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Amazon's Best Books of February: Part One

This is a great month in books, and our top 5 picks of February reflect that. There's good fiction and nonfiction. There's the serious, the funny, and the plain bizarre. Here's a wrap-up of the first half of our Top 10 Best Books of the Month.

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Constructive Criticism: Announcing the NBCC Award Nominees

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced this week. There are thirty finalists, falling into six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry. The National Book Critics Circle has one of the more interesting...

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Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M...

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Like Minds: Stephen Pinker Reviews "The Moral Arc"

Is the world becoming a better place? Michael Shermer, editor in chief of Skeptic magazine, thinks so, and he thinks it's all about the science. His new book, The Moral Arc, outlines his hypothesis: As humankind gains greater understanding of...

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The Book That Changed My Life

I know that sounds really dramatic, but it's 100% true. The book is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and it has done for me what no other organizational books, articles, tips, or...

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From the Archives: Sonali Deraniyagala's Memoir of Surviving 2004's Tsunami

Last week marked the 10-year anniversary of the massive tsunami that roared across the Indian Ocean and devasted the coastlines of fourteen countries. One of the deadlist natural disasters in modern history, the tsunami took the lives of more than...

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The Art of Science: Gifts from Outer, Inner Space

So, are you an innie or an outtie? That is, are you fascinated by the wonders of earth, or is it outer space that churns your imagination? Either way, several new books will have you (or possibly a hard-to-shop-for giftee)...

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Excerpt: "The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps," by Diogo Mainardi

Brazilian author and journalist Diogo Mainardi's unflinching story about raising a son, Tito, with cerebral palsy, The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps is comprised of 424 short passages, each representing Tito's steps walking toward the hospital whose errors...

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Punk Rock Girl

Viv Albertine's new memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. is a book is divided almost straight down the middle. Side One is the story of her upbringing in the north London suburb of Muswell Hill: It's...

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"Like a Mix of Don Draper and Rasputin": Moving & Shaking in 21st-Century Russia

When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 90s, the West rejoiced with the relief that came with the end of the Cold War and the possibility of an era of peace and cooperation. At the same time, its corporations...

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