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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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The Thinking Read

Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

A. C. Grayling on the quest to find the seat of wisdom in the brain.

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Drawn to Read

Beatrice and Virgil

Ward Sutton on Yann Martel's intriguing follow-up to Life of Pi, in which a writer wrestles with a seemingly impossible subject.

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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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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

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).