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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.

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How to Clone a Mammoth

If we could bring back extinct species, should we? This is one of the questions explored by Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist who takes the fantastic to a higher level with her new book, “How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.”

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The Making of a Man

A Dutch journalist, revealing his own body’s transition from female to male under the influence of testosterone, allows us to see gender as simply one component of the complicated human experience.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



At Home in Exile, an Ode to the Richness of Jewish Diaspora Life

In his new book, Alan Wolfe presents his view that Jewish universalism is rooted in “the passion for justice that so moved the Hebrew prophets.”

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Galileo’s Middle Finger

As is true of any human endeavor, the pursuit of science cannot be entirely objective — ideology and economics inevitably play roles.

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The Teaching Brain

This book asks the questions at the root of education: What is teaching? How does it take place? What is the process? And the question at the heart of the matter: How does teaching differ from learning?

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



Data and Goliath

It was actually the corporate world that built a “massive Internet eavesdropping system,” a new book notes, and the NSA just tapped into it. “It’s less Big Brother, and more hundreds of tattletale little brothers.”

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The Dig

Cynan Jones’ powerful new novel uses the idea of the badger and the sett—its den—as an allegory “for the way we try to create a safe space for ourselves and the things we care for, and how some external force can break into and destroy that.”

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The Buried Giant

A new book by Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novels defy classification, is set in a medieval wilderness, complete with dragons and wizards. But as in all his invented worlds, what interests Ishiguro is the abiding human heart.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



Being Mortal

Surgeon and public health expert Atul Gawande writes in his book on facing the final phase of life that “as people’s capacities wane ... making their lives better often requires curbing our purely medical imperatives. ... When should we try to fix and when should we not?”

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