March Picks - Non-Fiction

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062464316
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Published: Harper - February 21st, 2017

New York Times Bestselling Author

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon, Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonald's than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet Earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.


Lab Girl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

An extraordinary debut memoir from a woman in science who, in the tradition of Oliver Sacks, shares her knowledge of the natural world—and infects us with her boundless passion for discovery.

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains can be moved when those two things come together. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood—hours of unfettered play in her father’s community college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She recounts her experience as a woman in science, and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the exhilarating triumphs, of her work. And she introduces us to a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend, and writes about the uncommon bond between them. Urgent, intimate, and exquisitely written, Lab Girl heralds the arrival of a major new talent.


Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781612196015
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Published: Melville House Publishing - February 21st, 2017

Outspoken critic Jessa Crispin delivers a searing rejection of contemporary feminism…and a bracing manifesto for revolution.

Are you a feminist? Do you believe women are human beings and that they deserve to be treated as such? That women deserve all the same rights and liberties bestowed upon men? If so, then you are a feminist…or so the feminists keep insisting. But somewhere along the way, the movement for female liberation sacrificed meaning for acceptance, and left us with a banal, polite, ineffectual pose that barely challenges the status quo. In this bracing, fiercely intelligent manifesto, Jessa Crispin demands more.

Why I Am Not A Feminist is a radical, fearless call for revolution. It accuses the feminist movement of obliviousness, irrelevance, and cowardice—and demands nothing less than the total dismantling of a system of oppression.