THE MIND AT WORK
Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker
Revised Anniversary Edition
This revelatory look at professional life demolishes the notion that
people who work with their hands make up a less intelligent class.
Rose, a longtime educator, shows us waitresses making lightning-fast calculations, carpenters handling complex spatial mathematics, and hairdressers, plumbers, and electricians exercising aesthetic and diagnostic acumen. Deftly combining research, interviews,
and personal history, Rose explores the intellectual repertory of
everyday workers, highlights the social cost of undervaluing their
labor, and ignites an important conversation—one that has the
power to shape public and educational policy.
Penguin • 304 pp. • 978-0-14-303557-2 • $16.00
THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE
Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don’t
“A practical handbook and a philosophical manifesto in one, following the theme of prediction through a series of case studies
ranging from hurricane tracking to professional poker to counter-terrorism.”—The Boston Globe. “Mr. Silver’s breezy style makes
even the most difficult statistical material accessible. What is
more, his arguments and examples are painstakingly researched.”
—The Wall Street Journal.
Penguin Press • 544 pp. • 978-1-59420-411-1 • $27.95 •
Penguin • 544 pp. • 978-0-14-312508-2 • $17.00
Paperback available February 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Ten Works of Nonfiction
THE FARAWAY NEARBY
In this personal, lyrical meditation, Solnit explores the ways we
make our lives out of stories and how we are connected by empathy, narrative, and imagination. “Dominating Solnit’s rich repertoire are two main thoughts: that imagination, activated through
reading and art, can help overcome the feeling of being a stranger
in the world, lost among strangers; and second, that characters and
places can build another home, and provide alternative stories to
the...constrictive plots of our own lives.”—The Guardian (UK).
Penguin • 272 pp. • 978-0-14-312549-5 • $16.00
Also available: River of Shadows 978-0-14-200410-4, A Field Guide to Getting
Lost 978-0-14-303724-8, Wanderlust 978-0-14-028601-4, A Paradise Built in Hell
The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher,
a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater
The true story of an economically depressed town that finds hope in
a gifted teacher’s ability to transform high school theater students
into Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters, and community-theater founders. “A love letter to a brilliant
educator and the crowd-pleasing tale of a quest for glory....An argument for arts education.”—Newsday. “A viscerally real reminder of
the pain and excitement of being a teenager, an honest and compassionate discussion of class.”—Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep.
Riverhead • 368 pp. • 978-1-59463-280-8 • $16.00