Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
Delectable, dripping with flavor, and tinged with adrenaline and years of too-little sleep, Gabrielle Hamilton's stunning debut offers as much grace as vitriol and a distinct tenderness that marbles her meaty story.
The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle (Day Two) by Patrick Rothfuss
Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and J.K. Rowling will enjoy the second in Rothfuss's trilogy about an orphaned trouper who became a fearsome hero. The series has gathered a cult following and wide readership in the four years since it debuted.
My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe
In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, Ben Ryder Howe, a burned-out editor at the Paris Review, buys his mother-in-law a deli at the request of his wife. Self-deprecating humor infuses the book with insight, hopefulness, and addictive entertainment.
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
Captivated by the competitors' secrets, like the current world champion's memorizing the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour, science journalist Joshua Foer participates in the U.S. Memory Championship, and tells the tale. Fans of Oliver Sacks and Malcolm Gladwell will love this book.
The Information by James Gleick
This definitive history of information offers readers the chance to learn about a breathtaking range of topics, from music and quantum mechanics to why forgetting takes work, the meaning of an "interesting number," and why the bit is "the ultimate unsplittable particle."
The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge by T. J. English
One part police procedural, one part historical narrative, The Savage City follows three different men caught in the fallout of New York City's most turbulent decade as race relations, corruption, and crime reached a stormy head.
The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain
Most of us think we know who Ernest Hemingway was, but "beneath this man or myth is another Hemingway," says author Paula McLain, "and Hadley Richardson, [his] first wife, is the perfect person to reveal him to us." As a bonus, Mclain's imaginative telling of Hadley's story beautifully captures jazz-age Paris and the spirit of the times.
The Most Human Human by Brian Christian
Each year the Turing Test challenges developers to write programs that human judges "talk with" in five-minute text conversations. The winner is the year's "Most Human Computer." Christian competes, too--for the "Most Human Human" award--and his resulting rumination is a screamingly relevant look at how we define ourselves.
Gatsby in New Delhi by Siddhartha Deb
Arindham Chaudhuri sports a ponytail, drives a million-pound Bentley, and studs his English with gems like "rocking interactive supersuccess." His is the face of a new India, but how did he make his fortune? Acclaimed journalist and novelist Siddhartha Deb tells the story of a myth, a man, and an unlikely family business.
Cautionary Tales by Stephen Tobolowsky
In this Kindle Single, actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Glee, Groundhog Day) recounts three personal stories in service of an armchair theory about human decision-making. Expect sex, drugs, rock n' roll, but told with the folksy wisdom of NPR programming on a weekend afternoon.