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Remembering Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, co-founder and longtime CEO of Apple Inc., passed away this week at the age of 56. Technology writer Steven Levy, author of the book Insanely Great remembers the life and contributions of the technology titan, from pioneering personal computers to the iPhone.
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Is Human Violence On The Wane?

Considering the Norway shootings, drug wars in Mexico and ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, this era may seem as violent as any. But as Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature, this may actually be the most peaceable period in human history.
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David Rakoff's 'Half Empty' Full Of Humor, Guilt

Writer David Rakoff's received the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his essay collection Half Empty. In the book, Rakoff explains the powers of pessimistic thought as he analyzes topics such as a pornography trade fair, his neurotic childhood and his recent cancer diagnosis.
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Barry Eisler's 'Detachment' From 'Legacy' Publishing

"Publishing for me is a business, not an ideology," says the bestselling thriller writer. Eisler walked away from a half-million dollar deal offered by a traditional publisher to self-publish — and then teamed up with Amazon. His newest book, The Detachment, was e-released on Amazon in September.
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'Gardener' Gives 'Heirloom Life' To Forgotten Flora

The Yokohama squash was first introduced to North America around 1860, but it disappeared from catalogs in the 1880s — until now. Jere Gettle offers advice on how to save and grow heirloom vegetables in The Heirloom Life Gardener.
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Eugenides Spins A Modern Kind Of 'Marriage Plot'

Madeleine, Mitchell and Leonard are about to graduate from Brown University when they get caught in a love triangle worthy of Jane Austen. In his latest book, Middlesex author Jeffrey Eugenides brings the classic Victorian marriage plot to a modern American college campus.

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