAdvanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

    JAReD COHeN is director of Google ideas and anAdjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Rhodes Scholar and the author of several books, including Children of Jihad and One Hundred Days ofSilence. He is a member of the Directors Advisory Board at the National Counterterrorism Center.




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    This is the most importantand fascinatingbook yet written about how the digital age will affect our world. With vivid examples and brilliant analysis, it shows how the internet and other communications technologies will empower individuals and transform the way nations and businesses operate. How will different societiesmake tradeoffs involving privacy, freedom, control, security, and the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds? . . . Profoundly wise and wondrously readable. Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

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    We tend to think of friends as relationships we simply have, when in profound ways, friends both refl ect and determine who we actually are. Happiness and success begin with self-knowledge, and as Carlin Flora shows us in her compelling and delightful book Friendfl uence, the key to understanding yourself may well lie in your friendships, past and present. This is a must-read for anyone looking to experience greater well-being . . . in other words, for everyone.Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D., author of Succeed, and Director of the Motivation Science Center,Columbia Business School

    Carlin FloraFriendfl uenceThe Surprising Ways FriendsMake Us Who We AreNOW IN PAPERBACK

    Many of the friendships formed between college students will last for years to come. Drawing from the latest scientifi c research, Carlin Flora usesever-relatable anecdotes to explain the unex-pected ways friends infl uence our personalities, choices, emotions, and even physical health. The evidence suggests that friends may have a greater hand in our development and well-being than do our relatives and romantic partners.

    The skills one needs to make good friends are among the very skills that lead to success in life, and scientifi c research has recently exploded with insights about the meaningful and enduring ways friendships infl uence us. Flora traces friendship from its evolutionary roots to its starring role in childhood and adolescence to its subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) impact on adultsboth positive and negative, online and offl ine. Told with warmth as well as rigor, Friendfl uence not only il-luminates and interprets the science of friendship but will help readers refl ect thoughtfully on their social history and wisely navigate present and fu-ture friendships.

    Carlin Flora has written a delightful book on the power of friendship. Combining the latest research with engaging stories, Friendfl uence shines with authenticity and is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about our ancient human desire to connect.James H. Fowler, co-author of Connected


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    CARliN FlORA was on the staff of Psychology Today for eight years, most recently as features editor. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Uni-versity School of Journalism and has written for Discover, Glamour, Womens Health, and Mens Health, among others. She has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, TheToday Show, CNN, Fox News, and 20/20. She lives in Queens, New York.

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    Peggielene Bartels andEleanor HermanKing PeggyAn American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African VillageNOW IN PAPERBACK

    King Peggy is the charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fi shing village on Ghanas central coast. In rising to the new chal-lenge of governing 7,000 souls, Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.

    Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: theres no running water, no doctor, and no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the towns funds. To make matters worse, her un-cle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a prop-er funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins. The longer she waits to bury him, the more she risks incurring the wrath of her ancestors. Peggys fi rst two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fi ction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town has been uplifted by the ambitions of its headstrong, decidedly modern female king.

    King Peggy is a wonderous tale of how a woman rose to great heights in circumstances one would never dream of, in a place where most of us cannot imagine living. Compelling and heartwarming, it is a most enjoyable and absorbing read.Deborah Rodriguez, author of Kabul Beauty School

    Theres an unlikely new leader in West Africa. . . .Bartels had to quickly and forcefully let tribal el-ders know that despite being far away and female, she had every intention of taking her position seri-ouslyand being taken seriously in turn. NPR

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    SELECTED BY: Russell Sage College; One Book, One Maryland

    Captivating. . . . King Peggy is a great case study on how one personwith the proper encouragement and supportcan bring light and life to a community. . . . Extremely well-written and amusing. . . . Candid and humble.The Baltimore Times

    In the moving story of Peggielene Bartels, all of us can feel a connection to our ancestors, and a re-minder of the good that can come from courageously embracing unexpected responsibilities.Jeffrey Zaslow, author of The Girls from Ames

    PeGGieleNe BARTelS was born in Ghana and moved to Washington, DC, in her early twenties to work at Ghanas embassy. She became an American citizen in 1997. in 2008, she was chosen to be king of Otuam, a Ghanaian village of 7,000 people on the west coast of Africa. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, still works at the embassy, and spends several weeks each year in Ghana.

    eleANOR HeRMAN is the author of three books of womens history, including the New York Times bestseller Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen. Her pro le of Peggywas a cover story for The Washington Post Magazine. She lives in Mclean, Virginia.



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    Nicholas D. Kristof andSheryl WuDunnHalf the SkyTurning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    From two of our most fi ercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our eras most per-vasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the ex-traordinary women struggling there. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experi-ence, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

    Half the Sky helps us see that the key to econom-ic progress lies in unleashing womens potential. Kristof and WuDunn make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do, its also the best strategy for fi ghting poverty.

    Urgent. . . . Passionate. . . . Compelling. . . . Half the Sky is a grab-the-reader-by-the-lapels wake-up call. Bill Williams, The Boston Globe

    SELECTED BY: Boise State University; Eastern Illinois University; George Washington University; Illinois College; IUPUI; Linfield College; Luther College; Meredith College; Mills College; Mount Mary College; Mt. Holyoke College; New England College; North Carolina State University; Rochester Community and Technical College; Rollins College; Smith College; St. Edwards University; St. Johns University; Sweet Briar College; Trinity University; University at Buffalo, School of Social Work; University of California, Davis; University of Connecticut; University of Maryland; University of Richmond; University of South Alabama; Vanderbilt University; Webster University; Wellesley College; Westfield State University

    NiCHOlAS D. KRiSTOF and SHeRYl WUDUNN are the rst married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China as New York Times correspondents. They received the 2009 Dayton literary Peace Prize for lifetime Achievement and many other prizes including the George Polk and Overseas Press Club awards.



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    Visit WWW.PBS.ORG/INDEPENDENTLENS/HALF-THE-SKYto learn more about the independentlens documentary. The site includes

    lesson plans, videos, and information onhow students can get involved withthese important human rights issues.

