Books about Knowledge

  1. The Name of the Rose

    by Umberto Eco
    A Franciscan friar investigates a series of murders in a medieval monastery, uncovering a sinister plot.

    In 1327, Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk , a Benedictine novice travelling under his protection, arrive at a Benedictine monastery in Northern Italy to attend a theological ... (Wikipedia)

  2. The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction

    by Michel Foucault
    Examination of the power dynamics and social constructions of sexual behavior.

    Michel Foucault offers an iconoclastic exploration of why we feel compelled to continually analyze and discuss sex, and of the social and mental mechanisms of power that cause us to direct the ... (Goodreads)

  3. Doctor Faustus

    by Thomas Mann
    A man's Faustian bargain for knowledge and power, with unintended consequences.

    The origins of the narrator and the protagonist in the fictitious small town of Kaisersaschern on the Saale , the name of Zeitblom's apothecary father, Wohlgemut, and the description of Adrian ... (Wikipedia)

  4. DMT: The Spirit Molecule

    by Rick Strassman
    A scientific exploration of the psychedelic compound DMT and its potential to unlock the mysteries of consciousness and spirituality.

    A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death & Mystical Experiences. A clinical psychiatrist explores the effects of DMT: A behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of ... (Goodreads)

  5. Gorgias

    by Plato
    Philosophical dialogue on the nature of justice and power of rhetoric.

    Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, GORGIAS debates perennial questions about the nature of government and those who aspire to public office. Are high moral ... (Goodreads)

  6. The Periodic Table

    by Primo Levi
    An autobiographical exploration of the elements of the periodic table through personal stories.

    The Periodic Table by Primo Levi is an impassioned response to the Holocaust: Consisting of 21 short stories, each possessing the name of a chemical element, the collection tells of the author's ... (Goodreads)

  7. A History of Western Philosophy

    by Bertrand Russell
    A comprehensive overview of the major philosophical thinkers and their ideas.

    Since its first publication in 1945 Lord Russell's A History of Western Philosophy has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject—unparalleled in its ... (Goodreads)

  8. Mason & Dixon

    by Thomas Pynchon
    Epic tale of two surveyors in colonial America, exploring the boundaries of knowledge and identity.

    Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon ... (Goodreads)

  9. Galileo

    by Bertolt Brecht
    Play about the life and trial of the Italian scientist Galileo Galilei.

    Considered by many to be one of Brecht's masterpieces, Galileo explores the question of a scientist's social and ethical responsibility, as the brilliant Galileo must choose between his life and his ... (Goodreads)

  10. Discourse on Method

    by René Descartes
    Philosophical exploration of the power of human reason and the nature of reality.

    By far the most widely used translation in North American college classrooms, Donald A. Cress's translation from the French of the Adam and Tannery critical edition is prized for its accuracy, ... (Goodreads)

  11. Anathem

    by Neal Stephenson
    A philosophical novel set in a monastic society, exploring the limits of knowledge.

    Anathem is set on the fictional planet of Arbre. Thousands of years before the events in the novel, the planet's intellectuals entered concents ( monastic communities) to protect their activities ... (Wikipedia)

  12. The Discovery of Heaven

    by Harry Mulisch
    An epic tale of three men's search for a divine stone, testing the boundaries of faith and science.

    An angel -like being is ordered to return to Heaven the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments . The divine being, however, cannot himself travel to Earth, and on several occasions in the book ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

    by John Tiffany
    A magical adventure of friendship and family, as the characters confront past mistakes and fight for the future.

    The play is divided in two parts, consisting of two acts each. In the opening scene, set during the epilogue of, Deathly Hallows, in the year 2017, Harry and Ginny Potter send their son, Albus ... (Wikipedia)

  14. A History of the World in 100 Objects

    by Neil MacGregor
    A journey through human history, exploring the significance of 100 objects that shaped our world.

    Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them. Encompassing a grand sweep ... (Goodreads)

  15. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    by Steven D. Levitt
    An unconventional study of economics, uncovering the hidden truths of everyday life.

