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A Reading Life

King of the Badgers

The inhabitants of a small English town respond to a shocking crime.

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Reading Romance

The Great Escape

A round-up of romances that offer a respite from the ordinary world -- and an important message from our columnist.

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Library Without Walls

When the World Spoke French

A captivating history of an era in which the gaze of the world was fixed on Paris.

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Reader's Diary

Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein

A new biography of the playwright explores the secrets she guarded so closely.

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A Reading Life

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Settlers in the twilight of imperialist Africa, from the author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.

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Rock & Roll &

Not Fade Away

Mining the past for musical pleasures that offer more than than nostalgia.

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The Speculator

The Magician King

The return of Quentin Coldwater, now High King of Fillory, but still a tormented kid from Brooklyn.

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A Reading Life

A Book of Secrets

An Italian villa and a haunting sculpture are at the center of a true story of wealth, obsession, and scandal.

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Reading Romance

I'm Too Hot for You

Can two people find love when one has been humiliated by the other?

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Reader's Diary

Turn of Mind

A once-brilliant surgeon battles Alzheimer's disease. But is she forgetting a monstrous crime? 

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Library Without Walls

Idle Reading

A wealth of recommendations for whiling away the summer days.

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A Reading Life

Misterioso

A team of Swedish police traces a murder to a secret society—but that's just the beginning.

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Rock & Roll &

Making Out Like Gangsters

Four new books explore the nexus of business, crime, and the making of popular music.

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Drawn to Read

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

The chilling true story of an extremely self-made man.

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The Speculator

The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown

Science fiction authors aid the war effort during WWII with fruits of their imaginations made real.

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.