    Half the Sky is a passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to rise up and say No more! to the seventeenth-century abuses to girls and women in the twenty-fi rst-century world. This is a book that will pierce your heart and arouse your conscience. It is a powerful piece of journalism by two masters of the craft who are tireless in their pursuit of one of the most shameful conditions of our time. Tom Brokaw

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    Sheryl SandbergLean InWomen, Work, and the Will to LeadNEW

    Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating offi cer of Face-book and one of Fortunes 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, examines why womens progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

    In Lean In, Sandberg combines personal anec-dotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surround-ing the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical ad-vice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of having it all. She describes specifi c steps women can take to combine professional achievement with per-sonal fulfi llment and demonstrates how men can benefi t by supporting women in the workplace and at home. Written with both humor and wisdom, Lean In is an inspiring call to action, destined to change the conversation about women in the work-place.

    To tackle societys most pressing problems we need to unleash the leadership of both women and men. Lean In shows us the path and is an absolutely invaluable resource for the next generation of lead-ers and those who support them.Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO, Teach for America

    Lean In is an inauguration more than a last word, and an occasion for celebration. . . . Many, many women, young and old, elite and otherwise, will fi nd it prescriptive, refreshing, and perhaps even revolutionary. The New Yorker

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    A landmark manifesto. . . . Lean In will be an infl uential book. It will open the eyes of women who grew up thinking that feminism was ancient history, who recoil at the word but walk heed-lessly through the doors it opened. And it will encourage those women to persevere in their professional lives. The New York Times

    What Sandberg offers is a view that shows 20-somethings that choices and tradeoffs surely exist, but that the old normal of blunting ambi-tion so that you can fi t in one category or another does not have to be the way it is. And that each of us has a say in what comes next. And that includes men. The Atlantic

    SHeRYl SANDBeRG is chief operating of cer at Face-book. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and chief of staff at the U.S. Treasury Department. Sheryl lives in Northern Cali-fornia with her husband and their two children.


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    SELECTED BY: Sonoma State University

    An addictive, gorgeous book that not only enter-tains, but leaves us the better for having read it.. . . Strayed is a formidable talent.The Boston Globe

    [Strayed] reminds us, in her lyrical and coura-geous memoir Wild, of what it means to be fully alive, even in the face of catastrophe, physical and psychic hardship, and loss. Mira Bartk, author of The Memory Palace

    Cheryl StrayedWildFrom Lost to Found on the Pacifi c Crest TrailNOW IN PAPERBACK

    Following the death of her mother and the destruc-tion of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed resolved to hike the Pacifi c Crest Trail from the Mojave Des-ert through California and Oregon to Washington Stateand to do it alone. Though she had no ex-perience as a long-distance hiker, the journey held the promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Told with sparkling warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and plea-sures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

    This isnt Cinderella in hiking boots, its a woman coming out of heartbreak, darkness and bad deci-sions with a clear view of where she has been. . . . There are adventures and characters aplenty, from heartwarming to dangerous, but Strayed resists the temptation to overplay or sweeten such moments. Her pacing is impeccable as she captures her impressive journey. The Seattle Times

    The clarity of Ms. Strayeds prose, and thus of her person, makes her story, in its quiet way, nearly as riveting an adventure narrative as Jon Krakauers Into the Wild. The New York Times

    Strayeds journey was at least as transcendent as it was turbulent. She faced down hunger, thirst, injury, fatigue, boredom, loss, bad weather, and wild animals. Yet she also reached new levels of joy, accomplishment, courage, peace, and found extraordinary companionship.The Christian Science Monitor

    CHeRYl STRAYeD is the author of the critically ac-claimed novel Torch and Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, includingThe New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post Magazine. Her essays have been included in the Pushcart Prize anthology and twice in The Best American essays. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


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    Climate CentralGlobal Weirdness Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas and the Weather of the FutureNOW IN PAPERBACK

    Finally, in clear, accessible prose, a fascinating new book that explains climate change to the layperson.

    Produced by Climate Centrala highly regarded independent, nonprofi t journalism and research organizationand reviewed by scientists at major educational and research institutions the world over, Global Weirdness summarizes everything we already know about the science of climate change, explains what is likely to happen to the climate in the future, and lays out, in practical terms, what we can and cannot do to avoid further shifts.

    In fi fty easy-to-read entries, Climate Central tackles basic questions such as:

    Is climate ever normal? Why and how do fossil-fuel burning and other human practices produce greenhouse gases? What natural forces have caused climate change in the past? What risks does climate change pose for human health? What accounts for the diminishment of moun-tain glaciers and small ice caps around the world since 1850? What are the economic costs and bene ts ofreducing carbon emissions?

    Illustrated throughout with clarifying graphics, Global Weirdness enlarges our understanding of how climate change affects our daily lives, and arms us with the incontrovertible facts we need to make informed decisions about the future of the planet, and of humankind.

    A breath of fresh air: just the facts, effi cient and easy to understand. Scientifi c American

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    Written in straightforward prose and fact-checked by the worlds eminent climate scholars, Global Weirdness reads like the 9/11 Commis-sion Report: all of the facts, none of the hyperbole. In four succinct sections, its authors detail the truth about climate change. CBS Smart Planet

    Slim and elegant . . . written in the kind of plain English of which Strunk and White would ap-prove, that lays out what we know about climate change while hewing to the facts and taking great care to avoid bias and hysteria.The New York Times

    Produced collectively by scientists and journalists at CliMATe CeNTRAl, a non-pro t, nonpartisan science and journalism organization, Global Weirdness was written

    by emily elert and Michael D. lemonick prior to external scienti c peer review; it was

    reviewed by staff scientists Philip Duffy, Ph.D. (chief scientist), Nicole Heller, Ph.D.

    (ecosystems and adaptation), Alyson Kenward, Ph.D. (chemistry), eric larson, Ph.D.

    (energy systems), and Claudia Tebaldi, Ph.D. (climate statistics).

