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Freakonomics 3
Turbulent Souls 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

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pageminder January 29th, 2006 07:00 AM PST

I'd suggest starting with "Turbulent Souls," even though "Freakonomics" is the bestseller. The books are wholly different in form and purpose, of course, "Freaknomics" being co-written with a maverick economist and more in Dubner's journalist mode (though with his characteristic wit and acuity), while "Turbulent Souls" is a memoir. "Turbulent" tells an amazing story about Dubner's family: both parents born Jewish, both converted to Catholicism, and then Dubner's psychological journey to discover this history and trace out a circle back to Judaism. It is a fascinating and moving story--and also witty and acute.
"Confessions" is also a memoir and funny and honest and interesting as well--but for starters, definitely "Turbulent Souls."


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Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in New York City. He attended Appalachian State University, where he started a rock band later signed to Arista, and Columbia University, where he later taught. In addition to his books Turbulent Souls, Confessions of a Hero Worshipper, and Freakonomics (which he co-authored with Steven Levitt), his writing has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Crime Writing and newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Time, and The New Yorker.

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