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Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom by Emmons and Alter

Emmons, Henry (M.D.) and Alter, David (Ph.D.), Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom, Simon and Schuster (Touchstone Books), New York, 2015 (280pp.$25)  Despite the haughty platitudes about American “exceptionalism” in health care, ours is a nation plagued…

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Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor

MacGregor, Neil. Germany: Memories of a Nation, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2015 (606pp., 420 illustrations, 8 full-color maps, $40). Neil MacGregor is director of the illustrious British Museum on Russell Square in London. Previously the director of the National Gallery, his books “The History…

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Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry by Paul Goldberger

Goldberger, Paul. Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2015 (511pp.$35).  In his new book “Building Art”, author Paul Goldberger writes that world famous Los Angeles architect and designer Frank Gehry “almost never started a design with a…

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The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers

Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2015 (572pp.$32.50) Vladimir Putin was born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), a city still scarred and reeling from its long Nazi siege during which hundreds of thousands died…

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West of Eden: An American Place by Jean Stein

Stein, Jean. West of Eden: An American Place, Random House, New York, 2016 (334pp. $30)  Both a titanic boor and memorable vulgarian, Jack Warner Sr. nevertheless ran one of the most successful movie studies in Hollywood during its so-called “Golden Age.” His son, Jack Jr.,…

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Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka by John Gimlette

Gimlette, John. Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2016 (339pp.illus, maps, $28.95) Master travel writer and London barrister John Gimlette’s journey to Sri Lanka began with a modest bus ride from his home in southwest London, where nearby he tell…

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Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Turkle, Sherry. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Penguin Press, New York, 2015 (436pp.$27.95) Sherry Turkle holds an endowed chair at M.I.T. A trained sociologist and licensed clinical psychologist, everyday she rubs shoulders with the roboticists and affective-computing engineers who roam…

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Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles

Stiles, T.J. Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2015 (582pp.$30) Dozens if not scores of books have been written about George Armstrong Custer (nicknamed Fanny by his West Point brothers on account of his flowing…

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Pain (2) by Jim Harrison

  We don’t have to let go of Jim Harrison.  His poetry remains.  But Jim, my companion over many years, you said it well.   Pain (2) by Jim Harrison   Pain is at the steering wheel swerving left and right for a year now….

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Deep South by Paul Theroux

Theroux, Paul. Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads, with photos by Steve McCurry, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston/New York, 2015 (441pp.$29.95) A muggy tedium seeps from nearly every chapter of Paul Theroux’s eighteenth work of non-fiction and tenth travel book. He is, he admits, weary…

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