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The Convent: A Novel

by Panos Karnezis

"An impressive addition to the works of a master storyteller."—The Independent. The crumbling convent of Our Lady of Mercy stands alone in an uninhabited part of the Spanish sierra, hidden on a hill among...

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Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

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The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life

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Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror

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Elevating the torture and privacy debate, this book brilliantly challenges the knee-jerk responses of those in media and government. Can torture ever be justified? When is eavesdropping acceptable? Should a...

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by Hooman Majd

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All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost: A Novel

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by Adam Segal

"Thoughtful . . . . [Segal's] striking argument is that the challengers [India and China] lack America's resilient, open and risk-taking culture." —Economist The emergence of India and China as economic powers...

Great House: A Novel

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The Storyteller of Marrakesh: A Novel

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Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization

by Liel Leibovitz & Matthew Miller

“Thoroughly enjoyable . . . an outstanding tale of cross-cultural fertilization.” —Booklist In 1872, China—ravaged by poverty, population growth, and aggressive European armies—sent 120 boys to America...

Epigenetics: How Environment Shapes Our Genes

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The Emperor's Body: A Novel

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Napoleon, twenty years dead, rises like a phoenix over the politics of France and the destinies of three lovers. Against the historical backdrop of the French expedition in 1840 to retrieve Napoleon's body from...

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by Adrian Johns

“A superb account of the rise of modern broadcasting.” —Financial Times When the pirate operator Oliver Smedley shot and killed his rival Reg Calvert in Smedley’s country cottage on June 21, 1966, it...

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“A lucid account of quantum theory (and why you should care) combined with a gripping narrative.”—San Francisco Chronicle Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you weren’t shocked by quantum...

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"Mysterious, intriguing, and just downright absorbing ... smart and full of atmosphere."-Boston GlobeCatherine MacDonald is astonished to receive from her twin brother-who had apparently drowned a year earlier...

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank

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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

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