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    This is a book about us.

    its a book about you, yourchildren, your parents, your friends.

    its about every one of us.its about our failure: failure as

    individuals, the failure of business, and the failure of our politicians.

    its about the unprecedentedplanetary emergency weve created.

    its about the future of us.

    from Ten Billion

    Stephen EmmottTen BillionNEW IN PAPERBACK

    Every so often, a book completely changes our per-ception of the problems that we face: Silent Spring, An Inconvenient Truth, and now, Ten Billion.In this shocking call to arms, scientist StephenEmmott dramatically reveals the dangers of human population growth, clearly and concisely explain-ing our effects on climate, the environment, and our dwindling resources.

    Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth. There are now over sev-en billion of us. And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least ten billion. As the population grows, our planets resources will continue to be strained, causing deforestation, de-sertifi cation, species extinction, global warming, and growing threats to our food and water sup-ply. The only sure way to address these issues is to focus on the burden that each human places on the earth, the better to see how each individual can consume less.

    Told through diagrams, photos, and graphs to sup-port Emmotts argument, Ten Billion is a snapshot of our planet, and our species, approaching a crisis.

    Powerful. . . . Compelling. . . . The shift in think-ing that will be needed if we are to prepare our-selves for living in a different world begins with reading Emmotts indispensable book.The Guardian (UK)

    A stark, simple and short warning about the com-ing catastrophe, which [Emmott] feels is inevitable,resulting from human overpopulation and overex-ploitation of the worlds resources. . . . A valuable contribution to rekindling a discussion on global population that has waxed and waned in the twocenturies since Thomas Robert Malthus fi rst brought the issue to public attention. Financial Times (UK)

    STePHeN eMMOTT is the head of Microsoft Researchs Computational Science laboratory in england, which is rec-ognized around the world for its research into novel compu-tational approaches to advance understanding of complex natural systems. This year marks the tenth anniversary of its project to assess the impact of nonhuman biological species on climate change.



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    Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., and Kathryn BowersZoobiquityThe Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal HealthNOW IN PAPERBACK

    Winner of the Discover Prize

    Inspired by an eye-opening consultation at the Los Angeles Zoo, which revealed that a monkey expe-rienced the same symptoms of heart failure as her human patients, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz embarked upon a project that would reshape how she practiced medicine.

    This remarkable medical parallel led Natterson-Horowitz to search for other connections between the human and animal worlds, and her fi ndings were astonishing: Dinosaurs suffered from brain cancer; koalas catch Chlamydia; reindeer seek narcotic escape in hallucinogenic mushrooms; stal-lions self-mutilate; and gorillas experience clinical depression.

    Joining forces with science journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs fascinating case studies and meticulous scholarship to pres-ent a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind. Both authoritative and accessible, this provocative book encourages us to see our essential connection to all living beings.

    The connections we share with the rest of life on our planet are a source of beauty and, in Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers luminous new account, the inspiration for an emerging and powerful approach to human health. Zoobiquity is a book that explodes barriers and myths all in the purpose of bettering the human condition.Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish

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    [Zoobiquity] will change medicine more than any new machine or drug. Randolph Nesse, M.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan and author of Why We Get Sick

    Illuminating. . . . This very engaging book is dif-fi cult to put down. It provides lots of information in an easy-to-understand manner that doesnt feel overwhelming, perhaps because of the liberal use of humor throughout. Reading Zoobiquity gave this reader a totally new perspective on his furred and feathered neighbors.The Boston Globe

    BARBARA NATTeRSON-HOROWiTZ, M.D., earned her degrees at Harvard and the University of Califor-nia, San Francisco. She is a cardiology professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UClA and serves on the medical advisory board of the los Angeles Zoo as a cardiovascular consultant. Her writing has ap-peared in many scienti c and medical publications.

    KATHRYN BOWeRS was a staff editor at The Atlanticand a writer and producer at CNN international. She has edited and written popular and academic books and teaches a course at UClA on medical narrative.









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    Fascinating. . . . By reframing things as fl ow systems, they reveal how function determines form in everything from corporate hierarchies to Canada geese. Nature

    After reading this deeply inspiring and liberating book, you will never look at the worldthe whole worldthe same again. It not only helps us to better understand the natural environment, but it has profound implications for how we all need to act if we want to sustain success. This perspec-tive is not just for scientistsit helps to reframe agendas for entrepreneurs, business executives, educators, and policy makers.John Hagel, co-author of The Power of Pull

    Adrian Bejan and J. Peder ZaneDesign in NatureHow the Constructal Law GovernsEvolution in Biology, Physics, Technology,and Social OrganizationNOW IN PAPERBACK

    This groundbreaking book takes the recurring patterns in naturetrees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning boltsand reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world. Written in an easy style that achieves clarity without sacrifi cing complexity, Design in Nature is a paradigm-shifting book that will fundamentally transform our understanding of the world around us.

    Bejan masterfully unifi esunder a deep common lawphysics, chemistry, biology, and even part of the social sciences. His treatment of natural design, fl ow systems, and complex order as spontaneously arising from fl ow optimization is novel, powerful, and highly plausible. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, co-author of What Darwin Got Wrong

    Presents complex ideas in an understandable con-text. . . . Source of food for thought. . . . Interesting.. . . Excellent refl ection on the history of science.Winnipeg Free Press

    Design in Nature is an elegant exposition of a unifying principle so simple that it demystifi es our comprehension of the fl ow of the universe. An absorbing and thoughtful account of why nature is designed that way it is; Bejan engages the reader from the very fi rst sentence to last word.Donald Johanson, Founding Director of the Institute of Human Origins and discoverer of Lucy

    ADRiAN BeJAN has pioneered numerous original methods in thermodynamics. He is ranked among the hun-dred most cited authors in all of engineering by the insti-tute of Scienti c information. He was appointed as a full professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University in 1984, and J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor in 1989.

    J. PeDeR ZANe is an assistant professor of journal-ism and mass communications at St. Augustines College in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is an award-winning colum-nist who has worked for the The New York Times and the News & Observer (Raleigh).


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    Eli SaslowTen LettersThe Stories Americans Tell Their President

    Every day, President Obama reads ten representa-tive letters from among the thousands he receives from citizens across the land. The letters come from people of all ages, walks of life, and political points of view. Some are heartbreaking, some an-gry, some hopeful.

    In this inspiring and powerful look at the issues fac-ing Americans today, reporter Eli Saslow creates vivid portraits of the lives of ten citizens who corre-sponded with President Obama. Their letters, and the presidents handwritten responses, tell of the personal struggles behind everything from health care to immigration to war.

