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The making of a polemicist

Megan Hodder | 15 October 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: autobiography, book reviews, Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins' memoir of his early years is charming but provides little insight into his later career as the bête noire of religion.


Sweetening the pill

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 October 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, contraceptive drugs, fertility awareness
A young woman dissolves the sugar coating on the contraceptive pill and exposes its harmful, anti-woman core.


How the West really lost God

Tom Ascik | 15 October 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, family size, religion
The decline in the family has driven a decline in religious practice, says an American journalist.


The world’s most famous physicist tells his own story

Patrick Cusworth | 11 October 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, physics, Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking's autobiography is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the achievements of a cultural icon.


Riding the coattails of Harry Potter

Harley J. Sims | 27 August 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling's foray into detective fiction is entertaining if undistinguished.


Quiet: the power of introverts

Daniel Blackman | 26 July 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, character, psychology, temperament
The four temperaments get a makeover in an attempt to boost the self-esteem of introverts.


Iron Curtain

Francis Phillips | 17 July 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, Communism, Eastern Europe
An arresting account of what happened in Eastern Europe post-World War II, and why the Communist system was bound to fail.


Disillusioned in the Ivy League

Nicole M. King | 16 July 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, pornography, universities
The book’s excesses might best be chalked up to a righteous indignation at Yale's abandonment of moral purpose.


“Going Solo”

Francis Phillips | 04 July 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, loneliness, singles, sociology
Not just in America, but all over the world, more and more adults are living alone. Should we celebrate their freedom or be dismayed?


“Servants”

Francis Phillips | 25 June 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, servants, work
In 1900 there were 1.5 million female servants at work in Britain. How did that vanished world work?


“But if I am only for myself, what am I?”

Monique David | 17 June 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Barbara Kay, book reviews, Canada
Canadian columnist Barbara Kay reflects on her upbringing and the issues that have made her a major controversialist.


Zero-sum parenting

Mary Rice Hasson | 13 June 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: big families, book reviews, New York Times, one-child policy
Journalist Lauren Sandler, an only child and the mother of one, has written a popular book celebrating the joys of time for yourself. Is that the way to happiness?


“Inferno”

Michael Cook | 06 June 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, miserabilism, over-population
Dan Brown's latest blockbuster is great fun for fans of trivial pursuit, but not for fans of good fiction.


“America’s Blessings”

Simon Smart | 27 May 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, Christianity, social policy, USA
A sociologist argues in a new book that religion benefits the US by $2.67 trillion every year -- a figure that cannot be ignored.


What is parenthood?

Peter Jon Mitchell | 15 May 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: book reviews, family policy, parenting, same-sex parenting
In debates about the family, some social scientists are asserting the primacy of theory over facts. Is this science?


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