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January 26, 2015 3 Comments

Bloom Of Arab Spring Fades In Egypt

Protests in Egypt erupted on the fourth anniversary of the Arab Spring. Thanassis Cambanis’ new book explores why Egypt had a revolution and why it failed.

January 23, 2015 4 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather’s new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.

January 20, 2015 9 Comments

Fallen Soldier's Story Continues To Inspire

After Jared Monti was killed, his father started driving his son’s old truck. It inspired a song, and now, a book.

January 15, 2015 4 Comments

Wes Moore On Looking For Work That Matters

After the success of his bestselling memoir, the Army veteran and author is out with a new book, “The Work.”

January 12, 2015 49 Comments

New Ways Of Treating Trauma: Try Some Yoga

A renowned trauma expert says yoga and mindfulness techniques can help people recover from PTSD.

January 6, 2015 4 Comments

Can Marissa Mayer Save Yahoo?

The new book “Marissa Mayer and The Fight To Save Yahoo!” explores the company and the woman brought in to save it.

December 17, 2014 3 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author’s debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 9, 2014 8 Comments

De-Cluttering Your House With Love

Marie Kondo has built a huge following with her method of organizing that focuses on keeping things that inspire joy.

December 8, 2014 Comment

In ‘The Death Of Santini’ Pat Conroy Turns From Fiction To Memoir

We revisit with author Pat Conroy, whose book, “The Death of Santini,” is out in paperback this month.

November 19, 2014 226 Comments

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.

November 18, 2014 3 Comments

Outspoken Olympic Runner Nick Symmonds Pens Memoir

The track star has won his share of races, but he often gets as much attention for what he does off the track as what he does on it.

November 11, 2014 25 Comments

Amanda Palmer On ‘The Art Of Asking’

The performer is both celebrated and attacked for it. She writes in her new memoir, “I am totally not afraid to ask. For anything.”

November 11, 2014 Comment

The First Navy SEALs

Combat historian Patrick O’Donnell has written a new book about the birth of the U.S. military’s most elite unit.

October 30, 2014 3 Comments

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about “the aggregation of marginal gains.”

October 28, 2014 2 Comments

The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller’s Disappearance

A new book attempts to piece together what happened to the 23-year-old heir, who went missing in Dutch New Guinea in 1961.

October 21, 2014 Comment

Jim Gaffigan’s Love Affair With Food

The stand-up comic gives his particular gastronomic take on the world in his new memoir “Food: A Love Story.”

October 15, 2014 3 Comments

Atul Gawande’s Prescription For A Better Way To Die

In his new book “Being Mortal,” surgeon Atul Gawande looks at how doctors and other health care workers can improve end of life and elder care.

October 14, 2014 17 Comments

E.O. Wilson On ‘The Meaning Of Human Existence’

Biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson has written a new book that is longlisted for the National Book Award.

October 14, 2014 3 Comments

Simon Rich Takes On Solipsism In ‘Spoiled Brats’

The 30 year-old, former Saturday Night Live writer’s new book tells humorous stories with a serious message: the importance of perspective.

October 8, 2014 Comment

Carl Hiaasen Writes A ‘Skink’ Book For Teens

Carl Hiaasen has written his first novel for teens, featuring his much loved character, Skink.

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January 27 84 Comments

Nun Hopes For More Gender Equality In The Church

Sister Joan Chittister describes how the Vatican's tone toward nuns has changed and shares her hopes for the Catholic church.

January 26 3 Comments

Limitations Of Winter Freeze Inspire Maine Chef

The food at Vinland in downtown Portland is 100 percent locally sourced, even in the dead of winter.

January 26 Comment

Mayors Examine Community Policing

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has new recommendations on community policing, in the wake of Ferguson.

January 23 4 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather's new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.