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Knocking on Heaven's Door

Why postponing the end of life makes confronting it even more traumatic.

 

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America's Obsessives

Did our country's founders, inventors, and business leaders all have the same neurological quirk?

 

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Top Dog

Dispelling the myths of victory, and unpacking the true motives behind competitive spirit.

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Salt Sugar Fat

Has the rise of processed food created a generation of addicts?

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Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life

The joy of not knowing what could have been.

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Mortality

A matchless man of letters contemplates the end.

 

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Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

A study of the most attention-getting of body parts reveals an organ as mysterious as it is vital.

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Rez Life

A memoir of life on Ojibwe reservation is both a portrait of a vanishing world and a look at why it's disappearing.

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Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

The author's latest experiment with himself is a whirlwind journey through a thousand fitness regimens.

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Swim: Why We Love the Water

Why do we love the water? A journalist and swimming enthusiast dives into the question.

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Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away

The strange allure of catastrophe.

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Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners

How many languages can one human mind master?

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The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting

A look at the evolution of shopping’s shadowy cousin.

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Extra Lives

A dedicated gamer's reflections on the power, the potential, and the price of ever-multiplying virtual worlds. Read more...

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The Shaking Woman

A novelist's unique investigation into the mysteries of brain and body.

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Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness

Ariel Gore's new book looks at the complex, sometimes unhappy, relationship modern women have with…happiness. Read more...

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 Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."