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I Am the Beggar of the World

In a striking collection of underground poetry written by Afghan women—and punctuated by photographs from the women’s lives—voices that are often silenced speak out about topics as varied as the Taliban, American occupation, sex, poverty, domestic abuse, marriage, Guantanamo and George W. Bush.

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Gratitude

When Dr. Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he wrote, “I have loved and been loved. ... Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”

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First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

Why do we like to eat what we eat? This book explores food and the malleability of taste, memory, family and marketing, asking us to pause and re-examine what we think we know.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



Avenue of Mysteries

John Irving, now 73, asks in his 14th novel how a child becomes an adult storyteller, amid outrageous calamities somewhere between coincidence and fate.

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A Strangeness in My Mind

In telling the story of a Turkish boy who moves from a village to the country’s largest city and spends the next 40 years as a peddler, Orhan Pamuk does for Istanbul something like what James Joyce did for Dublin.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Children of the Stone

A fierce 8-year-old Palestinian boy, caught in a famous photograph throwing a rock at an Israeli soldier, grows up to become a great classical violist dedicated to bringing music and musical education to Palestinian children.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Back to the Dark Side: Dick Cheney’s Pax Americana

“Exceptional,” the new book from former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, is nothing more than an unhinged rant that smacks of sedition.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Reclaiming Conversation

We live in a world of incessant connection, and for all the communication it supposedly provides, it’s destroying open-ended conversation. “We are being silenced by our technologies,” Sherry Turkle writes in a new book.

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The Influence Machine

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, far from being a “small town organization that helps keep Main Street clean,” is a hard-right ideological force, arguably the “single most influential organization in American politics” outside of the two major parties.

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Primo Levi, Complete

“I deliberately assumed the calm and sober language of the witness, not the lament of the victim or the anger of the avenger. ... It is you who are the judges.” Those are the words of Primo Levi, one of the most essential writers of the 20th century—particularly of the Holocaust.

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