• The cover of the book The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth

    The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth

    Medical historian Thomas Morris examines some bizarre and cringe-inducing cases from the past, including the title mystery, which was exactly what it sounds like: people’s teeth were exploding. Other cases include a woman who peed through her nose and a soldier who operated on his own bladder stone. These stranger-than-fiction tales offer more than oddball anecdotes, but teach us a lot about the progression of medicine and the blunders that have gotten us to where we are.

     
  • The cover of the book Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

    Monty Python luminary and brilliant comic actor Eric Idle brings us tales from his extraordinary life, including run-ins with the likes of George Harrison, Queen Elizabeth, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Paul Simon, and—of course—that ragtag troupe of geniuses who changed comedy (and the world) forever.

     
  • The cover of the book In the Hurricane's Eye

    In the Hurricane's Eye

    For all things nautical, you can never go wrong with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and Valiant Ambition. His latest tells the story of Washington’s stroke of brilliance in defeating the British in the Battle of the Chesapeake without the use of a single American ship, and how that decisive victory lead to the success of the American Revolution.

     
  • The cover of the book A Darker Sea

    A Darker Sea

    In what may be viewed as a sequel to In the Hurricane’s Eye, but is actually a sequel to The Shores of Tripoli, James L. Haley’s A Darker Sea picks up after the American Revolution and focuses on the buildup to the War of 1812. Commander Putnam takes charge of the USS Tempest and leads his men into an unforgettable battle with the enormously formidable British Navy.

     
  • The cover of the book Lake Success

    Lake Success

    Only a writer like Shteyngart could take the story of Barry, a mega-rich hedge fund manager who abandons his wife and child in New York to head on an absurd, reliving-the-glory-days road trip and turn it into an emotional journey filled with all kinds of perceptive points about American life. There’s some Fitzgerald in there (Barry’s hedge fund is called This Side of Capital) and a little of Tom Wolfe, but Lake Success is quintessentially Shteyngartian. Which means, for those uninitiated, brilliant.

     
  • The cover of the book I Am Dynamite!

    I Am Dynamite!

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s ideas radically changed the world, sometimes in ways he never intended. From the Nazis’ gross misappropriations to Ayn Rand’s heartless exaggeration, Sue Prideaux takes the reader through not only the life of one of the world’s most iconoclastic thinkers, but of his subversive ideas that have coursed through history.

     
  • The cover of the book American Dialogue

    American Dialogue

    Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis asks one simple question in his latest book: what would the founding fathers think of America today? The result is American Dialogue, a fascinating tour through the minds of America’s authors that sheds light on the divisive conflicts of the present day.

     
  • The cover of the book Titans of History

    Titans of History

    Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Einstein, Catherine the Great, Anne Frank, Elvis Presley, Jesus Christ, and William Shakespeare: these are just some of the figures who appear in Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Titans of History, a collection of pieces examining the major players on history’s grand stage.

     
  • The cover of the book Wayne and Ford

    Wayne and Ford

    The iconic pair who made The Searchers, Rio Grande, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance worked together for two decades before their friendship ended in 1960. In Wayne and Ford, Nancy Schoenberger illuminates the bond between filmmaker John Ford and star John Wayne, and how their films defined a genre and indelibly influenced culture.

     
  • The cover of the book The Reckoning

    The Reckoning

    We all know dads love John Grisham—need we say more? OK, OK. Grisham’s newest novel takes place in 1940s Mississippi, where a WWII vet walks into his church one day and shoots his pastor and friend. More perplexing is that the man won’t explain why he did it. The Reckoning is both vintage Grisham while also a deeper exploration than Dad might expect.