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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]

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Rave WSJ review of Change Agent

In the words of Tom Shippey “Biopunk has been waiting for its William Gibson, to bring a whole new vision of the future as Mr. Gibson did for cyberpunk, and Daniel Suarez has done it. The central story is riveting…Even more compelling, maybe, is the imagined background, the ‘agritowers’ or vertical hydroponics farms, the ‘pharmatowers,’ … [Read More]

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Bannon’s views inspired by The Fourth Turning’s warning: “Winter is Coming”

Neil Howe and William Strauss’ The Fourth Turning, a 1997 book that foresees a crisis on par with the Civil War, helps explain the basis of an “America First” agenda that Stephen K. Bannon has helped shape.

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Eric Liu’s How-To Book for Wielding Power

David Bornstein raves Liu’s “engaging and extremely timely book” takes stories of citizen action and distills them into “powerful insights and strategies.” In Liu’s words “This book is for underdogs and challengers. It’s for people who want to be change agents, not defenders of the status quo.”

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Fortune Makers lauded in the Wall Street Journal

Business scholars Michael Useem, Harbir Singh, and Peter Cappelli at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Neng Liang of the China Europe International Business School sketch portraits of dozens of China’s major private companies, including the e-commerce giant Alibaba, the auto maker Geely and the property developer Vanke, which are now powerful forces far … [Read More]

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Ignatius and Fairouz’s The New Prince Premieres in Amsterdam

The New Prince received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience at its world premiere last Friday. Set in 2032, it shows Machiavelli revising his book for a new era. Much of the effectiveness of the harmony between libretto and score stems from Ignatius’s skillful use of actual words used by the historical figures. Reviewer Mervyn … [Read More]