General Nonfiction


Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

Leonard Sax

New York Times–bestselling author!

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school . . . READ MORE

Fascinating . . . terrifying . . . Sax identifies an epidemic of lost boys. Luckily, he offers solutions.
— Globe and Mail (Canada)
Excellent and informative references and information are provided . . . Powerfully and persuasively presented.
— Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)


Ex-Etiquette for Parents: Good Behavior After a Divorce or Separation

Jann Blackstone-Ford and Sharyl Jupe

Written for both biological parents and stepparents, this helpful guide provides the tools necessary to raising well-adjusted children after a stressful divorce. Innovative in its technique and cowritten by a certified divorce and stepfamily expert and her own stepchildren's mother, this etiquette book provides an authentic guide for ex-spouses to interact on a civil and healthy level. . . . READ MORE

Blackstone-Ford is a divorce and stepfamily mediator who married Jupe’s first husband. Together, they’ve written a thoughtful, well-informed guide to practicing good behavior after a divorce or separation.
— Publisher’s Weekly


Arrest-Proof Yourself: An Ex-Cop Reveals How Easy It Is for Anyone to Get Arrested, How Even a Single Arrest Could Ruin Your Life, and What to Do If the Police Get in Your Face

Dale C. Carson and Wes Denham

#3 (print) on Amazon’s “Consumer Law Business Law” bestseller list!

What do you say if a cop pulls you over and asks to search your car? What if he gets up in your face and uses a racial slur? What if there’s a roach in the ashtray? And what if your hot-headed teenage son is at the wheel? If you read this book, you’ll know exactly what to do and say. More people than ever are getting arrested . . . READ MORE

A subversive how-to manual [with] pages of valuable tips.
— New York Post
Funny and very politically incorrect [with] many pearls of wisdom.
— Harper's


Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration

Keith Sawyer

Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? In this authoritative and fascinating new book, Keith Sawyer, a psychologist at Washington University, tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity and erects new principles in their place. . . . READ MORE

I can’t stop thinking and talking about GROUP GENIUS . . . Whether shedding new light on brainstorming or exploring the subtleties of language, Sawyer made me see creativity in a whole new way.
— Ori Brafman, author of The Starfish and the Spider


The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity

James Lovelock

The key insight of Gaia Theory is that the entire Earth functions as a single living super-organism. But according to James Lovelock, the theory’s originator, that organism is now sick. It is running a fever born of increased atmospheric greenhouse gases. Earth will adjust to these stresses, but the human race faces a severe test. It is already too late, Lovelock says, to prevent the global climate from “flipping” into an entirely new equilibrium that will threaten civilization as we know it. But we can do much to save humanity. In the tradition of SILENT SPRING . . . READ MORE

Luminous . . . essential reading for anyone interested in climate change. A wondrous and novel essay.
— The Washington Post


Why Beauty Is Truth: The History of Symmetry

Ian Steward

At the heart of relativity theory, quantum mechanics, string theory, and much of modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry. In Why Beauty Is Truth, world-famous mathematician Ian Stewart narrates the history of the emergence of this remarkable area of study. Stewart introduces us to such characters as the Renaissance Italian . . . READ MORE

An exciting foray for any armchair physicist!
— Booklist
A book [that is] as easy to enjoy as it is to understand.
— Publisher’s Weekly


Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law

Peter Woit 

When does physics depart the realm of testable hypothesis and come to resemble theology? Peter Woit argues that string theory isn't just going in the wrong direction, it's not even science. Not Even Wrong shows that what many physicists call superstring “theory” is not a theory at all. It makes no predictions, not even . . . READ MORE

Woit offers some intriguing ruminations on the relationship between physics and mathematics…
— New York Times Book Review
[A]n intriguing view of a significant scientific controversy...
— Library Journal


How to Rent a Negro

damali ayo

A hilarious and satirical look at race relations that is almost too close for comfort, this pseudo-guidebook gives both renters and rentals "much-needed" advice and tips on technique. Reframing actual stories, techniques, requests, and responses gathered from the author's more than 30 years of research and experience, tips are . . . LEARN MORE

As disarming and unrelenting as the title suggests.
— Time Out Chicago
Biting satire.
— The Seattle Times


Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz* 

Richard Roeper

Over the last 40 years, Richard Roeper has attended White Sox games, watching as his team established a losing streak that was almost unparalleled in major league baseball history. In this account of what it was like to grow up a White Sox fan in a Cubs nation, Roeper covers the recent history of the organization . . . READ MORE

*As a fourth-generation North Side Chicagoan I bleed Cubbie blue, but still loved editing this book!

Though the book is aimed towards Sox fans, the earnest devotion and love he has for his team would probably ring true with any sports fan.
— Chicago Journal


A Field Guide to Roadside Technology

Ed Sobey

This fascinating handbook answers the questions of anyone who has ever wondered about the many strange devices found along the roadside, from utility poles to satellite dishes. Devices are grouped according to their habitats—along highways and roads, atop buildings, near airports, and on utility towers. More than 150 different . . . READ MORE

A useful little guide to all those puzzling doodads you see when the family takes its annual road trip.
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sweet and earnest homage to everyday urban marvels.


Learning from Nature: Cross-Curricular Activities to Foster Creative and Critical Thinking

Robert Myers

This supplemental educational resource for teachers of grades K–6 contains 50 units that explore nature through cross-curriculum lessons in science, language arts, math, social studies, and the creative arts. Teachers using this book will encourage further creative and critical thinking from students, while providing hands-on opportunities to explore and investigate. The 50 units are organized into six topics . . . READ MORE


Gender, Power, and Violence

Angela Hattery and Earl Smith

General Interest Nonfiction, Sociology, Gender Issues (forthcoming)