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The Underground Girls of Kabul

A fascinating new book about the Afghan subculture of “bacha posh,” in which families without boys designate their young daughters to live as honorary sons.

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A Chronicle of Echoes

Teaching in the American public school system, in another 10 years, could be reduced to a temp job or a micromanaged performance scripted by corporations. Who are the people behind this implosion?

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



On the Run

The result of six years of intensive fieldwork, “On the Run” examines the precarious lives of men who are in and out of prison, and the devastating effects on already impoverished urban communities.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



The Narrow Road to the Deep North

This novel, nominated for the Man Booker Prize, examines a group of Australian POWs during WWII as individuals, and their efforts to cling to the trappings of civilization no matter how slight or futile.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs

Author Greil Marcus doesn’t explain these 10 songs (including one sung by Amy Winehouse, shown) or their power to thrill him; he tries to re-create in prose how it might have felt to perform them.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



American Catch

We are “a seafood debtor nation,” with imported seafood gracing more than 85 percent of our plates. Why not embrace the ocean bounty that can still be found off America’s shores, Paul Greenberg’s book asks.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



Hell Before Breakfast

Before Twitter, Skype, the Web, before even TV, there was still news. And sometimes powerful reporting needs no technology, just words.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



My Age of Anxiety

Understanding a fundamental aspect of anxiety—the fear of being revealed—highlights the bravery of Scott Stossel’s book, which explores the author’s lifelong struggle as “a twitchy bundle of phobias, fears, and neuroses.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



The Sixth Extinction

Many now-extinct species had traits that were advantageous for millions of years, until some change made them lethal. Mostly, Homo sapiens are that change.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



War of the Whales

Harmful, unintended consequences of technological advances, such as the deadly mass strandings of whales caused by naval sonar, need to be confronted, not denied.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


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