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Maybe religion is a part of it: You have already benefited from a Jesuit high school education and you want to continue; or maybe you come from another tradition and want to connect more directly with a framework that connects faith and intellect. On the other secular hand, you could see moving to Boston as an opportunity to grow. Whether you already know exactly how your values connect with a BC education or need help fleshing it out, research will help. Spend some time on the school website and dig to the nitty gritty of the programs, offices, and traditions that interest you. At the end of the day, your goal is to cram your essay with as many specific details as possible.

We thought so. Sign up for free instructional videos, guides, worksheets and more! Score our Exclusive Video Brainstorming Guide and more! It nourishes the mind and spirit. Is there a particular song, poem, speech, or novel from which you have drawn insight or inspiration? When you choose a college, you will join a new community of people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and stories. Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues.

If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why? He walks, jogs, bikes, and takes ferries through five countries, imparting a memorable geography lesson along the way. And he manages to give much better information for tourists about embarkation stops than my usual go to guides like "Rick Steves.

I put off reading Harari's celebrated books on our past "Sapiens" and our future "Homo Deus" , because our series of unfortunate electeds have left me struggling to concentrate on anything but the here and now. It turns out though that "21 Lessons" is a must read, but not a difficult read, despite being an ology of many ologies, ranging spectacularly across our modern conundrums of immigration, jobs lost to technology "Democracy in its present form cannot survive the merger of biotech and infotech" , ignorance, and fake news.

And on the threats posed by nationalism and religious extremism, Harari reminds us that "Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question. The familiar, the forgotten, and the undiscovered all make their appearance here in a book that took fourteen years and a lifetime of reading to compose. I've long been a fan of Workman's addictive "1, Before You Die" series.

This is now my favorite. It includes " if you like this" suggestions, and a review of TV and movie adaptations when available. A book for every compulsive reader on your gift list from about age ten and up. Silicon Valley and its job status merry-go-round, international banking fraud, family drama and relationship hilarity, and most central, the story of Chinese Americans melding old traditions and new realities.

Matriarch Linda, while navigating a dating site for Asians, is working to get her children Fred and Kate to safeguard a family inheritance from their new stepmother, before ailing father Stanley dies. All things will do not go well. No one explains the intersection of science and economics in a more powerful way than Michael Lewis.

A look at how an incoming administration's ignorance, greed, and laziness are putting America at risk. The last couple years I have been drawn to memoirs about women farmers, whether they work on a commune, a CSA farm , or now the hardscrabble Kansas family farm that Sarah Smarsh grew up on. Kansas was the first state to hold an all state referendum on women's suffrage in , and the 6th state to pass the doomed equal rights amendment in But now when many of us think of Kansas, we think about "what's the matter with Kansas," and its obsession with controlling women's reproductive freedom.

In her very original and dare I say elegiacal look at the generations who shaped her, the author understands her family members belief that their hard work will pay off, but she knows the odds are it won't. Her memoir is addressed to the child she never had, escaping the single mother trap of her forebears, who cling to a sentimental belief in the pioneer spirit, and are unable to rise far from the poverty they grew up in.

This is long listed for the National Book Award. Not since Brooke Hayward's "Haywire" have I read a memoir by an actor that so captures an era. We now know that it wasn't sixteen Puerto Ricans that died as the direct result of Hurricane Maria: it was at least 2, That's almost twice as many as died in Louisiana from Katrina.

As a leading chef and restaurateur with a charitable foundation focused on feeding families caught in natural disasters, Jose Andres put himself and his other employees and friends on the ground in the immediate aftermath, delivering millions of hot meals and sandwiches to many who had lost power, water, and gasoline. A day by day first person account of those first critical weeks, a how-to for other disaster response groups, an indictment of government and Red Cross response: I think this is the most important book that I have read this year.

You cannot read this book without thinking that Puerto Rico needs its own senators and representatives to end the economic apartheid that makes its citizens de facto colonists. Yeah, you will want to read this. Whether it's saving the world economy, or just the world, each "ground hog day" in "Crazytown, USA" features Trump in another lather, spit, repeat cycle of failure: failure to listen, failure to learn, failure to turn off his TV. Good versus evil never ends. Both fable and origin story, "She Would be King" combines historical details about the creation of English-speaking colonies of emancipated slaves, colonies which become Liberia in , with an unforgettable fictional tale of three young people.

