Social Science Books - Popular Culture

How to Win Friends and Influence Fungi: Collected Quirks of Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math from Nerd Nite By Dr. Chris Balakrishnan, Matt Wasowski, Kristen Orr (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250288349
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2024

In the vein of acclaimed popular-science bestsellers such as Atlas Obscura, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, The Way Things Work, What If?, and Undeniable, the co-founders of the global science organization Nerd Nite bring readers a collection of wacky, yet fascinating STEM topics.

The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality By Amanda Montell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668007976
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - April 9th, 2024

From the bestselling author of Cultish and host of the podcast Sounds Like a Cult, a delicious blend of cultural criticism and personal narrative that explores our cognitive biases and the power, disadvantages, and highlights of magical thinking.

Utilizing the linguistic insights of her “witty and brilliant” (Blyth Roberson, author of America the Beautifu

Burn Book: A Tech Love Story By Kara Swisher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982163891
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 27th, 2024

From award-winning journalist Kara Swisher comes a witty, scathing, but fair accounting of the tech industry and its founders who wanted to change the world but broke it instead.

Part memoir, part history, Burn Book is a necessary chronicle of tech’s most powerful players.

All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in Their Own Words: Unpublished, Unvarnished, and Told by The Beatles and Their Inner Circle By Peter Brown, Steven Gaines Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250285010
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 9th, 2024

An oral history of The Beatles from never-before-seen interviews.

Unlearning Shame: How We Can Reject Self-Blame Culture and Reclaim Our Power By Devon Price, PhD Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593581216
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Published: Harmony - February 6th, 2024

Learn to identify—and combat—Systemic Shame, the feeling of self-hatred and disempowerment that comes from living in a society that blames individuals for systemic problems, with this invaluable resource from the social psychologist and author of Unmasking Autism.

The Age of Grievance By Frank Bruni Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668016435
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 30th, 2024

From bestselling author and longtime New York Times columnist Frank Bruni comes a lucid, powerful examination of the ways in which grievance has come to define our current culture and politics, on both the right and left.

The twists and turns of American politics are unpredictable, but the tone is a troubling given. It’s one of grievance.

The Riddles of the Sphinx: Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle By Anna Shechtman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063275478
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Published: HarperOne - March 5th, 2024

Combining the soul-baring confessional of Brain on Fire and the addictive storytelling of The Queen’s Gambit, a renowned puzzle creator’s compulsively readable memoir and history of the crossword puzzle as an unexpected site of women’s work and feminist protest.

Thunder Song: Essays By Sasha LaPointe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640096356
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Published: Counterpoint - March 5th, 2024

The author of the award-winning memoir Red Paint returns with a razor-sharp, clear-eyed collection of essays on what it means to be a proudly queer indigenous woman in the United States today

Get the Picture: A Mind-Bending Journey among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How to See By Bianca Bosker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562207
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Published: Viking - February 6th, 2024


“Get the Picture is one of the funniest books I’ve read . . . Brilliant.” —The Washington Post

“A gripping and often hilarious investigation into the art world. . . . Bosker goes full Tom Wolfe.” —TIME

Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond Productivity Culture By Jenny Odell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593242728
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2024

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The visionary author of How to Do Nothing returns to challenge the notion that ‘time is money.’ . . . Expect to feel changed by this radical way of seeing.”—Esquire

White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy By Tom Schaller, Paul Waldman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593729144
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Published: Random House - February 27th, 2024

A searing portrait and damning takedown of America’s proudest citizens—who are also the least likely to defend its core principles

“This is an important book that ought to be read by anyone who wants to understand politics in the perilous Age of Trump.”—David Corn, New York Times bestselling author of American Psychosis

The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again By Catherine Price Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593241424
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - January 2nd, 2024

If you’re not having fun, you’re not fully living. The author of How to Break Up with Your Phone makes the case that, far from being frivolous, fun is actually critical to our well-being—and shows us how to have more of it.