Oh, the Early Humanity! What to Read If You Like Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond has written several books about early humans and civilizations, including the highly-praised-and-awarded The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs, and Steel, and The World Until Yesterday. Yet the origin of the human species remains mysterious and controversial. Why did we develop language? How did we make it out of Africa? Why agriculture? The following books…
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Top Picks: Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, started her career singing gospel in churches as a teen. She signed with Columbia Records in 1960, but her career as a pop artist catapulted when she left Columbia and signed with Atlantic in 1967. I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You was released that year and…
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Tale As Old As Time

Why is a fairy tale that was recorded nearly three hundred years ago so popular? Maybe because the lessons that it teaches never get old: love others for who they are, not how they appear; be brave; be kind. The version that most of us know today comes from France, but from China to Sweden, West Africa to the Americas, versions of the Beauty and the Beast story…
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Top Picks: Novelist Alice Hoffman

Readers love the whimsical elements that turn ordinary life into something magical in Alice Hoffman's stories. The novelist creates compelling characters that you can root for while she explores the relationships in families and between lovers in ways that ring emotionally true. Over a 40-year career, Hoffman's written her trademark luminous prose, filled with images of nature, in…
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Time Has Come Today

In a world of work schedules, TV schedules, phone reminders, personalized alarms and all the clocks harassing you every time you look at a wall, it's easy to forget how accustomed we are to time. We barely know what it is, but it means so much. Every now and then, it's nice to take the time to…
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