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The Signature of All Things

After writing more nonfiction than anyone ever wanted me to, I’ve recently decided to write a novel.  So I was delighted to find that superstar memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert has done the same thing.  Only better. Much better. In case you think Gilbert is a one-trick pony, THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS will knock you down - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: The End of Big

“The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath” by Nicco Mele Nicco Mele, like every competent social scientist these days, describes the radical changes created by new technologies. For Mele, this is an area of least satisfaction. Instead of celebrating the joys of “radical connectivity,” the author paints a picture of - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: If You Knew Me You Would Care

This month I’d like to recommend a book that carries an almost indescribable amount of psychological and spiritual power. If You Knew Me You Would Care is a combination of stories and photographs that capture the experience of women who have survived wars and atrocities in some of the most devastated parts of our planet. I don’t - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: Proof of Heaven

You may have noticed the kerfuffle of attention around a new book called Proof of Heaven, by Dr. Eben Alexander. The author was an academic neurosurgeon who taught at Harvard Medical School for fifteen years and published scores of articles in medical journals. He had heard some of his patients describe “near-death experiences” and was quite sure - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: Busting Loose From the Money Game

One of my Montana friends, a brilliant and eminently sane lawyer, lent me a book that at first glance did not appeal to me at all. It’s called Busting Loose From the Money Game by Robert Scheinfeld. I was thrilled to receive it, though, because lately I’ve been quite preoccupied with the issue of helping people make - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: The Night Circus

The book I’m recommending this month is a delicious read, and also has educational components for any wacky tribe members. It’s called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The author has a delicious time creating magical realism—painting pictures with words but, paradoxically, creating a wordless response in the reader. The world Morgenstern dreams up is a place - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: Books I’ll Never Give Up

Books have been sacred to many of us for a long time. They were the avenues through which we could communicate with wise friends we would never meet in the flesh, many of whom lived long ago. But as I de-cluttered my home, I realized that the Internet really truly is not going away. I - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: The Better Angels of Our Nature

I’m in the middle of Steven Pinker’s delicious book The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined. In case you think violence is not declining, you are perhaps basing your generalizations on television news reports, rumors, and your personal experience of fear and pain. In fact, while violence will always be part of the - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: The Great Animal Orchestra

One of the books I’m reading right now is The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places. Acoustics expert Bernie Krause was a sound man for the movies when he first began going into nature to collect sounds for his customers. He traipsed through forests and deserts, seashores and mountains - Continue Reading


On Martha’s Bookshelf: The Firestarter Sessions

First of all, I want to shout out to the many people who have been giving me books by mail and in person. It is always an honor to receive a heartfelt book and I seem to attract that honor at a level that has now outstripped my reading speed. If I have not contacted - Continue Reading