Book cover of Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World by Henry Grabar
Engineering & Transportation

Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World

An entertaining, enlightening, and utterly original investigation into one of the most quietly influential forces in modern American life—the humble parking spot

Parking, quite literally, has a death grip on America: each year a handful of Americans are tragically killed by their fellow citizens over parking spots. But even when we don’t resort to violence, we routinely do ridiculous things for parking, contorting our professional, social, and financial lives to get a spot. Indeed, in the century since the advent of the car, we have deformed—and in some cases demolished—our homes and our cities in a Sisyphean quest for cheap and convenient car storage. […Learn More]

Book cover of Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires by Douglas Rushkoff
Business & Money

Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires

Five mysterious billionaires summoned theorist Douglas Rushkoff to a desert resort for a private talk. The topic? How to survive the “Event”: the societal catastrophe they know is coming. Rushkoff came to understand that these men were under the influence of The Mindset, a Silicon Valley–style certainty that they and their cohort can break the laws of physics, economics, and morality to escape a disaster of their own making—as long as they have enough money and the right technology. […Learn More]

Book cover of This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You by Susan Rogers and Ogi Ogas
Biological Sciences

This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You 

This Is What It Sounds Like is a journey into the science and soul of music that reveals the secrets of why your favorite songs move you. But it’s also a story of a musical trailblazer who began as a humble audio tech in Los Angeles, rose to become Prince’s chief engineer for Purple Rain, and then created other No. 1 hits ,including Barenaked Ladies’ “One Week,” as one of the most successful female record producers of all time. […Learn More]

Book cover of How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion by David McRaney
Biological Sciences

How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion

A brain-bending investigation of why some people never change their minds—and others do in an instant—by the bestselling author of You Are Not So Smart

What made a prominent conspiracy-theorist YouTuber finally see that 9/11 was not a hoax? How do voter opinions shift from neutral to resolute? Can widespread social change only take place when a generation dies out? From one of our greatest thinkers on reasoning, HOW MINDS CHANGE is a book about the science, and the experience, of transformation. […Learn More]

Book cover of Eating to Extinction: The World's Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them by Dan Saladino
Food & Wine

Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them

Dan Saladino’s Eating to Extinction is the prominent broadcaster’s pathbreaking tour of the world’s vanishing foods and his argument for why they matter now more than ever

Over the past several decades, globalization has homogenized what we eat, and done so ruthlessly. The numbers are stark: Of the roughly six thousand different plants once consumed by human beings, only nine remain major staples today. Just three of these—rice, wheat, and corn—now provide fifty percent of all our calories. Dig deeper and the trends are more worrisome still: […Learn More]

Book cover of Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks by Chris Herring
Biography & Autobiography

Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks

The definitive history of the 1990s New York Knicks, illustrating how Pat Riley, Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason resurrected the iconic franchise through oppressive physicality and unmatched grit.

For nearly an entire generation, the New York Knicks have been a laughingstock franchise. Since 2001, they’ve spent more money, lost more games, and won fewer playoff series than any other NBA team. […Learn More]