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A House on Fire: Excerpt from The Autobiography of Malcolm X

In The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist tells the story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to writer and journalist Alex Haley.

August 21, 2015

Other People Matter: An Excerpt from FLAWD by Emily-Anne Rigal

Here's an excerpt of activist Emily-Ane Rigal's new book, FLAWD: How to Stop Hating on Yourself, Others, and the Things That Make You Who You Are.

August 14, 2015

Heroes of the Resistance: Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw

Alex Kershaw's new book, Avenue of Spies, chronicles the Jackson family's participation in the French Resistance, ferreting information and risking their lives to fight the Nazis in World War Two.

August 12, 2015

Man vs. Machine: Humans are Underrated by Geoff Colvin

Yes, there are things that computers and technology can accomplish, and will accomplish, much better than humans. Yet there are certain capabilities that only people have.

August 7, 2015

Deep Diving with Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey

From hard scientific research to what some may call the 'woo-woo' side of dolphin love, Casey takes the reader around the world with her as she dives deeper and deeper into the world of dolphins.

August 5, 2015

Looking Inward: The Man Who Wasn't There by Anil Ananthaswamy

In The Man Who Wasn't There, science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy considers to what extent a sense of self is present, or if it is at all.

July 29, 2015

Or Die Trying: 7 Books on the Triumph of Surviving

There are few things more inspiring than a story of survival. With that in mind, we've assembled a list of tales of unbeatable human courage from across the spectrum, emphasizing unbelievable true stories and including just a dash of adventure and horror fiction to round things out.

July 24, 2015

To Everything, There Is a Season: 6 Books on Living and Dying Well

It's cliché but true: Death is an unavoidable part of life. Check out these books, whose writers deftly and unflinchingly tackle the taboos and trauma associated with dying and grief. Each of these books, in their own way, shed a some much-needed light on this under-addressed topic.

July 17, 2015

Essential Reading: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

There’s a lot to be said about racial progress. Much can be packed into a few words, like so: Okay, good. But still not great, nor right, nor enough. It became clear to this reader very early on in Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, Between the World and Me, that this is a big part of what the author aims to convey.

July 15, 2015

Jonathan Kozol Brings His Crusade Home: The Theft of Memory

In his new memoir, The Theft of Memory, Jonathan Kozol finds outrage in the midst of the struggle of losing his father to Alzheimer’s.

July 10, 2015

Even This I Get to Experience: Behind the Scenes with Norman Lear

In his memoir, Norman Lear recounts some standout experiences on the set of 'All in the Family' and the ways the seemingly light show tackled deeper social issues.

July 8, 2015

Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword by David K. Shipler

Shipler investigates this ancient and venerated ideal, Freedom of Speech, which U.S. citizens of all different backgrounds hold dear to heart.

July 3, 2015

Media Triumph: Michael Wolff on TV's Modern Evolution

Author and columnist Michael Wolff details the factors of the digital landscape - social media and internet news -- that have led to unprecedented innovation in traditional media like television.

June 26, 2015

Community Conscious: 6 Books on Making a Difference

Volunteering is an admirable thing that can have lasting positive effects on both those being helped -- and on volunteers. Here is a lineup of stories that show what a difference being a community do-gooder can have.

June 24, 2015

A Moviegoing Lifetime: Keepers by Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel is an American film critic who estimates that he has seen over 22,000 films throughout his life. His newest book offers real insight into some of what he's learned via his filmic fascination.