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The New Yorker Books to Watch Out For: April

“The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch” (Penguin), by Lewis Dartnell, out April 17th. This book poses a thought experiment: Civilization as we know it has fallen apart, perhaps because of a plague, war, or natural disaster. Social institutions and technological infrastructure have crumbled. Would it be possible to reboot modern life by following a few basic principles of survival and technological development? Darnell, a researcher in astrobiology at the U.K. Space Agency, attempts to create a post-apocalyptic “quick-start guide” that tests whether “the key to preserving civilization is to provide a condensed seed that will readily unpack to yield the entire expansive tree of knowledge, rather than attempting to document the colossal tree itself.”—A.D.

Read the rest of the article here

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Summer Reading Suggestions viaThe Boston Globe

If you liked “Mystic River” by Dennis Lehane

 Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng (June 26) A Chinese-American family living in a small Ohio town is devastated when the favored middle daughter drowns. 

If you liked “Gone Girl” By Gillian Flynn

 “Casebook” by Mona Simpson(April 15) A teenage boy must reckon with evil when he goes to maniacal lengths to spy on his separating parents.

The Los Angeles Times’ Summer Reading Guide

There’s something special about summer reading, turning the pages against the breeze while basking in the sun, or filling up hours usually occupied by school with that list of novels you’ve been telling yourself you’d get to eventually.

It’s in that spirit that the Times has built its summer reading guide, a perfect starting point for those of all ages looking to cozy up with a book.

So check out our listings in their entirety here, and see if there’s anything new that sparks your interest, or enjoy the affirmation of seeing something you were already planning on reading on the list (we’re particularly excited for Marisha Pessl’s “Night Film”).

Includes THE GLASS OCEAN by Lori Baker and THE DESERTERS: A Hidden History of World War II by Charles Glass!

Having trouble getting through Ulysses? We don’t blame you!  Marilyn told her photographer that she loved the sound of it and would read it aloud to herself to try to make sense of it — but she found it hard going.  Kevin Birmingham’s new book on the remarkable fifteen year-fight to publish Ulysses may change your mind about this difficult novel and hopefully persuade you to give it another shot! Click here for more info 

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