June Dey "Moses" is the child of a slave and a Virginia plantation owner; Norman is the child of an English researcher and a Jamaican slave. Once transported to Africa, June and Norman meet up by chance with each other and with Gbessa, a Vai tribe member, exiled for her alleged witchcraft. Together they become part of the country's independence movement. The author shares a wealth of detail about the violence of the slave trade in the Americas and Africa, the politics of self-determination, and the culture of indigenous tribes in West Africa.

None of it gets in the way of an absorbing and very moving look at how the human spirit survives the unspeakable. Nowhere, Arizona is a poor town comprised of run down trailers, run down people, and cactus. Gus lives alone with his grandmother, and spends a lot of time studying for the SAT, suspecting that a college scholarship might be his only way out. When a good Samaritan girl named Rossi swaps her dirt bike to save Gus from a bully's ambush, Gus embarks on a dangerous treasure hunt in an abandoned mine, to buy her bike back in time for the big race.

The author contrasts the beauty of the desert, with memorable details about the harsh realities of thrift shop living, and absentee parents. The author subtly breaks through cultural and gender stereotypes, in a fun adventure that should appeal equally to boys and girls. Clark puts together two stories: the Flint water crisis and the plight of Midwestern cities since the decline of the auto industry and other manufacturing. These two stories alone would take a dozen books to tell in depth. She does a laudatory job laying out the timeline of Michigan government malfeasance regarding Flint The Center for Public Integrity ranked Michigan dead last in even before Flint made national headlines.

However, her lack of interviews with the best known clean water activists -who may have their own books- leads her to dismiss them unconvincingly with a "white savior " trope. She does give a good overview of the longterm consequences of redlining, the real reasons so many Michigan cities end up with emergency managers, and why Flint water costs so much. A good introduction to all of these topics. Growing up in a small town in the sixties, my first experience of Chinese food served table side in a grand manner was on our annual vacation to visit family. Just like the suburban D.

My inexperienced tastebuds usually skipped it for salty sweet Mu shu pork, a big step up at least from the canned chow mein at home. The Duck House connects three generations of a restaurant dynasty and three star-crossed pairs of lovers, lovers who are about to find out, that like a good stir fry, timing is everything.

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This is a masterful debut. I came for the fun Chinese restaurant setting, but I stayed for the characters. Protecting sources who were still in powerful positions in the military and government, became too great a challenge to writing a book on Cheney for now. Knopf said don't return the advance, write a memoir instead. In his look back at 50 years as a correspondent for wire services, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and as a freelancer--Hersh got the Pulitzer for his investigation of the My Lai massacre as one--he has little good to say about American foreign policy and the architects of our failed modern wars, and no administration from Kennedy through Obama escapes.

This should join "All the President's Men" on the short list of must read books about reportiing. I loved it. World famous artist, female entrepreneur, one of the "Rosies" during WWII, and of course advocate for the natural world, Michigan's Gwen Frostic did all of this while suffering from a cerebral palsy-like illness that made it harder to use her hands. She lived and worked to a very old age, and also left millions to Western Michigan University. I've read this picture book half a dozen times now, and also watched it read to a group of eager elementary school children. The illustrations from Eileen Ryan Ewen deserve some extra study as well.

If you go to Meijer Gardens, make sure you check out the shade garden named in Frostic's honor. The GM plant in Flint, Michigan stopped using city water to build trucks in October, , because it corroded vehicle parts. Flint's State Office Building ordered purified water and water coolers for its employees in January and kept it quiet.

And still the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Governor, the Governor's appointed City Managers, the mostly powerless Mayor, and the EPA told residents their water was safe: safe to drink, safe to cook with, safe to mix with powdered baby formula, safe to bathe in. Mona," is the inside story of the fight to make the crisis public and the facts irrefutable. Part memoir and part thriller, reading her book is to experience equals parts anger, admiration and inspiration. Silas House is a novelist new to me.

Searching for the brother he cruelly rejected, he takes an ill-considered road trip with his son to Key West. Like a literal coming into the light, Key West is beautifully limned, and the non fairy tale ending is surprisingly satisfying. Of Asher's son we read "The thing Justin can never say to anybody is that he's glad it all happened the way it did.

