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Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans

Oceans cover seven-tenths of the Earth's surface.  In order to traverse the globe, early explorers  -- from the South Pacific to the cold North Sea -- had to venture out into the vast open waters.  Brian Fagan takes readers on a fascinating journey through what may have been the most significant of all human endeavors.

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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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