Book Birthdays, November 24: Posthumous Christopher Hitchens, Oliver Sacks

New books born on November 24th, 2015:

And Yet by Christopher HitchensAnd Yet…: Essays by Christopher Hitchens: And Yet …, a very good new collection of Mr. Hitchens’s work previously unpublished in book form, includes a ‘Bah, humbug’ for the ages in the form of two Christmas-skewering essays…Mr. Hitchens deplored the ‘collectivization of gaiety’ at Christmas, the ‘compulsory bad taste,’ the ‘long letters of confessional drool’ that families mail. He held in special contempt news outlets that gin up angst about a ‘war on Christmas.’ He would not have minded a Starbucks cup absent its snowmen.” -Dwight Garner in the New York Times

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks: “These four extraordinary essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.” –OliverSacks.com

All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher (aka Julianna Baggott): “In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, three generations of Rockwell women sift through their histories—real, imagined, rumored, and written—and discover that, like storms, life is impossible to control.” –Kirkus

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Also: Happy 156th birthday to Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin. Read The Atlantic‘s 1860 review.

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