Category Archives: Books

Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers:  What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know By Malcolm Gladwell Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2019 I’ve read most of Malcolm Gladwell’s books and quite a few of his New Yorker articles.  I … Continue reading

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How To Be An Antiracist

How To Be An Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi One World, New York, 2019 Donald Trump says he’s not racist. In fact, he claims to be the “least racist person that you have ever met.” In his latest book, How … Continue reading

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 2018 I don’t read much fiction these days, but it’s summertime and the last book I read was about the history of calculus, so I figured I’d try … Continue reading

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Infinite Powers

Infinite PowersBy Steven StrogatzHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, 2019 Okay, I admit it, even for me this is a geeky book.  Infinite Powers:  How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe is about the history of calculus and its impact on … Continue reading

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Losing Earth

Losing Earth By Nathaniel Rich Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 2019 The Sunday New York Times Magazine devoted its entire August 1, 2018 issue to a single article called Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change by … Continue reading

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Diversity Explosion

Diversity Explosion By William H. Frey Brookings Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 2018 (Revised edition) In 2011, more minority babies were born in the United States than white babies for the first time.  In 2015, 24 of the largest 100 metropolitan … Continue reading

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Endeavour

Endeavour:  The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World By Peter Moore Chatto & Windus, London, 2018 Pop quiz:  What does “endeavour” mean to you? a)  To attempt, to strive, to exert oneself towards achieving some goal, b)  The … Continue reading

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