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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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The Speculator

Logical Surprise

Jane Smiley's history of the computer's genesis, and why science fiction never saw the Internet coming.

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Drawn to Read

Boozehound

From the proper way to handle Aquavit to a bar's worth of variations on the Manhattan, Ward Sutton follows this charming odyssey in a cocktail glass.

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The Thinking Read

The Berlin-Baghdad Express

The story of a German-Turkish railroad and Ottoman Empire's entry into World War I eerily foreshadows today's conflicts in the Middle East.

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Reading Romance

Not So Easy to Love

When the dashing hero is closed off from his own feelings, can love break through?

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Library Without Walls

A Visit to Don Otavio

Bruce Chatwin called Sybille Bedford's classic of travel writing a "book of marvels," and Michael Dirda agrees.

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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).