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The Faraway Nearby

Penguin Group USA | April 29, 2014 | 272 pages
This personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award winner Rebecca Solnit is a fitting companion to her beloved A Field Guide for Getting Lost In this exquisitely written new book by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives... More Info


Penguin Group USA | April 1, 2014 | 400 pages
“The words brilliant and exemplary aren’t adequate enough to convey the amazing craft of Lexicon.” —The Associated Press Few books are greeted with rave reviews everywhere from Time magazine and Salon to Boingboing and io9. Yet, Max Barry’s Lexicon is that rare thing: a thriller as... More Info


Penguin Group USA | April 29, 2014 | 480 pages
In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a... More Info

1,000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names

Penguin Group USA | April 29, 2014 | 256 pages
A charming, thought-provoking, hand-lettered book for fans of The Book of Awesome and Wreck This Journal They amaze us and hurt us, bring us to tears and make us laugh, delight us and keep us up at night: feelings that we know only too well, but which have eluded the English lexicon for so long. In... More Info

The Grapes of Wrath

Penguin | December 16, 2018 | 464 pages

The Liars' Club

Penguin (Non-Classics) | December 16, 2018 | 320 pages
The author, a poet, recounts her difficult childhood growing up in a Texas oil town.  More Info

The Fourth Revolution

Penguin Press | May 15, 2014 | 320 pages
From the bestselling authors of The Right Nation, a visionary argument that our current crisis in government is nothing less than the fourth radical transition in the history of the nation-state Dysfunctional government: It’s become a cliché, and most of us are resigned to the fact that nothing... More Info

The Third Plate

Penguin Press | December 16, 2018 | 496 pages
Offering a revolutionary new way of eating, the award-winning chef, exploring farming practices around the world, reveals that America's cuisine is in desperate need of a radical transformation and charts a new path forward for eaters and chefs alike to make food sustainable and delicious.  More Info

Lazarus and the Hurricane : the Freeing of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

Penguin, 2000 c1999. | December 16, 2018 | 360 pages
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The Knowledge

Penguin Press | December 16, 2018 | 352 pages
How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors? What crucial... More Info

Eastern Approaches

Penguin Books, Limited (UK) | December 16, 2018 | 543 pages
Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines, including the daring and outrageous... More Info

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

Penguin UK | July 4, 2002 | 320 pages
This collection of writings is famous for giving us the phrase 'Freudian slip'. It also builds up a strong social history of Vienna and the middle-class social milieu of Freud and his patients. Through a series of case histories, some no longer than a few lines long, Freud explores how it is that... More Info

The Essential Urban Farmer

Penguin Paperbacks | December 16, 2018 | 576 pages
Two experts in urban gardening provide advice for city dwellers looking to plant herbs, tomatoes and more on windowsills, fire escapes and other urban places and to incorporate the principles of ethical food. Original.  More Info

Farm City

Penguin Paperbacks | December 16, 2018 | 276 pages
Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned avacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm.  More Info

Wild Analysis

Penguin UK | November 28, 2002 | 221 pages
This volume brings together Freud's most significant writings on psychoanalytic method and the question of psychoanalytic technique. The fundamental concern of these works is the complex relationship between patient and analyst.  More Info

Napoleon's Buttons

Penguin | December 16, 2018 | 375 pages
Considers that Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign may have failed because cold temperatures caused his army's tin buttons to disintegrate, identifying other important moments and traditions in history that were influenced by molecular properties. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.  More Info

Harley Loco

Penguin Group USA | March 25, 2014 | 320 pages
Documents the experiences of a Syrian immigrant who spent her formative years in Detroit, where she struggled with school bullies and her family traditions before becoming a New York City hair stylist at the height of the punk movement, succumbing to drug addiction and eventually embracing a clean... More Info

The House at the End of Hope Street

Penguin Group USA | March 25, 2014 | 320 pages
“Casts an enthralling spell, giving both characters and readers not only what they most want, but what they ultimately need.” —Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader When Alba Ashby, the youngest Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, suffers the Worst Event of Her Life, she... More Info

The Schreber Case

Penguin Modern Classics | December 16, 2018 | 69 pages
The Schreber Case is distinctive from the other case histories in that it's based on the memoirs of a conjectural patient. Schreber was a judge and doctor of law who lived according to a strict set of principles. His nervous illness first manifested itself as hypochondria and insomnia - which he... More Info

All the Little Live Things

Penguin Group USA | December 16, 1991 | 345 pages
A modern novel of the American West focuses on a California literary agent  More Info

A Person of Interest

Penguin Paperbacks | December 16, 2018 | 356 pages
Wrongfully implicated when a mail bomb claims the life of a beloved computer scientist, math professor Lee receives a threatening letter that compels him to confront key events in his life, an exercise that inadvertently renders him all the more suspicious. By the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of... More Info

Difficult Conversations

Penguin Paperbacks | December 16, 2018 | 315 pages
The authors cover difficult situations in both personal and professional life.  More Info

The Opposite of Fate

Penguin | October 27, 2003 | 416 pages
Amy Tan has touched millions of readers with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a future... More Info

Governing the World

Penguin Group USA | August 27, 2013 | 496 pages
A majestic narrative reckoning with the forces that have shaped the nature and destiny of the world's governing institutions The story of global cooperation is a tale of dreamers goading us to find common cause in remedying humanity's worst problems. But international institutions are also tools... More Info

Year Zero

Penguin Press HC | September 26, 2013 | 384 pages
"A marvelous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II" "Year Zero "is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a... More Info

