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    Cannibalism is far more widespread in nature than we believe

    Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt, Algonquin Books, US $26.95, Pp 352, February 2017, ISBN 978-1616204624

    Cannibalism is common across the entire animal kingdom. There are thousands of species from microbes to monkeys that consume their own kind. In Cannibalism, Bill Schutt has busted several myths. He argues that this is not abnormal behavior. It is absolutely normal behavior, and this also holds true in some of the most infamous cases of human cannibalism – the Donner …

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    Tackling addiction to technology

    Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter, Penguin Press, US $27.00, Pp 368, March 2017, ISBN 978-1594206641

    Are you suffering from nomophobia? Probably no. It is because you have your mobile phone within a few inches of where you are. You are very likely to suffer from nomophobia if your mobile phone is taken from you. Nomophobia is the fear of being without mobile phone contact. Nomophobia (or no mobile phobia) …

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    Exploring human bonds and desires

    The Fortunate Ones: A Novel by Ellen Umansky, William Morrow, US $26.00, Pp 336, February 2017, ISBN 978-0062382481

    The Fortunate Ones is set in Vienna in 1939 when the specter of war is haunting Europe.  Rose Zimmer’s parents are becoming more and more desperate as they are unable to get out of Austria. They, however, succeed in securing passage for their young daughter on a kindertransport and send her to live with strangers in England. Six years later when …

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    Life from a hospital basement in Kiel to the sound stages of Los Angeles

    I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama by Eric Braeden, Dey Street Books, US $26.99, Pp 248, February 2017, ISBN 978-0062476111

    Eric Braeden’s fans have welcomed him as the star of television’s number one daytime iconic show, “The Young and the Restless” since February 2, 1980. The show has won him a Daytime Emmy for his role as the complex self-made billionaire Victor Newman. He has also starred in other shows …

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    Novels: Editor’s pick

        Perfect Little World: A Novel by Kevin Wilson, Ecco (HarperCollins Publishers), US $26.99,     Pp 352, January 2017, ISBN 978-0062450326

    Little Deaths: A Novel by Emma Flint, Hachette Books, US $26.00, Pp 320, January 2017, ISBN 978-0316272476

    Little Heaven: A Novel by Nick Cutter, Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster), US $26.00, Pp 498, January 2017, ISBN 978-1501104213

    On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, US $24.00, Pp 320, February 2017, ISBN 978-0544808249

    The Clairvoyants: A Novel by Karen Brown, …

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    Educating children on scuba diving and discovery of history

    Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy by Michael Cottman, National Geographic Children’s Books, US $17.99, Pp 128, January 2017, ISBN 978-1426326639

    When a pile of lime-encrusted shackles was discovered on the seafloor in the remains of a ship called the Henrietta Marie; Michael Cottman, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and avid scuba diver decided to take an amazing journey stretching across three continents. This book introduces young readers …

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    Conceived in race and birthed into a struggle for an institutional identity and social space

    The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial America by Walter Earl Fluker, NYU Press, US $35.00, Pp 304, November 2016, ISBN 978-1479810383

    From their beginnings, black churches were conceived in race and birthed into a struggle for an institutional identity and social space that was not controlled by the dominant gaze of white authority and legitimacy. In The Ground Has Shifted, Walter Earl Fluker argues that black churches, with few exceptions, still rely upon …

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    History is more thrilling than a spy novel

      The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story by Serhii Plokhy, Basic Books, US $28.99,   Pp 384 , December 2016, ISBN 978-0465035908

    KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky’s defection to West German in the fall of 1961, forced KGB to change its modus operandi abroad and led to the end of the career of Aleksandr Shelepin, one of the most ambitious and dangerous Soviet leaders. In The Man with the Poison Gun, Serhii Plokhy says that Stashinsky’s escape …

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    Therapeutic powers of music

    Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes, Bloomsbury USA, US $27.00, Pp 304, February 2017, ISBN 978-1632866967

    Internationally acclaimed pianist James Rhodes’s passion for music held him through a life of abuse and turmoil. Rhodes survived his demons by encountering with musical miracles, sometimes discovering Bach adagio while in a psych ward and, sometimes, listening to Rachmaninov on a loop as a traumatized teenager. The music inspired him to overcome physical and sexual abuse as a …

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    Two great friends who revolutionized behavioral economics

    The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis, W. W. Norton & Company, December 2016, ISBN 978-0393254594

    Forty years ago, the ground-breaking research of Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky on the decision-making process undid our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their research showed the ways in which the human mind errs, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. They created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, and advanced evidence-based …

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