The Science of Kissing

Dooley Wilson may sing "a kiss is just a kiss" in Casablanca, but science journalists like Sheril Kirshenbaum know that even the most fundamental things can benefit from having curiosity applied to them, as in her enlightening examination of the history, science, and prospects of osculatory pursuits.

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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…