    One mother writes to express her fears about the well-being of a son currently deployed in Afghani-stan. A young girl in Kentucky shares her frustra-tions while attending one of the countrys worst schools, and the president relies on her story in his push for education reform. What these ten letters reveal about the relationship between a president and the people he governs is deeply affecting, and what ultimately emerges from within the stories is the incredible endurance and optimism of the American people.

    Saslow has a feel for the tender spots in these peoples stories. . . . The plainspokenness, decency, and hu-man dignity they display leave a lasting impression. The Washington Post

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    A luminous book. . . . Saslow has found his way around the cynicism and superfi ciality of Washington politics to show the profound real-life connections between the White House and the people. David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story

    eli SASlOW has been a staff writer at The Washing-ton Post since 2004. He covered the 2008 presidential campaign, wrote pro le stories about Barack Obama, and then chronicled the presidents life inside the White House. Saslow has won multiple awards for news and feature writ-ing. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter.





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    Barbara GarsonDown the Up EscalatorHow the 99% LiveNEW

    The Great Recession has thrown huge economic challenges at almost all Americans save the super-affl uent few, and we are only now beginning to see the human toll it is taking. Down the Up Escalator presents a sobering picture of what happens to a society when it becomes economically organized to benefi t only the very rich and the quick-buck speculators. But it also demonstrates the wit and resilience of ordinary Americansand why they deserve so much better than the hand theyve been dealt.

    Garson has interviewed an economically and geo-graphically wide variety of Americans to show the painful waste in all this loss and insecurity, and describes how individuals are coping. Her broader historical focus, though, is on the causes and con-sequences of the long stagnation of wages and how it has resulted in an increasingly desperate reliance on credit and a series of ever-larger bubblesstocks, technology, real estate.

    An engaging, insightful account of the changes that have swept through an America where good, hard-working people are learning to make do with less money. Los Angeles Times

    Barbara Garson has written a small masterpiece of wise and alarming reportage about how ordi-nary Americans are surviving during extraordi-narily rotten times. Down the Up Escalator is a necessary antidote to all the blather about freeing banks and investment houses from crippling regulations. Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation

    BARBARA GARSON is an award-winning journalist, and the author of three books, All the livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work, The electronic Sweatshop,and most recently Money Makes the World Go Around: One investor Tracks Her Cash Through the Global economy. Her writing has appeared in Harpers, The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Nation. She lives in New York City.






    Barbara Garson knows that the hard times so many people are living through are not just composed of headlines about corporate profi ts, unemployment rates, and foreclosures, they are composed of human beings. This book is a compassionate, probing, pointillist mural of the Great Recession and of the decades-long erosion of the average Americans economic position that preceded it, all told through the experiences of in-dividual men and women. Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopolds Ghost

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    Raymond BonnerAnatomy of InjusticeA Murder Case Gone WrongNOW IN PAPERBACK

    Masterful. . . . Eloquent, important, andaccessible. . . . The book of the centuryabout the death penalty. The Atlantic

    Anatomy of Injustice is Pulitzer Prize winner Raymond Bonners moving, suspenseful, and vital contribution to our nations ongoing, increasingly important debate about inequality and the death penalty.

    In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, men-tally retarded black man with no previous felony record. Although only loosely connected to the victim, Elmore was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. He had been on death row for eleven years when a young attorney named Diana Holt fi rst learned of his case, and would spend the next decade fi ghting on Elmores behalf.

    With the exemplary moral commitment and te-nacious investigation that have distinguished his reporting career, Bonner follows Holts battle to save Elmores life and shows us how his case is a textbook example of what can go wrong in the American justice system. He reviews police work, evidence gathering, jury selection, work of court-appointed lawyers, latitude of judges, iniquities in the law, prison informants, and the appeals pro-cess. Throughout, the actions and motivations of both unlikely heroes and shameful villains in our justice system are vividly revealed.

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    Most of us Americans dont have a clue about how the criminal court system really operates and we need a good writer like Bonner to take us through, step by step. But be warned: If you have pressing duties waiting, dont begin reading this book. This is seductive storytelling at its best.Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

    Accomplished and meticulously researched. . . .Masterful. Bonner builds the story, and his argument, carefully, rarely editorializing, mixing in a prcis of capital punishment in the United States. . . . Bonners book is an important addition to the body of evidence against the death penalty. The Boston Globe

    RAYMOND BONNeR practiced law for a decade and taught at the University of California, Davis, School of law. He later became an investigative reporter and foreign corre-spondent for The New York Times, where he was a member of a Pulitzer Prizewinning team in 1999. He is the author of Weakness and Deceit: U.S. Policy and el Salvador, which received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Waltzing with a Dictator: The Marcoses and the Making of Ameri-can Policy, which received the Cornelius Ryan Award fromthe Overseas Press Club and the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism.






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    Sarah BurnsThe Central Park FiveThe Untold Story Behind One ofNew York Citys Most Infamous CrimesNOW IN PAPERBACK

    An important cultural document, andunquestionably worth reading. . . .

    Burnss gripping tale may serve as anallegory for some of the most pressingcriminal justice issues of our time.

    The New York Times Book Review

    On April 20, 1989, the battered body of a woman is discovered in Central Park, and within days, fi ve black and Latino teenagers confess to her rape and beating. Following a media frenzy and hysterical public reaction, the young men are tried as adults and convicted of rape, despite the fact that the teens quickly recant their inconsistent and inaccurate confessions and that no DNA tests or eyewitness accounts tie any of them to the victim. They serve their complete sentences before an-other man, serial rapist Matias Reyes, confesses to the crime and is connected to it by DNA testing.

    Intertwining the stories of these fi ve young men, the police offi cers, the district attorneys, the victim, and Matias Reyes, Sarah Burns unravels the forces that made both the crime and its prosecution pos-sible. Most dramatically, she gives us a portrait of a city already beset by violence and deepening rifts between races and classes, whose law enforcement, government, social institutions, and media were undermining the very rights of the individuals they were designed to safeguard and protect.

