Two on Women and Drinking

On the Rocks: Straight Talk about Women and Drinking, by Susan D. Stewart American women are swimming in a sea of alcohol, and we are letting them drown. When I read this book a couple years ago, what I'd really been looking for in it was a book specifically about why alcohol has been so... Continue Reading →

Raising Lazarus: Beth Macy’s Follow-Up Reporting on the Opioid Epidemic

Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis, by Beth MacyUsed or new @SecondSale.com Journalist Beth Macy, who has been on the forefront of chronicling the opioid epidemic in the US for years, recently released her follow-up to 2018's Dopesick. I haven't really seen this new book get as much attention yet... Continue Reading →

Susan Cain On the Benefits of Bittersweet

We're living, famously, through a time in which we have trouble connecting with others, especially outside our "tribes." And Keltner's work shows us that sadness--Sadness, of all things!--has the power to create the "union between souls" that we so desperately lack. Susan Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World... Continue Reading →

Russia, In the Words of Its Neighbors

Book review: The Border: A Journey Around Russia, by Erika Fatland, translated from Norwegian by Kari Dickson. Used or new @ SecondSale.com I turned and looked out at the grey ocean. Here, right here, is where Asia and mighty Russia end. In The Border: A Journey Around Russia, journalist and Sovietistan author Erika Fatland embarks... Continue Reading →

Debunking Medical Myth and “Viral BS”

Dr. Seema Yasmin is an MD, epidemiologist, and former disease detective with the Centers for Disease Control (cool job alert) who works in health journalism, doing what NHS doctor Ben Goldacre has implored other doctors and scientists to do: "translating" dense medical studies and scientific data so that the general public can more easily understand... Continue Reading →

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