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Christian Science Monitor | Books



What you're reading, what we're reading.



 



Dreams, divisions, and death: author Francisco Cantú shares what he saw at the Mexican border

Cantú, who worked with the US Border Patrol on the Mexican border, says issues surrounding the border are 'hugely complex.'

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'Without Precedent' brings shrewd legal perspective to the career of Supreme Court justice John Marshall
'Without Precedent' brings shrewd legal perspective to the career of Supreme Court justice John Marshall(image)



'The Future of Humanity' recommends evacuating Earth in order to save the species
'The Future of Humanity' recommends evacuating Earth in order to save the species(image)



'Secrets We Kept' is the wrenching story of the abusive truth behind the marriages in an author's family
'Secrets We Kept' is the wrenching story of the abusive truth behind the marriages in an author's family(image)



'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)