    SARAH BURNS graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a degree in American studies and went on to work for Moore & Goodman, a small civil rights law rm based in New York. Burns wrote, directed and produced the Central Park Five documentary along with her father, documentarian Ken Burns and her husband, lmmaker David McMahon. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.



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    A controversial and important book. . . . It demonstrates that our justice system is far from fool proof even in the face of alleged confession, eyewitness and forensic evidence. Were these false convictions based on understandable mistakes? Or were they based on racial stereotyping? Read this fi ne book and make up your own mind.Alan M. Dershowitz, author of The Trials of Zion

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    Dave EggersA Hologram for the KingNEW IN PAPERBACK

    National Book Award Finalist

    In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling business-man named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch at-tempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughters college tuition, and fi nally do something great. InA Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fi ghts to hold himself and his splintering family together.

    A novel poised on the central meridian of our times. . . . Eggers maintains an exquisite balance of irony, empathy, dark humor, and unexpected tenderness in this taut exploration of the ever-increasing price of ordinary survival. A book as heartbreaking as the global economy it explores with such beauty and ferocity. National Book Awards citation

    A Hologram for the King is not only a portrait of a man in midlife trying desperately to salvage his future. The book is emblematic of what Eggers sees as wrong in America today: the collapse of home-grown industry, the outsourcing of labor, a loss of confi dence, soured ideals. . . . But [it] isnt a bum-meror if it is, its a bummer beautifully enlivened by oddball encounters and oddball characters, by stranger-in-a-strange-land episodes. . . . A Holo-gram for the King moves forwarda momentum of melancholy and possibility, driven by the medita-tions and memories of its once-noble American salesman hero. The Philadelphia Inquirer

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    Eggers understands the pressures of American downward-mobility and in the protagonist of his novel, Alan Clay, has created an everyman, a post-modern Willy Loman. . . . The novel oper-ates on a grand and global scale, but it also is intimate. Chicago Tribune

    [A] clear, supremely readable parable of America in the global economy that is haunting, beauti-fully shaped, and sad. . . . A story human enough to draw blood. . . . Groundbreaking.The New York Times Book Review

    DAVe eGGeRS is the author of six previous books, in-cluding Zeitoun, winner of the American Book Award and the Dayton literary Peace Prize. eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeneys, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine, The Believer, and an oral history series, Voice of Witness. in 2002, with Nnive Calegari he co-found-ed 826 Valencia, a nonpro t writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco.



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    SELECTED BY: University of North Carolinia Chapel Hill; United States Military Academy

    A short, swift, and luminescent book. . . . A remarkable thing: proof that Toni Morrison is at once Americas most deliberate and fl exible writer. She has almost entirely retooled her style to tell a story that demands speed, brevity, the treat of a looming curtain call. . . . There is no novelist alive who has captured the beauty and democracy of the American vernacular so well. The Boston Globe

    Toni MorrisonHomeNOW IN PAPERBACK

    Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption. When Frank Money joined the army to escape his too-small world, he left behind his cherished and fragile little sister, Cee. After the Korean War, his shattered life has no purpose until he hears that Cee is in danger.

    Frank is a modern Odysseus returning to a 1950s America mined with lethal pitfalls for an unwary black man. As he journeys to his native Georgia in search of Cee, it becomes clear that their troubles began well before their wartime separation. To-gether, they return to their rural hometown of Lo-tus, where buried secrets are unearthed and where Frank learns at last what it means to be a man, what it takes to heal, andabove allwhat it means to come home.

    Haunting. . . . [Morrison] maps the day-to-day lives of her characters with lyrical precision. . . . Home encapsulates all the themes that have fueled her fi ction, from the early novels Sula and The Bluest Eye, through her dazzling masterwork, Beloved.The New York Times

    Perhaps Morrisons most lyrical performance to date. . . . Home has a sparer, faster pace than earlier Morrison novels like Beloved or Jazz, as though a drumbeat is steadily intensifying in the background and the storyteller has to keep up.The New York Review of Books

    TONi MORRiSON is the author of ten novels, includ-ing The Bluest eye (1970) and A Mercy (2008). She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and thePulitzer Prize. in 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. She lives in New York.



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    Avi SteinbergRunning the BooksThe Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

    While Avi Steinbergs classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. Seeking direction, Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison. Running the Books is a trenchant exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young mans earnest at-tempt to fi nd his place in the world.

    Hilarious enough to make you want to read its lines to anyone who happens to be around, and profound enough to have you care deeply about many of the men and women whose crimes have brought them to Bostons Suffolk County House of Correction.San Francisco Chronicle

    Heartbreaking and entertaining. . . . Steinbergs com-passion for those he mentored clearly comes through. Yet, this is far from a preachy memoir on prison reform. Its a young mans blundering, but touching, journey to fi nd a place in the world. Fortunately, he makes us laughand sometimes cryin the process. The Seattle Times

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    David K. ShiplerThe Working PoorInvisible in America

    A powerful, humane study of American families strug-gling against insurmountable odds to escape poverty and take part in the American dream.

    The working poor ought to be an oxymoron, because no one who works should be impoverished. In this thoughtful assessment of poverty in twenty-fi rst-century America, David Shipler shows why so many working Americans remain poor, and offers a powerful guide for how to resuscitate the American dream.Robert B. Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and author of Aftershock

    This is one of those seminal books that every American should read and read now.The New York Times Book Review

    SELECTED BY: Alaska Pacific University; Carleton College; Case Western Reserve University; Community College of Baltimore County; Indiana University Southeast; Joliet Junior College; Lafayette College; Ohio State University Mansfield; Presbyterian College; Roger Williams University; University of Alaska Anchorage; University of Arkansas; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of New Mexico; University of North Texas

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    Daniel L. EverettDont Sleep, There Are SnakesLife and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

    Part passionate memoir, part scientifi c exploration, Everetts life-changing tale is a riveting look into the nature of language, thought, and life itself.

    Daniel Everett arrived among the Pirah with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the small tribe of Amazonian Indians to Christianity. Everett quickly became obsessed with their language and its cultural and linguistic implications, becoming so im-pressed with their peaceful way of life that he instead devoted his life to the science of linguistics.

