Why does your second drink taste better than your first? Why do drug addicts continue to partake in their risky behavior? How do fast food restaurants keep us coming back? Neuroscientist David J. Linden answers these and more questions as he explains to the reader why we enjoy the things that we enjoy.
According to Burns, it was British sailors who first brought futbol to the Spanish during the late 1800's. Small teams were formed, made up mostly of British players until the early 1900's when the Spanish themselves absorbed the sport in a way they never expected. Everything from Franco's association with Madrid to the 2010 Cup, this is an in-depth history of the sport in Spain.
Some people might look at Murakami's running habits and think of him as insane. Most writers (or ordinary people) don't run sixty-two miles in one day or run the original marathon course in Greece for fun. In this book, Murakami provides insight into his training along with its interaction with his other passion, writing.
Malcolm X holds nothing back in this engaging autobiography which is part personal philosophy, part personal narrative. With the help of Alex Haley (co-author), Malcolm X opens up about his amazing transition from a street-wise kid to one of the most influential African-Americans in history. Even if you've seen the movie (which is awesome), check out the inspiration!
Is there anything that Bill Bryson can't write about? Bryson, who was inspired by his lack of knowledge in science, makes an impressive eattempt at his first publication focused solely on the subject. Everything from biology to astronomy is covered in this book filled with Bryson's usual clever thoughts and entertaining wit.
Before he was a revolutionary, a diplomat, or even an image on your
t-shirt, Ernesto Guevara was a young student in need of an adventure. In
1952 he and his friend Alberto Granado embarked on a journey around
South America, inspiring this excellent book.
Hip-hop is misunderstood and so is Jay-Z. In Decoded, he immerses the reader in the world that he grew up in, the Marcy Projects. Located in Brooklyn, the projects transformed Jay from a hustler, to the king of the hip-hop movement. Along with amazing graphical illustrations, this book deciphers the inner meanings of hip-hop and its importance to musical history.