Our Favorite Books for Young Professionals

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393064476
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2011

This book explores what Greenblatt calls a cultural ‘swerve’ in history - the Renaissance - that led us to our modern world today. He places the rediscovery of one subversive poem at the center of this great movement - Lucretius’s “On the Nature of Things”. Learn how powerful ideas can indeed change the world, sometimes hundreds and hundreds of years after they are written down.


Steve Jobs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781451648539
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 24th, 2011

Isaacson interviewed Jobs more than forty times for this definitive biography, and also collected statements from hundreds of Jobs’s friends, family, and foes. Released shortly after his death, this book is an intensely personal and deeply honest portrait of Jobs the man - his flaws and his gifts are shown side-by-side.


Men in the Making Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780156034449
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - October 25th, 2011

This University of Houston Creative Writing Program graduate’s novel Wake of Forgiveness is a Brazos favorite, so we were thrilled to hear that a collection of his short stories were going to be available in time for Christmas. These stories are funny, sad, and graceful explorations of what it means to be a man.


Thinking, Fast and Slow Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374275631
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 25th, 2011

This 2002 Nobel Prize winner presents his model of the way we think, and offers surprising and illuminating explanations for why we make the sometimes rash and ill-conceived decisions we make.


We Others: New and Selected Stories Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307595904
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf - August 23rd, 2011

Many of Millhauster’s strange and seductive stories are collected here in one beautiful volume. Master of the weird and wondrous, Millhauser is sure to please even the sleepiest after-work reader.


The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World Cover Image
$37.95
ISBN: 9781594202834
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - September 20th, 2011

Here Yergin tells the story of energy - oil, shale, coal, and nuclear - and how it drives politics and economics. This enormous, powerful book introduces a huge cast of characters and covers a dizzying span of time in an effort to contextualize our obsession with energy and our growing need to determine what comes next.


Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393081817
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2011

A thought-provoking trip through what Lewis calls “the new third world”: countries, such as Iceland, that experienced great economic growth during the boom years of the early 2000s and have since crashed as a result of the recession.


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142000281
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

The cult phenomenon that has changed the work lives of countless Americans, Allen’s book presents a thoughtful and effective system for increased organization and productivity, and, perhaps more importantly, decreased stress.


You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. Jaron Lanier Cover Image
$15.51
ISBN: 9780141049113
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 2011

Lanier, an undisputed computer visionary who coined the term “artificial intelligence”, presents his thoughts and concerns about the modern internet in this fascinating manifesto. Required reading for anyone who takes Facebook too seriously.


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