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What’s So Scary About Data Management, Psychology and Social Groups?

Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities has subtle and intelligent writing, dedication to character, and believability -- and a message.

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Minding the Gap of ‘The Great Divide’

Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz examines the causes of economic inequality and proposes solutions in this compilation of essays.

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On Tony Judt’s Endless Train

Be suspicious of romantic narratives, Judt reminds us, for they will only derail our understanding, and take us nowhere.

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Geeks, Chihuahuas, and Our Obsessions With iPhones

The Geek's Chihuahua makes clear that Apple and iPhones are changing us in ways we might not realize. Here's how.

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Jon Ronson and the Outcry Over Outrage

This book warns us that, in an increasingly rough online culture, we might well end up being ashamed of being shameless if we shame others.

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Once You Log Into ‘The Ghost Network’, You Won’t Want to Log Out

Dizzyingly constructed yet undeniably fascinating, The Ghost Network is thoroughly intriguing and dense, with an abundance of techniques that make it feel entirely authentic.

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‘Boo’ Is a Beacon of Light in YA Literature

Funny, uplifting, and poignant, Neil Smith's YA novel, Boo, is a fresh take on life, death, and friendship.

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9 Jun 2015 // 8:00 AM

A Haint in Detroit

A tale of a city and family in flux, The Turner House is a gripping, nuanced reading, heralding the arrival of a major talent.

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‘A Matter of Breeding’ Will Have You Rescuing a Shelter Dog

We’ve done our best friends a grave disservice by forcing them to conform to artificial standards.

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In ‘Theatre of the Unimpressed’, Failure Is the Great Subversion

Jordan Tannahill's book is full of provocative insights and exciting examples of theatre that is striving to resist the mediocrity that bores audiences the world over.

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‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ Is Surprisingly Spiritual in Its Epiphanies

People who read Alan Turing: The Enigma after watching The Imitation Game will feel let down by the film. The epiphanies in the book are remarkable.

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Ethel Payne’s Abundance of Nerve

Pioneering journalist Ethel Payne witnessed – and made – history

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Toni Morrison’s ‘God Help the Child’ Is a Cautionary Tale

God Help the Child shows Morrison's skill in fleshing out an idea through language and detail both rich and taut.

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4 Jun 2015 // 3:05 AM

Lost in ‘The Vorrh’

The Vorrh is almost certainly unlike anything you have read before, but is it worth the considerable effort required to traverse its many pages?

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Kiss and Kill: Vixens, Vamps & Vipers

Although the Golden Age of Comic Books gave us strong, independent and heroic women, the same era also showed a darker side -- villainous women punished for attempting to rise.

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Leo Tolstoy: Out of the Havoc Comes Human Compassion and a Shot at Redemption

Not only are Tolstoy's stories rich and touching, but they are fun to read -- even the tragic ones.

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‘Thirty Girls’: What We Learned Later

Thirty Girls is an artful fictionalized account of the 1996 kidnapping of the St. Mary’s College schoolgirls of Aboke, Uganda.

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Nobody Won the ‘War for the Soul of America’

Andrew Hartman’s engaging exploration of the culture wars confirms that the conflicts will never be resolved because both sides are too extreme for America's moderate middle-ground.

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Simon Spence’s Biography of the Happy Mondays Is ‘All Excess’

This is an excellent biography of the defining band of the ‘chemical generation’.

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‘Teaching Plato in Palestine’ Marks a Valiant Effort, but Falls Short of Consolation

Carlos Fraenkel champions two causes: the first is a culture of debate; the second is an allegiance to the principle of fallibilism. Unfortunately, both are hard to come by.

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