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Slouching Toward Adulthood

Observations From The Not-So-Empty Nest

by Sally Koslow

Paperback, 258 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published May 28 2013 | purchase

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Slouching Toward Adulthood
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Observations From The Not-So-Empty Nest
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Sally Koslow

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A few years back, journalist Sally Koslow was settling into an empty nest. Her two 20-something sons had been launched out of the house and into the wider world. Then, suddenly and unexpectedly, her sons landed back home and she found herself parenting two dependent adult children. She was startled to learn that her family was part of a much larger trend; according to the Pew Research Center, one-fifth of young adults ages 25 to 34 live in multigenerational households. In Slouching Toward Adulthood, Koslow draws on interviews with other parents and their grown children to assess the employment, monetary and social aspects of prolonged dependency — a phase that she calls "adultescence."

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Shadow Of Night

by Deborah Harkness

Paperback, 583 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published May 28 2013 | purchase

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Shadow Of Night
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The sequel to A Discovery of Witches finds Yale professor and reluctant witch Diana Bishop, together with the hunky vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, traveling back in time to Elizabethan London. There, Diana studies at Oxford and seeks a magical tutor while Matthew is forced to confront his past. But when an evil cabal steals a mysterious book, the witch-vampire duo set off on a search across Europe to find it.

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Capital

by John Lanchester

Paperback, 527 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published May 28 2013 | purchase

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Capital
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Pepys Road was once an ordinary London block, but housing prices have skyrocketed and the homes in the neighborhood are suddenly shockingly valuable. The neighborhood has an assortment of residents — a banker, a graffiti artist, Pakistani shop owners, a refugee meter maid — and they're all receiving odd, anonymous postcards demanding "We Want What You Have." Novelist John Lanchester takes readers back to 2008, at the peak of the housing crisis and global financial meltdown.

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Tubes

A Journey To The Center Of The Internet

by Andrew Blum

Paperback, 294 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published May 28 2013 | purchase

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Tubes
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A Journey To The Center Of The Internet
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Andrew Blum

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Journalist Andrew Blum journeys inside the Internet's physical infrastructure to uncover the buildings and compounds where our data are stored and transmitted. He explains how the Internet is not a single entity; instead, data centers, Internet exchange points and fiber-optic cables combine to form what most people take for granted as the "cloud." Along the way, Blum documents the spaces most vital to the Internet as we know it — from the room in L.A. where the Internet came to life to the buildings in the Pacific Northwest where Google, Microsoft and Facebook have built huge data centers.

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