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August 1, 2017

China had not yet become the Next Big Thing when Fuchsia Dunlop signed up for a year of graduate studies in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province. Although a major metropolis with a population of eight million, at the time Chengdu was home to a mere handful of expatr...

June 28, 2017

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. 

In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious novel, the underground railroad takes on physical form: tunnels dug by slaves where steam engines run on iron rails toward freedom a...

April 18, 2017

Books can be a window, giving us insight into other places and other ways of life; they can also be a mirror, giving us insight into our own hearts. I picked up Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse expecting to learn about Afghanistan—and I did. I also discovered th...

March 14, 2017

I have a confession: I don’t like great literature. If a book won a Pulitzer or a Nobel Prize, I probably hated it. My reading tastes are unabashedly plebian. I like books that say exactly what they mean and don’t leave you with a feeling of hopelessness. 

In Praise of...

February 7, 2017

The heart of diversity and inclusion is accepting and recognizing the value of differences. It’s a challenging philosophy to live by. Studies have found that civic engagement declines as diversity increases. It is simply easier to associate with and get along with peop...

January 3, 2017

Lauded by both right and left who have seized on Vance’s memoir as the key to Trump’s astonishing victory, Hillbilly Elegy has been called “The political book of the year” by the Sunday Times, while the Economist proclaimed, “You will not read a more important book abo...

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