It's the on call economy: nannies who must be available any time any day; 24 hour "extreme" day care; teachers who spend their evenings driving for Uber; sales clerks who get their work schedule for the next week only days before. Author Quart wants us to know that we live "in a country whose inhabitants have been taught to seek only individual solutions for problems that are often collective or systemic in nature. Quart makes the case that it will take our collective will to stop blaming ourselves or worrying about others cutting in line. It's now a line for many that leads to much less than their parents could count on.

I picked this book up only knowing that its setting was in a Japanese convenience store. Photos of mysterious, beautifully packaged snack products and onigiri rice balls arranged in artful displays, in flavors that will never reach our shores, have always intrigued me. In this little gem of a novella, we follow the life story of Keiko, a probably high-functioning autistic woman although this is never mentioned who has found a measure of fulfillment the last 20 years, working part-time shifts at the Hiromachi train station "Smile Mart.

This is not enough for Keiko's friends and family, who want her to have a husband and family, or a career. The comedy is served both light and dark, as Keiko polishes her "normal" act. In June of , a chartered Air France jet crashed trying to abort its takeoff from the Orly Paris airport.

Only two flight attendants survived. This lesser known chapter of recent American history is fascinating, and the author has painted a perfect narrative of Jim Crow and civil rights unrest, moral failure, and unexpected love. A high school drop out and juvenile delinquent, Lynch had no culinary school training. And it has a few recipes! This book is a carefully penned memoir by a gifted teacher. It's well worth reading whether for a book club selection, for a seminar on law, leadership, or politics, or just with popcorn. Comey's career has put him at the center of many big stories: Whitewater, CIA torture, the Gambino trial, the Ashcroft hospital ambush attempt.

But of course he is best known for the Clinton email investigation and being fired by Trump. I was open to his side of the story, his apologia for the F. Comey has added more evidence that Trump is the least qualified and most unethical U. President of all time. I closed the book, however, convinced that he probably did hand the election to Trump.

It was a failure of his F. He inadvertently makes the case that his lack of tech savvy lieutenants cost Clinton the election. Seligman explores how his own much vaunted co-discovery of "learned helplessness" was 50 years later proved to be degrees off by neuroscience advances. He also details his work with the Army, and a controversial episode with the CIA, which still stings him, an alarm bell for other academics working with our government. This is both a riveting piece of social history and a complex self-portrait. I don't remember reading a mystery that struck me with such a strong sense of place as does this novel about mostly impoverished Havana set in Yarmila, author of the blog "Yarmi Cooks Cuban" is found dead by her California journalist boyfriend.

Casey Pendergast is the creative director at a Minneapolis ad agency run by the hilariously named Ellen Hanks. Casey is young, clever, confident, and a bit callow. Her blithe manipulations are about to snowball into career suicide. The manuscript for "A Lady's Guide" was clearly written before the metoo movement exploded, which makes a sexual harassment episode in its pages difficult to read in context. But this novel's satiric look at brand management and book publishing kept me reading. This is a really intelligently designed guide to either renovating or re-inventing your garden and yard.

Most of Schwartz's examples are either smaller projects or adaptable to a more affordable scale, whether done DIY or by a landscape company. She is particularly strong on advice for hedge materials, how to correctly plant trees, and patio decisions. The author is both a landscape designer and plant enthusiast working out of Northern, Ohio, so her plant choices and design ideas all translate well in Michigan's similar climate and other zone areas. A book that I will return to as I re-imagine my own garden.

There's a depressed father we only get to know through his notebooks, a bitchy teenage daughter and a severely autistic middle child who are both out of reach and out of control, and mother Diane and fourteen year old gay son Colin. Diane and Colin are wracked with survivor guilt and struggling for love and a lifeline. They embark on a road trip from the Midwest to California, hoping to leave their heartbreak behind them.

A powerful debut coming-of-age novel whose shocking ending will haunt you. Bust and boom, drought and flood, gushers and sandstorms: not much about West Texas isn't extreme. Bryan Mealer has written his own family's saga from his great-grandfather to present day, and given us a regional history of West Texas to boot. The prayers of their Pentecostal congregations can't stop their ranches from going seven years without rain. But you'll keep reading most for the family members, like sixteen year old Homer, who drives a cattle trailer solo from Texas to the L. I had to preorder this from another Independent bookstore, since I would be traveling on the laydown date.

