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Muhammad: A Life

Two new books, each by an accomplished scholar, address how Muslims and non-Muslims interpret Muhammad’s life in a changing world.

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Living on a Dollar a Day

Nearly 1.8 billion people live in extreme poverty, most barely surviving on $1 a day. A new book of photography documents the everyday lives of the world’s poorest people.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE



Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts

A new biography reclaims the playwright of “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” as a self-conscious, committed artist who strove to break through the limits of production and consistently voice his lifelong contempt for American materialism, imperialism, racism and puritanism.

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Story/Time

“Story/Time: The Life of an Idea,” by acclaimed dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, reads like the origin story of a superhero, in which the most intriguing parts revolve around how the superhero discovers and acquires his power.

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The Unsubstantial Air

This “terrific book,” by Sam Hynes who spent WWII as a marine pilot, is written with personal knowledge of what it was to be young and learning to fly, and of the gains and losses that combat flying brings to those who engage in it.

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The Chain

A new expose of Big Pig reveals that for all the hoopla about artisanal bacon and grass fed beef, Spam and its industrial meat cousins are still what’s for dinner.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



Joan of Arc

In a new biography of the French girl freedom-fighter, it isn’t the maid of Orleans who receives the blazing light of scrutiny so much as the society that engulfed her and the literary imagination in which she endures.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



The Watts Towers

A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia’s towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



Frankenstorm

In time for its second anniversary, Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst natural disasters in American history, has a pair of new biographies.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

You either let this innovative novel, written in an impressionistic style reflecting a fragmented and damaged psyche, teach you how to read it, or you suffer through what could feel like a migraine in print.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE


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