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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.

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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



Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster

A team of scientists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recount, in the new book “Fukushima,” what happens when a catastrophe strikes that no one imagines. Early and often comes the warning: Hubris Ahead.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



All the Wild That Remains

Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner are two of the most influential Western environmentalists and writers of the 20th century. A new book, “All the Wild That Remains,” is an excellent primer for readers new to Abbey and Stegner and their continuing relevance.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Reagan: The Life

Drawing heavily on the former president’s diaries and a raft of memoirs by insiders, author H.W. Brands’ “Reagan: The Life” tells its story briskly, punctuated by doses of well-tempered historical context, occasional and always gentle corrections of Reagan’s flawed representations, and a dash of analysis.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



On the Move

Since the 1985 publication of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” neurologist Oliver Sacks has been enlightening readers with sharply observed, generously humane medical case studies. In his latest book, “On the Move: A Life,” Sacks presents an extended study of the patient he knows best: himself.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE


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