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Markets Cannot Solve the Climate Crisis

“Free range” capitalism is one of the causes of climate change, and it must be reformed if we are to solve the crisis, Andreas Malm writes in his new book, “Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming.”

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A Conversation With Greil Marcus

Allen Barra sits down with cultural critic Greil Marcus to discuss “Real Life Rock,” a book compilation of Marcus’ “Real Life Rock Top Ten” columns written between 1986 and 2014, and “Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations,” his collection of William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in History of American Civilization 2013 at Harvard University.

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The Penguin Lessons

In 1975, Tom Michell rescued a tar-covered penguin from an oil spill in Uruguay. And while Juan Salvador (John Saved), the penguin, is central to this story, the main characters in this book are the people in Michell’s life who interact with Juan. This mute little creature brought out the best in all who crossed his path.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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