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Book review: Author says secrets of brain most likely lies in connections

Book review: Author says secrets of brain most likely lies in connections

As science progresses further and further along, it’s remarkable how little we still understand about the big questions of consciousness, which are simple enough to ask, but downright confounding to answer.

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Book review: Michael Moore – Saint and a Boor

Book review: Michael Moore – Saint and a Boor

Few men are as reviled as Michael Moore. The director of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko has made himself notable not only for his Oscar nominations but also for the incredible hate he has inspired in countless conservatives.

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Book review: “The Face Thief” leaves no lasting impression

Book review: “The Face Thief” leaves no lasting impression

A woman finds herself falling down a staircase after somebody brutally pushes her.

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Book review: “Blood, Bones, and Butter”

Do not, under any circumstances, read “Blood, Bones, and Butter” while you are hungry.

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In new book, professor explores “Nixon’s Darkest Secrets”

Was President Richard M. Nixon the crook he’s made out to be? According to former White House correspondent and American U. Adjunct Professor Donald Fulsom, he was.

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Book review: ‘Raylan’ keeps up Western plots, thrills

Book review: ‘Raylan’ keeps up Western plots, thrills

After writing novels for more than 50 years, it might seem like Elmore Leonard would run out of steam or lose the spark that gave him a unique voice, but if his latest, “Raylan,” proves anything, it’s that Leonard can still defy expectations.

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Book review: ‘Death Comes to Pemeberly’ gives Austen new life

An extension of the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James, places Austen’s characters in the midst of a murder mystery.

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Book review: Chomsky on 9/11

Following 9/11, few people questioned whether the American government was right to invade Afghanistan, and certainly did not blame the American government for the attacks on the World Trade Center. Noam Chomsky was one of the few dissenters. His book, 9-11: Was There an Alternative?, is a new edition of the collection of interviews and essays he composed in the months following September 11th (originally published in 2001 as 9-11), as well as a recent, retrospective essay he wrote following Osama bin Laden’s death.

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Book review: Isaacson paints complex portrait of Jobs’ genius

The story of a person’s life is more about that person’s place in the grand narrative of history than a simple timeline of the events in their life. Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, is the portrait of an entrepreneur from beginning to end, examining the nuances and contradictions that made up his character, and an atlas of the counter-cultural West Coast. A period and intersection of the figures that would lead a revolution in technology and human interaction.

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Book review: ‘The Office’ star Mindy Kaling keeps laughs coming

Book review: ‘The Office’ star Mindy Kaling keeps laughs coming

Reading Mindy Kaling’s new book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns),” is like reading a transcript of every conversation I’ve had or wish I had with one of my best friends. With a humorous and unpresumptuous tone, Kaling explores her youth, career and friendships through essays, anecdotes and lists.

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