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Reader's Diary

The Memory of Love

Echoes of Graham Greene can be heard in Aminatta Forna's tale of youth, love, politics and betrayal in Africa.

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Library Without Walls

The Idle Pleasures of Jerome K. Jerome

Michael Dirda on the comic Victorian charms of the author of Three Men in a Boat.

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The Speculator

The Universe Next Door

Brian Greene's audacious new book makes the case for the multiverse, in which everything that can happen, does.

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The Thinking Read

Examined Lives

Does philosophy help us to live well?

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Drawn to Read

Disaster Preparedness

A wry memoir of childhood in the pop-culture saturated 1970s and 1980s, from a widely-admired cultural critic.

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Rock & Roll &

Live Albums

The year in pop music: not momentous, so it happens, but still expanding.

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Rock & Roll &

The Dean's List: Christgau's Best of 2010

A critic's rundown of a year in pop music.

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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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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).