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BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen

To some degree or another, we all inherit our parents’ pain. They inherited their parents’ pain, and their parents inherited their parents’ pain, and so on. It’s our emotional DNA. The question is what we do with it. We might … Continue reading

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WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi

Most of us don’t know when we’re going to die. We know it will happen, but we have so many dreams and ideas—so many things we want to do, so much time we want to spend with people dear to … Continue reading

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CIRCLING THE SUN by Paula McLain

One thing we could all use in this world is more empathy. I was thinking about this problem while reading Paula McLain’s latest historical fiction memoir, CIRCLING THE SUN, which puts us deeply in the shoes of Beryl Clutterbuck—later Markham—who … Continue reading

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AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH by Chris Hadfield

If, like me, you are lucky enough to have a great father, you could easily imagine him writing a book like Colonel Chris Hadfield’s recent bestseller, AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH: What Going to Space Taught Me About … Continue reading

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BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  Toni Morrison has called this book “required reading,” and I agree. Carved as a letter to his teenaged son, BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME explains why Ta-Nehisi Coates feels the way he feels and views the world the way … Continue reading

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THE BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown

I admit, I avoided reading this book for many months even though it received glowing reviews. I had very little interest in crew (well, except for the handsome guys at college whose training regimens and resultant physiques left me gobsmacked), … Continue reading

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IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE by Hampton Sides

Some of my earliest memories are of tall bookcases filled with books, mostly my father’s books, which I found endlessly intriguing though for years I couldn’t read them. Couldn’t read, period. Just a word here and there. Prior to entering … Continue reading

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THE BIG BURN by Timothy Egan

I admit I’ve had a slight crush on Teddy Roosevelt ever since reading about his adventures in the Amazon in Candice Millard’s RIVER OF DOUBT. But I probably would not have picked up THE BIG BURN, subtitled Teddy Roosevelt and … Continue reading

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THEN THEY CAME FOR ME by Maziar Bahari (with Aimee Molloy)

When I first heard that Jon Stewart was going to write, direct, and produce a movie based on this book, I instantly ordered the book. I had every intention of reading it before the movie came out. But I’ve been … Continue reading

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SLOW GETTING UP by Nate Jackson

If you like to watch NFL football as much as I do, from a bar stool or the comfort of your living room, most of the hits don’t seem too painful. Sure, there is the occasional OH MY GOD you … Continue reading

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