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What ... (Goodreads)

  16. Second Foundation

    by Isaac Asimov
    A quest to find the mysterious force controlling the fate of the galaxy.

    Part I is about The Mule 's search for the elusive Second Foundation, with the intent of destroying it. The executive council of the Second Foundation is aware of The Mule's intent and, in the words ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Caesar: Life of a Colossus

    by Adrian Goldsworthy
    Biography of Julius Caesar, detailing his rise to power and influence over Roman history.

    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the great Roman emperor’s life, Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor’s accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful ... (Goodreads)

  18. The Gene: An Intimate History

    by Siddhartha Mukherjee
    An exploration of the science of genetics and its implications for humanity.

    Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. The story of the gene ... (Goodreads)

  19. To Your Scattered Bodies Go

    by Philip José Farmer
    A journey of exploration through a mysterious afterlife, revealing the secrets of life and death.

    British adventurer Richard Francis Burton dies on Earth and is revived in mid-air in a vast dark room filled with human bodies, some only half-formed. There, he is confronted by men in a flying ... (Wikipedia)

  20. The Complete Stories, Vol. 1

    by Isaac Asimov
    A collection of science fiction short stories exploring the possibilities and consequences of advanced technology and human nature.

    The first volume consists of the stories previously collected in Earth Is Room Enough , Nine Tomorrows , and Nightfall and Other Stories (but not the commentary from Nightfall and Other Stories). ... (Goodreads)

  21. Faust, First Part

    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    A timeless story of a man's struggle between the forces of good and evil.

    Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental ... (Goodreads)

  22. Foucault's Pendulum

    by Umberto Eco
    A humorous and wild historical conspiracy thriller set across Europe.

    A man named Casaubon , is hiding in the Musée des Arts et Métiers after closing. He believes that a secret society has kidnapped his friend Jacopo Belbo and are now after him, and will meet in the ... (Wikipedia)

  23. Cosmos

    by Carl Sagan
    Voyage through the vastness of space, unlocking the mysteries of the universe.

    Cosmos has 13 heavily illustrated chapters, corresponding to the 13 episodes of the Cosmos television series. In the book, Sagan explores 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and the development of ... (Goodreads)

  24. Pensées

    by Blaise Pascal
    Reflections on faith, reason and the human condition, presenting a defense of Christianity.

    Blaise Pascal, the precociously brilliant contemporary of Descartes, was a gifted mathematician and physicist, but it is his unfinished apologia for the Christian religion upon which his reputation ... (Goodreads)

  25. It's a Book

    by Lane Smith
    A humorous exploration of the power of books and the joys of reading.

    Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane Smith,, It's a Book, is a delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the digital age. This satisfying, perfectly executed ... (Goodreads)

  26. Meno

    by Plato
    Socrates and Meno discuss the nature of virtue and whether it can be taught or is innate.

    Meno (/ˈmiːnoʊ/; Greek: Μένων, Menōn) is a Socratic dialogue by Plato. In it, Socrates tries to determine the definition of virtue, or rather arete , meaning virtue in general, rather than particular ... (Goodreads)

  27. The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

    by Will Durant
    History of the philosophical thought, spanning centuries of influential thinkers.

    A brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the great philosophers, from Plato to Dewey. Few write for the non-specialist as well as Will Durant, and this book is a splendid example of ... (Goodreads)

  28. Critique of Pure Reason

    by Immanuel Kant
    Exploration of the limits of human reason and its limitations in understanding nature.

    'The purpose of this critique of pure speculative reason consists in the attempt to change the old procedure of metaphysics and to bring about a complete revolution', Kant's Critique of Pure Reason ... (Goodreads)

  29. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

    by Tony Horwitz
    Investigative report into the legacy of the American Civil War and its lingering presence in modern culture.

    When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But ... (Goodreads)

  30. Leonardo da Vinci

    by Walter Isaacson
    Biography of the world's greatest polymath, exploring his legacy of art and science.

    The #1, New York Times, bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it...Most ... (Barnes & Noble)

  31. Leonardo's Notebooks

    by Leonardo da Vinci
    A collection of writings and drawings exploring the mind of a genius inventor.

