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The Adults
Rarely have I read first novels that are truly captivating, with memorable characters and settings that will endure long in my memory. Even rarer stil...more
Feb 23, 2011
Jan 11, 2012
Berlin 1961
Historians of the Cold War have regarded as its worst crisis, the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, often citing it as its most significant event. However, i...more
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Jan 11, 2012
Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
In his rather tendentious, often dull, treatise on behalf of Intelligent Design and its potential implications for resolving the mystery of the origin...more
Nov 29, 2009
Jan 12, 2012
The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism
The Abyss of Reason: The Limits of Michael Behe’s Scientific Thinking

Theodosius Dobzhansky, the great Russian-American population geneticist, one of t...more
Jun 07, 2007
Jan 12, 2012
Winter's Tale
Mark Helprin's elegant prose has never shone more brightly in this great work of fantasy set in a timeless vision of New York City. His splendid prose...more
Sep 20, 2001
Jan 17, 2012
A Song Called Youth
The Definitive Cyberpunk Trilogy from One of Its Greatest Practitioners: John Shirley

What was cyberpunk? Compelling near future high tech science fict...more
May 06, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
Dancing with Bears
Vampire novels to the left of us, zombie novels to our right, with dystopian novels in our midst; such is the current dismal state of affairs in publi...more
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Jan 11, 2012
The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags and Other Stories
A Fantastic Short Story Collection Brimming with American Fantastic

“The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags And Other Stories” is a remarkable short story...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
Little Failure
A Memoir for the Ages Courtesy of America’s 21st Century Mark Twain

Years before he graduated from our high school alma mater, I met the likes of Gary...more
Dec 2013
Dec 06, 2013
The Rough Guide to Evolution (Rough Guide Science/Phenomena)
Why is evolution one of the most important ideas of science? Who was Charles Darwin, and why should he be seen as one of the greatest scientists of al...more
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Jan 11, 2012
The Iron Dream
A Classic of American Fantasy Literature from Norman Spinrad

Norman Spinrad’s “The Iron Dream” is a book which still confounds many of its fans and cri...more
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Jun 30, 2012
Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
Since the dawn of human history, catastrophes like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and blizzards have been seen by many as the capricious acts of a wr...more
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Jan 11, 2012
Why Evolution Is True
"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution". That classic quote from the great Russian-American evolutionary geneticist Theodosi...more
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Jan 11, 2012
The Storm at the Door
Stefan Merrill Block's "The Storm at the Door" is an astonishingly original, quite compelling, fictional exploration of mental illness and its devasta...more
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Jan 11, 2012
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
A Clarion Call for Ending the Current Mass Extinction

As a former invertebrate paleobiologist, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” is the book...more
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Feb 17, 2014
The Cat's Table
Michael Ondaatje returns once more to his youth to craft a memorable, and at times poignant and electrifying, odyssey of a young boy's sea voyage from...more
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Jan 11, 2012
The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
An Epic, Quite Compelling, Conclusion to 'The Magicians' Fantasy Saga

With the debut of "The Magicians", Lev Grossman introduced readers to a new form...more
Aug 05, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Jared Diamond's "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" is as provocative, and as nearly riveting a read, as "Guns, Germs and Steel", whic...more
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Jan 11, 2012
Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life
With the trained eyes of a scientist and the soul of poet, eminent science writer Carl Zimmer takes us on an all too brief, yet fascinating, trek into...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jan 14, 2012
Teacher Man
Almost As Good As "Angela's Ashes"

McCourties of the world rejoice! You have nothing to lose but your tears of woe anticipating when he'd return with h...more
Nov 08, 2005
Jan 15, 2012
Almanac of the Dead
One of the Great American Novels of the Latter Half of the 20th Century

By any standard of measurement, Leslie Marmon Silko is a great American writer,...more
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Jul 04, 2012
A Primer of Population Biology
A Concise, Still Important Introduction to the Mathematical Foundations of Population Biology

Still in print, unchanged, after forty years, Edward O. W...more
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Jun 30, 2012
Theory of Island Biogeography
Originally published as part of the Princeton University Press' Monographs in Population Biology series, Robert MacArthur's and Edward O. Wilson's "Th...more
Apr 20, 2002
Jan 15, 2012
The Diviners
Nearly seventy years ago, another Brunonian, Nathanael West, wrote "Day of the Locust", a classic satire about Hollywood culture. Now Rick Moody has w...more
Nov 25, 2005
Jan 16, 2012
Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism
Philip Kitcher's seminal work critical of "Scientific" Creationism remains a clarion call against those who continue abusing science to fit their own...more
Sep 24, 2001
Jan 16, 2012
The Mismeasure of Man
An Important Tome Against Racism and Bias in Science

Stephen Jay Gould's gifts as a splendid historian of science, biologist, statistician and writer a...more
Aug 30, 2001
Jan 16, 2012
The Other Normals
Terrific Young Fantasy Novel from Ned Vizzini

One of our finest American chroniclers of adolescent angst in nonfiction and fiction, Ned Vizzini, has wr...more
Oct 12, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
You don't need to be familiar with the writings of Brian Greene and Stephen Hawking, or even be a devoted fan of science fiction (though that would he...more
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Jan 11, 2012
A Short History of the American Stomach
In a riveting, often hilarious, and unforgettable account, Frederick Kaufman has written a witty polemical exploration of American history via its cul...more
Jan 10, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic
Forget everything you've learned about scientific methodology, and especially the scientific method, says cell biologist Fred Grinnell in his book "Ev...more
Jul 02, 2009
Jan 17, 2012
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