Thursday, August 8, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction

Top 5 Nonfiction:
Hardcore:
1. Zealot, by Reza Aslan
2. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
3. This Town, by Mark Leibovich
4. Happy, Happy, Happy, by  Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
5. Breakpoint, by Jeff Stibel
#Spotlight:
Breakpoint
By Jeff Stibel    

How does the brain predict the collapse of the web?

What can reindeer teach us about networks?

How do ants use internet technologies?

Why do sea squirts eat their brains to survive?

We are living in a world in which cows send texts to farmers when they’re in heat and the most valuable real estate in New York City houses computers, not people. Robots are delivering cups of coffee and some of humanity’s greatest works are created by crowds.

We are in the midst of a networking revolution—set to transform the way we access the world’s information and the way we connect with one another. Studying biological systems is perhaps the best way to understand such networks, and nature has a lesson for us if we care to listen: bigger is rarely better in the long run. The deadliest creature is the mosquito, not the lion. It is the quality of a network that is important for survival, not the size, and all networks—the human brain, Facebook, Google, even the internet itself—eventually reach a breakpoint and collapse. That’s the bad news. The good news is that reaching a breakpoint can be a step forward, allowing a network to substitute quality for quantity.

In Breakpoint, brain scientist and entrepreneur Jeff Stibel takes readers to the intersection of the brain, biology, and technology. He shows how exceptional companies are using their understanding of the internet’s brain-like powers to create a competitive advantage by building more effective websites, utilizing cloud computing, engaging social media, monetizing effectively, and leveraging a collective consciousness. Indeed, the result of these technologies is a more tightly connected world with capabilities far beyond the sum of our individual minds. Breakpoint offers a fresh and exciting perspective about the future of technology and its effects on all of us.




Paperback:
1. Proof Of Heaven, by Eben Alexander
2. Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
3. The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloor
4. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
5. Quiet, by Susan Cain
#Spotlight:
The New Jim Crow 
By Michelle Alexander     

"As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status - much like their grandparents before them."

In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community - and all of us - to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

EBook:
1. The Dog Lived (And So Will I), by Teresa J. Rhyne
2. Orange Is The New Black, by Piper Kerman
3. Zealot, by Reza Aslan
4. Shirley Jones, by Shirley Jones with Wendy Leigh
5. This Town, by Mark Leibovich 
#Spotlight:
The Dog Lived (And So Will I)
By Teresa J. Rhyne  

The #1 New York Times bestseller
The #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller
The USA Today bestseller

"Funny, smart, uplifting, and fun, The Dog Lived (and So Will I) reminds us that animals are among our best teachers, our most powerful healers, and our most steadfast friends. I loved it!"--Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig

The tale of a dog who wouldn't let go and the woman who followed his lead.

Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time around: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even new job. But shortly after she adopted Seamus, a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had a malignant tumor and less than a year to live. The diagnosis devastated her, but she decided to fight it, learning everything she could about the best treatment for Seamus. Teresa couldn't possibly have known then that she was preparing herself for life's next hurdle -- a cancer diagnosis of her own.

She forged ahead with survival, battling a deadly disease, fighting for doctors she needed, and baring her heart for a seemingly starcrossed relationship. The Dog Lived (and so Will I) is an uplifting and heartwarming story about how dogs steal our hearts, show us how to live, and teach us how to love.

"This poignant and fastmoving memoir of Teresa and Seamus--both definitely Type A personalities--is proof that even a hardcharging lawyer is no match for a bighearted beagle. Their mutual triumph over terrible trials is a testament to the healing power of dogs. Four paws up!" --Martin Kihn, author of Bad Dog (A Love Story)

"This encouraging tale of finding love and love in unexpected places is full of small yet valuable life lessons that any animallover would appreciate."--Publishers Weekly

"A book that dares to be honest and sad and hilarious all at once. It will help inspire many people to respond to the unexpected in their own lives with humor and grace."--Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune
 

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

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