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Christian Science Monitor | Books



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'Quakeland' author Kathryn Miles on why there's a lot more shaky ground than we realize

Americans make the mistake of imagining that earthquakes are a West Coast problem, says Miles.

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'The House of Government' is packed with a fascinating tangle of true, uniquely Russian stories
'The House of Government' is packed with a fascinating tangle of true, uniquely Russian stories(image)



What's behind the dramatic spike in swearing in books?

A new study finds a 'dramatic' increase in swear words in American literature over the last 60 years.

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'Wild Things' is a delicious dive into the world of children's lit
'Wild Things' is a delicious dive into the world of children's lit(image)



How did American Naziism begin?

Historian Arnie Bernstein talks about the hometown roots of fascism in the US.

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'From Holmes to Sherlock' celebrates the versatility of one of fiction's most beloved characters
'From Holmes to Sherlock' celebrates the versatility of one of fiction's most beloved characters(image)



Bestselling books the week of 8/17/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

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Ilan Pappe talks about the Middle East: 'Change will come'

Speaking to the Monitor about his new book 'The Biggest Prison on Earth,' historian Ilan Pappe says that – ultimately – he is 'confident of a peaceful scenario.'

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'Rescued from ISIS' recounts a father's harrowing journey to save his son
'Rescued from ISIS' recounts a father's harrowing journey to save his son(image)



'American Eclipse' writer David Baron: 'A total eclipse for me is a spiritual experience'

Baron's book remembers when figures including Thomas Edison and astronomer Maria Mitchell converged on the Rocky Mountain region to observe the 1878 eclipse.

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'Home Fire' is an exquisite modern tragedy about families caught between religion, politics
'Home Fire' is an exquisite modern tragedy about families caught between religion, politics(image)



4 audiobooks for August

Lean back, dig your toes down into the sand and plug in. We have four novels perfect for the beach.

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'Do Not Become Alarmed' finds suspense on a luxurious Christmas cruise
'Do Not Become Alarmed' finds suspense on a luxurious Christmas cruise(image)



How to explain refugee crisis to kids? Books.

Recently a number of children’s books tackling the global refugee crisis have hit the market, helping to humanize the conflict, as well as educate, empower, and build empathy in young readers.

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'Morningstar' shows how the books she read shaped a young woman's life
'Morningstar' shows how the books she read shaped a young woman's life(image)



'The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway' reveals much – maybe too much
'The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway' reveals much – maybe too much(image)



Bestselling books the week of 8/10/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

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How woolly mammoth bones baffled previous generations
How woolly mammoth bones baffled previous generations(image)



'The Arena' explores America's stadiums and their relation to the national character
'The Arena' explores America's stadiums and their relation to the national character(image)



'Notes on a Foreign Country' is an American's struggle to understand her country's relation to the world
'Notes on a Foreign Country' is an American's struggle to understand her country's relation to the world(image)