    Leonardo's Notebooks, is a biography of the genius in his own words, connecting moments of his life to artistic accomplishments through his writings, drawings, and intimate thoughts. Leonardo da ... (Barnes & Noble)

  32. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America

    by Timothy Egan
    The heroic story of how Teddy Roosevelt and the US Forest Service fought the largest wildfire in US history.

    On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning ... (Goodreads)

  33. The Three-Body Problem

    by Liu Cixin
    A science fiction novel exploring the consequences of first contact with an alien civilization.

    The story takes place in flash-forwards, flashbacks, and the present time. Below is a chronological plotline. During the Cultural Revolution , Ye Wenjie, an astrophysics graduate from Tsinghua ... (Wikipedia)

  34. Hunters of Dune

    by Brian Herbert
    Epic sci-fi adventure of a group of heroes on a quest to save the remnants of humanity.

    For three years, the no-ship, Ithaca, has been in an alternate universe, hiding from the "great enemy". It carries the clones, or gholas , of Duncan Idaho , famous military commander Miles Teg , the ... (Wikipedia)

  35. Dr. Faustus

    by Christopher Marlowe
    A man's tragic descent to damnation, as he sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge.

    The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title ... (Goodreads)

  36. Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo

    by Plato
    Classic dialogues exploring the nature of morality, justice, knowledge, and death.

    The second edition of Five Dialogues presents G. M. A. Grube's distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for Plato, Complete Works (Hacket, 1997). Cooper has also contributed a number of ... (Goodreads)

  37. Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

    by Robert McKee
    A comprehensive guide to the craft and principles of successful screenwriting.

    Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy ... (Barnes & Noble)

  38. The King's Curse

    by Philippa Gregory
    The story of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, and her struggle to protect her family from the malicious schemes of King Henry VIII.

    Since Henry Tudor's accession to the English throne as Henry VII , Margaret Plantagenet has had to distance herself from her connection to the former royal family to survive. Married to a minor Tudor ... (Wikipedia)

  39. The Consolations of Philosophy

    by Alain de Botton
    A philosophical journey to find comfort in life’s difficulties and joys.

    Alain de Botton's The Consolations of Philosophy takes the discipline of logic and the mind back to its roots. Drawing inspiration from six of the finest minds in history - Socrates, Epicurus, ... (Goodreads)

  40. The Book of Life

    by Deborah Harkness
    A journey of magic and science to unlock the secrets of eternal life.

    The #1, New York Times, bestselling series finale and sequel to, A Discovery of Witches, and, Shadow of Night, Bringing the magic and suspense of the All Souls Trilogy to a deeply satisfying ... (Goodreads)

  41. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    by Niall Ferguson
    Outlines the history of money and its pivotal role in human society.

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, ... (Goodreads)

  42. The Uncommon Reader

    by Alan Bennett
    A humorous look at the journey of a monarch who discovers the joy of reading.

    The title's "uncommon reader" ( Queen Elizabeth II ) becomes obsessed with books after a chance encounter with a mobile library . The story follows the consequences of this obsession for the Queen, ... (Wikipedia)

  43. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    by Thomas S. Kuhn
    An analysis of how scientific progress is made, and the role of paradigms and paradigmatic shifts.

    A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, ... (Goodreads)

  44. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    by Brian Greene
    A groundbreaking exploration of the multiple universes that may exist beyond our own.

    From the best-selling author of, The Elegant Universe, and, The Fabric of the Cosmos, comes his most expansive and accessible book to date—a book that takes on the grandest question: Is ours the only ... (Goodreads)

  45. The Country of the Blind

    by H.G. Wells
    A mountaineer discovers a hidden valley where the inhabitants are all blind, and he must navigate their society.

    While attempting to climb the unconquered crest of Parascotopetl (a fictitious mountain in Ecuador ), a mountaineer named Nuñez slips and falls down the far side of the mountain. At the end of his ... (Wikipedia)

  46. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

    by Carlo Rovelli
    An exploration of the fundamentals of physics, revealing its true beauty.

