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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

  Author: George Packer (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2013) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman           In the prologue to The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, author George Packer sets the scene:  “No one can say when the unwinding began—when the coil that held Americans together in its secure and
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Mortality

  Author: Christopher Hitchens (2012, Twelve, Hachette Book Group) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman             Christopher Hitchens took on death much the same way he took on life—with an unsparing, combative gaze, an absence of sentimentality, and a deep need to figure it out by writing it down. Mortality is what he
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Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier

  Author: Robert Emmons (2007, Houghton Mifflin) Reviewed by Marc Bernstein             I discovered Robert Emmons’ book, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, at a difficult moment in my life.  My wife had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; one doctor gave her six to nine
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Three Moral Heroes Who Were Also Ethical Culturists

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Dec. 4, 2011  In 2002, a 32-year-old Irish-born American journalist won the Pulitzer Prize for a monumental book documenting the history of genocide in the 20th Century. Samantha Power’s A Problem From Hell narrates in
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In This Timeless Time

  Authors: Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian (2012, University of North Carolina Press) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman                 If there are fates worse than death, spending decades in a cage with little to do but wait for that death is surely one of them. If capital punishment is “cruel and unusual,” as many
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True Wealth

Author: Juliet Schor (2011, Penguin Group; titled Plenitude in hardcover, which was published by the Center for a New American Dream in 2010) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman                Change or die. It’s one of the laws of evolution that got the human species where it is today and one that will determine our
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Simply Because It Is The Right Thing To Do

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Dec. 1, 2012           The horror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, last month, has revived a debate and an issue in American life that has been dormant for far too long.  For decades, gun rights extremists have
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Not Working: The Stories Behind the Unemployment Statistics

  Author D.W. Gibson (2012, Penguin Books) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman          More than 12 million Americans are unemployed today. That’s 12 million stories of being laid off, fired, riffed or downsized, 12 million stories of what happens when the job goes away. Sixty of those stories, from Southern California
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