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David Foster Wallace: A Life

A new biography, “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story,” has collected fascinating details of David Foster Wallace’s life, but fails to examine his development as a writer.

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The World Until Yesterday

For an audience that may consider the present moment uncritically, Jared Diamond’s “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?” reminds us that in the headlong rush to modernity, much has been lost.

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Time of Useful Consciousness

Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s new book, “Time of Useful Consciousness,” is a fresh missive looping through the history of America from a 93-year-old Beat who has always refused to sit down.

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The Balloonist

MacDonald Harris is a writer “too good to be neglected,” writes Philip Pullman in the introduction to this reissue of Harris’ highly original 1976 novel “The Balloonist.” Set in 1897, it follows a middle-aged Swedish aeronaut as he aims to sail over the Arctic in a balloon to the North Pole.

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Game Over

Dave Zirin, in “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down,” returns to his favorite topics: race, gender, unions, the corporatization and corruption of sports, and athletes willing to speak out on any of the above.

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Hallucinations

Oliver Sacks’ graceful and informative new book, “Hallucinations,” explores the surprising ways in which our brains call up simulated realities that are almost indistinguishable from normal perceptions.

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A Heart of Gold

Since the founding of America, bankers have been a bit of a problem. Perhaps more so, J.R. Moehringer seems to say in his new novel “Sutton,” than the honest, hardworking bank robber.

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Bin Laden of the Indian Wars

Author Robert M. Utley’s account of the elusive Geronimo is a fascinating but sometimes frustrating story.

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A World Without Words

Georgina Harding’s “Painter of Silence” is a disturbing portrait of war, seen through the eyes of a deaf artist.

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Understanding Economics in Plain English

Fedspeak, vague and convoluted answers to economic questions, was popularized by Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. It allowed him to essentially say “no comment” without admitting that he was avoiding questions.

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