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The Thinking Read

Bomber County

Memoir, history, and personal journey, this book about poetry and the Second World War is a telling, poignant, and singular testament.

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Drawn to Read

Common as Air

An illustrated review of Lewis Hyde's new treatise about creativity in the public sphere.

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Rock & Roll &

Maturity for Modern Kids

The grown-up anthems of Arcade Fire. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Comedy in a Minor Key

An urgent moral fable set in Nazi-occupied Holland, Keilson's novel proves that even death guaranteed no escape from the terror of the war.

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Library Without Walls

James Lees-Milne

The life, times, and seductions of James Lees-Milne (1908-1997), England's greatest 20th-century diarist.

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The Speculator

Rocket Men Redux

Is it time to resume our imaginative flights to other planets?

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Reading Romance

Twice-Told Tales

Four new romances that twist old plots—from Cinderella to Cyrano, Pygmalion to Jane Eyre—to fit these times.

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The Thinking Read

The Philosophical Baby

Alison Gopnik pulls profound questions out of the minds of babes. Read more...

Reader's Diary

The Fall of the House of Walworth

A true-life tale of madness, scandal, and murder in Gilded Age New York.

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Drawn to Read

So Cold the River

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Michael Koryta's new thriller about an old hotel, a long-dead local tyrant, and one strange bottle of water.

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The Speculator

The Castle in Transylvania

A new translation of a little-known classic helps remind us of Jules Verne's genius.

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Rock & Roll &

Illygirl Steppin Up

The boundary-eroding music of M.I.A. mashes the personal and the political with toughness, wit, and beats. Read more...

The Criminalist

Mysteries for Teens

Works of detection and suspense for young readers who crave a thrill.

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Reading Romance

Clueless: Teens in Love

Eloisa James on great love stories for younger readers.

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Reader's Diary

Nine Lives

An acclaimed travel writer and history explores the enduring religious inheritance of India through fascinating portraits of nine individuals.

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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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.