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Forget struggle. Why not just surrender?

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When you think of someone who simply “let go,” it’s likely that negative assumptions spring to mind. Maybe he went a little too wild and lost all semblance of rationale and sensibility. Or perhaps it’s more depressing; perhaps this person “let go” of all his responsibilities simply because the strain was too great. But is it possible to let go, to surrender to life, and to still achieve all your goals? Will you have a story to write? Ask Michael A. Singer, the New York Times bestselling author whose new book, The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection (Harmony, June 2, 2015) explains how in fact, you can have it all. It’s a fascinating, true-life premise: One man decides to live alone in…

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Book Review: Circling the Sun with real-life adventurer Beryl Markham

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Fans of Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife—her delicious first-person novel about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson—will be glad to hear that her new work of historical fiction, Circling the Sun (Ballantine Books, July 28th) is just as good, if not better. You might not think you have much interest in the life of early aviatrix Beryl Markham (1902–1986), but McLain may well prove you wrong. This is a remarkable, action-filled life story, and the terrific storytelling more than does it justice. A prologue set in September 1936 has our heroine setting off from the airfield in Abingdon, England, the first woman to achieve a solo east–west crossing of the Atlantic. The entire novel, then, is almost like an internal…

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Monkeys, Myths and Molecules: Oh My!

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Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. That’s part of the pitch for Dr. Joe Schwarcz’s latest book, Monkeys, Myths and Molecules: Separating Fact From Fiction, and the Science of Everyday Life (ECW Press, May 12, 2015). It’s about simple, entertaining enlightenment bolstered by real facts gleaned by real research. And that’s hard to find nowadays, despite living in the “information age.” Dr. Schwarcz is the Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society and he has received numerous awards for interpreting science in a digestible way for the public. He is the only non-American ever to claim the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry, and he hosts “The Dr. Joe Show” on Montreal’s CJAD. You…

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