It was hard to wait a few days, but I had museums and sight-seeing to do. And don't believe that because you've read many excerpts and seen the author on every television news show that you've already been exposed to all the juiciest bits. You still need to read the book! Also: you should eat lunch not breakfast like a king; the mid-life crisis as we understand it is a myth; naps are necessary, but only if you keep them between ten and thirty minutes.

And synchronicized activity, be it group dancing or singing, or a drum circle, or maybe even getting a shipment of new books on the shelves with co-workers while you work the register and phones, might be more important to your health and happiness than even mindfulness. A fun, thought-provoking book, that will probably cause you to experiment with changes to some part of your daily activity or your job.

Tip to would be parents--if you like to sleep in, have your baby in the summer. Despite the millions of people who work in Human Resources departments, I can't think of any other novels that are mostly set in one. This Could Hurt is about the HR employees in a mid-sized market research company, one still reeling from the last big recession. At its center is long-tenured VP Rosa, a manicured vision in her St. John's suits and matching pantyhose, and her dedicated seconds Lucy and Leo. The book is punctuated with a few org charts as the department implements "reductions in force" and consolidates job descriptions: the personal losses and self-inflicted embarrassments will be familiar to readers who have survived similar corporate outrages.

The heart of this tender but comic novel though is a secret employee conspiracy to save one of their own from a calamity, because "it is easier to ask forgiveness than beg permission. Her book is an appealing beginning personal finance book. It's a shame it naturally has the word diet in the title, with all of the baggage that word now brings. It's not all about suggesting minor deprivations like cutting out cable and macchiatos. This is really a book about developing a healthy relationship with money, with maybe its most important advice that it's important to break the taboo and talk openly and freely about money with friends and family, particularly when there are income disparities or differing goals.

The author includes her own advice as well as short interviews with her financial mentors. It shouldn't discourage you from reading one of the best books ever written about restaurants. When you are done,you can look up all the photos on Yelp of the very yummy-looking food. They are a favorite flower everywhere they can be grown" The Midwest has one of the best climates in the world for peonies.

While gardeners fuss with roses that get blackspot and Japanese beetles, or those with forgettable little blooms and no fragrance "Knockout" , peonies, which star in all of those amazing Japanese style gardens, have been neglected in our country. Don't just keep passing along cuttings from your grandparents' garden peonies, either. There are now over 4, named varieties, with stronger stems that don't flop, blooms if you have several different kinds that can carry you from April through June, and bold colors. And unlike many Dutch bulbs, peonies retain a pleasing shrubby appearance until they disappear at frost or lose their leaves if they are a tree form.

The authors --a curator at Matthaei's world famous peony garden, and a long-time peony grower--pick the most garden worthy peonies. Get this book now and make some plans for spring. Michigan has great soil and an abundance of fresh water. It's no surprise that we have an unusual wealth of independent growers and garden centers, including the author's family run Steinkopf Nursery in Farmington Hills.

With our freezing winters, most of our year round local nurseries have greenhouses filled with tender perennial or tropical "houseplants. Plants are categorized by how difficult they are to grow or keep alive. On the back cover is a ZZ plant Zamioculcas zamifolia , which I highly recommend if you want a plant that keeps on giving no matter how much you neglect it.

I buy few huge compendium cookbooks,but this is a big cookbook to cherish. When we road trip, I look for regional specialties. This book combines the ease of the Internet search it has an exemplary index , the armchair dreams of a Rick Steves book, and a large cast of James Beard Award chefs giving you recipes they feature in their restaurants, but that you can also recreate in your kitchen. This is a book I can cook from and that I'll return to after each new trip.

Famous and controversial Silicon Valley titans and their new business paradigms on-demand, the Internet as software platform, the trust marketplace make appearances. We also hear from economists, speculative fiction, politicians, and everyday people dairy farmer!

Some are revelatory: there is only an upside to preparing for climate change even if you do not believe in it. I mostly missed the "Little House" books and saw perhaps a handful of episodes of the TV series, so I wasn't primed to read McDowell's new book. Now I'm planning a prairie road trip, another look at the "Little House" books, and learning more about her emancipated daughter, the author Rose Wilder Lane.

