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The Romanov Sisters

• <b>Author:</b> Helen Rappaport<p>A 12-WEEK <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<p>"Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses." <b>—People magazine</b><p>"The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport captures sections of letters and diary entries to showcase the …

The Journey of Man

• <b>Author:</b> Spencer Wells<p>Around 60,000 years ago, a man—genetically identical to us—lived in Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up as the father of us all? What happened to the descendants of other men who lived at the same time? And why, if modern …

A Royal Experiment

• <b>Author:</b> Janice Hadlow<p><b>The Times Best Books of the Year • The Sunday Times Best Books of the Year</b> <b><br>The New Statesman Book of the Year selection by Lucy Hughes-Hallett</b> <b><br>BBC History Magazine Book of the Year selection by Helen Rappaport</b><b><br>"A masterpiece . . . . [T]his heartbreaking narrative of family</b> …

Empress Dowager Cixi

• <b>Author:</b> Jung Chang<p><b>A New York Times Notable Book</b><p>Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age.<br>At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one …

In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

"This is a very, very depressing year for film," critic David Edelstein tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross, "because none of the great material came from Hollywood studios."<p>Studios, he says, direct their financial resources into sequels and comic-book movies, which leaves little room for "creative …

The Double Helix

• <b>Author:</b> James D. Watson<p>The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of <i>A Beautiful Mind</i>.<p>By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized …

Inherent Vice

• <b>Author:</b> Thomas Pynchon<p><b>A Best Book of the Year for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and</b> <i>Los Angeles Times</i><p>Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon—private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era.<p>It’s been …

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

• <b>Author:</b> Mary Roach<p>A New York Times Bestseller<p>“Rich in dexterous innuendo, laugh-out-loud humor and illuminating fact. It’s compulsively readable.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review<br>In ?Bonk, ?the best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific …

How to restore your iPhone or iPad from a backup

The iPhone and iPad are not infallible. Sometimes, things happen. Your Wi-fi or LTE connection isn't working, your iPhone isn't tracking your …

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The Presidents Club

• <b>Author:</b> Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy<p>The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: …

Mr. Wilson's War

• <b>Author:</b> John dos Passos<p>Beginning with the assassination of McKinley and ending with the defeat of the League of Nations by the United States Senate, the twenty-year period covered by John Dos Passos in this lucid and fascinating narrative changed the whole destiny of America. This is the story of …

Angela’s Assets

She may be the world’s most powerful woman, but German chancellor Angela Merkel has governed with the utmost caution—one of several contradictions that make her an enigma at home and abroad. After a year that forced Merkel into confrontations with Putin and Obama, Maureen Orth explores how a once …

5 Awesome iPhone Apps On Sale This Weekend

Looking to download a few great iPhone apps while saving some money this weekend? Check out these five, all on sale or free for the new few</b> …

10 Maps That Explain the Next Election

What pollsters will be watching for in 2016.<p>The recent midterm election could be read as the belly-flop conclusion of the Obama era: What was thought to be a transformative period in American politics—a brief spark of minority- and youth-driven enthusiasm that created the promise of a post-racial …

Australia's G20 in the world's press: climate change, koalas and cringing

Tony Abbott may have wanted to keep the climate off the summit agenda, but the international media had other ideas<p>The world’s eyes were on Australia over the G20 weekend. Well, the world’s eyes were on what their leaders were doing in Australia over the G20 weekend.<p>International coverage was as …

The Magic of Reality

• <b>Author:</b> Richard Dawkins<p>Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the …

Spectator books of the year: Mark Amory on the joy of short books and Colm Tóibín

Being a slow reader, I first try the shortest, or anyway shorter, works of famous novelists unknown to me. This year, with many misgivings, I read <i>The Confusions of Young Törless</i> by Robert Musil (Penguin, £8.99) and was shocked and impressed by the intensity of the sex and violence he describes at a …

Please, Theresa, let Anjem Choudary go and get himself killed

The time to stop these maniacs is when they’re trying to come back into the country – not when they’re leaving<p>The news is always grim, isn’t it? Doom and gloom everywhere. And even the news which appears to be good has a dark cloud hovering behind it. For example, we frequently hear reports of …

The Goldfinch

• <b>Author:</b> Donna Tartt<p>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE<p>"<i>The Goldfinch</i> is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, <i>The New</i> …

Economic inequality in the US reaches levels not seen since Great Depression

Wealth inequality in the US is reaching its most extreme point since just before the start of the Great Depression in 1929, according to a new …

How to move your files from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive to iCloud Drive on a Mac

iCloud Drive is Apple's answer to a cloud-based storage system. It syncs with your Files app on iPhone and iPad. Over the years, it has improved a …

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The Social Conquest of Earth

• <b>Author:</b> Edward O. Wilson<p>New York Times Bestseller<p>From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.<br>Sparking vigorous debate in the sciences, The Social Conquest of Earth upends “the famous theory that evolution …

As we edge ever closer to the public release of OS X Yosemite, (now expected to hit the wires shortly after Apple’s media event, next week), the Mac App Store continues to offer up a string of great utilities at limited-time prices. From apps to help you better manage your passwords, to file management (and […]

As we edge ever closer to the public release of OS X Yosemite, <i>(now expected to hit the wires shortly after Apple’s media event, next week)</i>, the <b>Mac</b> …

How to set up and use iCloud Photo Library on iPhone and iPad

Want to easily back up your iPhone's photos and video, sync them with your other devices, and share them with friends? Apple's iCloud Photo Library …

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Can't take a photo? Use Optimize Storage to free up space on your iPhone

<b>Updated February 2017:</b> Added additional tips for freeing up storage space.<p>Pictures and video take up a ton of storage space, and for good reason — …

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Which Country Has the Widest Wealth Gap? Hint: It's Not the U.S.

If you think inequality in the U.S. is bad, consider Russia. According to a new ranking, Russia is the most unequal country in the world, with the highest share of national wealth held by those in its top 10 percent. The ranking, part of the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report, found that Russia has …

Americans can expect to live longer than ever before, CDC data show

Americans are living longer than ever before, new government data show.<p>A typical toddler born in 2012 can expect to live 78.8 years -- a new record, according to a report published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 36.5 days longer than in 2011.<p>Adults who were 65 …

A Sudden Light

• <b>Author:</b> Garth Stein<p>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling “witty, atmospheric” (<i>People</i>) story of a once powerful American family, and the price that must be paid by the heirs as they struggle for redemption: “A captivating page-turner” (<i>Star Tribune</i>, Minneapolis).<p>Twenty-three years after the fateful summer …