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  • Douglas Rushkoff

    Team Human (W. W. Norton) is a fiery distillation of digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In 100 lean, incisive statements, Rushkoff argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together…

    Team Human (W. W. Norton) is a fiery distillation of digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In 100 lean, incisive statements, Rushkoff argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together – not as individuals. Yet today, society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Harnessing research on human evolution, biology, and psychology, Rushkoff shows that when we work together we realize greater happiness, productivity, and peace.

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  • Dani Shapiro

    In 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history – the life she had lived – crumbled beneath her. Inheritance (Knopf) is a book …

    In 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history – the life she had lived – crumbled beneath her. Inheritance (Knopf) is a book about secrets – secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than 50 years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history.

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  • The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

    The Art of Dying Well (Scribner) is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with helpful insights and inspiring true stories, journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with…

    The Art of Dying Well (Scribner) is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with helpful insights and inspiring true stories, journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. Butler’s handbook – practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual – will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

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  • Punishment Without Crime

    Punishment Without Crime (Basic) offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining the paradigmatic American offense: the lowly misdemeanor. Legal scholar Alexandra Natapoff reveals the inner workings of a petty offense system that produces over 13 million cases…

    Punishment Without Crime (Basic) offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining the paradigmatic American offense: the lowly misdemeanor. Legal scholar Alexandra Natapoff reveals the inner workings of a petty offense system that produces over 13 million cases each year. People arrested for minor crimes are swept through courts where defendants often lack lawyers, judges process cases in mere minutes, and nearly everyone pleads guilty. As a result, vast numbers of Americans – most of them poor and people of color – are stigmatized as criminals, impoverished through fines and fees, and stripped of driver’s licenses, jobs, and housing.

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