Our Favorite Books for Workaholics

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Literary Houston Cover Image
By David Theis (Editor)
ISBN: 9780875654409
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas Christian University Press - August 12th, 2011

David Theis’s fascinating guide to Houston’s best-kept secret - it’s diverse and extraordinarily vibrant literary scene. A celebration of Space City’s numerous contributions to letters.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670022953
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking Adult - October 4th, 2011

A paradigm-shifting examination of human violence, which Pinker believes has taken a precipitous decline in recent years. Yes, you read that right. What’s more, he’s utterly convincing.

Charles Dickens: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594203091
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The - October 27th, 2011

A biography of one of history’s great workaholics, the legendary author of A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and more. Tomalin is a gifted biographer who brings Dickens to life.

Larousse Wine: The World's Greatest Vines, Estates, and Regions Cover Image
By Clarkson Potter (Manufactured by)
ISBN: 9780307952226
Availability: Backordered
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 25th, 2011

An enormous book about wine is exactly what your workaholic might like to see under the tree this year! Larousse’s compendium is exhaustive, meticulously detailed, and discusses vineyards, regions, and individual wines from all over the globe. The ultimate oenophile’s guide.

Exploring the Brazos River: From Beginning to End (River Books) Cover Image
By Jim Kimmel, Jerry Touchstone Kimmel (Photographer), Andrew Sansom (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781603444323
Availability: Backordered
Published: Texas A&M University Press - September 16th, 2011

A gorgeous and illuminating photographic journey down the legendary river that gives our fair bookstore its name. Perfect for Texas history buffs and outdoorsmen alike.

The Law Is a Ass Cover Image
By Ronald Irving (Compiled by)
ISBN: 9781590204450
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Published: Overlook Press - October 13th, 2011

A hilarious compendium of witticisms about every aspect of the law. Perfect for that overworked lawyer who has recently failed to see the funny side of her work!

Schott's Quintessential Miscellany (Indispensable Irrelevance #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608190218
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 25th, 2011

A book unlike any other, this is the ultimate stocking stuffer for - well, anyone who delights in the details. Schott trains his keen eye on everything from birthstones to airport runway markings. Sure to delight any trivia buff.

Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061997389
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - October 11th, 2011

A meditation on insomnia by one of America’s newest young writing luminaries. Butler examines sleeplessness through the twin lenses of cultural history and of his own personal struggle with it.

Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805091205
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Published: Times Books - May 24th, 2011

Pulitzer-prize winning NYT journalist Morgenson presents this condemnation of the men behind the economic meltdown. The first economic bestseller since the crash to present these financial magnates as criminals.

Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670022977
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Published: Viking Adult - September 29th, 2011

Kennedy’s tour-de-force combines historical fiction - featuring none other than Ernest Hemingway and Bing Crosby - with revolutionary intrigue, love story with hard-boiled detective novel. Set against the twin backdrops of the civil rights movement and the rise of Fidel Castro, this one is sure to thrill.

That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374288907
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2011

An impassioned plea for American revitalization. Friedman outlines four major challenges we must face in order to regain our former glory: globalization, changing technology, our growing deficits, and our runaway energy consumption.

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385526265
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Published: Doubleday Books - September 20th, 2011

A little-known chapter of American history comes to life. Miller tells the story of the shooting of James A. Garfield four months into his term, and the bizarre controversy that raged for months afterward as inept doctors failed repeatedly to cure him of his wounds. Alexander Graham Bell swoops in, bizarrely, to save the day! Widely praised and critically acclaimed.

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