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RED NOTICE by Bill Browder

I admit I took my eye off the Russia ball for a while. For years, actually. Once we signed nuclear disarmament treaties with them (or first with the “Soviet Union” then “Russia”), I thought, OK, so they’re not going to … Continue reading

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BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah’s memoir BORN A CRIME (subtitled Stories from a South African Childhood) is actually three books in one: an insider’s account of what it was like for a mixed-race person to grow up in South Africa during apartheid, a … Continue reading

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DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer

Even though I knew Jane Mayer’s DARK MONEY (subtitled The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right) would be impeccably written and assiduously fact-checked (she writes for The New Yorker, and they are known for … Continue reading

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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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