Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love - Emily Witt

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This book is part memoir, part meandering travelogue through alternative sexuality in 21st century America. The book starts as Witt turns 30 and, newly single, moves to San Francisco—the hotbed of alternative sexual culture in the U.S. today. In San Francisco she focuses her work as a journalist on writing about novel forms of sexual expression cropping up in the Internet age, and the new communities that embrace them. Witt visits polyamorous communities, a BDSM porn company, devotees of a practice called “orgasmic meditation”, and women who earn a living livestreaming their autoerotic acts, as well as other pioneers pushing the boundaries of human sexual expression.  She also chronicles her own attempts to find love and lust through the brave new world of online dating. Witt’s forays into all of these strange landscapes remind us of just how radically technological advances and evolving social mores are re-writing the rules of nearly all social interactions today, perhaps most prominently those involving our biologically hard-wired drives to find sex and companionship.

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ISBN: 9780865478794
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 11th, 2016

Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World - Bill Nye

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Bill Nye’s new book tackles one of the critical issues confronting today’s world, climate change and global warming. It is an incontrovertible fact that the Earth becomes warmer every year and the polar ice caps are melting. If that doesn’t scare you enough, the resources we need to survive are becoming more and more scarce. Nye argues that we should all stop and rethink the way we live and try not to leave to future generations an Earth that is dirty, overheated, and depleted of resources. By his own admission, Bill Nye is an engineer and a tinkerer so he always looks for technical solutions to a problem, and that is what this book offers. Among other things, he says we need to find new sources of energy, new ways to store and transmit that energy, and new ways to include our government and citizens everywhere in this immense undertaking. You don’t need to be a science nerd or to have a lot of knowledge on the topic to understand this book. It is, after all Bill Nye, The Science Guy who wrote it! He is undeniably unstoppable in his optimism and putting a positive spin on negative issues, and he has a way of explaining things in a way that is both understandable and entertaining.

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ISBN: 9781250109446
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 18th, 2016

Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives - Gary Younge

Staff Pick

A seasoned journalist in the U.K., Gary Younge decided to see how many children in America were killed by gunfire over the course one calendar day, November 23rd 2013. Heartbreaking and infuriating all at once, we are allowed inside the lives of parents who have lost their children too early in life. Each story not only looks at the prevalence of gun culture in America, but also examines how our society writ-large either helps us or fails us, by researching the life circumstances of the ten children who died on that random day.  This book is a good choice for anyone who questions whether and how gun control measures can reduce gun violence, and what the social realities are at the heart of this contentious issue.

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ISBN: 9781568589756
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Published: Bold Type Books - October 4th, 2016