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Robert M. Pirsig, Author of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies at 88

Robert M. Pirsig, whose “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” a dense and discursive novel of ideas, became an unlikely publishing phenomenon in the mid-1970s and a touchstone in the waning days of the counterculture, died on Monday at his home in South Berwick, Me. 7 more words

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Paula Hawkins’s ‘Into the Water’ Dives Into Murky Skulduggery

INTO THE WATER By Paula Hawkins 386 pages. Riverhead Books. $28. Paula Hawkins has followed up “The Girl on the Train,” her 2015 monster hit, with another bookload of skulduggery. 19 more words

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How Harvard Business School Has Reshaped American Capitalism

THE GOLDEN PASSPORT Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite By Duff McDonald 657 pp. Harper Business/ HarperCollins Publishers. 6 more words

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In Praise of Derek Walcott’s Epic of the Americas

I found Derek Walcott’s “Omeros” in the stacks of the Montclair Book Center in New Jersey: a frail blue paperback with a seahorse on the cover and the previous owner’s phone number across the flyleaf’s edge.

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Sheryl Sandberg Finds Comfort for Herself and Offers It to Others

OPTION B Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant 226 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $25.95.

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April 23 - Birthday of William Shakespeare

Today is Lover’s Day, National Zucchini Bread Day, Take a Chance Day, World Laboratory Day, and the birthday of Edwin Markham, JP Donleavy, V… 217 more words