Miscellaneous Nonfiction

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Do you own a dildo—or its modern cousin, a vibrator—and, if so, when was the last time you used it? If you don’t, why not? 

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As a general matter, historians tell the stories of great men (and sometimes women) and the events that made them prominent.

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What makes a tool superior to another . . . has nothing to do with how new it is. What matters is how it enlarges or diminishes us.“

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Morbid Curiosities is highly recommended for its lurid yet tasteful exploration of an otherwise ignored subculture of collecting.”

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“Christine Negroni uses her experience and broad knowledge of air disasters to summarize and integrate investigations.”

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In author/illustrator Andy Warner’s latest graphic novel, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects, just about every major object invented on planet earth is featured in black-and-white comic s

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Cartels are businesses that exist on the wildly entrepreneurial illegal side of capitalism.

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“What is missing from Doublespeak, what would have made it worthwhile today, would be a reworking to compare doublespeak . . . from the 1980s to today.”

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Making art a part of your daily life is invigorating because it becomes a touchstone for one’s sensibilities.

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XKCD comic artist Randall Munroe has created a book to explain how things work.

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Matt Parker is a comedian and a mathematician, a nerd who revels in the challenge of numbers and believes math can be recreational, and he is the best person possible to write a book about math to

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Curvology purports to take us on “a scientific journey into the evolution of women’s bodies and what that means for their brains.” Engagingly, David Bainbridge attempts to diffuse the unea

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In Alone on the Wall, author and free solo climbing phenomenon Alex Honnold with veteran climber and mountaineering author David Roberts, make a game attempt at doing the impossible: captu

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Cultures around the world celebrate the concept of living to achieve a good death. A writer can have a life that makes for as engrossing a story as any tale he or she could invent.

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“Stick to the fundamentals, that's how IBM and Hilton were built . . .

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In the final minutes of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) opens the door to his nondescript suburban home.

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This book comes just after the celebrated U.S. visit of Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina), the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church.