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Alice Hoffman won many awards and fans with her novels, like Practical Magic. 

But she left the realm of the magical to dwell in reality in her book Survival Lessons.

It was inspired by her battle with cancer, and the similar battles of family members. 

Alice Hoffman joined us to talk about surviving and living, back in 2013. 

christopherphillips.com

We can totally relate to Christopher Phillips' approach to life: ask LOTS of questions. 

Phillips follows in the footsteps of Socrates in his work as author and speaker; the Socratic method is all about the questions. 

In his latest book, The Philosophy of Childing, Phillips urges us to be more childlike in our approach to the world.  Well, beyond just asking "why" over and over. 

Penguin Books

"Magic" in today's world is largely in fiction or on stage: Harry Potter and disappearing elephants.  But we live in an age where science holds sway, and it was not always so compelling. 

Centuries ago, our ancestors really believed in witches and transformations and more. 

The Book of Magic, edited by Brian Copenhaver, is an exhaustive look at what people believed in, often intertwined with religion, until The Enlightenment. 

Basic Books

  Don't you wish you had a buck for every politician who says "I'm not a scientist"?  

You don't have to be a scientist to appreciate its wonders.  But it might take more than a scientist to gather the full importance of what science is capable of... and not.  Tim Lewens writes about the philosophy of science in his book "The Meaning of Science," in essence helping us see the forest as well as the trees.  

How Should We Live?

Feb 19, 2014
Romankrznaric.com

Maybe our predecessors could not imagine cell phones or cars, but they certainly spent some time thinking about life. 

And many of their thoughts about how to approach it are still valid. 

Philosophy For Life

Dec 10, 2013
New World Library

The study of philosophy has a long and storied history, and that history might lead some people to get the wrong idea. 

Namely, that philosophy is of the past, not the present.  That's where Jules Evans comes in.