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June 29, 2013 | Vol. 28, No. 13

Making tracks

Superb reporting and storytelling about a modern-day underground railroad make Melanie Kirkpatrick's Escape from North Korea WORLD’s Book of the Year

FEATURES
Reading with boys Children’s authors work to draw boys into books in the age of distraction
Self-published standouts The top 10 self-published books to cross WORLD's desk this year
Digital dynamite Once a curious novelty, e-books have exploded in popularity
Rib ticklers Jokes, bloopers, stories, and quotes to keep you laughing
Sports report Books tell of sins and swings in the sports world
Winsome whodunits Three light-hearted cozy mysteries offer gentler fare for lazy summer days
Paranormal push Deluge of supernatural young adult novels produce plots with mangled biblical truths
Road signs Three books geared for millennials wrestling with cultural questions
Pushing against paradigms Science books proposing new perspectives on drugs, death, and design
Commodity control Two books highlight two different approaches to Africa’s resources
Aging badly Two books celebrating 50th anniversaries in the past year offered cures worse than the disease
War wounds A closer look at three costly—but pivotal—battles spanning U.S. history
Grand stories A look at Nixon as VP, a tour of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, and a history of Thomas Becket’s battle with a king
Portraits of grace Three biographies testifying to God’s work in mankind

CULTURE
MOVIES & TV

Box Office Top 10

For the weekend of June 7-9 according to Box Office Mojo

Copperhead

Man of Steel

Mothers know best

<em>The Fosters</em> presents an idealized, fantasy view of homosexual parenting
Music

Yeast in the dough

A secular environment, says pianist Alex McDonald, is the right place for his Christian calling
 
Q&A
Aliens and strangers

Aliens and strangers

As the West declines, says author Os Guinness, Christians will need to be a faithful counter-culture engaged with a world very different than what we’ve known
Books

Tyrants real and imagined

From ludicrous to lively, five books about leaders
Notable CDs

Notable CDs

New or recent pop-rock releases

NOTEBOOK
Lifestyle
Replanting time
Pastor finds he can reap harvest in an unlikely place for church growth
Sports
Patriot games
The Tim Tebow circus is headed for New England
Houses of God
Church of Our Lady
Iqrit, Israel
Science
Goals in mind
Neuroscientists debate objectives behind a splashy $3 billion brain mapping effort
Religion
Numbered victims
Experts try to get an accurate yearly count of Christian martyrs
Money
'The Fed is the market'
What happens when the price of things no longer reflect their true value?
Technology
Power hacking
Electric utilities are a growing target for international cyberattacks