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What happened on February 23, 2003

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  • Challenging the brain's canon Michael Shermer, Michael Shermer is the author of numerous books, including "In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace."

  • First Fiction Mark Rozzo

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

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  • Driftwood Sherod Santos

  • The talons make the hawk Warren I. Cohen, Warren I. Cohen is Distinguished University Professor of history at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • A realist depicts the groovy life Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.

  • A feeling for felines Nicholas Dodman, Nicholas Dodman is the author of "The Dog Who Loved Too Much" and "The Cat Who Cried for Help."

  • Poets' Corner Carol Muske-Dukes

  • A mystery of unraveling Jeff Turrentine, Jeff Turrentine is an essayist and critic whose work has appeared in Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, Architectural Digest and Slate.com.

  • An abandoned king of the Central Valley Mark Arax, Mark Arax, a Times staff writer, is the author of "In My Father's Name" and co-author of "The King of California," a book about the farming empire of J.G. Boswell written with Times business editor Rick Wartzman, to be published by PublicAffairs in October.

  • Physics is out of tune with music Lee Siegel, Lee Siegel is a contributing writer to Book Review and the recipient of the 2002 National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism.

  • Finding joy in snowy woods David Gessner, David Gessner is the author of "Return of the Osprey." He teaches environmental writing at Harvard.

  • The lessons of Vietnam Larry Berman, Larry Berman is the author of "No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger and Betrayal in Vietnam."

  • Examining a self-confessed rake Adam Sisman, Adam Sisman is the author of "Boswell's Presumptuous Task," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and was shortlisted for the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Awards.

  • A master of the thriller Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" and the editor of "Strangers in Town: Three Newly Discovered Mysteries by Ross Macdonald."

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