Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction

This Weeks Spotlight: 
Hardcover:
HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY 
by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach

This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business.Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting.

An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky.

Phil grew up with the dream of living the simple life off the land like his forebears, but he soon found himself on a path to self-destruction—leasing a bar, drinking too much, fighting, and wasting his talents. He almost lost it all until he gave his life to God. And then everything changed.

Phil’s incredible story tells how he followed a calling from God and soon after invented a duck call that would begin an incredible journey to the life he had always dreamed of for himself and his family. With great love for his country, his family, and his maker, Phil has finally found the ingredients to the “good life” he always wanted.


Paperback:
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW 
 by Daniel Kahneman

In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you think about thinking.

 
Ebook:
DAD IS FAT
 by Jim Gaffigan

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.



Top 5 Nonfiction:
Hardcover:
1. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
2. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
3. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
4. COOKED, by Michael Pollan
5. DAD IS FAT, by Jim Gaffigan

Paperback:
1. CONTROL, by Glenn Beck and others
2. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
3. WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
4. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, by Ben C. Carson and Candy Carson
5. AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

Ebook:
1. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
2. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
3. WAITING TO BE HEARD, by Amanda Knox
4. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
5. A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard

Disclaimer: All list come from NYTimes.com, all blurbs come from Goodreads.com.

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