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Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue

Do we underrate the value of faithfulness?

 

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Living in Parallel

Reading Brian Greene, Dezső Kosztolányi, and Henry James—and discovering the quandaries of the infinite.

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The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise

An unlikely guide to getting ahead in business, from the verbally inventive author of A Void.

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Where Good Ideas Come From

A stimulating and wide-ranging investigation of the genesis of innovation, by a culturally omnivorous reader and thinker (you'll learn a lot).

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The Honor Code

A philosopher argues for honor as a key moral concept—and as the catalyst for moral revolutions.

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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 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."