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An American Travel Memoir to Polish Off

Simon Majumdar’s Fed, White, and Blue is a new take on the classic tale of immigrating to America, incorporating food travel from all fifty states.

April 10, 2015

Why Is Surprise Important?

Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected by Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger, PhD, is a fascinating look at how we can handle and harness surprise in our work, relationships, and everyday lives. Take a peek inside the book for a pop quiz and more.

March 27, 2015

How to Be Artfully Mindful: On Awareness and Attention

Enjoy this excerpt from the new book by Christophe André, Looking at Mindfulness, in which he addresses the correlation between awareness and attention.

March 20, 2015

Henry David Thoreau, the Hound, and the Turtle Dove

‘A fidelity to the ungraspable can be found at the root of both biological existence and what we experience as beauty; the steepest pitches of the heart and mind make their own shade.’

March 18, 2015

Who You Are and What You Do: Better than Before, by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is back with Better Than Before, another tool in your arsenal of how to live more productively and efficiently.

March 13, 2015

The Curious Case of Norwegian Butter

With this excerpt from The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth, we take a moment to learn something interesting about the Norwegians’ butter shortage.

March 11, 2015

Notes on How to Be a Heroine: A Q&A with Samantha Ellis

We caught up with the author of How to Be a Heroine to chat about the characters written throughout history – and what she’s learned from them.

February 27, 2015

Parsing the World of Vitamins: Catherine Price's Vitamania

In her new book, Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection, Price examines the roots of our obsession with and confusion about nutrition, and takes it further as she visits manufacturers and labs and test kitchens to uncover the history, hype, and more. Enjoy an excerpt from the book, here.

February 20, 2015

On the Good in Shame: An Excerpt from Is Shame Necessary

In this excerpt from Jennifer Jacquet’s new book, Is Shame Necessary, the author delves into the place of shame as a dynamic part of society. Read on.

February 11, 2015

True Stories of Late-in-Life Romance, from Eve Pell

The writer of a Modern Love column found enough amorous inspiration to cull a collection of fifteen late-in-life love stories for this new book.

January 23, 2015

What's In a Coke? Kevin Ashton Spills It

In this excerpt from Kevin Ashton’s How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, we go back to the source – of Coca-cola.

January 14, 2015

7 Books That Go Beyond the Nominees

Adaptations are everywhere this awards season, but let's look beyond the obvious for a few other reads for the literary-minded moviegoer.

January 9, 2015

Nasty Gal's #GIRLBOSS: Inspires, Instructs, Kicks Butt

Sophia Amoruso created and founded online retailer Nasty Gal, grew it to a $24-million business, and shares the story of it all in her book, #GIRLBOSS.

December 23, 2014

5 Great Nonfiction Reads to Close 2014

Looking to beef up the nonfiction pile on your nightstand? Check out these five great reads from the past year to start.

December 19, 2014

Inside the Mind of Richard Branson

Richard Branson’s book The Virgin Way offers readers insight into his own experiences, theories, and practices.