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The Evolution Of Desire

by David M. Buss Basic Books (December 26, 2016)

The groundbreaking, provocative book that uses evolutionary psychology to explain human mating and the mysteries of love.

If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships?...


A Field Guide to a Happy Life

by Massimo Pigliucci Basic Books (September 14, 2020)

A brilliant philosopher reimagines Stoicism for our modern age in this thought-provoking guide to a better life.

For more than two thousand years, Stoicism has offered a message of resilience in the face of hardship....


Distracted

by James M. Lang Basic Books (October 19, 2020)

Keeping students focused can be difficult in a world filled with distractions -- which is why a renowned educator created a scientific solution to one of every teacher's biggest problems.

Why is it so hard to...


A Place for Everything

by Judith Flanders Basic Books (October 19, 2020)

From a New York Times-bestselling historian comes the story of how the alphabet ordered our world.

A Place for Everything is the first-ever history of alphabetization, from the Library of Alexandria to Wikipedia....


Morality

by Jonathan Sacks Basic Books (August 31, 2020)

A distinguished religious leader's stirring case for reconstructing a shared framework of virtues and values.

With liberal democracy embattled, public discourse grown toxic, family life breaking down, and drug...


Pretty Bitches

by Lizzie Skurnick & Rebecca Traister Basic Books (March 03, 2020)

Leading women writers examine the power of the words that are used to diminish women

Words matter. They wound, they inflate, they define, they demean. They have nuance and power. "Effortless," "Sassy," "Ambitious,"...


Dressed

by Shahidha Bari Basic Books (March 16, 2020)

Perfect for readers of Women in Clothes, this beautifully designed philosophical guide to fashion explores art, literature, and film to uncover the hidden meaning of a well-chosen wardrobe.

We all get dressed....


Dressed

by Shahidha Bari Basic Books (March 17, 2020)

For readers of Women in Clothes, a philosophical guide to fashion

We all get dressed. But how often do we pause to think about the place of clothes in our world? What unconscious thoughts do we express when...


The Pleasure Gap

by Katherine Rowland Basic Books (January 07, 2020)

Women in America experience far less sexual pleasure than men. What is to be done?

For every three orgasms an American man has, studies show, a woman has one. Up to 40 percent of American women experience...


Mad in America

by Robert Whitaker Basic Books (September 09, 2019)

An updated edition of the classic history of schizophrenia in America, which gives voice to generations of patients who suffered through "cures" that only deepened their suffering and impaired their hope of...


Mad in America

by Robert Whitaker Basic Books (September 10, 2019)

An updated edition of the classic history of schizophrenia in America, which gives voice to generations of patients who suffered through "cures" that only deepened their suffering and impaired their hope of...


Ways of Heaven

by Roel Sterckx Basic Books (September 16, 2019)

A brilliant history of ancient China's masters of philosophy -- and how they help us understand China today In Ways of Heaven, leading China scholar Roel Sterckx offers an engrossing introduction to classical...


The Other Side of Sadness

by George A. Bonanno Basic Books (November 04, 2019)

In this thoroughly revised and updated classic, a renowned psychologist shows that mourning is far from predictable, and all of us share a surprising ability to be resilient

The conventional view of grieving--encapsulated...


Why We're Wrong About Nearly Everything

by Bobby Duffy Basic Books (November 25, 2019)

A leading social researcher explains why humans so consistently misunderstand the outside world

How often are women harassed? What percentage of the population are immigrants? How bad is unemployment? These...


How to Be an Epicurean

by Catherine Wilson Basic Books (September 23, 2019)

A leading philosopher shows that if the pursuit of happiness is the question, Epicureanism is the answer

Epicureanism has a reputation problem, bringing to mind gluttons with gout or an admonition to eat, drink,...


Conceptual Blockbusting

by James L Adams Basic Books (September 02, 2019)

A thoroughly revised edition of the classic on creativity, essential for individuals and teams who want to think outside the box.

Some people are naturally creative and others aren't, right? Wrong. In this classic...


