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Hallucinations

Oliver Sacks’ graceful and informative new book, “Hallucinations,” explores the surprising ways in which our brains call up simulated realities that are almost indistinguishable from normal perceptions.

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A Heart of Gold

Since the founding of America, bankers have been a bit of a problem. Perhaps more so, J.R. Moehringer seems to say in his new novel “Sutton,” than the honest, hardworking bank robber.

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Bin Laden of the Indian Wars

Author Robert M. Utley’s account of the elusive Geronimo is a fascinating but sometimes frustrating story.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



A World Without Words

Georgina Harding’s “Painter of Silence” is a disturbing portrait of war, seen through the eyes of a deaf artist.

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Understanding Economics in Plain English

Fedspeak, vague and convoluted answers to economic questions, was popularized by Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. It allowed him to essentially say “no comment” without admitting that he was avoiding questions.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



Fighting Manifest Destiny

“A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico” is a probing and timely study of “the rise of America’s first national anti-war movement.”

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Dreams of His Father

In “Stranger to History,” a memoir recounting Aatish Taseer’s travels through several predominantly Muslim countries, Pakistan emerges much worse after an attempt to “fix” it, a project that also eventually leads to the killing of the author’s father.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



More Medea Than Madonna

In Colm Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary,” the mother of God is a troubled woman, haunted by Golgotha, hunted by assassins and waiting for death.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



Restoring Personhood

“Participation in the arts is a guarantor of other human rights because the first thing that is taken away from vulnerable, unpopular, or minority groups is the right to self-expression,” Francois Matarasso says in “Acting Together, Volume II.”

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Imagine All My Words

“The John Lennon Letters” collects and reproduces 285 postcards, telegrams, to-do lists and other writings from the former Beatle’s early childhood to Dec. 8, 1980, hours before he was killed.

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