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The Story of Autism

From midcentury institutions where children deemed feebleminded were committed to live in dark corners covered with their own excrement, to the millennial vaccine mania that corrupted autism research and set health policy back years, a new book paints the story of autism in sweeping, cinematic bursts.

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Dog Whistle Politics

Ian Haney Lopez, the book’s author, writes that many white Americans no longer see themselves as racist. He maintains, however, these people are manipulated by dog whistle politics—coded racial language that “operates on two levels: inaudible and easily denied in one range, yet stimulating strong reactions in another.”

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The Guest Room

For those who value the well-researched novel, and who can stomach the sad and ugly subject, Chris Bohjalian’s book about human trafficking promises to enlighten and entertain.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



Dickey Chapelle Under Fire

Dickey Chapelle, the first female American war correspondent to be killed in action, is featured in a new pictorial memoir that collects her photos and notebooks from World War II to Vietnam.

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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.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



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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