A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD ECONOMY
By Randy Charles Epping
Vintage Books, $12

No more fumbling for a way out when the conversation turns to free trade megazones. This interesting, reader-friendly guide gets you up to speed on economics.

BOBOS IN PARADISE
By David Brooks
Touchstone, $14

An often-hilarious look at the bohemian-inspired, capitalist-bred “Bobo,” a term coined by Brooks to describe America’s new upper-crust-with-a-conscience.