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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.

October 6, 2014 6 Comments

Afghan Daughters Raised As Sons

Jenny Nordberg chronicles a practice known as Bacha Posh in Afghanistan, whereby parents raise a daughter as a son.

October 2, 2014 47 Comments

Writing Well: A Scientist’s Take On Style

Cognitive scientist Steve Pinker draws from linguistics and neuroscience research to answer the question, what makes writing good?

October 1, 2014 3 Comments

This Music Has No Borders: Scots-Irish Music In Appalachia

A new book and companion CD follow the immigration and music of Scots-Irish who came to Appalachia in the 18th and 19th centuries.

September 30, 2014 Comment

Medieval Mystery Novel Out In Paperback

English professor Bruce Holsinger’s medieval mystery novel is out in paperback, and features Geoffrey Chaucer.

September 29, 2014 30 Comments

Methodist Pastor Faces Last Church Trial

Reverend Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating his son’s same-sex marriage and later reinstated, awaits one more church trial. He writes about the experience in a new memoir.

September 23, 2014 6 Comments

The Lawyer Who Would ‘Stop At Nothing To Win’

Paul Barrett’s new book chronicles a decades long environmental case to win compensation for Ecuador’s indigenous tribes, and the lawyer who waged it.

September 22, 2014 47 Comments

Demystifying The Islamic Veil

Sahar Amer, an Islamic studies professor, takes a comparative cultural look at the hotly debated and misunderstood practice of veiling.

September 17, 2014 44 Comments

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.

September 11, 2014 Comment

Dennis Lehane Takes ‘The Drop’ From Screen To Page

Author Dennis Lehane discusses adapting a screenplay into a novel.

September 3, 2014 7 Comments

Road Trip Explores Americans’ Obsession With Dogs

Benoit Denizet-Lewis traveled across the country to find out why Americans love dogs so much.

September 2, 2014 66 Comments

Why It’s Time To Talk About Menopause

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer and a comic and one of the few women who actually wants to talk about menopause.

August 26, 2014 113 Comments

A Fan Says No To Football

Steve Almond writes, “our allegiance to football legitimizes and ever fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and even homophobia.”

August 6, 2014 7 Comments

What Are You Agreeing To In Online Contracts?

If you don’t read all the fine print – and who does – you might be agreeing to more than you bargained for.

August 4, 2014 Comment

Book Gives Fly-On-The-Wall Access To Nixon Presidency

The voice-activated recordings that Nixon had made between February 1971 and January 1973 are transcribed in “The Nixon Tapes.”

July 31, 2014 2 Comments

New Novel Tells The Story Of The First Mass School Shooting

On August 1, 1966, a young man started shooting from the clock tower on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

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October 23 Comment

New Documentary Profiles Human Rights Watch Team

An elite group known as the E-Team travels across the globe documenting human rights violations and war crimes.

October 23 Comment

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

The world's oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

October 22 13 Comments

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

Critics say a ban would violate the state's voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

October 22 4 Comments

Modest Raise For Social Security Recipients

Economist Diane Swonk says the 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase falls short of the inflation older Americans actually see.