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College, Naval officer school and Vietnam, beat reporting and feature writing, and the journey from 26 year old closeted virgin to activist member of the gay community in San Francisco, all follow. There are sad vignettes with a biological family that won't accept Armistead's homosexuality. An expert at holding an audience, Maupin's relatively short memoir makes you want to hear more. At the turn of the 19th century, George Washington Vanderbilt moved into Biltmore, the largest then, and still largest now, privately owned home in the United States.

This is a colorful history of the family, famous friends, and workers who played a part in creating the Asheville area chateau. Much of Vanderbilt's brief remaining life was spent immediately paring down his overly ambitious plans for a self-sustaining estate. To further economize, he spent more time living elsewhere.

His widow Edith still became an effective Lady Bountiful for local schools and charities, and later a Senator's wife, as she struggled to retain possession of the house for George's heirs. But George and Edith's only child Cornelia left two sons and her husband for Europe. Her English husband, ironically, chose to spend the rest of his years in Biltmore's "bachelor" wing. Untold numbers of poor Americans, many of them seniors, are now living in run-down vans and campers, bunking at one week and out public campgrounds, Walmart parking lots, and even suburban streets.

White vans are their camouflage. Often the consequence of bad investments and foreclosures, or ill-considered loans to family members, there is nothing romantic about this life on the road. Author Bruder gets to know and travel with people who do seasonal work in Amazon warehouses branded "CamperForce" , and the privatized and poorly paid campground jobs at state parks.

She even takes a job with migrant farm workers processing sugar beets: it's just as bad as you expect it to be. Bruder's subjects don't whine. They share their skills for cutting hair, small space cooking, and solar power collection. Still, you can only imagine what the people who wouldn't talk to the author might have to say.

Both disturbing and uplifting--these "workampers" are resourceful in a country that has given them less than they are owed. It's no surprise that Harford's book is based on a series of podcasts that he does for the BBC. Harford's writing has the same engaging appeal as the best of those. Many of the inventions he cites are not things normally bought at a store--tradable debt, double-entry bookkeeping, intellectual property.

Finally, since most of the inventions that Harford cites are by men, he makes a plea to educate and empower more women. Worsening crises like climate change, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and cyberwar or worse from malignant nation states will need many minds and governments. With no reservations, we waited for two hours for a table. Her career as chef was fairly short-lived, but those of restaurateur, cookbook author, and food activist, are ongoing.

Waters takes us up to the opening of her restaurant in , and not much beyond. Waters is too modest to belong in the pantheon of great memoir writers--this is more a perfect peach fondly remembered than an elaborate tasting menu-- but her place in the pantheon of great Americans is assured. I don't remember that story, but their illustrator, Pierre Mion, imagined Mrs. Lowell Thomas, Jr. Author Fountain focuses on Plafker and the unlikely path that he took to geology, as well as the personal stories of Alaskan families, many from tiny tribal fishing villages, who were the most affected.

I venture that most people in the US get their gardening advice from two places: the big box stores and commercials for chemicals e. Round Up, Miracle Grow, Preen.

That's unfortunate, because as environmentalists and too few gardeners know, it's the necessary balance of various plants and animals including insects-not just bees-and rodents that make a garden thrive. This is a great book to give anyone just starting out with their first garden-and a palatable and beautifully produced message that too many other gardeners need to hear. Steve Bannon, Mike Pence. Author MacLean followed the trail to a neglected archive of Buchanan's correspondence and papers at George Mason University. What she found was the playbook of the so-called alt right, a group working to empower the very wealthiest and disenfranchise those who do not agree with privatizing government services-- excepting the police and military.

A disturbing look at the intersection of social history and economic philosophy, and a riveting and cogent call to action, to take back government for all of the people. Vinegar literally cries out for fat. Fat falls flat without salt or sugar. Chile heat sings with brown sugar. And bitterness, well that needs it all". For many years Thielen and her sculptor husband Aaron Spangler left New York City and her jobs in the kitchens of famous chefs, to summer in their native northern Minnesota, in a remote cabin without phone service, electricity, refrigeration or running water.

