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  • Politics & History

    • The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind By Michio Kaku

      The New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible, Physics of the Future, and Hyperspace tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain. With Dr. Kaku's deep understanding of modern science and keen eye for future developments, The Future of the Mind is a scientific tour de force--an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience.

      “Compelling….Kaku thinks with great breadth, and the vistas he presents us are worth the trip” — The New York Times Book Review


    • The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD By Simon Schama

      In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews—Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day. It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.

    • Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs By Yukari Iwatani Kane

      Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves deep inside Apple in the two years since Steve Jobs’s death, revealing the tensions and challenges CEO Tim Cook and his team face as they try to sustain Jobs’s vision and keep the company moving forward. Based on over two hundred interviews with current and former executives, business partners, Apple watchers and others, Haunted Empire is an illuminating portrait of Apple today that offers clues to its future.

    • Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball By John Feinstein

      Sports journalist and best-selling author John Feinstein gave readers an unprecedented view of the PGA Tour in A Good Walk Spoiled. He opened the door to an NCAA basketball locker room in his explosive bestseller A Season on the Brink. Now, he explores the colorful and mysterious world of minor-league baseball—a gateway through which all major-league players pass in their careers . . . hoping never to return. From Raleigh to Pawtucket, from Lehigh Valley to Indianapolis and beyond, Where Nobody Knows Your Name gives readers an intimate look at a baseball world not normally seen by the fans.

    • House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address By Michael Gross

      In real estate–obsessed New York, no new building has captured the city’s imagination—or as many of its richest residents—as Fifteen Central Park West. In House of Outrageous Fortune, America’s foremost chronicler of the upper crust, journalist and bestselling author Michael Gross, turns his gimlet eye on the new-money wonderland that’s sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park. Mixing an absorbing business epic with hilarious social comedy, Gross creates a dishy exposé of today’s wealthiest and most famous.

       

  • Novels & Short Stories

    • All the Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doerr

      From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

    • The Bees By Laline Paull

      The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed and deformity means death. Thrilling, suspenseful, and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees gives us a dazzling young heroine and will change forever the way you look at the world outside your window.

    • Midnight in Europe By Alan Furst

      Paris, 1938. As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the Continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun. In Midnight in Europe, Alan Furst paints a spellbinding portrait of a continent marching into a nightmare—and the heroes and heroines who fought back against the darkness.

    • Summer House with Swimming Pool By Herman Koch

      Here just in time for summer is a blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch. Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon and New York Times bestseller, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Koch at his finest.

    • The Vacationers By Emma Straub

      An irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole.

    • The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) By Donna Tartt

      Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

       

      The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.” - Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

    • Jack of Spies By David Downing

      Set on the eve of the First World War, across oceans and continents, steamliners and cross-country trains, David Downing’s complex and thrilling new espionage novel takes us all the way back to the dawn of that most fascinating of 20th century characters—the spy.

    • The Secret Life of Violet Grant By Beatriz Williams

      Passion, redemption, and a battered suitcase full of secrets: the New York Times-bestselling author of A Hundred Summers returns with another engrossing tale. As the iridescent and fractured Vivian digs deeper into her aunt’s past and the mystery of her ultimate fate, Violet’s story of determination and desire unfolds, shedding light on the darkness of her years abroad…and teaching Vivian to reach forward with grace for the ambitious future––and the love––she wants most.

       

      “Williams conjures up another substantive beach read steeped in history and familial intrigue.... Readers will love wallowing in the twists and turns of this irresistibly luxurious tale.” —Booklist

       

      “[A] fast-paced love story…the scorching sun illuminates a friend’s betrayal and reignites a romance.”— O, The Oprah Magazine

       

  • Biography & Memoir

    • Uganda Be Kidding Me By Chelsea Handler

      Wherever Chelsea Handler travels, one thing is certain: she always ends up in the land of the ridiculous. Now, in this uproarious collection, she sneaks her sharp wit through airport security and delivers her most absurd and hilarious stories ever. Complete with answers to the most frequently asked traveler's questions, hot travel trips, and travel etiquette, none of which should be believedUganda Be Kidding Me has Chelsea taking on the world, one laugh-out-loud incident at a time.

