What to Read in October

New releases cover therapeutic LSD, life's "what ifs," and humanity's role in shaping the planet.

What If? By Randall Munroe There’s good reason Munroe has earned a devoted global fan base through his web comic series xkcd. The former roboticist for NASA is funny, clever and has a knack for diving deep into geeky detail without losing those of us who never took an AP class.  All those qualities are on display in What If? as Munroe answers questions from curious readers that range from the profound (“What if Earth suddenly stopped spinning?”) to the practical (“Ho...

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