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  • The Wright Brothers

    The #1 New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe that ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • Elon Musk

    From the author of Steve Jobs and other bestselling biographies, this is the astonishingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our era—a rule-breaking visionary who helped to lead the world into the era of electric vehicles, private space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Oh, and took over Twitter.When Elon Musk was a kid in South Africa, he was regularly ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • American Prometheus

    The Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture OPPENHEIMER

    THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE OPPENHEIMER • "A riveting account of one of history’s most essential and paradoxical figures.”—Christopher Nolan#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • The definitive biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Monkey Mind

    A Memoir of Anxiety

    by Daniel Smith ...
    Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Newton and the Counterfeiter

    The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist

    A “thoroughly surprising” chapter in the life of Isaac Newton, with a “vivid re-creation of 17th-century London and its fascinating criminal haunts” (Providence Journal).When renowned scientist Isaac Newton takes up the post of Warden of His Majesty’s Mint in London, another kind of genius—a preternaturally gifted counterfeiter named William Chaloner—has already taken up residence in the city, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game - Updated Edition

    **A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley**It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • John Marshall

    The Chief Justice Who Saved the Nation

    A hero in America's war against British tyranny, John Marshall with his heroics as Chief Justice turned the Supreme Court into a bulwark against presidential and congressional tyranny and saved American democracy.In this startling biography, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals how Virginia-born John Marshall emerged from the Revolutionary War's bloodiest battlefields to become one of ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Hot Lights, Cold Steel

    Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years

    When Michael Collins decides to become a surgeon, he is totally unprepared for the chaotic life of a resident at a major hospital. A natural overachiever, Collins' success, in college and medical school led to a surgical residency at one of the most respected medical centers in the world, the famed Mayo Clinic. But compared to his fellow residents Collins feels inadequate and unprepared. All too ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • How to Be Human

    An Autistic Man's Guide to Life

    by Jory Fleming ...
    A “beautiful and astonishing” (Walter Isaacson, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Code Breaker) narrative that examines the many ways to be fully human, told by the first young adult with autism to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.As a child, Jory Fleming was wracked by uncontrollable tantrums, had no tolerance for people, and couldn’t manage the outside world. Slightly more ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Disloyal: A Memoir

    The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump

    by Michael Cohen ...
    **A #1 New York Times Bestseller!"I read it cover-to-cover. I did not intend to, but I started at the beginning and didn’t put it down until it was over."—Rachel Maddow, MSNBC**This book almost didn’t see the light of day as government officials tried to bar its publication.The Inside Story of the Real President Trump, by His Former Attorney and Personal Advisor—The Man Who Helped Get Him Into the ... Read more

    $16.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

    A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

    by Lori Gottlieb ...
    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Now being developed as a television series with Eva Longoria and ABC!“Rarely have I read a book that challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing.”—Katie Couric**“This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book.”—**Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post and Founder & CE... ... Read more

    $15.49 USD

  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

    My Tale of Madness and Recovery

    In the tradition of My Stroke of Insight and Brain on Fire, this powerful memoir recounts Barbara Lipska's deadly brain cancer and explains its unforgettable lessons about the brain and mind.Neuroscientist Lipska was diagnosed early in 2015 with metastatic melanoma in her brain's frontal lobe. As the cancer progressed and was treated, she experienced behavioral and cognitive symptoms connected to ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Miseducated

    A Memoir

    An inspiring memoir of one man’s transformation from a delinquent, drug-dealing dropout to an award-winning Harvard educator through literature and debate—all by the age of twenty-seven.Brandon P. Fleming grew up in an abusive home and was shuffled through school, his passing grades a nod to his skill on the basketball court, not his presence in the classroom. He turned to the streets and drug ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • AMNH Birds of North America

    by DK ...
    series DK North American Bird Guides
    Ideal for the armchair bird enthusiast or dedicated bird watcher, this book includes stunning full-color photographs, revealing each species with unrivaled clarity.A lavish introduction describes bird characteristics and behavior, while stunning full-color photographs reveal individual species for easy identification.The 550 most commonly seen birds are pictured in clear, close-up photographs, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • For the Boys

