They kneel, they chant, and some accuse them of wanting to take over the world: Richard Hughes Seager investigates Japan's rich and powerful Soka Gakkai Buddhist sect in Encountering the Dharma (UC Press, $19.95). ... For axe-murdering a blind man, for being a Nazi spy, for burying a baby alive over a thousand criminals were executed in England between 1868 and 1964; Steve Fielding's three-part series The Hangman's Record (Chancery House, $35; $40; $54) is grimly well-researched, with pictures and descriptions of each crime. ... You know the ant that moved the rubber-tree plant? In Mindset (Random House, $23.95), Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck reveals how her open-mind-vs.-closed-mind theory applies to Tiger Woods, Enron, and you. ... Donuts, babies, brain hemorrhages, and clinical depression welcome to the world of thirtysomethings, as explicated in The May Queen (Tarcher Penguin, $14.95), a new anthology edited by Andrea Richesin, with local contributors including Michelle Richmond and Samina Ali.
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