Books published by Penguin (Non-Classics)

Descartes' Error

Penguin (Non-Classics) | June 20, 2019 | 312 pages
Linking the process of rational decision making to emotions, a scientist who has done extensive research with brain-damaged patients notes the dependence of thought processes on feelings and the body's survival-oriented regulators. Reprint.  More Info

The Brain That Changes Itself

Penguin (Non-Classics) | December 18, 2007 | 427 pages
An introduction to the science of neuroplasticity recounts the case stories of patients with mental limitations or brain damage whose seemingly inalterable conditions were successfully treated or even cured through treatments that involved the thought re-alteration of brain structure. Reprint.  More Info

Wired for War

Penguin (Non-Classics) | June 20, 2019 | 499 pages
A military expert reveals how science fiction is fast becoming reality on the battlefield, changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that surround war itself.  More Info

The Liars' Club

Penguin (Non-Classics) | June 20, 2019 | 320 pages
The author, a poet, recounts her difficult childhood growing up in a Texas oil town.  More Info

The Global Forest

Penguin (Non-Classics) | November 29, 2011 | 175 pages
A cautionary exploration of the world's forests cites the essential role of trees in the planet's ecological, pharmaceutical and cultural arenas, explaining how planting trees in urban and rural areas can help safeguard environmental interests. Reprint.  More Info

Shop Class As Soulcraft

Penguin (Non-Classics) | April 27, 2010 | 246 pages
A philosopher and mechanic extolls the virtues of manual labor, describing how the satisfactions and challenges of creating with one's own hands promotes a sense of connection to life that office work suppresses.  More Info

Ghost Wars

Penguin (Non-Classics) | January 30, 2005 | 712 pages
Provides a comprehensive overview of the CIA's and other covert agencies' operations in Afghanistan, from the Soviet invasion in 1979 through the summer of 2001, detailing the rise of the Taliban and bin Laden, the secret efforts of the CIA to capture or kill bin Laden since 1998, and their failure... More Info

Mind over labor

Penguin (Non-Classics) | February 2, 1988 | 192 pages
Explaining how to ease the fear and pain of childbirth, the author demonstrates an eight-step method that teaches the expectant mother how to cope with labor and childbirth  More Info

The Steal

Penguin (Non-Classics) | May 29, 2012 | 272 pages
Shteir's "The Steal" is the first serious study of shoplifting, tracking the fascinating history of this ancient crime.  More Info

Malcolm X

Penguin (Non-Classics) | December 21, 2011 | 592 pages
A biography of the civil rights leader draws on new research to reveal information not contained in his autobiography, including the true story behind his assassination.  More Info

Maggie Cassidy

Penguin (Non-Classics) | June 20, 2019 | 194 pages
One of the dozen books written by Jack Kerouac in the early and mid-1950s, 'Maggie Cassidy' was not published until 1959, after the appearance of 'On the Road' had made its author famous overnight. Long out of print, this touching novel of adolescent love in a New England mill town, with its... More Info


Penguin (Non-Classics) | June 20, 1960 | 96 pages
Presents the story of the self-destruction of a beautiful Aztec prostitute enmeshed in the drug underworld of Mexico City  More Info

The Salterton Trilogy

Penguin (Non-Classics) | June 20, 1991 | 808 pages
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Tangled Webs

Penguin (Non-Classics) | March 27, 2012 | 496 pages
A cautionary analysis of the modern world's most high-profile perjurers traces a sobering rise in lies under oath, citing the examples of headline-making scandals and how they reflect breakdowns in American ethics and a vulnerability in the judicial system. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of... More Info

Our Last Best Chance

Penguin (Non-Classics) | March 27, 2012 | 347 pages
In this exceptionally candid memoir, King Abdullah tackles the single toughest issue he faces head on--how to solve the Israeli-Palestinian standoff--and reveals himself to be an invaluable intermediary between America and the Arab world.  More Info

A Christmas Blizzard

Penguin (Non-Classics) | October 25, 2011 | 181 pages
A wealthy and depressed man bound for Christmas in Hawaii is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. During his stay, he reaches an epiphany worthy of the season and resolves to simplify his life.  More Info

A Border Passage

Penguin (Non-Classics) | April 24, 2012 | 336 pages
An Egyptian woman's reflections on her changing homeland--updated with an afterword on the Arab Spring In language that vividly evokes the lush summers of Cairo and the stark beauty of the Arabian desert, Leila Ahmed movingly recounts her Egyptian childhood growing up in a rich tradition of Islamic... More Info

The Global Warming Reader

Penguin (Non-Classics) | March 27, 2012 | 421 pages
Collects 35 essays on global warming from the 19th century to today, with contributions by Michael Crichton, Al Gore, Elizabeth Kolbert, Naomi Klein and many others. Original.  More Info

Jack's Book

Penguin (Non-Classics) | April 24, 2012 | 368 pages
"A fascinating literary and historical document, the most insightful look at the Beat Generation." —Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties and Going All the Way First published in 1978, Jack's Book gives us an intimate look into the life and times of the "King of the Beats." Through the... More Info