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'Gypsy': Something's Rotten, This Time In Slovakia

NPR review of Gypsy, a Slovak film


Best Books of 2014 - Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End

In Being Mortal,the ever thoughtful surgeon and author Atul Gawande asks us to think about what it really means to age gracefully and die with dignity when modern medicine can do so much to extend life. And challenges us to examine the real costs of prolonged medical treatment when the evidence is mounting that we are not necessarily improving life at the end.

NPR's Best Teen Novels The Perks Of Being A Wallflower In a thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel, teenager Charlie struggles to cope with the complex world of high school. He deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs and the pain of losing a close friend and favorite aunt.

You Wont - 4.13.12. Their "charming," "infectious," smartly-crafted" and "thought-provoking" music has been compared to Vampire Weekend and the Shins, earning them rave reviews from The New York Times, The New Yorker, SPIN Magazine, KEXP Radio, NPR, and Paste (just to name a few).


‘Life After Life,’ by Kate Atkinson

‘Life After Life,’ by Kate Atkinson was so amazing! Really beautiful and thought provoking. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, and I loved every minute of it.


'Lemon Cake' Offers Up A Surreal Slice Of Salinger

"The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" - Best book about food that's not really about food, but really is about food. Sort of.


April Backseat Book Club Pick: 'Seedfolks'

NPR's Backseat Book Club pick for April. It's a short one this month but I think Minimike will be pleased.

Our Top Pick in Nonfiction for September is the delightfully morbid SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES.

Critics Consensus: Merchants of Doubt is a thought-provoking documentary assembled with energy and style, even if it doesn't dig as deep as it could. -


Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call To Action' Against Subjugation Of Women

In his new book, A Call To Action, Carter tackles a fundamental question of equality head-on: the subjugation of women in cultures around the world.


Could 'Submission' Be America's Sept. 11 Novel?

The Submission (by Amy Waldman) is a gorgeously written novel of ideas about America in the wake of Sept. 11.


Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND NPR • “An eye-opening call to action from someone who rethought the whole notion of ‘having it all,’ Unfinished...

From the award-winning author of Boy, Snow, Bird and Mr. Fox comes an enchanting collection of intertwined stories.   Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is...

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Book review: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Book review: The Elegance of the Hedgehog | Shelf Near You


'Space Chronicles': Why Exploring Space Still Matters

Space Chronicles, by Neil deGrassi Tyson. A thought-provoking, humorous collection on NASA & future of space travel. Tyson is rare breed of astrophysicist, one who can speak as easily & brilliantly with popular audiences as with professional scientists. Now that NASA has put human space flight effectively on hold—with a 5 or possibly 10 year delay until the next launch of astronauts from U.S. soil— his views on future of space travel & America’s role in that future are timely and urgent…