    All the beauty of modern physics in fewer than a hundred pages. This is a book about the joy of discovery. A playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, it's already a ... (Goodreads)

  47. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

    by Richard Dawkins
    A detailed exploration of the evidence for evolution, and its implications for our understanding of the world.

    ***30th Anniversary Edition*** Cover note: Each copy of the anniversary edition of, The Blind Watchmaker, features a unique biomorph. No two covers are exactly alike. Acclaimed as the most ... (Goodreads)

  48. The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    by A.J. Jacobs
    An exploration of knowledge and the pursuit of wisdom, through an attempt to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.

    Part memoir and part education (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and seemingly impossible quest to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica ... (Goodreads)

  49. Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina

    by Robert Graves
    A historical account of the reign of the Roman emperor Claudius and his controversial wife Messalina.

    With the same brilliance that characterized his classic I, Claudius , Robert Graves continues the tumultuous life of the Roman who became emperor in spite of himself and his handicaps. Claudius the ... (Goodreads)

  50. The White Lioness

    by Henning Mankell
    A Swedish detective investigates the murder of a South African woman, uncovering political corruption and racial tensions.

    The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case even though there is no obvious suspect. But then Wallander learns of a determined stalker, and soon enough, the cops catch ... (Goodreads)

  51. Earth Is Room Enough

    by Isaac Asimov
    A collection of science fiction short stories exploring the consequences of technology and humanity's relationship with it.

    Contents: · The Dead Past · nv Astounding Apr ’56 · The Foundation of Science Fiction Success · pm F&SF Oct ’54 · Franchise · ss If Aug ’55 · Gimmicks Three [“The Brazen Locked Room”] · ss F&SF Nov ... (Goodreads)

  52. Measuring the World

    by Daniel Kehlmann
    A humorous exploration of the history of science, revealing the dichotomy between objectivity and creativity.

    The young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann conjures a brilliant and gently comic novel from the lives of two geniuses of the Enlightenment. Toward the end of the eighteenth century, two young Germans ... (Goodreads)

  53. The Strange Library

    by Haruki Murakami
    A young boy's surreal journey inside a mysterious library, discovering its secrets.

    From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami—a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. Opening the flaps on this unique little book, readers will ... (Goodreads)

  54. Ignorance

    by Milan Kundera
    A philosophical exploration of the consequences of ignorance and the power of knowledge.

    A man and a woman meet by chance while returning to their homeland, which they had abandoned twenty years earlier when they had chosen to become exiles. Will they manage to pick up the thread of ... (Goodreads)

  55. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher

    by Richard P. Feynman
    Exploring the fundamentals of physics, from the perspective of one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

    Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher is a publishing first. This set couples a book containing the six easiest chapters from Richard P. Feynman's landmark ... (Goodreads)

  56. Sphere

    by Michael Crichton
    A group of scientists investigate a mysterious spacecraft at the bottom of the ocean.

    A group of scientists ( psychologist Norman Johnson; mathematician Harry Adams; zoologist Beth Halpern; astrophysicist Ted Fielding; and marine biologist Arthur Levine), along with U.S. Navy ... (Wikipedia)

  57. The Pilgrim's Regress

    by C.S. Lewis
    A man's journey through various lands and philosophies in search of an island that represents his ideal life.

    The first book written by C. S. Lewis after his conversion,, The Pilgrim's Regress, is, in a sense, the record of Lewis s own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction—a search that eventually ... (Goodreads)

  58. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences

    by Michel Foucault
    Foucault explores the history of knowledge and how it has been organized throughout time, challenging traditional ways of thinking.

    Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found, here,. With vast erudition, Foucault cuts across disciplines and reaches back into seventeenth century to show how classical systems ... (Goodreads)

  59. The I Ching or Book of Changes

    by Anonymous
    A set of ancient Chinese divination tools used to interpret the world and the future.

    The I Ching , or Book of Changes, is one of the 1st efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3000 years and interest in it has ... (Goodreads)

  60. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

    by David Hume
    Analysis of the nature of human understanding, challenging existing philosophical and religious beliefs.

