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Musicology professor Richard Crawford’s George Gershwin biography is written with liveliness and appreciation for the composer of Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue. Read more

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In David Robson’s intriguing The Intelligence Trap, the science journalist makes the case that the human brain is a fallible instrument and that “no one is immune” from its capacity to be wrong. Read more

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A shelf of new books delves deeply into the history of popular music. Read more

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Daniel Brook's book challenges racist perspectives on history and focuses on one aspect of Reconstruction, the role of Creoles. Read more

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In The Deadly Pandemic, science writer Mark Honigsbaum’s warnings against scientific complacency are coupled with concerns over the panic-mongering of old-school and social media. Read more

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Five new books examine role of individuals in shaping America. Read more

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New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris has written an entertaining travelogue, Mythology 101 course, lesson in linguistics and memoir. Read more

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The 2009 publication of Carl Gustav Jung’s The Red Book revealed that he was thinking in images as well as writing about them. The Art of C.G. Jung is a further exploration of visual art produced by the path-laying psychoanalyst. Read more

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Empire: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan explores an historical anomaly: a woman who publicly shared the throne of Mughal India with her husband. Read more

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American politics and society has often been acrimonious but the past also shows that people of good will can rise above division. Read more

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Franz Kafka’s stories are dark and well suited for the black and white of Kafkaesque, yet, as graphic novelist Peter Kuper reminds us, humor flickers through the darkness. Read more

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Dan Kaufman stresses in The Fall of Wisconsin that the state whose motto was “Forward” has become the laboratory for America’s right-wing extremists, mislabeled as “conservatives.” Read more

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Tesla: Inventor of the Modern examines the incredible life of the visionary Serbian inventor Nikola Telsa who foresaw that electricity, if democratically distributed, would power the world. Read more

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Queens College history professor Joshua B. Freeman sets out the role factories played in the construction of modernity in Behemoth. Read more

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British science writer Emma Byrne has written an entertaining exploration of what swearing teaches “about how our brains, our minds, and even our societies work.” Read more

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Classical studies professor Emily Watson’s clear and faithful English translation of the epic poem is the first by a woman, and her informative introduction is worth reading in its own right. Read more

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In Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech, web consultant Sara Wachter-Boettcher attacks the sort of techies whose “disruption" seems aimed as much at common sense and decency as anything else.... Read more

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New biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, Gorbachev: His Life and Times, credits the Soviet leader as a visionary itching to transform the U.S.S.R. into a more democratic nation. Read more

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In DNA is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes, Steven J. Heine, cultural psychologist at the University of British Columbia, condemns the fatalism and exaggerated claims made on beha... Read more

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In Poets of the Bible: From Solomon’s Song of Songs to John’s Revelation, Willis Barnstone, a poet himself as well as a scholar, hopes to awaken new readers to the literary dimension of scriptures through his own verse translations from the... Read more

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