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A Reading Life

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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Crime and Punishment

The Silkworm

Under pseudonym, J. K. Rowling returns for a second case taken up by her war vet-turned-sleuth Cormoran Strike.

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The Speculator

Quiet Revolutions

Two visions of a future where language and technology meet -- with unsettling results.

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A Reading Life

In the Wolf's Mouth

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

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Reading in Common

The Arsonist

Tensions flare in a New Hampshire town swollen by summer residents.

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The Speculator

Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century

Why one of science fiction's most ambitious biographies proves one of its most essential.

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Crime and Punishment

Summer House with Swimming Pool

The author of The Dinner returns with new horrors, from the surgically sinister mind of a bourgeois physican.

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A Reading Life

Euphoria

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

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Library Without Walls

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Rediscovering the 1884 geometric parable that signaled the brilliant dystopias of Orwell, Koestler, and Burgess.  

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Reading Romance

Losin' It

Traveling back in time to the literary seductions of youth.

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The Speculator

Two Memory Banks

New works of science fiction from Jo Walton and Mary Rickert depict the surreality, suppression, and suspense of recollection.

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A Reading Life

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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University Presses

Julian Hawthorne: The Life of a Prodigal Son

The dissolute -- and fascinating -- life of a literary icon's child.

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The Speculator

The Weirdness

A slacker, a deal with the devil, and a lucky cat.

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Reading in Common

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Espionage, obsession, and betrayal in the demimonde of pre-WWII Paris.

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July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.