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Long Day’s First Night

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Long Day’s First Night

by Steve King ×

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey Into Night to his wife,...

The Price of Altruism

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The Price of Altruism

Reviewed by Alan Grafen ×

A biography of George Price, an enigmatic figure in evolutionary biology—visionary, showman, scientist, gadfly.

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Zoo Story

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Zoo Story

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

Tigers escape and elephants fly in this chronicle of a Florida zoo’s days.

How Pleasure Works

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How Pleasure Works

by James Mustich ×

Is there a unifying engine of desire behind the variegated affections of humanity? Yale psychologist Paul Bloom attempts to parse the hidden mechanisms underlying our preferences, be they sexual,...

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Gone with the Windshield

by Jason Reich ×

Burns in Stone

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Burns in Stone

by Steve King ×

July 21: On this day in 1796 Robert Burns died in Dumfries, Scotland at the age of thirty-seven. A decade earlier, almost to the day, had been the publication of Poems,...

The Cookbook Collector

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The Cookbook Collector

Reviewed by Heller McAlpin ×

Rare books outbid giant redwoods, stock prices soar and dive, and two sisters pursue happiness in a Sense and Sensibility for the digital age.

What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound?

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What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound?

by James Mustich ×

Mo Willems can claim the title of this generation’s Dr. Suess. With a keen sense of the absurd, he has the rare ability to create interesting stories and characters from the limited list of...
Being Wrong

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Being Wrong

by Paul Di Filippo ×

The enlightened Japanese Buddhist teacher known as Dogen (1200-1253) once said, "A zen master's life is one continuous mistake." In this exact spirit of ineluctable human error leading, at...

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My Favorite Things 2.0

by Teddy Wayne ×

Little Big Berger

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Little Big Berger

by Steve King ×

July 20: The American novelist Thomas Berger was born on this day in 1924. Over a half-century career, Berger has written two dozen novels in a range of styles, his Little Big Man...
Go Mutants

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Go Mutants

by James Mustich ×

Grease meets Invaders from Mars in this second novel from Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper. Doyle's experience as a writer for The Simpsons promises...