Best of 2011

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  • to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea


    A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it mean…

  • Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap -- and What Women Can Do About It

    Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap — and What Women Can Do About It


    Controversial and exhaustively researched, gender expert Warren Farrell’s latest book Why Men Earn More takes as its stunning argument the idea that bias-based unequal pay for women is largely a myth, and that women are most often paid less than men not because they are discriminated against, but because they have made lifestyle choices that affect their ability to earn.Why Men Earn More argues that while discrimination sometimes plays a part, both men and women unconsciously make trade-offs …

  • Lighting and Rendering (2nd Edition)

    Digital Lighting and Rendering (2nd Edition)


    Crafting a perfect rendering in 3D software means nailing all the details. And no matter what software you use, your success in creating realistic-looking illumination, shadows and textures depends on your professional lighting and rendering techniques. In this lavishly illustrated new edition, Pixar’s Jeremy Birn shows you how to: Master Hollywood lighting techniques to produce professional results in any 3D application Convincingly composite 3D models into real-world environments Appl…

  • at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

    Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality


    Since Darwin’s day, we’ve been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science–as well as religious and cultural institutions–has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man’s possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman’s fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing. Fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages. Ho…

  • (The Lost Demons)

    Locksmith (The Lost Demons)


    Adelaide and Terin must fight a powerful enemy in order to save a city from total destruction.

  • Can Negotiate Anything: The World's Best Negotiator Tells You How To Get What You Want

    You Can Negotiate Anything: The World’s Best Negotiator Tells You How To Get What You Want


    Herb Cohen believes the world is a giant negotiating table and, like it or not, you’re a negotiator. Whether you’re dealing with your spouse, boss, department store, bank manager, children, solicitor, or best friend – in every encounter with other people, negotiating is always taking place. And how well you handle those encounters determines whether you prosper happily or suffer frustration and loss. With his helpful and sensible approach Cohen shows that negotiating is a process you can unde…

  • Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

    The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos


    Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs. Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design – first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possi…

  • Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

    Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier


    A thought-provoking and humorous collection on NASA and the future of space travel. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a rare breed of astrophysicist, one who can speak as easily and brilliantly with popular audiences as with professional scientists. Now that NASA has put human space flight effectively on hold―with a five- or possibly ten-year delay until the next launch of astronauts from U.S. soil―Tyson’s views on the future of space travel and America’s role in that future are especially timely and ur…

  • Strength:  Basic Barbell Training

    Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition


    Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books. The second edition, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, sold over 80,000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education. Along with Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd Edition, they form a simple, logical, and practical approach to strength training. Now, after six more years of testing and adjustment with thousands of athletes in seminars all over the country, the updated third editio…

  • It Takes: The Way to the White House

    What It Takes: The Way to the White House


    An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race — and scours the psyches of contenders from George Bush and Robert Dole to Michael Dukakis and Gary Hart — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben…

  • Complete Calvin and Hobbes [BOX SET]

    The Complete Calvin and Hobbes [Box Set]


    Join Calvin and Hobbes on all their adventures in this three-volume collection of every comic strip from the comic strip’s eleven year history (1985 to1996).Calvin and Hobbes is unquestionably one of the most popular comic strips of all time. The imaginative world of a boy and his real-only-to-him tiger was first syndicated in 1985 and appeared in more than 2,400 newspapers when Bill Watterson retired on January 1, 1996. The entire body of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons published in a truly notew…

  • the Roses

    Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns: The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism


    The classic guide to sadomasochism by two experienced players. This unabashed, entertaining book strips away myth, shame and fear, revealing the truth about an intense form of eroticism too long misunderstood and condemned. It is fully indexed and includes over 225 photos and illustrations, a 250-plus word glossary, appendices with over 650 contacts for SM related clubs, stores, craftspeople and literature.

  • Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

    Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed


    From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America’s high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America’s most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation’s brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed’s legendary Skunk Works is a drama of cold war confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fan…

  • Crash

    Snow Crash


    One of Time’s 100 best English-language novels • A mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous—you’ll recognize it immediately Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathrill…

  • History of God: The 4

    A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam


    “An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers.”THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDIn this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain’s foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. From classical philsophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the modern age of skepticism…

  • to Algorithms

    Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (MIT Press)


    Some books on algorithms are rigorous but incomplete; others cover masses of material but lack rigor. Introduction to Algorithms uniquely combines rigor and comprehensiveness. The book covers a broad range of algorithms in depth, yet makes their design and analysis accessible to all levels of readers. Each chapter is relatively self-contained and can be used as a unit of study. The algorithms are described in English and in a pseudocode designed to be readable by anyone who has done a little…

  • Changed: Fifty Years of Photographing Ireland

    All Changed: Fifty Years of Photographing Ireland


    As Ireland has moved from a traditional to a modern society over the past fifty years, it has seen immense changes in attitude toward the Church, sex, relationships, property, emigration, and life in general.  Here we see the faces, the landscapes, and the lives of the recently disappeared Ireland—Jack Lynch, JFK, Grace Kelly, Dev, de Gaulle, the Troubles, folk traditions—alongside the new faces and styles of modern society.Distributed for O’Brien Press, DublinWisconsin edition for sale only …

  • of an Economic Hit Man

    Confessions of an Economic Hit Man


    “Economic hit men,” John Perkins writes, “are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.”John Perkins should know—he was an economic hit man. His job was to convince countries that are strategically important to the U.S.—from Indonesia to Panama—to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development, and to make sure that the lucrative proj…

  • Mambo Chicken And The Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly Over The Edge

    Great Mambo Chicken And The Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly Over The Edge


    Enter the gray area between overheated imagination and overheated reality, and meet a network of scientists bent on creating artificial life forms, building time machines, hatching plans for dismantling the sun, enclosing the solar system in a cosmic eggshell, and faxing human minds to the far side of the galaxy. With Ed Regis as your guide, walk the fine line between science fact and fiction on this freewheeling and riotously funny tour through some of the most serious science there is….

  • You're Joking

    Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)


    A New York Times bestseller―the outrageous exploits of one of this century’s greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drum…