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Mindware

Mindware

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Paperback
336 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53624-4

Tools for Smart Thinking

Richard E. Nisbett

“[A] compelling new book . . . With clear explanations of relevant principles from statistics, formal logic, economics, and psychology, Nisbett does indeed assemble a powerful toolkit for examining the validity of claims made by marketers, politicians, and scientists.”—The Boston Globe

Scientific and philosophical concepts can change the way we solve problems by helping us to think more effectively about our behavior and our world. Surprisingly, despite their utility, many of these tools remain unknown to most of us. In Mindware, the world-renowned psychologist Richard E. Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail. Nisbett has made a distinguished career of studying and teaching such powerful problem-solving concepts as the law of large numbers, statistical regression, cost-benefit analysis, sunk costs and opportunity costs, and causation and correlation, probing the best methods for teaching others how to use them effectively in their daily lives. In this groundbreaking book, Nisbett shows us how to frame common problems in such a way that these scientific and statistical principles can be applied to them. The result is an enlightening and practical guide to the most essential tools of reasoning ever developed—tools that can easily be used to make better professional, business, and personal decisions.

© Sarah Nisbett

© Sarah Nisbett

Richard E. Nisbett is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan and one of the world’s most respected psychologists. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychology Association, the William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievements, and the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology, among others. His books The Geography of Thought and Intelligence and How to Get It have been translated into more than ten languages.

A More Beautiful Question

A More Beautiful Question

Bloomsbury
Paperback
272 pages • $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-63286-105-4

The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

Warren Berger

“Berger presents a simple three-part framework, the ‘Why-What If-How’ model, to guide effective inquiry . . . One closes Berger’s book newly conscious of the significance of smart questions.”—The New York Times Book Review

Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning—deeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”—can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask “Why?” As Berger shows, the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners. They’ve mastered the art of inquiry, raising questions no one else is asking—and finding powerful answers. The author takes us inside red-hot businesses like Google, Netflix, IDEO, and Airbnb to show how questioning is baked into their organizational DNA. He also shares inspiring stories of artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, basement tinkerers, and social activists who changed their lives and the world around them—by starting with a “beautiful question.” A More Beautiful Question outlines a practical Why / What If / How system of inquiry that can guide you through the process of innovative questioning—helping you find imaginative, powerful answers to your own “beautiful questions.”

For more information, please visit www.amorebeautifulquestion.com.

Warren Berger © Jerome Levine

© Jerome Levine

Warren Berger, an expert on design thinking and innovation, is author of the acclaimed book Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Business and Your Life, which was named one of Business Week‘s “Best Innovation & Design Books of the Year.” Berger also writes for Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and was a longtime contributing editor at Wired magazine. He lives in New York.

A More Beautiful Question has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Bowling Green State University (OH); North Central College (IL); Quinnipiac University (CT)

No Barriers

No Barriers

St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover
480 pages • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-250-08878-9

A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy

Forward by Bob Woodruff

No Barriers is more than an incredible adventure story—it’s a beautiful book about family and finding a way to achieve more than you ever thought possible.”—Brad Meltzer, author of The President’s Shadow

No Barriers is about Erik Weihenmayer’s journey since coming down from Mt. Everest in 2001, and the path to where he is today. It is the story of his life, the personal and professional struggles in the pursuit of growth, learning, and family, as well as a dream to kayak one of the world’s great rivers as a blind athlete. It is also about the many people he has encountered along the way who possess what he calls a “No Barriers” mindset. This book highlights these pioneers who give those around them the courage to do great things. People who have risked failure, transcended their personal barriers, and shown others a way forward: scientists, innovators, artists and musicians, climbers and adventurers, activists and soldiers. No Barriers is a ways of living, and it exists in all of us, like a deep internal light. But sometimes through trauma, loss, isolation, and disillusionment, people get shoved into a dark place, and that light is almost extinguished. Making hard choices is what feeds that light, and becomes the energy we need to propel us forward. No Barriers is about making the hard choices to fuel that flickering light, so that we can ignite with purpose and become our very best selves.

© Skyler Williams

Erik Weihenmayer is a bestselling author, athlete, adventurer, and motivational speaker. He is the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He is the author of Touch the Top of the World and The Adversity Advantage. He co-founded No Barriers USA, which helps those with special challenges to live active and purposeful lives. He lives in Colorado.

Buddy Levy is a journalist, speaker, and author of numerous books, including River of Darkness and Geronimo (with Mike Leach). He teaches writing at Washington State University and lives in Idaho.

