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Description: Here’s a hefty list of TED speaker-recommended books for 2017, with all the diversity of titles and topics you might expect. No matter your mood, preference or occasion, we’ve got you covered.


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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

by Joshua Hammer

To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean's Eleven.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re in the mood for adventure

Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning

by Claire Dederer

From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re in the mood for adventure

The Book of Lost Things: A Novel

by John Connolly

New York Times bestselling author John Connolly's unique imagination takes readers through the end of innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and the redemptive power of

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re in the mood for adventure

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

by Kory Stamper

Do you have strong feelings about the word “irregardless”? Have you ever tried to define the word “is”? Brimming with intelligence and personality, this vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made is a must-read for word mavens.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re itching to go back to school

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

by Robert M. Sapolsky

Why do we do the things we do?Over a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re itching to go back to school

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story

by Angela Saini

What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knewFor hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re itching to go back to school

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

by Amanda Ripley

Through the compelling stories of three American teenagers living abroad and attending the world's top-notch public high schools, an investigative reporter explains how these systems cultivate the "smartest" kids on the planet.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re itching to go back to school

Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds

by Lisa Messeri

In Placing Outer Space Lisa Messeri traces how the place-making practices of planetary scientists transform the void of space into a cosmos filled with worlds that can be known and explored.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re itching to go back to school

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

by Michael Lewis

How a Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re itching to go back to school

Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America (Innovative Governance in the 21st Century)

by Hollie Russon Gilman

Participatory Budgeting—the experiment in democracy that could redefine how public budgets are decided in the United States.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re itching to go back to school

Multiple Choice

by Alejandro Zambra and Megan Mcdowell

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, ELLE, THE HUFFINGTON POST, THE MILLIONS, VOX, BBC, AND PUREWOW"Latin America's new literary star." --The New Yorker"Brilliant . . .

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

by Amor Towles

A New York Times bestseller"The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles' debut, Rules of Civility, shapes [A Gentleman in Moscow]" -Entertainment Weekly"'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Eloise' meets all the Bond villains.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free

by Héctor Tobar

When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel

by Kathleen Rooney

NOW A NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER“Transporting…witty, poignant and sparkling.”—People (People Picks Book of the Week)“Prescient and quick....A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

Version Control

by Dexter Palmer

The acclaimed author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion returns with a compelling novel about the effects of science and technology on our friendships, our love lives, and our sense of self.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

The Phantom of the Opera

by Gaston Leroux and Dr John L. Flynn

Whether you've read The Phantom of the Opera once or a hundred times or are encountering him for the first time, prepare to be seduced by the darkly romantic tale of a disfigured musical genius and his unrequited love for a beautiful young singer.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

The Ordering of Love

by Madeleine L'Engle

Praise for The Ordering of LoveBy Madeleine L'Engle"In a brilliant marriage of myth and manner, histories sacred and profane, prayers of petition and of praise, these poems both articulate and illumine the trouble in the gap in which we live-the gap

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

Another Great Day at Sea

by Geoff Dyer

From a writer "whose genre-jumping refusal to be pinned down [makes him] an exemplar of our era" (NPR), a new book that confirms his power to astound readers. As a child Geoff Dyer spent long hours making and blotchily painting model fighter planes.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

LoveStar

by Andri Snaer Magnason and Victoria Cribb

LoveStar, the enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

Aimless Love

by Billy Collins

"Billy Collins puts the 'fun' back in 'profundity.' "--Alice FultonFrom the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

Horoscopes for the Dead

by Billy Collins

Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this new collection, Horoscopes for the Dead, the verbal gifts that earned him the title "America's most popular poet" are on full display.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

The Rain in Portugal: Poems

by Billy Collins

From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering nearly fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall Street Journal to call him "America's favorite poet.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

Caves of Steel

by Isaac Asimov

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

Youth

by Isaac Asimov

Two young boys find some very unusual new pets in this short story from a Grand Master of Science Fiction.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun

Only A Trillion

by Isaac Asimov

A trillion seconds is equal to 31,700 years.A trillion inches is equal to 15,800,000 miles.In other words, a trillion seconds ago, Stone Age man lived in caves, and mastodons roamed Europe and North America.

Date Added: 06/30/2017


Category: When you’re lying in the sun


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