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HBO’s The Leftovers, a grim take on the limits of grief and faith

July 10, 2014 5:52 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 6202
HBO’s “The Leftovers” is the feel-good series of the summer, if your summer revolves around root canals and recreational waterboarding. Indeed, it’s pretty grim stuff — but quite engrossing and worth your time, thanks to intense performances by Justin Theroux and Christopher Eccleston, and the way creators Tom Perrotta, who wrote the book on which… View Article

Havard Experts Say Book is Bound in Human Skin

June 14, 2014 8:27 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 4984
It’s reading matter not for the faint of heart. Experts at Harvard said this week that they have confirmed that a 19th-century book housed in one of the university’s libraries is bound in human skin. Scientists and conservators carried out a series of tests on Houghton Library’s copy of the French writer Arsene Houssaye’s “Des… View Article
James Patterson Calls Amazon's Practices 'A National Tragedy'

James Patterson Calls Amazon’s Practices ‘A National Tragedy’

May 30, 2014 4:24 pm  | Comments: 1 | Views: 2957
Writer James Patterson accepted the Indie Champion award at Book Expo America in New York City. Patterson received the award for his plan to distribute one million dollars to indie bookstores. During his acceptance speech, the author called Amazon’s business practices “a national tragedy,” according to industry newsletter Shelf Awareness. “Amazon seems out to control shopping in this… View Article
The 5 Most Popular Business Books Of 2013

The 5 Most Popular Business Books Of 2013

May 15, 2014 6:52 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 2707
Amazon’s annual list of the best-selling books on its platform signals which ideas and trends have taken hold of the culture in a given year. Even in a world where technology is taking over, books are an essential resource for people in business. DropBox CEO Drew Houston, for example, got a crash course in business and management by reading… View Article
Guilty as Sin Philip Kerr’s ‘Prayer,’

Guilty as Sin Philip Kerr’s ‘Prayer,’

May 15, 2014 5:56 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 1842
Bernie Gunther, the sardonic German detective in Philip Kerr’s historical crime novels, survived World War II with life, limb and integrity intact. But Bernie was only up against the entire Nazi high command. In PRAYER (Putnam, $26.95), Kerr introduces us to Gil Martins, an F.B.I. agent with the domestic terrorism unit in Houston who seems to be… View Article
The Unkindest Cut ‘Midnight’s Descendants,’ by John Keay

The Unkindest Cut ‘Midnight’s Descendants,’ by John Keay

May 15, 2014 5:36 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 1731
Some historical events have such utterly catastrophic consequences that no amount of “what if” counterfactuals can yield a more awful result. World War I, for example, resulted in an enormous number of fatalities, largely entrenched the imperialism that initiated it and paved the way for both Nazism and Stalinism. How could a different path have… View Article
10 Books You Need To Read In 2014

10 Books You Need To Read In 2014

May 15, 2014 5:24 pm  | Comments: 0 | Views: 1810
Another year, another several dozen captivating books to add to your ever-growing reading list. You may still be conquering the mountain of titles you were gifted during the holidays, or the pile of award-winners you picked up at the end of last year, so anticipating 2014’s heavy hitters may seem overwhelming. Which is exactly why… View Article