A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety

By Donald Hall. Presents a collection of essays on old age, touching upon such topics as the pleasures of solitude, the death of his wife, and the author’s literary friendships over the decades.

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The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

By Jonathon Gottschall

A provocative young scholar gives us the first book on the new science of storytelling: the latest thinking on why we tell stories, what stories reveal about human nature, what makes a story transporting, which plots and themes are universal, and what it means to have a storytelling brain – what are the implications for how we process information and think about the world?

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