    Genuine and engrossing. . . . Sharp and intuitive. . . . Impossible to forget. Sacramento Book Review

    Absorbing. . . . Shares its authors best traits: persever-ance, insight, humor, and humility. Both the Pirahs and their interpreter make splendid company.The Plain Dealer

    SELECTED BY: Belmont University; Wilfrid-Laurier University (Canada)

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    Christopher McDougallBorn to RunA Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    Isolated by Mexicos deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In this riveting narrative, journalist Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets and mans history as runnerfrom prehistoric persistence hunting to mod-ern-day ultra-marathons. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to sun-baked val-leys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, fi nally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits Americas best ultra-runners against the tribe.

    Compelling. . . . [McDougall] uses an extended portrait of one of the worlds least-known cultures, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexicos Copper Canyons, to put modern American running under an exacting magnifying glass. San Francisco Chronicle

    The book is wonderful. Its funny, insightful, captivat-ing, and a great and beautiful discovery. There are lessons here that translate to realms beyond running. The book inspires anyone who seeks to live more fully. Lynne Cox, author of Open Water Swimming Manual


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    SELECTED BY: Appalachian State University; Bowling Green State University; Millburn High School (NJ); Monmouth University

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    Josh NeufeldA.D.New Orleans After the Deluge

    A.D. is a masterful portrait of a city under siege. Cartoonist Josh Neufeld depicts seven extraordinary true stories of survival in the days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina. As beautiful as it is poignant, A.D. presents a city in chaos and shines a bright, profoundly human light on the tragedies and triumphs that took place within it.

    A.D. is one of the best-ever examples of comics report-age, and one of the clearest portraits of post-Katrina New Orleans yet published. An essential addition to the ongoing conversation about what Katrina means, and what New Orleans means. Dave Eggers, author of Zeitoun and What Is the What

    Josh Neufeld is a master storyteller. A.D. is intimate and yet seismic in its scope. Through six fi nely drawn lives, we end up with new understanding of both devastation and redemption. His art takes us to the depth of the humanity of those we cherish.Cornel West, author of Race Matters


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    SELECTED BY: SUNY Brockport; St. Edwards University; University of Wisconsin Madison; Washington State University Vancouver

    Dave EggersZeitounFrom critically acclaimed author Dave Eggers comes the harrowing story of Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun in the days leading up to and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    Fifty years from now, when people want to know what happened to this once-great city during a shameful episode of our history, they will still be talking about a family named Zeitoun.Timothy Egan, The New York Times Book Review

    Zeitoun offers a transformative experience to anyone open to it, for the simple reasons that it is . . . an adventure story, a tale of suffering and redemption, almost biblical in its simplicity, the trials of a good man who believes in God and happens to have a canoe. Anyone who cares about America, where it is going and where it almost went, before it caught itself, will want to read this thrilling, heartbreaking, wonderful book. Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times

    SELECTED BY 58 SCHOOLS INCLUDING:California State University Chico; Emmanuel College; Kansas State University; Michigan State University; North Central College; Northeastern University; Southern Methodist University; Tufts University; University of Missouri; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; University of Iowa; Wallace State Community College; Wright State University

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    Lucas MannClass ABaseball in the Middle of EverywhereNEW

    An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton Lumber Kings but also the lives of the teams dedicated fans and of the fading town itself. Part sports story, part sociological inquiry, part memoir, Class A is a moving and unique study of American life.

    Its Manns knowledge of and affection for people that truly resonates. And what elevates Class A beyond being just an entertaining and poignant work of nar-rative nonfi ction is the books most winning characterMann himself. As a writer and observer, he is patient, sympathetic to a fault, optimistic in spite of himself, and, despite his gifts, impressively unassuming.Adam Langer, The Boston Globe

    Class A is unapologetically intimatea deeply compas-sionate, blessedly unrelenting, and sometimes uncom-fortably insightful portrait of a town and a team that might have too much invested in one another. Lucas Mann beautifully blends reportage and lyricism to cre-ate a story of vibrant consequence.John DAgata, author of About a Mountain

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    Jim YardleyBrave DragonsA Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures ClashingNOW IN PAPERBACK

    Former New York Times Beijing bureau chief Jim Yardley tells the wonderfully original story of a strug-gling Chinese basketball team and its quixotic attempt to right its fortunes by hiring a former NBA coach. What follows is a season of cultural misunderstanding that transcends sports and reveals Chinas ambivalent relationship with the West.

    Rollicking. . . . Lively and often hilarious. . . . Yard-leys tale resonates far beyond sports. . . . He manages to capture, in touchingly human detail, the essence of a nation in transition. The Washington Post

    Brave Dragons has all the ingredients of a farce: larger-than-life characters, sudden plot twists, and dont-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-way-out moments. But Jim Yardley sees the bigger picture: In many ways, basketball is a metaphor for the emergence of China as an economic power and its relationship with the rest of the world. The Seattle Times

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    Jaron Lanier You Are Not a GadgetA Manifesto

    Among the fi rst to predict the revolutionary chang-es the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture, Jaron Lanier takes a provocative and cautionary look at the way the Internet is trans-forming our lives for better and for worse. He offers insight on everything from the origins of the Inter-nets structure to its effects on our fi nancial markets and social networking.

    A provocative and sure-to-be-controversial book. . . .Lucid, powerful, and persuasive. It is necessary reading for anyone interested in how the Web and the software we use every day are reshaping culture and the marketplace.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review

    At the bottom of Laniers cyber-tinkering is a fundamentally humanist faith in technology, a belief that wisely designed machines can bring us closer together by expanding the possibilities of creative self-expression.Ben Ehrenreich, Los Angeles Times

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    SELECTED BY: Indiana University Southeast; Lane Community College; University ofCalifornia, Santa CruzCrown College

    Brian ChristianThe Most Human HumanWhat Artifi cial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive

    A provocative, exuberant, and profound explora-tion of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human.

