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Books for Living

by Will Schwalbe

In his second memoir, Books for Living, Will Schwalbe (The End of Your Life Book Club) presents a collection of brief, insightful essays on the titles that have transformed his life: classic novels and children's stories, esoteric volumes of Chinese philosophy and practical writing advice. He begins with an unusual but aptly titled choice: The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang, a text of idiosyncratic philosophy and advice for living, published in the 1930s by a Chinese man who later lived

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Defeat Is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War

by Myra MacDonald

In Defeat Is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War, Myra MacDonald quickly covers the milestones of the Indo-Pakistani conflict, fought on and off since 1947, without lingering on episodes that have already been written about at length. Instead, MacDonald focuses on the period from 1998--when India and Pakistan held nuclear tests--to the present day, putting an emphasis on the strategic missteps that allowed India to overtake Pakistan in the two countries' long, bitter rivalry.


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A List of Cages

by Robin Roe

Fourteen-year-old Julian Harlow looks "like an anime character," with shiny black hair almost falling into his "enormous round eyes." He is shy, sweet, and secretly good at singing and storytelling, but his uncle is beating the light, and life, out of him. Adam Blake, a high school senior, knows and loves Julian because the boy came to live with him and his mother as a foster child after his parents were killed. But it's been five years since Julian's abusive uncle took him in, and the boy, young-seeming for

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Nobody Is Perfick

by Bernard Waber

This 1971 illustrated classic from Bernard Waber, author of Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, reminds readers that "nobody is perfick" and that we really just have to laugh at ourselves.

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The Case Against Sugar

by Gary Taubes

Like Michael Pollan, Taubes crafts a compelling argument about Western eating habits, refining our understanding of sugar's responsibility for obesity and diabetes.

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Other Press: Is It All in Your Head? by Suzanne O'Sullivan

Media Heat

Thursday, January 12, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Lynne Tillman, author of The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories (Semiotext(e), $17.95, 9781584351900).

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fresh Air: Joe Buck, author of Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV (Dutton, $28, 9781101984567).

Daily Show: Jonathan Chait, author of Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail (Custom House, $27.99, 9780062426970).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Thomas L. Friedman, author of Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28, 9780374273538).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fresh Air: Lisa Servon, author of The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780544602311).

CBS This Morning: Bret Baier, co-author of Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission (Morrow, $28.99, 9780062569035).

Conan: Jamie Lee, author of Weddiculous: An Unfiltered Guide to Being a Bride (HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062455604).

Monday, January 9, 2017

CBS This Morning: Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas (Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316098762).

Thursday, January 5, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm repeat: Don DeLillo, author of Zero K (Scribner, $27, 9781501135392).
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