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What Commands Your Behaviors? On 'Rule Makers, Rule Breakers'

In Rule Makes, Rule Breakers, Michele Gelfand gives many examples — both historical and contemporary — to prove how the customs that have shaped worldviews, behaviors, identities, and personal lives in any particular culture have originated from underlying perceptions of threat.

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On Saul Bellow's Artful Two-mindedness

There may be simply too much to think about, but Saul Bellow certainly made a valiant effort over the course of his long career.

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Christopher Hitchens' Posthumous Anthology, 'And Yet...', and Yet There Is More

Why reprint what's already available, as done here, if a bounty of miscellanea is still uncollected?

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'Ghosts: A Haunted History' Is Sure to Grip the Believer and the Skeptic Alike

Comprehensive, fascinating, and eye-catching, Lisa Morton's Ghosts: A Haunted History is the only book you'll ever need about the world's most notable supernatural entity.

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Congo Horrors Reported Graphically for 'Army of God'

A difficult new work of nonfiction graphic journalism chronicles human rights atrocities in Central Africa.

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'Detropia' Ponders the Fate of Motor City

Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady raise the question: Is Detroit a place of despair or opportunity?

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There's a Lot of Teeth Gnashing in Elisabeth Badinter's 'The Conflict'

Are women forgoing motherhood because they're afraid they'll fall short of the ideal of the "good mother"? Badinter makes an occasionally convincing if myopic case for that, but frankly, I hope not.

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On President Obama's Mother: 'A Singular Woman' and Her Egalitarian Spirit

This book reveals Stanley Ann to be an intellectually curious, passionate, idealistic, and unconventional woman whose sense of wonder and love shaped the lives of two children -- including the one that would become the 44th president of the United States.

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'Nothing' Is Filled with Insuppressible Imagination

Blake Butler titled his first work of nonfiction Nothing, but it could have just as easily been called Everything

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Our Animals, Ourselves: Jenny Diski's 'What I Don't Know About Animals'

Don’t be fooled by the cover. Jenny Diski’s book isn’t really about animals; it’s about us.

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How to Live by Henry Alford

Of the five traits that comprise wisdom, Alford found that the one most commonly shared between his subjects is a certain “nonattachment” to the eccentricities of life.

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The Boys From Dolores: Fidel Castros Classmates from Revolution to Exile by Patrick Symmes

Travel writer captures the essence of Fidel's school days in The Boys From Dolores.

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