    The Most Human Human is immensely ambi-tious and bold, intellectually provocative, while at the same time entertaining and wittya delightful book about how to live a meaningful, thriving life. Alan Lightman, author of Einsteins Dreams

    A book exploring the wild frontiers of chat-bots is appealing enough; I never expected to discover in its pages such an eye-opening inquest into human imagination, thought, conversation, love, and decep-tion. Who would have guessed that the best way to understand humanity was to study its imitators? David Eagleman, author of Sum

    Machines are getting so smart that it forces us to take a completely fresh look at what smart is, and at what human is. Brian Christian takes on this very weighty task, and somehow makes it fun.David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us

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    Neil ShubinThe Universe WithinThe Deep History of the Human BodyNOW IN PAPERBACK

    In The Universe Within, Neil Shubin reveals the con-nection between the evolution of the cosmos and the evolution of the human body.

    With Shubins trademark clarity and exuberance, he takes an expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are. Starting with fossils, he turns his gaze skyward to show how the entirety of the uni-verses 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bod-ies. As he moves through our very molecular composi-tion, Shubin shows how the evolution of the cosmos has had profound effects on the development of hu-man life on earth.

    What is special about the book is its sweep, its scope, its panoramahow physics, biology, geology, chemistry, and seemingly every other science are brought to bear on the most intricate details of human life.The Wall Street Journal VINTAGE | 978-0-307-47327-1 | 240 PAGES | $15.95

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    Neil ShubinYour Inner FishA Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

    Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalikthe missing link that made headlines around the world in April 2006tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the fi rst creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fi sh fi ns, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fi sh, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish is sci-ence writing at its fi nestenlightening, accessible, and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

    An entertaining and original book. Cleverly weaving together adventures in paleontology with very acces-sible science, Neil Shubin reveals the many surpris-ing deep connections between our anatomy and those of fi sh, reptiles, and other creatures. You will never look at your body in the same way again. Sean B. Carroll, author of The Making of the Fittest

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    Yasutaka TsutsuiPaprikaTranslated by Andrew DriverNEW IN PAPERBACK

    When prototype models of a dream-invading de-vice go missing at the Institute for Psychiatric Re-search, it transpires that someone is using them to drive people insane. Threatened both personally and professionally, brilliant psychotherapist Atsu-ko Chiba has to journey into the world of fantasy to fi ght her mysterious opponents. As she delves ever deeper into the imagination, the borderline between dream and reality becomes increasingly blurred, and nightmares begin to leak into the everyday realm. The scene is set for a fi nal show-down between the dream detective and her ene-mies, with the subconscious as their battleground, and the future of the waking world at stake.

    Yasutaka Tsutsui is the doyen of avant-garde Japanese writers. His work is by turns innova-tive, thought-provoking andnot leastextremely entertaining. The Independent (UK)

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    Margaret AtwoodThe Year of the FloodSet in a visionary future, The Year of the Flood is at once a tale of lasting friend-ship and a landmark work of speculative fi ction. By turns dark, tender, violent,

    and thoughtful, the book portrays the aftermath of a long-predicted natural disaster that leaves the earth in ruins and a handful of survivors to navi-gate this strange new world.

    Leave it to Atwood to fi nd humor in a post-apocalyptic world as she covertly, and brilliantly, addresses questions of how we need to live on an imperiled planet. Kansas City Star

    Atwood is funny and clever, such a good writer and real thinker. . . . The Year of the Flood isnt prophecy, but it is eerily possible.The New York Times Book Review

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    Colson WhiteheadZone OneAt once a chilling horror story and a literary novel by a contemporary master, Zone One is a dazzling por-trait of modern civilization in all its wretched, sham-bling glory.

    [Zone One] resembles Cormac McCarthys The Road. . . . An intense meditation on the way we cope with disaster and the stubborn, often inexpli-cable, persistence of the human will to survive.Minneapolis Star Tribune

    A zombie story with brains. . . . [Whitehead is a] certifi ably hip writer who can spin gore into macabre poetry. The Washington Post

    Uniquely affecting. . . . A rich mix of wartime satire and darkly funny social commentary. . . . Whether charged with bleak sadness or bone-dry humor, sentences worth savoring pile up faster than the body count. Los Angeles Times

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    Kazuo IshiguroNever Let Me GoFrom the Booker Prizewinning author Kazuo Ishiguro comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclu-sive boarding school in the English countryside. Years later, with the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhoodand about their lives now.

    A gothic tour de force. . . . What Mr. Ishiguro has done so artfully in these pages is not only assemble a chilling jigsaw puzzle, but also create a distinct fi ctional world. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review

    SELECTED BY: Augustana College; California State University Chico; Florida State University; Juniata College; Lehigh University; Middlebury College; Murray State University; Pomona College; Rider University; Spokane Community College; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Minnesota Twin Cities; University of North Carolina Wilmington; University of South Carolina VINTAGE | 978-1-4000-7877-6 | 304 PAGES | $15.95

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    Peter HellerThe Dog StarsNOW IN PAPERBACK

    A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world fi lled with loss and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

    [A] ravishing doomsday novel. . . . There are mo-ments of unexpected happiness, of real humaninteraction, infused with love and hope, like the twinkling of a star we might wish upon, which makes this end-of-the-world novel more like a rapturous beginning. San Francisco Chronicle

    An elegy for a lost world turns suddenly into a paean to new possibilities. In The Dog Stars, Peter Heller serves up an insightful account of physical, mental, and spiritual survival unfolded in dramatic and often lyrical prose.The Boston Globe

    SELECTED BY: Muir College at University of California, San Diego

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    Alan LightmanMr gA Novel About the Creation

    From Alan Lightman, au-thor of Einsteins Dreams comes a playful and pro-found novel that combines science, theology, and moral philosophy to tell the story of creation as narrated by Goda stunningly imaginative work that celebrates the tragic and joyous nature of ex-istence on the grandest possible scale.

    A charming, comic explanation of how The Maker might have created the cosmos. . . . If your philoso-phy allows for the possibility that science and faith in a creator can coexist, youll enjoy this clever and witty creation. The Boston Globe

    A scientifi c vision laced with the mirthful aura of divinity. . . . Aglow with wonder.The Washington Post

    A cosmic wink at the infi nite loop of creativity and mystery. The Miami Herald

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    Julie OtsukaWhen the Emperor Was DivineJulie Otsukas commanding debut novel paints a por-trait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and preci-sion, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deraci-nationboth physical and emotionalof a generation of Japanese Americans. In fi ve chapters, each fl awlessly executed from a different point of view she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion.

