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Reader's Diary

Tablet & Pen

Reza Aslan's new collection unlocks a treasure trove of Middle Eastern writing.

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Reading Romance

Compatibility Tests

The most unlikely romantic pairings can produce the most appealing tales of love.

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Reader's Diary

An Object of Beauty

A tale of a "rake's progress" through a trend-maddened art world.

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Library Without Walls

Winter's Tales

A host of haunting stories, made to savor by a December fireside.

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Rock & Roll &

Discovering Teranga

A visit to Dakar in pursuit of Senegal's musical treasures.

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Drawn to Read

Postcards from a Year in Reading

Ward Sutton sends back souvenirs from a journey through the most notable books of 2010.

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The Speculator

Beyond the Horizon: 21st-Century SF

A look at the stories from the beginning of the century this genre's been dreaming about.

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Reading Romance

We Don't Need Another Hero

Romance meets reality in a world where the damsels aren't always the ones in real distress.

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Library Without Walls

The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard

A not-to-be-missed collection of delightful tales of the Napoleonic Wars, penned by the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

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Reader's Diary

Songs of Blood and Sword

A new memoir from a member of Pakistan's storied political dynasty.

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The Thinking Read

Self Comes to Mind

In his latest work, the author of Descartes' Error reconsiders some of his prior thinking about the mind and the brain.

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The Speculator

Of Cosmos and Crinolines: Three New Fantasies

Three new novels that find brave new worlds in surprising settings.

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Rock & Roll &

Estudando Tom Zé

Why the world needs to know about Brazil's mad musical genius, Tom Zé.

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Drawn to Read

Autobiography of Mark Twain

An illustrated look at the unconventional memoir of an American legend, published, as he stipulated, 100 years after his death.

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Reading Romance

Think Pink

Stories of love that beats the odds, in a series of romances dedicated to beating a deadly disease.

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.