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Sebastião Salgado: GENESIS Hardcover (AMAZON LINK / $53.36)

“In Genesis, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen.”

About the Author
Sebastião Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in Paris in 1973 and subsequently worked with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma and Magnum Photos. In 1994 he and his wife Lélia created Amazonas images, which exclusively handles his work. Salgado’s photographic projects have been featured in many exhibitions as well as books, including Other Americas (1986), Sahel, L’Homme en détresse (1986), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), The Children (2000) and Africa (2007).

Lélia Wanick Salgado studied architecture and urban planning in Paris. Her interest in photography started in 1970. In the 1980s she moved on to conceiving and designing photography books and organizing exhibitions, numerous of them on Sebastião Salgado. Since 1994 Lélia Wanick Salgado has been the director of Amazonas images.

Hardcover: 520 pages
Publisher: Taschen; Pck Har/Bk edition (June 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3836538725
ISBN-13: 978-3836538725
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.8 x 13.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.6 pounds

Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture – HARDCOVER by Erez Aiden & Jean-Baptiste Michel (AMAZON LINK / $6.05)

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2013: How big is Big Data? As it turns out, unfathomably large. According to Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel, the authors of Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture, “If you wrote out the information contained in one megabyte by hand, the resulting line of 1s and 0s would be more than five times as tall as Mount Everest.” A megabyte, though, is about one-fifth of an mp3. Written out, one terabyte, a common size for personal external hard drives, “would extend to Saturn and back twenty-five times.” Still, Aiden and Michel understand how to look at data sets from a humanist perspective. They created the Google Ngram Viewer, the revolutionary tool that allows anyone to search for the frequency of words over man’s written history (at least within the 30 million books Google has digitized since 2004). In Uncharted, they explore the history and implications of Big Data–its influence on business, government, and our personal lives. But perhaps the most remarkable part of Aiden and Michel’s work is how they are able to turn the abstract language of Big Data into an accessible and thoughtful book. Who knew millions of lines of data could be so much fun?

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books; 1st edition (December 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594487456
ISBN-13: 978-1594487453
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

What If…?: The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell Hardcover – by David Rockwell (AMAZON LINK / $38.61)

Whether David Rockwell is designing Broadway sets (most recently Kinky Boots, for which he got a Tony nomination), restaurants (Nobu) or entire buildings (New York’s forthcoming Culture Shed), he’s telling a story, one that begins with the same question: What if? It’s his “once upon a time,” a way of setting up an imagined universe. It’s also the title of his new book, which comes out in November from Metropolis, with contributions from fellow architect Elizabeth Diller, critic Justin Davidson, playwright John Guare and director Jack O’Brien. (Julian Sancton Departures)

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Metropolis Books (December 31, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1938922565
ISBN-13: 978-1938922565
Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds

Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey through Our Endangered Polar Regions Hardcover – by Camille Seaman (AMAZON LINK / $9.50)

For ten years Camille Seaman has documented the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth’s polar regions. As an expedition photographer aboard small ships in the Arctic and Antarctic, she has chronicled the accelerating effects of global warming on the jagged face of nearly fifty thousand icebergs. Seaman’s unique perspective of the landscape is entwined with her Native American upbringing: she sees no two icebergs as alike; each responds to its environment uniquely, almost as if they were living beings. Through Seaman’s lens, each towering chunk of ice—breathtakingly beautiful in layers of smoky gray and turquoise blue—takes on a distinct personality, giving her work the feel of majestic portraiture.

Hardcover: 156 pages
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (December 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616892609
ISBN-13: 978-1616892609
Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 12.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds

My Favorite Things Hardcover – by Maira Kalman (AMAZON LINK / $22.56)

With more than fifty original paintings and featuring bestselling author and illustrator Maira Kalman’s signature handwritten prose, My Favorite Things is a poignant and witty meditation on the importance of both quotidian and unusual objects in our culture and private worlds.

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Harper Design; 1st edition (October 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062122975
ISBN-13: 978-0062122971
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Braitman, Laurel Hardcover (AMAZON LINK / $16.98)

Will zoo gorillas laugh if you make faces at them? Can a dog develop Alzheimer’s? Are some cats as anxious as their owners? Will a parrot feel better on antidepressants? Can a goat cheer up a horse? In New York Times Bestseller ANIMAL MADNESS: Inside Their Minds, Laurel Braitman, a historian and anthropologist of science, answers these questions and many more as she takes the reader on an extraordinary journey through the inner lives of animals and the surprising ways their emotional and mental health so often mirrors our own, turning up lessons that Publishers Weekly calls “Illuminating…Braitman’s delightful balance of humor and poignancy brings each case of life….[Animal Madness’s] continuous dose of hope should prove medicinal for humans and animals alike.”

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (1900)
Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave Paperback – by Adam Alter (AMAZON LINK / $16.99)

It’s commonly known that a lot of police departments and detention centers use a certain shade of pink in their cells because the color is believed to have a calming effect. But the color pink isn’t the only thing that affects how we behave; there are dozens of factors that influence our thoughts and beliefs. Consider the compass, for example: the earth’s surface is horizontal, and there’s no need for north to be above south, but the association of north with up and south with down has some very interesting repercussions (such as people’s tendency to prefer to travel south rather than north to go to a store, because north is uphill). Or consider this: people with names that begin with the letter K were responsible for 10 percent of donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, but for only 4 percent of donations “to all disasters before Katrina.” An intelligent, often surprising exploration of the way cues of all varieties (sounds, colors, images, symbols, and more) shape the people we are, for better or worse. –David Pitt

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books (February 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143124935
ISBN-13: 978-0143124931
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee (AMAZON LINK / $16.53)

Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business and one of the most cited scholars in information systems and economics. He is a cofounder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, along with Andrew McAfee. He and McAfee are the only people named to both the Thinkers 50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics.

Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business and the author of Enterprise 2.0. He is a cofounder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, along with Erik Brynjolfsson. He and Brynjolfsson are the only people named to both the Thinkers 50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics.

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0393239357
ISBN-13: 978-0393239355
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach – paperback (AMAZON LINK / $11.86)

Mary Roach’s investigations into weird body science were inspired by a plastic torso with removable organs in her fifth-grade class, “the point at which curiosity began to push aside disgust or fear or whatever it is that so reliably deflects mind from body.” Since then, she’s investigated death (Stiff), sex (Bonk), life after death (Spooked), and life in zero-gravity (Packing for Mars). Now, she cruises down the alimentary canal with Gulp.

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0393348741
ISBN-13: 978-0393348743
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces