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Books for the Month

Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam

Amanda, Clay and their children are a middle-class, white Brooklyn family, entranced by a vacation rental home on Long Island that promises seclusion. But when a catastrophe strikes, the arrival of the home’s owners is a shock — not least because they’re wealthy and Black. 

War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret MacMillan

In MacMillan’s view, war is not strange, it’s a fundamental element of human nature. The author, a Canadian historian surveys war’s far-ranging effects over the centuries, showing how it has time and again altered human history and influenced everything from a culture’s artistic output to the values it exalts.