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Anxious by Joseph E. LeDoux
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This book tries to present for the layperson a neuropsychological theory for understanding threat and anxiety. There is a good deal of brain structure and chemistry discussed, in fairly fine-grained detail, and it was too fine-grained for me even tho ...more
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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
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A finely-detailed recounting of a disastrous wedding night (should be fine for teens, except the most squeamish or naive), and its results for the lives of the parties involved.
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Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
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This very early work by Hurston was not published in her lifetime but rather reconstructed from manuscripts found in her estate. It is a valuable and interesting work, being primarily the first-hand account of the last survivor of the last slave ship ...more
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Shtetl Love Song by Grigory Kanovich
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I'd never read Kanovich before and fortuitously came across a copy of this book at a take-one/leave-one book kiosk in Vilnius. Fortuitously, firstly, because I was looking for a book by an author of the country that I was in, Lithuania, and secondly, ...more
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Diary of a Blood Donor by Mati Unt
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A plot summary is nearly impossible for this narratively-challenged little volume - which, by the way, the author more than acknowledges, cracking on himself, laughing at us, making us laugh - can you tell I loved/hated it, but more of the former the ...more
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Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
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Revolutionary Yiddishland by Alain Brossat
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A very interesting history of leftist Jewish activism in eastern Europe from the late 1800's to after WWII. The authors, leftists themselves, describe well how the combined forces of Stalinism and Nazism, along with entrenched economic superstructure ...more
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One Destiny by Sholem Asch
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The Dybbuk (Between Two Worlds) by S. Ansky
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Perhaps because this is a bilingual edition, the translation is very faithful to the text and does so without being overly literal. This was in its day (early 20th century) a very famous play, one could say a forerunner to "The Exorcist" and similar ...more
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