A Man Without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut's hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life, art, politics, and the condition of the soul of America today. Based on short essays and speeches composed over five years and plentifully illustrated with artwork by the author throughout, A Man Without a Country gives us Vonnegut both speaking out with indignation and writing tenderly to his fellow Americans, sometimes joking, at other times hopeless, always searching.
Humorist Roy Blount Jr. collects a compendium of words alphabetically to explore their origins, spellings, pronunciations,and various other aspects in as unique and funny a writer's reference book imaginable.
Don DeLillo's Point Omega is about Richard Elster, a secret defense intellectual who has retreated to solace in the desert southwest. Elster is sought out by a young filmmaker and then by his daughter Jessie. The three proceed to train discussion on points philosophical.
Red and Me is the story of Celtic's all-star Bill Russell and his close relationship with the Celtic's legendary coach Red Auerbach. Could there have been two more unlikely friends, a short, abrasive Jew from Brooklyn and a tall, gangly black man from the South? These were two different "tribes," to use Russell's term, which would seem to be on a collision course.
Historian Douglas Brinkley explores the life of "naturalist president," Theodore Roosevelt, who focused his attention on conservation and succeeded in preserving more than 230 million acres of American wilderness.
Jared Diamond, the author of Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel, delivers a fascinating portrait of primitive societies in The World Until Yesterday based upon research and his own experience living among New Guinea Highlanders. Diamond is an astute thinker draws his readers into considering the modern world in light of the experience of our predecessors.
You Are Here is a compelling plunge into the realm of orientation or way-finding in which experimental psychologist Colin Ellard questions why modern humans, with our big brains and technological advances, seem to be inept at navigating through our world, especially when compared to our animal brethren.