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Love Your Big Brother: What Orwell's '1984' Tells Us About 2009

George Orwell's seminal work, 1984, can equip its readers with the intellectual apparatus necessary to see through the routine mendacity and stupefying barrage of euphemism that plagues contemporary political life.

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell's thesis is to equalize opportunity, which will eventually enrich the world -- this is what makes this book such a valuable read.

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The Post-American World

The Post-American World - Fareed Zakaria - W. W. Norton [$25.95]

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Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

Even when describing the death of a young child, Petterson eschews excessive emotion and relates both the incident and its aftermath with steely calm.

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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

A computer-savvy 15-year-old would probably find Little Brother entirely worthwhile, and she wouldn’t be wrong.

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Fareed Zakaria's View of a Post-American World

No one book will make all the difference, but familiarity with this particular volume would help ensure that the 44th President of the US is better equipped to deal with America’s changing role than the 43rd.

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Signed, Mata Hari by Yannick Murphy

The ability of fiction to evoke empathy and seek emotional truth transcends mere historical details, and it is these things that Yannick Murphy does so well in her new novel.

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Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski

This is clearly the work of a superior intellect, but one that doesn’t shy away from juicy plot twists or exciting set pieces, fashioning a story that thrills without condescension.

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The Gathering by Anne Enright

A multigenerational saga that never sacrifices intimacy for affected grandeur, a domestic novel that feels limitless in scope, and a family tragedy that affirms the very life it laments.

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The Best Game Ever by Jim Reisler

When Reisler focuses on the game itself, his knack for storytelling takes over, and he convincingly recreates the sights and sounds of October 13, 1960.

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Economical and considered out of necessity, this is so meticulously crafted that there isn’t a wasted passage or a superfluous phrase.

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