When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred. By the best-selling author of Dark Places . 70,000 first printing.
Longlisted for the National Book Award New York Times Bestseller A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life -- and threaten to rip apart our social fabric We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives--where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance--are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy ONeil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when theyre wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student cant get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), hes then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a toxic cocktail for democracy. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data. Tracing the arc of a persons life, ONeil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These weapons of math destruction score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health. ONeil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, its up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change. -- Longlist for National Book Award (Non-Fiction) -- Goodreads, semi-finalist for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards (Science and Technology) -- Kirkus, Best Books of 2016 -- New York Times, 100 Notable Books of 2016 (Non-Fiction) -- The Guardian , Best Books of 2016 -- WBUR's "On Point," Best Books of 2016: Staff Picks -- Boston Globe, Best Books of 2016, Non-Fiction
Fans of the riveting mystery in Courtney Summers's Sadie and the themes of race and religion in Samira Ahmed's Internment will be captivated by this exploration of the intersection of Islamaphobia and white supremacy as an American Muslim teen is forced to confront hatred and hidden danger when she is framed for a terrorist act she did not commit. Salma Bakkioui has always loved living in her suburban cul-de-sac, with her best friend Mariam next door, and her boyfriend Amir nearby. Then things start to change. Friends start to distance themselves. Mariam's family moves when her father's patients no longer want a Muslim chiropractor. Even trusted teachers look the other way when hostile students threaten Salma at school. After a terrorist bombing nearby, Islamaphobia tightens its grip around Salma and her family. Shockingly, she and Amir find themselves with few allies as they come under suspicion for the bombing. As Salma starts to investigate who is framing them, she uncovers a deadly secret conspiracy with suspicious ties to her new neighbors--but no one believes her. Salma must use her coding talent, wits, and faith to expose the truth and protect the only home she's ever known--before it's too late.
Anyone can learn how to harness the power of humor in business (and life), thanks to this smart and funny guide based on the popular class at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Humor is one of the most powerful tools we have for accomplishing serious work--and that's a fact backed by cold, hard research. Studies show that the use of humor makes us appear more influential, effective, and attractive; it helps us build bonds, defuse tension, earn buy-in for our ideas, and even spark new ones. Top CEOs know this, which is why 98% prefer employees with a sense of humor, and 84% believe they do better work. Simply put, the idea that humor stands in opposition to seriousness is wrong. Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas teach the wildly popular "Humor: Serious Business" course at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where they have helped some of the world's most hard-driving, blazer-wearing business minds build humor into their organizations and transform how they see the role of humor in their lives.In Humor: Serious Business , they combine leading behavioral science research with actionable advice from business leaders and professional comedians to show how humor can help us lead more effectively, solve problems more creatively, and communicate more authentically. Often, all it takes is a moment of levity to shift a mood or interaction. And once you start looking for these moments, you start seeing them everywhere. You discover how a lighthearted line in an email can take an exchange from tense and combative to cooperative and productive. And you'll see how laughter can help you cope during hard times, and fuel change in your life, relationships, and even the world. At a time when we're growing more disconnected, this fundamentally human quality has never been more critical: not only for our careers, teams, and companies but also to live fuller, happier, more meaningful lives.
B>b>The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of /b>b>The Sixth Extinction/b>b> returns to humanity''s transformative impact on the environment, now asking: After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it?/b>/b>br>br>From her coverage in The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert has become one of our most important writers on the environment. Now she investigates the immense challenges humanity faces as we scramble to reverse, in a matter of decades, the effects we''ve had on the atmosphere, the oceans, the world''s forests and rivers--on the very topography of the globe.br> br>In her trademark persuasive and darkly comic prose, Kolbert introduces myriad innovations that offer ways to avert disaster--or may produce new disasters, ones that haven''t been and perhaps cannot be anticipated. We encounter the scientists attempting to save the Devils Hole pupfish, the rarest fish species in the world, who occupy a single pool in a limestone cavern in the middle of the Mojave; engineers who are turning carbon emissions to stone; resilient "super coral" created via assisted evolution to survive a hotter globe; and researchers who are contemplating shooting tiny diamonds into the stratosphere to scatter sunlight back to space, changing the sky from blue to white.br> br>One way to look at human civilization, says Kolbert, is as a ten-thousand-year exercise in defying nature. Paradoxically, the very sorts of interventions that have imperiled our planet are increasingly seen as the only hope for its salvation.
FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived--and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club--a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes--locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: Shell reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club--for a fee. As Libbys search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started--on the run from a killer.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Brilliant . . . a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years . . . Utterly compelling.-- The Wall Street Journal The inspiration for the major motion picture Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, hes sure hell be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that hes alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he wont have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old human error are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isnt ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? NAMED ONE OF PASTE S BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE A hugely entertaining novel [that] reads like a rocket ship afire . . . Weir has fashioned in Mark Watney one of the most appealing, funny, and resourceful characters in recent fiction.-- Chicago Tribune As gripping as they come . . . Youll be rooting for Watney the whole way, groaning at every setback and laughing at his pitchblack humor. Utterly nail-biting and memorable.-- Financial Times
Cloud isnt just a place to work. Its a place to live. And when youre here, youll never want to leave. On the surface, The Warehouse is a thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level, but dig a little deeper and youll find a terrifying cautionary tale of the nightmare world we are making for ourselves.--Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter Paxton never thought hed be working for Cloud, the giant tech company thats eaten much of the American economy. Much less that hed be moving into one of the companys sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to whats left outside, Clouds bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouseswell, it doesnt seem so bad. Its more than anyone else is offering. Zinnia never thought shed be infiltrating Cloud. But now shes undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the companys darkest secrets. And Paxton, with his ordinary little hopes and fears? He just might make the perfect pawn. If she can bear to sacrifice him. As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme--one that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world hes so carefully assembled here. Together, theyll learn just how far the company will goto make the world a better place. Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon thats at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business--and who will pay the ultimate price. Advance praise for The Warehouse Holy hell, The Warehouse is our future, isnt it? Imagine that one day we screw up the world and our country so damn bad that we all have to live where we work in what amounts to a modern variant on indentured servitude, and then layer on top of that a bleeding-edge thriller set inside a massively autocratic corporate entity, and you still havent seen just how sharp, or scary, this book is. . . . Taut, tense, and masterful. --Chuck Wendig Wildly imaginative yet terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is both a gripping thriller and an alarming glimpse into what could soon be our future. --Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Lock Every Door
If you want your startup to succeed, you need to understand why startups fail. Why do startups fail? That question hit Harvard Business School professor Tom Eisenman with full force when he realized he couldn''t explain it. And since more than two thirds of new ventures fail, that left a lot of explaining to do. So he launched a multi-year research project to find out. In Why Startups Fail , Eisenmann unveils the results: six distinct patterns that account for the vast majority of startup failures. He offers frameworks for detecting when a venture is vulnerable to these patterns, along with a wealth of strategies and tactics for avoiding them. ;; ;; Bad Bedfellows. Startup success is thought to rest largely on the founder''s talents and instincts. But the wrong team, investors, or partners can sink a startup just as quickly. ;; ;; False Starts. Despite the oft-cited advice to "fail fast," and "launch before you''re ready," doing so risks wasting time and capital on the wrong solutions. ;; ;; False Promises. Success with early adopters is often misleading and gives founders unwarranted confidence to expand. ;; ;; Speed Traps. There''s lots of pressure on startups to prioritize speed over efficiency and "Get Big Fast." But hypergrowth can spell disaster for even the most promising ventures. ;; ;; Help Wanted. Rapidly scaling startups need lots of capital and talent, but they can make mistakes that leave them suddenly in short supply. ;; ;; Cascading Miracles. Silicon Valley exhorts entrepreneurs to dream big; as Peter Thiel put it, "they promised us flying cars; what we got was 140 characters." But the bigger the vision, the more things can go wrong. Through fascinating stories of ventures that failed to fulfill their early promise--from home furnishings retailer Dot & Bo to the concierge dog walking service Baroo, to the makers of a sophisticated social robot named Jibo, to Better Place, which sought to build a massive network of charging stations for electric vehicles (and more)--Eisenmann shows readers how to spot and sidestep roadblocks on their entrepreneurial journey, and sets them on the fail-safe path to startup success.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets. The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One , legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if were too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself. Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin wont make a search engine. Tomorrows champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in todays marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.
