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How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson
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Glass…Clean…Cold…Sound…Time…Light. The evolution of technologies in these areas, dating from prehistoric times in some cases to the present, are covered in this book by the noted science writer and author of The Ghost Map.

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Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
Live by Night (Coughlin, #2)
by Dennis Lehane (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2015
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This sequel to the absorbing historical novel The Given Day (like the “B side” of most vinyl records) is less compelling than its predecessor. Nonetheless, it’s a good yarn in its own right. The Given Day memorably told the story of Boston in the ear ...more
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In the Land of Israel by Amos Oz
In the Land of Israel
by Amos Oz
read in January, 2015
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This book from 1983 presents a series of interviews and discussions that Oz conducted with people with various points of view, including Jews, Palestinian Arabs, and even a Christian cleric, regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the future o ...more
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Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef
Son of Hamas
by Mosab Hassan Yousef
read in December, 2014
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“Islamic life is like a ladder, with prayer and praising Allah as the bottom rung. The higher rungs represent helping the poor and needy, establishing schools, and supporting charities. The highest rung is jihad.”

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The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack
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The so-called “lowest form of humor” gets high-level treatment in this erudite and entertaining book. Pollack brings together historical, cultural, and literary references, plus findings from neuroscience, to explore the universality, function, and v ...more
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TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
TransAtlantic
by Colum McCann (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2013
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On a trip to Newfoundland in 2013, we 1) encountered a statue by the harbor in St. John that honored the Portuguese fisherman who crossed the Atlantic to extract riches from the sea around Newfoundland; 2) visited the Aviation Museum that commemorate ...more
Big Trouble by J. Anthony Lukas
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A Bride for One Night by Ruth Calderon
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Calderon, a feminist teacher of the Talmud to secular Israelis and a member of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, selects 17 tales from the Talmud. For each, she first presents the actual story, which is usually just 6 to 12 lines; then she imagina ...more
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
" Glad you enjoyed it! The first 200 pages were incredibly good, and then the book just plodded on and on. It's as if instead of a novel, we were readin ...more"
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Rose Gold by Walter Mosley
Rose Gold
by Walter Mosley
read in October, 2014
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Walter Mosley is back with another absorbing, attitude-laced, Easy Rawlins saga, taking place in the 1960’s. A honcho in the LA Police Dept. offers Easy a small fortune to find Rose Goldsmith, a Patty Hearst-like figure whose father is an internation ...more
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Join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 for a special discussion with Stacy Schiff & Jodi Kantor. Stacy & Jodi will be discussing their newest work, in ...more
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