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A Brief History of Timekeeping: The Science of Marking Time, From Stonehenge to Atomic Clocks by Chad Orzel (Jan 2022)

A story not just about the science of sundials, sandglasses, and mechanical clocks, but also the politics of calendars and time zones, the philosophy of measurement, and the nature of space and time itself.

The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward by Daniel H. Pink (Feb 2022)

A book about the transforming power of that crucial and misunderstood emotion, regret…Drawing from new research in social psychology, neuroscience, biology, and more, as well as from more than ten thousand people in thirty-five countries around the world who responded to his World Regret Survey, the largest of its kind ever conducted, Pink challenges the idea of regret being a drag on our self-esteem and outlook. In fact, understanding how regret actually works and using those insights to reframe our perspective of it will help us reclaim regret as an indispensable emotion that can help us make smarter decisions, perform better at work and school, and bring greater meaning to our lives.

Abolition. Feminism. Now. by Angela Y. Davis (Jan 2022)

Feminist organizing by marginalized populations such as queer, anticapitalist, and non-white women, has pushed for abolition as a response to forms of state and interpersonal gender and sexual violence, but have largely been erased from this political moment.

Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become and American by Wajahat Ali (Jan 2022)

A rollercoaster ride of a memoir, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, by the journalist, playwright, and political activist Wajahat Ali.

The Gift of Home: Beauty and Inspiration to Make Every Space a Special Place by Bre Doucette (Jan 2022)

Home decor expert Bre Doucette invites you to explore the possibilities in every space of the place you call home. Bre reveals the secrets to loving where you live right now, while you implement fresh ideas that add beauty and purpose to every room.

The Library: A Fragile History by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen (Nov 2021)

Explores the extraordinary history of the library, from the famous collections of the ancient world to the embattled public resources we cherish today. A library is simply a collection of texts, and throughout history, these collections have taken numerous forms, as have the institutions that house them.

The Naked Don’t Fear the Water: An Underground Journey With Afghan Refugees by Matthieu Aikins (Feb 2022)

In 2016, a young Afghan driver and translator named Omar makes the heart-wrenching choice to flee his war-torn country, saying goodbye to Laila, the love of his life, without knowing when they might be reunited again.

Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times by Azar Nafisi (Mar 2022)

What is the role of literature in an era when one political party wages continual war on writers and the press? What is the connection between political strife in our daily lives, and the way we meet our enemies on the page in fiction? How can literature, through its free exchange, affect politics? In this galvanizing guide to literature as resistance, Nafisi seeks to answer these questions.

What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo (Feb 2022)

A searing memoir of reckoning and healing from an acclaimed journalist and former This American Life producer investigating the little-understood science behind Complex PTSD and how it has shaped her life.

How We Eat: The Brave New World of Food and Drink by Paco Underhill (Jan 2022)

An entertaining and timely exploration of how our food – from where it’s grown to how we buy it – is in the midst of a transformation, showing how this is our chance to do better, for us, for our children, and for our planet, from a global expert on consumer behavior.

The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self  by Michael Easter (May 2021)

In many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before. But could our sheltered, temperature-controlled, overfed, underchallenged lives actually be the leading cause of many our most urgent physical and mental health issues? Easter seeks out off-the-grid visionaries, disruptive genius researchers, and mind-body conditioning trailblazers who are unlocking the life-enhancing secrets of a counterintuitive solution: discomfort”

One: Pot, Pan, Planet: A Greener Way to Cook for You and Your Family by Anna Jones (Jan 2022)

Quick, sustainable, and stylish meals from the culinary superstar–Instagram darling, all around “Queen of the Greens” (Deborah Madison-meets-Melissa Clark)–who’s poised to break out in the U.S. with a cookbook that perfectly reflects the way we want to cook and eat today.

Move: How the New Science of Body Movement Can Set Your Mind Free by Caroline Williams (Jan 2022)

A veteran science journalist explores the latest research on the relationship between brain health and physical activity and discusses how the simplest movements can reactivate our bodies and help relieve anxiety and depression and improve memory and creativity.

Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness to Mental Health by Thomas Insel (Jan 2022)

A bold, expert, and actionable map for the re-invention of America’s broken mental health care system. Mental illnesses are medical problems, but he discovers that the cures for the crisis are not just medical, but social. This path to healing, built upon what he calls the three Ps (people, place, and purpose), is more straightforward than we might imagine. Dr. Insel offers a comprehensive plan for our failing system and for families trying to discern the way forward, a hopeful, actionable account and achievable vision for us all in this time of mental health crisis.

Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses by Jackie Higgins (Feb 2022)

Explores the sensory world of animals — the exquisite touch-sense of a mole’s bizarre nose, the magnetic sense of migratory birds, the electric sense of the platypus — as a window onto our human senses, which echo and some cases even exceed their wild counterparts.

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