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The Pluto Platter and the Power of Play

DAYBOOK

The Pluto Platter and the Power of Play

By Steve King ×

Sixty years ago, the first flying saucer crossed American skies -- and changed the face of play....
Best Friends Forever

FICTION

Best Friends Forever

Essay by Lizzie Skurnick ×

In the most resonant stories of girls coming of age, writes Lizzie Skurnick, nobody goes it alone.
The Book that Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation

AMERICAN HISTORY

The Book that Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

When a network of American readers passed around a single copy of Darwin's revolutionary work, they enlisted the book in a cause dear to their hearts. Review by Barbara Spindel.
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

SCIENCE

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Reviewed by Melissa H. Pierson ×

What is the self? Ask an octopus, suggest Peter Godfrey-Smith. Review by Melissa H. Pierson.
A Season of Discovery

DISCOVER

A Season of Discovery

Posted by The Barnes and Noble Review ×

Get in on the ground floor of great reading: the Discover Great New Writers Selections for Spring 2017.
Utopian Tomorrow or Yesterday’s Dream?

DAYBOOK

Utopian Tomorrow or Yesterday’s Dream?

By Steve King ×

The United Nations Security Council turns 70. Is its mission a thing of the past?
The Gardens of Consolation

FICTION

The Gardens of Consolation

Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×

A novel of Iran in the decades leading to Revolution is both a love story and a political epic. Review by Anna Mundow.
More Sea Lions: Marcy Dermansky Keeps Breaking the Rules

INTERVIEW

More Sea Lions: Marcy Dermansky Keeps Breaking the Rules

Profile by Michele Filgate ×

Michele Filgate talks with the author of "The Red Car" about road trips and writing a story that sent her main character "somewhere I wanted to go."...
Selection Day

FICTION

Selection Day

Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×

The author of "The White Tiger" returns with a novel that looks at contemporary India through the lens of an obsession with sport. Review by Katherine A. Powers....
Enigma Variations

FICTION

Enigma Variations

Reviewed by Mark Athitakis ×

Andre Aciman's new novel might just be the ultimate refutation of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Review by Mark Athitakis.
Tuning In, En Masse

DAYBOOK

Tuning In, En Masse

By Steve King ×

Fifty years ago this week, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park became home to a countercultural gathering called "The Human Be-In."
No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

FICTION

No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

Reviewed by David L. Ulin ×

A novel of life in the Syrian city of Aleppo counters the images of war with a multifaceted, fragile portrait of the city's human past. Review by David L. Ulin.