The Most Dangerous Book

How the novel often called the greatest of all time nearly failed to see the light of day.

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In the Wolf's Mouth

The Allies move from North Africa to encounter the Sicilian Mafia.

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Euphoria

A vivid new novel, born from the true story of Margaret Mead's loves and losses in New Guinea.

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Letters of Note

The Internet may have killed the letter as a literary form, but this collection provides a brilliant elegy.

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

The New Yorker cartoonist confronts the inevitable in this graphic memoir.

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Shakespeare in America

The Bard's lasting influence on U.S. icons during some of the nation's most pivotal moments.

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The Heathen School

How a New England school embodied a young nation's missionary zeal.

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The Cairo Affair

As the Arab Spring catches fire, a murdered diplomat's widow looks for answers amid the chaos.

 

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The Broken Road

The long-awaited final volume of an epic memoir of pedestrian travel.

 

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Free Falling, As If in a Dream

The culmination of a trilogy spins a complex fictional intrigue around one of history's great unsolved crimes.

 

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An Officer and a Spy

The author of Fatherland and Pompeii sets his time machine for the Paris of the Dreyfus Affair.

 

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Flight by Elephant

A true story of escape and survival in World War II Burma is also a tale of pachyderm heroism.

 

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Flyover Lives: A Memoir

The author of effervescent transatlantic fiction maps the Middle America of her forebears.

 

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Killing the Tiger

Gene Kerrigan's tales of Irish crime and corruption topped one critic's year in reading.

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Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal

This history of an element's grip on human imagination -- and the  devastating consequences of that fascination.

 

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Death of the Black-Haired Girl

An ominously mysterious murder in a college town leads a professor into a psychic abyss.

 

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Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

The author of Gulliver's Travels was a wit, a ladies' man, a champion of the oppressed -- and a mystery.

 

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One Summer: America, 1927

Sacco and Vanzetti, the Great Flood, Lindbergh, and the Bambino -- a snapshot of America in one tumultuous year.

 

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Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

A new biography fills in the gaps in the life of one of the twentieth century's most beloved memoirists and travel writers.

 

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The Lowland

Two brothers of Calcutta take divergent paths in a tale of 1960s rebellion.

 

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Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings

The master ventriloquist of the American vernacular in all its comic variety.

 

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Archangel

Five stories follow seekers of knowledge in the natural world.

 

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American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith

Listening to baseball through the voice of one of its greatest chroniclers.

 

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The Old Filth Trilogy

A century-spanning epic of bittersweet marriages and friendships concludes.

 

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Italian Ways

Italy by train is "not for beginners."

 

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The Boys in the Boat

How a scrappy team of rowers from Washington State pulled ahead of the world.

 

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TransAtlantic

The author of Let the Great World Spin spans genres and generations in his latest historical fiction.

 

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A Delicate Truth

In an espionage master's latest, war is a booming private enterprise.

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The Woman Upstairs

How selfish must an artist be?

 

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The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Revealing the candid passions and ambitions of the austere O Pioneers! author.

 

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About the Columnist
Katherine A. Powers received the 2013 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. She is the editor of Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942–1963.

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The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.