    An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, is a book by the Scottish empiricist philosopher David Hume , published in English in 1748. , It was a revision of an earlier effort, Hume's A Treatise of ... (Wikipedia)

  61. Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy

    by Kip S. Thorne
    Exploring the strange and powerful effects of gravity and time, as predicted by Einstein's theories.

    Ever since Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity burst upon the world in 1915 some of the most brilliant minds of our century have sought to decipher the mysteries bequeathed by that theory, ... (Goodreads)

  62. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

    by Steve Sheinkin
    A riveting account of the race to build the world's first atomic bomb during WWII.

    In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific ... (Goodreads)

  63. The End of Mr. Y

    by Scarlett Thomas
    An adventure through alternate universes to unlock the mysteries of a mysterious book.

    A cursed book. A missing professor. Some nefarious men in gray suits. And a dreamworld called the Troposphere? Ariel Manto has a fascination with nineteenth-century scientists–especially Thomas Lumas ... (Goodreads)

  64. Before They Are Hanged

    by Joe Abercrombie
    Epic fantasy adventure of a group of unlikely heroes in a fight for survival.

    Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? ... (Goodreads)

  65. Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm

    by Bill Willingham
    A collection of stories exploring the power of knowledge and the consequences of ignorance.

    Ever since they were driven from their homelands by the Adversary, the non-human Fables have been living on the Farm—a vast property in upstate New York that keeps them hidden from the prying eyes of ... (Goodreads)

  66. The Sunday Philosophy Club

    by Alexander McCall Smith
    Detective story featuring an amateur sleuth, exploring the mysteries of life and death.

    With The Sunday Philosophy Club , Alexander McCall Smith, the author of the best-selling and beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, begins a wonderful new series starring the irrepressibly ... (Goodreads)

  67. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    by James Gleick
    A comprehensive history of the development of information technology, from ancient times to the digital age.

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius , now brings us a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the ... (Goodreads)

  68. Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics

    by Gary Zukav
    An exploration of the emergent theories of quantum physics, and their implications for our understanding of reality.

    Gary Zukav has written "the Bible" for those who are curious about the mind-expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have no scientific background. Like a Wu Li Master who would teach us ... (Goodreads)

  69. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

    by Toni Weschler
    Guide to understanding a woman's menstrual cycle, fertility awareness, and reproductive health.

    Celebrating 10 years of helping hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, and gain better control of their health and lives, the 10th Anniversary Edition of the ... (Goodreads)

  70. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

    by Brandon Sanderson
    A young boy's fight against an evil secret society determined to enslave the world.

    Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians is a young adult novel about Alcatraz Smedry, a young teen who is always breaking things. After receiving a bag of sand for his thirteenth birthday, he is involved ... (Wikipedia)

  71. Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    by Marc J. Seifer
    A comprehensive biography of the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla, detailing his life, work, and legacy.

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable ... (Goodreads)

  72. The Memory Police

    by Yōko Ogawa
    A mysterious power erasing memories of everyday objects, leading to a fight for freedom.

    The story follows a novelist on an island under the control of the Memory Police. An unknown force causes the people of the island to collectively 'forget' and lose their attachment to objects or ... (Wikipedia)

  73. Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

    by Carl Sagan
    Reflection on humanity's place in the universe, and its responsibility to protect life on Earth.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may depend on the wise use of other worlds. This stirring book reveals how scientific ... (Goodreads)

  74. 2061: Odyssey Three

    by Arthur C. Clarke
    A space mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, with a mission to prevent an alien conspiracy.

    Arthur C. Clarke, creator of one of the world's best-loved science fiction tales, revisits the most famous future ever imagined in this NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, as two expeditions into space become ... (Goodreads)

  75. Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

    by Walter Benjamin
    Collection of philosophical and literary essays on a range of topics.

    Essays and reflections from one of the twentieth century’s most original cultural critics, with an introduction by Hannah Arendt . Walter Benjamin was an icon of criticism, renowned for his insight ... (Barnes & Noble)

  76. Being and Nothingness

    by Jean-Paul Sartre
    Philosophical exploration of the nature of being and consciousness.

