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Building on his previous popular book, The Sports Gene, David Epstein in Range examines the factors that enable people to excel not only in sports but in the arts, business, science, and other fields. His conclusion goes against the commonly-held view that starting early and specializing in something is key. In fact, he argues generalists, not specialists, often stand a better chance of success, because they tend to be more creative, flexible, and innovative thinkers. He points to studies of accomplished individuals who went through a sort of “sampling period” in their lives before zeroing in on something. In doing so, they frequently benefitted from having gained a wealth of useful experience and the ability to make connections others don’t see. Epstein makes a persuasive case that delaying concentration in a particular area, sacrificing some depth for breadth, and cultivating range can actually boost a career in the long run rather than impede it.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735214484
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - May 28th, 2019

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A decorated former Marine turned journalist turned author, Elliot Ackerman has written three acclaimed novels since 2015 and now a memoir. In Places and Names, he offers a real-life accounting, writing with the same urgency, passion, and attention characteristic of his novels and with the same penetrating examination of the meaning and costs of war. He does this through a series of essays as he travels to conflict zones, old battlefields, and refugee camps, looking back on his war experiences from different angles. The result is not only an intensely personal book about the purpose and impact of war but also a meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of America’s ill-fated involvement in the Middle East.




Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525559962
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Press - June 11th, 2019

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 In her debut as a novelist, New York Times feature writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner provides an entertaining, smart, and insightful look at modern marriage and relationships among family and friends. Fleishman is in Trouble opens with Dr. Toby Fleishman, a 41-year-old doctor, reveling in post-divorce life. After more than 14 years of marriage, he’s free of his ambitious wife, is beginning to feel optimistic about life again, and thanks to dating apps, is surrounded by love interests. Then one day his ex-wife—Rachel, a successful talent agent—drops off the kids and disappears, throwing Toby’s life into chaos. As he struggles to figure out what happened, he reassesses his marriage and his life, but in time it becomes clear that his own perspective isn’t the only one that matters, and Toby isn’t the only one in trouble.

Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525510871
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House - June 18th, 2019