What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

by Leah Price Basic Books (August 19, 2019)

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated

Do you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so, you're not alone. Digital-age pundits warn that as our appetite for books...


Life Finds a Way

by Andreas Wagner Basic Books (June 11, 2019)

How the principles of biological innovation can help us overcome creative challenges in art, business, and science

In Life Finds a Way, biologist Andreas Wagner reveals the deep symmetry between innovation in...


Mind in Motion

by Barbara Tversky Basic Books (May 20, 2019)

An eminent psychologist offers a major new theory of human cognition: movement, not language, is the foundation of thought

When we try to think about how we think, we can't help but think of words. Indeed, some...


A Thousand Small Sanities

by Adam Gopnik Basic Books (May 13, 2019)

A stirring defense of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time from an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author.

Not since the early twentieth century has liberalism, and liberals, been under...


The Universe Speaks in Numbers

by Graham Farmelo Basic Books (May 27, 2019)

How math helps us solve the universe's deepest mysteries One of the great insights of science is that the universe has an underlying order. The supreme goal of physicists is to understand this order through...


The Universe Speaks in Numbers

by Graham Farmelo Basic Books (May 28, 2019)

How math helps us solve the universe's deepest mysteries

You must be able to test any physical theory in the real world. To most physicists, this is obvious. But since the 1980s, experimental physics has yielded...


Don't Read Poetry

by Stephanie Burt Basic Books (May 21, 2019)

An award-winning poet offers a brilliant introduction to the joys--and challenges--of the genre

In Don't Read Poetry, award-winning poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to...


Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl Basic Books (September 10, 2018)

Viktor Frankl, bestselling author of Man's Search for Meaning, explains the psychological tools that enabled him to survive the Holocaust Viktor Frankl is known to millions as the author of Man's Search for...


Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning

by Viktor E Frankl Basic Books (August 09, 2018)

Viktor Frankl, bestselling author of Man's Search for Meaning, explains the psychological tools that enabled him to survive the Holocaust

Viktor Frankl is known to millions as the author of Man's Search for Meaning...


Predators

by Anna Salter Basic Books (July 02, 2018)

What motivates sexual abusers? Why are so few caught? Drawing on the stories of abusers, Anna C. Salter shows that sexual predators use sophisticated deception techniques and rely on misconceptions surrounding...


The Human Swarm

by Mark W. Moffett Basic Books (April 15, 2019)

The epic story and ultimate big history of how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into the sprawling civilizations of a world-dominating species

If a chimpanzee ventures into the territory...


The Virtue of Nationalism

by Yoram Hazony Basic Books (September 03, 2018)

A leading conservative thinker argues that a nationalist order is the only realistic safeguard of liberty in the world today

Nationalism is the issue of our age. From Donald Trump's "America First" politics...


The Art of Logic in an Illogical World

by Eugenia Cheng Basic Books (September 10, 2018)

How both logical and emotional reasoning can help us live better in our post-truth world

In a world where fake news stories change election outcomes, has rationality become futile? In The Art of Logic in an...


The Art of Logic in an Illogical World

by Eugenia Cheng Basic Books (September 11, 2018)

A guide to harnessing a logical and emotional reason to help us live better in our post-truth world

Eugenia Cheng is terrified of flying. As soon as the engine revs up and the plane barrels down the runway,...


Sleepyhead

by Henry Nicholls Basic Books (September 03, 2018)

A narcoleptic's tireless journey through the neuroscience of disordered sleep

Whether it's a bout of bad jet lag or a stress-induced all-nighter, we've all suffered from nights that left us feeling less than...


Adam Smith

by Jesse Norman Basic Books (September 10, 2018)

A dazzlingly original, "remarkable" account of the life and thought of legendary economist Adam Smith (Financial Times).

Adam Smith (1723-1790) is now widely regarded as the greatest economist of all time. But...


Adam Smith

by Jesse Norman Basic Books (September 18, 2018)

Adam Smith (1723-1790) is one of the great philosophers of the modern age. Acclaimed as the "father of economics," he influenced heads of state from Napoleon to Ronald Reagan and thinkers as diverse as Karl...


