Perhaps my favorite part of being a minimally trained health writer is that it provides the perfect excuse to read! With no further adieu, here are the top 10 books in the realm of health -- defined broadly as the harmony of physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual needs -- from the past year.
My generation discovered the big-eyed waifs at grandma's house or in the marginalia of our local thrift shops. The generation older than me knows that at one point Margaret Keane's big-eyed paintings of children were everywhere.
Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers suggests the key to success in any field is practicing a specific task for ten thousand hours. For the past 17 years, my practicing and learning about Lou Zamperini is close to that targeted time frame.
Each year, millions of books make their way through The New York Public Library system. With so many books to choose from, it would seem an impossible task for our librarians to select their favorites. But, shockingly, it wasn't nearly as difficult as we thought!
At over 500 pages, this novel is more a tome than a book. Having taken a decade to write, Doerr provides a stunning and stirring story of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and a German recruit, Werner, who serves Hitler's Youth war machine.
It's a new innovation methodology -- Improvisational Innovation -- which she introduces in her new book out this week, The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular Failure. Here is our quick chat...
To escape present-day harsh realities, one might do well to turn to literary portrayals in which lives are elevated. In Year of Wonders, the lives of those who care for the afflicted, and comfort the dying, are elevated.
Volunteering, as well as engaging in outside activities that divert our attention from ourselves, our own material properties and our only close family, can truly change our life perceptions and improve our behaviors in society.
2014, not a bad year for books, all told. Below you will find a completely arbitrary list of some of 2014's most Interesting, controversial books and a few that I simply found fascinating -- as well as a preview of two gifted new novelists.
An engaging presence, Slaughter is also a smart and passionate advocate for the issues she subtly raises in her books. Here's Slaughter talking about the genuine dangers female cops faced when joining the police force in the face of hostile male resistance.
François Meyronnis's manifesto on the true global crisis, entitled Proclamation sur la vraie crise mondiale, is certainly the best text available for those who seek to understand the mechanisms and inner workings of "globally integrated capitalism."
If there's something you want to say, say it. Say it with truth. Say it with kindness. But say it boldly. Someone else is out there waiting to read your words, to hear your story. Someone who doesn't know how to use her voice yet.
When I boarded the Queen Elizabeth 2 at Southampton, UK, for my first Atlantic crossing in August 2002, I felt like an impostor.
Recently, I spoke with Nancy Kates, whose film, Regarding Susan Sontag, had its Philadelphia premier at the Jewish Museum.
Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins? Try this for size. Our goal is to both educate and entertain. There's no better place to begin than with the language we use. So let's start there.
In addition to being a moving memoir, Under This Beautiful Dome is a reminder that we have to protect ourselves and our rights -- or history will repeat itself.
Sing along; you know the tune. On the 12th day of Christmas, the Internet gave to me. 12 misplaced apostrophe's. 11 tautological, repetitive, superfluous, iterative redundancies.10 anthropomorphisms, who need love, too.
by Richard McGuire
Published on December 9th, 2014
by Marlon James
Published on October 2nd, 2014
by Nell Zink
Published on October 1st, 2014
by Emily St. John Mandel
Published on September 9th, 2014