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Life imitates art in natural disaster and financial crisis

Apr 9, 2013
Nathaniel Rich's new book, "Odds Against Tomorrow," explores financial crisis and natural disaster.

How colors and music influence your decisions

Mar 25, 2013
A new book explores how our environment -- everything from colors to music to weather -- affects our decision-making.
Posted In: psychology, decision

The best-selling novelist you've never heard of

Mar 18, 2013
Hugh Howey might be the best-selling novelist you've never heard of. His self-published book, "Wool," came out over a year ago, and has made over $1 million.
Posted In: book, self-publishing

Processed foods make up 70 percent of the U.S. diet

Mar 12, 2013
Author Melanie Warner discusses the complexities of the processed foods that line the shelves at the supermarket.
Posted In: Food, processed foods

Why we follow trends (even bad ones)

Mar 6, 2013
One marketing professor's look at why some foods, music and names enter the zeitgeist, while other things don't.
Posted In: trends, yogurt, psychology

How the U.S. was formed by smuggling and piracy

Feb 28, 2013
A new book explores how smuggling and piracy were a financial foundation of colonial American society.
Posted In: history, American Revolution, piracy

How food companies keep us coming back for more

Feb 27, 2013
What makes the food we crave so delicious? The simple and yet so complex combination of salt, sugar and fat, says a new book by Michael Moss.
Posted In: Food

Clive Davis writes his own soundtrack

Feb 25, 2013
From Haight-Ashbury to hip-hop, the legendary record producer looks back on 50 years of music.
Posted In: Entertainment, Music, music industry, Clive Davis

How stress and competition can improve your life

Feb 19, 2013
A new book breaks down the scientific nature of competition and risk, and finds that by balancing risk more effectively, women often outperform men in financial fields.
Posted In: competition, competitiveness

Jess Walter on the art of being underwater

Feb 12, 2013
Jess Walter's new book of short stories "We Live in Water" chronicles those who are down on their luck.

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