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New Books 2024


A philosopher of science explains how the animal kingdom gave rise to human consciousness"--Provided by publisher.

Other Minds

Peter Godfrey-Smith, philosopher of science and scuba diver, explores the intelligence of cephalopods—octopus, squid, cuttlefish—in his book. Highlighting how nature developed self-awareness, he contrasts mammal and bird intelligence with cephalopods' unique cognitive abilities. Through firsthand experiences and scientific analysis, he examines the evolution of communication, advanced nervous systems, and consciousness, presenting cephalopods as a profound case of intelligence evolving independently from humans, shedding light on the enigma of consciousness.

Humanly Possible

Sarah Bakewell's book explores the diverse and evolving concept of humanism, which has been shaped by philosophers, writers, and activists across history. From ancient figures like Plato and Confucius to modern thinkers such as Michel de Montaigne and Harriet Taylor Mill, and artists like Zora Neale Hurston, humanism centers on the cultural and moral dimensions of human life. Bakewell celebrates this rich ambiguity, highlighting its importance in understanding our cultural and learning pursuits, and making her contribution to its extensive philosophical discussion.

Ancient Africa

This book offers a comprehensive history of Africa from 70,000 BCE to 300 CE, integrating archaeological and linguistic evidence to place Africa centrally in global history. It discusses Africa’s pioneering contributions to technology, including early ceramic, cotton weaving, and iron smelting techniques. Further chapters explore Africa’s agricultural innovations and significant roles in long-distance trade, particularly highlighting the Sudan and Congo Basin. It also examines cultural exchanges between northern and central Africa, and redefines Africa’s place in world history, proposing a new historical periodization.

The Story of Tutankhamun

The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 sparked imaginations across the globe. While Howard Carter emptied its treasures, Tut-mania gripped the world-and in many ways, never left. But who was the "boy king," and what was his life really like?0 Garry J. Shaw tells the full story of Tutankhamun's reign and his modern rediscovery. As pharaoh, Tutankhamun had to manage an empire, navigate influential courtiers, and suffered the pain of losing at least two children-all before his nineteenth birthday. Shaw explores the boy king's treasures and possessions, from a lock of his grandmother's hair to a reed cut with his own hands. He looks too at Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's wife, and the power queens held. This is a compelling new biography that weaves together intriguing details about ancient Egyptian culture, its beliefs, and its place in the wider world.

Women and the Crusades

Helen J. Nicholson surveys women's involvement in medieval crusading between the second half of the eleventh century, when Pope Gregory VII first proposed a penitential military expedition to help the Christians of the East, and 1570, when the last crusader state, Cyprus, was captured by the Ottoman Turks. It considers women's actions not only on crusade battlefields but also in recruiting crusaders, supporting crusades through patronage, propaganda, and prayer, and as both defenders and aggressors. It argues that medieval women were deeply involved in the crusades but the roles that they could play and how their contemporaries recorded their deeds were dictated by social convention and cultural expectations. Although its main focus is the women of Latin Christendom, it also looks at the impact of the crusades and crusaders on the Jews of western Europe and the Muslims of the Middle East, and compares relations between Latin Christians and Muslims with relations between Muslims and other Christian groups

Confronting Saddam Hussein

This book analyzes the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, exploring the Bush administration's motives and decision-making processes, and the tumultuous aftermath. Triggered by 9/11, President Bush, driven by fear of further attacks and confident in American values and power, focused on Iraq due to Saddam Hussein's history with weapons of mass destruction. Despite embracing coercive diplomacy, the administration's lack of clear strategy and inadequate planning led to a chaotic and costly occupation, the effects of which persist.

The Amplified Come As You Are

In 1993, Michael Azerrad published Come as you are: the story of Nirvana, which stands as the definitive biography of Nirvana, the legendary band that upended the pop cultural landscape with Nevermind, the landmark album that became the soundtrack of Generation X, capturing its confusion, frustration, and passion. Written with the band's complete cooperation--the only book to feature interviews with singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dave Grohl--it became a massive bestseller, translated into fourteen languages. Seven months after the book's original publication, Cobain was dead by suicide, making Come as you are the only book-length record of the inner life and creative mind of one of the most significant songwriters and musicians in rock history. Now, Azerrad has revisited and reconsidered his original text. Vivid, evocative, and thought-provoking, this "amplified" version is a truly unique and exciting book within a book.

A History of the Middle East since the Rise of Islam

As David Lesch writes in his Preface, "Historians are a kind of secular priesthood, seemingly endowed with the power and means to select what is and what is not important for the rest of us." In A History of the Middle East Since the Rise of Islam, Lesch focuses on longue durée. Choosing the rise of Islam as the general beginning point of his one-volume history of the Middle East, Lesch argues that there is an indelible link between the rise of Islam and the overall environment that exists today in the region. The continuum of this chain of events is the primary focus of his book. Combining a comprehensive approach and an appealing, informal tone, Lesch offers the reader enough specifics to digest the flavor of particular periods, dynasties, movements, cultural markers, and ideological developments, yet general enough so that the totality of this history can be compared and contrasted. The result is a brilliant tour de force

Gender Is Really Strange

Spoiler alert: gender norms might not be so "normal" after all. Gender is a self-understanding influenced by society, culture and personal experiences. Sex, in contrast, is a biological term. Neither of which is binary! This graphic medicine comic is a unique exploration into the intersection of gender identity, sex and their inherent strangeness

The Wager

From the bestselling author of "Killers of the Flower Moon," this book recounts the harrowing saga of the British ship the Wager, wrecked in 1742 during an imperial war with Spain. The tale unfolds with 33 survivors landing in Brazil, initially hailed as heroes, but later revealed as mutineers through a subsequent survivors' account. A court martial exposes deep divisions and a struggle for survival on a desolate island, questioning not just the crew's conduct but the essence of empire itself.

Project Unlonely

Even before 2020, chronic loneliness was a private experience of profound anguish that had become a public health crisis. Since then it has reached new heights. Loneliness assumes many forms, from enduring physical isolation to feeling rejected because of difference, and it can have devastating consequences for our physical and mental health. As the founder of Project UnLonely, Jeremy Nobel unpacks our personal and national experience of loneliness to discover its roots and take steps to find comfort and connection. Dr. Nobel leverages many voices, from pioneering researchers, to leaders in business, education, the arts, and health care, to the lived experience of lonely people of every age, background, and circumstance. He discovers that the pandemic isolated us in ways that were not only physical, and that, at its core, a true sense of loneliness results from a disconnection to the self. He clarifies how meaningful reconnection can be nourished and sustained. And he reveals that an important component of the healing process is engaging in creativity. Make things! Supportive, clear-eyed, and comforting, this is the book we will take into our new normal and rely on for years to come

Project 562

A photographic celebration of contemporary Native American life and an examination of important issues the community faces today by the creator of Project 562, Matika Wilbur

Dopamine Nation

"Dopamine Nation" by Dr. Anna Lembke delves into the scientific relationship between pleasure and pain, exploring how modern life's overstimulation—from social media to shopping—impacts our well-being. The book illustrates through patient stories and accessible neuroscience how compulsive consumption leads to suffering. Lembke offers insights on managing dopamine levels to achieve balance, illustrating that true contentment comes from moderation and recovery wisdom, making it a vital guide for navigating today's digital landscape.