September 22, 2008 How do we live with the knowledge that death comes to all? Julian Barnes mixes memoir with philosophy as he zigzags briskly through the scientific, religious and emotional significance of living finite lives.
August 6, 2008 Stop Me If You've Heard This Before, Jim Holt's funny, scholarly history of humor, ranges high and (very) low to answer the question, "What are you laughing at?"
July 15, 2008 Tim Winton's novel is a coming-of-age story imbued with a healthy dose of aesthetic mysticism. John Freeman says that there "won't be a better novel on surfing published anytime soon."
June 26, 2008 In his new book of essays, neurotic, death-fearing humorist David Sedaris visits a morgue, has a catheter inserted (just to see what it's like) and buys a skeleton as a gift. Reviewer John Freeman calls Engulfed in Flames "always funny, occasionally bittersweet."
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