The Computer Always Wins

The Computer Always Wins: Using Classic Games to Teach Advanced Computer Algorithms by Elliot Joseph Lichtman from MIT Press (foreign rights available) agent Ali Lake A lively and engaging guide to coding concepts too long locked behind imposing mathematics and perplexing vocabulary. Students of every age are excited to learn computer science, yet the field’s standard materials … Continue reading The Computer Always Wins

UnStuck: Rebirth of an American Icon

UnStuck: Rebirth of an American Icon by Stephanie Stuckey from Matt Holt Books / BenBella Books Discover the inspiring firsthand account of Stephanie Stuckey’s rise to CEO upon suddenly acquiring her family’s beloved yet struggling brand, which had become a “whatever happened to . . . ?” fading memory for most Americans. Stephanie Stuckey’s remarkable journey unfolds in UnStuck, a memoir … Continue reading UnStuck: Rebirth of an American Icon

Tenacious Beasts

Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals by Christopher J. Preston from MIT Press An inspiring look at wildlife species that are defying the odds and teaching important lessons about how to share a planet. The news about wildlife is dire—more than 900 species have been wiped off the planet since industrialization. Against … Continue reading Tenacious Beasts


Users by Colin Winnette from Soft Skull Press   A mystery-turned-serious-satire of contemporary tech life set in the near future for readers of Dave Eggers, Margaret Atwood, Paul Beatty, and Chuck Palahniuk Miles, a lead creative at a midsize virtual reality company known for its “original experiences,” has engineered a new product called The Ghost … Continue reading Users

Dematerialized: The Mysterious Disappearance of Marcia Moore

Dematerialized: The Mysterious Disappearance of Marcia Moore by Joseph DiSomma and Marina DiSomma from Post Hill Press The baffling true story of Marcia Moore – heiress, astrologer, and yoga master – who sacrificed her well-to-do life to study metaphysics and experiment with a mind-bending psychedelic, until her mysterious disappearance in 1979. On a bitterly cold night in January of 1979, … Continue reading Dematerialized: The Mysterious Disappearance of Marcia Moore

The Black President: Hope and Fury in the Age of Obama

The Black President: Hope and Fury in the Age of Obama by Claude A. Clegg, III from Johns Hopkins University Press The first sweeping, legacy-defining history of the entire Obama presidency. In The Black President, the first interpretative, grand-narrative history of Barack Obama’s presidency in its entirety, Claude A. Clegg III situates the former president in his … Continue reading The Black President: Hope and Fury in the Age of Obama

A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away

A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits—Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mission: Impossible, and More by Paul Hirsch from Chicago Review Press A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last 50 years by Paul Hirsch, … Continue reading A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away


Sorted by Jackson Bird from Tiller Press / Simon & Schuster An unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how, through a childhood of gender mishaps and an awkward adolescence, he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man in his mid-twenties. When Jackson Bird was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to … Continue reading Sorted


Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State by Charles A. Gardner from Citadel / Kensington The prison break, the manhunt, the inside story: In June 2015, two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York’s “North Country,” launching the most extensive manhunt … Continue reading Dannemora


We: An Adoption and a Memoir by Ben Barnz from Wyatt–MacKenzie Publishing We centers on the story of Barnz adopting a child and the legal battle with the birthfather that began the day after the child’s birth – and two days before 9/11. The book interweaves this narrative with Barnz’s path to parenthood – beginning with his closeted … Continue reading We

How the Internet Happened

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone by Brian McCullough from Liveright / Norton Tech-guru Brian McCullough delivers a rollicking history of the internet, why it exploded, and how it changed everything. The internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we … Continue reading How the Internet Happened