Religion for Atheists

Anyone who has encountered Alain de Botton's writing already knows that he is a bastion of sanity, compassion, and open-minded inquiry in a polarized world. His latest highly readable treatise is no exception. Carefully sorting through the claims of religion, both practical and numinous, de Botton analyzes what kind of worthwhile practices can be rescued from the larger, harder-to-swallow theological constructs.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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