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Christian Science Monitor | Books



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'Down and Across' is a lively YA debut starring a self-doubting teen and a crossword-puzzle lover
'Down and Across' is a lively YA debut starring a self-doubting teen and a crossword-puzzle lover(image)



3 intriguing new science fiction titles
3 intriguing new science fiction titles(image)



A historian asks: Do we over-idealize Main Street?

Historian and author Alice Echols began to look into a family scandal and uncovered a sprawling saga of capitalism run amok.

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'The Marshall Plan' considers how and why the US became a global superpower
'The Marshall Plan' considers how and why the US became a global superpower(image)



10 best books of February: the Monitor's picks

From a history of the war in Afghanistan, to a story about a 1950s road race in Australia, to a young adult novel about a teen who loves crossword puzzles, here are our top 10 picks among new February releases.

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Prize for thriller novels without female victims draws mixed reactions

One female writer is setting up a book prize to reward the best crime novel in which no woman is the victim. Some – inspired by the #MeToo movement – are happy with the initiative, others fear it fails to address tough, real life issues. 

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'Young China' profiles a generation facing a sometimes confusing mix of prosperity and pressure
'Young China' profiles a generation facing a sometimes confusing mix of prosperity and pressure(image)



Europe, what are you reading? My fellow train passengers respond

Selections range from George Orwell's '1984' to 'World Without End' by Ken Follett.

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'The Seabird's Cry' follows the 350 bird species inhabiting the coastlines and open oceans of our planet
'The Seabird's Cry' follows the 350 bird species inhabiting the coastlines and open oceans of our planet(image)



Why university libraries are tossing millions of books

Struggling to keep up with the increasing digitization of academia, libraries are purging older volumes to make way for study spaces and coffee shops. The act is a radical shift from when the value of a library was measured by the scope of its books. 

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'Directorate S' attempts to unravel the countless complexities of the Afghan war
'Directorate S' attempts to unravel the countless complexities of the Afghan war(image)



'The New Negro' explores Alain Locke not only as writer but also as a thinker and a fighter
'The New Negro' explores Alain Locke not only as writer but also as a thinker and a fighter(image)



'Love, Hate and Other Filters' is 2018’s most important YA novel so far
'Love, Hate and Other Filters' is 2018’s most important YA novel so far(image)



In bookstores, immersion – and volumes of refuge

Beneath a surge in interest for books about the Trump administration, booksellers see something more: Readers seeking to connect and make sense of a tumultuous time.

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'Epic City' tells the story of a young expat and his love affair with Calcutta
'Epic City' tells the story of a young expat and his love affair with Calcutta(image)



'Jefferson's Daughters' tells the story of three of Thomas Jefferson's daughters – white and black
'Jefferson's Daughters' tells the story of three of Thomas Jefferson's daughters – white and black(image)



'The Monk of Mokha' follows the true-life adventures of an immigrant turned coffee-entrepreneur
'The Monk of Mokha' follows the true-life adventures of an immigrant turned coffee-entrepreneur(image)



Read these books in 2018

Need some help selecting new books this year? The Monitor asked asked four popular bookstores for titles they think will excite readers in 2018. These 11 recommendations are from four independent bookstores across the United States: Prairie Lights in Iowa City; the Strand in New York; Off the Beaten Path in Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn. (Please note the Monitor has not reviewed these selections.) 

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7 popular books from 2017

Is reading more one of your New Year’s resolutions? Catch up on last year’s most popular reads – from fiction to the political – before diving into 2018 selections. 

The following list includes popular books published in 2017 that are still selling like hotcakes at four independent bookstores across the United States: Prairie Lights in Iowa City; the Strand in New York; Off the Beaten Path in Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn. (Please note the Monitor has not reviewed all of these selections.)

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'Armed in America' asks exactly what the Founding Fathers intended with the Second Amendment
'Armed in America' asks exactly what the Founding Fathers intended with the Second Amendment(image)