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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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Library Without Walls

The Ghost Stories of Lafcadio Hearn

 The uniquely chilling tales of an almost forgotten master of spectral fiction.

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Reader's Diary

The Weekend

The release of a terrorist raises uncomfortable questions about Germany's past, and present.

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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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.