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The Case Against the Supreme Court

by Erwin Chemerinsky

A top constitutional-law scholar details the Supreme Court's failings and how to fix the problem.

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The Hawley Book of the Dead

by Chrysler Szarlan

Murder, love, horseback riding and witchcraft artfully blended together in a New England setting.

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The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science

by Armand Marie Leroi

How Aristotle's science shaped his philosophy--and how his philosophy shaped modern science.

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On Immunity: An Inoculation

by Eula Biss

How the history of vaccinations affects the contemporary controversy.

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The Paying Guests

by Sarah Waters

A love affair between two socially mismatched women in post-World War I England that takes an unexpected turn into a crime drama.

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The Diamond Lane

by Karen Karbo

A reissue of a smart early-'90s-era comedy of manners about familial, romantic and Hollywood entanglements.

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Digby O'Day in the Fast Lane

by Shirley Hughes, illus. by Clara Vulliamy

An old-fashioned, liberally illustrated story with charm, style and panache.

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The Ploughmen

by Kim Zupan

A psychological story of a serial killer and deputy sheriff tied by similar childhoods and close relationships with death.

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The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

by Steven Pinker

Psycholinguist Steven Pinker's contemporary style guide that will be useful to anyone seeking to become a better writer.

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Harlequin: The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle

Media Heat

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On Diane Rehm: Isabel Sawhill, author of Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage (Brookings Institution Press, $25, 9780815726357).

On Fresh Air: Matt Bai, author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid (Knopf, $26.95, 9780307273383).

Monday, September 29, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Martin Wolf, author of The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned--and Have Still to Learn--from the Financial Crisis (Penguin Press, $35, 9781594205446).

On Fresh Air: Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" (Random House, $28, 9780812994995).

On the Colbert Report: Jamie Oliver, author of Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook (Ecco, $34.99, 9780062305619).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Matt Richtel, author of A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention (Morrow, $28.99, 9780062284068).

On KCRW's Bookworm: Richard Flanagan, author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Knopf, $26.95, 9780385352857).

On the Daily Show: Steven Johnson, author of How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World (Riverhead, $30, 9781594632969).

On the Colbert Report: Walter Mischel, author of The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control (Little, Brown, $29, 9780316230872).

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

On Fresh Air: Charles M. Blow, author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780544228047).

On the Diane Rehm Show: readers review The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Vintage, $14, 9780307278449).

On the Colbert Report: Bill Cosby, subject of Cosby: His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker (Simon & Schuster, $29.99, 9781451697971).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

On the Diane Rehm Show: Richard Branson, author of The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership (Portfolio, $29.95, 9781591847373).

On the Daily Show: Tony Zinni, author of Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield (Palgrave Macmillan, $27, 9781137279385).

On the Colbert Report: Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781451697384).

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