New York Times Bestseller Washington Post Bestseller The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change? Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits . Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives. So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits ? Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits--and to change them for good. Infused with Rubins compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation. Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers most pressing questions--oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore: Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do? Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I cant change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why? How quickly can I change a habit? What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit? How can I help someone else change a habit? Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but cant make habits that are just for me? Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits--even before theyve finished the book.
Entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Lean Startup , Eric Ries reveals how entrepreneurial principles can be used by businesses of all kinds, ranging from established companies to early-stage startups, to grow revenues, drive innovation, and transform themselves into truly modern organizations, poised to take advantage of the enormous opportunities of the twenty-first century. In The Lean Startup , Eric Ries laid out the practices of successful startups building a minimal viable product, customer-focused and scientific testing based on a build-measure-learn method of continuous innovation, and deciding whether to persevere or pivot. In The Startup Way , he turns his attention to an entirely new group of organizations: established enterprises like iconic multinationals GE and Toyota, tech titans like Amazon and Facebook, and the next generation of Silicon Valley upstarts like Airbnb and Twilio. Drawing on his experiences over the past five years working with these organizations, as well as nonprofits, NGOs, and governments, Ries lays out a system of entrepreneurial management that leads organizations of all sizes and from every industry to sustainable growth and long-term impact. Filled with in-the-field stories, insights, and tools, The Startup Way is an essential road map for any organization navigating the uncertain waters of the century ahead.
From awkward interactions on public transportation to avoiding small talk with salespeople, introverts from all over the world will find something to love in this comic sensation from Finland. Mild-mannered protagonist Matti is a typical Finn who appreciates peace, quiet, and personal space--but things do not always go according to his wishes. Finnish Nightmares is an illustrated collection of his and many people's worst fears when it comes to social interactions. Divided into sections on dealing with neighbors, going shopping, sharing public spaces, tense dining situations, and more, there is a comic for every squeamish scenario, from having to sing your own praises in a job interview, to being unable to leave your apartment because a neighbor is in the hallway. A fascinating look at Nordic culture, globe trotters and armchair travelers alike will enjoy this insider's glimpse into the local life and habits of Finland. With a charming and quirky universality, there is an awkward and laughable situation that everyone can relate to in Finnish Nightmares .
@00000327@Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy--Winner Take All@00000133@@00000341@@00000327@ @00000133@@00000341@Rachel Maddow@00000065@s @00000373@Blowout @00000155@offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe--from Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea--exposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. She shows how Russia@00000065@s rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the United States, and the West@00000065@s most important alliances. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, but ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson emerge as two of the past century's most consequential corporate villains. The oil-and-gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, @00000041@ldquo;like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can't really blame the lion. It's in her nature.@00000041@rdquo;@00000341@@00000341@This book is a clarion call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest industry on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of predatory oil executives and their enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, @00000041@ldquo;Democracy either wins this one or disappears.@00000041@rdquo;
An award-winning psychologist reveals the hidden power of our inner voice and shows how we can harness it to live healthier, more satisfying, and productive lives. Tell a stranger that you talk to yourself, and you're likely to get written off as eccentric. But the truth is that we all have a voice in our head. When we talk to ourselves, we often hope to tap into our inner coach but find our inner critic instead. When we're facing a tough task, our inner coach can buoy us up: Focus--you can do this. But just as often, our inner critic sinks us entirely. I'm going to fail. They'll all laugh at me. What's the use? In Chatter , acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his own lab with real-world case studies--from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy--Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships. He warns that giving in to negative and disorienting self-talk--what he calls "chatter"--can tank our health, sink our moods, strain our social connections, and cause us to fold under pressure. But the good news is that we're already equipped with the tools we need to make our inner voice work in our favor. These tools are often hidden in plain sight--in the words we use to think about ourselves, the technologies we embrace, the diaries we keep in our drawers, the conversations we have with our loved ones, and the cultures we create in our schools and workplaces. Brilliantly argued, expertly researched, and filled with compelling stories, Chatter gives us the power to change the most important conversation we have each day: the one we have with ourselves.
As Ayla studies to become a spiritual leader to Jondalar's people, the Zelandonii, she faces many challenges, including being separated from Jondalar and their young daughter, Jonayla, and experiences a revelation.
Newly arrived in Luxembourg, mother and expat Kate Moore suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be and as her paranoia grows, she becomes increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her.
