Featured Books

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The Descent into Happiness by David Howell
The Experts by Clyde Edwin Petit
 When Tribesmen Came Calling: Building an Enduring American Business in Pakistan by S. Qaisar Shareef


Live at the Forbidden City by Dennis Rea
 What They Signed Up For: True Stories by Ordinary Soldiers by Jeb Wyman
 Alive and Well in Pakistan by Ethan Casey
 Bearing the Bruise: A Life Graced by Haiti by Ethan Casey

Film: Combat Girls

In one of the opening scenes from “Kriegerin” (“Combat Girls” in English), a group of kids, neo-nazis, walk down the aisle of a metro bus. Loud, brash, sneering, they are hunting prey, and what better place to hunt than public transportation. Spotting a target, it...

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Bring on the brilliance

As a professor at a rigorous university, I’ve seen a trend over the last decade that troubles me. My students (as bright and hardworking as they are) are less creative. Each incoming class seems to have a more difficult time coming up with ideas to write about; they...

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Dead Man Walking

My husband and I recently attended the opera Dead Man Walking, based on the bestselling book by Sister Helen Prejean. It’s the story of the relationship between Sister Helen and Joe de Rocher, convicted of brutally killing two young people in rural Mississippi, as he...

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From World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan

I recently watched the 92-year-old silent film The Big Parade, King Vidor’s 1925 epic that stunned American audiences with its depiction of the horrors of trench warfare in World War I. The story, backed by a magnificent score in the restored film, follows three men—a...

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No One Brings a Casserole

Abbie and Mike adopted Joshua (not their real names) when he was two months old, a charming African American baby, “a sweetie-pie,” Abbie remembers. They were informed that his birth mother had used cocaine during pregnancy and that his birth father was incarcerated...

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