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A Reading Life

Masscult and Midcult

A new collection revives the voice of the most trenchant cultural critics of the twentieth century.

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Library Without Walls

Arabian Sands

A classic epic of endurance is also a testament to the beauty and hardship of desert life.

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A Reading Life

Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert

How sugared fish begat the ice cream sundae.

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Reading Romance

Man Down

When alpha males have to take it down a notch.

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A Reading Life

The Art of Fielding

A talented shortstop's story enacts a familiar literary baseball myth.

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Reader's Diary

Columbus: The Four Voyages

The legendary navigator's journeys after the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

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Drawn to Read

We Others: New and Selected Stories

A collection of short stories that light on the mysterious, the beautiful, and the disturbing.

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The Speculator

Reamde

A cyber thriller disguises a morality play of epic scope and scale.

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Rock & Roll &

Brag Like That

Arrogance—and mastery—in the rhymes of Jay-Z and Kanye West.

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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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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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).