The Psychology of Love

Penguin UK | September 7, 2006 | 326 pages
A collection of Freud's major texts on love, human relations and loss, including: The Taboo on Virginity; On Female Sexuality; A Child is Being Beaten; Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality and the case history Dora.  More Info

Almost French

Penguin | August 1, 2004 | 304 pages
A Sydney journalist recounts her unexpected move to Paris, during which she fell in love and came to cherish the city's charm, fashion, food, paradoxes, and dinner parties. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.  More Info

The Iliad

By Homer
Penguin UK | January 30, 2003 | 462 pages
Chronicles the Greek siege of Troy and the war that ensued.  More Info


Penguin | December 16, 2018 | 454 pages
Presents the tale of a bizarre Carpathian count who drinks human blood to stay alive, and the Englishman who knows his secret.  More Info

Helen in Love

Penguin Group USA | November 26, 2013 | 256 pages
The astonishing and imaginative debut novel about Helen Keller and the man she loved What comes to mind when you think of Helen Keller? Is it the deaf-mute wild child at the water pump outside her Tuscumbia, Alabama, home portrayed in The Miracle Worker or the adult activist for the rights of the... More Info

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Penguin | December 27, 2007 | 105 pages
An introduction to the life Martin Luther King, Jr. Including how he organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott and African American people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights.  More Info

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Penguin Paperbacks | December 16, 2018 | 514 pages
Having moved from one academic outpost to another throughout her childhood, Blue van Meer attends the elite St. Gallway School in her senior year, where the deaths of a teacher and student awaken her analytical instincts.  More Info

Twelve Years a Slave

Penguin Classics | July 31, 2012 | 240 pages
"Narrative of a citizen of New-York, Solomon Northup, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana"--Cover.  More Info

Once a Jailbird

Penguin UK | December 16, 2018 | 487 pages
For Willi Kufult, prison life means staying out of trouble, keeping his cell clean, snagging a precious piece of tobacco - and dreaming of the day of his release.Then he gets out.As Willi tries to make a new life for himself in Hamburg, finding a job and even love, he still cannot escape his past.  More Info

The World Until Yesterday

Penguin Group USA | October 29, 2013 | 512 pages
The bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel surveys the history of human societies to answer the question: What can we learn from traditional societies that can make the world a better place for all of us? Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air... More Info

Alice in Tumblr-land

Penguin Group USA | October 29, 2013 |
Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humor book featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America What happens when Peter Pan finally has to get a job? Or Rapunzel gets a buzz cut? When The Ugly Duckling discovers Instagram filters, can she... More Info

Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues

Penguin | September 1, 2007 | 96 pages
Presents the essential facts of ten mysteries, giving the reader the opportunity to solve the cases before examining the boy detective's solutions.  More Info

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch

Penguin | September 1, 2007 | 96 pages
A ten-year-old boy opens a private detective agency and works on ten cases, challenging readers to find the solutions themselves.  More Info

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Penguin | September 1, 2007 | 88 pages
Fifth-grader "Encyclopedia" Leroy Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.  More Info

If the Buddha Married

Penguin | December 16, 2018 | 250 pages
Approaches the institution of marriage as a means for awakening rather than a necessary evil, providing quotes from Zen, Sufi, and other wisdom traditions to help readers discover their potential for positive human connection.  More Info

Love Poems from God

Penguin | December 16, 2018 | 381 pages
Presents a selection of works from twelve spiritual poets, including Rumi, St. Teresa of Avila, Rabia, and St. John of the Cross.  More Info

Bleeding Edge

Penguin Press HC | September 17, 2013 | 512 pages
Thomas Pynchon brings us to New York in the early days of the internet It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is... More Info

Interpreting Dreams

Penguin UK | September 7, 2006 | 657 pages
In addition to Freud's groundbreaking text, this magnificent volume includes 16 essays by noted author and Freud scholar Masson. Exquisite art from many Modernist and Surrealist artists appears throughout, and Masson's sidebars appear as booklets "hidden" in the full-spread artwork.  More Info

There Was a Country

Penguin Group USA | September 24, 2013 | 352 pages
From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart?a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe has maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran... More Info

The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel

Penguin Paperbacks | September 24, 2013 | 384 pages
The smashing seventh installment of the New York Times?bestselling Thursday Next series With more than one million books in print worldwide, Jasper Fforde's beloved series charms a growing number of readers with each new adventure. In The Woman Who Died a Lot, Thursday Next faces her trickiest... More Info

Holy Heathen Rhapsody

Penguin Paperbacks | September 24, 2013 | 112 pages
New work from an award-winning poet who ?writes transporting poems of discovery, contemplation, and gratitude” (Booklist) Pattiann Rogers has won acclaim as one of the most original voices in contemporary American poetry. The poems in her new collection, Holy Heathen Rhapsody, embrace and embody... More Info

Xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths

Penguin Group USA | September 24, 2013 | 576 pages
Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse?his cremains in a bullet. Here,... More Info

Command and Control

Penguin Press | October 20, 2009 | 352 pages
The author of Fast Food Nation presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and what the author perceives as America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.  More Info

Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better

Penguin Press HC | September 12, 2013 | 352 pages
It's undeniable?technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding "yes." The Internet age has produced a radical new style of human intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis. We learn more and retain it... More Info

Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy

Penguin Press HC | September 12, 2013 | 256 pages
The bestselling author of Gang Leader for a Day reveals the secrets of New York's underground economy in this vivid memoir of sociological investigation ?This is New York! We're like hummingbirds, man,” explains Shine, a small-time Harlem crack dealer breaking into the elite cocaine market. ?We... More Info