Best Way to Save the World? Have an Alien Fall in Love

I’m not sure if there’s a word to describe that feeling of electricity you get when you read a book by a talented author you’ve never read before, but let’s just say The Humans by Matt Haig will make you experience whatever that word might be.

The Humans is narrated by an extremely logical alien from a distant planet , a place where individuality doesn’t exist. He has just arrived on Earth with a mission: to wipe away all evidence of a recently deciphered math equation called the Reimann Hypothesis. Worked out by Professor Andrew Martin, this solution would allow humans to unlock new forms of technological innovation and would likely result in the destruction of multiple planets. To carry out his mission, the narrator is transformed into the likeness of the ill-fated Professor and is prepared to destroy anyone or anything that gets in his way; however, he must first overcome an unexpected roadblock to destroying the Professor’s notes: not having any pants.

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My Joan Rivers Elevator Moment

I will always treasure my elevator-moment memory of Joan Rivers leaving me after a two-hour final editing session on the pages for Murder at the Academy Awards. The plot was all worked out, it had tension and a great climactic scene, but Joan wanted one more chance to sit with…

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From Lost To Found On The Metro-North Train

An important part of my daily life as an apathetic Millennial involves the strategic avoidance of hype. Overenthusiasm or, even worse, earnest admiration of any kind is a social embarrassment too great to risk, regardless of whatever cultural phenomenon, life-changing product, or stale viral video on which I might be…

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Why I Think Reading Is The Ultimate Luxury

Santa Montefiore is an internationally bestselling author of many books including The French Gardener, The Summer House, and The Beekeeper’s Daughter.  Her recent release, Secrets of the Lighthouse, has garnered widespread praise.  As Jojo Moyes puts it, “Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart.”   Here, Santa discusses…

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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

-Haruki Murakami