Issues of Identity and Award-Winning Novelists | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2018

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. Liveright: Norton. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781631493836. $27.95. PHILOSOPHY Whether based on nationality, class, culture, race, and/or religion, identity is seen today as a main source of various conflicts worldwide. But NYU philosophy and law professor Appiah, author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism and the “Ethicist” column […]

Jellyfish, Segregated Cities, & the Great Halifax Explosion | November Nonfiction on Audio

Nonfiction from John McPhee, Reza Aslan, & Diana Preston

Families & Addiction, Philosophers, Two Debuts, & Joyce Maynard | Memoir

A grab-bag of titles about drug addiction, prevailing against all odds, almost forgotten ancestors, a love story cut short, and a Renaissance philosopher.

Philosophy, March 2017 | Best Sellers

June 2016 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

Biography, Freud, & Flood | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Aug. 2017

Atlas, James. The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale. Pantheon. Aug. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781101871690. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871706. Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/LITERARY Atlas is a publishing-world fixture, having founded Atlas Books and the “Lipper/Viking Penguin Lives” series and been a staff writer, contributor, or editor for publications from Time to the New York […]

The Shi’a-Sunni Divide, Moses, My Utmost, Thich Nhat Hahn | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, February 1, 2017

A careful analysis of the current state of the Arab world; an intriguing story filled with tragic “if-only’s” and powerful examples of courage; a thoughtful work that is worth the effort for spiritually erudite and patient readers

Nobel Prize Winner Coetzee & Civil War as Concept | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 4

Armitage, David. Civil Wars: A History in Ideas. Knopf. Feb. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780307271136. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353090. PHILOSOPHY/HISTORY The Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, Armitage considers civil war not as an aggregation of battles but as an idea dating back to republican Rome. That idea really matters, for whether or […]

Laird Hunt, Yiyun Lee, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3

Dennett, Daniel C. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds. Norton. Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780393242072. $28.95. PHILOSOPHY/MIND & BODY Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and winner of the Erasmus Prize, Dennett knows how to talk to lay readers; he’s published numerous books, not just with academic presses […]

Philosophy, June 2016 | Best Sellers

September 2015 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 1, 2016

From beginning photography to Creative Cut Cards, fan favorites Neil Gaiman and the Ramones at 40, plus best memoirs, spies and espionage, with Gooley, Pilkey & Co., and Schwartz on water scarcity issues