The Incurable Romantic

by Frank Tallis Basic Books (September 17, 2018)

A psychologist explores the intersection of love and madness through the riveting stories of the patients he has treated

In The Incurable Romantic, Frank Tallis recounts the extraordinary stories of patients...


The Incurable Romantic

by Frank Tallis Basic Books (September 18, 2018)

"Writer and subject were rarely better matched. This is a brilliant, compelling book."--Ian McEwan

In The Incurable Romantic, Frank Tallis recounts the extraordinary stories of patients who are, quite literally,...


Lost in Math

by Sabine Hossenfelder Basic Books (June 11, 2018)

In this "provocative" book (New York Times), a contrarian physicist argues that her field's modern obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad science.

Whether pondering black holes or predicting...


Lost in Math

by Sabine Hossenfelder Basic Books (June 12, 2018)

Most physicists think of beauty as the royal road to discovery; a leading critic shows it is instead the road to nowhere

Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries CERN, physicists believe the best...


Why Honor Matters

by Tamler Sommers Basic Books (May 07, 2018)

A controversial call to put honor at the center of morality

To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric. It evokes Hamilton and Burr and pistols at dawn, not visions of a well-organized...


Why Honor Matters

by Tamler Sommers Basic Books (May 08, 2018)

A controversial call to put honor at the center of morality

To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric. It evokes Hamilton and Burr and pistols at dawn, not visions of a well-organized...


Insane

by Alisa Roth Basic Books (April 02, 2018)

An urgent exposéf the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons

America has made mental illness a crime. Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses...


Also Human

by Caroline Elton Basic Books (June 11, 2018)

A psychologist's stories of doctors who seek to help others but struggle to help themselves

From ER and M*A*S*H to Grey's Anatomy and House, the medical drama endures for good reason: we're fascinated by the...


Also Human

by Caroline Elton Basic Books (March 06, 2018)

A psychologist's stories of doctors who seek to help others but can't help themselves

From Ben Casey to St. Elsewhere, from ER to Grey's Anatomy, from MASH to House, the medical drama has been a mainstay of modern...


The Biological Mind

by Alan Jasanoff Basic Books (March 12, 2018)

A pioneering neuroscientist argues that we are more than our brains

To many, the brain is the seat of personal identity and autonomy. But the way we talk about the brain is often rooted more in mystical conceptions...


In Defense of Troublemakers

by Charlan Jeanne Nemeth Basic Books (March 19, 2018)

An eminent psychologist explains why dissent should be cherished, not feared

We've decided by consensus that consensus is good. In In Defense of Troublemakers, psychologist Charlan Nemeth argues that this principle...


In Defense of Troublemakers

by Charlan Jeanne Nemeth Basic Books (March 20, 2018)

An eminent psychologist explains why dissent should be cherished, not feared

We've decided by consensus that consensus is good. In In Defense of Troublemakers, psychologist Charlan Jeanne Nemeth argues that this...


The Counterrevolution

by Bernard E. Harcourt Basic Books (February 26, 2018)

A distinguished political theorist sounds the alarm about the counterinsurgency strategies used to govern Americans

Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling....


The Counterrevolution

by Bernard E. Harcourt Basic Books (February 27, 2018)

A distinguished political theorist sounds the alarm about the counterinsurgency strategies used to govern Americans

Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling....


EMDR

by Francine Shapiro & Margot Silk Forrest Basic Books (September 12, 2016)

Hailed as the most important method to emerge in psychotherapy in decades, EMDR has successfully treated psychological problems and illnesses in more than one million sufferers worldwide, with a rapidity that...


EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma

by Francine Shapiro & Margot Silk Forrest Basic Books (September 13, 2016)

When EMDR was first published in 1997, it was hailed as the most important method to emerge in psychotherapy in decades. In the twenty years since, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy...


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

by Beverly Daniel Tatum Basic Books (September 04, 2017)

The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism -- now fully revised and updated

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups....