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The Housekeeper and the Professor
The original Japanese title of Yoko Ogawa's 小川 洋子 novel The Housekeeper and the Professor is 博士の愛した数式 (hakase no ai shita suushiki), literally "The Pr...more
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
A Modern History of the Kurds
The author David McDowall traces the roots of Kurdish nationalism from the collapse of the Kurdish emirates which were part of the Ottoman (Turkey and...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism
The author Ha-Joon Chang, a leading economist
who specializes in developmental economics, has
chosen a interesting title for his book based
on the biblic...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
End This Depression Now!
The author Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize winner in
Economics, a columnist for the New York Times, and
a professor at Princeton University. He has writte...more
Dec 19, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind
Michael Axworthy’s Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran
gives readers a broad overview of Iranian history from the earliest
times to the present day....more
Aug 30, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx's Capital
One of the effects of the global economic crisis that began
in 2008 is a surge in sales of Karl Marx's Capital, a work
often regarded as outmoded and f...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
Well over 100 million Americans are gamers. And the average child today will grow up spending more than ten thousand hours playing games before reachi...more
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Jul 25, 2011
Between Naturalism and Religion: Philosophical Essays
In this collection of essays, Juergen Habermas sets
out to examine a proper relationship between between
"postmetaphysical thinking" within science an...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
This book is a corroborative effort between Chris Hedges
and Joe Sacco, both experienced correspondents in war-zones.
Chris typically produces works of...more
Jan 28, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
There are over different sixty translations of the
Beowulf epic rendered into Modern English. They all
have their merits, but the late Irish poet Seam...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
The Sound of Waves
The Sound of Waves 潮騒 by Yukio Mishima 三島 由紀夫
is very much a coming of age story about Shinji,
a young fisherman, who meets Hatsue, a pearl diver
on the...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism
The author Ha-Joon Chang, an economics professor
at the University of Cambridge states: “My aim in
this book is to tell you some essential truths abou...more
Jan 07, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
This was Joseph Schumpeter's most popular and well-known book in English. It opens with a discussion of Karl Marx. Although he is very sympathetic wit...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
Breaking Into Japanese Literature: Seven Modern Classics in Parallel Text
Occasionally, we find books of selected literary works
with parallel bilingual texts with the translation of
the original text on the facing page. But...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922 (New Approaches to European History)
Modern Turkey tends to be overlooked in the discourse on events occurring in the world today, but it is only one of some 30 countries that were includ...more
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Feb 18, 2012
Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World
The author Vali Nasr describes the Middle East as
a place where struggling and thriving economies
are being developed by new classes of business elite...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
The author, Chris Hedges, is a Pulitzer Prize journalist
with some fifteen years as a war correspondent. He draws
on his experiences reporting on the f...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
Where Mathematics Come From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics into Being
George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist, and Rafael E. Núñez, a published their work "Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathemati...more
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Jan 22, 2012
The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
The author Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics
and former chief economist of the World Bank, argues
quite convincingly that the wealth gap in...more
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
This work analyzes the progress of globalization with emphasis on the 21st century. A flat world is a metaphor for the view of the world as flat or le...more
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Jul 25, 2011
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Another great story by Khaled Hosseini about the lives of two Afghan women, who become involved with each other through their marriage to one man. Th...more
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Jul 25, 2011
War and Faith: Ikko Ikki in Late Muromachi Japan
It is well known that during the sengoku jidai period "the era of warring lands" in 15th and 16th century Japan, warlords fought for the supremacy of...more
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Jul 25, 2011
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Admittedly, I have not read or studied Nobokov, Henry James, Fitzgerald, or Jane Austen--the authors whose works were examined in Nafisi's seminar. Ev...more
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Jul 25, 2011
Turbulence: A Novel
Turbulence (浮躁 ) is the first novel by Jia Pingwa (贾平凹) to be translated into English. Several of his books have been translated into Japanese and Fr...more
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Jul 25, 2011
The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality
The author Andre Comte-Sponville makes a compelling case for spirituality outside the belief in a personal god. He rejects faith but not 'fidelity'....more
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Jul 25, 2011
The God Delusion
The author Richard Dawkins is a very serious atheist who feels that atheists should be proud and non-apologetic about their beliefs. In this work, he...more
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Jul 25, 2011
Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood ノルウェイの森 is a nostalgic story of sexuality and loss told by the protagonist narrator Toru Watanabe who arrives in Hamburg, Germany and...more
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Jul 25, 2011
Half of Man Is Woman
An autobiographical novel set in the labor camps of the 1970s examines how behavior was repressed by the puritanical policies of the Communist Party....more
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Jul 25, 2011
Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey
Roger Scruton has produced a very readable and instructive
overview on modern philosophy. He takes a topical approach,
covering areas as varied as logi...more
Oct 24, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
The author Daniel E. Lieberman, chairman of the
Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard
University discusses how natural selection and evo...more
Apr 30, 2014
Apr 30, 2014
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