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A God in Ruins

A new novel takes its place in the line of powerful works about young men and war, and recognizes the courage of those in war’s aftermath, who are left to pick up the pieces.

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Almond Garden

The Badam Bagh (“Almond Garden”) penitentiary on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, is home to many incarcerated women whose stories are told in photographs and text in a new book by Gabriela Maj, a Polish-Canadian photographer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE



Black Hole

Black holes have been posited as the basis of time machines, gateways to other universes and the seeds from which baby universes are born. Yet the new book “Black Hole” shows that at every step in its intellectual history, the concept of black holes has been resisted tooth and nail by physicists.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE



Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

A team of scientists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recount, in the new book “Fukushima,” what happens when a catastrophe strikes that no one imagines. Early and often comes the warning: Hubris Ahead.

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All the Wild That Remains

Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner are two of the most influential Western environmentalists and writers of the 20th century. A new book, “All the Wild That Remains,” is an excellent primer for readers new to Abbey and Stegner and their continuing relevance.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Reagan: The Life

Drawing heavily on the former president’s diaries and a raft of memoirs by insiders, author H.W. Brands’ “Reagan: The Life” tells its story briskly, punctuated by doses of well-tempered historical context, occasional and always gentle corrections of Reagan’s flawed representations, and a dash of analysis.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



On the Move

Since the 1985 publication of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” neurologist Oliver Sacks has been enlightening readers with sharply observed, generously humane medical case studies. In his latest book, “On the Move: A Life,” Sacks presents an extended study of the patient he knows best: himself.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE



How to Clone a Mammoth

If we could bring back extinct species, should we? This is one of the questions explored by Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist who takes the fantastic to a higher level with her new book, “How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.”

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The Making of a Man

A Dutch journalist, revealing his own body’s transition from female to male under the influence of testosterone, allows us to see gender as simply one component of the complicated human experience.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



At Home in Exile, an Ode to the Richness of Jewish Diaspora Life

In his new book, Alan Wolfe presents his view that Jewish universalism is rooted in “the passion for justice that so moved the Hebrew prophets.”

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE


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