The Girl in the Road (Crown)
A gripping near-future tale of two women from different times and the harrowing journeys they undertake -- one ventures from India to Africa along a futuristic bridge spanning the Arabian Sea, and one joins a caravan traveling across Saharan Africa -- meeting in a harrowing climax.
Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War (Yale)
How the ethnic German people of central Europe were forcibly expelled at the end of WWII, in what may be the largest ethnic cleansing in history.
What Makes Olga Run? (Holt)
The story of 93-year-old competitive athlete, Olga Kotelko, and the fascinating science surrounding the effects of exercise and the aging human body that holds clues for how we can live longer and lead healthier lives, based on the author's New York Times Magazine story.
The Monster (Times Books)
The true history of subprime lending, from its roots in Southern California boiler rooms, to the collapse of Lehman Brothers, by a journalist who has been one of the primary chroniclers of predatory lending.
Diet for a Hot Planet (Bloomsbury)
The misunderstood link between the world food system and climate change, by a rising star advocate of sustainable living.
A Wild Justice (Norton)
A dramatic narrative history of the Supreme Court's stunning decision in 1972 to effectively end capital punishment in America, and its reversal only five years later.
The Property (Drawn & Quarterly; Jonathan Cape)
A comedy in which an elderly Israeli woman travels to Warsaw with her granddaughter to reclaim her family's apartment, lost during WWII, while secretly hoping to meet the Polish lover of her youth. Modan's first graphic novel since the Eisner Award-winning EXIT WOUNDS.
Black Gotham (Yale)
A history of African-American life in New York in the 19th century, through the lens of the author's own family.
The Seed Underground (Chelsea Green)
A lyrical meditation on the importance of seeds--how our seed heritage is under assault, and how an underground culture of seed-saving is rescuing our priceless agricultural heritage, by the author of the acclaimed ECOLOGY OF A CRACKER CHILDHOOD.
The Googlization of Everything (University of California)
How Google is transforming modern culture, commerce and communication...not necessarily for the better.
Pratap Chatterjee & Khalil Bendib
A graphic novel tracing the full history of state surveillance after 9/11, from WikiLeaks to Edward Snowden's NSA revelations.
And West is West (Algonquin)
Winner of PEN/Bellwether Prize. Addressing both the recent financial crisis and the war on terror, the story of an Air Force drone operator in Nevada and a Wall Street programmer who develops a way to profit from military crises abroad.
The Spirit of Liberty (Basic)
One of the country's most important civil libertarians writes about how committed citizens' organizations help shape the constitution.
Why Write? (Bloomsbury USA)
Edmundson, the noted professor of English and essayist, offers a defense of literature in the internet age, and explores the many things that fuel our desire to write.
Reading with Patrick (Random House)
A riveting memoir about Michelle Kuo's return to the Mississippi Delta, where she had spent two years in Teach for America, to connect with Patrick, a former student who had been arrested for murder. She visited him in county jail almost daily to read together, an experience that would point both toward their futures.
Radio Men (Permanent Press)
A novel that asks, what if there really are aliens among us? First, if there are aliens interacting with our world they are likely just as confused about who or what God is as we are; and second, whoever they are, they’re probably just as fond of dogs.
Gatsby, Interrupted (Scribner)
A memoir about a Wall Street trader's journey toward wholeness, exploring the common psychic roots of ambition and addiction, and portraying Wall Street as a culture of damaged people desperate to feel powerful.