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Library Without Walls

The Letters of Pliny the Younger

The correspondence of an Roman administrator reveals the mind of the ancient world's consummate "insider." Read more...

The Thinking Read

Tocqueville's Discovery of America

Retracing the young French thinker's steps, and thoughts, as he met a brave New World.

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The Speculator

Who Fears Death

A young heroine navigates post-apocalyptic Africa in an ambitious hybrid of fantasy and science fiction. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Ilustrado

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Miguel Syuco's dazzling new tale of an author's mysterious death.

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Rock & Roll &

Who Knows It Feels It

Before Bob Marley was a visionary and culture hero, he was a musician.

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Reading Romance

Presumed Innocent

Eloisa James is surprised—and delighted—by the winning innocence of the heroines of five new romance novels.

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The Thinking Read

Cro-Magnon

Cro-Magnon interlopers displaced the Neanderthals who once roamed over prehistoric Europe. What made them different?

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Public and Private

Hunger Artists

Originality, plagiarism, and creativity—Andrew Keen on Helene Hegemann, Reality Hunger, and The Authenticity Hoax.

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Reader's Diary

American Insurgents, American Patriots

In a new history of the American Revolution, an esteemed historian shifts the focus from the Founders to ordinary people.

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The Criminalist

The Age of Salander

Stieg Larsson's unlikely heirs to the mantle of Sherlock Holmes.

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Drawn to Read

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Daniel Okrent's new history of America's singular experiment in mass sobriety.

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Rock & Roll &

Pops as Pop

Robert Christgau on the enduring power of Louis Armstrong's horn -- and voice.

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Library Without Walls

A Reader on Reading

A collection of essays on a reading life from the author of A History of Reading and The Library at Night

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Reader's Diary

Therapeutic Felony & Mayhem

Brooke Allen on the therapeutic joys of mystery and espionage discoveries from Felony & Mayhem Press.

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Reading Romance

She's No Rocket Scientist

This month in Reading Romance, Eloisa James celebrates less-than-perfect lovers.

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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.