       

    • The Queen's Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth's Court By Anna Whitelock

      At the heart of the Queen Elizabeth’s court lay her bedchamber, closely guarded by the favored women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels, and shared her bed. In The Queen’s Bed, the historian Anna Whitelock offers a revealing look at the Elizabethan court and the politics of intimacy. It is a story of sex, gossip, conspiracy, and intrigue brought to life amid the colors, textures, smells, and routines of the court.

    • HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton By Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes

      HRC offers a rare look inside the Clinton political machine. Exploring her friendships and alliances with Robert Gates, David Petraeus, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, and the president himself, Allen and Parnes show how Hillary fundamentally transformed the State Department through the force of her celebrity and her unparalleled knowledge of how power works in Washington. Filled with deep reporting and immersive storytelling, this remarkable portrait of the most important female politician in American history is an essential inside look at the woman who may be our next president.

    • Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time By Brigid Schulte

      Can working parents in America—or anywhere—ever find true leisure time? In Overwhelmed, Schulte, a staff writer for The Washington Post, asks: Are our brains, our partners, our culture, and our bosses making it impossible for us to experience anything but “contaminated time”? Schulte speaks to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insights, answers, and inspiration. Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together.

       

    • Jesus: A Pilgrimage By James Martin

      Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual insights about the Christ of faith, Father Martin recreates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher you into Jesus's life and times and show readers how Jesus speaks to us today. Martin also brings together the most up-to-date Scripture scholarship, wise spiritual reflections, and lighthearted stories about traveling through the Holy Land with a fellow (and funny) Jesuit, visiting important sites in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

       

  • Cooking & Lifestyle

    • Daniel: My French Cuisine By Daniel Boulud, Sylvie Bigar

      Daniel Boulud, one of America’s most respected and successful chefs, delivers a definitive, yet personal cookbook on his love of French food. With more than 75 signature recipes, plus an additional 12 recipes Boulud prepares at home for his friends on more casual occasions, Daniel is a welcome addition to the art of French cooking. Daniel is a must-have for sophisticated foodies everywhere.

      “I’m inspired by the exquisite photography and also by the riveting essays by Bill Buford that highlight the talent, curiosity, sense of hospitality and the legendary generosity of Daniel.” - Eric Ripert, Chef/Co-Owner, Le Bernardin

    • Ottolenghi: The Cookbook By Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

      Yotam Ottolenghi’s four eponymous restaurants—each a patisserie, deli, restaurant, and bakery rolled into one—are among London’s most popular culinary destinations. Now available for the first time in an American edition and updated with US measurements throughout, this debut cookbook from the celebrated, bestselling authors of Jerusalem  and Plenty features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants and inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean

    • Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing By Anya Von Bremzen

      A James Beard Award-winning writer captures life under the Red socialist banner in this wildly inventive, tragicomic memoir of feasts, famines, and three generations. With startling beauty and sardonic wit, Anya von Bremzen tells an intimate yet epic story of life in that vanished empire known as the USSR—a place where every edible morsel was packed with emotional and political meaning. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is that rare book that stirs our souls and our senses.

    • Chelsea Market Cookbook: 100 Recipes from New York's Premier Indoor Food Hall By Michael Phillips

      In celebration of its 15-year milestone, The Chelsea Market Cookbook collects the most interesting and famous recipes from the market’s eclectic vendors and celebrity food personalities. Archival images, gorgeous food photography, and cooking and entertaining tips and anecdotes accompany the 100 recipes. This keepsake volume is sure to bring the fun and tastes of this immensely popular food emporium to your home kitchen.


