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Reading Romance

'Til Death Do Us Part

Eloisa James on four novels that illustrate why weddings in romances need to be more than just happy endings.

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The Speculator

Zero History

A slyly potent thriller that cocks an eyebrow at our trend-maddened culture.

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Library Without Walls

The Long Ships

The masterpiece of a 20th-century Swedish historical novelist who belongs in the company of Dumas, Sabatini, and Patrick O'Brian.

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The Thinking Read

Exploring Happiness

From the Stoics to the psychology lab, a quest to understand what makes us happy.

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The Criminalist

The Legacy of Charlie Chan

Yunte Huang's new study of the fictional detective yields far more than the history of a stereotype.

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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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July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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
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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.