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Featured August 28, 2014
on All Things Considered

The Bone Clocks David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell

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Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of Read More »



Featured August 28, 2014
on Diane Rehm Show - NPR

Unretirement

Unretirement
by Chris Farrell

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How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life

The budget battles of recent years have amplified the warnings of demographic doomsayers who predicted that a wave of baby boomers would bleed America dry, bankrupting Social Security and Medicare as they faded into an impoverished old age. On the contrary, argues award-winning journalist Chris Farrell, we are instead on the verge of a broad, positive transformation of our economy and society. The old idea of “retirement”—a word that means withdrawal, describing a Read More »



Featured August 28, 2014
on PBS News Hour

What We See When We Read Peter Mendelsund

What We See When We Read
by Peter Mendelsund

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A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader. What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented images on a page—a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat positioned Read More »



Featured August 28, 2014
on PBS News Hour

Cover Peter Mendelsund

Cover
by Peter Mendelsund

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Peter Mendelsund has enjoyed years as a much-sought-after book cover designer and art director. Among the many recognizable jackets he has created are those for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; collections of the works of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, and Foucault; the contemporary works of Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus, Jo Nesbø, and James Gleick; and many more. All have greatly benefited from the care and touch Mendelsund gave them Read More »



Featured August 27, 2014
on CBS This Morning

The Nanny Diaries Emma McLaughlin

The Nanny Diaries
by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

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Wanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless—bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. Those who take it personally Read More »



Featured August 27, 2014
on All Things Considered

The Boy Kings Of Texas Domingo Martinez

The Boy Kings Of Texas
by Domingo Martinez

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A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980's, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America Read More »



Featured August 27, 2014
on Diane Rehm Show - NPR

Someone Alice McDermott

Someone
by Alice McDermott

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A fully realized portrait of one woman’s life in all its complexity, by the National Book Award–winning author An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections—of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age Read More »



Featured August 26, 2014
on Today

Love Sex Again Lauren Streicher

Love Sex Again
by Lauren Streicher

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A Gynecologist Finally Fixes the Medical Problems That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life

Love Sex Again is an all-encompassing guide to women's sexual health from Dr. Lauren Streicher, a cutting-ede Gynecologist, and a regular on The Dr. Oz Show. Ladies, what if one of America's leading sexual specialists and Gynecologist told you that she knew your body better than you did? What if she told you that she could fix the problems that are making your sex life less than perfect? More than 100 Read More »



Featured August 26, 2014
on All Things Considered

Fives and Twenty-fives Michael Pitre

Fives and Twenty-fives
by Michael Pitre

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It’s the rule—always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead. Fives and twenty-fives mark the Read More »

The challenges of war and life after it



Featured August 26, 2014
on Diane Rehm Show - NPR

Confessions Of An Ivy League Frat Boy

Confessions Of An Ivy League Frat Boy
by Andrew Lohse

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An account of sordidness and redemption by the Dartmouth fraternity member whose Rolling Stone profile blew the whistle on the frat's inhumane hazing practices. Always trust the brotherhood. Always protect your pledge brothers. What happens in the house stays in the house. Before attending Dartmouth, the worst thing Andrew Lohse had ever done was skip school to attend a John McCain rally. Growing up in suburban New Jersey, he was the typical American honor Read More »



Featured August 26, 2014
on Diane Rehm Show - NPR

College (Un)Bound Jeffrey J. Selingo

College (Un)Bound
by Jeffrey J. Selingo

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The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

What is the value of a college degree?

The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment on the rise, people are beginning to question that value. Is a college diploma still worth pursuing at any price?

In College (Un Read More »



Featured August 26, 2014
on Colbert Report

The Giver Lois Lowry

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

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At the age of twelve, Jonas, a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life.

"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened." Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life. December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a Read More »




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