Latin for Gardeners (Univ. of Chicago, $25), by Lorraine Harrison, may sound off-putting, but it’s quite the opposite. A small coffee table book full of meticulous illustrations from the Royal Horticultural Society, it’s also a highly useful source for the etymology of over 3,000 plant names. Harrison’s straightforward organization makes this appealing volume easy just to pick up and browse. And it’s not just for gardeners—any lover of language will find surprises and delights, and no doubt feel a little more clever after perusing just a couple of pages. The delicate thinking that went into the naming of plants was a revelation to me: I gained a new appreciation for the intellectual legacy of gardening, and for the correlation between the names and the plants themselves. Latin for Gardeners is a charming companion for a chilly winter afternoon and a handy reference any time.
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780226009193
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 21st, 2012

If you’re familiar with Jon Ronson (from his previous book The Men Who Stare at Goats, or his contributions to the radio show This American Life) then you know his prose is quirky, droll, and as addictive as caffeine. His latest obsession is The Psychopath Test (Riverhead, $25.95)—a diagnostic personality exam usually administered to serial killers, but which Ronson seeks to apply to political leaders and CEOs (and occasionally, to himself). What if the 99% of rational humanity is governed by the 1% of psychopaths at the top? Ronson’s quest takes him to maximum-security prisons, asylums, psychology conferences, and to Wall Street. In his hands, the macabre becomes chillingly entertaining.

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ISBN: 9781594485756
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2012

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