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The Paradox of Love

Are the French really better at l'amour?

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The Primate Mind

Do chimps experience empathy? And if they do, what does it mean to be human?

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Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books

The tangible value of the book, in the eyes of a diverse collection of writers.

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Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab

Behind the wheel in the Windy City.

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In the Words of E. B. White

Plainspoken wisdom from the author of Charlotte's Web.

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Reviews & Essays

Octavia, Daughter of God

In 1919, a group of English women received a life-changing revelation: the incarnation of God lived in their midst.

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The Rockets' Red Glare

A new history of "the Rodney Dangerfield of America's wars."

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The Unexamined Orwell

Scholars have pored over his writing, but the life of the author of 1984 and Animal Farm remains mysterious.

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Becoming Ray Bradbury

The legendary sci-fi writer's growth from high school student to master of imagination.

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Amazing Dogs

A "Cabinet of Canine Curiosities" that chronicles four-legged feats, both mythical and real.

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Confessions of a Young Novelist

A "characteristically sly" memoir of the writer's work as an architect of meticulously detailed fictions. 

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The Hollywood Sign

 The history of an icon so entrenched it seems to have grown right out of the hillside.

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Craving Earth

The strange and complex history of pica—the practice of eating dirt.

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The Art of Great Speeches

 What separates a great orator from a tedious windbag? And does it matter?

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Music for Silenced Voices

Beauty and dread in the quartets Shostakovich created in Stalin's shadow.

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