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Haiti After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer

I'm convinced that everything by or about Paul Farmer should be read. One of my personal heroes in the world of social justice, the comprehensiveness with which he discusses the tragedy in Haiti is fantastic- he provides not only a historical context but also includes intimate reports from survivors and relief workers. The result is educational, awe-inspiring, touching, and simply a must-read.

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ISBN: 9781610390989
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Published: PublicAffairs - July 10th, 2012

Science Ink by Carl Zimmer

Not only was this beautiful volume compiled by one of the best contemporary science writers, it also includes a foreword by the always-entertaining Mary Roach, who elucidates why those so enamored with science, are compelled to mark themselves permanently with the objects of their obsessions. Gorgeous photos that will excite and inspire fans of body art and biology alike.

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By Carl Zimmer, Mary Roach (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781402783609
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Published: Sterling - November 1st, 2011

The Fear by Peter Godwin

After reading Goodwin’s other book When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, I was instantly obsessed with the history and politics of Zimbabwe, a country too often ignored or forgotten in the mainstream news. Godwin's journalistic experience combines with his personal connection to the region to allow him to write with a tender eloquence that is both touching and informative.

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ISBN: 9780316051873
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 12th, 2011

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

The abundance of options we face in all aspects of life may have significant negative consequences, including decreased satisfaction with the choices we do eventually make. Our culture may equate more choice with greater freedom, but do we really benefit from having to constantly navigate an endless sea of possibilities, just to do something as simple as buy toothpaste?

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ISBN: 9780060005696
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 1st, 2005


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