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Latest Readings

Clive James, the great cultural critic diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, revisits a lifetime of reading in his latest, and perhaps last book: “If you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.”

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Fortune Smiles

The stories in Adam Johnson’s new collection are all set in an uncanny world you recognize but don’t. From ravaged American cities to abandoned torture chambers, each one is a miniature demonstration of why Johnson won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE



Creatures of a Day

A new book on confronting mortality by Dr. Irvin Yalom illustrates that, when in the midst of another human being’s darkness, we should worry less about shining a light, and instead simply hold the person’s hand and stay in the darkness with him or her.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE



Barbarian Days

William Finnegan’s memoir about surfing has more depth than many about other addictions. Nothing, not even his cliched dream of chasing waves, is as uncomplicated as it appears.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE



Jacksonland

Everyone knows, or should know, about the Cherokee Trail of Tears in the early 1830s. But not till now, with NPR journalist Steve Inskeep’s new book focusing on President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross, has this episode in American history been rendered in such personal and human detail.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



House Keys, Not Handcuffs

A new book asks its readers to understand that the homeless in America need homes and serious social and public health services, not arrests, prosecution, police harassment and the continuing criminalization of the poor.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



A God in Ruins

A new novel takes its place in the line of powerful works about young men and war, and recognizes the courage of those in war’s aftermath, who are left to pick up the pieces.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Almond Garden

The Badam Bagh (“Almond Garden”) penitentiary on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, is home to many incarcerated women whose stories are told in photographs and text in a new book by Gabriela Maj, a Polish-Canadian photographer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE



Black Hole

Black holes have been posited as the basis of time machines, gateways to other universes and the seeds from which baby universes are born. Yet the new book “Black Hole” shows that at every step in its intellectual history, the concept of black holes has been resisted tooth and nail by physicists.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE


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