    Exceptional. . . . Otsuka skillfully dramatizes a world suddenly foreign. . . . [Her] incantatory, unsentimental prose is the books greatest strength. The New Yorker

    SELECTED BY 40 SCHOOLS INCLUDING: Brandeis University; Cornell University; Graceland University; Gustavus Adolphus College; Loyola College in Maryland; New York Institute of Technology; Saint Louis University;St. Marys College of Maryland; Temple University;University of Southern Illinois Edwardsville

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    Ayana MathisThe Twelve Tribes of HattieNOW IN PAPERBACK

    In this indelible encounter with the driving force of the American dream Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.

    Mathis never loses touch with the geography and the changing national culture through which her char-acters move. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is infused with African Americans confl icted attitudes about the North and the South during the Great Migration. . . . In the long family arc that Mathis describes, the pain-ful life of one remarkably resilient woman is placed against the hopes and struggles of millions of African Americans who held this nation to its promise.The Washington Post

    Raw and intimate. . . . A brutal and poetic allegory of a family beset by tribulations. . . . Mathis tempers the more operatic elements with tenderness and knowing glimpses into the human heart struggling to love. . . . Deeply felt.Isabel Wilkerson, The New York Times Book Review

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    Ernest J. GainesA Lesson Before DyingWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

    We did use A Lesson Before Dying at UNCG as part of our All Freshman Read program that we do each fall. This novel was very well received by both the teachers and the students. It is a story that is set in the 1940s, but easily translates to today. Many of us used it as a spring-board for discussions and writing assignments about race, capital punishment, the judicial system, prisons, the South, gender, and relationships, literacies, and family ties. Jackie Grutsch McKinney, Director of Composi-tion, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    SELECTED BY 27 SCHOOLS INCLUDING: Baylor University; Champlain College; Clemson University; Georgetown University; Howard University; LaGuardia Community College; Saint Josephs University; Texas A&M University; Troy University; Xavier University

    THe BiG ReAD is a program of the National endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The initiative includes innovative read-

    ing programs, providing comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature as

    well as an extensive website with information on authors and their works. Communities

    applying must select from the Big Read reading choices. Organizations selected to par-

    ticipate will receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, edu-

    cational and promotional materials, and an Organizers Guide for developing and manag-

    ing Big Read activities. Communities may apply for matching grants ranging from $2,500

    to $20,000. Grant funds may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker

    fees, and travel, salaries, advertising, and venue rental. For more information go to:

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    Naguib MahfouzThe Thief and the Dogs Translated by Trevor Le Gassick and M. M. Badawi

    Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

    Naguib Mahfouzs haunting novella of post-revolutionary Egypt combines a vivid psychological portrait of an an-guished man with the suspense and rapid pace of a detec-tive story. After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge. But he fi nds that Egypt has undergone a revolution and, on a more personal level, his beloved wife and his trusted henchman, who con-spired to betray him to the police, are now married to each other and are keeping his six-year-old daughter from him. As Saids wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfi re, he becomes a hunted man, driven by hatred.

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    nea big read

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    Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmericanahNEW

    From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a powerful new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young woman and man from Ni-geria who face diffi cult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. Spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a rich-ly told story set in todays globalized world.

    Adichie is an extraordinarily self-aware thinker and writer. . . . Americanah [is] a deep-seated discussion of race [that is] also a steady-handed dissection of the universal human experience. Trenchant and hugely empathetic, both worldly and geographically precise, [it] holds the realities of our times fearlessly before us, [and] never feels false.The New York Times Book Review

    Whats as American as the invention of race? Self-invention. So we are reminded by Adichies engag-ing third novel . . . Adichie is uniquely positioned to compare racial hierarchies in the United States to social striving in her native Nigeria. She does so in this new work with a ruthless honesty about the ugly and beautiful sides of both nations.The Washington Post

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    Mark HaddonThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeNarrated by a fi fteen-year-old autistic savant ob-sessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a con-temporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emo-tions. At fi fteen, Christophers carefully constructed world falls apart when he fi nds his neighbors dog, Wellington, impaled on a pitchfork, and he is ini-tially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favorite fi ctional character, the impeccably logi-cal Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration.

    Moving. . . . Think of The Sound and the Fury crossed with The Catcher in the Rye and one of Oliver Sackss real-life stories.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

    SELECTED BY 54 SCHOOLS INCLUDING:Arcadia University; California State University Northridge; Edgewood College; Hiram College; Idaho State University; Illinois Wesleyan University; Nebraska Methodist College; Pace University; SUNY Brockport; University of Tennessee

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    Jonathan OdellThe HealingThe pre-Civil War South comes brilliantly to life in this warmhearted novel about unbreakable bonds and the power of story to heal the body, the spirit and the soul.

    Compelling, tragic, comic, tender and mystical. . . .Combines the historical signifi cance of Kathryn Stock-etts The Help with the wisdom of Toni Morrisons Beloved. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    When the young slave Granada Satterfi eld reluctantly undertakes a quest to recover her own identity, she fi nds that she must begin by seeking the answers to two questions: Who are my people and what are their stories? . . . A lyrical parable, rich with historical detail and unfl inching in the face of disturbing facts. Valerie Martin, author of Property

    A terrifi c novel that will take its place in the distin-guished pantheon of Southern fi ction.Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides

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    Edwidge DanticatClaire of the Sea LightNEW

    Told with piercing lyricism and the economy of a fa-ble, Claire of the Sea Light is a tightly woven, breath-taking tapestry that reveals the mysterious bonds we share with the natural world and with one another.

    In Danticats luminous new novel, the search for [a] missing seven year-old girl serves as a way of re-examining what we overlook and undervalue in life. Set on a single day, Danticat tells the story through a kaleidoscope of perspectives that illuminate life in the island nation where the roles of ex-pats, gangs, radio journalists and shopkeepers crisscross the landscape.. . . A remarkably well-plotted combination of mystery and social critique. Amy Driscoll, Miami Her