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By the Book: Maria Popova: By the Book

By the BookImageMaria PopovaCreditCreditIllustration by Jillian TamakiThe author of “Figuring” (and the brain behind the Brain Pickings website) likes how children’s books speak “a language of absolute sincerity, so deliciously countercultural in our age of cynicism.”What books are on your nightstand?I don’t have a nightstand per se — my bedroom is rather ascetic, with only…