Author: Peter Hessler
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Keywords: china, time, journey, bones, oracle
Number of Pages: 528
Published: 2007-05-01
List price: $15.95
ISBN-10: 0060826592
ISBN-13: 9780060826598

A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China’s transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people. In a narrative that gracefully moves between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, Hessler captures the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before our eyes.

Author: Amity Shlaes
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Keywords: depression, history, new, man, forgotten
Number of Pages: 512
Published: 2008-06-01
List price: $15.95
ISBN-10: 0060936428
ISBN-13: 9780060936426

In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes, one of the nation’s most-respected economic commentators, offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. She traces the mounting agony of the New Dealers and the moving stories of individual citizens who through their brave perseverance helped establish the steadfast character we recognize as American today.

Author: Robert Dallek
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Keywords: power, partners, kissinger, nixon
Number of Pages: 752
Published: 2007-11-01
List price: $18.95
ISBN-10: 0060722312
ISBN-13: 9780060722319

Working side by side in the White House, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were two of the most compelling, contradictory, and powerful figures in America in the second half of the twentieth century. While their personalities could hardly have seemed more different, both were largely self-made men, brimming with ambition, driven by their own inner demons, and often ruthless in pursuit of their goals. Tapping into a wealth of recently declassified archives, Robert Dallek uncovers fascinating details about Nixon and Kissinger’s tumultuous personal relationship and brilliantly analyzes t

Author: Arundhati Roy
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Keywords: things, small, god
Number of Pages: 336
Published: 1998-05-01
List price: $14.95
ISBN-10: 0060977493
ISBN-13: 9780060977498

The story of the tragic decline of an Indian family whose members suffer the terrible consequences of forbidden love, The God of Small Things is set in the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, the twins Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family -- their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu (who loves by night the man her children love by day), their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical M

Author: Marcus Du Sautoy
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Keywords: mystery, mathematics, greatest, solve, primes, searching, music
Number of Pages: 352
Published: 2004
List price: $13.95
ISBN-10: 0060935588
ISBN-13: 9780060935580

In 1859, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy that would forever change the history of mathematics. The subject was the mystery of prime numbers. At the heart of the presentation was an idea that Riemann had not yet proved but one that baffles mathematicians to this day. Solving the Riemann Hypothesis could change the way we do business, since prime numbers are the lynchpin for security in banking and e-commerce. It would also have a profound impact on the cutting-edge of science, affecting quantum mechanics, chaos theory, and the future of computing. L

Author: Matt Ridley
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Keywords: genome
Number of Pages: 352
Published: 2000-10-03
List price: $14.00
ISBN-10: 0060932902
ISBN-13: 9780060932909

The genome’s been mapped. But what does it mean?Arguably the most significant scientific discoveru of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will. Questions that will affect the rest of your life.Genome offers extraordinary insight into the ramifications of this incredible breakthrough. By picking one newly discovered gene from each pair of chromosomes and telling its story, Matt R

Author: Bruce Feiler
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Keywords: japan, heart, inside, bow, learning
Number of Pages: 336
Published: 2004-05-01
List price: $13.95
ISBN-10: 0060577207
ISBN-13: 9780060577209

Learning to Bow has been heralded as one of the funniest, liveliest, and most insightful books ever written about the clash of cultures between America and Japan. With warmth and candor, Bruce Feiler recounts the year he spent as a teacher in a small rural town. Beginning with a ritual outdoor bath and culminating in an all-night trek to the top of Mt. Fuji, Feiler teaches his students about American culture, while they teach him everything from how to properly address an envelope to how to date a Japanese girl.
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