      “Amazing photographs and an eclectic range of recipes make this celebration of the market’s 15th anniversary an eminently readable book with recipes that are straightforward and easy to understand . . .” - Miami Herald

    • Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week By Isa Chandra Moskowitz

      Recipes, tips, and strategies for easy, delicious vegan meals every day of the week, from America’s bestselling vegan cookbook author. Isa shares 150 new recipes to make weeknight cooking a snap. From skilled vegan chefs, to those new to the vegan pantry, or just cooks looking for some fresh ideas, Isa’s unfussy recipes and quirky commentary will make everyone’s time in the kitchen fun and productive.

  • Art & Design

    • John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion By Holly George-Warren

      In John Varvatos, the legendary designer reveals his perspective on how rock & roll music and style have influenced his own designs and fashion worldwide. Varvatos’s personally curated collection of more than 250 images are some of the most provocative ever shot by top rock photographers from the late 1960s to today, from the Rolling Stones to the Kings of Leon. An extraordinary anthology of some of the finest images in rock & roll and the most influential rock looks in fashion and popular culture, this volume will delight music lovers, and fans of music photography, fashion, and fashion history.

    • Colt: The Revolver of the American West By Jeffrey Richardson

      From the world’s finest collection, the 100 most significant Colt revolvers are presented in this handsome volume. The Colt Single Action Revolver “won the West” by being the gun of choice on the American frontier, used by everyone from settlers and Native Americans to law-enforcement officers and outlaws. Each gun is described in a detailed essay, and additional artifacts—historical photographs and art, uniforms, hats, and holsters—are featured to place the revolvers in their proper historical context. This handsome volume is ideal for the collector or enthusiast of the American West.

      “Colt is ideal for the historian and scholar, the collector, and anyone who is fascinated by the great American West and its captivating culture...” – R.L. Wilson, author, antiquarian, Colt employee (1964-65)

    • Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age By Graydon Carter

      Vanity Fair 100 Years showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture—both highbrow and low. From its inception in 1913, through the Jazz Age and the Depression, to its reincarnation in the boom-boom Reagan years, to the image-saturated Information Age, Vanity Fair has presented the modern era as it has unfolded, using wit, imagination, peerless literary narrative, and bold, groundbreaking imagery from the greatest photographers, artists, and illustrators of the day. With its exhaustive sweep, visual impact, and time-capsule format, Vanity Fair 100 Years is the book everyone will want in 2013.

    • Central Park NYC: An Architectural View By Bernd H. Dams, Andrew Zega

      The rich body of sculpture and architecture in this National Historic Landmark is a cherished element of the city’s cultural heritage and includes pavilions, memorials, and monuments, sculptures, bridges, and arches, gates and rustic shelters, gardens, lakes, and meers, and even a 3,500-year-old Egyptian obelisk. Here, after years of meticulous research, shown in contemporary and archival photographs as well as maps of the park, the most beautiful and beloved structures from the park’s 160-year history have been chosen by the authors and depicted as originally designed in ravishing watercolors of exquisite detail.

      “Their original watercolors and photographs and revealing text redefine the coffee table book: More than just pretty pictures to be savored, these images will enrich and deepen the reader’s experience…” - New York Times

    • Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press By Pete Hamill

      To cover the Vietnam War, the AP gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the great photographic legacies of the 20th century. Collected here are images that tell the story of the war that left a deep and lasting impression on American life. As we begin to look back from the vantage point of half a century, this is the book that will serve as a photographic record of the drama and tragedy of the Vietnam War.

  • Kids

    • Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

      Ages 13 and up Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

    • Ignite Me By Tahereh Mafi

      Ages 13 and up The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me trilogy, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.” The Shatter Me Trilogy is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

    • Grasshopper Jungle By Andrew Smith

      Ages 13 and up In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable arm--an army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America.

    • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy By Karen Foxlee

      Ages 8 and up A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

    • Wildwood Imperium By Colin Meloy

      Ages 8 and up From Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society, comes the third book in the New York Times bestselling fantasy-adventure series the Wildwood Chronicles. Colin Meloy continues to expand and enrich the magical world and cast of characters he created in Wildwood, while Carson Ellis once again brings that world to life with her gorgeous artwork, including six full-color plates.

