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Will Storr

Pi­cador, $38

One of the cen­tral threads of jour­nal­ist Storr’s new book is that huge self-es­teem is not all that de­sir­able. It is as much au­to­bi­og­ra­phy as it is cul­tural his­tory, tak­ing us on a jour­ney of the self, from Aris­to­tle, who sep­a­rated the in­di­vid­ual from the rest of na­ture, to the iPhone. A timely re­minder that the orig­i­nal Nar­cis­sus died be­cause he for­got he be­longed to the hu­man fam­ily.

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