 

 

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Keep It Fake

Keep It Fake

Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover
240 pages • $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-18102-4

Inventing an Authentic Life

Eric G. Wilson

“[A] terrific new philosophical investigation.”—Clancy Martin, The New York Times Book Review

Shoot straight from the hip. Tell it like it is. Keep it real. We love these commands, especially in America, because they appeal to what we want to believe: that there’s an authentic self to which we can be true. But while we mock Tricky Dick and Slick Willie, we’re inventing identities on Facebook, paying thousands for plastic surgeries, and tuning in to news that simply verifies our opinions. Reality bites, after all, and becoming disillusioned is a downer. Eric G. Wilson investigates this phenomenon. He draws on neuroscience, psychology, sociology, philosophy, art, film, literature, and his own life to explore the possibility that there’s no such thing as unwavering reality. Whether our left brains are shaping the raw data of our right into fabulous stories or we’re so saturated by society’s conventions that we’re always acting out prefab scripts, we can’t help but be phony. But is that really so bad? Our ability to remake ourselves into the people we want to be, or at least remake ourselves to look like the people we want to be, is in fact a magical process that can be liberating in its own way. Because if we’re all a bunch of fakes, shouldn’t we embrace that? And if everything really is fake, then doesn’t the fake become real—really? In lively prose, Keep It Fake answers these questions, uncovering bracing truths about what it means to be human and helping us turn our necessary lying into artful living.

© Ken Bennett

Eric G. Wilson is the Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the author of Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, Against Happiness, The Mercy of Eternity, and five books on the relationship between literature and psychology.

Beautiful Souls

Beautiful Souls

Picador
Paperback
208 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-02408-4

The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times

Eyal Press

“[Beautiful Souls] provides rich, provocative narratives of moral choice . . . Press makes us wonder if we would have the strength to act against the crowd, and in so doing spread a bit of light in our own dark times.”—Michael S. Roth, The Washington Post

On the Swiss border with Austria in 1938, a police captain refuses to enforce a law barring Jewish refugees from entering his country.

In the Balkans half a century later, a Serb from the war-blasted city of Vukovar defies his superiors in order to save the lives of Croats.

At the height of the Second Intifada, a member of Israel’s most elite military unit informs his commander he doesn’t want to serve in the occupied territories.

History has produced many specimens of the banality of evil, but what about its flip side, what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention? Eyal Press explores the flip side of banality through dramatic stories of unlikely resisters who feel the flicker of conscience when thrust into morally compromising situations.

Press shows that the boldest acts of dissent are often carried out not by radicals seeking to overthrow the system but by true believers who cling with unusual fierceness to their convictions. Drawing on groundbreaking research by moral psychologists and neuroscientists, Beautiful Souls examines the choices and dilemmas we all face when our principles collide with the loyalties we harbor and the duties we are expected to fulfill. The book culminates with the story of a financial industry whistleblower who loses her job after refusing to sell a toxic product she rightly suspects is being misleadingly advertised.

Eyal Press © Todd France

© Todd France

Eyal Press is the author of Absolute Convictions. His work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Raritan Review and numerous other publications. He lives in New York City.

Beautiful Souls has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Brown University (RI); College of the Holy Cross (MA); Middlesex School (MA); Pennsylvania State University; Pennsylvania State University, Berks; St. Joseph’s College (NY); Queens University (NC); Washington College (MD)

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Justice

Justice

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Paperback
320 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53250-5

What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Michael J. Sandel

“Reading Justice by Michael Sandel is an intoxicating
invitation to take apart and examine how we arrive at our notions of right and wrong.” —Karen R. Long, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

This book is an exploration of the meaning of justice, one that invites readers of all political persuasions to consider familiar controversies in fresh and illuminating ways. Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, patriotism and dissent, the moral limits of markets—Michael J. Sandel dramatizes the challenge of thinking through these conflicts, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

Sandel’s “Justice” course is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard. Up to a thousand students pack the campus theater to hear Sandel relate the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day. Justice offers readers the same journey that captivates Harvard students. “More than exhilarating; exciting in its ability to persuade this student/reader, time and again, that the principle now being invoked—on this page, in this chapter—is the one to deliver the sufficiently inclusive guide to the making of a decent life.”—Vivian Gornick, Boston Review

Michael J. Sandel © Kiku Adatto

© Kiku Adatto

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His work has been the subject of television series on PBS and the BBC.

Justice has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Brigham Young University (UT); Case Western Reserve University (OH); Culver-Stockton College (MO); Kennesaw State University (GA); Sacred Heart University (CT); St. John’s University (NY); University of Cincinnati

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Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

Picador
Paperback
336 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-074850-0

The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

Héctor Tobar

Includes New Material for the Paperback

Now the Major Motion Picture The 33

“Weaving together the drama of the miners’ harrowing
ordeal below ground with the anguish of families
and rescuers on the surface, Tobar delivers a masterful
account of exile and human longing, of triumph in the
face of all odds.” —Los Angeles Times

When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in Deep Down Dark, he brings them to haunting, visceral life. We learn what it was like to be imprisoned inside a mountain, understand the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and experience the awe of working in such a place-one filled with danger and that often felt alive. A masterwork of narrative journalism and a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit, Deep Down Dark captures the profound ways in which the lives of everyone involved in the catastrophe were forever changed. “Whether the story is completely new to you, or if you were one of the millions glued to the news reports and wondering, will they make it—physically, emotionally, spiritually—you’ll be greatly rewarded to learn how they did.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

© Doug Knutson

Héctor Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and a novelist. He is the author of The Barbarian Nurseries, Translation Nation, and The Tattooed Soldier. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Deep Down Dark has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Earlham College (IN); Indiana State University; Ramapo College (NJ)