Now is the perfect time to start plowing your way through an ambitious summer reading list, and we couldn't be more ready to help. There's a little bit of sci-fi, a little bit of internet culture, and a lot of smarts on this list, so fire up the Kindle and get cracking. Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Read more about how this works. Buy on Amazon. Fair warning: Troll Hunting is not a light beach read.
It begins with journalist Ginger Gorman getting a skin-prickling Twitter message about a recent double murder and ends with her admission that writing the book has left her "in shreds. Despite its darkness, the book is a peculiar sort of balm for people who have experienced online harassment: When your world is on fire and nobody seems to notice, it's a relief to have someone acknowledge the flames.
You needn't take my word for it. In the weeks since the book's publication, Gorman has been inundated with supportive trollhuntingselfie s from readers all over the world. In Troll Hunting , Gorman has ideas about how to get us there. Most people know one thing about Melinda Gates : She's Bill's wife. Maybe they also know she's a philanthropist through the charitable foundation that bears both their names. Partially, this ignorance is because Gates has been a very private person throughout her years at Microsoft and half of one of the richest couples in the world.
In her new memoir, The Moment of Lift , Gates finally opens up, and what we get is an intimate look at her career, her marriage, and her slow embrace of feminism. The point of the book is to explain how Gates came to the conclusion that helping women rise up around the world is the best way to lift up all of humanity. It's a noble idea and one many people share, but what makes the book so fascinating is how honest Gates is about how long it took her to understand and embrace the idea.
She writes about her privilege and class, religious beliefs, and parenting struggles, and she takes you around the world to meet the people that opened her eyes. It's a story about a change—and a blueprint for getting people and organizations to embrace progress. Say what you will about the current state of technology—the Alexa that knows all your favorite songs, the algorithms that tidy up daily life.
Ian McEwan wants to. In Machines Like Me , McEwan confronts an alternate reality where Alan Turing is still alive, machine intelligence beats a human at Go back in , and people are lining up to buy the next great thing: the first commercially available AI humans, appropriately named "Adam" and "Eve.
Can a robot, even a very good one, have consciousness? Should we program AI in our likeness, or should we give our machines stronger morals? Part love story, part alternative history, part theory of mind, Machines Like Me brings readers face to artificial face with the questions that will define the near-future of AI. Whether you're into sentiment machines, fearful of technology, or just down with a good love story which, yes, includes human-machine sexual relations , it's a book you'll be thinking about all summer.
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First Emily Oster came for pregnancy. Now she's here to disrupt the mega-industry of bad parenting advice. Her first book, Expecting Better , armed women with the data we needed to decide whether a cup of coffee was really going to hurt our unborn babies. An economist who lives and breathes data analysis, Oster wrote that book when she was pregnant for the first time and realized that the advice she was getting was full of junk science, old wives tales, and lazy, sweeping conclusions.
Not one to just accept Google's results, she delved into the literature on pregnancy risk herself, took stock of what's known and not, and presented the facts in a no-nonsense way. Now she's turned her systematic approach to parenting young kids and all the myths surrounding that fraught human endeavor. Will spanking ruin your toddler? Is screen time melting your kid's brain?
If you stop breastfeeding, are you a bad mother?
Oster presents the scientific data on the big questions facing parents today. A humorous writer, Oster's book is an easy read that you could sit down and enjoy in one sitting. Or use it as a reference when you have a question like, Can I let my baby sleep next to me just this once so that I don't go insane from sleep deprivation? Answer: Probably, yes!
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I always read a book's Acknowledgments section first, even when it's hiding at the back. Raw, unedited, vulnerable—puts me in the author's head and off we go. Seanan McGuire starts hers, for her new fantasy novel Middlegame , with this: "The story at its core is something I've been considering for years: for a very long time, it was the book I didn't yet have the necessary skill to write. If you know McGuire's work, you know she's very skillful—her Hugo-winning novella series, Wayward Children , imagines what happens to all the kids who get booted out of their Narnia-like otherworlds too soon.
The first one's called Every Heart a Doorway , a terrible title for an otherwise terrific time. So her owning up to the scary and years-delayed ambition of Middlegame , the story of two extraordinary siblings, immediately makes me think, OK, this book's gonna be great. Say what?
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Book VII? First line: "There is so much blood. Reading McGuire is like that—boldness that feels not rash but fastidiously thought through. Genius, in other words, earned through modesty, the best kind. A thousand starry-eyed writers myself included have imagined the internet as the great leveler—the bringer of global digi-democracy, a place where grassroots activists can stand alongside traditional power brokers and have an equal chance of being heard. Even as the internet veered toward Russian-influenced dystopia, the optimistic view persisted unchallenged, probably because people like me really wanted it to be true.
Then sociologist Jen Schradie delivered a swift kick to my cerebral cortex. No me gusta. Also: She might be right. In The Revolution That Wasn't , Schradie explains that, while Black Lives Matter and MeToo capture headlines, it's traditionally powerful conservative groups who have used digital tools to create tangible change. Hers may not be the internet culture take you want this summer, but it's likely the one you need. The "Dodge" in the speculative titan's latest doorstop, though this one's a relatively scant pages, will be familiar to fans of 's Reamde. Middle-aged MMO.
Fall only acknowledges its predecessor in passing, though, so it's by no means a prerequisite. As a conventional present-day thriller, Reamde was perhaps a bit more accessible than much of Neal Stephenson 's work, but here he returns to look ahead and behind in equal measure. When a fluke mishap renders Forthrast brain dead, his will dictates that he be cryogenically preserved—which ultimately leads to his entire connectome being digitized and uploaded. Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants.
While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What's more, they saw the sickness at the heart of their mother's Protectorate. A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state.
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Unwilling to continue as a pawn in their mother's twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond they share with their twin? Includes a brand-new Binti story! Collected for the first time in an omnibus edition, the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy, the story of one extraordinary girl's journey from her home to distant Oomza University.
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In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker, who goes by Alif, shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, revolutionaries, and other watched groups—from surveillance, and tries to stay out of trouble. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen. Taking a cynical look at the horror genre, this book features Crowley and Aziraphale, two friends who attempt to prevent the prophesised Armageddon.
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In , the preparations of the Dante Club--led by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes--to release the first translation of Dante's "The Divine Comedy" are threatened by a series of murders that re-create episodes from "Inferno. Roderick Alleyn, Scotland Yard's chief superintendent, accompanies his celebrated artist-wife, Troy, to an exotic New Zealand island where Troy begins an opera star's portrait, only to assist in solving her murder.
They would never learn his identity. And they would never see their daughter alive again. Fourteen years later, the mystery remains unsolved. Mikami does not aspire to solve the crime. But when he spots an anomaly in the files, he uncovers secrets he never could have imagined. An award-winning phenomenon in its native Japan—more than a million copies sold, and the winner of the Best Japanese Crime Fiction of the Year award—and already a critically celebrated top-ten bestseller in the U.
It is a dark and riveting plunge into a crime, an investigation, and a culture like no other.
Each meeting we gather at an off-site location to discuss our movie of the month and hang out. Similar to a book club, DVD copies of the films are held at the front desk at the Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner Libraries for you to pick up and watch on your own time. In his 20s, he meets Luther Robinson, an older American soldier, who falls in love with Hansel and the two decide to marry, which will allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the West.