    The War Story of a Combat Nurse in Patton’s Third Army

    by NCR Davis ...
    The biography of a young nurse from Minnesota who joins the war effort behind her father’s back. She finds herself holed up treating the critically wounded from the Battle of the Bulge. In December 1944, she blatantly defies discriminatory army rules to save the lives of her patients.A month after her 24th birthday, Lt. Mary Elizabeth Balster collapses among the rubble of a shelled supply room. ... Read more

    $15.99 USD


  • Projections

    The New Science of Human Emotion

    **A groundbreaking tour of the human mind that illuminates the biological nature of our inner worlds and emotions, through gripping, moving—and, at times, harrowing—clinical stories“[A] scintillating and moving analysis of the human brain and emotions.”—Nature“Beautifully connects the inner feelings within all human beings to deep insights from modern psychiatry and neuroscience.”—Robert Lefkowitz ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Proving Ground

    The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer

    by Kathy Kleiman ...
    Discover a fascinating look into the lives of six historic trailblazers in this World War II-era story of the American women who programmed the world's first modern computer.After the end of World War II, the race for technological supremacy sped on. Top-secret research into ballistics and computing, begun during the war to aid those on the front lines, continued across the United States as ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Girl With Nine Wigs

    A Memoir

    'It's Saturday and everything is different. No, I didn't go to the market this morning and I didn't have my usual coffee on Westerstraat. And no, I wasn't getting ready for a new semester at college. Next Monday, January 31st, I have to admit myself at the hospital for my first chemotherapy session. For the next two months, I'm expected each week for a fresh shot of vincristine, etoposide, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Girls and Their Monsters

    The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America

    For readers of Hidden Valley Road and Patient H.M., an “intimate and compassionate portrait” (Grace M. Cho) of the Genain quadruplets, the harrowing violence they experienced, and its psychological and political consequences, from the author of The Unfit Heiress.In 1954, researchers at the newly formed National Institute of Mental Health set out to study the genetics of schizophrenia. When they ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Billy's Story

    Thrown Away Children Series

    by Louise Allen ...
    series Thrown Away Children
    Foster care expert Louise has trouble on her hands from the first moment that 5-year-old Billy Blackthorn comes to stay. It is only as Louise begins to uncover the secrets of Billy's dark past that she begins to understand what made his family 'untouchable'. ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • Life on Other Planets

    A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe

    A stunning and inspiring memoir charting a life as an astronomer, classically-trained actor, mother, and Black woman in STEM, searching for life in the universe while building a meaningful life here on EarthAs a kid, Aomawa Shields was always bumping into things, her neck craned up at the sky, dreaming of becoming an astronaut. A year into an astrophysics PhD program, plagued by self-doubt and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Charles Darwin

    Victorian Mythmaker

    by A.N. Wilson ...
    A radical reappraisal of Charles Darwin from the bestselling author of Victoria: A Life.With the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin—hailed as the man who "discovered evolution"—was propelled into the pantheon of great scientific thinkers, alongside Galileo, Copernicus, and Newton. Eminent writer A. N. Wilson challenges this long-held assumption. Contextualizing Darwin and his ... Read more

    $13.49 USD

  • Breaking In

    The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

    by Joan Biskupic ...
    "I knew she'd be trouble."So quipped Antonin Scalia about Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court's annual end-of-term party in 2010. It's usually the sort of event one would expect from such a grand institution, with gentle parodies of the justices performed by their law clerks, but this year Sotomayor decided to shake it up—flooding the room with salsa music and coaxing her fellow justices to dance ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Fukushima - A personal journey

    3.11〜愛する日本を去る日 −あるハンガリー人家族の記録−

    A memoir of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster and their profound impact on our family私たち家族の人生を劇的に変えた東日本大震災、そして福島原発事故の記録Peter Popovics spent 10 years in Japan with his family and was living in Yokohama, 280 km from Fukushima, at the time of the historical earthquake in March 2011, the consequences of which were to have such a radical impact on their lives. The ... Read more

    $4.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus