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Reading Romance

Strange Bedfellows

Marriage to a virtual stranger may not work out well in most peoples lives. But it does make for a good story.

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Reader's Diary

Happy Accidents

Discoveries in winter, from an Asperger’s memoir to a poet’s rural vision.

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Drawn to Read

Americans in Paris

Ward Sutton reviews Charles Glass's new history of how American citizens survived, resisted, collaborated, and sometimes died during the Nazi occupation of the French capital.

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The Thinking Read

When China Rules the World

An argument for the emerging dominance of the world's economy -- and culture -- by the most populous nation on the planet.

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The Speculator

Galileo's Dream

From the award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy, an intellectual adventure that shuttles between the 17th and 31st centuries. Read more...

The Criminalist

A Precinct of Her Own

Dorothy Uhnak's books transformed her trailblazing experience as a woman in the N.Y.P.D. into sagas that plumb the soul of the force. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

Resuscitations and Business Plans: The Best Albums of 2009

After twelve months of listening, the songs that beg to be heard again. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

The Dean's List: The Best Albums of 2009

Fourscore (plus three) records worth remembering from a year's devoted listening. Read more...

Reading Romance

Way, Way Out West

From the Old West to imagined new frontiers, lone rangers who fire the imagination

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Reader's Diary

From Brisbane to Byzantium

New books collect the literature of a modern nation and listen for the lasting echoes of an ancient one. Read more...

The Speculator

Makers

The new book from the award-winning author of Little Brother attempts to bring new life into a foundational concern of science fiction: the social role of the technological innovator. Read more...

Library Without Walls

2009: A Year in the (Reading) Life

Michael Dirda on the books of the year that "continue to linger most vividly in my memory."

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The Thinking Read

Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos

A new history of astronomy illuminates the wonders of the skies, and the contributions of those explore them with eyes, telescopes, and radio waves. Read more...

Drawn to Read

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

Ward Sutton looks at a new annotated and illustrated edition of the letters from one of the most famously tormented personalities in the history of painting.

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Rock & Roll &

Not So Misterioso

Robin D.G. Kelley's new biography of Thelonious Monk inspires a reflection on a musician and composer whose gifts keep on giving.

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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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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.

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.