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Tiny Windows into Big Worlds: Short Stories to Transport You

If you're looking to travel far and wide inside of a weekend, you can't beat a short story. This list of collections will transport you to new worlds in a whirlwind of a few pages.

April 17, 2015

Your Primer to Women in Science: Rachel Swaby's Headstrong

Rachel Swaby’s short but fascinating new book, Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World, shines a much-needed light on the forgotten legacy of women in science.

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.

April 8, 2015

Before They Were Doctors: Matt McCarthy's New Memoir

Matt McCarthy’s new memoir, The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, brings the harried, terrifying experience of a medical intern to light.

April 3, 2015

In Honor of Opening Day: Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Baseball may be America’s pastime but when Moneyball was initially published in 2003, even the most diehard fans of the game didn’t quite understand the premise. How, then, do you explain the success of Moneyball or the subsequent film adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill that went on to receive six Academy Award nominations?

April 2, 2015

Poetry Primer: 6 Reads for Getting Acquainted with Verse

April is National Poetry month. Celebrate with these collections of accessible poetry that may open a whole new world of reading to you.

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.

March 10, 2015

History Brought to Life: Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Step back in time once again with Erik Larson, whose retelling of the Lusitania disaster is anything but dry.

March 6, 2015

The Zero-Validity Environment, from Jason Kelly

Check out an excerpt from The 3% Signal, wherein the author explains why we can’t seem to learn from previous mistakes when it comes to the financial markets.

March 4, 2015

A Life Without Light: Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey

What would you do if, after two decades-plus of living a relatively normal life, your world suddenly went dark? If little by little then all at once you physically could not stand the light?

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.