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Today would have been the 135th birthday of the great economist John Maynard Keynes, who was born in Cambridge, UK in 1883.

Keynes led a revolution in economic thinking during the Great Depression, and his theories continue to influence politicians, academics, and economists to this day. But did you know his theories are also helpful in solving everyday problems?

What Would Keynes Dois the newest title in our series of humorous self-help books in which the great thinkers of philosophy, politics, psychology, and economics tackle the commonplace issues we all face.

From questioning whether it’s ok to be selfish to deciding how much money to put into retirement savings, the world’s greatest economists are here to help.

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"Strangers in a New Land is a profound and challenging account of an intensely controversial subject, the first human occupation of the New World, written by an acknowledged master."

— Tom Dillehay, Vanderbilt University

Our book of the month for June is Strangers in a New Land: What Archaeology Reveals About the First Americans by J.M. Adovasio and David Pedler.

Strangers in a New Land tells the fascinating story of the first people to explore and settle in the Americas and details the academic discoveries that challenged the formerly accepted version of New World prehistory that people arrived in the Western Hemisphere around 13,000 years ago.

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“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”
— Albert Einstein

Today is the birthday of everyone’s favourite wild-haired genius Albert Einstein as well as Pi Day — the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π, the first three digits of which are 3, 1, and 4.

To celebrate these two occasions, we’re not only planning to eat some pie (check out the delicious recipe for Killer Pecan Pie in Clueless in the Kitchen for inspiration) but also on brushing up on our math knowledge with great books on the subject.

Whether you’re a hardcore math enthusiast or you’re just interested in how mathematical theories apply to everyday life, we have a book for you. Check out our reading recommendations, and then take our quiz to see how much you know about the history of math.

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