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5 Gripping Novels About Greed and The Human Condition

ther a list of exciting, discussion-worthy books about greed and the human condition. Ed King Written by David Guterson Ed King re-imagines one of the world’s greatest tragedies—Oedipus Rex—for our own era, bringing contemporary urgency to a tale that still has the power to shock and inform. In Seattle of 1962, Walter Cousins makes the biggest error of his life: He sleeps with Diane Burroughs, the sexy, not-quite-legal British au pair who’s taking…

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Parallel Play by Tim Page

…of the condition. “Simply lovely… Page does not glorify or mythologize his condition, nor does he render a portrait of a soul victimized by circumstance. The view from this window is merely one of the human condition, painted in emotions known to us all, yet rarely so finely drawn.” —The Los Angeles Times “An improbably lovely memoir… In fascinatingly precise detail and often to pricelessly funny effect, [Page] describes ways in which his efforts…

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Featured Short Story: Mirrorball by Mary Gaitskill

…ust the girls, either. His soul was starting to get in on it, too. The new captive was talking to it and it was beginning to talk back—or at least half of it was. For this was a young man with a soul in two parts; he’d split it up so it would be harder to get. He’d done this when he was about two. He’d done it at his mother’s advice; she had done it early in life herself. She advised her son to follow her example after his father had walked away a…

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An Interview with Marti Leimbach

…n American writer Marti Leimbach’s fascination with female reporters taken captive during the Vietnam War became obsessive, she knew she had her next book in the making,” Reuters reports. Click here to read the full interview, which includes Leimbach’s advice to aspiring authors. The book has been praised by Dr. Abraham Verghese, author of the national bestseller Cutting for Stone: “You might question the ambition of a contemporary novelist electi…

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The Master Switch by Tim Wu

…ormation industry, beginning with the telephone, has eventually been taken captive by some ruthless monopoly or cartel. With all our media now traveling a single network, an unprecedented potential is building for centralized control over what Americans see and hear. Could history repeat itself with the next industrial consolidation? Could the Internet—the entire flow of American information—come to be ruled by one corporate leviathan in possessio…

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Ian McEwan's Jerusalem Prize Acceptance Speech

the European Enlightenment, during which the private as well as the social condition of the individual began to receive sustained attention from philosophers. A growing and relatively privileged class of readers emerged who had time to reflect not only on their society but on their intimate relationships, and they found their concerns reflected and extended in novels. In Swift and Defoe, individuals were morally tested, and their societies satiris…

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Our Favorite Female Thought Leaders

…hydrogen or oxygen. In her long-awaited book—her first to reckon with the condition of water on our planet—Erin Brockovich shows us what’s at stake. From the environmental activist, consumer advocate, and renowned crusader—a stirring call to action that gives us the tools we need to take action ourselves, to make our voices heard, to ensure our water is safe, and to finally bring about change. Buy the book | Read an excerpt In Other Words by Jhum…

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Nostalgia: Inside the Trauma of the Civil War

…that nostalgia was one of the names used in the nineteenth century for the condition we today call post-traumatic stress disorder, I thought it an irresistible title for the book: not only did it have the double meaning (a mental disorder and a past time recalled), but in this context it was also ironic—contemporary usage often connotes a past time fondly recalled. Also, the word’s etymology (ancient Greek for “return home” and “pain”) made a grea…

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Must-read New Paperbacks

…with anxiety, Scott Stossel presents a moving and revelatory account of a condition that affects some 40 million Americans. Stossel offers an intimate and authoritative history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand anxiety. We discover the well-known who have struggled with the condition, as well as the afflicted generations of Stossel’s own family. Revealing anxiety’s myriad manifestations and the anguish it causes, h…

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Now in Paperback: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

…! The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest finds Lisbeth Salander in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she’ll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she’ll seek revenge—against the ma…

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