Readers'  Review: "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Readers' Review: "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

March 31, 2010

"The Scarlet Letter" tells the story of a passionate young woman, her cowardly lover and her aging, vengeful husband. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote it in the 19th century but set it in the Puritan community of 17th-century Boston. Its...

A.E. Hotchner: "Paul and Me" (Doubleday)

A.E. Hotchner: "Paul and Me" (Doubleday)

March 29, 2010

Author A.E. Hotchner's intimate account of his remarkable fifty-three year friendship with Hollywood icon Paul Newman. The two met on a television project in 1955. Many decades later, they started Newman's Own food line as a prank and...

Lisa Miller: "Heaven"

Lisa Miller: "Heaven"

March 25, 2010

An award-winning journalist draws on history and popular culture, biblical research and everyday beliefs to offer a new understanding of one of the most cherished —and shared— ideals of spiritual life.

Robert Mnookin:  "Bargaining With The Devil"

Robert Mnookin: "Bargaining With The Devil"

March 24, 2010

The director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project explains when to bargain and when to fight.

Michael Lewis:  "The Big Short"

Michael Lewis: "The Big Short"

March 23, 2010

Journalist Michael Lewis offers the winner's perspective on the global financial crisis.

 Patricia McConnell: "The Puppy Primer"

Patricia McConnell: "The Puppy Primer"

March 22, 2010

An animal behaviorist talks about training puppies and the special relationship between kids and dogs.

Jules Feiffer: "Backing Into Forward"

Jules Feiffer: "Backing Into Forward"

March 18, 2010

Cartoonist, playwright and author Jules Feiffer on finding his life's work.

Jonathan Balcombe: "Second Nature"

Jonathan Balcombe: "Second Nature"

March 16, 2010

Humans aren't the only beings who communicate, feel emotions and have self-awareness. Drawing on the latest research, an animal behaviorist explains why people need to change the way they treat other living creatures.

Diane Ravitch: "The Death and Life of the Great American School System"

March 11, 2010

Award-winning author Diane Ravitch discusses her career in education reform. The former assistant secretary of education explains her radical change of heart about how to renew public education and why our current approach is not working.

Helen Simonson: "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand"

March 8, 2010

A proper, proud, retired British officer courts a local widow of Pakistani descent in this debut novel. Author Helen Simonson discusses the power of romance to transcend modern stereotypes about culture and religion.

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