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The Speculator

Sampling the Multiverse: Three from 2011

From a busy year in reading, these works of imaginative daring stand out.

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Library Without Walls

Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler

A diplomat’s journals form a scintillating chronicle of the Belle Époque – and beyond.

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A Reading Life

An Honourable Englishman: The Life of Hugh Trevor-Roper

The career of a legendary scholar, historian, and "academic pugilist."

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Reading Romance

The Second Time Around

Re-reading a year's worth of favorites.

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Reader's Diary

The Beauty and The Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War

A war correspondent and historian brings to life the voices of World War I.

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A Reading Life

Tides of War

Historical fiction set during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Rock & Roll &

Pioneer Days

Two of rock's greatest critics, and why they moved on.

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The Speculator

Fight the System

Future dystopias are the settings for a growing number of stories for teens.

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The Thinking Read

Socrates: A Man for Our Times

A new look at the life of the Greek thinker whose questions proved fundamental to Western philosophy.

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A Reading Life

Charles Dickens: A Life

The complicated man behind the literary myth.

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Reader's Diary

The Forgotten Waltz

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering comes a new novel that reckons the cost of love.

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Drawn to Read

That Used to Be Us

A call to action that challenges readers to reverse the decline of America.

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Reading Romance

Family Feuds

If their parents weren't at war, would Romeo and Juliet have noticed each another?

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Library Without Walls

Beyond the Veil: The Fiction of Arthur Machen

It's Halloween -- time to revisit the stories of the one of the masters of the "weird tale."

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The Speculator

The Children of the Sky

The long-awaited sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep explores a post-Singularity universe.

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July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

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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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

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).