Despite the challenges, or because such constraints force creativity, she turned her cabin in the woods into a great kitchen in the great Midwest. An absorbing and lyrical memoir of working the line in the man's world of Manhattan kitchens, and homesteading the coldest place in the continental United States. There were no leftovers. Despite a subtitle with the word "Selling," a term as loaded as they come, this is a fair-minded love letter to grocery stores and the many positive changes that they've made in the past couple decades. It will have you planning a field trip to Cleveland, and maybe forgiving Wholefoods for some of its prices.

This is part memoir of life with a grocery store loving father, part history of the grocery store and innovations like frozen foods, cardboard boxes, and the shopping cart, and part exploration of the decisions and suppliers of each section of the modern grocery store. We meet among others, a rancher who grazes his pristine sheep on federal land, and a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic who has a very different take on the problem with GMO food. Ruhlman even gives you in the footnotes all of them worth reading the recipe for the single best-selling recipe at Heinen's, the family grocery chain who give him full access from fancy food shows to a stint as a grocery bagger.

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No, that statement is not an oxymoron. Reid reveals the truth: the U. We give large tax breaks to our richest citizens, such as the mortgage interest deduction. We allow private equity employees to declare their management fees as "carried interest," and have those fees taxed as long-term capital gains--half the rate that regular income is taxed at!

Our theoretical corporate tax rates are high, but the largest companies have found legal ways to shelter cash in other countries. Reid covers all of the ways that governments of wealthier countries tax their companies and citizens, and measures how effective their taxes are at achieving a "broad base and lower rate. Reid comes to a surprising conclusion that there is one tax system that works fairly for all. Steffy, our eleven year old heroine--and a good cook--and her older sister Nina, are living with their Aunt Gina.

Their mother has suffered a traumatic brain injury, which has left her doing long term rehab in a nursing home. Steffy and Nina's mostly absent dad has some problems of his own. Struggles like his are more often explored in young adult novels, but are certainly part of the experience of millions of real middle schoolers. I like that this novel treats life's bumps in an optimistic but never saccharine fashion.

No perfect happy endings, but there are recipes! There's lots of heroin, too, of course. This is a more difficult read than "Hillbilly Elegy," but a far more honest and encompassing book. Put it together with Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" to understand much of our current economic and political crisis. The Boy Scouts at Wisconsin's summer Camp Chippewa practice their knot tying every morning at reveille.

Yet I was still completely won over by Butler's novel. The movie plays in my head. If the last gardening age was a nod to the tropical look the bigger the better then rock gardening should be our next one. There is also just the right amount of helpful and deliberately plainspoken information on propagation, soil and climate, garden design and plant selection. Buy it for the gardener you love. Drop the Ball is a book for every girl who has ever been called bossy, for every female employee who uses the phrase "I'm sorry more times in a day than a male employee uses it in a year.

For every neighbor woman whose first words to a guest are "my house is such a mess. This is a book filled with insights and strategies for women who have already "leaned in," and for those who don't believe that they can. Dufu is a popular speaker and leader of female empowerment non profits. With stories, advice, and aphorisms from her Sage Mentors "Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. With women still only one in five top executives, allowing men to assume more responsibilites for children and chores is the best path to more equity outside the home.

The very first management book that I ever read was "In Search of Excellence. I'd never been in a Walmart. Its axioms about identifying and repurposing the resources that you have can be applied to daily living. Kahneman had just written a book, which he was sure few would read. That book, Thinking Fast and Slow, has now spent most of the past five years on bestseller lists. Lewis's new book is part joint biography of Kahneman who won the Nobel prize in Economics and his major collaborator Tversky a "Genius Grant" winner.

It's a moving look at friendship enduring in the academic marketplace. But Lewis also takes great care exploring their major contributions to decision-making science. A city is thus well-tempered by the relational adjustments that must be made to its "notes"--for instance, housing, transportation, jobs, green spaces, water, and waste management--to retain or achieve a more pleasing composition.

Unusual for a book on urbanism, Rose nimbly covers the entire history of the city from ancient peoples to our time of "VUCA," a military acronym he introduces, which stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. This is a book that I would like to see in many people's hands. After decades in bookstores, I am perhaps not surprisingly immune to picking up a new book by a prolific author. I tend to assume, as with rock songwriters,that an author's best work is always behind them.

