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Al Gore Envisions 'The Future'  (NPR Science Friday host Ira Flatow, guest Al Gore, 3/8) In his new book The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, former vice president Al Gore takes a sweeping census of the variables affecting the future of life on Earth, including everything from robosourced labor and millisecond stock trading to genetic engineering and water shortages, and of course, climate change.  More: An Excerpt From The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change  (By Al Gore, 3/7).

Best books (The Guardian) We round up the best books, with seasonal recommendations from writers, critics and readers, top 10 selections from writers in their own areas of expertise and definitive lists of essential reading for all time.  The top 100 books of all time Take a look at a list of the top 100 books of all time, nominated by writers from around the world, from Don Quixote to Mrs Dalloway, and from Pride and Prejudice to Mrs Dalloway.  Ten of the best Stuck for something to read? Take a look at our top 10s, where authors select the best books in a subject area close to their heart.   The 10 Greatest Books of All Time  (Time, by Lew Grossman, 1/15/07)

 

Readers' Review: "The March" By E.L. Doctorow  (NPR Diane Rehm Show 2/27) For February's Readers’ Review, E.L. Doctorow’s historic novel about Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s path of destruction through the deep South near the end of the Civil War. The title is “The March.” Diane invites listeners to join the discussion.  Related Links Listen to E.L. Doctorow's 2005 interview on "The March"   Related Items  The March: A Novel

Readers' Review: "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" By Junot Diaz  (NPR Diane Rehm Show 1/30) Junot Diaz’s first novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” established him as one the most important voices in contemporary fiction. A New York Times review described his style as “Mario Vargas Llosa meets Star Trek meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West.” It’s the story of Oscar, a second-generation American obsessed with science fiction and finding love. Diaz takes us from Oscar’s home in New Jersey to his ancestral home in the Dominican Republic. Along the way, Oscar learns of the “curse” that haunted his family in the “old world," and may still be in the U.S. For this month’s Readers’ Review, Diane and her guests discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.  Related Links Junot Diaz's Website   Related Items  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao  This Is How You Lose Her  Drown

 

 

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