Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

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Brave New World

“Aldous Huxley’s profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order—all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls. ‘A genius [who] who spent his life decrying the onward march of the Machine’ (The New Yorker), Huxley was a man of incomparable talents: equally an artist, a spiritual seeker, and one of history’s keenest observers of human nature and civilization. Continue reading…

1984 (George Orwell)

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1984

“In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be. Continue reading…

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Neil deGrasse Tyson)

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.”

New Books Playground says: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry reminds us of Stephen Hawking. Continue reading…

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (Dr. Seuss)

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, ‘Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a “Great Balancing Act,” but through it all “There’s fun to be done.”’ A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!”

New Books Playground says: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Continue reading…

How to Work on Oneself (Jens Oliver Meiert)

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How to Work on Oneself

“How can we learn more effectively, how can we best work on ourselves, how do we grow? That is the subject of this brief book, this short sketch by philosopher and world traveler Jens Oliver Meiert. A light treatise on personal growth, he goes over 20 paths to get to know ourselves, for ‘we are okay as we are, but we can always improve.’”

New Books Playground says: How to Work on Oneself is just a test entry here because it’s likewise from one of our team. Continue reading…

The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

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The Lord of the Rings

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. Continue reading…

Golden Prey (John Sandford)

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Golden Prey

“‘The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport.’

Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.

And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Continue reading…

Into the Water (Paula Hawkins)

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Into the Water

“A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return. Continue reading…

The Other Manifesto (of Mankind) (Anonymous)

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The Other Manifesto (of Mankind)

“Alternative ideas for how our world could look like, and how we could all live. Read and download The Other Manifesto for free at theothermanifesto​.org.”

New Books Playground says: The Other Manifesto (of Mankind) is extremely important and extremely short. Continue reading…

Public Opinion (Walter Lippmann)

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Public Opinion

“In what is widely considered the most influential book ever written by Walter Lippmann, the late journalist and social critic provides a fundamental treatise on the nature of human information and communication. As Michael Curtis indicates in his introduction to this edition. Public Opinion qualifies as a classic by virtue of its systematic brilliance and literary grace. The work is divided into eight parts, covering such varied issues as stereotypes, image making, and organized intelligence. The study begins with an analysis of ‘the world outside and the pictures in our heads,’ a leitmotif that starts with issues of censorship and privacy, speed, words, and clarity, and ends with a careful survey of the modern newspaper. Continue reading…