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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist

The new year in books explodes with a fantastic debut novel set amid the melee of the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle.

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American Artists Against War

Artists of conscience have always responded angrily and passionately to war, genocide and torture. This book examines the work of American visual artists from 1935 to 2010 who believed that governments and humanity must be held to higher moral standards.

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‘Democracy in America’

“What good does it do me, after all,” asks Alexis de Toqueville in his classic book, “if an ever-watchful authority ... races ahead of me to ward off all danger, sparing me the need even to think about such things, if that authority ... is also absolute master of my liberty and my life?”

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Thinking Beyond the Age of Fire

Human society without fire is unthinkable. But a new book says we need to think of a world where fire gives way to electricity.

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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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