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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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The Empty Room

Lauren B. Davis’ novel dissects the patterns of fear, denial, lies and justification that propel an alcoholic further into an addiction that destroys everything she has and is.

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A Troublesome Inheritance

Is there a topic more divisive than race? If so, perhaps it’s the pairing of science and race.

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Stokely: A Life

For too long, this country has relegated its militant black figures to the margins of the historical record. A new biography of Stokely Carmichael is a major antidote to that problem.

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Remember Me Like This

Bret Anthony Johnston’s first novel is the emotionally subtle tale of a long-missing child’s unexpected return and a family’s complicated recovery.

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CapitaLetters Review of ‘No Place to Hide’

Glenn Greenwald’s new book makes a compelling case about the rightness of Edward Snowden’s actions.

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Robert Scheer’s Mini Review of Glenn Greenwald’s New Book

It is 4 a.m. and I have just finished reading, in one sitting, the Kindle download of a book that I intended only to skim because I thought that I knew the full story.

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A Broken Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen’s music was like “cluster bombs,” Liel Leibovitz writes. “They dropped fast, penetrated deeply, and set off a series of ongoing explosions that resonated long after they were first heard.”

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In Paradise

Peter Matthiessen’s final novel, set in 1996, is inspired by the author’s participation in a Zen retreat at the site of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.

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