Staff Picks - Praveen

 
Praveen's love affair with Kepler's began in 2002 when he started living in Menlo Park and found himself repeatedly drawn to browsing Kepler's well-stocked bookshelves and discovering many wonderful books. The community's efforts to save Kepler's in 2005 made a lasting impact on Praveen and two years later he found himself quitting his corporate job and teaming up with his wife Christin to acquire the Booksmith bookstore in 2007. Over the next few years Praveen and Christin transformed Booksmith into a award-winning literary destination. In July 2012 Praveen assumed stewardship of Kepler's with a new vision to turn it into a sustainable literary institution. 
 

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062316097
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Published: Harper - February 10th, 2015

Who are we? Why did Homo Sapiens prosper over the last 100,000 years while the other five human species are extinct? A crisply written and entertaining book that draws on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics to tell a fascinating story! An international bestseller that’s been translated into 26 languages. --Praveen


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Negroland: A Memoir Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780307378453
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 8th, 2015

Pulitzer prize-winning cultural critic gives us a frank and provocative look inside “a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty.” This book will change the way you think about race, gender, and class within the American culture. --Praveen


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Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780465048991
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Published: Basic Books - June 2nd, 2015

A breakthrough new book by an MIT scholar on why human civilization is successfully rebelling against the second law of thermodynamics. Hidalgo builds on previous works by Darwin, Boltzmann, and Schrödinger and is causing a paradigm shift in our understanding of why individuals, organizations, and economies prosper. --Praveen


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Year Zero: A History of 1945 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125976
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Published: Penguin Books - September 30th, 2014

The year 1945 was the bridge between World War II and the development of the modern world. Award-winning global thinker Ian Buruma has written a highly readable history, packed with lesser-known facts, new insights, and an especially compelling analysis of the impact of the War on Asia. (Praveen)


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Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781609948221
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - May 20th, 2013

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Who Owns the Future? Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781451654974
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 4th, 2014

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The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937498290
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Elevate - April 2nd, 2014

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Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs Cover Image
$59.95
ISBN: 9780714864624
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 3rd, 2013

Sure to be a collector’s item, McCurry’s latest reveals some of the stories behind his iconic images. This extraordinary book includes over one hundred beautiful full-color photos and never-before-seen items from his collection of essays, journals, maps, and letters. (Praveen)


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Dune Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780441013593
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Published: Ace Books - August 2nd, 2005

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The Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversary Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780743243155
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Published: Touchstone Books - February 4th, 2003

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You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389978
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Published: Vintage Books USA - February 8th, 2011