Wide Orbit

Chasing the Sun
The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life
Richard Cohen
Random House, $20, 608 pp.

No book worth its salt, it has been said, should be read front to back, but rather by plunging in wherever chance and interest lead. Who said this escapes me, but I’d lay odds that if I go back through Richard Cohen’s Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life, I’d run across the answer. Stuffed full of more information than the brain is intended to retain, Cohen’s work is a perfect example of a book that should be grazed on, not read. I’ve already...

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Paul O’Donnell is a freelance reporter who often writes about religion and pop culture.