Displaying articles for: April 2011

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

From the author of Praying for Sheetrock, the story of her life with a unusually large, lively household.

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Moral Combat

A noted historian of the Third Reich offers "a moral history of the Second World War."

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Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

A history of the polymer and a guide to the possibilities and pitfalls of a world dependent on its use.

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Branch Rickey

The man who brought Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball—and changed the sport forever—gets the biography he deserves.

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Where I Live

A new gathering of verse from the prizewinning poet celebrates a life on the land.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangledeshi mathematician and the haunting crime he's committed barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and ravaged Afghanistan with vinegar-steeped prose recalling the best of George Orwell and Joseph Conrad.

The People's Platform

Why is the Internet - once touted as the democratizer of the future - ruled by a few corporate giants, while countless aspirants work for free? Astra Taylor diagnoses why the web has failed to be a utopian playing field, and offers compelling ways we can diversify the marketplace and give voice to the marginalized.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.