If that is true, then I have seriously missed out by not having looked at a work by Hoffman before. I pretty much inhaled this book. This book imagines it for me. Writer first, but self taught scientist, planner, and economist, Jacobs left New York City in , along with her family including 2 draft eligible sons. Her activism against urban "renewal" projects continued for another four decades. A marvelous and surprising look at a thinker whose ideas were often disparaged by the established city builders in their day, but are now orthodoxy.

Take a glance at the index. Gottlieb edited the books of most of those authors and celebrities. And he's still going. He brakes for garage sales and collects plastic purses from the 50s! He writes a column on dance. A must for all students of publishing and media. Moving to a tiny house? This articulately voiced cookbook would satisfy as the only one you need for a decade. Still have most of your bottle of fish sauce, or an old can of chickpeas, or have you noticed that mussels at the supermarket are a lot cheaper than king crab legs? With all of her recipes, Turshen includes treasured tips "small victories" and improvs "spin-offs" that will make you feel you got your time, money, and tastebuds' worth with each recipe.

Read WMD author O'Neil's term for an ever more complex statistical model that renders great harm to our society and weep. You probably already know about the misuse of supposedly neutral data and its complicity in the recession of But you will never see prison and recidivism, college football and student loans, or even car insurance, in the same light again. O'Neil is a former quant and author of the Mathbabe blog.

The Chernobyl disaster has been in the news again since Svetlana Alexievich, author of Voices from Chernobyl , won the Nobel Prize in Literature. What we forget is that although Chernobyl was in Ukraine, much of the nuclear fallout also affected the neighboring state of Belarus. It reminded me of The Tin Drum --stick with it a couple chapters, and I dare you to put it down. I never imagined how much computers would be a part of my life and career in the decades to come. Kidder's newest book will not seem as groundbreaking as Soul.

He gave Kidder unique access to himself and others to tell his story--depressions, hypomanic episodes, dangerous rages, and business failures are all included. English is a compassionate, philanthropic figure, with a little band of well chosen business partners, who have sensed what he needs without having to ask him about what's wrong with him.

They form a "skunkworks" that would follow English even if he didn't have a magnetic attraction for trucks full of money. This is a testosterone name check and memoir of the golden age of New Journalism, before the corporations and the Internet decimated the band. A must read for all of us who still browse the newsstand with affection.

Focusing on outstanding contributions made over the past half century to applied economic theory, the authors introduce the concept of markets for non economists, and then explore interlinked examples of how markets work in POW camps, used car lots, medical resident "Match Days," food banks and hazardous waste disposal. For fans of Freakonomics and The Undercover Economist , this classroom worthy introducation will give readers a more ordered overview of what drives our organizations. Part autobiography, Thaler's career almost perfectly aligns with the start and almost universal acceptance of the new field of behavioral economics.

You can lead a horse to water I am not a fan of the twee school of travel narrative. I don't want to hear about handsome Pierre at the Cafe.

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I run from empty castles and chateaux--give me a museum with good lighting or a cottage garden. But this book changed my mind. Deftly moving back and forth between Carhart's boyhood in France and a return 30 years later, Carhart immerses us in the town, the year history of the chateau, and the ongoing renovations. Go ahead and sign me up Viking River Cruises! A joyful reminder of the importance of historic preservation at a time when it is once again under attack. Monday morning the wreckage was still visible by the side of the road.

Duhigg's essays and observations in Smarter Faster Better --including another look at Air France Flight 's more recent oceanic crash and the "cognitive tunneling" that lead to another avoidable tragedy--are the kind that you will feel compelled to share with others. The various motivational strategies and theories, you may want to test in your own life. His recounting of an abusive home life, and his escape to the "Survivor"-like but better ingredients kitchen of legendary chef Joel Robuchon, shows how he developed the toughness to succeed in the cruel world of Michelin stars.

McDowell reminds us of what our first 6 presidents had in common: they were all serious gardeners. And contrary to what we popularly suppose, there were many changes to the White House landscape before Michelle Obama put in a vegetable garden. And many different visions: an Olmsted style public park, Victorian, neo colonial, suburban, memorial grove, and Versailles formal are a few.

