• Desert Reckoning:

    A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History

    by Deanne Stillman

    Nation Books

    $26.00 List Price

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    DEANNE STILLMAN discusses and signs her book DESERT RECKONING

    North of Los Angeles lies a vast desert populated by ranchers, cowboys, dreamers, dropouts, bikers, hikers, and felons — those who have chosen solitude over the trappings of contemporary life. But in recent years, this world has been invaded by McMansion subdivisions, and the desert has begun to …

    North of Los Angeles lies a vast desert populated by ranchers, cowboys, dreamers, dropouts, bikers, hikers, and felons — those who have chosen solitude over the trappings of contemporary life. But in recent years, this world has been invaded by McMansion subdivisions, and the desert has begun to disappear. It is against this backdrop that a desert hermit named Donald Kueck took his last stand, gunning down beloved deputy sheriff Steven Sorensen when he approached his trailer. Kueck took off into the desert he knew so well, kicking off the biggest manhunt in modern California history. In the end, he was killed in a Wagnerian firestorm. In Desert Reckoning (Nation Books), journalist Deanne Stillman uses Kueck's story to explore the many similar battles that are currently playing out across the country. Stillman traces the paths of these two men as they are set on their collision course, and asks a series of provocative questions. Why did a brilliant rocket scientist who just wanted to be left alone go off the rails when a cop showed up? What role did the California prison system play in this drama? What happens to people when the American dream is stripped away? And what is it like for the men who are sworn to protect and serve?

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  • Evel Knievel Days:

    A Novel

    by Pauls Toutonghi

    Crown

    $24.00 List Price

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    Pauls Toutonghi's Evel Knievel Days

    Khosi Saqr has always felt a bit out of place in Butte, Montana, hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. Half-Egyptian, full of nervous habits, raised by a single mother, owner of a name that no one can pronounce, Khosi has never quite managed to fit in. But when a mysterious stranger arrives…

    Khosi Saqr has always felt a bit out of place in Butte, Montana, hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. Half-Egyptian, full of nervous habits, raised by a single mother, owner of a name that no one can pronounce, Khosi has never quite managed to fit in. But when a mysterious stranger arrives in town (and Khosi's longtime love uses Butte's annual festival, Evel Knievel Days, as a time to announce her impending marriage to someone else), Khosi takes his first daredevil-like risk — and travels to Egypt to find his father. What he discovers in Cairo is much more startling than he'd imagined. Locating his father turns out to be the easy part. The hard part is rediscovering what it means to be connected to a family and to a culture. "A funny, heart-warming, compulsively readable novel about the unbreakable bonds of family — and baklava" (Garth Stein).

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  • Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?:

    And Other Reflections on Being Human

    by Jesse Bering

    Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    $16.00 List Price

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    Paul Bering discusses and signs his book Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

    Why do testicles hang the way they do? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does "free will" really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway? In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (Scientific American), research psychologist and columnist Jesse Bering features more than 30 of…

    Why do testicles hang the way they do? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does "free will" really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway? In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (Scientific American), research psychologist and columnist Jesse Bering features more than 30 of his essays from Scientific American and Slate, each of which takes the reader on a bold and captivating journey through a taboo issue related to evolution and human behavior. Exploring the history of cannibalism, the neurology of people who are sexually attracted to animals, the evolution of human body fluids, the science of homosexuality, and serious questions about life and death, Bering astutely covers a generous expanse of our kaleidoscope of quirks and origins.

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  • Emotional Chaos to Clarity:

    How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life

    by Phillip Moffitt

    Hudson Street Press

    $25.95 List Price

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    Phillip Moffitt and EMOTIONAL CHAOS TO CLARITY

    At age 40, Phillip Moffitt, owner and editor-in-chief of Esquire, left to explore the inner life and founded the Life Balance Institute. Moffitt has observed that most people lack clarity about their life's direction and the ability to cope with its inevitable challenges. In Emotional Chaos to Clarity…

    At age 40, Phillip Moffitt, owner and editor-in-chief of Esquire, left to explore the inner life and founded the Life Balance Institute. Moffitt has observed that most people lack clarity about their life's direction and the ability to cope with its inevitable challenges. In Emotional Chaos to Clarity (Hudson Street Press), he provides the antidote by showing readers the path of skillful living. Grounded in Western psychology and Buddhist philosophy, each chapter introduces a mind state that prevents us from living skillfully, narrates stories from Moffitt's hundreds of students and clients, and provides step-by-step exercises for readers to find clarity in their own lives. This inspiring and prescriptive book leads us from the emotional chaos of the reactive mind to the clarity of the responsive mind.

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