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New In Paperback: Oct. 10 - 16

Nonfiction releases from Jon Stewart, Matt Taibbi, Peter Godwin, Condoleezza Rice and more.

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New In Paperback: Oct. 10 - 16

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book)

by Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum, Rory Albanese, Steve Bodow and Josh Lieb

Jon Stewart and the writers behind his popular comedy show present a hilarious summation of humanity in a book of photos, graphs, charts and some nudity that applies The Daily Show's trademark wit, irreverence and intelligence to every facet of human existence.


by Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi's columns in Rolling Stone have been a destination for those trying to understand what happened in the aftermath of the financial meltdown. His book, Griftopia, tries to make the subject even clearer in the colorful language Taibbi's readers know well. "All these big institutional investors essentially got sold oregano when they thought they were buying weed," Taibbi tells NPR's Guy Raz.

The Fear

by Peter Godwin

When journalist Peter Godwin sneaked into his native Zimbabwe after President Robert Mugabe lost a 2008 election, he writes, he expected "to dance on Robert Mugabe's political grave." But that was before Mugabe — then 84 — refused to give up power. Godwin secretly stayed in Zimbabwe, visiting opposition leaders, white farmers whose land had been confiscated by Mugabe and villages that had been burned beyond recognition. He details his time on the ground bearing witness to Mugabe's torture — and remembers his own childhood in the African nation — in The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe.

Extraordinary, Ordinary People

by Condoleezza Rice

The life of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is anchored by seminal events in U.S. history, from her youth in segregated Alabama, where violence was never very far away, to helping plan the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Rice tells those stories in her book, Extraordinary, Ordinary People, the first half of a planned two-book memoir. The book's dominant theme is the influence of Rice's parents, who were committed educators. Her father was also the minister of a well-respected Presbyterian church.

Franklin and Eleanor

by Hazel Rowley

The Roosevelts' nonconformist love lives, as well as their expansive impulses to turn the White House into a World War II-era hippie crash pad, have been recounted by superb biographers, including Blanche Wiesen Cook and Doris Kearns Goodwin. What distinguishes Rowley's crackling chronicle is her focus on the evolution of the Roosevelt marriage from a standard-issue high-society alliance to a ... what? We don't even have a term for such an unconventional relationship — "open marriage" sounds too naughty, but "open" is clearly what the Roosevelts became.

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