    Being & Nothingness is without doubt one of the most significant philosophical books of the 20th century. The central work by one of the century's most influential thinkers, it altered the course of ... (Goodreads)

  77. The Four Pillars of Investing

    by William J. Bernstein
    A comprehensive guide to investing, covering the basics of portfolio theory, asset allocation, and risk management.

    Explains how independent investors can construct a superior investment portfolio by learning the four essentials of investing. ... (Goodreads)

  78. A Taste for Death

    by P.D. James
    Two bodies are found in a London church, leading to a complex investigation that uncovers dark secrets and hidden motives.

    In the dingy vestry of St. Matthew's Church, Paddington , two bodies have been found with their throats slashed. One is an alcoholic vagrant , whereas the other is Sir Paul Berowne, a baronet and ... (Wikipedia)

  79. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

    by Thomas L. Friedman
    An examination of the impact of the digital revolution on society, and the potential for optimism in the face of change.

    A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying ... (Goodreads)

  80. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

    by Chris Grabenstein
    A game of wit and strategy, testing knowledge and problem-solving skills to escape a library.

    Twelve-year-old Kyle Keeley is obsessed with the board games of Mr. Luigi L. Lemoncello, the world's most renowned game maker. Big news hits his town when Mr. Lemoncello transforms Alexandriaville, ... (Wikipedia)

  81. Key of Knowledge

    by Nora Roberts
    A journey to unlock the secret of immortality, fraught with danger and romance.

    You are the Key. The lock awaits. What happens when the very gods depend on mortals for help? That's what three very different young women find out when they are invited to Warrior's Peak. To ... (Goodreads)

  82. In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality

    by John Gribbin
    Exploring the mysterious implications of quantum physics and its potential for understanding the universe.

    It is so shocking that Einstein could not bring himself to accept it. It is so important that it provides the fundamental underpinning of all modern sciences. Without it, we'd have no nuclear power ... (Goodreads)

  83. The Rest of the Robots

    by Isaac Asimov
    A collection of short stories exploring the relationship between humans and robots in a future world.

    ROBOT TONY is the first robot designed to perform domestic duties by the US Robots and Mechanical Men Corporation. Is it Tony's fault that the lady of the house where he's field tested falls in love ... (Goodreads)

  84. The Invisible Library

    by Genevieve Cogman
    A librarian embarks on a mission to retrieve a rare book from alternate realities.

    Irene must be at the top of her game or she'll be off the case - permanently... Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with ... (Goodreads)

  85. 3001: The Final Odyssey

    by Arthur C. Clarke
    An exploration of the future of the human race, with humanity facing an uncertain destiny.

    The novel begins with a brief prologue describing the bioforms — dubbed the First-Born — who created the black monoliths . They evolved from " primordial soup ", and over the course of millions of ... (Wikipedia)

  86. Empires of the Sea: The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521 - 1580

    by Roger Crowley
    A historical account of the struggle for control of the Mediterranean between the Ottoman Empire and Christian powers.

    Shows the Mediterranean as a majestic and bloody theatre of war. Opening with the Ottoman victory in 1453, this title tells the story of military crusading, Barbary pirates, white slavery and the ... (Goodreads)

  87. Caesar's Women

    by Colleen McCullough
    The third book in the Masters of Rome series, following the lives of Caesar and his women. Political intrigue, love affairs, and power struggles abound.

    The novel is set during a ten-year interval, from 68-58 BC, which Julius Caesar spent mainly in Rome, climbing the political ladder and outmaneuvering his many enemies. It opens with Caesar returning ... (Wikipedia)

  88. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

    by Allison Hoover Bartlett
    A non-fiction account of a notorious book thief and the bibliophile detective who pursued him. A fascinating exploration of the world of rare book collecting.

    Set within the world of rare-book collecting: the true story of an infamous book thief, his victims, and the man determined to catch him. Rare-book theft is even more widespread than fine-art theft. ... (Goodreads)

  89. Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

    by Richard Dawkins
    An exploration of science and spirituality, examining the importance of wonder in understanding the universe.

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