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Crime and Punishment

Apple Tree Yard

Crimes of the heart throw a perceptive woman into a suspenseful courtroom drama.

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A Reading Life

Flyover Lives: A Memoir

The author of effervescent transatlantic fiction maps the Middle America of her forebears.

 

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Reading in Common

Brown Dog

The adventures of Jim Harrison's "wonderful backwoods nitwit" are collected in one rollicking set of linked tales.

 

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University Presses

Maimonides: Life and Thought

Understanding the sometimes perplexing Jewish philosopher.

 

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Reading Romance

Fools of Fate

Is true love a matter of destiny?

 

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Crime and Punishment

Tatiana

Moscow's haunted detective Arkady Renko returns to investigate the death of a journalist.

 

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A Reading Life

Killing the Tiger

Gene Kerrigan's tales of Irish crime and corruption topped one critic's year in reading.

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Rock & Roll &

Unruly Reading

A critic's year in reading takes in "life-changing" books old and new.

 

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Library Without Walls

Wintry Mix

An inviting pile of season's readings -- magical, mysterious, and mirthful.

 

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Reader's Diary

Getting Away With Murder

Half a decade after her death, Benazir Bhutto's assassination still haunts Pakistan.

 

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A Reading Life

Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal

This history of an element's grip on human imagination -- and the  devastating consequences of that fascination.

 

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The Speculator

New Vessels: A Critic's SF Picks for 2013

Thirteen works of fantasy and science fiction that register fresh visions.

 

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Reading in Common

Charmers Return

An annual rundown of books as diverting as they are thought-provoking.

 

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University Presses

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

Rules for readers in an era when distraction is de rigueur.

 

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Crime and Punishment

Most Wanted: Critic's Picks for 2013

The finest heists, murders, capers, cops, robbers, and investigations from a year of great mysteries.

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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.