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Jony Ive cover Jony Ive's product designs for Apple have not only made it one of the most valuable companies in the world, they've overturned entire industries, from music and mobile phones to PCs and tablets. But for someone who has changed the world as much as he has, little is widely known about Apple's design chief, who shuns the spotlight and lets his work speak for itself. Now in Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products, CultofMac.com editor and New York Times bestselling author of Inside Steve's Brain Leander Kahney takes a rigorous look at a remarkably creative career and offers a unique perspective on how Ive designs killer products that attract fanatically loyal customers. (Penguin/Portfolio)

The Interloper coverLee Harvey Oswald's assassination of JFK remains one of the most horrifying and hotly debated crimes in American history. Just as perplexing is the assassin himself. Oswald's hazy background and motivations make him an intriguing yet frustratingly enigmatic figure. Because he briefly defected to the Soviet Union, some historians allege he was a Soviet agent. But in what the New York Times Book Review calls a "penetrating study of Oswald's pivotal sojourn in the Soviet Union," Peter Savodnik's The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union reveals a stranger, more chilling story. Oswald ventured to Russia at the age of 19, after a failed stint in the U.S. Marine Corps and a childhood spent shuffling from address to address with his unstable, needy mother. But Oswald quickly became just as disillusioned with his adopted country as he had been with the United States. After nearly three years, he returned to America feeling utterly defeated and began to look for an outlet for his frustration and rage. Drawing on groundbreaking research, including interviews with Oswald's friends in Russia and the United States, The Interloper brilliantly evokes the shattered psyche not just of Oswald himself, but also of the era he so tragically defined. (Perseus/Basic Books)

Overweight Sensation coverAllan Sherman was the Larry David, the Adam Sandler, the Sacha Baron Cohen of the 1960s. He led Jewish humor and sensibilities out of ethnic enclaves and into the American mainstream with explosively funny parodies of classic songs that won him fans from Harpo Marx to President John F. Kennedy. In the 50th anniversary year of Sherman's greatest hit, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh," journalist Mark Cohen's Overweight Sensation celebrates Sherman's legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history. With exclusive access to Allan Sherman's estate, Cohen has written the first full-length biography of one of America's greatest comedians, a coarse voice singing off-key about seltzer, the garment industry, and why being a knight wasn't really so great (aluminum pants), a hugely creative artist who sold three million albums in just twelve months, yet died in obscurity a decade later at the age of forty-nine. (Brandeis)

Nature of the Future coverIn The Nature of the Future, Marina Gorbis, head of Silicon Valley's legendary Institute for the Future, offers a vision of our reinvented world. A thriving new relationship-driven or "socialstructed" economy is emerging in which individuals are harnessing the powers of new technologies to join together and provide an exciting range of array of products and services. These engaged and innovative pioneers are filling gaps and doing the seemingly impossible by reinventing business, education, medicine, banking, government, and even scientific research. Based on extensive research and offering surprising insights, Gorbis takes readers on a tour of the socialstructed future and depicts an exciting vision of tomorrow. (Simon & Schuster)

infinite Resource coverClimate change. Finite fossil fuels. Fresh water depletion. Rising commodity prices. Ocean acidification. Deforestation. Feeding the world's billions. We're beset by an array of natural resource and environmental challenges that pose a tremendous risk to human prosperity, to world peace, and to the planet itself. Yet if we act now, technologist Ramez Naam argues, these problems are addressable. In this remarkable and important book, The Infinite Resource, he argues that our most valuable resource isn't oil, water, gold, or land, it's our continually growing capacity to innovate. He charts a course to supercharge innovation by changing the rules of our economy, which can lead the whole world to greater human safety and well-being. Harvard's Steven Pinker says "This book contains a plan -- probably the only plan -- to save the world." (University Press of New England)

How to Be Interesting coverYou want to leave a mark, not a blemish. Be a hero, not a spectator. You want to be interesting. (Who doesn't?) But sometimes it takes a nudge, a wake-up call, an intervention -- and a little help. This is where whimsical and insightful cartoonist Jessica Hagy comes in. Based on a blog post that quickly went viral and has now attracted more than 1 million 1.2 million 1.4 million viewers, How to Be Interesting is a uniquely inspirational book that combines fresh and pithy lessons with deceptively simple diagrams and charts. It's a book about exploring, taking chances, being open, taking ownership and much more. (Workman)

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