Staff Reviews

In Enlightenment Now, a Harvard Professor Calls on Raw Data to Argue Positive Worldview

Newspapers have never been go-to sources of comfort for Americans, especially while utilizing the mantra “if it bleeds, it leads.” But Harvard professor and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker has a counter-argument for those negative headlines—and any person who argues that society is headed toward a complete collapse. Pinker’s latest book—Enlightenment Now: The Case for Science, Humanism, and Progress—argues that we are in a golden age for happiness and prosperity, and that there’s data to prove it. The author calls on 75 graphs across a variety of subjects to show global progress, as well as its ties to concepts in Enlightenment thinking. What’s more, the book just received a glowing endorsement from Bill Gates, who called it his “new favorite book of all time.”

You can place a hold on Enlightenment Now, now.

Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage Explores Commitment Under Duress

An American Marriage Book Cover

Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage is one of the few 2018 titles generating buzz among critics and readers alike. The novel, which is the latest installment in Oprah’s Book Club, follows two young professionals in Atlanta: Celestial and Roy. The newlyweds face a nightmare scenario when Roy is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison, leaving Celestial to decide how to live her own life outside. Readers and critics have lauded Jones for the compelling premise, but also for her difficult exploration of the concepts of marriage and commitment.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Check Out These Grammy-Winning Albums Today

The 2018 Grammys came to a close recently, with Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar taking home the top prizes. Whether you’re a fan of pop, rock, rap, country, or jazz, JDL has a wide selection of offerings from the 2018 Grammy winners. You can place holds on some of the winning albums below:

24K Magic by Bruno Mars
Won: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”), Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Album, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical): 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

Damn. by Kendrick Lamar
Won: Best Rap Performance (“Humble.”), Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Loyalty.”), Best Rap Song (“Humble.”), Best Rap Album.

Know-it-All by Alessia Cara
Won: Best New Artist

Divide by Ed Sheeran
Won: Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape of You,” Best Pop Vocal Album.

You Want it Darker by Leonard Cohen
Won: Best Rock Performance (“You Want it Darker”)

Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters
Won: Best Rock Song (“Run”)

Sleep Well Beast by The National
Won: Best Alternative Album

From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton
Won: Best Country Album

Dreams and Daggers by Cecile Mclorin Salvant
Won: Best Jazz Vocal Album

Chain Breaker by Zach Williams
Won: Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

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