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Invisibles

How behind-the-scenes experts and artists defy a culture of narcissism.

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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...

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).