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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.

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Hell Before Breakfast

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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S Street Rising

A gritty street-level portrait of a dark chapter in the history of Washington, D.C., reflected in the mirror of the author’s own crack addiction.

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Gays in the Military

A new photo book puts a face to the struggles of homosexual men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

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The Most Dangerous Book

This “biography of a book” presents James Joyce’s “Ulysses” as the work that broke the crusading spirit of the U.S. government’s literary censorship during the early 20th century.

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The Bonobo and the Atheist

Primatologist Frans de Waal pays religion the ultimate atheist compliment: Religion is so great that we humans acquired it through the natural process of evolution.

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Fourth of July Creek

Far from big cities or either coast, the characters of Smith Henderson’s first novel are the working poor in sparsely populated towns that few escape and no one ever moves to.

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