    • I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein

      Ages 8 and up In this follow up to the #1 New York Times bestseller I Funny, middle schooler Jamie Grimm has big dreams of being the best stand-up comic in the world--and he won't let the fact that he's wheelchair-bound stand in his way. But when one of his best buddies runs into trouble at school and a sudden family health scare rears its head, Jamie has to put his comedic ambitions on hold and stand by the people he cares about.

    • Secret Pizza Party By Adam Rubin

      Shhhh! Don't tell anyone about this mouth-watering book from the New York Times bestselling creators of Dragons Love Tacos! Fans of Jon Klassen and Mo Willems's humor will gobble up this quirky ode to the lengths we will go to for our heart's desire.

    • A Book of Babies By Il Sung Na

      From the creator of A Book of Sleep and Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit comes a beautiful book of baby animals. Travel with the curious duck and visit babies around the world on their very first day of life.

      “Sweet, stimulating illustrations offer up baby basics for bedtime.” – Kirkus

    • Forever By Emma Dodd

      Love between parent and child lasts a lifetime - the beautiful message in Emma Dodd's Forever. Featuring stunning illustrations of a polar bear family embellished with foil, this makes a handsome addition to Emma Dodd's ever-popular baby animal series. The perfect book for parent-child bonding at bedtime.

  • Local Interest

    • In the Spirit of the Hamptons By Kelly Killoren-Bensimon

      Few get the chance to experience the full landscape of Long Island's most iconic getaway spot, the Hamptons. But now, In the Spirit of the Hamptons, fully revised and updated for 2013, offers a photographic journey through this storied world as never before. These incredible pictures show us the lives, homes, and leisure spots of both seasonal and year-round residents. Revealing the amazing environments, communities, and the residents that make this classic area so special, In the Spirit of the Hamptons is as culturally fascinating as its photographs are stunning.

    • Hamptons Gardens By

      The Hamptons are known as a glamorous playground of the rich and famous, but since its earliest days as a sleepy summer colony, the area has also been at the epicenter of American garden design. Hamptons Gardens invites you behind the private hedges and into the picturesque landscapes, showing work by groundbreaking designers such as Edwina von Gal, Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, and Miranda Brooks. From the sustainable and native to the over-the-top and avant garde, these gardens frame or transform houses-both modern and traditional-and extend the living space outdoors.

    • Long Island Oddities: Curious Locales, Unusual Occurrences and Unlikely Urban Adventures By John Leita, Laura Leita

      From hidden haunts and legends like the Indian Princess of Lake Ronkonkoma to well-known events like the Amityville Horror House murders, Long Island Oddities chronicles the tales of restless spirits, unrequited loves and otherworldly visits that riddle the island. There is much to be seen along the roadside, too, including the beloved Big Duck, the Riverhead Indian and even the grave site of Nixon's dog, Checkers. Through history, pictures and the personal experiences of a ten-year endeavor, authors John and Laura Leita brings to life Long Island's abandoned structures, including psychiatric hospitals and other ruins waiting to be rediscovered.

    • Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery By Robert Kolker

      Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a haunting and humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, in a compelling tale of unsolved murder and Internet prostitution. In a triumph of reporting—and in a riveting narrative—Kolker presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of escorts in the Internet age, where making a living is easier than ever and the dangers remain all too real. Lost Girls is a portrait not just of five women, but of unsolved murder in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.

    • Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island By Regina Calcaterra

      Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons. A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all.

    • Long Island Italian Americans: History, Heritage and Tradition By Salvatore J. Lagumina

      For Italian immigrants and their descendants, moving from "the city" out to Long Island was more than a change of address. They brought their culinary traditions and opened markets, such as the still family-owned Iavarone Brothers Foods and restaurants, including New Hyde Park's Umberto's. Italians' industrialism helped them thrive in fields as diverse as medicine, politics, acting and winemaking and importing (including the nationally recognized Banfi label). Join author Salvatore J. LaGumina to discover the remarkable contributions and vibrant culture of Italians and Italian-Americans on Long Island.

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