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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 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.