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The Speculator

Full Steam Ahead

Four new literary adventures suggest that the hybrid genre of steampunk is still on the boil.

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The Criminalist

Framed: Graphic Crime Fiction

Vertigo's new line of graphic novels brings together the worlds of crime fiction and comics.

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Reading Romance

Breaking the Rules

Is it any surprise that bad behavior makes for the best stories?

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Drawn to Read

Love in Mid Air

A debut novel follows a married woman's affair with a man she meets while traveling -- and raises questions about love, sex, and commitment in an age of missed connections.

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Reader's Diary

Royal Pairs

Books that evoke the era of Victoria and Albert, in full flower – and rushing headlong to its end.

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The Thinking Read

Olympian Mind

The journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson reveal the committed, passionate writer at work.

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The Criminalist

The Discreet and Dangerous Charms of David Carkeet

In the unusual crime novels of David Carkeet, the bad deeds are almost beside the point.

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Rock & Roll &

The Triumph of the Id

Why Lil Wayne resides in a musical universe all his own. Read more...

Library Without Walls

On the Shoulders of Giants

Robert K. Merton's classic work of comic scholarship is a uniquely witty, digressive entertainment for the mind.

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The Speculator

Theodore Sturgeon: From Pulp to Sculpture

The penultimate volume in a collection that traces the career of one of science fiction's most eclectic voices. Read more...

Reading Romance

Back to the Future

Ever inventive, writers of romance alter old forms to map fresh approaches to the heart.

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Drawn to Read

Father Knows Books: Princess Hyacinth

"Father Knows Books" returns to cast a cartoonist's (and parent's) eye over a new book for children, about a royal family and an uplifting scenario.

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The Thinking Read

Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

A new work from a Nobel laureate may be the best account of how the global economy crashed -- and how it needs to be repaired. Read more...

The Criminalist

The Poisoner's Handbook

Toxicology meets forensics in Jazz Age New York, giving birth to the first modern crime lab. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

Smart and Smarter

Vampire Weekend’s second outing is no sophomore slump. Read more...

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April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.