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PW Review of Cartoon County

Publisher’s Weekly lauds Cartoon County, describing Cullen Murphy’s depiction of his father’s experience in the war and his relationship with mentor Norman Rockwell as “particularly fascinating.”

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The Meditation Cure: Robert Wright’s Answer to Anxiety

In his new book Why Buddhism is True, Robert Wright describes how this basic practice of Buddhism turns out to be one of the best ways to deal with the anxieties and appetites bequeathed to us by our evolutionary history

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HBR: Why Leaders Should Read Daniel Suarez & Other Sci-fi

Calling for all business leaders to reframe their perspectives by embracing science fiction, HBR’s top recommendation is Daniel Suarez’s thriller Change Agent, which describes “a near future in which synthetic biology has reshaped every industry” and “CRISPR-enhanced babies are the new hot-button social issue.”  

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Machine, Platform, Crowd Rave Review

The Economist praises MIT Professors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson’s latest, calling it  “an astute romp through important digital trends” that’s “hard to beat.”

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Ronen Bergman wins Sokolow Prize (the Israeli Pulitzer)

Dr. Bergman was awarded the prize, “For a series of important and bold journalistic scoops,” ranging from the doings at the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic medicine to the last interviews given by former Mossad head Meir Dagan.

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Finn Murphy’s The Long Haul lauded in NYT

The Times raves “The stories Murphy tells…my goodness, how astonishing they are, and how moving, and how funny, and how just plain weird. Wait until you get to the one about the unlikely polygamist. Or the client who dies, mid-move. The next time you think of your movers as invisible, remember: They see all of … [Read More]

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NYT Review of Talking Pictures: “Hornaday is a Genius”

Inspired by a series of instructional articles she assembled for her readers some years back, here Ann Hornaday, an estimable movie critic at The Washington Post and a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in criticism, considers various aspects of filmmaking in chapters that roughly follow the timeline of production.

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Dan McGinn: How to Psych Children Up to Perform

Dan McGinn, author of “Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed,” shares some science-tested tips on the best way to encourage children to succeed in sports tryouts, auditions, exams, and more.

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“Mothers and Sons”: NYT Review of Rebel Mother

Caught between parents, cultures and ideologies, Andreas’s thoroughly engrossing account of his conflicted upbringing is enriched by excerpts from his mother’s diaries, offering glimpses into the mind of a woman so driven by a desire for social equality that her actions call into question what constitutes quality parenting. “I really feel terrible sometimes when I … [Read More]

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The Big Thirst picked for College of Charleston’s Campus-Wide Read

The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman explores humanity’s relationship to water. Fishman will speak on the book on Charleston’s campus on November 6 and 7.

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Why Buddhism is True Starred PW Review

Publisher’s Weekly raves “Wright’s joyful and insightful book is both entertaining and informative, equally accessible to general audiences and more experienced practitioners.”

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Rebel Mother: What It’s Like to Join a Revolution as a Five-Year-Old

Peter Andreas’s memoir ‘Rebel Mother’ relates an incredible childhood of communes and coups across the US and Latin America. All told, Andreas’s journey with his mom took him through a whirlwind of states, countries, homes, and schools between the ages of five and 11. There was the commune in Berkeley; the farm in Chile (when … [Read More]