B>Big Tobacco meets Silicon Valley in this corporate exposé of what happened when two of the most notorious industries collided--and the vaping epidemic was born./b>br> br>Howard Willard lusted after Juul. As the CEO of tobacco giant Philip Morriss parent company and a veteran of the industrys long fight to avoid being regulated out of existence, he grew obsessed with a prize he believed could save his company--the e-cigarette, a product with all the addictive upside of the original without the same apparent health risks and bad press. Meanwhile, in Silicon Valley, Adam Bowen and James Monsees began working on a device that was meant to save lives and destroy Big Tobacco, but they ended up baking the industrys DNA into their inventions science and marketing. Ultimately, Juuls e-cigarette was so effective and so market-dominating that it put the company on a collision course with Philip Morris and sparked one of the most explosive public health crises in recent memory.br> br>In a deeply reported account, award-winning journalist Lauren Etter tells a riveting story of greed and deception in one of the biggest botched deals in business history. Etter shows how Philip Morriss struggle to innovate left Willard desperate to acquire Juul, even as his own team sounded alarms about the startups reliance on underage customers. And she shows how Juuls executives negotiated a lavish deal that let them pocket the lions share of Philip Morriss $12.8 billion investment while government regulators and furious parents mounted a campaign to hold the companys feet to the fire.br>br>The Devils Playbook is the inside story of how Juuls embodiment of Silicon Valleys move fast and break things ethos wrought havoc on American health, and how a beleaguered tobacco company was seduced by the promise of a new generation of addicted customers. With both companies eyes on the financial prize, neither anticipated the sudden outbreak of vaping-linked deaths that would terrorize a nation, crater Juuls value, end Willards career, and show the costs in human life of the rush to riches--while Juuls founders, board members, and employees walked away with a windfall.
B>b>What can you learn from a Silicon Valley legend and a pantheon of iconic leaders? The;key to scaling a successful business isnt talent, network or strategy. Its an entrepreneurial;mindset--and that mindset can be cultivated./b>/b>br>br>Behind the scenes in Silicon Valley, Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn, investor at Greylock) is a sought-after advisor to heads of companies and heads of state. On his podcast;Masters of;Scale, he sits down with an all-star list of visionary founders and leaders, digging into the;surprising strategies that power their;growth.;In this book, he draws on their most riveting, revealing stories--as well his own experience as a founder and investor--to distill the counterintuitive secrets;behind the most extraordinary successes of our times.br>;br>Here, Hoffman teams up with;Masters of Scales;executive producers to offer a rare window into the entrepreneurial mind. They share surprising, never-before-told stories from leaders;of the worlds most iconic companies, including Apple, Nike, Netflix, Spotify, Starbucks, Google, Instagram, and Microsoft, as well as the bold, disruptive startups--from;23andMe to TaskRabbit, from the Black List to the Bevel razor--solving the problems of the twenty-first century.br>;br>Through vivid storytelling and;straightforward;analysis,;Masters of Scale;distills their collective insights into a set of counterintuitive principles;that anyone can use.;How do you find a winning idea and turn it into a scalable venture? What can you learn from a squirmy no? When should you stop listening to your customers? Which fires should you put out right away, and which should you let burn?;And can you really make money while making the world a better place?;(Answer: Yes.;But you have to do the work to keep your profits and values aligned.)br>br>Based on more than 100 interviews, and incorporating new material never aired on the podcast,;Masters of Scale;offers a unique insiders guide, filled with insights, wisdom, and strategies;that;will inspire you to;reimagine how you do business today.
In this groundbreaking analysis of personality type, bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin reveals the one simple question that will transform what you do at home, at work, and in life. During her multibook investigation into understanding human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question "How do I respond to expectations?" we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and engage more effectively. More than 600,000 people have taken her online quiz, and managers, doctors, teachers, spouses, and parents already use the framework to help people make significant, lasting change. The Four Tendencies hold practical answers if you've ever thought: People can rely on me, but I can't rely on myself. How can I help someone to follow good advice? People say I ask too many questions. How do I work with someone who refuses to do what I ask--or who keeps telling me what to do ? With sharp insight, compelling research, and hilarious examples, The Four Tendencies will help you get happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. It's far easier to succeed when you know what works for you.