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More than years of American history is sampled in this book. It should interest both gardeners and history lovers. Duckworth is the MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient who has developed the Grit Scale that is popping up everywhere in psychology, business, and sports. This is her theory, her research, and her examples, in a fun book for the general reader. The good news--students don't need new textbooks and computers as much as they need bands and clubs and other. The bad news: you can't just claim you can't do it anymore--research has shown with effort, you probably can.

Everything negative that I see in the news seems to lead me back to what's covered in this book--the changes in our tax code that have fostered the growth of extreme right wing foundations that mask as charities, but are really tax shelters. From Citizens United , record income inequality, our embarrassing season of primaries, and even the Flint water crisis--learn how we got there. My psychology professor Uncle introduced me to the case studies in Berton Rouche's Medical Detectives and later Oliver Sacks , and I've been hooked on the genre ever since.

Here Kalb focuses on 12 historical figures whose admitted behaviors or belated diagnoses from their biographers illustrate psychological disorders cataloged in the DSM. It's also fun to speculate about which living celebrities could be featured in the sequel. However, she has a volcanic temper and generally wins fights with Samad by injuring him.

Irie has been friends with Magid and Millat Iqbal since birth. After struggling with her sexuality and racial identity, Irie finds answers in her grandmother, Hortense Bowden. She resolves to go into the field of dentistry and, despite her best efforts to prevent it, ends up with Joshua Chalfen. Having slept with both Magid and Millat, Irie gives birth to a daughter whose father can never be known, as the twins have exactly the same DNA. Millat, born 2 minutes later than his twin brother Magid, is the younger son of Samad and Alsana.

After Magid is sent to Bangladesh, Millat comes into his own as a trouble-making, pot-smoking, womanising rebel. Millat may or may not be the father of Irie's baby. Magid is the elder son of Samad and Alsana, and twin brother of Millat. Magid is intellectually precocious and insists on dressing and acting like an adult, even at a very young age. Samad essentially kidnaps Magid and sends him to be raised traditionally in Bangladesh. Magid is fascinated by the certainty of fate genetic engineering offers, and by having the power to choose another creature's path, as his was chosen for him.

Magid may or may not be the father of Irie's baby. Marcus Chalfen is a Jewish genetic engineer and husband of Joyce Chalfen. His controversial FutureMouse experiment involves genetically altering a mouse so that it develops cancers at specific times and sites.

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Marcus loses interest in mentoring Irie when he begins corresponding with Magid. Joyce is a horticulturalist , writer, and the wife of Marcus Chalfen. She has four sons, all of whom adore her fiercely. Joyce is a natural nurturer and constantly feels the need to care for things and people.

From the moment they meet, Millat entrances Joyce, and she feels the need to mother him and pander to his needs. Joshua is the son of Joyce and Marcus Chalfen. Joshua has a long-standing crush on Irie and, later, on Joely. He stays in FATE largely as an excuse to remain close to her. Though, generally, the book was critically acclaimed, [ citation needed ] the critic James Wood was largely hostile, [4] while reserving a few moments for praise. He coined the term 'hysterical realism' to describe the 'big contemporary novel is a perpetual-motion machine that appears to have been embarrassed into velocity.

It seems to want to abolish stillness, as if ashamed of silence—as it were, a criminal running endless charity marathons. Stories and sub-stories sprout on every page, as these novels continually flourish their glamorous congestion. Inseparable from this culture of permanent storytelling is the pursuit of vitality at all costs. Indeed, vitality is storytelling, as far as these books are concerned. He wrote a parody of hysterical realism in his review in order to demonstrate the type of writing he meant:.

Thatcher was elected prime minister in and has not spoken a word since. And all this, over many pages, before poor Toby Awknotuby has done a thing, or thought a thought! He later defended it, saying that he was not exaggerating, citing examples of such bizarre plot devices from real novels, like,. Edgar Hoover, and a conceptual artist painting retired B bombers in the New Mexico desert DeLillo ; a terrorist group devoted to the liberation of Quebec called the Wheelchair Assassins, and a film so compelling that anyone who sees it dies Foster Wallace.

In , the novel was ranked 39th on The Guardian ' s list of the best books of the 21st century. A four-part television adaptation of the novel was made and broadcast on Channel 4 in In London's Kiln Theatre announced the world premiere of Stephen Sharkey's stage adaptation of the novel. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.