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Navigating This Century — A Book About Everything

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Yuval Noah Harari’s latest book, a collection of essays entitled “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” examines some of the most contentious issues of our time from a viewpoint firmly grounded in a deep understanding of history and philosophy. In this collection, Harari covers everything from an unpredictably changing job market, to the melding of artificial intelligence and biotech industries, to the role of nationalism in today’s international politics, to war and God.

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Having Fun With The 19th Century French Aristocracy

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It is a rare event that an impeccably researched historical tome is also a juicy and highly readable account of cultural reportage. For all the scintillating social detail, “Proust’s Duchess” is, above all, a meaningful investigation of socio-historical and literary criticism.  It is also a fun, punchy and relatively quick read at 570 pages. 

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Spending Time With Omarosa

Audiobook: ‘Unhinged’

For some reason I turned on TV News the other night and the perky, preppy, puffy, self-promoting Tucker Carlson on Fox was screaming about how unbelievably stupid the Democrats are. Remember when Democrats were commie-pinko Russia-loving traitors? The tables have turned —now it is the Republicans who are called Russia-loving scum — just watch CNN if you don’t believe me. They featured such prehistoric luminaries as John Dean and Carl Bernstein pulled out of mothballs to inform us how much like Nixon our current president is. 

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How To Fix Back Pain By Yourself

Books: ‘The Younger Next Year Back Book’

There’s good reason Chris Crowley’s “Younger Next Year”books have sold millions of copies: they are practical, informative and strike just the right tone — both light hearted and commanding. 

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Adam Van Doren Paints Yale

Books: ‘The Stones of Yale’

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Rocking Out at The Golden Dance Party

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You don’t need to be a dancer to enjoy Henry Alford’s book, “And Then We Danced: A Voyage Into the Groove.” But if you’ve ever felt the buzz that comes from executing a successful swing-dance move or that walking-on-air glow after any good workout, you may have the potential to become “a gentleman dancer” like him, or maybe just a happy living-room dancer bouncing around to classic Motown.

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What Does It Mean to Dress Like a Woman?

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God Stands Up For Geeks In Winchester’s Latest

Books: 'The Perfectionists’

Simon Winchester is a crack storyteller, as anyone who has read “The Professor and the Madman” will remember, and a sharp-eyed researcher who finds bright nuggets of information in odd corners of our dusty past.

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A House Rich With Memories and Gifts

Books: ‘Friends Bearing Gifts’

For Marcel Proust, madeleines, dipped in hot tea, prompted the flood of memories that became the seven volumes of “Remembrance of Things Past.” For Joseph Cicio, it is everything in his stunning Warren, Conn. house — furniture, art, bibelots, especially gifts from the battalions of friends he made over the years — that prompted his first book, “Friends Bearing Gifts,” which will be available in June.

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Truth and Lies In Polar Exploration

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When Commander Robert Peary, newly returned from a dash toward the North Pole, lectured at the Village Hall in Norfolk, Conn., in February 1907, a crowd of 600 filled the building to overflowing. 
“A tall man, with a large frame and a pleasing manner of address,” according to the town paper, he had turned back within 3 degrees of his goal: “’I looked around at the drawn faces of my companions and at the skeleton dogs, and feeling that the limit of human and canine endurance had been reached, started back for the ship.’”

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