You are here

Non-Fiction Reviews

Does Santa Exist: A Philosophical Investigation

Here's a terrific gift for the philosopher in your life. Executive producer and writer for THE BIG BANG THEORY and THE LATE SHOW, Eric Kaplan explores the ultimate questions of how we mere mortals struggle with the big questions that keep us awake at night, and he does it, as you might imagine, with a lot of humor. Says Hubert Dreyfus, professor of philosophy at U.C.

Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780525954392
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dutton Books - October 16th, 2014

A humorous philosophical investigation into the existence of Santa from a co-executive producer ofThe Big Bang Theory


What There Is to Say We Have Said

STAFF REVIEW: I loved WHAT THERE IS TO SAY WE HAVE SAID, a collection of letters between Southern novelist Eudora Welty and her editor William Maxwell. The two had honed the art of letter writing to a fine art and show readers what we will miss in an age of electronic ephemeral communication. Their intimacy and humor add a delicious layer to all we already know of their lives.

What There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780547750323
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - May 22nd, 2012

Eavesdrop on one of the most celebrated literary friendships in American letters

"An epistolary feast for literary fans and] a confidence booster for aspiring writers everywhere. A-" --Entertainment Weekly

"If friendship is an art, this volume is its masterpiece." --Lee Smith


Cat Sense by John Bradshaw

STAFF REVIEW: Hey all you cat lovers out there. Feline scientist John Bradshaw's book CAT SENSE offers not only intriguing new insights into little understood behavior but also excellent natural history about our little charges. You'll never look at them the same way again. Recommended by Kelly.

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780465031016
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Basic Books (AZ) - September 10th, 2013

Cats have been popular household pets for thousands of years, and their numbers only continue to rise. Today there are three cats for every dog on the planet, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their most adoring owners.


The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius by Nancy Andreasen

A fascinating look at the role imagination, creativity, and play have in everyday life, even if you're not a genius. Part nature, part nurture, creativity has the opportunity to transform personal and social spheres. Recommended by Chip.

The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780452287815
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Plume Books - November 1st, 2006

Shakespeare's tragic plays, Mozart's sublime symphonies, Einstein's revolutionary theories--how did these geniuses create such magnificent and highly original works? Were their brains different from those of ordinary people?


Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day by Joan Bolker

A must for any graduate student or researcher. Bolker's advice is practical, honest, and inspirational no matter where you are in the writing process. Recommended by Chip.

Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780805048919
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Holt McDougal - August 15th, 1998

Expert writing advice from the editor of the Boston Globe best-seller, The Writer's Home Companion


The Last Season by Eric Blehm

Though an outdoor adventure biography, this book reads very much like a mystery. When veteran emergency rescue ranger Randy Morgensen goes missing himself in Yosemite, no one knows what to think. Blehm's suspenseful writing shows how his fellow rangers, civilian search teams, and park personnel try to piece together the puzzle of his disappearance. A great summer read! Recommended by Kelly.

The Last Season (P.S.) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060583019
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - February 1st, 2007

Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada--mountains as perilous as they are beautiful.


The Last of the Doughboys By Richard Rubin

What Tom Brokaw did for “The Greatest Generation,” Richard Rubin tries to do for their predecessors: the WWI generation, specifically those Americans who served in the American Expeditionary Forces. Rubin sought out the few surviving veterans of WWI (all of whom we have now lost to time), and he lets them tell their stories.

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780547554433
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 28th, 2013

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Richard Rubin months to find just one living American veteran of World War I. But then, he found another. And another. Eventually he managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now.


HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

REVIEW: HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.
Allen and Parnes have long histories as political journalists and each covered the Clinton and Obama campaigns. They have written a no-holds-barred biography of the likely Democratic nominee. The result is a fair and surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of Clinton's career as secretary of state and beyond. Recommended by Kelly.

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780804136754
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - February 11th, 2014

The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle


The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration by Bernd Heinrich

Nature-writer Bernd Heinrich has a new book out, a cause for celebration! THE HOMING
INSTINCT reveals not only the often arduous and mysterious natural history of migration of other species, but, in it, Heinrich draws moving parallels between their visceral pull toward home and ours.

The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780547198484
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 8th, 2014

Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humans of this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing?


Art and Fear

Art and Fear is the next best thing to having an art coach. I read it every couple of years. Recommended by Lawrence, Kansas-based landscape painter and printmaker, Lisa Grossman.

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780961454739
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Image Continuum Press - April 1st, 2001

"This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially--statistically speaking--there aren't any people like that.


Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Non-Fiction Reviews