Book Reviews

‘Ardor,’ by Roberto Calasso

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Roberto Calasso delves into the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that defined the ancient Vedic world.
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Children's Books: ‘Alphabetabum,’ ‘Take Away the A’ and More

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Five alphabet books feature rhyme and alliteration, exuberant animals and found photos of children from the past.
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‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume I’

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
The first volume of Norton’s two-part anthology includes texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism.
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Crime: Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Moriarty,’ and More

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Anthony Horowitz’s “Moriarty” is a Sherlock ­Holmes pastiche that opens five days after the great detective and his nemesis plunged to their doom.
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Evan Thompson’s ‘Waking, Dreaming, Being’

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Merging neuroscience and philosophy, Evan Thompson casts new light on the relationship between the self and the brain.
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‘Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms,’ by Gerard Russell

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
Gerard Russell chronicles the long survival of religious minorities in the Middle East, and the extreme peril they face today..
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‘Living the Secular Life,’ by Phil Zuckerman

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
As more Americans eschew religious affiliation, a sociologist examines the secular lifestyle.
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‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume II’

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
The second volume of Norton’s two-part anthology compiles texts and commentaries on Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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Bookshelf: Can’t Sleep

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:33am
New picture books include “Naptime,” “A Bed for Kitty” and “Goodnight Already!”
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Children's Books: ‘Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future,’ by A. S. King

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 9:05am
A high school senior grappling with her mother’s suicide is suddenly able to envision people’s pasts and futures.
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Children's Books: ‘Isabel’s War,’ by Lila Perl

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 9:02am
This novel’s 12-year-old heroine, growing up in 1940s New York, finds World War II a nuisance, until she meets a refugee.
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Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 7:07am

The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.

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Playlist: Writers On Writing

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 6:38am

In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 4:03am

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:00am

Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.

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ArtsBeat: Cuba: A Reading List

New York Times book reviews - December 18, 2014 - 11:43am
Recommended books for learning more about Cuba’s history and its relationship to the United States.






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Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

NPR Books - December 18, 2014 - 7:42am

A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.

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Dick Cavett: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - December 18, 2014 - 7:00am
The author of “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks” is a great fan of rereading. “We’d all have been better off to have read half as many books. Twice.”






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