Nonfiction

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“Trading Manny is, of course, about the heartbreak two fans feel when their love for baseball is betrayed.

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“. . . some readers will no doubt dismiss some of the author’s statements as hyperbole or perceive a pacifist bias. But those distractions are few and far between. Ms.

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“The tale of Mr g is about the creation (and the end) of the universe.

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“One measure of an extraordinary book is that it prompts the reader to reframe his or her view of the world, to recognize and reaffirm patterns, to consider implications that might not have

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“‘Heterosexuality is historically constituted,’ she concludes, ‘and for now we believe in it. And this, too, shall pass.’”

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“Deftly weaving economics, military strategy, religion, law, culture, evolutionary biology, archaeology, and history, Francis Fukuyama tells his story from the earliest of times up through

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“There are at least 50 acts whose work is covered in detail, with scores mentioned in passing.

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“Changing Lives gives appropriate credit where credit is due; however, it would have been more engaging had the author given us a more balanced portrayal of the system that is trul

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“Quantum theory is weird, yes, but it absolutely has to be the way it is in order to explain the weird behavior of the world we live in. . . .

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“Anyone can pick up an instrument in the middle of his/her life and gain enough proficiency to enjoy playing favorite songs. Learning music is not limited to any class or race of people.

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“. . . a brief but well-written exposition on a historical figure who was both maligned and misunderstood when it comes to written Jewish and Russian history.”

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“City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas is a fantastically fast-paced historical narrative and a welcome read. Mr.

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“In The Polar Bear Scientists, author Peter Lourie makes a fascinating and compelling case for the importance of studying polar bears.

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“The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess took ten years to write and was very highly researched. Mr.

“The thesis set forth by Stephen Fritz in Ostkrieg is so simple and compelling that it merits consideration even by those who have studied the topic for years.”

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“There is humor and personality in every paragraph of We’re with Nobody. The writing is intelligent, detailed, and intimate.

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“. . . 182 pages of bacterial wonderment. . . . Dr. Wassenaar explains how the intestinal bacterial microflora of a fruit fly (affected by diet) drives mating preference.

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“The Ecstasy of Influence is a book worth reading—it redraws the map of popular culture and, in so doing, pushes us beyond the confines of our comfortable minds, out into the larger world

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“. . . with More Room in a Broken Heart, we hear the ballad of Carly, sung long and sultry, in a voice as crisp as a winter’s night. . . .

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