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GRAND UNION: STORIES by Zadie Smith (Penguin). In the interest of seeming serious-minded, I resist inserting “the great” before her name, there; she is great, but that would be just show-offy of … more
BLOWOUT: CORRUPTED DEMOCRACY, ROGUE STATE RUSSIA, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow (Crown). Well, she doesn't sugar-coat. Maddow is, of course, the MSNBC news … more
OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT by Petina Gappah (Scribner). “This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne … more
Two doctors' distinctly different but equally powerful, sensitively and strongly written memoirs have just been published within a few days of each other. Both of these men are gifted but also … more
CHASING MY CURE: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action by David Fajgenbaum (Ballantine). THE SOUL OF CARE The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor by Arthur Kleinman (Viking). Two … more
THE ANARCHY by William Dalrymple (Bloomsbury). Terrifically readable serious/popular history with important contemporary implications. It was news to me that the almost legendary East India Company, … more
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