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A Book Trend That We've Noticed

What book trend have the Amazon editors noticed lately?

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Star-Trek

Best Books of June: Humor & Entertainment

A few of our favorite Humor & Entertainment titles this month, including the perfect gift for the Trekker Dad, a unlikely rap-to-(almost)-riches tale, and a collection of self-effacing sketches of motherhood and other inconveniences of adulthood.

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1971

Twelve Songs That Changed the World, or at Least 1971

From Carole King to the Stones, David Hepworth tracks the pivotal events--and selects the essential songs--of 1971, the year that shaped the music industry for the three decades that followed.

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Abbreviated-Life

"Up is down. You can’t find your balance": An Excerpt from "An Abbreviated Life"

Mothers and daughters. Could there be a more complicated relationship? In her new memoir, journalist Ariel Leve plumbs the depths of her own painful experiences with a shockingly callous parent.

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Alimal

"Muhammad Ali: A Man, Not a King" by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith

On a day when Muhammad Ali is on all of our minds, we reached out to the authors of a recent (and excellent) book on Ali to get their thoughts on the Greatest of All Time.

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Wendy walker

Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, lots of depressing (but utterly riveting) books! I think the happiest one on this list is about the upending of two marriages, but hey, that could be a happy thing indeed...

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Sex-Object

"Life is messy, and it’s okay if you are too": Jessica Valenti on "Sex Object"

Jessica Valenti’s memoir is sure to provoke discussion at any time, but maybe now more than ever. We asked Valenti some pointed questions about her work and her reputation as one of the leading feminist thinkers of a generation.

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Grunt-Mary Roach

"The Freezer Serves Dual Use as a Morgue"--Fun Factoids from Mary Roach's "Grunt"

It takes a special kind of writer to make topics ranging from death to our gastrointestinal tract interesting (sometimes hilariously so), and pop science writer Mary Roach is always up to the task. In her latest book, Grunt...

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Parasites

Zombie Ants, Robo-Crabs, and Confused Crustaceans

Have you heard the one about the wasp that turns cockroaches into living food trucks for its larvae? If not, you have a choice to make: to immediately read or assiduously avoid Kathleen McAuliffe's This Is Your Brain on Parasites.

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Ali

"Don't Count the Days; Make the Days Count" - Muhammad Ali (1942 - 2016)

Muhammad Ali died on June 3rd at the age of 74. He died from complications due to Parkinson's disease, which he battled for 32 years. As cultural icons go, there were none greater. Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky in...

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