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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...

Library Without Walls

The Stories of Heinrich von Kleist

Arresting and magical tales from a little known master of German literature. Read more...

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...

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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).