Inspirations and aspirations to greet the new year.



How to Be Idle

By Tom Hodgkinson


From the founder of The Idler, the magazine that celebrates the fine art of doing nothing, comes this whimsically erudite argument for indolent defiance of our work-obsessed culture, enlisting the support of Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Nietzsche—all of whom admitted to doing their best work in bed.



Getting Things Done

By David Allen


A step-by-step productivity primer that immediately pays dividends. Veteran coach and management consultant Allen offers a simple, practical, yet profoundly habit-altering system for managing projects, actions, and whatever else you want to call the mess that clutters our desks, our kitchen counters, and our minds.



An Incomplete Education:
3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't

By Judy Jones and William Wilson


Can you distinguish Keats from Shelley? Shiite from Sunni? Deduction from induction? All of us have left potholes in our path of learning, and this decidedly cheeky tour of the highways of cultural literacy will go a long way toward filling them in, while eliciting more than a few laughs along the way.



The No Sweat Exercise Plan

By Harvey Simon


Why you should exercise—and how? The author, a founding member of the Harvard Cardiovascular Health Center and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, provides the rationale for regular exercise along with a rational, achievable regimen that even non-athletes can master.




1,000 Places to See Before You Die 

By Patricia Schultz


Here's the perfect book to help plan all those trips you've been meaning to take. Shultz's continent-spanning wonder of a world tour covers destinations from the Taj Mahal to the best Chicago hot dog joint in informative and winning style, including all the info you need to travel—or just stay at home and dream!


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.